To do list for Tuesday, November 6:
2. Shop my Tastemaker Tag Sale on ONE KINGS LANE!
- starts tomorrow 8AM west coast/11AM east coast -
To do list for Tuesday, November 6:
2. Shop my Tastemaker Tag Sale on ONE KINGS LANE!
- starts tomorrow 8AM west coast/11AM east coast -
I’m participating in a showhouse (yes, another one!) later this month, in New York. This particular event, the “Holiday House” benefits the Breast Cancer Foundation founded by Evelyn Lauder and is held at the Academy Mansion – an incredible upper east side property that left me speechless upon my first visit. Auspicious location? Check. Worthy charity? Check. Client? Hmm, not so much. As with all showhouses, that particular detail is missing. And with no real client, that means I have to invent one so that I have a jumping off point for my design and a concept to fall back on when I’m flooded with options. Keeping in mind the grandeur of the spaces and the impetus for the event, it seemed a strong-willed, yet feminine muse fit the persona of my would-be client. And who fits that description better than the legend herself, Marie Antoinette; the original “hostess with the mostest” with the backdrop to match. Our room will become a lounge space complete with sofas, dining area and bar, so our modern-day M.A. can wine and dine her patrons and groupies in style. We begin the installation next week, so here’s a sneak peek at some of the inspiration behind the upcoming transformation.
October 25 - November 18
2 East 63rd Street, NYC
I made a long overdue trip to the nail salon this weekend for a mani/pedi. And while scanning the assortment of possible nail colors from which to choose, I stumbled upon a stunning shade of peacock blue. It's one of my favorite colors in general - rich, complex, almost regal - so the thought of it on my fingertips was titillating. Sure enough, I love it. Not only do I think the shade of blue is absolutely stunning, but in a strange way, I think it complements my skin tone. It's funny then that some of the conservative loved ones in my life don't share my enthusiasm. Don't they see what I see? What's not to like? Some people think pretty is synonymous with conventional. But I think some of the prettiest things are those that are actually unconventional. I'm not talking about anything bizarre or distasteful. I mean looking beyond labels and stereotypes and thinking about what makes something beautiful ... the confidence with which a man carries himself, the complex ideas behind an abstract painting, the texture of an unusual plant. Of course, what's stunning will always catch our eye, but sometimes beauty and substance wear an unexpected guise.
My peacock blue manicure.
A study for “Woman Pulling Up Her Stocking” and “Salon in the Rue Des Moulins”.
Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec found inspiration in bars and brothels. Unseemly venues perhaps, but the artist found warmth and vivid color in these unlikely spectacles.
Felicity Brown’s 2010 collection was inspired by Toulouse-Lautrec’s work.
Tilda Swinton is a chameleon on and off-screen. She can look ethereal, severe or aristocratic.
Some people don’t like modern art or furniture. It’s hard to understand with gorgeous, sculptural shapes likes these.
Who needs gold or diamonds? Dahlia Kloss’ necklace is a showstopper without precious metals or stones.
Although two of the world’s deadliest snakes, the Rosy Boa and Malayan Coral Snake are also two of the most beautiful.
John Hawkes, Mick Jagger & Adrian Brody.
The talent and swagger of these men makes their unconventional looks incredibly sexy.
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I had a busy week. Meetings, travel, design events, etc. A jam-packed schedule isn’t necessarily enjoyable mid-stream, but I always love the results. I meet new people, see interesting things, get inspired, and in general, shake things up a bit. Between DC and New York, I stumbled upon some fabulous finds this past week. Whether it was design or fashion, food or art, it seemed that new and exciting things were available and in abundance. Of course there is never enough time to take it all in. It’s a good thing I am able to document it all with my trusty iphone and enjoy the fruits of my labor long after my work and the week is done.
- SOURCING RUGS & TEXTILES -
I love beautiful textiles and rugs. Especially when they are assembled together in a stunning collection. Subtle, graphic, textural or glamorous – it doesn’t really matter to me. Gorgeous is gorgeous regardless of content or genre.
