DESIGN | Roberto Baciocchi’s Tuscan Home.

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The architect for Prada’s stores, Roberto Baciocchi's Tuscan home is absolutely gorgeous. The beams in the ceiling, stone walls in the kitchen, the carved knives designed by Baciocchi himself, the circular fur bed, its all just too good! In the entry, Gio Ponti chairs and chests from the 1950s. The abstract wall paintings throughout the house were done by an artist friend. The house is a series of 13th- to 16th-century buildings that Baciocchi combined. He preserved 16th century walls, beams and and 18th century frescos in much of the house, and paired with with modern furniture, velvet sofas … [Read more...]

MidCentury Dream Land | Brasserie 8 1/2

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Last night, while walking home from a party in midtown, we were strolling down 57th street. We stopped in front of the Iconic 9 West 57th, with its huge red 9, and it's sloping travertine facade. Despite the fact that I lived on this block for two years of my life, I never even peeped into the windows. Sometimes we just ignore things that we see every day. Last night, they were doing some kind of painting in the lobby, and I noticed they had a giant Morris Louis covered with tarp to protect it. The building was commissioned in the 1960s by real estate billionaire Sheldon Solow. It was … [Read more...]

Hearth Studio | Fresh ideas for Kitchens + Bathrooms.

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Hearth Studio, an architecture and design firm out of Australia, is doing some pretty interesting things with their kitchens and bathrooms. Sarah Trotter, Hearth Studios director and founder of their sister company Groupwork (which creates many of the custom fittings for their projects) also write a popular food blog. I think you can see a lot of different elements in her design which reflect that. Hearth's work seems to respect what was there - how many design firms wouldn't have immediately blown out that old stained glass window in the kitchen below) and a respect for how her clients live. … [Read more...]

Wanderlust | Courtney Velasco Shoots Vienna.

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Last month Courtney and her now fiancé Andreas (guys I'm a bridesmaid; we met on the internet!) went to Austria to visit... I begged Court to share some of her candid shots of Vienna with us. She has the most amazing eye. She sent me some photos and a little blurb about the city and shots.... Enjoy! Vienna is a city begging to be photographed. I haven't spent much time in Europe, and the first thing that struck me was how old and grand the architecture was. I knew going in that this city was so rich in culture and proud of its diversity in the arts and also culinarily. Every building is … [Read more...]

DESIGN | Organic Modern Estate.

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This is the most sex on a stick house I've seen in a long time. WOW. This house was commissioned by artist Beverly Doolittle and her husband Jay in the late 80's. They hired super-organic architect Kendrick Bangs Kellogg and let him do whatever he wanted on their 10 acre Joshua Tree estate. Holy Hell. The house broke ground in 1988 and was completed in 1993, with their interior designer John Vugrin making changes and tweaks for a couple more years. The couple moved in in the early aughts, and sold for $3 million in 2014. Its like living inside a scorpion. AMAZING.  … [Read more...]