The Spring '11 trends encourage an athletic spirit, but this time we're trading the raggedy gray sweats for something a little more chic. Throw in colorblock knit skirts and leather jackets to dress up your sportswear. Think Kate Moss when channeling this mood or take inspiration from runway collections like Marni and Acne. Sure you won't be working out in these gems, but at least you'll know your bright tanks and spandex workout pants can finally be mixed into your daytime attire!
My new favorite person on the planet is television producer turned self-taught designer Brian Flynn, aka Décor Demon. Whether he's diving in dumpsters for furniture to use in a colorful, fresh, and glam outdoor lounge or blowing up a '60s portrait of his parents to use as a large-scale wall mural, everything he touches turns to gold. Don't believe me? He's got photos and details of all his fantastic decorating projects to prove it.
Brian's latest task was to bring "smoke-and-mirror magic" to the creative lounge of a new production company in town (Atlanta). As for the requirements, Brian says, "A TV director needed graphic backdrops for shooting reality-style interviews, two laptop-clutching writers insisted on power outlets galore, sound engineers preferred the concrete floors NOT to echo, and the staff editor wished for a sofa on which to kick back and scan raw footage." The only trouble was the budget . . . it was what you'd call "limited." Two dumpster dives, eight reupholstery jobs, and five weeks later, Brian transformed this bare, ho-hum, industrial-looking space into a show-stopping lounge oozing Hollywood glamour.
Celebrity interior designer Kenneth Bordewick, who's decorated the homes of Paul McCartney, the Jonas Brothers, and Mariah Carey to name a few, has been pegged to design this year's Golden Globe Awards Presenters Lounge. The room will be visited by a few dozen of Hollywood's favorite celebrities Sunday night before they walk onstage to present the award show's iconic golden globe statuettes. So Bordewick's theme, "the glamorous luxury of Hollywood's Golden Age with the glitter of today's top stars," is only fitting.
Although the room will only be used for one evening, he's working with a big budget. Some of the furnishings include vintage Renea Lalique pieces valued at $800,000, a Moura Starr leather sofa and black crystal coffee table valued at $400,000, a bronze sculpture by famed artist Gilad Ben-Atzi, and hand-embroidered black and white silk drapes valued at $25,000. He's also borrowed a few pieces of artwork from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation and the Yehoshua Kovarsky Family Trust estimated to be worth more than $1 million. All in all, the room's furnishings will be outfitted with more than $2.2 million in furnishings! And I thought red carpet dresses cost an arm and a leg!
Originally a misspelling of the French term chaise longue, and pronounced "shez long," chaise lounge literally means long chair. Now available in modern and traditional variations, as well as formal and contemporary, the chaise lounge is a type of sofa designed for reclining. Most often seen in the living room or bedroom, it's often ubiquitous with the reclining patient found at an analyst's office.