- WINDOW SHOPPING -
Fall is always a delicious time for fashion. Even if you can’t purchase everything you see behind the glass, you can certainly draw inspiration from the displays and create new, eclectic ensembles within your existing wardrobe. I personally am all over this season’s bold colors, layers, baggie pants and fur jackets.
- SCOUTING FOR VINTAGE FURNISHINGS -
You can troll all day on the internet, but there is nothing like seeing the real thing. I can’t get enough of unique yet elegant, statement-making furniture. Unfortunately, I need another chair like I need a hole in the head. It was hard to resist these stellar vintage finds.
- DROPPING BY AN ARTIST’S STUDIO -
I’m a big fan of Julie Wolfe’s work. So to see her paintings and jewelry in-residence was quite a treat. Plus Julie is such a cool chic – interesting, laidback and irreverent. The evening was hosted by George Hemphill and marked by contemporary artwork, incredible jewelry, wine and a “deconstructed food installation”. Loved it.
- BELLYING UP TO THE BAR -
It wasn’t my last stop this weekend, but it was definitely one of the more photogenic. Ted’s Bulletin is a throwback to yesteryear with the style and ambiance to match. If dining, I would stick to the burgers and shakes. If you’re there for a cocktail, order a Jessie Clark. Besides the delicious concoction of chamomile-infused scotch, orange marmalade and chocolate bitters, the drink is served with a perfectly round ice cube produced in seconds by The Macallan ice ball machine. An entertaining and purposeful gadget whether you’re a scotch aficionado or not.
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I created the inspiration board below for a client this week. The concept of “bespoke-modern-organic” is specific to this particular project, but it’s also an underlying theme I try to channel in my work. I often find that design is at its best when it is inspired by something true and natural. And I don’t mean conservative. Mother nature is not exactly bourgeoisie; she rocks some pretty crazy stuff. She informs some of the most interesting, avant garde art and design. She’s the perfect muse.
Samples of stone slabs and my Christmas wrapping from last year.
The “bloom” of the coolest plant ever, Asclepias (aka Monkey Balls). A pillow in the new Kelly Wearstler fashion boutique at Bergdorf’s.
The underside of a mushroom being prepped for dinner. Several pleating options from a favorite textile manufacturer in the DC Donghia showroom.
The ribcage of a dinosaur skeleton at the Museum of Natural History. A sculpture at Darrell Dean in Georgetown.
A beautiful shell I found on the beach in Chappaquiddick last summer. House of Lavande’s Seashell Cuff.
The incredible artist, Julie Wolfe, took this photo in the Amazon rainforest while traveling via the Art in Embassies program. My chic, French friend Sophie wears this delicate, yet modern bracelet with flair.
Thanks ma’ for all the goodies!
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I’m inspired as of late. I’m finding crazy/wonderous/beautiful things everywhere I look. It’s like I’ve snapped out of a foggy stupor. I haven’t discovered a new vitamin or taken up Buddhism, but I have made a committed effort to unplug from the oversaturated and under-inspired world of regurgitated design. It’s become pretty obvious lately that most of what’s online, in magazines and in the stores is the same recycled concept over and over again – i.e., a random mix of genres with the ubiquitous pop of color, pseudo-ethnic pillows and obligatory mid-century focal piece. Bleh, enough! In this day and age it seems that the internet has become our main source of inspiration - I think that may actually be one of the seven signs of the apocalypse – and everyone is plugged into the same circuit. So as one who is not only guilty of this crime, but who champions the cause (yes, I realize as a blogger I am the pot calling the kettle black), I say turn off your smartphone, log off Facebook, ignore this week’s blog feed and look around you. There is beauty in the world!
