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sharon semmer: design extraordinaire

Thus far in my life, I’ve been lucky to have some really fantastic girlfriends with really fantastic mothers. Such is the case with my friend Caroline and her mom, Sharon. “You have to meet my my mom.” she kept telling me when we first met. “You guys are made of the same chintz fabric.” And she was right. Some of my best memories in Los Angeles are of hanging out with those two at Sharon’s ridiculously beautiful Hollywood Hills home. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed harder in my life!

Sharon will periodically text me photos of things that she knows I’ll love (like her Miles Redd-signed copy of The Big Book of Chic). Most recently, she sent me the above images of a chair which she had just reupholstered for a client. The chintz is from “Sharon’s Bazaar” - this is what we call her garage because it’s crammed full of amazing antiques and fabrics - and the gingham was previously a plastic fleece tablecloth. I mean, Sharon’s amazing. If you live in Los Angeles, have an infatuation with Dorothy Draper and Sister Parish and need decorating advice, there isn't anyone better. Love you, Sharon! :) 


ephemera, etc. 

There's something about personal ephemera tucked in expected places that I find incredibly charming. A step beyond the bulletin board, it gives a home a sense of instant cheeky humor and ease (at least to someone like myself who revels in beautiful chaos). Here, anything can be turned into a canvas... the possibilities are endless! Both Miles Redd and Herve Pierre extend their artistic eye to the lampshade, turning a plain jane shade into a mesmorizing work of art. Rita Konig, as I've written before, dresses up her mantel with personal polaroids. Similarly, Hamish Bowles and Jenna Lyons use photos to dress down fancy mirrors. The best part about this look? It's 100% budget-friendly! We all have photos laying around that need a home, and I'm betting that everyone has a lampshade and/or a mirror that could use a little sprucing up. So there you have it: Instant chic on the cheap. What could be better? 


Macau trực tuyến Baccaratchlo? sevigny + a wednesday soliloquy

Apartment hunting in Los Angeles is exhausting. The sole factor getting me through this process is that (hopefully) by the end, I will have a beautiful apartment to decorate. Which is where these photos of Chloë Sevigny by Terry Richardson come in. I’m not sure if my boyfriend (with whom I’ve been living with for almost a year now!) would go for pale pink walls in our new place, but he travels quite a bit and I could always paint while he’s away. (He’ll learn to love it :). But back to Chloë, I also love her mix of rose-colored walls with that great red printed couch + matching curtains. Pink and red is a terribly, terribly chic color combo. Just take a look at Miles Redd’s living room! I’ll be dreaming for the rest of the day of how to incorporate this scheme into my new place. Anywho, enough of my soliloquy. Have a wonderful Wednesday, dolls! 


miles says...

(image scanned from House Beautiful)


chez jean cocteau

Above is eccentric artist/poet Jean Cocteau’s Milly-la-Forêt maison. My knowledge of Mr. Cocteau is limited (I do know that the man liked to hold professional meetings in his bedroom, where he would lay in bed and smoke opium...), but I would love to find out more. His home, which opened to the public this summer, houses original sketches by Proust and Picasso in addition to portraits by Warhol and Man Ray. Cocteau insisted that Madeleine Castaing decorate his home, hence the bold leopard wallpaper (which I think is divine!). Katie and Jane don’t know it yet, but I think a Matchbook field trip to Milly-la-Forêt is in order :)

(P.S. - did you know that Jean Cocteau is one of Miles Redd's favorite artists?)