Flip through The Age of Elegance and it's clear why Alex Papachristidis has a reputation for elegant and traditional interiors. It's also clear why he's just celebrated 25 years as an interior designer: like the man himself, his interiors also have wit, whimsy and a flair for the dramatic.
Last year, Mark D. Sikes, the-Creative-Director-of-Banana-Republic-turned-Interior-Designer, and I had a full-on conversation about his design work as well as his amazing resource of a blog, Chic People, Glamorous Places, Beautiful Things. Mark's interiors are like his blog, chic and glamorous, but they also possess two elements that are often forgotten in that equation: comfort and function. Think of a great pair of jeans, the perfect white shirt, a great pair of loafers, a beautiful navy cashmere blazer. Simple, elegant, classic, yet, ulimately, highly wearable and easy to live in every day. As in clothes, so in interiors. Mark's are timeless.
To get ready for summer entertaining season, this month we're sharing a mini-series of pro tips and projects from our guest blogger, party planner extraordinaire and designer David Stark. This week, his instructions for whimsical golden creature place cards.
My new book, The Art of the Party is a look under the hood of the car, if you will, on what it takes to make a party special. Often the details are what tip an event from ordinary to extraordinary, and we like to look at every standard convention as a place to innovate. Case in point, the place card is a perfect spot for creativity.
While most designers create moodboards when beginning a project, David Scott takes it a step further, filling boxes with a collections of items — a feather, a rock, a fabric swatch — that inform his, and his client's, inspiration for a space; his book, Outside The Box, illustrates how these tactile elements evolve into rooms. No surprise then that the New York-based designer's (one of the few out-of-staters participating in this year's La Cienega Design Quarter Legends of La Cienega event) work has often been defined as textural, inviting, sensual and lush.
Stephen Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra debuts on HBO this weekend and I, for one, can't wait to see Matt Damon in a bejeweled mankini. Whether you call Liberace's hallmark style 70s Baroque, or Maximalist Princess, more is more and no surface is too shiny. If Liberace were alive today, I feel confident he'd approve of the following interiors. So why don't we just step out and slip into something more spectacular?
Talk about a design love story! Jason and Katie met while working for storied designer Michael S. Smith — Jason was the Studio Director and Katie was a designer. Filtering Michael's meticulous attention to details, sense of balance and history through their own lens, they've put their own spin on American melting pot traditional for a look that is clean, modern, and simple, yet never dull.
To get ready for summer entertaining season, this month we're sharing a mini-series of pro tips and projects from our guest blogger, party planner extraordinaire and designer David Stark. This week, his instructions for a beautiful take on flowering spring branches, usable year-round.
Last week we officially launched our new book The Art of the Party at the chic temple of style, Bergdorf Goodman. To celebrate the launch, we also created a series of hand-made art pieces (called Paper Tales) exclusively for the store, inspired by paper sculptural pieces that are both featured in our book and have proven so popular that our we are often asked for them to be available outside party environments.
One of the highlights of the Google I/O keynote this year was the introduction of the newly refreshed Google Maps. With updated design and information features throughout, I jumped at the opportunity to sit down with Jonah Jones, Staff UX Designer and Lead Designer of Google Maps, and learn a bit more about the design inspiration behind the new Maps.
I'm warning you — if you've never clicked over to CuffHome to check out the shop's offerings, your Pinterest board is about to get a workout. A fluffy ottoman with tiny gold feet peeking out, a 70s-inspired channel chair, a chain-wrapped ball lamp, a sleek blue velvet sofa, a rope-wrapped chandelier... although these glamorous yet organic, sensuous yet industrial pieces are rooted in a vintage aesthetic, they're completely modern.
Finnish-born, French-educated, LA living, Karina Oldemans combines the practicality of the first, the sophistication of the second and the imagination of the third for timeless, classic interiors with a modern sensibility.