As mentioned in my last post, I added an extra day to my northern California vacation so I could spend some time in San Francisco before heading back east. I hadn’t been to the bay area in years and had honestly forgotten what all the fuss was about. But I figured why not make a pit stop in an old stomping ground and segue a bit more gently back into life in DC. I was more than taken with the heavenly weather (68 degrees in August) and the lively urban atmosphere – crowded cafes, locals out walking their dogs and great shopping – in Pacific Heights where we spent the day. And although the word “hip” could be used to describe the area’s watering holes, shops and fashions, it didn’t smack of trends like some cities. San Francisco is like the popular kid in high school: confident and cool without even trying. And a vibe like that may as well be crack to someone like me. I couldn’t get enough. Shopping I did - and successful I was.
Thanks San Fran for sharing your mojo with me!
CIELO A store full of gorgeous, high-end European brands.
I picked up an Ann Demeulemeester blazer with chic, refined detailing …
… a scrumptious orchid-colored puffy jacket with cropped sleeves and sweet yet almost "goth" kitten-princess necklace.
NEST The perfect name for a boutique with a homespun yet vagabond flair.
New and vintage toys (check out the gorilla!), artwork, jewelry, furnishings and accessories.
I purchased this silkscreened tiger tote, printed cotton robe and wood handle purse … and love them all.
HEIDI SAYS SHOE SALON The sole-ful sister store of the Heidi Says fashion trifecta.
I found these flattering and totally versatile nude, patent leather wedges from Vera Wang Lavender.
ELIZABETH CHARLES A uniquely curated collection of fashions and accessories.
This boutique was uh-MA-zing! I fell in love with everything.
JONATHAN ADLER Ebullient, over-the-top fun from this eponymous shop’s designer.
CROSSROADS Vintage and consignment clothing, shoes, etc.
My [sporty, crunchy, anti-fashion] friend Lori nearly died of heart failure when I walked out of the dressing room in this get-up. Yes I bought a pair of gold lamé, parachute pants and a cropped grey hoodie. I think they’re fabulous, comfortable and totally hot.
JURLIQUE Skincare, bath and body products.
My masseuse in Sonoma recommended that I pick up a bottle of essential eucalyptus oil and add it to my morning shower to help relieve my nagging cough.
OTD Out-The-Door Vietnamese restaurant.
We recharged at Out-The-Door with noodles, dumplings and wine. Yummm!
SWIG Last stop ... cocktails of course!
With a sexy vibe, live music and bar stocked to the hilt - this club was the perfect finish to a perfect day!
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A great deal of progress has been made here in the past couple of weeks. The millwork
installation – new casing, baseboards and bookshelves – is complete. The painting has
been corrected and looks lovely. Lighting fixtures have been installed in the foyer/living
room along with simple, modern light switches and receptacles throughout the main floor.
I’ve even styled my bookshelves and purchased a new painting for the dining room and a
pair of cast greyhounds for the front entry. And as excited as I am to move on to the next
layer of furnishings and accessories, nothing is quite as important to good design as getting
“the envelope” right. I use this term A LOT in my work. Cleaning up the architecture of a
space and adding (or removing as the case may be) details is the key to a grounded and
balanced interior. And there is something really beautiful about a well-executed space
that feels good even without any decor. But of course, I’m an interior designer, so decor
is essential too. Once I add the furniture, softgoods and artwork, the space will really sing.
- Projects -
I purchased this pair of deer sconces about 4 years ago and finally had the opportunity to
use them. I … ahem, I mean we (I got a lot of help from Molly, H&C employee extraordinaire)
painted them white, so they have a more contemporary vibe appropriate for the house.
A major accomplishment for me: my very first lighting installation!
I was so proud. I called my boyfriend, my parents and sent emails to friends everywhere.
- Millwork -
The new bookcases in my living room. Cheap yet chic!
I kept the lines simple and wrapped the baseboard around the front for a clean, modern look. You’ll see
that I was anxious to style the shelves with my books and accessories - I didn’t even wait to put away my tools.
Above the shelves are the freshly painted deer sconces with extra long candle sleeves and taupe silk shades.
