"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
_ William Morris
, 19th century craftsman, designer, writer


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pumpkin Carving: Halloween Hideaway

 
Halloween is creeping closer...are you ready?

If you haven't carved a pumpkin yet, consider creating one of these countrified condos...

Gourd-geous!

Since I've never been big on celebrating the scary side of this haunted holiday, I couldn't wait to try my hand at Cinderella-inspired architecture. Admittedly, guilty of cute, but predictable pumpkins for years, the pumpkin pied-a-terre was a wonderful way to change up my routine. 


The resulting, Halloween hideaway glows from within with a soft warmth that reminds me of Mousekin's Golden House, a classic children's book I read to my kids when they were little. The story weaves the tale of a small mouse who finds a discarded Halloween pumpkin and makes it his home. When winter comes, the pumpkin protects him from the wind and cold and keeps him safe and warm inside.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Anatomy of Style: Skeleton Chic

 Every once in a while you see something that makes an impression --like, say a skeleton lamp.

I noticed this gentleman lighting up a room at the Greystone Mansion Designer Showcase in Beverly Hills last fall and ran into him more recently at the WestEdge Design Fair.

We've got to stop meeting like this...


At the fair in Santa Monica, my friend was puttin' on the ritz, plated in 24 karat gold and silver, but I would recognize those cheekbones anywhere.


It turns out, the light-headed skeleton is the creation of Emmy-nominated set decorator Marcia Zia-Priven and Paul Priven, the husband and wife team behind Zia-Priven Extraordinary Lighting in Los Angeles.

After working together in Hollywood, the couple teamed up to star in their own production and have been turning on design leaders such as Jamie Drake, Lauren Rottet, Geoffery Bradfield, and the late Oscar de la Renta ever since. 

The duo designed the original, hauntingly beautiful piece for the designer showcase and it served as the inspiration for this year's glammed-up relatives.

The lamps are made using German-engineered teaching skeletons which are plated in 24 karat gold or silver using a proprietary process and priced between $1700 - $7000 (to the trade only).


Imagining how my dog might react to the expensive chew toy, and where I might put one in my own home, I asked Zia and Priven who they envisioned adopting the skeletal chic style.

"Celebrities, music industry clients, people looking to make a statement," said Zia, noting the lamp's inherent rock and roll vibe. "It's for people who want something that no one else has," added Priven.

Steven Tyler are you listening? 

Just when you thought Hollywood couldn't get any thinner...

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Monday, October 20, 2014

On Trend: Mining Copper

Lately, the rosy warm tones of copper have been catching my eye. I have noticed it gracing details on the pages of magazines, Pinterest and store shelves. This past week, I saw the copper moon (shown above) in the window of one of my favorite, Long Beach, California boutiques, Luna. The following day, when I found copper mugs and accessories at Target I knew the trend had reached a tipping point.

To get the burnished glow without a major investment, consider going DIY and using metallic copper spray paint (available in stores such as Wal-Mart, Michael's, and Lowe's).

The possibilities are endless...

 Van Heesch Copper Bicycle

Hammered copper pendant lights via Lonny. 

Industrial copper fixture via Trendspanarna.

 Copper cages shown on the Trendspanarna blog (Fyi, it's written in what I am guessing is Swedish or Danish?)
 
Copper cups at Target. When a trend hits Target,
 it's gone mainstream.

 DIY copper hooks using copper elbow joints and caps via Remodelista.

Hammered copper soaking tub shown in The Artisanal Home book by Jorge Almada and Anne-Marie Midy. Found on the lovely, You Have Been Here Sometime blog.
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