Monday, October 31, 2011

selling stuff again...

You are going to think I am crazy but I feel like my Moroccan rug is too tribal! The look I am going for in the living room is more French modern and the combination of the brass stools, the rug, and the cypress coffee table is making me crazy - it is too rustic and organic. One of them has to go, and since I had the coffee table custom made for me, I think it is the rug. Anyway, I have posted it on Ebay - see it here- if you know anyone who wants one let me know! It is huge and gorgeous and has been professionally it!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Lost in space

I have been so lost lately - well, not lost as I have been intensely focused on things other than this blog - the LSAT (done), my MA degree (done), my newest and biggest client (ongoing but almost done), my birthday and out of town visitors (done), and now upcoming holidays and work obligations....I have not been very inspired by interior design.
Then I saw Barbarella on TV the other night. This was one of my fave movies when I was young, because it was so over the top. It is one of the most stupid/fun movies of all time. Jane Fonda saves the world with the help of a blind angel and has many adventures such as being almost killed to death by orgasm in the Orgasmatron.(P.S. that's the way I want to go...)

The fashion designer Paco Rabanne did the costume design for the movie. He is still showing futuristic dresses in metal and plastic at the age of 78, and he has always had an interest in the paranormal...

This made me think of his famous Space Curtain - dividing curtains made from aluminum, brass, copper, or plastic that he designed in 1970. I have always wanted one, but they sell for 4-10k.

Don't you just love? Here they are in some amazing interiors. I love the way it can be incorporated into a folding screen or architectural space in a home...

So maybe I am getting inspired again... Barbarella would be a sensational Halloween costume! Happy weekend everyone...

Friday, October 28, 2011


Well, this weekend is Halloween and as you can guess, that is huge here in the city where 65% of the population thinks they are a vampire. Voo Doo Fest (great music fest) is going on this weekend and everyone will be dressed in costume on Bourbon Street. I don't decorate for holidays; I am kind of a party pooper like that. Here are some spaces that I feel are very fall flavored - I call them Halloweeny. Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

What a week

My car broke down this morning and it really capped off a stressful week, my friends. I just want to get a drink at this bar....

Then have my friend play me some jazz while I relax in this music room....

Then go freshen up in my fave bathroom of all time....

And go to bed with an Augousti tray, some hot tea and cookies....

Here's hoping your week is less stressful than mine!

Monday, October 24, 2011


I am so obsessed with this spartan, bare space. I love the white sculptural floor lamp, white walls and roman shades, and architectural lucite desk. I hate the fabric on the chairs but other than that, this is my dream workspace. Unfortunately I am a renter and my entire apartment is a beige that can often go post-it note yellow. It also came with folding blinds on the windows that I cannot remove. I am contemplating buying the apartment just so that I can paint it all white and put white roman shades on the windows. I know that is what it wants and I want it to be happy.

Friday, October 21, 2011

friday faves

Today I would like to share with you some of my favorite spaces OF ALL TIME. And that is a very strong thing to say. These spaces typify what my style is all about. Happy weekend, lovers!

My own store - this triptych will be mine in the next 6 months!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

NOLA rolodex

Hey guys - I know I have blogged about Shaun Smith Home a million and one times - but it is one of my fave shops in New Orleans. Maybe because Betsy works there, or because Shaun is from Mississippi like me, or because I always find the coolest treasures there! Just went down to visit during lunch yesterday and I picked up these two brass garden stools/tables/drums/planters for a steal. I love brass!!!!!! Anyhoo - sorry for the crappy pics but I took them with my phone. The stools are at the end of my bed now but are super light and can go anywhere.
If you are in the New Orleans area get over to Shaun Smith today (3947 Magazine Street) and get something cool. Like the plaster horse head or a piece of rock crystal or the hand crafted reclaimed wood dining table or the skull on a stand or the amazing black and silver silk ikat pillows.....agh!! I'm going back!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Entry Credenza

Sorry for the absence, love muffins! Had my exams for my MA Tuesday and of course I am really pushing it with my new client, who would like to celebrate Christmas in her new house.
She really wants a wow factor in the entry. She and her hubby are huge fans of antiques, and want a stunning credenza with a piece of art over it and some amazing sconces....
Here was my number one pick and the option I was rooting for:
Her hubby was loving the marble top and figural details of this Jean Pascaud piece:
 And this glossy burl Deco glam piece is the one she finally decided is her fave. 
 I will put these sconces over it on either side of a painting. They are 36" tall!

 Happy hump day my friends, and happy decorating! I have ordered fabric for my armchair and a second West Elm parsons bookcase - will post pics when it is set up...

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Saturday Spaces - For my new client

Here are some spaces that are inspiring my new client - who has the super contemporary space and loves antiques...we will have a baby grand piano in the middle of the room!

** And we may get that exact credenza in the first pic! So excited...Happy weekend, loves!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

I didn't see the Transformers movies, but I imagine I am in the Dark of the Moon phase of this apartment transformation. I moved in a year and a half ago and immediately decorated it like this:

But as you know I can't stand things for much longer than six months. Well, I can stand the things, but I want OTHER things every six months and have neither the room nor the funds for them. So everything in this room was sold and now we are at this point:

I am pretty proud of the things I have done. I always wanted a huge Beni Ourain from Morocco and I got it. We sell this cypress/lucite coffee table in my store for $4k and I challenged myself to copy it for less than a grand and I did. The huge lucite desk and mirrored 70's buffet that you can't see were fabulous Ebay finds, and you were with me for the reupholstery of the green monster velvet sofa.

But there is still so much to do! The desk chairs (and 3 other chairs in my apt) have to be recovered, I need art over the sofa and a mirror over the tv credenza, I need a second West Elm lacquer bookcase as I am creating a tiny library feel over there, I need a bigger black hardback shade for the brass desk lamp, maybe a floorlamp or large fig tree (but I can't keep them alive).... and this is all before we even get to the bedroom!

So I have been pretty overwhelmed thinking of what needs to be done in my little rental, until I just looked at these pics with fresh eyes. I have accomplished quite a bit. I have to focus on my clients and my school exams and then the holidays for the next couple of months, but hopefully this room will be finished on the 2 year anniversary of me living in the apartment. The end of February is the goal! Are you working on any ongoing projects? Would love to see the progress!


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

My new client

My new client has a fabulous creole cottage in the French Quarter with uber-contemporary finishes inside. The main room is long and open to the modern kitchen. She already has an antique French dining table that seats 14! Here is the area where the table and chairs will go:

I want to do ghost chairs with it like this:

Cross your fingers she goes for it. 
Oh, and go see my non-makeup wearing, tired-ass face and store over at Becca's blog. Love her to pieces!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Finally we meet

I hope one day I get to hang out with all you peeps I have met while blogging. It is the one thing that I am so grateful for from my year and a half of putting out these messages every day. Today was an amazing day because I got to meet one of you. Becca from Rebecca June just came by with her hubby! They are the sweetest people ever and I could not stop talking. I could have held them hostage in my store and visited all day. Becca was actually one of the first people to accept me in the blog world and I really only continued to blog because of her support.  I am sure she will post the pics when she gets home...
Anyway,  if you come to New Orleans please come by and visit with me - it really makes my day! And I will be coming out to Cali soon to visit with all my West Coast peeps!

Becca's pic of NOLA - she has been hanging at the Old Absinthe House

Thursday, October 6, 2011

How much is this puppy?

I am too lazy to contact the showroom and just thought one of you lovers would know off the top of your head how much the Lumiere chandelier by Jean de Merry is....I kinda love it.