Goodbye, Doris! Hello, Lady!

Screen Shot 2014-05-21 at 12.04.05 PMGood Bye Doris, Hello, Lady!

Hi internet and real life friends! Recently I was encouraged by a fantastic photographer who I deeply admire to start a blog that truly embraces my love for retro ephemera and unabashedly quirky design and lifestyle. Not that I was shy about it here, but after a little push from her it was clear that I needed a new place to fly my freak flag.

So you’ll be able to find me at Hello, Lady! a blog where I’ll be sharing my recent design work, inspiration, DIYs and super cool finds. In the future I’ll be using this site as a splash page for my interiors and a portfolio. And perhaps changing my “firm” name so people will stop calling me “Doris.” Maybe maybe maybe.

I’m realizing that I enjoy putting things together that I am passionate about rather than pulling my hair out trying to decode each client’s personal style. Don’t get me wrong, it is a great thing to have a personal style and I love collaborating with clients, but occasionally I’ll take a job that is so far off that I don’t think I’m doing the best work that I can. I’m realizing I can do my best, most honest work if I’m allowed to “art direct.” That being said, I appreciate many different styles of interiors, color palates and furniture silhouettes, textiles and accessories, but I know I am not useful to a client if I am just affirming everything the client has already picked out. They could do that themselves, what are they hiring me for?! We should be doing what is best for the space, the event, the photo shoot, etc. Micromanagement means creative death. Of course I know that interiors clients have certain things that they need in order to fit with their lifestyle and I am happy to work with those. Heck, sometimes something a client loves or has to have is a great jumping off point, or is something that I never would have picked out myself, but it ends up making the design! The design or project should be a reflection of the client, and at the same time be cohesive, fresh, exciting and a bit unexpected.

So, bottom line, I am hoping that Hello, Lady! will give me an opportunity to embrace what I love and what inspires me in the hopes that it will inspire others and produce authentic, creative and surprising design work. And maybe spawn some fun collaborations along the way! Thanks for reading. Happy Humpday! X

Moroccan Wedding Blanket Pillows

I can’t keep these a secret any longer! I bought them last month and am totally smitten by them… ImageImage

Moroccan wedding blanket pillows. For $80. From Pottery Barn. Of course they styled them pretty boringly, so they don’t make a big splash on the website, or in the store, but put these with a pop of color or lots of great textured neutrals and POW! Even throw them on the floor for a glass of wine by the fire! Great quality and well worth it, especially if you consider how much custom making these out of a vintage wedding blanket would cost. (We’re talking big money.)

ImageHere they are in situ. Sparkle & shine.

In other news, I painted our bedroom lavender and added some global flair (i.e. a vintage sari throw, ikat bolsters, sheepskin rugs etc.) Now I feel like I’m at the Red Sea! (errrr Lavender Sea… and it seems as though Mike got Lavender Sea sick as soon as he walked in, so it won’t be here to stay, but it was fun while it lasted!) Such a timely change considering Pantone’s color of the year 2014: Radiant Orchid. See? We’re cool! (Mike: So can I keep it?)

Magical Midcentury Screens

If I ever have to go to (interior designer) therapy over these beauties, I think I can pinpoint the beginning of my infatuation to Auntie Mame. Aren’t they simply “top draaawerrr?!”- Gloria. (The ghastly b***h in the fur.)Imageimage via T.B.D.

When searching for some screens for a bedroom redo, I came across Crestview Doors & Millwork via retro renovation. Here’s my favorite design, The Morocco used as media doors.ImageThe same lady used a dark stain on a pair and hung them as doors to her wetbar! Super cool. (A bit of bad news..price increase as of July 15, 2013 from $213 per panel to over $1215. Waaah!)

No matter! Acurio Latticeworks has some great midcentury designs as well for a fraction of the price. These can be used in so many places! Happy screen scheming!

Mama Likes

mama likes 4-18-131. Bow-Dacious flats for $55-65 clams! also here. If size  9   6 is sold out it’s because I bought them! (oops that 6 got turned upside down.) 2. Schiaparelli Pink Nars lipstick. 3. Mod Cloth number for a day at the park. 4. Who doesn’t need a wicker and pink patent champagne carrier for their next picnic everyday life?! 5. I bought these orange soda meringues convinced I wouldn’t eat them because they were a weird flavor. Guess what, I did. Hello delicious! 6. Sassy sellular slipcover.

DIY Cornice Box

To make your room look like a party around the clock, try spicing things up with a custom cornice/ pelmet/ lambrequin/ valance. (I’m going to stick with calling it a cornice because I feel the least nerdy saying that word, and it seems the most proper fit to me.)

Let’s get one thing straight…I do DIY’s out of sheer impatience. Most of the time after I finish up a project , I think (whilst wiping sweat off brow), “mmm…I should paid someone to do that!” Nevertheless, I am going to share this DIY because it added so much at a relatively low cost, well, if you don’t count your time as money! An evening and a morning spent slaving over this in plank position and voila!Image

(Still a work in progress, I ran out of time to put the backing on.)

