Sunday, May 30, 2010

A Single Man DVD release...

If you missed A Single Man while it played in theatres,
Tom Ford's stunningly beautiful debut is finally set for
DVD release on July 6. Not only are the peformances
exceptional, but the interiors are fantastic as well.
Eduard Grau’s cinematography is both gorgeous and effective.
A Single Man centers on a day in the life of George Falconer
(Colin Firth), a gay man working as an English professor
whose world is lifeless without love ever since boyfriend
Joe (Matthew Goode) died in a car accident.
Firth's subtle, but brilliant performance
is the driving force of the film.
Charlotte's (Juliann Moore) home in the film is a sight to
behold. It has an eclectic vibe, but with a strong dose of
Hollywood Regency. However, it is George's mid-century
aesthetic that dictates most of the film. His clothing, his home,
and his car truly set the tone for Santa Monica in the early 60's.

Weekend Appropriate...

Master of Black...


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Happy Memorial Day Weekend...

Wouldn't this be a great place to spend
the holiday weekend?
This retreat is located on Denmark's
breathtaking north-facing coastline
called Nordstrand.
I am set to retire kmldesign as a resource,
but I had to go ahead and share just
a couple more locations with you before
doing so. This project really shows off
Katrine's styling abilities — and once again,
Stuart McIntyre's photos capture it all beautifully.
The coloring here dictates the mood
of a lazy, relaxing weekend.
Cocktails on the porch?

Comfort is key, but so pleasing to the eye.

Friday, May 28, 2010

All beiges are not created equal...

Want proof? Take a look at this glammed-out
and liquored up beige I discovered over at

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The éclat of Geraldine Page in a cool grey room...

One of my enduring film obsessions has got to be
Geraldine Page in Woody Allen's Interiors (1978).
Yes, the death of an interior decorator was serious stuff
for Mr. Allen — but Ms. Page was there to support
and she meant business. The film looks very much like
an Ingmar Bergman opus, masterly photographed
in cool greys by Gordon Willis. The scheme was set to mirror
the tragic despair of Eve, Ms. Page's character —
and both are brilliant beyond belief.
Of course, these stills do not do the film justice.
If you've never watched Interiors, add it to your list
and view the beautiful grisaille color scheme in its
production design. This monochromatic grey
is like a stoic character itself, standing aside and
watching the subtle drama play out among the actors.
I love Eve's dress in this shot, her too-perfect hair,
the symmetry. Truly a masterpiece.

"Miss Page, looking a bit like a youthful Louise Nevelson with mink-lashed eyes, is marvelous — erratically kind, impossibly demanding, pathetic in her loneliness and desperate in her anger."

— Vincent Canby, from his 1978 review of the film


stills via 2thewalls

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

New issue of Laura Day Living launches Thursday!

If you haven't discovered Laura Day's bi-monthly webazine,
Laura Day Living, now is the time as she is launching her
summer-themed issue on Thursday, May 27. Laura's
talent truly shines in this Bridgehampton Farmhouse feature.
Where to begin with all this loveliness? For starters,
isn't that the curious owl from the earlier Park Avenue
Flat photoshoot sitting on the mantle? In additon,
the caramel leather is absolutely delicious.
All the fresh color really defines the carefree, warm weather
attitude in this latest issue. Make sure you are clicking
on these photos to view the detail in the larger versions.
For instance, notice the collection of butterflies punctuating
this summertime hangout space.
Classic, modern, pure — Laura Day's clear
perspective is all over this serene bedroom.
Check out Laura Day Living for all the gorgeous
photographs of this project. While you're there, enjoy all
the latest features that bring Laura's insider tips home...
one room at a time. One last thing — a new NEWS
section has been added with weekly picks and tips.

De Engelske Rækkehuse House...

Camilla Gloerfelt-Tarp and her husband Martin
Rasmussen renovated of one of the popular terraced
houses, De Engelske Rækkehuse, in Klampenborg, Denmark.
No compromises resulted in a stellar
home filled with eclectic touches,
amazing textures, and inviting comfort.

images via kmldesign

NVR coziness...

Snow Antler Pillow (18x18") via
Jayson Home & Garden. This fantastic pillow
comes in sand linen with a neutral velvet back.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Darryl Carter and his exposed lathe...

I love Darryl Carter's use of exposed lathe
as a design element.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Elizabeth Peyton...

The paintings of Elizabeth Peyton include
portraits of friends, family, personal heroes,
and fleeting passions.
Peyton quickly became a voice in the return to figurative
contemporary painting in the 1990's with her portraits of
Kurt Cobain and Liam Gallagher. The portraits mixed
realism and conceptualism and referenced nineteenth-century
modernist painters like Eduard Manet and John Singer Sargent
(one of my all-time favorites). David Hockney and Andy Warhol
are also obvious strong influences.
The colors are often brilliant and the lines sharp —
but there is always something quietly seductive
about her paintings.
In other words, they almost always
"speak" to the viewer.
Gorgeous, gorgeous color.
The graphic quality of her work always speaks to the
aesthetics of youth, fame, and creativity and defines
the culture of the late-twentieth and
early-twenty-first centuries.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Just playing around with my iPhone at 1 a.m.

Just thought I'd snap some photos in the shop
at 1 a.m. with my iPhone. Love these brass bird
paperweights! They are resting on a velum title
page from an antique history book.
Old clockfaces in a large clam shell.
Vintage textiles.
Antler lamp, Kevin O'Brien curtains, and
silvered driftwood picture frames.
Vintage salt and pepper shakers among
broken down chandeliers.
Vintage garden statuary.
Another shot of the stone statue.
Ceramic harlequin heads.
Gas funnel lamp.
Coin medallion.
Vintage books, decoupage, and cool keychains.
Shell mirrors and a great shutter screen.
Blue Boy and theatrical backdrops.
Vintage Frank's Restaurant sign (very large).
Thomas Paul pillows.
Vintage wall scroll.
Vintage textile pillow with zebra.