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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A break from my break to discuss Lonny

I hadn't planned a blog post for another couple of weeks, but one of my BFFs, Jenny of "My Favorite and My Best," called me this morning to talk about the newest issue of Lonny. I was so fired up after her phone call that I just had to weigh in...

Oh, dear.

This room is in the same house as...

...this space. Continuity, people, continuity.

Jennycakes was curious as to why a magazine would feature Cath Kidston and Rachel Ashwell in the same issue, given their styles are so similar. I was more bothered that anyone would feature Ashwell at all. I thought the final nail was hammered into Shitty Chic's coffin a few years ago. Unfortunately, Ashwell has convinced an investment group to give Shabby Chic a second go.

I've always thought this look to be for emotionally-stunted women.

As Jenny says, Vincente Wolf loves to prop him some art.
Didn't we leave this look behind in the Aughts?

This feature reinforced my dislike of gallery walls.

And this is the opposite wall of the room. OY!

I have to give it to the Lonny editors for their considerable restraint with the bar photos. Only one was featured in this issue.

Dumplings, what are your thoughts on the August/September Lonny?

47 comments:

houseenvy said...

Haven't read it yet, but ROFL at you taking a break from the break! Glad you got it off your chest!

my favorite and my best said...

word. i did LOVE the actual piece used as a bar in the last pic...
i want more complete shots please...
in fact i thought this little bar set up was one of the best i have seen in a while. and there is only a teeny tiny picture of this whole are on the lonny site. bummer on you lonny.
i really think i hate those red walls too. at first i may have liked them...but now...i think it's just too much. and i am with you on those terrible wall stencils.
it's all just so...wrong.

Visual Vamp said...

Well said, youse two,
xo xo

Coté Provence said...

Glad you are back...
I haven't read the issue, but can tell you for a fact that I am not a stencil on the wall kinda person, nor a fan of disney characters on the walls!

xo

Squeak said...

Meow!

Jon A said...

At least they have the good taste to (pretend to) drink Tito's Handmade Vodka.

Seriously, why would anyone want their house to look like they gathered the majority of their furnishings off the curb in a trailer park?

I mean, I loved my grandmothers too, but when they passed on so did their stuff.

designstiles said...

Ha. Could call. Love honesty.

sarah, flourish design + style said...

I had my fingers crossed you'd come back for this. xx

Tonia @Chic Modern Vintage said...

I'm glad it's free to read online, cause I think I would have been a little POed if I paid good lunch money for this.

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

I second Jon's comment about the Texas-made Tito's vodka - noted that right away.
Other than that, there's just a bit too much of the whole mish-mash thing going on. I dig it, but think they've gone a bit too far with it. Like you said, lacks cohesiveness.

anita @ a dreamer's den said...

i need the name and phone number of ashwell's lead investor.
and her attorney.

Camilla @ Designalogue said...

You had my heart already lady, but you have just cemented your place in there after your comment on shabby chic & emotionally stunted women!

Of the people I know who like that shit - so, so right!

Sketch42 said...

It had moments that I liked, Flair, Ryan Korban- MAYBE I would have liked vincent wolfs place if I could have had less choppy views of it. I liked that ikat bed.

The problem with that red wall isnt the wall- its the fucking mickey mouse art!

The stencils are repulsive.

And that bar cart has my new most favorite EVER glasses on it. Look closer- black white and gold. GORGEOUS. If anyone knows where i can get those- tell!

Concrete Jungle said...

Gotta agree......

sherri said...

I'm just glad to read your sweet voice again. I have a gallery photo/a few prints/wall. b/c 1. quick solution to big wall and 2. i take way too many damn pictures and love looking at pictures all the time. but that lonny issue looks very, very bad.

Robin said...

I knew you'd be back for this. Missed ya babe!

And I'm no feng shui-er, but isn't putting a mirror -- much less 8 to 10 of them -- a big no-no?

Kelly Green said...

Love the bar carts, bring them on! Def. not so keen on shabby chic....done, done ,done! KG

Jane said...

