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Monday
Jan132014

loss of incandescents

Today, I am all fired up about... lightbulbs. In a world filled with gas-guzzling trucks, I’m baffled as to why the government has to pick on the incandescent bulb. By now, I’m sure you know that the production of 40 and 60-watt bulbs is illegal. This, in turn, has caused many interior designers to clear their closets + hoard lightbulbs (never thought I’d write that sentence).

Ann Pyne of McMillen, Inc. is one of them. A few weeks ago, she gave a short and sweet interview on Here & Now in defense of the incandescent. Like myself, she much prefers the warm light given by incandescents over the cool, sterile light given by most halogens/CFLs/LEDs. Ann notes, “[Interior designers] spend all our time... making lampshades to get the right color, and suddenly we have a CFL, an LED, and everything’s kaput!” Though 90% of the energy used by an incandescent goes to heat, Ann says it’s not totally wasted (she has no heat in her kitchen and the light bulbs help to keep it warm).

I hope incandescents are brought back, or companies like GE develop nicer-colored bulbs. I understand that this isn’t life or death; there are certainly more pressing political issues to tackle. It’s just a little issue I’m peeved about, and my blog seemed like the perfect place to rant :)

Have you discovered a great halogen/CFL/LED bulb that you'd like to share? I'd love to hear it! 


(images of Ann Pyne in her incandescent-lit study via NYSD)

Wednesday
Dec112013

mita corsini bland

I found these large interior watercolors by Mita Corsini Bland to be quite visually appealing. They're a feast for the eyes, with so much going on that I'm not sure where to look first. But it's what I love about her work. If you're a Sister Parish fan, than you must recognize her immediately (she did the illustrations for this book). A few of Mita's prints are for sale here, and though they're eons out of my price range I've spent the past five minutes fantasizing about which one I'd purchase and where it would live (Albert Hadley's bedroom, SVP, and I'd hang it to the right of my bookshelf). If you can afford it, you should most certainly snatch one up :) 

Thursday
Aug292013

jean cocteau is rad

I wrote about Jean Cocteau's Milly-la-Forêt maison a little over a year and a half ago, but when I found these beautiful images I couldn't help but write about it again. Madeline Castaing, one of the premier decorators of the 20th century, assisted with the design. And I'm mad for it. Leopard walls, a tufted canopied bed, art and art supplies everywhere... it's perfect. The horn chair reminds me of a post I wrote for Coveted Home earlier this week (Coveted Home is a super cool boutique and design studio in KC where I now work, though it feels more like play :). Would you ever upholster your walls in an animal print? I totally would. Especially if I could do it in this Scalamandre number! Dream big. 

Tuesday
Aug272013

apartment update

Thank you to everyone who emailed and commented on my last post! A reader suggested Macau trực tuyến BaccaratBenjamin Moore's Queen Anne Pink, and it was exactly what I was looking for. I'm very happy with the way my walls turned out -- grown up, but still feminine (thank you Abigail!!).

After my saintly little brother helped me paint last weekend, I (naturally) went on a bit of craigslist shopping spree. Not to brag, but if Craigslist stalking was a sport I'd probably medal in it. I think that's what happens when you're delightfully impoverished yet don't want to live like it. Anywho, I foud those gold leaf brass bamboo coffee tables for $12 a piece, and the clean-lined gold sofa - which needs to be reupholstered - for $100. 

Of course, the room is hardly finished. Above are the items I'd love to buy next. Acquiring things slowly makes me appreciate what I have... but my inner Veruca Salt wants it all NOW! 

Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp. Bay Leaf Wreath for the front door (which I will probably paint in some way...). Opus 2 by Chad Wys (found through my friend Katie who has the best taste ever). Cheeky Nude Silhouette by Hugo Guinness. Modern White Plastic Chair. Claire Vivier Tassel. Cowhide Rug. 

Wednesday
Jul312013

Macau trực tuyến Baccaratpretty as a peach

First, if you are my landlord you should stop reading right now. 

If you are not my landlord, you can help me solve my latest dilemma. I just moved into a cozy little studio last week (no fireplace but there is a dressing room..!) and was intent on not painting the walls. But before I had my kitchen unpacked, I began to resent the  predetermined run-of-the-mill drab khaki color of the walls. They absolutely have to go. 

I thought about pale gray, I thought about pale lavender... but I've always found the warm peach color of the Hovey sister's glamourous grandmother's apartment to be perfect. (P.S. The space is featured in full in their book, Heirloom Modern... you need to see it.) I've tried Benjamin Moore's "Conch Shell" and  a coral-peach from Sherwin Williams - both were a no-go. A friend suggested Farrow & Ball's "Pink Ground", but that may be a touch too pink! What do you think? Sadly, I don't think I will sleep well until this is figured out :)