Sunday, August 23, 2009

Happy Menagere

Jonathan Adler is such a doll, literally. So talented with endless whimiscial, fantasty like ideas. It is no wonder we love him. We have so enjoyed working with him and his team . Recently, we customized a couple chic pieces for JA's Barbie closet in the Malibu Barbie house. Oh how FUN! Here is me and Buddy with Jonathan. Where's Liberace? Buddy wants to know.
Malibu Barbie Living Room - POSH
JA's conceptual rendering

Check out Jonathan's new utopia collection
All the models in this line are hand-made in Jonathan Adler's Soho studio and then the pieces are produced in Peru from brown stoneware which peeks through the sheer white glaze. Adorably reversible, boys on one side, girls on the other! Flip it over, the bottoms are as cute as the tops! 3.75" wide x 4.5" high.
WE love the Lord and Lady cups. Quite fitting for Ron and me.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Bunny Blue!

Designer Matriarch Bunny Williams created a delightful space for the Kips Bay Showcase House. What a Breath of fresh air! Bunny goes down as a legend in our Style File. She has mastered the elements of a tastefully decorated room. Thank you Bunny for being such a classic and bright inspiration!

BUNNY WILLIAMS interview with Douglas Brenner featured in House Beautiful Magazine:
"I just wanted to be happy — and color makes you happy. Turquoise is intense and exciting. But you have to balance strong colors with neutrals. I always stand in a room and think about the balance — you've got to get your proportions right. I say, "Okay, where's the furniture going to go?" I had the fireplace and the big strong botanicals, so I wanted the other end to have the big strong bookcase. But I didn't want it obviously balanced. I broke the symmetry so it doesn't get boring. You have to throw it off a bit."

And you scaled the pattern to hold its own.
I learned all about scale in my 22 years working with Albert Hadley. In a high-ceilinged room, it's exciting to feel the height. You also want intimacy, but if you keep everything low, you throw the excitement away. That's why I used those big, tall planters on the table and the pedestals with the urns in the windows — it makes you notice the height of the window. And the folding screen takes your eye upward. But I tilted the mirror over the mantel downward to reflect the room and the people — not the ceiling.

Why did you paint the ceiling gray?
White ceilings are boring. This one is not just gray, but shiny, which gives it a lift. It makes it ethereal, airy, almost skylike.

Just dreamy.