Last week’s rain has turned Los Angeles into a lush green land. It has been awhile since the Hollywood Hills have been a hue of shimmering emerald. This just maybe the elusive spring season, but there is no denying that the air is sweet and the bamboo is swaying in the light breeze. To honor this magical moment in LA, and to try and hold on a bit longer before the heat and June gloom, bring the classically bold leaf motif indoors. I’m feeling inspired!
My birthday is this weekend! Although it is not one of the “big ones” it’s no less a milestone and I do love a celebration.
As a Pisces, the trait of a dreamer is the one I connect most strongly with. My dreams, small or grand, are an important part of what makes me – Me. These dreams drive me forward and I feel so lucky that I am able to make many of them a reality. Hard-working and dedicated are other pisces traits, so I seem to be right in line with my sign.
Bear with me as I get a little new agey. Crystals are beautiful and just maybe they hold powers. My birthstone is amethyst and it is said to have qualities of healing, protection, and an intuition enhancer. All of which sound good to me and perhaps most importantly, heading into a weekend of celebrating, is that it wards against intoxication. I did not make that up!
Thank you for listening (reading) this indulgent post, but it is my party and I’ll post what I want to.
Valentine’s Day, for those with a heart of fire and a passionate soul. The holiday conjures visions of hollywood romance, hearts in the eyes and possibly heart ache. Let’s flip the script – and look at our entire world with rose tinted glasses to fall in love with the beauty which surrounds us. Let us use this holiday as a gentle remainder that everyday can give us butterflies and a twinkle in our eyes.
Miles Redd perfectly combines the glamorous with the whimsical. This juxtaposition highlights the best of both aesthetics creating a space with livable beauty. Redd has his signature style elements: super shiny walls, curated antiques, love of pattern (many in one room) that always feel fresh.
Recently, Miles took part in the KB Questionnaire and on top of everything else I love add his killer wit and charm to that list.
-What is your favorite nickname you have gone by? Miley, after America’s sweetheart: Miley Cyrus.
-Go to cocktail? Gin and Tonic.
-In 5 words or less how do feel about leopard print? Life-affirming chic.
-If you could only choose one accessory to wear for the rest of time, what would it be? Bury me in black tie.
-Morning or night person? Neither, but I come alive at the cocktail hour.
-Which room of the house would you be? Dare I say it? Well, perhaps in French. La salle de bain.
-Who is your muse? Annette de la Renta.
-Best gift you have received? Given? My eight-year-old nephew made me a papier-mâché dog that is black and white with a red collar and a blue ribbon on his breast that reads MOST STYLISH. It is the chicest thing in my living room.
-Favorite or dream family vacation? A safari, with evening clothes and baths sounds divine.
-Guilty pleasure? I don’t believe in guilt, but I do believe in pleasure.
A room designed by a Miles Redd is pure joy.
photos via MilesRedd.com and ArchitecturalDigest.com
Kasteel van ’s-Gravenwezel, a Belgian castle surrounded by sprawling gardens and woodlands, is the residence of Axel Vervoordt and his wife. Belgian antiques dealer and decorator Axel is know for mixing antiques with contemporary art and designing using the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi. This philosophy embraces humility at its core; It can be explained as a way of saying “thank you” to nature (wabi means “sober refinement” and sabi means “patina”). Wabi-Sabi looks at beauty as something imperfect, impermanent and incomplete with an inherent honesty.
“Design is more than just how something looks, it is also how it makes you feel.”
Vervoordt’s castle is magical and awe inspiring. There is a soft dream like existence to the castle in which boundaries between the indoors and out are seamlessly blurred, and furniture upholstered in whites and muted tones. I do hope to see this wondrous home in person some day.
images via BelgianPearls and Gardenista
Leopard print can go just about anywhere with anything. This motif should not solely be reserved as an accent note. Whether you choose a naturalistic or a clean graphic rendering experiment with pairing the leopard pattern with florals, brights, classic or modern decor…Seriously in any situation where you would gravitate towards a traditional neutral shade instead opt for leopard.
We are excited to announce KB Showroom’s participation in LCDQ LEGENDS 2015. This year’s theme is “Where Muses Dwell.” Each year during LEGENDS designers transform the windows of the participating shops into magnificent interpretations of the year’s topic. The event takes place May 6th-May8th. As a designer I am influenced by a multitude of things, but the one which stands out for me this year is Lauren Santo Domingo.
Lauren Santo Domingo or LSD is the epitome of effortless style; the embodiment of modern chic elegance. Santo Domingo is the co-founder of the one of a kind online fashion retailer, Moda Operandi, which sells looks direct off the runway. In addition she is a contributing editor for Vogue, a wife, and mother of two. Its no stretch to say LSD lives a full life beautifully curated by her own sensibilities. Her style is multifaceted: feminine with a masculine edge; refined, but not with out playfulness; based in tradition while nodding to the contemporary.
Please come by the KB Showroom to see my muse inspired window!
To give further insight Lauren Santo Domingo was sweet enough to take a few moments for the
-What is your favorite nickname you have gone by? Before I was LSD I was Loli
-Go to cocktail? Redbull
-Morning or night person? Night
-In 5 words or less how do feel about leopard print? Chic in the right hands
-Which room of the house would you be?
