I’m loving Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi’s ranch in the latest edition of Elle Decor, especially swooning over the leather and wood chairs.
Time flies and with no drastic change in temperature it goes without much notice down here. We’re still at a comfortable 90° in October and I’m daydreaming midst the heatwaves staring at pics of an amazing home in the mountains. Hmmm..to snap out of the heat and celebrate seasons when there are none with a trip to the montagnes maybe? retire the sandals and summer gear and let’s go somewhere cool? Season etiquette, do I have to retire my favorite Celine wedges this fall/winter? Is wearing espadrilles this time of year like not wearing white past Labor day? Or do I get a pass cause I live in San Diego where you really can do summer all year round. Thoughts?
So back to this house, Khyber Ridge that I’ve been admiring in beautiful Whistler, BC, a jaw-dropping view and what do ya know? The owner of the dreamy residence was once roommates with my other half way back when they were kids living the dream, snowboarding for a living in gorgeous Whistler, of course back then not living in this house. Check it, there’s a lot to like.
Khyber Ridge pics via Arch Daily
Unpacking here and I’m shuffling through odds and ends. It’s strange to see what’s made it through all my moves, what my young self thought then was so important to keep. This old pic I ripped out of a Japanese fashion mag years ago, the sweater with the cut-outs, the holes for your thumbs was gonna be one of those things I would make when I’d get down to knitting. It hasn’t happened yet, inspiring nonetheless.
And cheers to Grace Coddington! the world’s most famous fashion stylist and much admired creative director celebrating 70 candles.
Cake? I’ll take care of that right away, fresh berries and whipped cream parfait from Whole Foods works.
Been back for 2 weeks now, my head committed and completely back to wrapping up this house reno. 3 more mahogany doors to install, the trim as well as around the windows, finish the bathtub, pick and order bathroom wall sconces, hang one last mirror, decide on art and photos, ceiling fans for the bedrooms, put up the last bit of the soffit, put floorboards down in the last bedroom, blah, blah, blah…does it ever end?
Motivated I am and I came across these Maison Martin Margiela runners on the Barney’s site last night, $525, you gotta be kidding me? After a two year house reno I have a bunch of runners that look just like this, one of a kind and they’re all yours for half the price, women’s size 7.5, men’s size 8 and 9. Seriously!?
Nearing the finish line and decor ideas appear left and right here. Dude sent me this link for bedspreads, looks like the recycling bin, homeless chic, anyone?
Have you seen this place? It’s gorgeous and very well done and open to the public to stay too, sweet!
To wake up in a bedroom like this; Tunisian-style painted tall ceilings, a busy bright floor, large windows with light and breezy window coverings, of course nothing less would do, it is Southern Italy and you are staying at Francis Ford Coppola’s fifth and most luxurious hotel, Palazzo Margherita.
Sofia’s bedroom would work too, the trompe l’oiel trellis walls are just jaw-dropping gorgeous.
Then fly down the flight of stairs and you can’t miss that fabulous white murano glass chandelier and the railing’s real pretty too
Then we’d meet for a drink at the bar, how cozy are we? Look up and there’s another pretty murano glass chandelier, another well done tile floor and the wallpaper, it works.
And the many amazing lunches and dinners we’ll share, cheers with some good wine of course. The attention to detail is everywhere, in everything here and Parisian interior designer, Jacques Grange did an amazing job turning this home into the perfect “summer palace.”
All pics via WSJ.
A jack of all trades here and if ever he loses his day job there’s some comfort knowing he could build houses, less likely to starve is more like it but in this construction slump, who knows? And as I write this, I picture some heavy eye-rolls directed my way so in my defense I’m also proclaiming he’s officially retired from any more masonry work; ceramic, glass, stone tile, it’s all in the past now. Guest shower and tub done! and just 2 more to wrap up.
Looking at pics from the recent Burberry show and this is a stand out favorite. Skinny pencil skirts, bow waist and owls, fall…I can’t wait. Makes me think to pull out of the closet my old Lanvin velvet pencil skirt with the bow waist, give it a twirl, out for dinner soon. And owls? I’m on the search, Kate Bosworth’s grey sweater is perfect, especially loving the narrow shoulders.
Ya know I’m a huge Marni fan so this collab with H&M is such a treat. Consuelo Castiglioni and her design team, so clever and she is definitely my kind of thinking designer. My favorite coats and jackets that hang in my closet are no doubt Marni pieces, words can’t describe how well cut and designed these staples are. The cut and tailoring’s just so thoughtful and patient, so creative and some serious mad skills to sew pieces up the way they do, like no other and it seems they won’t disappoint with this collection, can’t wait.
I’m swooning over the bracelets and necklaces, both sequin collars, the signature prints and whimsical colors. Marni at budget prices, save the date March 8, 2012! Sweet!
My family have been in the handwoven silk business in Vientiane, Laos for as long as I can remember so gifts of textiles and talk of design have always been a part of my life. Mai Handwoven is the studio and it has been such a labor of love for me to learn the craft and business to share it with everyone. Only using natural dyes and each piece is individually handwoven by highly skilled weavers, it’s really an art, amazing time-honed craftsmanship and skill. Life is brilliant like this, ya think about it, you write about it and what do ya know? last minute travel plans booked and I’m going to Laos very soon, tropical weather for 2 weeks, yes please.