Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Runway Envy 2 - More Outfits to Live In

More of my daydreaming about Spring days ahead. Milly is one of my favorite go-to labels. The styles translate perfectly into rooms, whether you feel Out-of-Africa-chic or in a Monte Carlo meets Miami mood.

Milly - Spring '09

Start with a pair of Jamie Young Lamps.

A garden seat that works indoors or out.

An orange sofa, done right, would be very cool. Another hit from Room Service!

A jute is natural choice for safari-inspired decor.

A pop of turquoise keeps it fresh. Peace and love keep it real.

Soft saddle leather , updated with chrome.

Adorn the walls with palm leaf wood panels.

Milly Spring '09

Chair Couture designs: Sweet meets sophisticated.

Grown-up girl lighting.

Artist Kerry Beary's work adds the perfect vibe - Milly style!
A lady-like tufted headboard in chartreuse...
combined with wild child embroidery...
and finished with innocent white.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

On the Set of "Privileged:" Girl Room Gets Glam

As promised in my earlier post about the set of the CW's "Privileged," I got the inside scoop from production designer, Rachel Kamerman, and set decorator, Claire Kaufman, about designing teen character Sage's new dreamy bedroom set. Needless to say, the duo had a ton of fun putting this Palm Beach "It-Girl" abode together, but the duo also wants their viewers to know that the look is not all about expense.

"It was so important to us that viewers didn't turn off the show and feel like they could never get this look in their own room," explains Kamerman. "We wanted girls to look at this room and feel they can go buy some of these pieces with their babysitting money." An example? The chandelier printed pillows above came from Target. The key to the look was more about mixing some expensive pieces with inexpensive finds and creative use of materials.

Kamerman's inspiration for this headboard design came from a night club set for a previous episode starring Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz. The boxes are made of brass mica and the pink sections are glossy linoleum flooring from Linoleum City. "I wanted it to be very make-up like," says Kamerman.

The nightstands came from HD Buttercup and Kamerman and Kaufman had the dust ruffle made out of simple fringe. Circles are a recurring theme throughout the room. Notice the clever use of white painted wood circle cutouts adorning the pillars. The base is painted gold.

The wallpapered panels make a strong statement without papering the whole room -- and is less expensive. The wallpaper is Graham & Brown's "Tempting Chrysanthemum" in chocolate and pink and can be found at Designyourwall.com.

The chaise came from the Warner Brothers' Studio prop house and was recovered and tufted in white. The gold foil key pillows are from Room Service. Kaufman adorned the window treatments with studs. "It's all about embellishing," she says.

Here is a full look at the set. The screen adorning the sides of the desk were inspired by a 1970s pattern Kamerman has in her vintage collection and recreated by her carpenter. The desk shown last week came from one of my favorite L.A. spots, Room Service.

Art was used sparingly in the room. "Keep it simple," advises Kaufman. But she reminds us to make it fun: "Put an art painting next to a rock poster."

M.A.C. cosmetics provided the latest Hello Kitty line to complete the girly-glam theme.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Runway Envy: An Outfit to Live In

A great way to spend a cold, rainy day is to look ahead to the bright days ahead and the gorgeous Spring clothes that hit fashion magazines this month. A look at the Spring runway shows from last fall reminded me of a feature our beloved Domino magazine used to do: Taking an outfit and turning it into a room. So, in honor of Domino, here is an object of my runway envy:

Chanel: Spring '09
This Designer's Guild sofa is the perfect start to my imaginary atelier

It would not be Chanel without quilted patent leather...

...or Pearls
Glamorous curves from Swank Lighting

Add a Coco-worthy stool

Fringe detail
No couturier's atelier is complete without a dressing area

Finally, don't forget Fifi and your joie de vivre!