24 December 2011

merry xmas!

21 December 2011

automatic xmas

we have pretty much every light in the house on a dimmer and a timer, including our xmas tree, and tonight, we finally got around to adding both to our new garland. richard approves.

18 December 2011

winter wonderland, LA style

the other day, while walking to starbucks for a cup of xmas cheer to help put us in a holiday mood (m21 lurves an eggnog latte- thank goodness they don't seel them year 'round or we'd weigh 10,000 lbs), ted and m21 were greeted by one of our favorite local phenomena, the raucously loud and colorful flock of parrots living in our 'hood. they never fail to bring a smile to our face, and on a gorgeous crisp, sunny december morning, we thought ourself especially lucky to see them. we may not have traditional white christmases in los angeles, but that's okay- we'll take a bright, sunny, and loud xmas any day!
can you see my loud friends? the parrots are up there, trust.
now can you see them? click to enlarge if you need to (yes, resolution is crappy -sry, taken with my iphone)

click to play to hear my little feathered friends (video is brief 'cuz it was taken completely by accident while attempting to snap a photo. once again, darn iphone!)

09 December 2011

greystone 'maison de luxe' showhouse

a couple weeks ago, i had the pleasure of being material girls' jill seidner's date for the press preview of the luxe magazine sponsored 'maison de luxe' showhouse at the amazing greystone mansion in beverly hills. luxe gathered some serious talent for the showhouse, and it shows in the results- fabulously inventive and beautiful rooms... all pretty, some jaw-droppingly so.

since the show house is now open to the public we thought we'd show you some of the rooms and details that made our heart sing, so you can be sure to buy your tickets and get your booty on over to greystone.  if you are in los angeles anytime between now and december 22nd, you'll not want to miss this one as it's pretty darn amazing...
when we grow up, we want to wrap the m21mobile in the same print...
...we used on our showhouse chairs.  kudos to michelle nussbaumer of ceylon et cie for this extra credit brilliance to her beautiful room. we also met michelle briefly for the first time,  and my companions, jill and alyssa swedlow of the goods and i, all decided we want to have cocktails with her some time! fun lady!
jamie drake's living room was over the top gorgeous! (photo courtesy of luxe)
kendall wilkinson's twilight room was also a showstopper- so cool! (photo courtesy of luxe)
really digging the custom cowhide rug martyn-lawrence bullard designed for his room (from kyle bunting, of course)
mlb also used one of our favorite mirrors from rose tarlow for this serpent inspired vignette

wendy schwartz made fantastic use of a hallway with this oversize rope chandelier, and the most gorgeous abstract (removable!) wallcovering from black crow studios! imma use some black crow studios wallcovering soon, as it's the coolest sh*t, ever.
i mean, it makes even a fire extinguisher box look good!
wendy also used a marc phillips rug in her chic dressing room, which you can enter to WIN over at the marc phillips facebook page!
oliver furth swathed his chic bedroom in black, and must have pulled every cool piece of art avaible from the vintage shops of LA to use in his room (it was dark, so most of my pictures sadly didn't turn out, but trust, it was chock full o' art beside this chic c. jere vignette).
jaime and ron of woodson and rummerfield's house of design seemed to be inspired by a color, i think, for mrs. doheny's glamtastic boudior-  though i can't quite put my finger on which color... ;-)
speaking of jaime and ron, this picture taken with jaime's adorable son, jack, was the highlight of my day! such a lil cutie pie! (taken in front of brad ford's woody trailer/party bar). would it be weird to use people to whom i'm not related on my xmas card?  'cuz i just might...
ok- now run , don't walk, to the greystone maiosn de luxe- there are many more amazing rooms to see which sadly our lil iphone pics were too blurry to preview- as showhouses go, this one is a winner!

note: our apologies in advance to the good people at luxe- we were given a stern warning not to publish any photos but the ones in the press kit until february, but as we've seen pictures of the showhouse all over the blogosophere, we're presuming that prohibition has been relaxed.  if we are in error, we'll happily pull the post, but we wanted to get something published while the showhouse is still running so everyone's hard work gets the attention it deserves!

905 Loma Vista Drive
Beverly Hills, CA  90210
December 2-22, 2011  

December 2, 9, & 16
Fridays, 11am or 2pm
(includes Show House) 
Dec. 9th, 11am Lecture is sold out!

05 December 2011

in the closet

the first step is admitting you have a problem, and we admit, we are powerless over gingham (and obviously a little mad about plaid as well...)
do you think there is a connection between one's wardrobe, and one's decor? well, while there isn't a single bit of gingham or plaid in the atelier (upholstery-wise), we suppose this is a fairly accurate reflection of our personal taste as we love plenty of bold color and pattern, all mixed up with some classic black and white.

how about you? is there a connection between your wardrobe, and your decor? come out of the closet and let us know!