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.