Favorite Films

Entertainment Faves + Best of Jan & Feb

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Did you watch the Academy Awards last night? We don’t have cable so I had to wait for the updates and videos online and get snippets via social media, but I love love love Oscar fashion (all those starving stars in beautiful designer gowns!) and Ellen’s Twitter feed cracked me up because she instigates selfies like this (the most retweeted ever) which was amusing because the celebrities, you know, they are “just like us”. And Ellen delivered pizza, awesome.

I decided instead of being productive over the weekend that I would be a complete couch potato and catch up on my entertainment. We watched Gravity  which was good but gave me strange dreams of floating through space, and also 12 Years a Slave and I bawled all the way through, but I’m happy Lupita Nynog’o won Best Supporting Actress (her acceptance speech was so lovely) and that it also totally deserved Best Picture (says the girl who has seen 2 of the 10 nominated films).

I though Chiwetel Ejiofor’s performance in that film was incredible, but I’m also happy Matthew McConaughey won for Best Actor – I secretly fell in love with him 18 years ago when he played Jake Brigance in A Time to Kill and I’ve been a fan ever since, I loved his heartfelt acceptance speech too.

There is always a connection between fashion and interior design, and the Oscars are the height of glamour when every detail is so exquisite. There were so many pale gowns this year, some embellished with sequins or glitz. I love a neutral + sparkle combo in fashion and interiors, these were my favorites.

cate kristin kate gowns

Best Actress Cate in Armani Prive / Kristin Chenoweth in Cavalli / Kate Hudson in Attelier Versace.

meryl jenna portia gowns

Meryl in Lanvin / Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Reem Acra / Portia de Rossi in Naeem Kahn

In the bold category, these were very glamorous.

sandra olga charlize gowns

Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen / Olga Kurylenko in Suzy Amis-Cameron / Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture.

But I think the win for Best Dressed lady award goes to Lupita Nynog’o in her pale blue Prada, it had tiny crystals running down the flowing pleated skirt, so so gorgeous.

lupita nynogo oscar gown

See so much more up close of the red carpet fashion here.

Late Saturday night, I got caught up on House of Cards on Netflix, tell me you are watching this show! Kevin Spacey is perfect in the role of Francis Underwood and it is so good. His cufflink initials are not to be ignored, am I right? 

francis underwood quote

I’m halfway through Season 2 and I can’t stop watching. I appreciate that Netflix releases the entire season at once because I can sit and get completely absorbed and avoid the world without interruption until the end of the last episode, and then shut it off and return to my normal can’t sit still self.

And since I did nothing productive all weekend, here’s a look back on the top projects and posts from January and February when I was not being quite as lazy.

best of jan feb 1

We added some tailored touches to the master bedroom; and a DIY lined shower curtain to the hall bathroom. I released a few winter fabrics in pale hues and neutral colorways, and here is a formula for a fabulous foyer.

best of jan feb 2

We added a weathered gray wood top to a plain IKEA coffee table; and these are ten kitchen trends here to stay, plus how to sew an easy zippered pillow cover. Yes you can mismatch your nightstands; a fantastic dialogue in the comments about vinyl versus laminate plank flooring, also don’t miss this list of sources for affordable rugs.

What have you been watching lately and who do you think was best dressed last night?  .

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Fall Favorites

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

It’s happened and I’m ready. I watched the first few leaves fall from the sycamore in front of my house in the cool morning mist, and I couldn’t stop thinking about pumpkin spice lattes and cable knit sweaters and I’m finally ready to welcome fall.

I rounded up a group of furnishings and accessories new for fall from favorite retailers and online shops – it’s a collection of all things warm and wonderful this autumn. fall home decor picks

from top left: rook pendant / otomi pillow / josephine mirror / knit blanket / gold candlesticks / diamond dot pillow / branch sconce / hakkari hurricanes / copper sequin pillow / maple faceted candleholder / agate plattersplaid chest / gold dipped porcelain spoons / gold ice gems / nesting bowls / beaded metallic pillars / antigua poof / wool pillow / spruce chair in havana fabric / armillary / penelope settee

 

I published a master list of home decor resources – click on the banner below to see the full list of favorites where I shop for inspiration or for furnishings, linens, art, and accessories for my home or spaces I’ve completed.

75  home decor retailers

I hope you find a few new favorite shops to visit – they’re also a great resource for holiday and gift shopping, enjoy !

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Ten Favorite Black & White Films

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

A little off topic today, but I watched #7 over the weekend so I felt like discussing. When I was a girl, my mom would always play the AMC channel on Saturday afternoons. The features in the last few decades on that channel are more modern but back in the eighties, AMC played mostly black and white classic films.

In my youth I’d sit and watch the famous actors of the silver screen, and formed a lifetime affection for the greats: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Bette Davis, and countless others. To this day, when I want to relax on a winter day with a hot cup of tea, I turn to a classic black and white film. They’ve even influenced my design aesthetic, I still prefer classic interiors above all others.

Matt and I got on the subject of great black and white films and narrowed down our favorites. His were different than mine, his leaning toward the westerns or action flicks while I favored female heroines.  Here are our lists, mine is up first.

#10. The Artist

We had no expectations watching this movie, we only knew it was a silent film with just music and no words spoken. Both Matt and I really loved this picture and so it made both our top ten lists. We’re still impressed such a great story can be told without words at all, and it was a breath of fresh air among what comes out of the Hollywood studios these days.

the artist

 

#9.  Some Like it Hot

Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon are hilarious as cross dressing men hiding from the mob. Marilyn Monroe is the sultry singer Sugar in the traveling girls band they sign up with while on the run. It’s filmed at the modern day Hotel Del Coronado which makes a fabulous backdrop to all the antics.

some like it hot

For another funny Curtis & Lemmon caper, watch The Great Race also starring the gorgeous Natalie Wood as a suffragette, it’s a total crack up about two rival daredevils racing across the globe, my kids love the massive pie fight at the end.

  

#8. 12 Angry Men

This is such a great film (and play). It’s a hot summer night in New York City and a jury of twelve is deliberating the facts of a case involving a young man accused of killing his father. Henry Fonda plays the lone doubter who convinces the rest to stay a bit longer to examine the evidence.

12 angry men

 

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