I’m in New York or 48 hours. Literally. Its a quick one for the Target holiday press preview and some editor meetings. Also I slept til 10am, probably because I took the red-eye the night before and didn’t sleep at all, but man it was weird. I haven’t had to set an alarm for 10 months so when I looked at the clock and it was 10 it felt uncomfortable and wonderful.
I’m missing these two already. I faced-timed with Charlie last night and at first he was really excited and smiley but then he got upset that I was in the phone and that he couldn’t touch me, which was at the same time so adorable and touching, and pretty sad. So, I’ve just been watching old videos of him all morning.
You have probably already checked out the studio tour on Domaine Home, but there are one million resources/links/ramblings that you probably didn’t know about. And like Banksy’s real identity (kinda sad, right?) or the revelation of Oliver Queen as Arrow (how did I JUST start watching that show? …you all have failed me), they simply must be revealed.
First: the wallpaper panels. In the name of total flexibility (we need white walls, and need to be able to move furniture for any photo shoot) we decided not to do anything to the walls but instead to hang wallpaper panels from the ceiling for visual stimulation without commitment. Woah, that might be my favorite thing I’ve ever written ‘visual stimulation without commitment’. If I were on ‘Style-Tinder’ that would be my byline. Emily Henderson – I love visual stimulation without commitment.
Right now all the panels are down because we shot on that wall four times in the last two weeks (including huge blocks of painted color). We are prepping a ‘how and why we hung the panels’ post, so stay tuned. But so far it has worked out and its so fun to have these crazy patterns around but not on the wall.
Meanwhile on the other side of the room we have my reason for living – healthy hoards of pretty things that I style and restyle daily as if I were Golum looking for the ring. Picture me, quietly whispering to myself ‘miniature gold monopoly toys look best under domes, wicker goes in ‘organic land’ and why would anyone put thehot pink coasters in the teal world???? I’m a living sh*t show when it comes to organization and yet I like my pretty things looking styled at all moments.
That is the table where we intended on eating our delicious organic artisanal lunches and gabbing about whether or not eyelash extentions are weird or WONDERFUL (have yet to try) but instead this table is often just full of stuff that is either coming or going and we eat grocery store sushi at our desks. Those chairs are from Target ($80) and we had them recovered in some pretty awesome fabric from The Fabric Store (1/2 yard each and labor was $40 each). They are very comfortable and totally cute. We pasted that fabric on one of the panels as wallpaper and loved it so much that we figured we could use it on the chairs, too. Plus we had extra fabric laying around and 2 days til the shoot so decisions were made fast = MY LIFE IN GENERAL.
That amazing photograph of the woman with eyes up there is by the photogapher Stephanie Vovas who is wonderful and will do custom portraits for you. I’m eager to put it in our house, just waiting to figure out the perfect spot. I’m thinking dining room. Its specific (aka, it can’t go over our bed) and totally captivating.
Its upsetting that these things aren’t near me at all times but its comforting to know that they are at the studio, organized, waiting for their next instagram. Also i’m a freak. Hi.
Now you see those miniature 24K gold monopoly figures? Next to the gold mini shoe collection and the brass wrench? You’d be crazy if you didn’t think that they deserved to be under a dome. Like Lord Beyonce once said, ‘If you like it then you shoulda put a dome on it’.
Our little window wall. Technically these colors are more saturated in the photo – that bench is actually a chartreus-ey acid-y green, not gold. Its wonderful and exciting in person. It looks like it has white piping here but it doesn’t – its the same velvet (from Mood).
And yes, that is the most popular house plant in the world that I’m still not sick of: all hail the fiddle leaf fig. It was $90 at our local nursery probably because it was close to death. Luckily I’ve tasked/commanded Brady to keep it alive and he has succeeded. Its like one of those weird hostage movies where the second he lets the plant die, the last leaf will fall releasing a bucket of mud that fills into a weight scale that overfills, propelling a hatchet from the ceiling to plummet chopping off his … pink shoelaces. He knows how does it works (yes, that last sentence full of weird grammar is a private joke … sometimes this blog is for us as well as you).
There are a lot of DIY’s up there for you – the benches and the whiteboard. Stay tuned. The colors are saturated – the floor is actually gray and the pink is actually blush. I wish I could go back In time and remove that floral pillow. There was enough already in that shot. Enough. In person this corner is pretty and fun – not try-hard and insane like that photo is all of a sudden looking like. Ha.
No creative studio is complete without a barcart full of CRISTAL. I think I might have bought the barcart just to display my one bottle of Cristal that someone gave me for my 35th birthday (#killme). Since the opening party we haven’t drank from that cart yet, but we will, folks. We will. Only Cristal, Alize and Dom. But mainly Cristal.
Just for a bit of fun, and since we all know I love a good GIF, here is one we put together to show the process that we started with to get to the final desk image above. It takes a lot of adjusting and moving but that is all part of the styling process.
Whoops. Somehow I didn’t post on thursday or friday. I have my reasons/excuses that have to do with photo shoots, new clients and 10 month old, but don’t worry because we have the studio tour and the living room to show ya this week – come back later today for one of those … I hope. I head to New York tonight so I’m soaking up a lot of family time today.
