Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Kelly Wearstler is my guru

This isn't exactly breaking news.  The article came out last fall, but I can't stop looking at this room.  It's Cameron Diaz's living room in Manhattan designed by Kelly Wearstler.  I love how 70's it is and i t reminds me of Amy Adam's Apartment in "American Hustle" a little bit (just this one room).  I feel like this is what her apartment would evolve into years later when she could afford that swank chandelier and trade up a few pieces in her living room for something a little more collected. This is definitely giving me major inspiration for my living room area.  

I love all the different styles mixed together: the roll arm chair with the boxy sofa with the wacky little footstools and the long low coffee table.  I'm crazy about the colors too.  I really like the peachy pink, with tan and beige and yellow.  It sounds totally "Golden Girls" but it comes off really sophisticated and modern. 

This room inspired me to buy the vintage Drexel Contemporary armchair and ottoman that I had been lusting over for a few months.  It reminds me a little bit of the peach chair on the right above...loosely.  


yes? no? ...maybe?

 I also got some swivel chairs on ebay that will replace the yellow armchairs that are there currently.  Here is a snapshot from the listing:



I really hope I love them.  This could go very right or very wrong and since the upholstery is in great shape I really don't want to recover them if they clash.  The thing that sold me on these was the bases swivel and tilt and are made of beautiful teak wood.  Stay tuned for better pics!  

I'm still on the hunt for a more proportional coffee table and a bigger rug...and some art.  

Oh yea... and some curtains to replace the sad blanket hanging in my window.  How shameful is that?!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

American Hustle dreamz

Have you guys seen "American Hustle"?  From a costumes and set design perspective it was my  favorite movie of the year.  I loved it! 

Sydney's apartment, in particular, was so amazing.  I love all the yellow details like the pegboard in the kitchen.  Pegboard in the kitchen always reminds me of Julia Child's kitchen on The French Chef

 The parquet floors and grass cloth walls are super cool too.  I've been thinking of adding some grass cloth as a cover for the mirrored closet doors or as an accent wall in the master bedroom and this is really convincing me.

I wish I could find a picture that shows more of the dining room.  She has black framed Breuer chairs and a white parsons table.  It's the ultimate 70's dining area with the great art and a Persian rug. 

The chairs though!  Man, I love these chairs! 


The living area is pretty great too with all of the potted plants and the deco brass coffee table.   It looks great in the movie with the "daylight" coming in the huge windows with the sheer curtains.

This bedroom, though, is the most flawless room in the whole apartment and possibly the whole movie!  I mean, yellow with off white?  Upholstered walls?  With a matching upholstered headboard? 

It's totally over the top and it's incredibly simple at the same time. I am obsessed.  

As Liz Lemon would say: "I want to go to there".  

Isn't this room just bananas?

 Poor sad Sydney in the sunny yellow room :(

Wait a minute! Doesn't that bag to the left look like a smiley face?  Or am i tripping?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Bar stool update

Remember this guy? So curvy, shiney and shapely, but with the most boring uphostry....Well he's got a fancy new fur coat now.  Faux mongolian lamb!  

Yeah, fur is kind of crazy for a bar stool in a kitchen, but it's so fun and it'll be easy to recover when it gets dirty.   Although I will kill anyone that spills on these guys :)

Here's a glamour shot!  

Boom!  I like the way it ties the wall unit in with the kitchen. 

side note:  I will always figure out a way to justify a purchase of brass furniture.

Look how cute they are in their home at the bar? Just LUSHous!  I have really been enjoying them and they are holdingup surprisingly well.

So, in conclusion, as nutty as it is to cover a chair in faux fur, I will say there are some major positive aspects:

Working with faux fur is actually very forgiving.  There are no matching patterns or stripes to deal with and the density hides staples really nicely.  Therefore, a project like this takes very little time.  These chairs only took me about 10 minutes each!  I love that.  

 sidenote: I will always justify the use of faux fur