Imagine rolling into a high desert town that looks, feels and even smells like something out of an old-time western. I recently did just that when I joined the hipsters at Pioneertown, a livable movie set that has been delighting visitors since the 1940s. It’s still being used for television and film shoots. Crews might stay at Miss Kitty’s or bunk in a back bedroom at the bank or post office. Pappy + Harriet’s is the musical roadhouse where everyone eats and grooves to live performances.
The real reason for my trip was to see Homestead Modern No. 1., the brainchild of Dave McAdams who is responsible for the amazing metalwork throughout my Palm Springs house. Dave has created super affordable ($180K…wow!), ready-to-be built, steel homes that spin the DNA of a pioneer cabin into a thoroughly contemporary 21st century dwelling. Plot of land sold separately.
A few months ago I shared the news about my new rug collection with California Carpets. It’s super fun to now be able to share “Eye Gotcha” in a client’s home. The fresh aqua tones play well with the greys and black while the geometric pattern adds some zip to an otherwise serene space. I think it’s a keeper.
It’s hard to imagine but this year marks the fortieth anniversary of the Kips Bay Show House, a springtime rite of passage in Manhattan. This year, designers reimagined the Arthur Sachs House where maximalism appeared to reign supreme.
My colleague Paula Caravelli at Paula + Martha in NYC brilliantly transformed the stairway and landing by taking advantage of the vast wall space to showcase a stunning curation of contemporary art. Included in the collection is a Jacques Jarrige’s aluminum sculpture, abstract paintings by Al Held, an illuminated sculpture by Jeff Zimmerman, plexiglass by artist Robert Greene and a photograph by Roman Scialom.
The home is open to the public until June 11th. Jet, Uber or stroll on over to 58 East 66th Street, pronto!
From Turkey we ventured to Israel. It was another place that was on my bucket list and like Turkey, Israel did not disappoint. We visited the Israel Museum and the Holocaust Museum, stops on most first-timer itineraries. Both left me with lasting impressions for very different reasons.
This supremely structured dress for the sixties needs to be worn. Met Ball 2016?
These cubes got me thinking differently about ottomans and the fun that can be had.
These stone and bronze Brutalist doors mark the entry to the Holocaust Museum, a sobering but important experience.
I recently returned from a rather fabulous vacation that included time in Turkey. The architecture is every bit as masterful as I had imagined and it surfaced in some unexpected places. Ornately carved stone, painstakingly gilded details and vast columns that reach for the sky are but a few of the images that captured my attention.
Even dessert exhibited a certain architectural flair. Feast your eyes on this baklava tower. It’s impressive, eh!
Street art always makes me turn my head and Pluto charmed as I strolled from antiquity and into modern times.
The next stop is Israel…woo hoo!
I didn’t intentionally resist getting onto yet another form of social media. It’s just, how much blogging, tweeting, pinning, facebooking and instagramming can one girl do? I have a day job, after all.
Well, I recently had a change of heart about Instagram and threw it into the mix. Wow, is it fun. Come follow me!
We are far from fans of 18-1438, this year’s official Pantone of the Year, otherwise known as Marsala. With this in mind, the team at Martha Angus took matters into our own hands and came up with our own roster of pantones that rock it.
It’s the time of year when we start to think about moving our lives outdoors. The options on the market today are endless and every bit as gorgeous (and in some cases artful) as their interior counterparts.
We at Martha Angus are mildly obsessed with these supremely chic and timeless lava stone table. They come in such a delicious array of colors.
This canopy fit for a queen by Janus et Cie is called the Amalfi. Why, yes!
Relax without the rays under this magnificent umbrella by Santa Barbara Designs.
Who wouldn’t want to take a siesta swinging on this magnificent Dedon daybed.
Last but not least, this happy Jeff Koons towel is bound to spark a conversation or two.
Bring on Spring!
We are all huge dog lovers at Martha Angus. Between Mr B., Deacon and Lola, there’s always some sweet pooch at our office. Being that we are a tad design obsessed, we took it upon ourselves to research the most utterly fabulous dog beds. Let’s just say that these make the old bean bag variety look a little lackluster. For the pooch who deserves it all, look no further than the Martha Angus Sensational Six:
Bubble Bed from B.Pet (Martha)
Mija bed from Wow Bow London (Katie)
Pad Pod from Bark & Miao (Ericka)
Pet Cave from Pup & Kit (Jane)
Dog Pod from Vurv (Courtney)
pEi Pod Pet Bed (Karen)
Oh no, it’s not what you think. This has nothing to do with me and everything to do with that much chatted about lass of yesteryear, Miss Lindsay Lohan. I could use a chuckle and this hysterical embroidered art featuring her former Disney highness had me in stitches (no pun intended). Artist Maria Piñeres makes old-fashioned embroidery downright cool. Now, that’s what pop art is all about!