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When it comes to powder rooms I am all about having a little fun and packing a lot of punch. Check out this wonderfully provocative and super sexy powder room that I designed for a client. The faux bois paper provides an earthy contrast to the overall nightclub vibe. We found the fabulous photo while treasure hunting at Art Basel and then framed it to resemble a disco ball. The femme fatale silhouette mirror might make some guests blush but it will certainly keep them awake. Buh-buh shrinking violet!
I was recently thrilled to be among the guests of Sandra Jordan at her exquisite Healdsburg home. In case you hadn’t heard, Sandra is no slacker. In addition to being the proprietor and rainmaker at Sandra Jordan Prima Alpaca, she has recently joined Jed Pogran in a new venture called Singular Editions. She showed us her former barn now stunning office/studio space and gave us a sneak peek at her new Prima Alpaca colorways in sublime sorbet hues.
The company was as delightful as the setting. In addition to Sandra and Jed, I lunched with Jiun Ho, my son Malcolm, Eche Martinez and Sandra’s daughter Tatiana. By the way, Tatiana deserves a call-out for preparing the divine meal. We sipped Jordan wines and mused about the industry. We all left feeling fabulous. It was just that kind of day.
If outdoor fabric brings to mind uber stiff material in a panoply of primary colors then you need to take another look. It’s now available in a stunning array of prints, solids and textures in every hue imaginable and as a bonus it’s durable, easy-to-clean (will even stand-up to a little bleach) and the perfect indoor solution for clients with kids and pets.
Perennials makes some especially gorgeous outdoor fabrics with names that will make you smile. Rough n’ Rowdy is a current favorite and take a look at this sublime living room chair upholstered in Swish. Let’s just say I’m smitten.
There’s nothing more exhilarating than the thrill of learning something new. Well, I suppose printmaking is not entirely new to me but I haven’t taken a class since my Carnegie Mellon days which means that it has been quite a while. It felt like time to dive back into it and that I did. This past week I indulged in the most amazing class at Crown Point Press. People had flown in from all over the world to participate. It is that good. We toiled away all day with few breaks and no time for cell phone activities. And guess what? It felt stupendous. My creative juices are overflowing. I am deep into an eight-piece composition that I might sell or perhaps I’ll have to keep it for myself.
Ah the summer season is here at last. It’s time to move outdoors, mix a g&t and light up the grill. When done right, an outdoor living space will suck you in and make you stay.
Here’s a space we just love straight out of the Napa Valley. Say bye-bye to boring. Who knew that planters could be red orange? Well why not! The vibrant pops of reds, pinks and yellow make this spot a standout. I dare say it’s a happy space.
….Well it’s our birthday too. Post & Grant is ONE. Good times indeed. We hope you’ll join the celebration. To get festive, we’re giving away something guaranteed to put a little jet-set into any summer getaway. From the Walker Valentine collection comes this perfectly chic cosmetic tote. We’ll monogram it for our lucky winner. Can we say scrummy!
Let us know what you think by posting a comment and you’ll be automatically entered to win.
Congratulations Kim Jordon! You won Post+Grant’s anniversary giveaway!
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As I mentioned last week, I recently came back from a week-long excursion to my beloved hometown of Buenos Aires. I miss it already. Here are some insider tips for your next visit to the city of polo, tango, beef, Evita (and Malbec).
Even though the hot hood is Palermo due to its abundance of boutique hotels, restaurants and shops, I strongly recommend you find accommodations in Recoleta. Located closer to the heart of the city, Recoleta has the architectural charm and café culture that typifies Buenos Aires. From there you can walk to most of the city’s highlights and it’s safe to wander through its streets way into the night. It is not rare that dinner is followed by an espresso and an hour-long conversation so if you want to walk to your hotel at midnight this is your neighbourhood of choice.
While in Buenos Aires make sure you have tea at the Palacio Duhau, a true exemplar of the pomp and circumstance that surrounded elite life in turn of the century Buenos Aires. Most porteños still daydream about this long-gone opulence. A more reasonably priced menu can be found at Milion, a great place for cocktails or a glass of wine after a long day of shopping. Keep in mind it is winter down there now! If you’re lucky there will be a wood-burning fire waiting for you in the main reception hall.
I should be recommending the district of San Telmo due to its cultural connection to tango and its nostalgic aesthetic. To be honest, it’s not my cup of tea. I’d rather visit Malba (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires) followed by a steak dinner at Miranda and bust a move at Jet or Tequila (the latter being sort of a pain in the butt to get past the bouncer but it’s not mission impossible).
While in Palermo make sure you stop by Elementos Argentinos, a super chic store specialized in hand-woven sustainable textiles in fun poppy colors and patterns that make for great gifts. When it comes to Argentinean craftsmanship stop by Aire del Sur: exquisite silverware with a modern flair that will knock the socks off any newlywed couple.
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This week I’m ‘manning’ the blog as Miss Martha enjoys her annual early summer pilgrimage to the East Coast. I recently came back from a week-long excursion to my hometown of Buenos Aires. There I had the chance to see with a refreshed perspective what the markets have to offer when it comes to decor, South of the border (way way South).
The district of Palermo is a favorite of both locals and visitors. It’s home to a number of charming boutique hotels and the ever-popular Flea Market. For now I’ll focus on the Flea Market but don’t fret, I’ll be back next week with more scoop on other must sees and dos.
It’s worth scouring to find the treasures but you may have to dig. I strongly recommend focusing on smaller items that are easy to bring back home with you. There is a great selection of retro-pop and Mid-century furniture. Porteños (how Buenos Aires natives are called) always pride themselves in having the most European of Latin American capitals. Having said this I wouldn’t encourage you to be tempted by old-worldy chairs or commodes. These are generally 20th century reproductions but the guys at customs will take for granted they belonged to a turn of the century estancia or petit hotel and tax you accordingly.
There are great treasures to be found, including exquisite designs by Jean Michel Frank (who lived in Buenos Aires briefly and had an intense social life with elites porteñas). These great treasures can be found at great cost and a local expert should be guiding you and above all helping you connect with local dealers, like other places in the world a foreign accent can mean sudden spikes in ‘market price’.