The Hovey sisters' have a keen eye for design and their blogs are frequent visits for me. They've just launched a design company and I love the room pictured above, right up my alley, I am a big fan of that old colonial with a hint of new thrown in-look.
Oliver People's purveyors of the finest in eyewear and trading in very cool music and aesthetics have produced a short film for their 2011 campaign featuring Devendra banhart and his real life girlfreind, exploring ideas of love and intimacy, in the glorious setting of John Lautner's Rainbow House. Love the song.
I am in the process of creating a new space for my stuff. I was moved out of my office/creative space, which was a total drag but I have resolved to make my new space better. Am building it around an image and a quote from Joe Strummer--Punk rock means exemplary manners to your fellow human beings--love that idea and it will set the tone for me in the new space. I am not an 'office' person really, I just enjoy having a separate space to think and create, so how things look and feel is important to me, a bad aesthetic can ruin my day (shallow I know, but I am not afraid of confessing to my shallow and base wants!). So the first thing on the wall is the focus--I'll report back on the rest when I'm done.
Hopefully, the article about their unique sense of style, 'new antiquarian' is what the New York Times labels it, will elevate the profile of these Brooklyn-based sisters. Hollister Hovey is a regular web destination for me, I love someone with a keen design eye and I love the way they put this stuff together.
The Selby is one of my favourite sites to visit. Nothing but the inside of people's homes--very anti-architectural digest--it's all hipster and funky, but something about the format and the quality of the photos is just appealing. The image is a limited edition poster available from the site, it gives a little signal as to what to expect when you go to the site.
I thought this was a cool image and an even better way of living. It comes from one of my new blog haunts, theselby, a delightful exploration of out-of-the-ordinary interiors. This particular image is taken from tattooist Scott Campbell's home studio in Brooklyn.
I had recently read about interior designer Jonathan Teall, when I came across a series of images from Producer/director Roland Emmerich's Knightsbridge house, all put together by Teall's company, Flux. Who would have guessed that this somewhat staid exterior was a front for such wild and interesting interiors? I love the life-size statue of the Pope under the stairs reading his own obituary...
Gold Bug is a store in Pasadena named after Edgar Allen Poe's novel. It is like a contemporary version of a Victorian curiosity shop, filled with strange and wonderful sculptures, artifacts--bronzed-heads, wooden skulls riddled with coins, hand statues--all of it decidedly left of centre. An upcoming exhibition features the work of Lisa Wood entitled, The Swallowing Plates: objects swallowed and recovered from the human body. It is one of the most thoughtful and carefully crafted stores that I have entered in a while--talk about a complete vision, every last detail serves the overall gestalt of the place--even if you didn't like the focus, it would be impossible not to appreciate the obvious and pain-staking attention to detail.
I was driving home on the freeway this afternoon listening to public radio when the news came on. It was the usual stuff, stories about Congress and the Budget impasse, Blackwater testimony from Capitol Hill, the daily dose of madness--but my ears perked up at one of stories that makes you wonder. Apparently a 10 year-old kid in some part of LA was in critical condition with doctors trying to save his leg after he was accidentally shot by his father who was cleaning his shotgun at 1:30 a.m. Now, I have a few questions