- New Purchases -
This abstract oil painting circa 1960 has incredible color that almost glows.
I found the painting above and this pair of greyhounds at Comer & Co. in Georgetown.
A fantastic new shop with exquisite things and wonderful service.
And speaking of dogs … I’m happy to say that Nina is feeling much better this week.
The little stinker kept pulling off her cone, so she was forced to rock this t-shirt instead.
My poor pup was quite the fashion victim last week.
I think I could be a personal shopper in another life. It’s like my day job, but
with clothes. And with the social calendar of summer in full swing, there are a
bevy of opportunities for crafting looks that suit the occasion. The coming holiday
weekend alone could demand a half dozen “fashion-scapes”. With that in mind,
I have styled four summer looks for my Luxe & Lucid readers. And although my
own ensembles typically consist of a mix of labels and price points, each of the
outfits below has been culled from a single source or shopping district to make your
purchase all the less painless. That’s what summer is all about – easy and breezy.
Happy 4th of July!
- Urban Fireworks -
Look by Urban Outfitters
- Martha’s Vineyard Cookout -
Look by J.Crew
- Lounging in Palm Beach -
Look by Vivre
- Cocktails & Canapés -
Look by the shops of Georgetown
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My mother always told me, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”
Does that maternal wisdom apply to blogs? It probably should, but I just can’t help
myself. We have a folder in the Huntley & Co. files labeled “UHOF”. The [yoo-hawf]
folder contains images of designs we find to be, ahem, aesthetically challenging. I’ll
admit it’s a little snarky. What can I say - my staff and I simply believe it’s irresponsible
not to document design work that dares to go beyond good taste to, um well, the …
- Ugly Hall of Fame -
1. hollywood mcmansion ½ columns do not a mansion make!
2. 80s bedroom ½ even the decade of decadence can’t excuse this decor
3. one-of-a-kind stag chair ½ perfect if your house is on the island of Dr. Moreau
4. Celine Dion wedding attire ½ “I said more crystals!”
5. satin bedroom ensemble ½ the love child of paris hilton and cotton candy
6. Dutch sculpture, 1972 ½ terrifying - yet sold for 13,000 EUR at auction
7. flatscreen tv lift½ only in America
8. dc dressing room ½ the ceiling from hell
9. shower tile mural½ who needs coffee when your morning starts with this?
10. album cover½ career killer, web favorite and my new screensaver
If any of the above comments offend you, lighten up.
If you can’t get enough, click on these websites for more snarky fun:
Tricia ; )
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I had a few inches chopped from my mane this week. My hair usually reaches the middle of
my back, so now that it’s skimming my collarbone, I feel lighter, brighter, better. I’ve embraced all
things cumbersome the last several years – heavy fabrics, chunky jewelry, pattern on pattern – and I
think I’ve had enough. I’m ready to streamline and elevate my fashions, my interiors, my entire sense
of style. The layering, the eccentric colors; I’ve loved it all. But it may be time to move on … for now.
row one: Mathias Dahlgren, Aerin Lauder, Hotel Claude Passart, Plaza Tower Atlanta
row two: Loop Candelabra, Katie Leede & Company, Chris Benz resort 2011, Sills Huniford
row three: Lady Grey, Loewe Fall 2010, Nestor Santa-Cruz, Koton Fall 2010
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Today is one very important day for one very lucky girl. If becoming a princess is lucky that is.
Kate Middleton weds Prince William today and much of the world will be watching. Brits, Royal-enthusiasts
and wedding aficionados will be tuning in by the millions to see what the bride has in store for us. I do like the
princess-to-be. She’s pretty and polished and seems to have a gracious sensibility about her. But fashionable?
Let’s not get carried away. If I could, I would love to give her a makeover and style her on her wedding day.
Plausible? No. But that’s what you gotta’ love about a blog. I can indulge my fantasies right here on the internet.
Below I’ve pulled together what I think would be the perfect look for Ms. Middleton on her wedding day. Guess it’s
time to add a new title to my resume … “Tricia Huntley: Imaginary Stylist to HRH Princess Catherine of Wales”.