Meanwhile in Cosmo last month I wrote an article about ‘what decorative lampshades really turn him on’. Also, I’m joking (it pains me that I even have to write that I’m joking). It was actually just a few blurbs about designing a space you love with a lot of affordable furniture/accessories (naturally, I suggested a lot of my favorite Target pieces). In case you are wondering, lampshades will decidedly never turn him on. It actually does the opposite. Boys are such a mystery!!
A bunch of HGTV peeps were there, too. Obviously it’s not a huge feature or anything, but as a home stylist/designer person its harder to get in these more fashion-y magazines that have much bigger followings, so it’s always really fun when it happens. Thanks, Cosmo.
I’ll be back later with a proper post, I promise. Meanwhile happy monday, folks.
The ban.do party house is still happening. Sure it might be taking a little while – Jen and I are both busy with our jobs and also we’ve insisted on doing some weird stuff that took some troubleshooting. When we shook on it (in that first photo and in this post) Charlie was only 4 months old, Jen’s hair was blonde (it’s now pink) and Reagan was in office. Some projects just take a while.
But now that we are 90% done I figured it was time to show you some sneak peeks …
We are shooting it in 2 weeks and man is it exciting. Its pulled together enough that they can work in it, don’t worry, but we do still have some finishing touches. The wallpaper is up, most of the furniture has been recovered/installed, and a lot of other secret weird things are happening involving glitter, disco balls and neon plexi – you know like most corporate offices.
That beautiful desk we got from Chairish and I love it so much. Plus it makes Jen feels like the president of the united states, except without the whole ‘running the world thing’. That sounds so boring.
We have some lovely lavender stools from Industry Westwhite table from Dot and Bo, and yes, those are vintage lucite chairs recovered in shiny-ass pastel blue velvet.
Like most party houses, the girls make out with the wallpaper, as seen above. You would, too, if your wallpaper looked like that. I don’t think I’ve ever been so jealous of a client’s wallpaper before – like seeing red kinda jealous. Or in this case a shiny/shimmery soft blush/pink.
So, that’s a little sneak peek for ya. The next time you see the Ban.do Party House you will most likely get the full reveal, the full tour, the full frontal. Stay tuned.
You all know I love to mantel-scape, so hard, all over the place – most specifically on mantels.
Its one of the surfaces in your house that can be full of just decoration and style because it doesn’t need to be functional. Even though I style coffee tables a lot and I’ve been known to fill up a credenza, often those spaces on an every day basis need to be more paired back so one can put their feet up on them whilst watching Parenthood. But the mantel? It can just be styled out to your heart’s content – with as many pretty accessories that you can handle.
For this video I styled the same mantel in two different styles – A bright/poppy scandinavian style and vintage inspired gold/brass. And if you don’t have a mantel, no worries, this really applies to most horizontal surfaces in your house.
Let’s get into it:
In case you were unsure what a mantel-scape is, don’t worry because for some reason I decided to literally point it out to you. Its up there, on the mantle, and that mantle is full of beautiful Target pieces, folks. Not every piece, but almost every.
What is so great about Target is that not only do they have pieces that are stylish and affordable but it’s also widely accessible and available which is one of the reasons I was so excited to partner with them. Yes, I love their pieces but it’s also so satisfying to write ‘AND YOU CAN HAVE THIS TOO!!’ instead of ‘oh, sorry, its vintage and I scoured 9 flea markets and 12 thrift stores to find it’. You know I love vintage, but it’s fulfilling to take a piece that many people have access to and show how it can still feel unique. It’s not a high-end boutique piece, but it can still look like one – it’s all about how you use it.
So let me show you:
In case you are at work and can’t watch the video now, here are the photos and resources – and then tonight when you get home, walk the dog, pour yourself some tea, click off The Voice, then you can watch the video.
This room/mantelscape makes me VERY happy. The pretty mantel itself, the really poppy/happy colors, the hits of gold, the whimsy – you get a sense of a person and I she looks like a good time.
Resource: top shelf: Relief white vase from Target- out in spring, yellow bowl is vintage, chunky knit basket. 2nd to top shelf: blue bowl – target but not til winter, white vase – vintage from MidCenturyLA, abstract art by Kate Smithson, 2nd shelf: white metal sculpture, footed white pedestal bowl. Bottom row: Agate tray, white mid-century style ice bucket and pitcher from Target (looking for link!), blue vessel, stack of three bowls.
The painted logs were an extremely easy/fun thing that begged the ‘why haven’t we done this before??’ question. I actually brought them back to my house after the shoot to recreate the look in my fireplace but those particular colors were too bright/neon for my house so I think I’m just going to paint all the ends white. I love the idea, just the colors were off. We used normal latex house paint and they only needed one quick coat.
I loved how we mixed larger birch logs with the more traditional chopped wood, and mixed up the shapes and sizes. We kept some raw/unpainted because it can go super crazy town but if you are an actual resident of crazy town then go for it. Shocking that I’m not.
And yes, here’s a secret – for Video shoots (especially when used as ads) you have to make sure all titles of books/art are ‘cleared’ which means that you have written permission from the artist or publisher. So that is why there are these pretty wrapped books. There is a place in LA that you can rent all ‘cleared’ books (which is why on some of the videos you do see the titles). I’m a massive fan of Jane Denton’s modern embroidery artwork so we asked her if we could use them and she said yes. THANK YOU JANE!