Dear Turquoise, (sigh.)
Sometimes, and just sometimes, i believe the people that say you are not sophisticated; that you are ‘reminiscent of teenagedom’ (should be a word), or ‘bad wannabe-ethnic starter furniture’. But other times you make me so happy and excited, and I wonder why i have listened to all these pretentious color snobs that paint themselves beige and read architectural digest for so long.
I want you back, turquoise. So bad. I know, I know! You are upset, and what color wouldn’t be? I courted you hard core from 22-27, we got serious, then i thought i was too cool. Sure, sure, there were the bouts with indigo and navy, and yes i do still see them a lot, but it is you who i have always waffled over. You are emotional, you see? You are sometimes hard to look at, or you make me want to have a cocktail with an umbrella in it. You remind me of South America, Southeast Aia, the islands, anywhere really where the British empire could send their leftover paint, colors they were too good for, too sophisticated for. Well you know what? more like colors they were too lame for, too safe for. Boom. Not you, though. You’ve always taken risks, always pushed the limits of what blue can be.
I may not put you on my walls or reupholster my furniture in you just yet, but turquoise i want you back – in accessories, throw pillows, fabrics, art, vases, books. You get the idea. Baby steps. We’ll take it slow. See how it goes. make sure the chemistries right, that we deserve each other.
Let’s make pretty interiors together again, Turq. ( and yes, of course i remember….who couldn’t?.. it was the 80’s in palm springs…..blush…)
(1st photo, Mikkel Vang, 2., Robyn Glaser, 2., Roland Bello) pretty much my favorite lineup right there.
That’s me. Made in Oregon. Coos Bay, to be exact, but we don’t need to talk about that. For someone who has only technically lived in Portland for 2 years (last two of high school), I sure do have a ton of Portland pride. Why? because it’s possibly the best city ever. the bees knees. I love it sooooooooo much (and if someone could explain to me what ‘bees knees’ means, that would be helpful, hopefully its nothing dirty). Every corner is pretty, quaint, and just screams ‘hi, i’m portland. i’m unpretentious, chill, artsy, full of good cheap food, beer and coffee, unassuming and dripping with small cute thriving businesses’. Or perhaps i’m just hearing voices.
to be clear my family and many of my best friends are here and I do claim to be from here, proudly. Sorry Coos Bay, you are pretty and beachy, but Portland has my heart.
gotta run, will do a proper post tonight. and i love this sign. it makes me happy.
So i’m only a fan of DIY when you really can do it yourself well. For instance I can sew pillows and drapes because those are straight simple seams, but i don’t attempt clothes (anymore, although every project runway season I waste so much money on fabric, convinced that I too can wear my own designs, and I can’t, I can’t, I can’t). You have to know your limits. The last question you want is, ‘oh, did you make this?’, because the whole point is to make it look like it was professionally done, or it just came that way. But some simple stuff anyone can do. I’ve been shopping a lot for wallpaper lately and I get sad that being a renter, I can’t have any myself on my own walls. I want a pattern on my wall right now, so I found these wall stencils – sounds scary, I know, but I think with the right colors – this is crucial – and the right finish (matte, glossy) it could look super chic.
These all came from the dorkiest stencil website ever,Stencil Planet
, you will have to wade through a lot of fish borders and rose decals to find these, but I think they are pretty cool. Choosing the color is SUPER important because these could go really granny and dorky really fast. If you get a lot of light on the wall, I might even to use matte paint for the wall, then the same color in glossy on top. It would just add a texture and another layer of interest without being a crazy pattern.
Off to Portland.
I’m working on a shoot with the generally awesome (and super organized) art director, MaryAlice Eckart this week. We start shooting in Portland next week and i’ll be up there for two weeks at least (don’t panic, i’m sure there is internet in Portland, nothing can ever keep me from blogging). So psyched. These photos are inspiration shots for the shoot that MaryAlice sent to me. I’m actually designing/building large sets for a fashion catalogue but these give me the what direction in color/texture/mood that i should be going for, and I love it. It’s kinda like prop stylist foreplay. I get all worked up; sooo excited to shop when I’m sent stuff like this.
She said they were styled by Sibella Court. not surprised. they are awesome.
Warn the coffee shops, microbreweries and vintage stores. Emily Henderson is on her way to P-town.
one more outfit to room, cause i is busy today. Lil’ sis in town, tour of the set of glee (eat your gay heart out), then some wallpaper shopping – an average friday for a stylist in hollywood.