Image: Source Unknown.
• The eternal shame of your first online handle is a trip down memory lane for those of us of a certain age.
• A great introduction to the Basics of Typography.
• I just discovered the colorful mixed media collages of Charles Wilkin and they’re electrifying.
• 5 reasons to blog anonymously (and 5 reasons not to).
• If you have a sense of humor, Go the F*ck to Sleep may just be the best title of a children’s book in existence.
• A fantastic collection of album cover art over on Flickr.
• Portlanders, you must check out Salt & Straw, an adorable new ice cream cart with really unique flavors!
• Jane of Sea of Shoes shares her favorite beauty products for the summer.
• The 20 craziest job interview questions and the right answers. It’s extremely important to know the answer to “What is your strategy at table tennis?”
• I absolutely love this collection of photos from Brooklyn circa 1974.
• What it’s like to fly first class.
• One more reason why you should never do cocaine.
• Karen Walker designs perhaps the most stylish sunglasses in existence.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about interiors and what it takes to make a house a home. And, when I look back at how we’ve decorated Wolfgang Manor thus far, an overall theme has emerged which I’ve dubbed Bavarian Modern. To me, Bavarian Modern is slick yet rustic. It encompasses old school touches like cuckoo clocks, vintage chandeliers, taxidermy, dashes of damask and a handful of worn wooden pieces mixed with a monochrome palette, modern furniture and an abundance of open space.
I’ve always been drawn to the modern side of interior design but growing up, my parents were obsessed with everything European (we had a cuckoo clock in our living room and visited Leavenworth every year for vacation) and there’s no denying that some of that influence rubbed off on me.
MOOD BOARD 01
1. Pia Wallén cross blanket. If you love this blanket as much as I do, click here. 2. Vintage carved wall decor. 3. Mountain home in Spain. 4. Mix-and-match plates. 5. Dali Lips sofa. 6. Saarinen Tulip Chair (we have some reproductions of these in our kitchen). 7. Silhouettes and taxidermy. 8. Lover lettering paired with a very dramatic bed.
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1. Cole & Son Woods Wallpaper in black (we’re considering this for our living room). 2. White fireplaces. 3. Jenna Lyons’ dramatic black bedroom & bath. 4. Black walls add drama to every day kitchen objects. 5. I love the mix of a modern exterior mixed with white walls and dark wood. 6. Miscellaneous taxidermy. 7. A living room that manages to strike the balance between rustic and modern.
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1. A dark and dramatic living room. 2. Weathered still-life featuring antlers by Ditte Isager. 3. I’m a big fan of the Superordinate Antler Chandelier by Jason Miller. 4. How cool is this type-covered mirror via One Language? 5. Gray makes everything feel more modern and less formal, including this couch. 6. Quite possibly the coolest fireplace I’ve ever seen.
So there you have it! Bavarian Modern.
Some of my favorite decor touches: Black walls, a dash of damask and spaces that have a touch of drama but aren’t too fussy. View more pages from the Decor Notebook set on Flickr.
I was at Shareen Vintage in LA with Gala and Jazzi a few weeks back when I spotted this dress. Sure, beige isn’t normally my power color but what grabbed by attention was the lederhosen-esque pocket detailing. I’ve been wearing lederhosen since the ripe old age of four and, well, I’m a bit obsessed (buckskin shorts in the summer? Why not!) Anyway, this dress had some major damage towards the bottom but luckily, Shareen had seamstresses on hand that hemmed it above the knee for me on the spot (talk about awesome service)! It’s still not perfect but hey, it’s vintage and I don’t mind clothes that have been lived in, stains and all.
I paired this dress with a handful of my favorite accessories to make it feel more modern: an H&M zigzag headband, Wolford Bondage tights in Sahara (these were limited edition but you can sometimes find them on Ebay), my go-to summer wedges by Australian brand Beau Coops and a velvet buckle bag by Versus that I found at Opening Ceremony last year.
Dress, Shareen Vintage
Wedges, Beau Coops
Since I returned from LA, I’ve been wearing almost all vintage nonstop and it’s nice to give old clothing a new life and make it my own.
Yesterday, I was offered strawberry rhubarb pie, ice cream and scotch. In that order. Full disclosure: I only took the ice cream.
Keeping my office dark while still letting light in…just the way I like it.
Enjoying my favorite drink last night, Stoli Blueberi + cranberry juice. My friend Bianca in NY introduced me to this delicious combination a few years ago when we were out doing what we do best…clubbin’.
I’m not usually into 50s era dresses but my friend Mary Bee set this aside for me when I was at Hidden Treasures in LA a few weeks back and when belted, it’s all kinds of awesome. Outfit post to follow soon!
The current state of our living room until our new couch arrives…things are finally coming together. Slowly but surely. I’m off to run errands, brainstorm some new rounds of work and hopefully work on my new portfolio. Enjoy your weekend!
Crystal Renn for Vogue Mexico by David Roemer, April 2011.
• Loving this photo essay: The mundane home lives of Superheroes!
• Midcentury modern hits retirement age. Count me in…I’m sure that one day I’ll need a Barcelona wheelchair.
• Have you seen the amazingly detailed embroidered portraits by Daniel Kornrumpf?
• I love this particular description of the Jil Sander Spring 2012 men’s show: “This season’s collection looked like a yearbook page from Trent Reznor’s School For Young Men. Call it the softer, cuddlier side of goth.”
• Even more fashion bloggers speak up about body image.
• The new graduation gift from mom and dad: an apartment in Manhattan?!!
• I’m in love with Christian Louboutin’s Fall 2011 Lookbook. Featuring renaissance-inspired depictions of women glamorously posing for ‘portraits’ with his shoes, this takes lookbooks to a whole new level.
• Gorgeous art composed of the unexpected combination of bones and flowers.
• Lauren Manning has documented the food she consumed for a two year period with a variety of detailed infographics.
• How tablets are transforming web design.
• I love the bright, clashing shoe and tights combos that one of my readers sent me from New York Magazine.
• Fashionista names the 10 best fashion illustration blogs.
• Working at the Playboy Club a few decades back wasn’t always as glamorous as it seemed. One woman began her career there as a teen in the 70s and shares her experiences.
• I like how Gala is making costume films to share her daily outfits!! Oh, and the handwritten descriptions. Clever girl!
• Here’s what went down during the first day of John Galliano’s trial.
They say that you should never judge a book by its cover. On the other hand, fashion magazines pride themselves on having an astute sense of style and a fine-tuned eye for daring patterns and color combinations. In fashion magazines, image is everything and nothing sums up the complete package better than the cover.
Fashion magazines that I’m currently subscribed to include Elle, Marie Claire, Vogue, Bazaar, W and Allure. I also buy V regularly. What should I pick up next?
How about a super-sized dose of bright green to kick-start the first official day of Summer? View more pages from the Decor Notebook set on Flickr.