Friday, October 30, 2009

Design Quote for Friday

"Taste is a sharpened eye for the beautiful, the interesting, and the unusual - coupled with the talent to apply all of these to one's life."

Eleanor Lambert,

founder of the International Best-Dressed List

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Random But Pretty

I thought this tree on the wall was kind of pretty. Please forgive me for springing this before Halloween, but it looked friendly.
mmm silk and pink.......

pretty..... white.....must haves.

We always need at least one Lillian Bassman.

Lighted carpet. What do you think about this. Intriguing or ridiculous?

so fine.... and so pretty with that echo of modern.

I liked this piece, but I loved the floor!

some fun silly wallpaper called "Go Cat Go" from Lewis and Wood.

I found this a few months ago and it's so profound and so true .
Thank you to you who have chosen to follow my blog. I appreciate your encouragement and sorry that it has been a little sporadic lately.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Out and about with lighting.

This is absolutely exquisite. This shade of turquoise is so captivating to me. I am trying to imagine this dimmed with no other lights on at night.
I have , after being back and forth on this one, decided I like it. The metallic finish I think, helps it not to be too encroaching. What do you think?

These are playful but still grown up enough to hold their own. They remind me of pieces from a European lighting firm called Aqua.

This too would be pretty dimmed down..... lots of sparkle.

texture and more texture. Do you like the wallpaper? I would like a cluster of these flowers .....
soo pretty. I love how lighting can change and really have such a different effect in the Fall.
Lighting can be so warm and just suit the hot cider and good book you now have time to read. Welcome Autumn.
Have missed you all. Sometimes the curveballs slow things down. They don't stop me, just slow things down for a day or two.

Design Quote for Friday

Have you ever noticed how some rooms exude a certain energy, warmth, and a harmony of spirit? If you have, then you have experienced the language of the home. A language softly spoken, and universally understood.

Charlotte Moss, A Passion for Details

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Stop the Presses!!!!!

You must check out the video of this play called "A Conversation With Edith Head" This amazingly talented woman named Susan Claassen has created a glimpse into Edith's world. The website is engaging and beautiful. Do have a look. She is charming and has impeccable comedic timing.

Here is an excerpt from her website.

" create a theatrical performance based upon the legendary Hollywood costume designer, Edith Head, has been a dream come true. I first got the idea several years ago. I was watching a television biography of Edith Head. I literally did a double take. My physical resemblance to Edith Head was uncanny. The more I watched, the more I knew there was a story to be told ..."

Photo by Tim Fuller

It is quite remarkable how Susan looks exactly like Edith Head!

Photo by Tim Fuller
I would love to see this play at this theatre. How charming.

Photo by Tim Fuller

Bravo Susan!!

One more excerpt from Susans website:
Edith Head died in 1981 of a progressive and rare blood disease, myeloid metaplasia, two weeks after completing work on her last film, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid. She left her estate to the Motion Picture and Television Fund and to other charitable organizations aiding Native American children and her beloved animals. Her funeral was attended by hundreds, including not only Hollywood’s stars but also the backlot people. A Paramount security guard dressed in a uniform designed by Edith Head mused, “I remember her real well. At Christmas she took care of everyone on the lot. She was the greatest designer in the world. Edith Head was quite a girl.” And that she was.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Edith Head. Say no more!

Edith Head is one of my favorite costume designers from the greatest days of Hollywood. She won 8 Oscars and was nominated for 35. She had a trademark for all the great dancers that I love. She would hand dye the shoes and socks of the male dancers so there would be one continuous flow of the leg, not broken up by unnecessary lines. She worked in 1131 films which is just jaw dropping. Some you probably recognize are White Christmas, Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Seven Year Itch, Sabrina ,Roman Holiday , The Caddy, Houseboat with Sophia Loren, one of my faves, I love Lucy and The Greatest Show on Earth.... just to mention a few. She was eccentric, but apparently very diplomatic and went out of her way to be inclusive with her staff, which I love.

These are some shots from some of her movies and her beloved book "How to Dress For Success"

I just had to share them. They are from such a different era, but modern glamorous sensibilities. Enjoy!

One of the great beauties had the thrill of Edith Head's creations

What a talent. I love her own look too.

It must have been such an amazing job dressing Audrey.

This is one of my favorite gowns

Lucy's wardrobe on I love Lucy was this perfect balance of wife and home maker and this glorious understated glamor. Such a feat!

Love this eye candy of a movie, "To Catch a Thief" What a gorgeous film! Set Decoration is dizzying and Edith's finery on these two top notch actors puts it over the top.

I love her quirky,"I know who I am" look.

Breakfast at Tiffany's would not have been the film it is without Edith. Can you imagine?

Audrey and Edith.

Liz in one of Edith's brilliant and stunning masterpieces.

Classic Edith

.....and probably the most iconic dresses of all time on Marilyn, from Seven Year Itch.

Vera Ellen knocking it out of the park!

I just love this illustrations from her book.

loving the xray technique..

Love it!!!!

Hilarious and sweet.

What a talent in these sketches too.

This is my favorite. She is getting a chuckle here with a self portrait I think.

Do check this out.

I hope you enjoyed this little trip into nostalgic glamor. I think the beauty of her work is that it's timeless and will always be chic and sophisticated.
Leave a comment and let me know what you thought.

Design Quote for Monday

"Though there are moments when plain white walls might seem a relief, those moments are rare, and should be discouraged. "

Colefax and Fowler Interior Inspirations
I really couldn't disagree more. There is a not to be underestimated beauty and serenity that comes with white. I am passionate about color but I keep it to things that can be changed. White never gets old. What are your thoughts on this quote?
Please leave a comment and let me know.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Design quote of the day

I wonder if any element of interior design is more personal than color? Nothing can more quickly reveal aspect of personality and character than the choice - or absence - of color.

Van Day Truex, Interiors, Character, and Color