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What I Love Now…Faux Bois!

30 Nov



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.



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 … ?




If you like it, then put a monogram on it…

23 Nov


To monogram or not to monogram?

I’d monogram ______ if possible, so my entirely biased opinion will not …

Some of my favorites…

NECKLACES (from Ross Simons)

*Single initial monogram necklace:

*Circle Pendant with Monogram Center:

*L.L. Bean Boat and Tote:

*Wedding Invitations:



*Shoes — Jack Rogers Monogrammed Sandals:


*Silver Baby Cup:

Designer Profile: Madeleine Weinrib

23 Nov


“The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”

23 Nov




Books of the Week: Jonathan Adler

1 Nov

(both to be published: 11/2/10)


Book of the Week: “Bunny Williams’ Scrapbook for Living”

25 Oct




Etsy Find: jeffbuildsfurniture

23 Oct

-profile of Etsy artist/outline questions in Q & A form/encourage support of independent artisans, local/community people

-How did you become _____?

-How would you describe your work?

-What are your major influences?

-Which is more important (do you enjoy more?) in/to the work–the process or the product?

-What are some of your signature pieces?

-What inspires you?

-Do you have anyone/anything in particular in mind when you design your pieces?

-What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in your years as an artist?



-Etsy store:

excerpt from Etsy listing:


This lovely farm table is made entirely from lumber salvaged from a barn built in 1884.

Beautiful red painted siding was saved and faced outward on the skirt. The legs were aged to match the apron using a combination of textured undercoat of brown and gray, with a flat barn red crackled over the textured surface, then finished with a dark brown glaze. Top is made from four barn boards reversed and cleaned to their original patina. Four sandings ensued with a final coating of five coats of hand applied Watco Oil. The result is a durable finish with a smooth, velvety feel.

Top fixed to the base using finest quality wood screws covered over with oak pegs, left natural.

Base is assembled using traditional mortise and tenon joints.

Dimensions are 84″ x 45″ – other sizes available, other base colors available…

Made in Minnesota