Friday, August 27, 2010

Craigslist Missed Connections

Sunday, May 9, 2010
-m4w -19 (2 or 5 train)
You were the gorgeous brunette sleeping on the train. I was the guy sitting next to you. I just wanted to apologize for my repeated lack of consciousness onto your shoulder, we both got off at flatbush. Hit me back up if you think this is you.

Have you guys ever seen the "Missed Connections" section on Craigslist? It is like the personals in the paper except these people write in hoping to connect with someone that they saw that day. The way that they describe their crush is occasionally poetic and often hilarious. Sophie Blackall takes the listings from Craigslist in NY and does the most amazing illustrations of them. I can imagine an entire wall of these in a guest bath or guest bedroom. The prints are only $40 each in her Etsy shop! These are my current faves and she puts them up as she does new ones on her blog. Check them out...

Monday, May 3, 2010
- m4w - 25 (Astoria)
We both purchased owl statues today. You are the classy looking dame in a red dress. I am the mustachioed gentleman. I think we should meet up and discuss further wildlife decor.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
-w4m - 28 (Chelsea)
You: tall, brown hair, incredibly voluminous moustache, blue/green checkered shirt
Me: tall, blonde, wearing all black and Burberry rain boots
I boarded the uptown C train at 14th Street at around 10:50 on Tuesday morning. You got off at 23rd. You were staring at me. Hard. You're really really really ridiculously good-looking.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Almost Perfect

Very rarely do I see a home that is completely perfect for me. There is always a few things that I would change. Some of Ryan Korban's rooms are almost there for me, Laura Day's living and dining area are 99% perfectly my dream space, and Delphine Krakoff's homes are high-art versions of rooms I would love to live in. This townhouse belonging to Gilles Mendel is now entering the mix. Sure, there are some things about it that I do not care for (namely the red bedroom) but mostly I love it. Love it, love it, love it. Good thing it is on sale. Bad thing is I don't have a bazillion dollars. If someone would like to buy me a dress or fur from his fashion house J Mendel to make me feel better I will love you forever...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New life for AD

I know everyone in blogland has remarked on Margaret "Peggy" Russell taking over as editor of Architectural Digest, so I will make this brief. I have never in my entire life paid for an issue of Architectural Digest. I find this absurd, because I am passionate about all things design. The reason is because this magazine managed to make my passion boring. The straight ahead photography, goopy, collections-heavy styling, and repeat of the same designers and architectural styles made each issue a carbon copy of the last. I really hope that Margaret makes this magazine fresh and great again, because we need another shelter magazine to look at besides Elle Decor! I know that everything is going digital but there are tons of new designers and architects out there who deserve to be published. Good luck to Margaret - I have my fingers crossed!
P.S. For your daily design fix, don't forget to DVR the Nate Berkus show, starting in September!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Coolest Art Process Ever

Rosemarie Fiore lights firecrackers and then controls them under bowls and buckets, etc.. creating pop-art collages on paper without blowing off an arm. If I had a backyard and tons of protective gear, I would totally try this. She has also used waffle irons and a Scrambler ride from the fair in her art. Check her out at - but don't let your kids get any ideas!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Bla Bla

Are you guys familiar with Bla Bla? It is a wonderful company that makes beautiful woven toys, clothing, mobiles, etc.. for children. Everything is so richly colored, and oh-so soft! Their things are handmade in Peru of 100% cotton. The nursery I am doing in late September is basically all Bla Bla. Can't wait to show you pics. Here are some of the things we are using in the nursery, and some of my favorite things from Bla Bla.
Happy weekend!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sexy Interiors

I think that there are five key elements for creating a sexy space. An interior may contain one or all of the elements, but these things are a must for me when thinking of a sultry, sensual space in a home.

1. (Above) Simplicity - Just like a fourteen layer outfit is probably not too sexy, the same holds true for interiors. Keep it clean and simple. Not necessarily modern in style, but there is nothing sexy about tons of tchotchkes and pillows and ornaments, overly styled and stuffy collections of dust-catchers everywhere.

2. A surprise - There are lots of black kitchens now, but when Kelly Wearstler did this black kitchen several years ago, it was very surprising...and surprisingly sexy. There is nothing cooler than spontaneity, and a surprising color scheme or unexpected decor choice in your home is very sexy - so follow the beat of your own drum!

3. Curves - I always heard that men like a little meat with their potatoes, i.e. lots of curves - and this is true in interiors as well! Everyone expects each room to be a square box, so a curvy element like this wall is very sexy...and provides you with a secret dark area for trysts...

4. Mood lighting (sparkle) - In design, there are three different types of lighting. Functional, directional, and sparkle. It's this hint of low lighting that we call sparkle that is the sexiest. It says, "I am not here to read, buddy!" It emulates candlelight, and everyone looks better in candlelight...

5. Flesh tones - This Gucci store interior contains several key elements for a sexy interior - the curved wall, the low lighting, plush, soft textures, and the fifth element - flesh tones. From the darkest chocolate to the palest peach, flesh tones always remind me of skin, and that is definitely sexy.

What do you find sexy in interior spaces?