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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Inspired or knock-off?

Getaway Coastal Living Home Collection by Universal

Serena & Lily and Bunny Williams must be pee-yassed! 

Full collection here.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Nothing can keep a bad store down


I have missed Z Gallerie like Donald Trump misses seeing his feet. Meaning not all that much. Like many a decor chain this year, Zoinks declared bankruptcy but was lucky enough to find a buyer. I should say lucky for us because shopping there is just too glam. No, seriously, they have art to prove it!

Because we live in a world where an actual handmaid is nominated for the Supreme Court, let's enjoy for a moment an easier, breezier bedazzlement:

First up is a knock-off of a chandelier from Carlo Nason's "Triedri" series for Venini, described by Zoinks as "deco-influenced." Never mind Nason was a confirmed Modernist who designed this series in the 1960s. 

With glassware to match!

Zoinks is still selling these, the design for which is - can you believe? - nearly 20 years old. The top half of my bum gets cold reliving Naughties decor.

From their commemorative Pandemic Collection, the Bubonic Plague pillow. Nothing says chic like the Black Death.

Speaking of pillows, this is peak Zoinks - velvet, sequins, and a bull skull. I mean, how many exotic dancers could Dallas and Houston possibly have?

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

California dreaming


Four and a half years ago was a different world. The big C had come calling, and I was recovering from a double mastectomy. Hillary Clinton was the frontrunner, and all looked rosy. Shortly after the election, LB was offered relocation to Los Angeles. Soon after arriving, I found a position as Regional Sales Manager with Farrow & Ball. My territory stretched from Chicago to the West Coast, and I enjoyed the hell out of that job.

We settled in the Valley, one acre in the City of Angels. Swimming pools, movie stars. The house was capital-T traditional built in 1932, back when the area was still ranch land. Weeks were filled with jetting to San Francisco, Chicago and NYC and weekends at SoCal beaches and theme parks. It sounds like a dream, right? But 80-hour work weeks meant I saw little of LB and even less of the Pea.

LB and I took a deep dive into our Midwest childhood dreams, searching for a place that was warm year-round, close to family, and beach-adjacent. The Gulf Coast of Florida sang its siren song (sounds like country music and emergency weather alerts). 

So I'm sharing photos of our LA house and looking forward to doin' up our Gulf Coast MCM. It hasn't been touched since 1982 (*sweats profusely with excitement*)!!

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Um, hello, anyone out there?

It's been 4 1/2 years since my last post. Tell me, what have I missed?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Architectural Digest editor Margaret Russell booted for head of Teen Vogue

Today, Margaret Russell, editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest, was shown the door. Condé Nast artistic director, editor of Vogue, and rumored gorgon Anna Wintour pink-slipped the well-respected industry veteran replacing her with Teen Vogue's Amy Astley.

Wintour was believed to be displeased with Russell's lack of digital savvy. Teen Vogue has upped its digital traffic 50 percent in the last year. The Vogue editrix was reportedly also unhappy with the way in which the AD March cover featuring Lesser Kardashians was styled.

This is the world we live in.

Anna Wintour replaces editor at Architectural Digest [The New York Post]