31 May 2012

whodunit? (sculpture identification help)

the junque whisperer™ called out to me yesterday, and told me based on a tiny grainy picture to immediately go buy this sculpture- no questions asked.  so on a dark, deserted street late last night,  i forked over some cash and bought the above without really even looking at it and just had the seller load it into the m21 mobile- aka, granny clampett, the furniture hauling pick-up truck. (yes, the junque whisperer™moves in mysterious ways, sometimes making buying pretty things more like a drug deal than a luxury experience, but that's ok, i know the junque whisperer™ is just a monkey on my back and in many ways, i am just an addict looking for my next score ;-)
i thought it would be a little table top sculpture, but it's a big ol' ginormously heavy hunk of polished bronze on a black stone base. check out it's size next to a bottle of veuve clicquot my friend diane gave me for my recent birthday (i've got nice friends, right? ;-)  it has some minor finish issues (the original lacquer coating is flaking off), and one corner of the base is chipped, but otherwise, it's just bee-you-ti-ful.

thing is dude bought it from didn't know anything about it, as he inherited with his apartment (past owners probably left it rather than move it. did i mention the thing is freakin' heavy?).
he said he was told it was originally very expensive, but that's all he knew.  just by size, weight and quality i could tell he was right, but question is, was it expensive from the kind of retail/gallery store on rodeo dr. that sold nagels in the 80's? or it is expensive as in it came from a reputable gallery or auction house and is by a known artist? of course, there ain't a marking anywhere on the damn thing, so i just dunno.
detail showing the hollow matte inner surface, exposed at the bottom`of the piece.

what i do know is that it certainly reminds me of a barbara hepworth with it's pierced hole and ovoid shape, but that fin-like extension on the left side sorta throws my bh theory off; plus i really doubt there are too many barbara hepworths out there getting inherited with apartments and sold to decorators in the middle of the night on a street corner (still there is the story of the dude who bought that original warhol at a yard sale in vegas, so one always has hope).
barabra hepworth
barbara hepworth
barbara hepworth
if this was a piece of furniture, i'd probably have a pretty good idea of who made it, or at least know who to contact to find out for sure (talkin' 'bout you, lewis trimble!), but i don't know any art experts, and frankly, i'm loathe to haul this weighty thing over to sotheby's or christie's, only to find out it's from the franklin mint. quelle horruer!
the junque whisperer™mystery...

so naturally, i thought of you, my readers, and how since you are some of the smartest, best connected peeps around, that maybe y'all can help me identify my new pretty. sooooo- any guesses?

30 May 2012

KICKASS black crow studios wallpaper on OKL!

the amazing tracy hiner of black crow studios recently partnered with cuffhome to develop some cool new wallcoverings and exclusive canvas prints which are available at deep discounts on one kings lane for a very limited time. DO. NOT. MISS. OUT.

grace home furnishings CLEARANCE

whatcha doin' tomorrow? well, i hope you'll be joining m21 in the far off land of brentwood, ca (eek- the other side of the 405! ;-) to take advantage of the special preview days of grace home furnishings annual clearance sale- up to 75% off! the sale isn't advertised to the general pubic until saturday so let's just keep the special thursday & friday preview between us, k?  m21 has his eye on a few pieces for his clients, so he doesn't want them snatched up before he gets there! (and you know us, we always run late... ;-)

28 May 2012

chloe no moey (new york city real estate window shopping)

before our memorial day bbq, we spent a bit of time on the internets fantasizing about a NYC pied-a-terre (seems we have a lot of facebook friends staying in the city this weekend, and posting pics of their adventures out and about, making us a bit wistful for a NYC visit).  while we were window shopping for NYC real estate, we came across this listing for a 1 bdr garden apartment in the east village, and instantly recognized this imperial trellisized entry hall:
do you recognize the apartment too?
yup, chloe sevigny's apartment, originally featured in the late house & garden magazine circa 2007. (all HG pix stolen without permission from my friend fallon's awesome blog, "a lovely being")
pretty, but basement apartments scare me a lil bit. we don't have such things here in LA, so i imagine flooding, dankness, and maybe, city critters (ie big fat rats- not that we don't have 'em here in LA!)
low ceilings but the floors and beams give you much carriage house charm.
could be really cute, actually.
what a difference cropping makes, eh?

