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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Bunny will cut a bitch

Stewart Cairns for The New York Times.

I love Wednesday evenings. It's the night The New York Times uploads a dozen or so articles online for its Home & Garden section. Included are slide shows of (usually) dodgy domiciles, a few store sale announcements and a minimum of one "thought-provoking" piece. 

Tonight's deep thoughts article is entitled "In Defense of the Decorator," a profile of extremely high-end interior designers letting the world know how veddy important their jobs are. Bunny Williams is introduced early on and described as the "decorating world’s grande dame." The accompanying photo, above, is priceless. 

Bunny Williams will cut a bitch. With a knife-pleat curtain.

In Defense of the Decorator [The New York Times]

9 comments:

Donna Benedetto said...

Loved your post and will definetely be checking The New York Times on Wednesday nights as well.
Donna
thebeneblog.com

ShopGirl said...

I am CRYING laughing ! Love your caption !!

Vickie H. said...

Too too funny! Love it! I will check out the Wednesday evening NYT offerings.

The Down East Dilettante said...

I live for the Thursday Times. I never go to bed on Wednesday evening until I have checked out the Home Section---and Gail Collins, the Raina Cox of political commentary.

Michele from Boston said...

I'm so happy to have found your blog, Raina, but I think Bunny's one of the best designers practicing today, bar none. I read the article and I feel the snarky writer should let a photographer into his pad so we can all critique it. Some of the quotes taken out of context were truly painful and downright ridiculous, I agree, but can no one out there defend the average, hard working professional interior designer/decorator? DIY + HGTV is not always a good combo. And their attitude toward the decorating "elite" is pretty clear. No one should be ashamed to seek the help of a professional decorator, but these back-handed slaps seem to suddenly be the NYT's specialty! Just to play along, I expect Bunny would keep her stiletto concealed inside an enormous scrimshawed whale bone handled 19th c. magnifying glass from John Roselli Antiques.

Raina Cox said...

Michelle from Boston - I'm not casting aspersions on Ms. William's talent, but she does have a reputation for being formidable.

When I was assigned to interview her for Curbed, I was more than a little relieved that she insisted it be by email.

margot said...

FYI this NYT story and a subsequent tweet or two in reaction have set off a maelstrom of anger and pissypantsness among the designbloggerDIYers north of the 49th. They don't like these snooty designers and they think pouncer brushes and hot glue are the way "great design" comes to the masses. I'm guessing the same types who are now swooning over the place in your previous Elle Decor piece and devising ways to get the look of the brass assemblage on the wall. Anyone know the best brass-look spray paint? Don't get me wrong, I can drill and glue and sew my heart out, but it's not, nor will it ever be, "great design." It can be cute, or clever or pretty. Great - no. DIY is apples. Ms. Williams and her ilk: oranges. The finest, most exquisite oranges.

Bromeliad said...

Stop. It's too hot to be laughing so hard.

Carla Aston said...

Very funny. I did a post today on this article. I thought they made designers look a bit ridiculous with all the affluence touted and tossed around. I only wish I had those budgets! Would love for you stop by and let me know what you think.
http://carlaaston.com/designed/in-defense-interior-decorator-designer-new-york-times