Friday, July 30, 2010

Lussier Allure

Please don't roll your eyes at the Hermes; this was 2003. Besides, that's not the point.

If, like Lussier, you want a copy of Diana Vreeland's Allure (a vintage one - there is a re-release in October), there was one at Half Price Books in Westport the last time I was there. 50 clams.

Image Roger Lussier, his own home, photographed by Thibault Jeanson, Southern Accents, March/April 2003.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Lussier's Creamy Cabinet

Here we go, the reoccurring theme of green and white.

Hanging cabinet, chocked full of creamware and Chinese export porcelain. Hard to argue with that.

Images, Roger Lussier, his own home, photographed by Thibault Jeanson, Southern Accents, March/April 2003.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

And to Bed

Curtains do seem to be one element that instantly date a room. Pity as they are so pricey.

But many of Lussier's objects are equally appealing today. Could this be a Claire Potter lamp?

Images, Roger Lussier, his own home, photographed by Thibault Jeanson for Southern Accents, March/April, 2003.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Roger Lussier - White Knight

Previously, I have posted two versions of Roger Lussier's Boston apartment. The first was published in '89 and the second in '94. (You might remember that Suzanne Rheinstein noted Lussier's apartment was a space that would last in the Enduring Styles series.)

My needlepoint guru recently passed along piles of Southern Accents and I whiled away a few mornings catching up with that old friend.

This is a third version of Lussier's apartment which appeared in SA in March/April of 2003. Another jewel. With white walls.

Photography by Thibault Jeanson.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Desk Set

Months ago former Kansas Citian, Kate Donnelly, asked me to snap a photo of my desk for her very engaging site From the Desk of. It took me a shameful amount of time to make it presentable.

You can check the post here, then read the other profiles. If you are expecting super-styled, accessorized fantasyland, don't; this is where people work. You'll be embarrassed by what I consider clean. That's Kate, above, who is incredibly patient and nice. Stop in and see her.

Header art and photo via From the Desk Of.

Monday, July 19, 2010

White on White

You probably already know this. It's like someone telling you that sugary snacks are not good for you. But if you read the text from the Elle Decor piece on John Dransfield's and Geoffrey Ross's home, above, you know that Parish-Hadley originally decorated the house.

Which you can see hither and yon. My image comes from Influential Interiors by Suzanne Trocme, but the house also appears in Parish Hadley, Sixty Years of American Design. Which I don't own, but yearn for. I thought this was the case (that this was the same house, not that I yearned for the book) when local dealer, Barbara Farmer called to tell me she had the magazine and the book open on her desk.

The previous owner of the home moved here, a spot also decorated by Albert Hadley. All beautifully crafted with white walls. White walls may be the theme for the rest of July.

Images from top, Dransfield and Ross in Elle Decor, July/August 2010, photography by Simon Upton; Albert Hadley from Influential Interiors by Suzanne Trocme, photography Michael Mundy, I think; Albert Hadley from House Beautiful, photography by Simon Watson.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

2 for 2

If you have not seen Miles Redd's project in this month's Town & Country you should make a point to pick it up on your lunch hour. One of the things that caught my eye about this room was not one, but two - two! - pairs of Christopher Spitzmiller lamps. This doubles my regular lamp envy.

That being said, Chris is having a seconds sale and you can pick up one or two or four of his beauties at a discount. He will happily work with out of town customers, but it's helpful, necessary really, if you have an idea of what you need when you call. You can see styles and glaze samples at his site here.

Image, top, is Miles Redd for Danielle and Glen Rollins. This is my image of a much better photo by Francesco Lagnese.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Scanning the Horizon

The boys' swim season has just ended and this year was the first time the youngest participated. As he sat at clerk of the course (don't ask) preparing for his first event my mother-in-law said, "He looks nervous." "You think? Why?" "He's swinging his feet." I looked closer at his lean frame, his forearms resting lightly on the arms of the chair. He was already wearing his googles, their mirrored lenses gleaming in the sunlight, though he would not need their protection for another five minutes or so. "He's not nervous. He's happy."

