Have been working on a lot of fun projects lately- a showcase house for September and perhaps one for next.. at the very least I'm expecting a big fall which means for a very busy summer.
In the meantime, shelter mag inspiration is at an all time low. Does anyone else get frustrated during the warmest months when issues are combined? If I see something exciting on the cover I usually only need about 1 night to get through an issue.. 8 weeks is just way too long to go without anything new. So thank goodness for Lonny- which has become one of my favorites recently. Some of their coverage is out-of-control- cool and totally crazy. Kelly Wearstlers home (from the May issue) confuses me. I suffer between wanting to throw in the towel feeling like she's so brilliant and I'm a lost cause to thinking she's completely lost her mind and has an eye for the strangest things ever.
It certainly doesn't hurt that she literally lives on an estate. Everything looks better surrounded by marble and perfectly trimmed boxwoods.
But my favorite Lonny from earlier this year is hands down the April issue, and the home of Angie Hranowsky. The color she used is out-of-this-world happy. It literally makes me smile. It was after seeing her beautiful home that I started adding pinks into mine. My husband thanks you, Angie. But as fun, energetic and fab as her home was, it also felt very kid-friendly. Now believe me, I love beautiful things. In fact all of my decisions (even now, after having a child and two dogs of my own) are based on beauty more than anything else. Yes, I think of function, but a kid isn't going to stop me from custom silk pillows because silk pillows are important to me. So I love it when I see a house that was clearly done with beauty and kids in mind. Just a little side note.. believe me, I wouldn't sell a single client a silk pillow without warning them of what can happen when sticky fingers and dog drool get onto that fabric. In other words, I always encourage clients to think function before beauty, it's just my poor husband that gets stuck with having to replace after things get worn and torn.
Anyway, Angie Hranowsky's art installation makes the house. If anyone says art doesn't matter, this should convince you otherwise..
Thankfully I haven't gotten through the June issue yet so at least I have a handful of pages to read over the summer.