My own private sitting room off of the main bedroom
-Who is your muse? Marella Agnelli
-If you could only choose one accessory to wear for the rest of time, what would it be? Tiffany gold wedding ring
-Guilty pleasure? Reading hardcover books
So much of why LSD is my muse is beyond words.
Dark walls, especially black, are not the obvious color choice for a room or building exterior. The choice is a bold one. The final results, however, are not always. What I love about the use of the color black on architectural elements is that there is such potential. On the exterior black comes across as regal and classic, not at all witchy contrary to popular stereotype. Paint a room black and magic happens. A dark wall can make a smaller space feel endless, yet cozy. Metal fixtures in the kitchen and bath truly pop against this hue. It can lend an airy of austerity and soften contemporary edges. I’m a fan. If you are yet to be convinced, perhaps this gallery of inspiration will persuade you.
There is no denying the beauty of a flower garden, but let’s consider a garden of greenery. Whether it be structured or wild, modern or traditional a green garden is my go-to for landscaping. The monochromatic palate with tonal variations has an inherit calmness and beauty, which I love. Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of blossoms and there is a place for them, but for me they are not the main attraction…lush greenery is the star.
I did not know it until I saw it…This necklace by Elie Top (of Lanvin fame) is what my wardrobe has been longing for. I would wear it with everything from a cocktail dress to my favorite jeans and a crisp white tee. Hell, even with a bikini for “cabana chic.”
This spectacular collection “Mécanique Céleste” is Elie Top’s first in his own label. Concealed with in each brilliant piece are gem adorned interconnected spheres rotating on the same axis. The wearer can decide to reveal this miniature galaxy or maintain the mystery for their own delight.
See more of the collection at Colette.
Standing along the Dominican Republic’s northern shore is the family vacation home of interior decorator Celerie Kemble. After unsuccessfully searching the globe for the perfect retreat domicile Kemble and her husband, Boykin Curry, decided to build their own. Working with a builder and historical preservationist Kemble realized the home of their dreams. Casa Guava is airy and light filled, full of wild romance, and with a just enough whimsey to appeal to all geneations of guests.
For the full article and pictures visit www.architecturaldigest.com
“There is something about the outside of a
horse that is good for the inside of a man.”
I think a good way to introduce this blog is to honor the namesake himself with an explanation of what he means to me and why I hope the name will be a fitting one. Chrush (pronounced just like the old orange soda or what you had on the cute boy in fifth grade while you were drinking it) is my equine partner and love. I was lucky enough to come into his life when he was 3 years old. The past 4 years Chrush has taught me more about life than I would have thought imaginable from someone whose vocabulary is pretty much limited to “snort” and “neigh”. Chrush has shown me the beauty and grace of the world around me, the importance of living entirely in the moment, and the wonderful truth that getting your hands dirty can help your soul get clean. So much of what I’ve learned from my experiences with Chrush has bled into my design work, and I’d like to share just a few of those lessons here.
I grew up around horses, but I didn’t start riding seriously until several years ago with unrealistic goals. I knew I could work hard, and I was willing to put in the hours so I figured I would progress quickly and be cantering and showjumping in no time. Boy, was I wrong. Good horsemanship takes many, many years, and at first this drove me crazy, however, when I was able to accept that the journey would take a while, I was finally able to enjoy all the steps along the way. I’ve found this patience to be crucial to my work as well. When I work with a client, my goal is to create an atmosphere that represents and reflects who they are, but this doesn’t happen in a day. I’ve learned to enjoy the ride as my client and I get to know each other, and explore together what will be the perfect fit for them.
There is no way around it – show jumping is dangerous: speed + power + obstacles + temporary manned flight = the potential for a lot to go wrong. I am a little bit nervous everyday, except for the days when I’m a lot nervous. Courage isn’t the absence of fear—it means facing our fears and moving forward. In riding, the courage is slowing my breath and connecting with Chrush to accomplish the task at hand; the jump. In my work, courage to me means there is no need to fit preconceived notions of what design should be or followthe latest trend. There are no boundaries, no rules.
My time with Chrush has also taught me torespect limits, not only my own, but Chrush’s. Horses are strong, but they are not indestructible. I respect the awesomepower of Chrush, but I respect his fragility as well. I believe that this is a key aspect of respect: acceptance of the way things (and people) are. I hope that my years with Chrush have made me a more respectful, accepting person, and this respect is crucial to doing great work with clients. Only by respecting their unique tastes and personalities can I play the part I hope to play in helping create something that they will truly love.
For me, what makes a good blog is when someone shares their specific point of view and in doing so touches on things that apply to all of us. I’ve named my blog Chrush because it is a word that carries great personal weight for me , but I hope that this will become a place for others to bring their own personal loves and cares—their own “Chrushes”—into an ongoing conversation in which we can all learn from each other.
So, Chrush: the name of a beautiful horse, and a fun blog and an inspiring journey.
My love for Chrush and equestrianism has not only informed my life metaphorically—it has also provided a deep well of design traditions that I draw from.