But I digress... Back to the question -- where have I been? Certainly not to England to visit the Queen either. Wish I had, frankly. That William is sure growing up fast. I still remember getting up at 3 a.m. when I was but a young high schooler and watching Diana become the princess that she did. And now, young William is her age when she got married. Where does the time go?????
Okay, again, I digress.
I have been busy with the children getting out of school and preparing the shop for its summer hibernation (I open only by appointment during the scorching summer months and spend some real quality time with the kids at home). So before they got out of school this past Friday, I ran around creation getting fabrics, matching fabrics, looking for inspiration, finding treasures, etc. I can't wait to show you some of the new old pieces that are being completely restored. Some are already up on my 1st dibs store in case you want to catch a glimpse. For all of you who have asked, I no longer have the online shop on Etsy as I have gone exclusive on 1st dibs and soon to its sister site, ShopAD (for Architectural Digest). So things have been quite busy but nonetheless, amazingly exciting. I have never enjoyed working this hard in all of my life. I am meeting some wonderful people on the way and my pieces are finding their way all over the country (most recently, one of my favorite pair of french antique chairs covered in organic muslin shipped to Anchorage, Alaska). Talk about white on white!
And still, I continue to be inspired by other designers and their work. I most recently picked up an old issue of Domino from my pile of treasured old magazines (November 2008 to be exact), and rekindled my absolute devotion and love for Jenna Lyons' home. I am fixated on it. And Heather Clawson, author of the ever so wonderful and popular blog Habitually Chic did a great post on it some time ago that I would love to share with you. If you are anything like me, you will fall in love with Jenna's home (and if you don't know who she is, you may just want to pick up that J.Crew catalog of yours and see that she is the master mind behind the fashion line). I find her home to be fabulous! I love the simplicity of it and the contrast between very little color. She's the only person I know who can make black walls so beautiful and appropriate.
But let me illustrate with photos:
Jenna Lyon's exterior in Brooklyn. I am just in love with the white and back contrast. So simple and elegant!
The cover of the magazine featuring her home. It now sits atop my pile of favorite magazines. I love the layering of antique persian threadbare rugs. I have a similar pile in my family room. They are indistructible even with kids and dogs.
Love that kitchen nook with the exposed side chairs and modern tulip table. I have a set of bergere chairs very much like these soon to come on 1st dibs. Keep an eye out for them.
Now can you understand my obsession?????