oy, those low ceilings again, but without the beam-y charm. plus side?
working fireplace in teh bedroom = awesomeness. the decor in here is a shonda though.
looks like a shut-in grandma lives here, not a young actress.
we'll cut chloe some slack though, as we guess she probably dint live here full-time.
propped n' cropped for HG. much better, though that budget bedspread is making me sad. 

only in new york could a space 6 feet wide be described as a dining room! 
i'd probably set up a desk in here to take advantage of the pretty garden view 
while working. plus an open desk could double as a space to eat a deux if necessary. 
i eat at my own home office desk a un all the freaking time anyway...
the kitchen is quite charming and fits nicely with the rusticated carriage house vibe. major bonus points for not having to upgrade.
this is billed as an "office" (can't call it a bedroom in NYC unless it has a window, i think). at 10 x 7, i might find another use for it (closet?) or rip it out all together to create a small dining area off the kitchen, and use the 6 foot wide space billed as a "dining room" either as a home office as mentioned, or just throw some overstuffed chairs in there and make is a chic little sunroom.
*THE* selling point of the apartment, a rare and beautiful NYC garden. 
just a lovely. lovely space, though we can't quite figure out the CGI lens the real estate people 
used to make it appear 10 bazillion times larger than on the below floor plan. 
seriously- it looks a big as central park here!
chloe, enjoying her teeny garden avec paper roses (i'd imagine that moving in that sofa and table took up all the space available, hence chloe's pose!)
teh floorpan- lots of potential here, especially if the coop would allow some reconfiguring. 
ok, here's the nitty-gritty: kinda cute right? weird layout, but hey- that's city livin' for you. we LOVE the garden, and so would ted and richard (all the outdoor space a blackthumb like moiself could want or need), so with a little work this could be a totes charming carriage housey city retreat.  drawbacks? carriage houseyness limits our decorating options (i don't think we are carriage house people. maybe townhouse people).  plus those low ceilings scare me a bit- we aren't tall, but maybe our imaginary NYC husbear is. ;-)  but the big drawback is the price, of course... for 1.7 mil, i want a 3 bedrooms, a view and a pool! still, manhattan real estate has its own reality distortion field so this could be the bargain to end all bargains for all we know, but once you add in $2300 dollars a month coop fee, we sorta doubt that (according to teh attached calculator with 20% down, monthly mortgage/fees would $9091.00, hardly one bedroom bargain pricing).

so whaddy'all think? visit the realtor site for all the deets and chime in- i'd especially love to hear from my NYC friends, as y'all live inside the manhattan real estate distortion force field and might provide some valuable insight! ;-)

25 May 2012

hello, yellow! (a happily ever after decorating love story)

to some people, yellow is the color of caution; it makes them nervous and brings up images of wasps and police tape. for maison21, it's the complete opposite- for us, it conjures mental images of sunshine and daffodils, lemonade and butterfly wings.  it's a natural antidepressant, and never fails to make us smile. hope you are smiling too after this lil "decorating with yellow" roundup.

one of the most storied rooms in decorating history, nancy lancaster's yellow drawing room (via elle decor)
you don't need to paint an entire room yellow to bring the sunshine in, a pair of these mottega lamps would do the trick quite nicely!

jamie drake, one of my color heroes (via elle decor)

aphrochic pillow

detail of a yellow living room by maison21

west elm indoor/outdoor martini table

west elm pendants used by my talented friend raina kattelson in an amazing vacation home makeover featured in rue magazine.

vintage yellow fabric covering custom gina berschneider chairs from the maison21 legends of la cienenga window vignette

a groovy bright yellow vintage tang horse, featured in the m21 hipswap shop.
i've always had a hankerin' for a pair of classic arne jacbosen egg chairs in bright yellow... i may need to make a move on this soon. (tishu via 1stdibs)
and here they are in a room by Shelton, Mindel & Associates, via elle decor
z gallerie
 albert hadley
CB2 cuteness- on sale even!
a vintage yellow console bringing a much needed jolt of sunshine to the maison21 atelier

london lamp through design within reach

english country goodness by colfax & fowler
dunes and duchess candelabra
designer unknown, via the pinterest pipe
bungalow 5
david kleinberg in architectural digest (via m21 pinterest). ps- can i haz a damien hirst plz?
here's hoping your memorial day is full of sunshine, lemonade and butterfly wings! happy summer!