Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Paint it Black

I posted this photo on Instagram (my new addiction!) last night but thought it warranted a blog post as well.  Many of you have mentioned that I haven't been posting any new photos of my apartment.  That's because a magazine came to look at it and I wasn't allowed but I figured one photo of my bathroom wouldn't be a problem.  

I've lived here for eleven months and in that entire time, my plain white bathroom door has bothered me.  Since this is a rental, I wasn't going to spend the money to replace it with a nicer option so I finally decided to pull out a paint brush.  I measured two sections, taped them off and painted them black to mimic moulding.  I'm not the best painter and I pulled up the tape before it was completely dry, so it's not perfect but it looks more interesting than it did before. It also now coordinates with the black and white tile floor, shower curtain, and black and white photos. As well as the Diptyque candle and tissue box cover. (Notice a theme?) Now I just need a new doorknob.  

It's always something. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Art Collector

The Kips Bay Decorator Show House closes this Thursday so I hope you had a chance to visit.  Those of you who didn't, missed an amazing house but I'm going to be posting a few more of my favorite rooms so you don't feel left out.  I'm a huge fan of abstract art so of course I loved the study filled with it designed by Alexander Doherty.  I think he may have even changed my opinion of wood paneling.  He designed it for himself since he knew he would be spending a lot of time in the space.  The day bed is perfect for taking a nap or reading an art book and the desk is meant for working. I probably wouldn't get any work done though because I'd be too busy looking at all the amazing paintings.  

Designer Alexander Doherty.

Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic

Monday, June 11, 2012

For Peet's Sake

The house features in Vogue magazine have gotten smaller so I'm always glad when they post the photos online.  The latest is Amanda Peet's family home in the Hollywood Hills.  While the interiors are lovely, it's the garden designed by Miranda Brooks that steals the show. An olive grove, Cypress trees, and grapefruit orchard have me green with envy and add to my resolve to own a house in Los Angeles someday. 

The entry hall.

Amanda Peet with a photo by Mary Ellen Marks. 

Daughter Frankie's room with a print by Takashi Murakami and Funny Girl poster. 

Playing in the grapefruit orchard. 

Phlomis, verbena, and lavender in the garden. 

The olive grove. 

Rosemary lines the walk to the pool. 

Cypress trees flank the pool pergola. 

Photos by Francois Halard

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Classic Chanel

The Little Black Jacket exhibition by Chanel had me thinking about that other iconic item, the Chanel quilted purse.  I'm lucky to own one vintage woven version but not the classic 2.55 model. It's the bag you can use forever and pass down to the next generation.  Maybe I'll buy myself to celebrate the publication of my book or just because.   

Coco Chanel

All non street style photos via The Coveteur.