- The Dress -
A perfect fusion of traditional elegance and youthful modernism. This mermaid-style, lace dress
would be a stunner on the thin, brunette bride who likes simplicity and form-fitting silhouettes.
Elie Saab Ceres dress
- The Veil -
Considering the formality of the occasion, I would recommend a floor length veil. But if
the bride were more comfortable with tea length (and royal protocol allowed for it), then
the veil at left would look just as beautiful with the Elie Saab dress as the one at right.
Homa Bridal spring 2011 collection veils
- Shoes & Bag -
Intricate handiwork and one-of-a-kind details are what make these accessories fit for a
[future] queen. I love the idea of these pumps peaking out from beneath the hem of
the ivory lace gown. And the beading and stonework of the bag is just incredible.
Manolo Blahnik heels and Larissa Barrera evening bag
- Jewelry -
Jewelry is very personal and much more of a moving target than the dress. What would I suggest
for a young bride on the cusp of royalty? Pieces that are exquisite, but simple. And I would keep
it to a minimum. The bride’s look will live in infamy, so nothing flashy. A pair of platinum, diamond and
unique pieces that complement the sapphire engagement ring that is at once impressive and sentimental.
Lalique Salome Brooch (1904) and Cathy Waterman earrings
- Makeup & Hair -
For Kate’s makeup, I would suggest rosy cheeks, pale lips and soft eyes. And absolutley no black
eyeliner! For hair, a low sideswept chignon is a chic and contemporary alternative to a traditional updo.
makeup by Estee Lauder
Congratulations go out across the pond to the royal couple on their wedding day.
Keep calm, BE HAPPY and carry on.
What happens when you take the Caribbean sun, add a weeklong sailing trip and throw in a
pasty lass of northern European* decent? You get one crispy chic. My trip to Guadeloupe
and Isle des Saints was fabulous. We had gorgeous weather - cloudless skies, bright blue
water and gentle breezes. Just what the doctor ordered. But maybe not the dermatologist.
I often mention how much care I take with my skin. I wear sunblock everyday and haven’t
spent dedicated time in the sun since I was twenty. The problem? When I do go in the sun,
I fry up faster than bacon in a skillet. So although I do have a healthy glow about me, I’m
also starting to peel. Unhealthy and gross, but not without some humor. In light of my flaky,
peeling appearance, I figured I would feature all things scaly and reptilian this week. I love
texture - I just prefer to see it on stilettos and handbags and not so much on my face.
- Handbags -
left: vintage (top), Temperley London (bottom)
middle: Alexander McQueen (top), Bottega Veneta (bottom)
right: Amber & Babzoe (top), Lanvin (bottom)
- Footwear -
clockwise from top left: Dior, Roberto Cavalli,
Elizabeth & James and Fendi
- Fashion -
left to right: Burberry, Bottega Veneta, Zara
- Furnishings -
top left & bottom right: Huntley & Co. custom collection
bottom left: David Iatesta
top right & bottom middle: R&Y Augousti
Wishing you (and your skin!) a safe and festive season of sun.
* Norwegian, German, English & Irish ; )
There is one question I receive more than any other from prospective clients, writers, editors, vendors and
the public-at-large. “What’s Your Style?” Simple enough I suppose. After all, most designers and novice
decorators have a catch phrase … “edited elegance”, “shabby chic”, “retro glam”, etcetera. The funny thing
is that despite having worked as an interior designer for fifteen years and having my own firm for five, I’ve never
been able to provide a nice neat answer to that all-important question. I guess I found it difficult to sum up all
of my professional passions and aspirations into a few choice words. And perhaps subconsciously I realized
that I needed to soak up as much as I could from the talented pool of designers, architects and artisans around
me before attaching myself to a specific slogan. Or maybe I’m just a knucklehead. Whatever the reason, in this
era of branding, I think it’s time to find a trademark for TRICIA HUNTLEY INC. and certainly for HUNTLEY & CO.