Welcome back just for this.

I personally love houses with lots of design conflict, don't mind the lack of consistency. I love love that modern bit of CK's house. Might post on it because there are not enough posts (yet) on this edition of Lonny.

Otherwise completely agree with you.

Gallery walls arrrggghhhhh. No more please I am begging you.

xoxo

Appletree said...

your link to emotionally stunted women cracked me up.

ampersand-design.blogspot.com said...

Yay! You're back, albeit briefly.
I'll take what I can get at the moment and just be happy that I got to read Lamp Shade today.
Can't wait till you are back for good.

Anyhow,
I didn't mind the colour of the red walls, but agree that the mickey mouse is just dire and that overall the house is such a mish mash. Those stencilled walls are foul. Some spaces where not too bad, but my God, how many disparate styles can one abode contain?
I skipped the Rachel Ashwell article all together. I also thought the Cath Kidston one seemed to go on forever. That English dude's place was just a mess. Did not appeal at all.

I didn't mind the pics in the Flair article. Quite liked them in fact.
Also the tones of Ryan Korban's place where appealing to me. I especially liked her bedhead.
My favourite overall place featured, was Callie Jenschke's.

Sandy K

Tracey said...

I have to disagree on some of the pics. I like wolf's living room and Kiston's dining room but there were images i did not like and why they chose that ugly pic (not the girl, she was fine, the room!) for the front cover. Well why?

The Down East Dilettante said...

I knew you'd come back to us! I just knew you would!

And wowie zowie, you nailed it with this one. Oh dear.

Raina Cox said...

designstiles, Kelly Green, and Tracey - Hello to each of you and welcome to this deliciousness!

Bromeliad said...

I picture you rising up from a mound of cardboard boxes and crawling to a laptop. True devotion.

I liked Vicente's place and still like leaning art. And Korban's. Don't mind the rest since it's free and always comes with the bonus of a post from Raina. Via Timbuktu

karly / design-crisis.com said...

Thank you for the regular reminders on why i do not read this magazine. My eyes are bleeding in many ways right now. You know that, unlike you, I'm a fan of the gallery wall but I have to say hell-to-the-no for both walls in this post... and the fact that they are in the SAME ROOM hurts my soul.

Happy travels and thanks for popping in!

xoxo

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Thank you and Jenny too for saving me the time to read it.

They would do far better in my opinion by publishing work off the blogs!

Still love Vicente...can't help it!

Jill said...

I never liked Domino...so I've not met, nor do I plan to meet Lonny.

Charlotta Ward said...

Hello and welcome back. How's it all going with the house clean & move? Found anything exciting yet? Can't wait to hear.. x

Lonny.. It's hit'n'miss.. but I haven't read the last issue yet. Am looking forward to doing it soon though.

Love your frankness and agree on the shabby chic..

Vive la difference though right!? :)

x C

Karena said...

I do love Vicentes style and design work, was thrilled to see his home.

Come on though the shabby look is so ...what 70's 80's just dated beyond!

Welcome back, even for a bit. Raina we have missed you!!

Karena
Art by Karena

Allan said...

I had all the same thoughts as you. I am quite amazed how Lonny editors keep finding the most weird homes in the US.

Does everyone live like this? :)

Raina Cox said...

Allan - Hello to you and your gorgeous blog, and welcome to this deliciousness!

nkp said...

It had it's moments, though few and far between. This issue was kind of like one of those everything-but-the-kitchen-sink cookies, unfortunately most of it was in the Kidston household. That place was just bizarre!

lavalotti said...

I'm no design expert, but I completely agree with your criticisms. I think there's a fine line between "eccentric" and "atrocious" sometimes and, well, sometimes things end up on the wrong side. Thanks for your great blog, by the way, I enjoy it a lot.

david john said...

I'm not really feeling Lonny the magazine. Though I don't think its really marketed to me either.

Always nice when you are back Raina. Thank god there is a critical voice that likes to dialogue about trends.