He's pretty much always happy unless his older brothers are being older brothers and even then his bother is brief. He inspires me.

As Megan Arquette has inspired me with her post of an image of Charlotte Perriand (you must) in a moment that is joy personified.

As does Diane Dorrans Saeks who featured Bellamont House in Ireland and its beautiful white walls. I'm having a flirtation with white walls and am fantasizing about their crisp, clean freshness.

Which is why I pulled this spread. No other reason than it confirmed my attraction to green and black and white. And happy. Just scrapbooking and playing connect the dots.

All images Veranda, July/August 2001, photography by Casey Sills.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Marija Stephens

You might have seen this elsewhere, but a fellow blogger, Marija Stephens of Holding Court was killed in a car accident last week. I found Marija's blog originally through a comment she made here. I can't remember what it was, but it was smart, and likely funny, and it made me click through to see what she was doing on her own site; I never missed a post after that.

I had planned a trip to Chicago, where Marija lived, to see Thomas O'Brien speak and meet long-time blog friend Magnaverde, and felt incredibly fortunate that Marija could join us for the day. We had exchanged several emails and had hit it off. We both have children of similar ages and a passion for design and had discovered an affinity for talking about it on-line. She wasn't striving for anything, she didn't need to be a part of any perceived group, she was just creating really interesting content. She had a great point of view. Even though she was a designer I never felt like she was "building her business" through blogging. She just liked it.

You never know how things are going to go when you meet someone you've known only on-line. It would be easy for someone to pretend to be something she's not. Of course she hadn't. And even Magna, who was unfamiliar with her blog when they met, found her smart and funny and engaging. Instant connection.

Blogging is funny sport. You can use it for profit and you can use it for ill, but I started and have stayed with it for community. Marija wasn't the only friend who I have met via this screen, but I will remember her as one of the bright spots.

Marija's camera wasn't working or she forgot it or the battery died or something so I snapped this picture for her. Typical. Unfocused. I am so glad I have it.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Newell Post

The recent round of editor musical chairs made the magazine junkies excited, but maybe a little jumpy and twitchy. No one likes anyone messing with one of her favorites. Such a relief, though not a surprise, to find Newell Turner's first issue of House Beautiful such a delight.

Not a surprise as Turner has been Style Director at House Beautiful for quite a while; the magazine has felt his influence already. "I worked so closely with Stephen Drucker over the last four years here that I feel like it's already my House Beautiful. But, great magazines are alive and dynamic - meaning there's always some evolution in progress. Especially today, no one wants exactly the same thing over and over again," says Turner.

I wondered if he had a moment of giddy pleasure being able to feature David Kaihoi's distinctly beautiful apartment in his debut issue. "I did! This may sound a little crazy, but that purple color spoke to me." No, no that doesn't sound crazy at all. That sounds normal. That's normal, right?

Turner was quick to give credit to his team, "Of course, I have one of the best design directors, Scot Schy , in publishing. I loved what David did with the salvaged wallpaper in the bedroom. And, when Scot showed me the layouts for the story including a full page detail of the much more evocative does it get? Every time I look at that spread in the magazine I want to reach out and touch the wallpaper. I hope it does the same thing to our readers!"

If you haven't had a chance to pick up the July/August issue you should make it a point. That sunny beach house, top, can put a spring in any one's step. And Kaihoi's apartment? Tear Sheet Hall of Fame.

All images House Beautiful, July/August 2010. Photography, second from top, Victoria Pearson; design, Krista Ewart; remain photos by Ngoc Minh Ngo.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Full Court Press

I receive a lot of press releases. A lot. The number of posts that result from the aforementioned press releases? Almost none.

Then, about a week ago, I received a release on a new line of bath products from Axor, the designer brand of Hansgrohe. While I don't feature most products pitched through press releases, I usually take a look. Unless it's addressed to "Mrs." "Dear Mrs." doesn't inspire a click very often.

