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Sunday, December 12, 2010

I have some questions

While the online shelter mag Lonny has improved by leaps and bounds with the past few issues, a few questions inevitably pop up when it comes to the features. Like how high was the stylist of the photo shoot above? Heavy mismatched throws on French chairs topped with clunky round pillows? And is that oversized ornate mirror resting on the spindly little bench below?

Does Angèle Parlange realize how ridiculous she sounds discussing how to decorate with antiques passed down eight generations? And how tacky it is to have a (bad) copy of John Singer Sargent's Madame X on your wall even if the subject is an ancestor?

Why the Palm Beach hues with walls a color best described as "Digestive Disorder"?

Should this homeowner be publicly shamed for using the term "pillowscape" to describe her sofa accents?

Would you question a Caucasian friend's Negrobilia?

Are ten pillows on a bed ever okay?

Is there special pillow storage for this room?

And Albert Hadley has lucky bamboo?!?!

35 comments:

Kate said...

pillowscape!? All these scapes. Can we re-name the disease already? Makes me feel like I've got a case of Scapeez...
great post. Hopefully Lonny will heed your remarks.

Peeke said...

LOL, Thank you for putting into words what has been bothering me about Lonny. Everyone is so oh and ah over it, but most of the homes they put in the issues make me scratch my head as to why they were worthy of being featured. I am not a designer but a lot of these homes are a hot mess for the reasons you pointed out in this post! :) I'm like...."This is an example of what NOT to do!"

Jane said...

Those pillows are hilarious, and the quote about the 'innate style'. My husband would have fun every night grumpily throwing them all off his side of the bed.

A lot of the Lonny rooms are just so over and oddly styled. Maybe that gives them more personality and individuality, but to me it looks random and a bit pretentious. And I could not live in these rooms either. Way too much stuff.

Jessica @ The Elegant in the Room said...

Haha! Thanks for helping me articulate some of the reasons why the new Lonny didn't wow me. I also have an issue with the nightstands on page 182 and the crown molding / bookshelf / door thing on page 158.

Karena said...

There is so much I love.......however the stylists must be running around like chickens with their heads cut off with some of these rooms.

That mirror is going to topple any moment and woe to anyane foolish enough too sit there!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Sketch42 said...

I love you. Dying over the pillowless bed and the bed with 10 pillows...

Too funny. PS we missed you this weekend in ATL.

Appletree said...

All good questions. Pillowscape needs to go away fast.

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

All interesting mentions.
My three main points with this Lonny go as follows:

1) the pub is improving, however, a lot of the rooms have that distinctly Domino feel that reads a bit passe now that the Dom's defunct.

2) Many of these spaces felt very bright and summery for a December "Holiday Issue."

3) I must admit that in just a couple if issues, I feel Rue has a more sophisticated, of-the-moment look going. It'll be interesting to see what High Gloss brings to the online pub table.

Alcira

nerochronicles.com

Modern Country Lady said...

Alcira has nailed it as ususal.Give me Rue or Sweetpaul anytime.
The photographer must have been off his head too when he took picture 1 with the big frame+ liliput console table underneath !!

David said...

Am I the only one who can't stand excessive "pillowing?"

More than a couple and your sofa and it looks like an unmade bed. More than 4 on your bed means you're spending too much time looking at your bed and not enough being in your bed.

Pillows are not a decorating panacea. Thank you for allowing me to vent.

Jane K. Schott said...

"Pillowscape" That's a new one. and you are right about that wall color. YIKES!

Raina Cox said...

Peeke and Jessica - Hello to both of you and welcome to this deliciousness!

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Pillowscapes, tablescapes - like I've said before, the people who come up with these words live in the same la la land as "pageant parents."

My husband would a) laugh first b) bitch second if I tried to put that many pillows on a bed.

Good, GOOD analysis!

Teri said...

Obviously, there has been some salvia smoking.

My dog out LOVE for me to have 10 pillows on the bed. Since she likes to sleep on the pillows we throw on the floor at night.

susieq said...

I say let's give Hadley a pass on the lucky bamboo { really weird, though! right? } and pillow-less bed... He's Albert Hadley. However, that Lulu Powers house has serious issues. Terrible styling throughout. Those heavy blankets and big pillows on the french chairs really irked me to... And all the wall colors seem to fight the wood trim. I love colored walls -- but with all that wood trim everywhere it creates a too active background and creates lots of tension.

hush said...

Spot on!

@MyLittleHappyPlace - "Pageant Parents" is now my new favorite slur. Thank you!

Rebecca (Reluctant Floridian) said...

Raina, I wish you would re-caption Lonny photos. Pillow-less bed is all "bitch, give them back!" to the over-pillowed bed.

The Down East Dilettante said...

Oh, my love, where to begin? First, the junk the stylist left on the chairs is the least of that room's problems.

Second, if an ancestor appears in a famous portrait, it is far cooler to have just a framed photo of said portrait on one's desk than one of those 'museum copies' full size on wall. Exhibition posters with graphics and featuring said painting are also acceptable.

Third, I've told you about my own Palm Beach sublet years ago. They do some strange decorating shit down there under the Palms.

Fourth. Forget whether the white folk should have Negrobilia. The real question is whether white folk should be photographed in Breton red shorts and a white jacket with zillion dollar loafers. I do not want to know these people

Fifth. The question is incomplete. "Are ten Pillows in those pillow cases okay?"

Sixth. I love the way you contrast extremes. Maybe the folks in the photo above can send these folks some spare pillows.

Last: I want Albert Hadley's room, and I want it now.

Brandi said...

This is hilarious. The term pillowscape needs to die immediately, it's just wrong!

nkp said...

Shazam! I love it when you're "on." No one can do this like you! More please.

the Frugal Ecologist said...

Ditto to nkp's comment - I love your analysis. The most egregious to me: that bed with 10 mismatched pillows - unbelievable!

Bromeliad said...

That red bed has a barren pillowscape.

dave said...

"Pillowscape" is just sad, but ten pillows on a bed is what I'd call a good beginning. Do people really throw theirs on the floor? I use all mine, as one might in, say, an opium den or a fin de siecle brothel. No excuse for those pillowcases, however.

hiphousegirl said...

Ten pillows on one bed should never happen. I would choose the pillowless bed over that- at least there would be room for me!

You crack me up, Raina. :)

Lausi said...

Raina you really crack me up with your briliant analysis. Always so spot on :)

Pillowscape, right? LOL....

Sometimes one has to wonder what's going on in a so-called "designer's" head.

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Raina Cox said...

hiphousegirl and ingrid ostby - Hello to both of you and welcome to this deliciousness!

Re said...

Ten pillows on a bed is fine... when you're six years old and you've just spent a rainy afternoon building a fantasy cubbyhouse made entirely of pillows.

LINDA from OEKE said...

thanks for the giggle.
i needed a giggle.

(-:

Raina Cox said...

Re - Hello to you and welcome to this deliciousness!

Paul Anater said...

Jesus, a "pillowscape?" Really? Wasn't tablescape bad enough?

ChrisToronto said...

I LOVE the caption in image six: "I think I've always had a bit of flair. It's likely innate from my parents."

When in doubt, blame the parents.

Julie @ Chapman Interiors said...

PUKE> 'pillowscape' will ever touch my lips or fingers again. And also 10 pillows are NOT ok on the bed. Ironic the next photo had NO pillows.

toni said...

Oh dear, I think you may need to stage a pillow intervention, Raina, I just counted 12 on my bed! Oops.

Raina Cox said...

toni - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!