Archive for the 'Decorating' Category

The new chic: decorating from the dump

I knew we were on our way to a Depression Era decorating mentality and now we have arrived. Thank goodness we have artists living at the poverty level to show us the way. As seen in this feature in the New York Times, an artist who makes sculpture from driftwood and his resourceful partner have [...]

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Famous Folks at Home: Gerry and Imaging Spence in Montecito, Calif.

When Santa Barbara Magazine asked me to write an article about the massive remodel done by Imaging Spence (yes, that’s her given name), I kind of dreaded it. You may recall that her husband Gerry Spence is a famous attorney and author, and I feared that the couple might be snotty and ostentatious and arrogant. [...]

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Want to be fashion forward? Go back to the 1950s

It’s been said that home fashions follow the fashion world. It’s also been said that this year’s fashion statements are right from the ’50s And look at this photo of Vogue editor Anna Wintour and actress Blake Lively at Fashion Week in New York City. See a little ’50s vibe in the mix? If you [...]

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Fun with IKEA’s $40 Varde wall shelf

IKEA sells a pretty nice $40 Varde wall shelf unit. But actually, it’s a little bland. A couple of designers from Los Angeles offer some variations in the L.A. Times. Above you see 1) the original in the center, 2) a metal grate and chain treatment on the left, and 3) the shelf embellished with [...]

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