March 5, 2010
I love that I was caught up in the whirlwind of House Beautiful’s recent “Blue Chair Hunt” contest. Even though I didn’t win big, it felt good to win at all…I never win anything!
Here are some images of the other chairs that I coveted but did not score:
Check out more images from House Beautiful’s Flickr Photostream.
Which is your favorite?
March 4, 2010
Funny how my last post was about free furniture, because, I had a little bit more free furniture luck shine down on me again today.
House Beautiful has been sporadically placing blue chairs around NYC the last two days, in honor of their upcoming “Blue” issue. They have been giving hints of the chairs’ whereabouts via Twitter, and I have been furiously following their tweets.
Alas, they never ventured towards the Murray Hill/Flatiron District by my work (they were, however, only a few blocks from my apartment on the Upper East on Tuesday. Drats!).
With each tweet, I crossed my fingers. Finally, the very last stop was posted. Rockefeller Center. I’m not near there, but I figured, what the heck. The prize? A beautiful Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams ‘Wyatt’ chair. Obviously worth skipping lunch for, so I set off.
Two other chairs were being given away, but they were kids’ chairs and, since I don’t have kids, my mind was set on the MGBW one.
I get there with 15 minutes to wait. I linger, my eyes frantically searching around the ice rink, ready to pounce on any blue chair I saw. Little did I know, another design savvy tigress was snooping around. The chairs finally arrived and she was just a bit more fierce than I. The chair was beautiful, but not worthy of a hospital trip (and to tell ya the truth, after seeing it in person, I’m not sure it would have fit in my apartment).
It was like an insane version of musical chairs. But with a single, oh-so-lovely chair. But I lost the big prize.
I then thought of my senior editor, who just gave birth to two beautiful babies, and claimed one of the kids’ chairs as my own on her behalf. She appreciates good style, and I know little Hunter and Penelope will one day enjoy it.
I’ll post more images from the blue chair hunt later this week!
Congrats to all the winners and thank you House Beautiful! What a fun contest!
November 9, 2009
Is it bad that I’m starting to become numb to these breaking news stories? Only one shelter mag left at Hachette now, my former place of employment, Elle Decor. Here’s hoping that someone will stay afloat through all of this.
R.I.P. Met Home
October 1, 2009
I heard about Lonny a few months ago and have been eagerly awaiting it’s arrival since.
It’s an online magazine put together by former market editor of domino magazine, Michelle Adams (who also has a beautiful eco-friendly textile line) and photographer Patrick Cline. Lovely ex domino staffer Kate Townsend Simpson graces the cover of the first issue that promises 174 pages of decorating ideas.
You “flip” through the website as if it’s a real mag (though there are mixed reviews about that).
Eddie Ross, former EIC Deborah Needleman, and Rita Konig all contribute. And if you’re wondering where they came up with the name, it’s a combo of London and NY.
Honestly, I really like it though am a little annoyed at the whole “getting around” aspect of it. The scrolling and zooming aren’t the most effecient. And it’s eerily reminiscent of domino. As much as I loved domino, I can’t help but think that they should have been a tad bit more original.
What do you think of it? Does it fill the shelter mag void for you?
August 26, 2009
One of my favorite things to do in the fall is grab a coffee, curl up on the couch, and dive into the September fashion issues. It’s just a simple indulgence for me. The photography is so inspiring, and with each turn of the page I feel whisked away to a world of shameless beauty.
One of my favorite stories appeared in Vogue. The model? Juicy Couture co-creative director, Gela Nash-Taylor’s romantic English countryside manor.
Left: The Jacobean drawing room, with its Queen Anne chairs and Chippendale sofa, is fit for royalty. The curtains are in Robert Kime for Chelsea Textiles “Hardwick” embroidered cloth.
Right: The antique fabric at the windows, antique toile on a Victorian slipper chair, and an 18th-century mirror on the mantel make Gela’s daughter’s bedroom perfect for a princess.
In the Chinoiserie Suite, de Gournay wallpaper and a Victorian four-poster bed with custom hangings.
The chandelier is like icing on this decadent bath.
Left: An 18th-century needlework sofa against a 17th-century French bargello work in the Medieval Suite.
Right: A 19th-century Sicilian chandelier and a harlequin set of Régence bergères in the loggia.
Seriously, these photographs are like chocolate for the eyes…dark chocolate.
August 6, 2009
I’m heartbroken. Time Inc. has decided to fold Southern Accents.
This is the magazine where I began my journalism career. I learned so much from the wonderfully talented editors there. This magazine will truly be missed.
February 23, 2009
This brand spanking new magazine was on my desk this morning. I haven’t had a chance to really dive into it, but the pages I did scan through piqued my interest. Published by Reader’s Digest, Fresh Home is focused on DIY home ideas. I don’t foresee this being the next Domino, but it’s definitely recession-friendly and has a lot of great tips, including a guide for painting which will help me with my current project. Look for it on newsstands on February 27th.
January 9, 2009
Another beloved shelter mag has received the chopping block. Oh, when will it end?!