What you’ll need: Double drapery rod, foam core (or plywood), serrated knife (or jigsaw), corner hardware (if using plywood), batting, staple gun, hot glue gun, heavy duty tape, trim, pair of ikea Lenda curtains (or fabric and a sewing machine).

First, you’ll need to install a double drapery rod. I’d say at least 11-12″ above the top of your window/ door. (I had this project in mind when we moved in 2 years ago so the second rod in the double rod set had been hanging unused for this long!)

Second, decide on a shape. I wanted a kind of genie bottle/ tent-like vibe so I went with this tessellation, although I considered a crenelated shape long and hard. At first I wanted it to be a proper valance and just hang there looking cute, but the box on the side sure makes it extra special. (Also, by doing a box I didn’t have to exercise my rusty sewing skills by sewing a hem around a curly shape!)

Some inspo for your decision maker…

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(images via Pinterest)

Then, measure the length of your window to the outside of your drapery rod (without outer rod finial) and make a template on cardboard. Afterwards, trace it onto either foamcore or plywood. (For the plywood you’ll need a jigsaw and hardware to mount, down the road I’ll probably take this route!) Image

Next, I cut out the shape with a serrated knife. This worked way better/ more precisely than an exacto for me. Just don’t come crying to me when you stab yourself in the leg. Also, cut out two strips that measure the height of your design and the depth of your drapery rod to the wall (+ thickness of foam core) for the box sides.

Next, using heavy duty tape tape one of your box corners on. I know, kind of jenky, but it works!

Then, cut the loops off of the pair of curtains and cut yourself a pair of drapery pockets, by using the large seam in between the loops and the body of the curtain. (“Tube worms” as I was calling them. As in, “Where did my tube worms go?!”)

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Lay out either the remaining curtain or your fabric, and place a layer of batting on top. Then go to town snipping and either staple gunning or hot glue gunning your fabric.ImageImageImage

(I actually built another one after this one for a photo shoot using only hot glue and it worked like a charm!) After I had finished the length and the box side, I hot glued both the top and bottom seams of the tube worms to the length of the back of the cornice. Afterwards, I slid my drapery rod in there, attached the other box side and covered it with fabric and batting. Finally I hot glued on some tassels, hung her up and made myself a bloody mary.

Eventually I’ll have the strength to glue on a lining, so all the junk on the back is concealed, perhaps in a fun color? But for now she’s being rather good to me…

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The End.

Happy Chic at Happy Prices

Happy Chic at Happy Prices

Do we all already know that Johnny Adler paired up with JCP to offer the laymen his signature style for a little less chedda?! It’s available online now, in stores later this spring! Mmm (knuckle bite) those chartreuse curtains might … Continue reading

Irresistible Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

I love to cook. Probably because there’s no exact science to it, you can just mix flavors that you think would taste good together and cook until it looks good and ready. And most of all because all the while you can have (a) glass(es) of wine and frenchie crooners keep you company.

But, I’m not the biggest baking fan, aside from cobblers (tongue and ice cream emojis here), because it requires too much reading and exact measuring, and that’s hard to do while your drinking! I kidd. Ok this is turning into a needlepoint pillow.

I winged these cookies for bachelor night and am now enjoying the last two, as the hobbits would say, at “second breakfast.”  There’s nothing groundbreaking or creative about these, they’re just SO good, skinny girls ate the whole plate. I am aptly naming them Irresistible Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies (and they’re not half bad for you, in a cookie manner of speaking…)

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(*Enlarged to show texture.)

Irresistible Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe:

1/2 C. Peanut Butter (Choose a real nutty one like Laura Scudder’s or a freshly crunched whole foods peanut butter, none of the skippy crap.)

1/2 C. Sugar

1/2 C. Tightly Packed brown sugar

1 Tbs. Vanilla extract

1/3 C. Earth Balance (Butter)

1 Egg

1/2 C. Whole wheat flour

1/4 t. Baking Soda

3/4 C. Rolled Oats

1. Preheat oven to 350. Cream together wet ingredients, earth balance and sugars. Sprinkle in Dry ingredients. Mix.

2. Eat handfuls of dough out of mixer.

3. Roll remaining dough into 1 1/2″ balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets.

4. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until they are fluffy and golden.

5. Remove from oven and press down on tops of cookies in an “X.”

Watch The Bachelor, or have second breakfast and consume.

Makes about 18-24 cookies. (Serves about 3.)

Black Kitchens

(This post has nothing to do with soul food.)

I am very happy to be starting work on a Hollywood hills home built in the 1950s. This stuff is my jam. (Bonus that the client is the second nicest man in the world.) We want the interiors to fit with the midcentury style of the house, but have a fresh to death edge. What better to suit a swanky bachelor pad than a saucy black kitchen?

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Nothing.

(You can bet there wont be so much china in there, but there will most definitely be a wine fridge!)

(Images via Pinterest)