Archive | November, 2010

Spotlight On: CB2

30 Nov

Must Have’s for the ____ (“boho chick”)

30 Nov

What I Love Now…Faux Bois!

30 Nov


One to Watch: Marion Cotillard

30 Nov












Designer Profile: Andy Spade of “Partners & Spade”

30 Nov

Andy Spade

Exterior of Partners & Spade




Andy & Kate Spade






Book of the Week: “Mary McDonald: Interiors: The Allure of Style”

27 Nov


(pub date: 10/5/10)


What to Watch: Man Shops Globe

23 Nov

Keith Johnson

Keith Johnson’s passion for art, antiques and travel emerged in childhood as he accompanied his father, an art dealer, on excursions through Europe. His current role as Anthropologie’s buyer-at-large is driven by Johnson’s early experiences and boundless curiosity.



Take Me Away: Nantucket, MA

23 Nov

Ahhhh, Nantucket.  How I miss thee…


The Wauwinet Inn is remarkable for how near it gets to the Platonic ideal of the perfect Nantucket holiday, an ideal whose earthly incarnations are all too likely to be spoiled by the omnipresent signs of mass market tourism.

Not so the Wauwinet, however; surrounded by beaches on two sides and a wildlife sanctuary on a third, it’s splendidly secluded, feeling for all the world like its own private island. The inn house began its life in 1850 as a restaurant, and the current restaurant, Topper’s, is Nantucket’s finest — locals line up around the dock for a table, as the only way to arrive is by boat.

Privacy and discretion are key here; staff members outnumber guests, but there’s no sense of fawning. A quiet New England professionalism is on display, far from the California chattiness of some American resorts. A similar code extends to the clientele: the inn building is strictly adults only, while children under 18 are only permitted in the outlying cottages, and families with children under 12 are regretfully urged to investigate other lodging options.

Guest rooms, whether in the inn or the cottages, are handsomely decorated in a classic Northeastern country style, full of chintz and antique pine furnishings. Linens and robes, predictably, are of top quality Egyptian cotton, and bathrooms, all with separate tubs, are furnished with Crabtree & Evelyn products.

What’s to do at the Wauwinet revolves primarily around the nautical; there are two private beaches, as well as any number of seafaring excursions, from sailing and kayaking to lobstering cruises. The seasick may prefer a jeep expedition through the wildlife refuge, or a simple game of tennis, and there’s no prohibition against lounging around the Inn — these are the sort of rooms it’s difficult to leave. Topper’s, as mentioned, is a more than worthy dining option, and there’s a shuttle to Nantucket town for anyone with an eye to exploring.


Designer Profile: Nicholas Mosse

23 Nov




“I Am Love”

23 Nov

DRAFT 7.3.10

-character revealed through clothes….Swinton’s character, Emma, wears upscale, tailored, matching ensembles w/gorgeously expensive and oh-so-Italian jewelry

-when breaks with past/tragedy/family the character is barefoot, slightly disheveled, shorter hair (lets lover cut it) wearing mismatched casual clothes (maid tried to pack regular clothes for her, she leaves them behind–this is symbolic of everything else leaving behind–pain of son’s death, blame and judgment of her family, joyless and monotonous existence)

-colors in film supersaturated in middle, becomes colorful with change of seasons and remains so until death/funeral/ending…lends heady air to opulent surroundings, things appear hyper-realistic but, also blurry/hazy … (?)

-sensuality of food–scene w/ prawns and literal stage spotlight on swinton–has quasi-sexual experience in restaurant eating food prepared by lover-to-be…is a revelation for character, brings up repressed memories of Russian youth, endears him to her and piques her interest in him as sexual being–not just friend of son’s–for first time

-significance of recurrence of color orange–chairs, clothes on swinton, hermes bag, etc.


-reminiscent of Tom Ford’s “A Single Man” — character(s) revealed & developed through surroundings, personal items, wardrobe…particularly Julianne Moore’s character, whose story arc is not developed as much through action or dialogue as it is through interiors and wardrobe (Firth’s character developed by both, Moore’s colorful wardrobe and home are foils to Firth’s monotone wardrobe, drab colored home, flat lighting)

-Swinton’s surroundings and the interiors–other than the indulgent and frequent bouts of entertaining–are less colorful, not entirely lacking in significance but more serving as clean palette against which her clothes, hair, jewelry, etc. appear more colorful

-other films where interiors and/or wardrobe function centrally in character development, plot and story arc … ?