I believe I have a contender, so I’m hoping the Luxe & Lucid audience will help me with my decision. Based on
the cues below, let me know if I’m on target. I welcome comments and suggestions from my clever readers.
- Influential Designers -
Three stellar firms that deliver genius with every project. Of course, I may be a little partial to SB
since it is headed by my former bosses who happen to be the nicest, most gracious men on earth.
- The Glamour Found in Nature -
I love me a manicured hedge and a nice hunk of rock.
Jacques Garcia temple photo c/o World of Interiors
- Gorgeous, Dramatic Art -
John Singer Sargent, Elliott Puckette, Francisco Goya & Giacometti (top to bottom).
- Sexy, Laid-Back, All-American Fashion -
Tory Burch, Gwyneth Paltrow and one of my favorite looks - skinny jeans, flats and a [faux] fur coat.
- My Collected Thoughts-
This scrapbook is a collection of images I have pulled because they are beautiful
and inspiring, regardless of context. I started this “stream of consciousness” project
to help me with the idea of branding and to jump start the design for my own house.
- My Own Work -
Whether I’m working on a modern apartment or sprawling traditional home, there are always
three elements key to my interiors; they need to be beautiful, original and unpretentious. Not
only do I want them to reflect the spirit and lifestyle of my clients, but I want them to be livable.
So taking all of the above into consideration, I think the best way to describe my style is …
Wacha’ think? Tricia xo
as well as the Huntley & Co. website for more info.
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I had my heart set on a particular feature this week, but I can’t find the key image. And although I
have 30 or so folders containing potential posts stocked away in my computer, I’m just not feeling
it for any of them right now. The truth for lifestyle bloggers is that we do feel the need to deliver
something meaningful and beautiful and somewhat original to our audience. And as a practicing
designer with my own firm, I feel a particular obligation to perform. Excellence in design is my
professional pursuit – churning out or championing mediocrity does not hold particular appeal.
So with that in mind, I offer you a list of some of my favorite resources to provide you with the
inspiration that so clearly escapes me this week. Hopefully I’ll be back on my game next week.
... And I’ll have found that !@%$#% picture!
Vivre - catalog
Isabel Lopez-Quesada – designer website
Lonny – e|zine
A Thoughtful Eye – blog
Saipua – website, blog
AD España – magazine
Bijoux and Boheme – blog
How To Spend It – Financial Times magazine
… I think I may feel inspired again ; )
Is there any other color on your mind this time of year besides green?
Trees are budding, the grass is coming back and we’ve just celebrated St. Patrick’s Day.
It feels like we’ve turned a corner and everyone is in higher spirits, so let’s rejoice in the one
hue that delivers a boost of happiness just when we need it most. Kelly, chartreuse, lime or
sage – whatever the shade – you are sure to find glorious greens all around you this spring.
- nature / exteriors -
“Green” buildings Ann Demeulemeester in Seoul and the Caixa Forum in Madrid.
Spanish copper wall image c/o My Life My Vibe.
Porch by Boxwood Home & Interiors.
Iguana photo c/o Trek Nature.
- interiors -
Interiors by Sills Huniford, Geoffrey Bradfield, Steven Gambrel and Jeffrey Bilhuber.
- art -
- textiles & finishes -
Samples from the Huntley & Co. library.
- fashion & beauty -
Shoes by Lanvin.
Clutch and cuff available through Vivre.
Gucci and Costume National runway photos.
- tricia ; ) -
While at Battery Kemble Park this past weekend with Nina, I was reminded why some people love
winter. The sky was clear, the sun was shining and the snow was glistening in the treetops and underfoot.
