Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween

We are back from Maui but I am so damn busy trying to catch up I'll be missing Halloween tomorrow, so lame I know. Here's last year's costume, have a good weekend everyone! I'll be back next week with vacation pictures!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Maui Here We Come

I'll be taking a blogcation for the next several days as there are crystal blue waters and sandy beaches screaming my name. I'll be back later next week with vacation photos! Have a great weekend!

Reina's & Max's Wedding

My brother-in-law, Max, got married this past weekend at our friend Damian's house in Malibu. I promise this is the last wedding of 2009, at least to my knowledge! Max and my new sister-in-law, Reina, have been together for like 150 years. They finally tied the knot in a lovely little ceremony and are currently relaxing away on their honeymoon in Jamaica. The day was beyond hot and it got dark very quickly so unfortunately a lot of my pictures didn't turn out well. Between my husband and me, these are my best photos.
I wore a Nanette Lepore dress that hubby gave me as a birthday present last year.

And hubby wore his Calvin Klein tux with a Ben Sherman shirt. All the groomsmen were given skinny black ties and Ray Ban Wayfarers to form a look after Resevoir Dogs.

Natalie is Reina's younger sister. The bridesmaids wore short black taffeta dresses and feathered headbands. Natalie also caught the bouquet. Since she is only 17, she was told to promptly give it to someone else!

This lady is so damn funny, she absolutely kills me. You might recoginze Pamela from Californication. She is also the voice of Bobby from King of the Hill. Reina's mother has worked for Pamela for years and she is an extended part of their family. We were pretending we were Prom dates from the 80's.

And I caught a photo with the blushing bride before the ceremony.

Hubby with his mom Sharon. Sharon got a little tipsy and stuck a glitter butterfly from one of the centerpieces in her hair by the end of the night.

Lynn graciously offered her house for the ceremony and reception. Max and her son, Damian, have been friends since the first grade. Damian was also in our wedding. Lynn is such a neat lady, always traveling and living life to the fullest.

I had a good seat for the ceremony but not from a photographers stand point! Hubby escorted Reina's older sister, Michelle, down the aisle. There were rattan fans with programs on them and parasols to help shield the blazing sun.
Reina's mother was full of tears! Tears of joy, even still I gave her a big kiss when she sat down. Reina's parents are very sweet.

The best shot I could do! The ceremony was short and to the point. The joined the sands and broke the glass. I think this was right after the kiss.

They set up a clear tent like we did at our reception. A black and white dancefloor was also rented for the band later on in the night.

The view was beautiful! Max is a chef at a local restaurant so they did all the yummy catering.

They used green apples as place cards and had a wish tree with little cards the guests could write their wishes for the couple on.

My main man, the best man, gave a speech that had everyone cracking up.

Cousin Julie and I busted a move on the dancefloor. Julie's kids were my ring bearers and flower girl.

It was a great night! Congrats to the happy couple!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Donor Floor

This is a photo of the Donor Floor my firm just finished at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The marble slabs are engraved with donor's names. Looks great, huh?

Holiday Home Tour

Yep, the holidays are almost here and the home tours are beginning. My friend is a member of the Pacific Palisades Junior Women's Club and every year they host a Home Tour & Boutique to benefit the local schools, fire stations and general community. This year, Structure Home, Designer's Rug Resource, W.I. Simonson and Michael Edlen are the sponsors. To find out more about this fabulous afternoon, visit the PPJWC website.

The Bamboo Papers from Farrow & Ball

Farrow & Ball is one of my favorite companies. They not only produce quality materials, they are elegant and beautiful. The good folks over at Farrow & Ball recently sent me a couple of samples of their new Bamboo Papers collection wallpaper and the verdict is in: loves it!

The Bamboo Papers come in two sizes and have zero VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds).

This had such a lovely opalescent shimmer, too bad it didn't show up in the copy.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Somber in San Francisco

Williams Sonoma designer Monelle Totah keeps things paired down in her San Francisco apartment despite her frequent travels and hefty souvenir shopping habit. The simple black and white color palette stays calming and never gets busy, keeping her hectic life grounded in the time she does spend there. Photos by Simon Upton.

Monelle strikes a pose in her living room. The zebra print rug is from Williams Sonoma Home, of course!

A French tablecloth matches the antique French chairs in the dining room. A wide stripe rug in black and white offsets the soothing grey walls.

The entryway desk plays home to an antique Buddha statue and a collection of artwork from Florence.

The kitchen houses a Bosch dishwasher, Viking stove and Carrera-marble counter tops.

More stripes and mirrored cabinets ties this sitting area with the rest of the apartment.

Mercury glass table lamps add just the right amount of glimmer to this lilac guest bedroom. Walker Evans framed photographs hang above the Pottery Barn headboard. And fresh flowers always go a long way!

An antique campaign chair is anchored next to a Williams Sonoma Home Hampstead chest of drawers in the sitting room. Artwork by Georgianne Fastaia and Jeanne Jackson hang on the Antique White Benjamin Moore walls.

The master bedroom is decked out in Belgian linens and an antique chandelier found at the Pasadena Rose Bowl flea market. Artwork has been collected from Louisiana. Beautiful city living, huh?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Hot Mess Monday

Look, I like Gorillas just as much as the next guy, but the Angry Gorilla Dress by Christopher Kane frankly scares the shit out of me.

If you see a young lady wearing the Christopher Kane Angry Gorilla Dress, be careful. Chances are she will cut a bitch.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Step Up to Color

What a cute idea for a cottage or an apartment? An easy and fun way to add some color to an otherwise boring white staircase is to paint each step in an accompanying hue. Hopefully there will be no need for the galoshes and umbrella seen above this weekend! Have a great one! Photo by Brian Henn.

Glamour Rules

I couldn't have said it better myself.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

What Wearstler's Been Up To

Kelly Wearstler is starting to steer away from the Hollywood Glamor and is heading towards Avant Deco. Her Malibu beach house was featured in Metropolitan Home and the chunky blond wood palette is anything but typical for the well-known designer. What do you think about all of this? I know critics like to give her a hard time, but I love me some Old Hollywood and frankly could never get enough. But this is an interesting direction to say the least. Photographs by Francois Halard.

She shares this beach getaway with three other families so she wanted to make it child friendly but keep the decadence with a sense of rounded corners and sandy colors.

The front foyer features a vintage chair found in Miami atop of a Mansour Modern rug. The nautilus shell sculpture was a 1st Dibs find.

Bleached walnut stairs appear as stacked boxes. A brass railing adds the perfect compliment of shimmer.

The dining room table consists of a stone slab on a pedestal. The bucket chairs are vintage and the sideboard was custom made by Wearstler herself.

Hand painted wallpaper gives a sharp vibe to the bedroom. Vintage bed, Mansour Modern carpet, linens by Wearstler for Sferra, vintage chairs covered in Larsen fabric.

The bathroom vanity was also custom designed by Wearstler. The Bates and Bates polished-steel oval sink sits in a block of marble complimented by Paul Decorative Atlantis faucets.

The master suite has jagged lines and swirling stone striations.

The dressing room features and African sculpture on a chunky geometric table. an inspiration for some of Wearstler's hairstyles no doubt.

The entry hall.

Robert Kuo is one of my favorites. His rock-crystal ornament is really perfect for a space like this.

The living room.

Alabaster and black also play a role within the house.

A better look at the custom sideboard by Wearstler. Me likey.

Hmm, the bedroom sculpture worries me a little bit. To each his own.

So Kelly, now that I know you have this fabulous beach house, I'll be sure to stop by next summer!