Fashion icon, socialite, and artist and interior designer Gloria Vanderbilt has died at the age of 95. Inspired by her quote on home decor :”Decorating is autobiography,” and quote on art:”Art brings a message into a room. It should make us perceive in a new way—either through color, form or narrative content—something we had not perceived before. And perhaps reveal something to you about yourself.”, today, I would like to share some of my favorite interiors by her and, of course her styles:
Like every creative person, throughout the years, she was constantly changing, painting, embellishing, and reconfiguring her houses in New York City and Long Island. It was like therapy for her from time to time. Visit her instagram to see her legendary life
Time flies so fast. After we finished several projects, shockingily, it’s June. Summer is here. I am truly in the mood for some bold colors since the recent projects we did all have sort of restraint color schemes. So, let’s have some fun moment.
One of the trends in the recent years is that people more prefer the modern interiors with soften touches. These can be soften color palettes, silk or velvet fabric choices or floral patterns on textiles, decor objects or surfaces. The floral patterns can work as an magic wand for any interiors. They light up the home with a touch of elegancy. The keys to make them look fresh are 1)just use right amounts of the patterns; 2) have a contrast with surroundings; 3) with a modern twist.
In case you are in the process to bring more spring cheers to home, there are 5 ways to bring florals to home:
Upholster an accent chair with floral-patterned fabric to live up any rather darkened spaces.
I love visiting artists’ studios. Often, I am just so amazed how they make the spaces so livable with simple creative ideas and great cares. There are always fresh flowers and plants in their studio making guests feel so inviting and fresh. Of course, we can learn from them too. Here are 3 simple ways to bring spring indoors.
Having fresh flowers and greenery everywhere in your home. You can just pick them from your backyard–it is touch of nature.
2. Hosting a spring party in your garden with fresh-cut flowers , home-made organic cocktail and cozy seating , and your party venue become part of spring memory.
It is one of the typical SoCal Spring afternoons in March—warm, breezy and a lot of sunshines. After Building Symposium, we think it might be a good idea to stroll around the West Hollywood neighborhood. We found this cutie gallery, M +B, a hiding gem among greeneries. The sign on the door says: Please Use the Side-door.
It turns out that today is the last day for solo exhibition of Mishan Kahn’s whimsical “Just Around the Bend”. And several workers are busy with setting up the new show.
The gallery room is all white—neat and clean, a perfect backdrop to showcase the unique artworks.
As you can see from the above video, Mishan Kahn’s artworks are about furniture and sculpture design. The art objects he creates are unusual assemblage of various of materials, usually an interplay between the handmade and the technological.
To read more about Mishan’s “Just around Bend”, please click here
Wouldn’t you agree with me If life is about to open curiosity of cabinetry, life will be more fun. I guess that might be the reason that I enjoy design career so much.
I recently went to BD West —-a boutique hotel design show in the west coast to check out what’s new & trendy in hospitality design industry and also would like to get some fresh ideas that I am able to apply for home or whatever the projects in the future.
Here are some pretty cool trends I got from the show:
It’s about luxury experiences:
2. It’s about having fun:
3. Play with patterns and forms
4. Of course, Pantone color of the year 2019
5. Last but not the least—-customization, customization and customization.
It’s good to know even in hospitality industry, owners try to develop their own brands and customize whatever possible. It looks like nobody like cookie-cutters. And one of the things they do customization is using unique decor by hiring local artists.
DTLA has being experienced huge changes in the past several years from new apartment condos, office buildings, luxury hotels, to shopping venues, one-of-the-kind eat-in kitchens, cool restaurants to booming art scenes and designs. We are just literally amazed by the creative new things everyday by different artists.
For today’s design world, we cherish hand-made, craftsmanship, organic materials and their applications in a noble ways. It is always so amusing when seeing how a group of designers, engineers, fabricators and artists work together to create an amazing project or piece of art.
We were recently invited to a glassworks demo by Neptune Glassworks All of the glass materials they use are from labs and recyclable. We were just pretty blown away by how they put up such a stylish party in a totally industrial warehouse and offered such an intricate demo. Their creation of piece of sculpture is just more than amazing.
Couple of days ago, i wrote about Lee Radzwill’s (March 3rd 1933–Feb. 15th 2019)New York apartment. You can click here to read the story. Lee Radzwill is a former European princess and actress, socialite, interior decorator, sister of the late Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (1994). She owned properties in New York, London and Paris. Each home really reflects her personalities as a style icon. Today, I am going to show you her Paris pied-à-terre, her love at first sight. Overlooking Avenue Montaigne with a view of the Eiffel Tower, the home was originally decorated by Christian Liaigre, it is perhaps one of the most iconic Parisian abodes of the 20th century. Her Paris home was featured three times on magazines, Vogue in 2003, ELLE Decor in 2009 and Times in 2013 and it had being evolved each time.
We can see the style in her Paris apartment is very different from her New York home. As herself said of her New York apartment :” but it’s extremely full. So it’s wonderful to have the contrast [in Paris] of having it totally Zen, totally peaceful. In what other city do you find doves outside your window…” All of the furniture in her Paris home is clean-lined, yet there are gilded antique mirrors, gilded coffee tables, floral upholstery ,tons of artworks and books and a lot of detailed soft touches. Her interiors are just like the way she dressed—modern , elegant and chic, yes American chic.
Guys, it’s middle of the week. We probably all need a little bit refreshing break from the busy week. I recently went to an art opening reception and was really amazed by how they styled the table with all natural ingredients and beautiful spring colors. Of course, the food was just beyond fresh and delicious. Everything was made from scratch. So they are local and very Los Angeles. Here are some photos and a video I would love to share with you:
In case, you are interested in learning their story, here is the link. I hope you get some inspirations for your backyard spring parties. Life is about celebrating the moments.
Several days ago, when I browsed through my Instagram and I read the news of Lee Radziwill. — an legendary international socialite and fashion icon, the little sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is now with Jackie forever.
I have always been obsessed by her fashion and interior decorating styles—artsy, chic, elegant and with touch of surprises . She owned homes in New York, Paris and London. Today I would like to share some of her New York apartment photos which was published by Architect Digest in 1975
The highlight for this New York apartment is really that red-velvet upholstered wall in her living room—it’s sumptuous, luxury, feminine, warm and inviting. It’s enliven the antique, artworks and old furnishings in the space. She mentioned that the reason she wanted vivid colors because she just experienced the “white period” and want something different.