It really was magical. I later wrote to a friend that it was a perfect day - “warm and sparkly”. Not exactly a
scientific description, but spot-on nonetheless. Although I don’t think I’ve ever used those exact words to describe
a project, I certainly could have. I’ve embraced that concept a few times over the past few years. One renovation
in particular comes to mind. Huntley & Co. redesigned a Pennsylvania Avenue apartment for a client in 2009. The
goal was to create an urban oasis for a chic and independent woman in her early 30s with a love of family, fashion
and fun. We created a feminine yet spirited home pour cette femme who was (and is) warm and sparkly herself.
The space was completely transformed, our client was thrilled and the apartment is still the dreamiest on the block.
The perfect place, in fact, to kick back after a long winter’s day spent at the dog park. Hmmm …
Does someone want a house guest?
Pennsylvania Avenue “Jewel Box” Apartment
Huntley & Co. 2009
Further evidence of my love for all things "warm and sparkly". A gorgeous chunk of
Pyrite I found at a flea market and “All Hail McQueen” polish by Butter London.
I could buy table settings all day long. Especially in glimmering metals like these.
I found these gorgeous wares on scouting trips to Pennsylvania and L.A. respectively.
A little sparkle up top does everyone some good. A fox at Oliver Dunn in Georgetown
wears a diminutive crown while watching the foot traffic outside. And Coco Rocha looks
every bit the queen in one of my all-time favorite Grace Coddington-styled Vogue shoots.
The perfect combination of design elements to create the warm modern look I love – the perpetually dazzling Met
Chandelier as seen at Moss in NYC and a simple firebox with brass surround by Chakib Richani for Elie Saab.
Simple and architectural meets complex and detailed with the common denominators of light, reflectivity and glamour.
Two women who never fail to sparkle on the red carpet. Kate Beckinsale and Jennifer Lopez always have a beautiful,
polished, “glow from within” look about them. It’s in their fashion choices, makeup application, jewelry and glossy hair.
Katie Lee Joel’s mirrored dressing table and accoutrements complement nicely a
Huntley & Co. foyer with luminous silk drapery panel and imported mosaic floor.
What better way to warm up mid-winter than with bubbly cocktails in a chic yet cozy setting.
Café Bonaparte. To see the most glamorous cocktail hour ever recorded on film, check out the
Paris Je T’aime spread on vogue.com or watch The September Issue on video.
Be safe, stay warm and sparkle this winter season!
Tricia & Nina
* All professional Huntley & Co. photos by Kevin Allen Photography *
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We had a terrible ice storm in DC this week. The freezing rain started about 7PM on Monday
and lasted all night. By morning the street outside was as slick as a skating rink and the trees
were dripping with icicles. Treacherous … yet pretty. Downed power lines, sidewalk pitfalls,
car crashes - that’s the downside. The upside? Inspiration for a blog post and maybe a future
design scheme. OK, maybe that’s a little insensitive. Alas, when you have a deadline each
week and work in a competitive industry, you have to stay sharp. Hmmm. Cold … yet creative.
Steven Meisel’s soft and ethereal version of an ice queen for the cover of Vogue.
Ensembles from Karl Lagerfeld’s Fall/Winter 2010-11 runway show for Chanel.
I believe he must have been inspired by The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson.
In grammar school I was totally captivated by the story of The Snow Queen.
I am sure I would find it equally beautiful and haunting as an adult.
Chandeliers fit for an ice queen’s palace. The two fixtures on the left are from John
Salibello in New York. The top right pendant was created by Venini in the 1960s and the
starburst on the lower right is from the 1930’s and attributed to C.J. Weinstein. Stunning.
For some women, only one kind of “ice” will do.
Left: White gold, diamond and south sea pearl detachable earrings.
Right: Art Deco bracelet with 30 carats of white and fine diamonds in a platinum setting.
Unfortunately, I am not one of those women. But I still can make a statement sans diamonds.
L-Atitude has just the pieces I need to create an ice queen look without the “ice”.
And if Huntley & Co. were hired by la reine des glaces, what kind of interior
would I create for her? It would need to be cool, elegant, regal. Yet softened
with natural materials and a hint of feminine color. Crisp, lovely, cultivated.