But this product line is truly remarkable. Designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, the collection is comprised of over seventy pieces that you can configure in just about any way you can imagine.

He wants counter mount and she wants wall mount? He'd prefer a lever while he'd prefer a button? Slow blink and a small shrug. Fine. Yes. Why not?

You can have just about anything. The designers began mulling their assignment in 2004; the collection was launched in Paris last month. C'est magnifique. You can see the line here and learn more about the designers here.

All images courtesy of Axor Hansgrohe.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Pop Quiz - Nate Berkus

Yes, indeed, Nate Berkus. "Judi" was the first to guess at 10:58 last night.

Did you know I really post the night before? I do.

Lots of design savvy folks followed. The previous post was Berkus's Chicago apartment featured in Veranda, May/June 2003, photographed by Casey Sills.

You can see a newer Nate project in this month's Elle Decor. Which is where I nabbed these images by Roger Davies.

Pop Quiz 11

There are, I imagine, a few folks, hopefully ambulatory, who have been around since the Blandings blog beginning. Way back in August 2007.

If you have, or you've stumbled in somewhere in the middle, you know all about the pop quizzes.

But, for the new kids, every now and again I post a vintage layout by a designer working today. Then you can test the depth of your knowledge as design crazy and see if you can name him or her.

Usually hims, frankly. And, now that I've typed it out loud I realize that with designers I am usually hetrostylistic. Though certainly not homostylephobic. Huh. Another topic for another day.

So, make your best guess and I'll be back sometime this afternoon, hands slightly tacky from sunscreen, for the reveal of both designer and good guesser/sage design crazy.

And, as an aside, isn't all this honey colored wood sort of yummy and refreshing?

To get the idea you can see past pop quizzes here.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Red, White and Yellow

In the spirit of the holiday make sure to read about the process for updating the paint color in Thomas Jefferson's dining room at Monticello in this month's Elle Decor. The change from Wedgwood-blue to chrome-yellow is startling. Equally enlightening is the magazine's revamped site which has loads of original content. Accompanying this piece is Mitch Owen's round up of striking paint colors in historic homes across the country. Doubly helpful are the suggestions of modern day colors straight from the can that are a close match.

Image via by Pieter Estersohn.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy 4th!

Flag posters available through Hammerpress which is open tonight for First Fridays; the more traditional red, white and blue available as well.

Bracelets I Cannot Afford

Mrs. Blandings, age 4

We were at the pool this week and there was a little girl who looked a lot like this. Her haircut was nearly identical. There was a large buffet line and her mother let her fix her plate herself. When she came back to the table her entire plate was filled. I elbowed Mr. Blandings. One half contained a single layer of black olives; the other half had three large wedges of watermelon. Sometimes, we just want what we want.

So, I'll share the latest installment in Bracelets I Cannot Afford. For a good little while I've wanted a skinny bangle with a heavy charm to wear on my left hand with my gold link bracelet and my watch. At first I wanted the charm to be a pea pod and then I had a hankering for having one made with the monogram I showed last week. But I've grown attached to my newest nickname. I've been going through a pile of Southern Accents and was reminded of this Slane & Slane charm. It may be discontinued, but a few retail locations still have it. I was hunting for all yellow gold, but the onyx popped up and it is pretty appealing, too.

That's the meaty, heavy side. The sugary watery goodness is this silk Piping Shirt from Olatz. I fear I would want to wear it every day.

Charm photo from here; Olatz shirt scanned from Vogue from a while back.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Bird in the Hand

The first stop on our tour was not an empty nester, but a young mother of two. A young mother of two whose baby had been up, though cheerful, nearly the whole night. (Her house was shockingly clean as well; I am clearly the one with a problem.)

One of the most delightful features of her home was a collection of bird prints. She is moving (as we speak) and was considering hanging many of them en masse in her dining room.

Which, of course, made me think of Suzanne Rheinstein.

Who has a book coming out in the fall.

Chocked full of really fine things (so we come full circle.) You can pre-order here.