X
david
YHBHS

Sol Kawage said...

Raina nice to see you!!!
And oh, the continuity issue. I agree wholeheartedly. I think it's my priority when it comes to my own home.

Naomi@ThirteenandSouth said...

I STILL havent bothered to read it. I will eventually, as I always find a few inspiring pieces in there. BUT I am more offput that as soon as it comes out half the damn blogosphere makes obsession collages dedicated to Lonny.

Not you, of course, at least you make valid points and don't blindly declare your love of color, zebra, and art walls. Each can be great- but not in every context.

Alexis L., The Studioist said...

Is it just me or has the blogosphere been less Lonny-obsessed this issue?

I feel as though I usually cannot escape an endless iteration of high praise round-ups. Not so much this time...

Jennifer Sanderson said...

Loved the bar at the end.. actually..I agree with you 100 percent on Shabby Chic...enough already! Emotionality Stunted is a PERFECT way to put it...little girl in mom's home..ugh. I love white on white as a blank canvas..Ashwell always takes it too far..and her prices are way redic. All the gallery walls make my head spin, and the Mickey Mouse painting???? Good lord. Stenciling is gross, the wall paper is worse, and again the gallery walls make my head spin.

melissa said...

Oh lord that stencilled wall. But on my trip across the atlantic this summer I found myself in a Pottery Barn in Vancouver. It was all yellow and green earthenware and beige, terracotta and gold cushions - the whole thing just SCREAMED 1980s decor to me. I had to leave after 5 minutes, feeling slightly shaken and shocked. Stencilled walls would have fit right in. I really, really, don't feel I can go back there - haven't we moved on from that sort of faux-cutesy, french farmhouse, soleiado-tablecloth- and-amusingly-rustic-olive-oil-bottle idea of decorating?
Shabby chic is just the 90s equivalent of that.
I have a horrible, horrible feeling I'm going to see some peach coloured festoon blinds in a design mag soon - and when I do I'm going to lie down in a dark room with a cold compress until the madness is over.....

phillip said...

Raina,
Your blog is really wonderful in that you always provoke one to think about things good and bad. I had actually flipped through Lonny with my mouse pad and wondered when finished why I bothered. This issue, simply put, is a big ole mess. I wonder if they are still trying to find a market or trying to appeal to a segment of advertisers that heretofore have not been tapped into. Whatever!!!

Details and Design said...

Raina, really...you stole my post before I could get to it. Heavy sigh. Will have to think of something else. Maybe Genevieve Gorder's own kitchen shown in the throwaway mag "In Touch" a week ago. I can't seem to find a photo of it though and it is so RIPE with things to discuss. I can't really add anything here but WTF?~~Cheryl
www.kitchendetailsanddesign.com

Mrs Woog said...

can you come back please.....
I miss you

Rachel said...

Whoever said "there's a fine line between eccentric and atrocious..." got it soooo right. I mean, I do like gallery walls. But not that one. And not with a gallery wall of mirrors across the way. They needed to pick one gallery or the other.

And the fact that the first few photos came from the same house had my jaw on the floor. How bizarre. (Can you tell I haven't read the issue yet??)

Hope the moving's going well.

melissa said...

RED ALERT - more stencilling in September's Homes and Gardens (UK)

The end of the world is nigh

The Zhush said...

Emotionally stunted women! Wow! Could you PLEASE come back soon! On a whole I really eat Lonny up! a. Its free, and b. I think I am just easy to please, like a kid with a lollipop! At least when it comes to free stuff that I can shut down at will...but I love how you get me to step up my critiqueing game! Looking at Lonny thru a new lens now!

Naz said...

How I hate gallery walls. They just reinforce junk loaded up on a wall.

Alison said...

I know I've been mia from the design blog world, so I hadn't seen Lonny until your post (I mean, I have my priorities and you're up there)...Marc was just compelled to ask me what was wrong after all of my "Ew!" "What?" and "Yikes" exclamations. My alarm must have been extreme for him to even register this whilst pecking around Quicken.