With a variety of texture and finishes in the fabrics and materials.
We would dress her tabletop in cut crystal, sterling silver and sparkling accessories.
Cutlery photo c/o Western Interiors magazine.
And hang works by Rebecca Plotnick, Robin Rose – currently on
exhibit at Hemphill Fine Arts – and Elliott Puckette (respectively).
Maybe the reason I am finding all this so inspiring is because I AM an ice queen.
Disconcerting … yet delightful.
This ice queen and her Norsk Elghund wish you a fun and frosty winter.
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Yes, those are my initials, but I’m talking about another T.H. Tommy Hilfiger.
I’ve never thought much about this brand, despite the fact that its logo could often double as a monogram.
However, last week while running errands in Georgetown, I found myself in front of the store’s M Street window
drooling over several ensembles. Once inside, things got even better. Not only did I find myself a pair of wool short
shorts, a petal pink silk top with gold beading and some über flattering leggings with ruching at the ankles, but the
dressing area had such a warm and eclectic vibe that I documented the scheme for future reference. The perfect blend
of traditional and modern, its edgy “town and country” look could be translated beautifully into a twenty-something’s
bachelor pad or a townhouse on P Street. Chic duds and inspiration in my pocket – now that’s a successful pit stop!
An ad from the Hilfiger Fall/Winter 2010-11 campaign …
I know I’m always writing about how not preppy I am, but the Jeep
Wagonmaster (aka “woody”) is truly my favorite vehicle of all time. Maybe
Tommy Hilfiger will loan me this one with the signature “H” on the door.
The purchases from my fortuitous M Street pit stop.
The dressing hall with black painted millwork, ebonized floors and purple/grey walls. The
pendants, artwork and Oriental runner add a balancing punch of warmth and color to the space.
A detail of the mirrored dressing room doors.
Inside the dressing room. The leather chair and gold mirror and sconces
help create a sexy little space that’s both masculine and feminine.
I love the contrast of this tall, traditional chest of drawers against the room’s
bold, unusual colors. That’s what I think of as modern today – the unexpected.
Tricia (“TH” ) xo
Advertisement photos c/o Tommy Hilfiger.
Moving is rarely enjoyable. Packing, unpacking, cleaning, misplacing items, schlepping things around,
cleaning again … and so on. But if there is a silver lining, it’s discovering those things you had forgotten
about. And since I have had personal items packed away in storage between anywhere from five to fifteen
years, it feels like Christmas all over again now that I’m tackling the dozens of boxes in my house. It’s pretty
exciting to unwrap a nondescript package and find a vintage shagreen cigarette case I purchased twelve years
ago. Does it get any better? And since the renovation of my new pad could take awhile, accessorizing gives
me a little instant gratification. I can personalize my rooms with signature touches and vignettes that showcase
the objets d’art I’ve collected over the years. But more importantly, I turn a house into a home by infusing it
with personality and soul … something I do for all my clients, but even more meaningful now that it’s for me.
These cut glass and silver candlesticks were a Christmas gift in 1995.
I haven’t seen them in some time and love their patina and residual wax.
I purchased this sculpture in Munich in 2005, but had packed it away for the last
three years. It now wears a vintage necklace and greets people in my foyer.
I think it was eight years ago that I found this chaise online. It’s hard to remember
because I put it in storage right away. And people say I’m not patient!
Doesn’t everyone find Fortuny when they unpack?
And a chandelier? I know, it’s crazy. This stunning chandelier was thrown haphazardly
in a box and tossed around a storage container for seven years. Thank God it survived.
It now hangs in my master bedroom adding romance and charm. It's been missed!
I have no idea when or where I purchased this pair of statues. Seriously.
To make up for lost time I’ve appointed them as stewards of some of my jewelry.
Three purses that had been lost in a box. They range in age from seven to fourteen years old.
Still so chic – they look amazing just sitting atop a table in my dressing room.
Here’s hoping I find more treasures as good as the ones above!