It's the 50th anniversary of Ian Flemming's James Bond, and Bond is in the ether: a new Bond film just opened last week and there was an exhibit in Great Britain last summer titled Designing 007 at the Barbican. There was always a Space Age/Jet Set style to Bond, especially in those early films, which lifted him out of the ordinary and into imagination. Let's look at some film stills.
There's a new documentary out on Diana Vreeland, and though I haven't seen it yet I look forward to it with great eagerness. I mention this here because as I was developing this column six years ago, I found her to be a tremendous source of inspiration.
Attention all colorists: hie thee to the Morgan Library for the show Painting In America, which features the studies and works on paper of the artist Josef Albers. This show is so intimate and revealing that you feel as if the artist himself is watching over you shoulder as you flip through his sketchbooks.
I'm gearing up for a big paint job - my living/dining/workspace is essentially one big open room and it is in dire need of a refresh. We live in a converted storefront space, so it's a bit loft-like, with high ceilings and big windows (at one end) so there is lots of wall space that needs covering. I'm leaning toward super neutral on the walls to leave open the possibility of adding some wallpaper into the mix as the next step, but am feeling equally tempted to add a bit of color. I mocked up 10 different shades that I'm considering - can you help me out with your favorite?
I lived with buttery yellow living room walls for several years and loved them; somehow they took the edge off even the chilliest Chicago morning. If you are considering adding this bit of subtle sunshiney warmth to your home, look no further - here is a palette of perfect pale yellows and creams. One is sure to suit your personal taste; some a bit brighter, some warmer, some more neutral, all pretty.