Wandered around NOHO (North of Houston) Design District which is roughly bordered by 4th Street to the north, Bleeker to the south, Lafayette to the west and Bowery to the east. NYC Part 2 also included walking past here on the way. This is for you, college boy. Get through exams and everything will be all right. Enjoyed the architecture and quirkiness of these modernized buildings in NOHO. Stopped in Lobel Modern with furniture from the 40s through the 80s. Lunch… Read More
Flew into NYC yesterday and met my sisters for a matinee performance of Clybourne Park. Brilliant, simply brilliant. With a limited run, if you happen to be in NYC the next few months, I highly recommend it. It reminds me of why I love theatre, why theatre can do what only live performances can do and move you in so many ways. I was laughing hysterically one minute and near sobs the next. My one sister, the usual “crier” in… Read More
I love exploring D.C. and especially love that it feels different from other U.S. cities, in part due to the Heights of Buildings Act passed in 1899. Almost European feeling with both old and new architecture in the mix. I sometimes feel vaguely like I am in Paris. I love the many friendly places suited for congregating and relaxing. Different things in and around the museums inspired design ideas. As much as I’ve been to D.C. (Mr. F&F commuted there for… Read More
Started the day exploring the Silver Lake neighborhood east of Hollywood. Ate a tasty brunch at Millies which has been around since 1926, and visited a couple antique stores before heading over to LA’s original farmer’s market. The Los Angeles farmer’s market at Fairfax and Third has operated since 1934. It’s such a classic market with stalls selling fruits, meats, nuts and other fresh foods. Mixed in are several counter-style restaurants – Mexican, Italian, French and countless others. Picked up some cheeses, charcuterie and… Read More
No design inspiration trip would be complete without a visit to the Getty Villa, sister museum to the Getty Center. J. Paul Getty purchased sixty-four acres in Malibu in 1945 and, in 1954, opened a museum in his home to showcase his collection of Greek and Roman antiquities. In 1968 Getty decided to recreate a first-century Roman house (the Villa dei Papiri) on the property to exhibit his growing collection. The result was the Getty Villa which opened in 1974, closed… Read More
Yesterday was a nice break from shopping, but my tours were still very much in the name of design. First stop, the Getty Center, an ode to modern architecture but with ancient treasures inside. Had a lovely day with my friend who came up from Orange County. In front of the J.C. bust, a security guard accosted my friend and me, showing us a long scar on his bald head. Thanks to some KGB guys who messed him up in the… Read More
Found the motherload of vintage prints this weekend. This homeowner must have been in the art business or I can’t imagine what he had in mind with all these prints. I’m talking hundreds of them, uncut in poster fashion. So imagine six 9×12 prints or eight 5×8 prints all together on one large poster. There were stacks and stacks of these 1960s prints on beautiful heavy-weight poster paper. Great vintage vibe with lovely subject matter, just waiting for someone to cut and frame… Read More
Catching up on documenting 2011 client work. Caught up with some folks today to photograph some client work. I love hanging a gallery wall and The “L” family had a lovely art collection. The family lived in Asia for a period of time and the hallway connecting the family room to the living room contained their themed Asian collection. I arranged the artwork in the hall and the homeowner later added perimeter photos from their travels. Moving into their living room,… Read More
I love things chippy and rusty, and generally old things that can be transformed with new uses. Too “rustic” may not be everyone’s cup of tea but they can be cool when mixed with more refined things. That’s my favorite style right now…mixing it up…gilded and gaudy. Scored some fun things at two auctions and one estate sale this past weekend, adding to a very depleted inventory. Take this old chippy and rusty shopping cart, for example. I remember leaving the N&D… Read More
The K family interior redesign was a delight with quirky mementos, good foundation pieces and amazing kid art. We rearranged furniture for better flow, family mementoes were highlighted and we devised practical solutions to everyday issues. Nobody lives like a magazine spread. Most articles in design magazines have been stylized and decluttered. How can a normal American family live comfortably with things they love? Everything used in this interior redesign belonged to the family already.
Here are some of the lovelies found at most recent auction and a couple other things found elsewhere. F&F very crowded so having a sale at Hunt and Gather this weekend, running through Halloween evening. Busts are hot rights now and I’ll be damned if I can score them at auction (there were probably ten lots of busts at this auction) but I did manage to get a couple small ones… Feel lucky to have scored this table cause… Read More
Here’s what’s going on at F&F retail lately…our antique mall has a HUGE clearance sale going on this weekend (thru 5 pm Sunday, August 28th). A few samples of what antique treasures F&F has to offer. Enjoy!
This is true love… …I had just reframed and put brown paper on the back of five paintings…and I was too lazy tired to install the small nails that accompanied the picture hangers sooo… …Mr. F&F intervened on my behalf and, in no time, five paintings ready for sale… …I had no intention of incorporating so much art into my booth, but it seems that as fast as I hang ’em, they sell. I love the watercolors – one a… Read More
Arrived in the mountains Thursday, past the peak for leaves, but still managed to see some autumn beauty. Starting with the farmer’s market, we spied fall’s bounty of greens and other seasonal veges, some bluegrass music and fall-inspired candles… One tree was still hanging on… An art stroll, down by the river, ordered up some fine, fall weather. The studios are in old warehouses and much of the landscape features reused materials… …as does this interior with scrap wood wall…… Read More
The Gregg Museum at North Carolina State University has a mere two rooms but they present some wonderful exhibits. The most recent, Southern Roots of Mid Century Modern, presents a cross section of this era circa 1950s. NCSU grad, Matthew Gay, does a beautiful job in his curatorial debut. The exhibit also showcases speakers; this evening was a collectors’ panel, folks who loaned items for the exhibit. The show ran the gamut, from an amazing collection of Russel Wright pottery… …to an… Read More
Can you guess where I’ve been? …a “bonsai” tutorial and garden sculptures from reused material…can you guess yet? …lots of cute kids around… …animal, vegetable, miracle… …some food and some rides…you’re getting warm… …and the midway, of course… …gotta love the State Fair.
This conference has surpassed my expectations with creative people in the business of reuse from all over the US and beyond. Keynote speaker, Garth Johnson, wowed us with an art history lesson, citing examples of early reuse. Sarah Findlay has stolen our hearts and wins the award for furthest reuse conference attendee since she’s come all the way from Scotland. Ruth’s Reusable Resources provides such a great service in Portland, Maine. The Re-Artists were inspirational, all using reuse material, of… Read More
What makes a neighborhood? Is it the walkability? The house? Proximity to services? The neighbors? It means different things to different people. Cooke Street held their annual carnival and it felt like a true celebration of neighbors even to those of us who don’t live there. Artists, kids’ activities, great live music, the best mobile food carts, and loads of comraderie. I’ve lived in communities that held seasonal parties for the kids, dinner clubs for the adults and they got everybody… Read More