What do you get when you blend Moorish, Spanish, European, American and Mexican influences? Bohemian luxury. In Rizzoli’s newly released book Casa Bohemia, The Spanish Style House, Linda Leigh Paul gives us an insider tour of some of the finest homes in the South, the West, and Mexico. Paul is a connoisseur of Spanish Architecture, and she walks us through the history, the rich architectural and design details, and the evolution into present day California Mission Style. We get to see homes in Ibiza, San Miguel de Allende, Santa Barbara, Texas and Colorado – dating from the late 17th century to present day. Here is a sampling: [Read more…]
Do you ever have those days where you just want to shut it all down and move to an island? If the answer is yes, I would invite you to immediately get a copy of Rizzoli’s India Hicks: Island Style to virtually transport yourself to the Bahamas now while you study up on how to master the art of island living. India Hicks and her partner David have lived in the Bahamas, on Harbour Island, for almost twenty years. In her latest book, she opens the doors to her beautiful home, Hibiscus Hill, welcoming readers into the decorative details that artistically mix British Colonial with Caribbean culture. The book is written with such a personal touch that you are likely to feel like a guest actually in her home, having a conversation with her. [Read more…]
She is a BOND GIRL (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969). Her photographic portrait is on display in the National Portrait Gallery. She is a hotelier. She is a designer- of luxury boutique hotels, retail stores (Louis Vuitton flagship Paris store and Van Cleef and Arpels: London, Paris, Monaco, Beverly Hills, Osaka and Geneva) yachts, homes, landscapes, products, graphics, haute couture clothes (clients include Princess Diana, Princess Margaret). She has made Architectural Digest’s Top 100 Interior Designers and Architects In the World list. Anouska Hempel is one talented woman.
Rizzoli has just released a stunning book of Anouska Hempel’s evocative spaces, which are layered with historical details, saturated tones, and lavish textures. Hempel brings a sense of high style and understated extravagance to all of her projects, creating magic that is shared brilliantly in this 304 page book by architecture critic (London Times) and author Marcus Binney. [Read more…]
How Does the Largest Independently Owned Ad Agency Inspire Award Winning Creativity?
THE RICHARDS GROUP has a new headquarters – and it is not your everyday office building – but more like a concept car. Prominently located near Dallas’ West Village area, the innovative design of the nation’s largest independent advertising agency rivals Silicon Valley empires like Google with thoughtful customization for a unique work culture. These creative giants seem to intuitively understand the power of the workplace environment, and the wisdom of investing in innovative ways to inspire creativity.
Sole agency owner, Stan Richards, chose Perkins + Will’s Ron Stelmarski to [Read more…]
Today is one of those unusual days where Dallas is actually cold. Even icy… how bizarre to think that it was warmer in Frankfurt last week when I was there for the Ambiente Show. Southerners do NOT know how to drive in cold weather – where I grew up, flurries could shut the city down. Here, a little slush and ice equate to closed schools and businesses. Nothing like New England, but still to be taken seriously.
So… I have been pouring over photographs from the show, enjoying my favorite finds all over again from the comfort of my office. My bucket list has been amended to now include dishes. Let’s be frank: I need more storage and lots of it if I plan to have all of the dishes I would like to entertain with. I will warn you now that this post is photo heavy, so I plan to keep quiet while you peruse my favorite dining finds from Ambiente Show. You can thank me now for giving you a VISUAL tour; just walking the halls to find these items might log an easy 5-7 miles onto your jawbone or fitbit – I kid you not. The odds are good that your most comfortable business attire shoes are no match for this tradeshow track meet. The show is enormous – so big that it even has a dedicated stop on the S-Bahn – 4,800 vendors – and over 140,000 attendees. Ambiente is the biggest kitchen, household and table trade show in the world (and the 3rd biggest trade show in the world in general). It occupies what I will call a campus of interconnected buildings with moving walkways to help get you to your next destination. The U.S. was Ambiente’s partner country this year, so Ambiente wisely partnered with Veronika Miller of Modenus – which is how I got invited. Lucky me to be part of such a great group.
So… what did we see in Frankfurt? Frankly, a LOT. [Read more…]