Friday, February 05, 2016

At home in L.A. with Ole Henriksen

A little behind-the-scenes photoshoot fun at the West Hollywood home of skincare expert Ole Henriksen and interior designer Laurence Roberts. You can see the whole feature here. Gorgeous home. Happy couple. And lots of Danish hygge. Such a fun story to write!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

In with the old!

Our Christmas present to ourselves: Ringo Starr's wing chairs, believed to be from his 17th-century English countryside home, Rydinghurst, that was designed by Nicky Haslam in 1999. Having cleaned red glitter out of the deep tufts, I'm thinking they enjoyed rather a good time. We'll try to do them justice.

Monday, November 09, 2015

The Rolling Stones, historic architecture and a good night's rest

I've long been a fan of the incredibly smart restoration work done by the Landmark Trust and I've long wanted to stay at Swarkestone Pavilion, so imagine my delight when I was assigned this Rock Star Rentals feature for RubyLUX.

I knew Swarkestone would have to be one of the places highlighted and had such a great time reading about Michael Joseph's infamous Beggars Banquet shoot. Along the way, I found some great outtakes here, and a short film on the shoot created by Mick Jagger's brother Chris, which you can watch here. For those of you who are Stones fans, architecture buffs or both (like me) enjoy!

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Branham Rendlen: A different view of Big Sur

Rancho Rico, Big Sur
I spent a lot of my youth on the Monterey Bay, which exposed me to what one contemporary art history professor, Charles Gaines, not so lovingly referred to collectively as "Carmel Art." And he was right to do so. What began as an artists' community in the early part of the 20th century had become a destination for really awful painting, spearhead by the likes of Thomas Kincaid and gobbled up not only by tourists but, gasp, by locals! When I lived there (and worked at Photography West Gallery -- Carmel does still knock it out of the park when it comes to photography) art galleries were filled with cottage scenes, whales breaching in the moonlight and hotel art, huge pretty pictures devoid of any real meaning. And while the town does still have a few frightful places managing the rent on Ocean Avenue, I was ecstatic to learn about artist Branham Rendlen at the Ventana Inn art gallery during a visiting last month. Her paintings document the coastline in a way that's different from what I've seen for the last twenty-five years. They almost feel like an extension of the Bay Area Figurative movement. They're abstract, complex and intimate, yet they capture the vastness of the wilderness, even on canvases as small as 8-inches square. I'm smitten.

Castro Canyon, Big Sur
Oak and Golden Hills
South Coast, Big Sur
From Bixby Bridge
Foggy Morning, Big Sur
Little Sur During the Road Closure 2011

Thursday, August 20, 2015

My favorite new book: Parish-Hadley Tree of Life

Just reviewed the forthcoming Parish-Hadley book by Brian McCarthy and Bunny Williams for a brand-new, antiques-focused magazine. I'm pretty much in love with it. Color me happy. Really, really happy.

(And, more on the new mag later!)