1/28/13

The eye has to travel

Diana Vreeland said "The eye has to travel." Either we take these wise words literally and start traveling the world appreciating the different cultures and architecture or we decide to take her advice in a more comfortable yet intellectual way and start reading and searching in whatever it is we are interested in, we should all be prepared for something Diana did not warn us.  Disappointment and board.  You see I have discovered that I love to shop.  Who can't live without shopping?  If not for pleasure then for the need of replacing something, but there is always something to buy.  But, I get bored to death when I go into a store and all I find is the same things.  When I look at the racks and all I see are the same shapes I've seen all my life.  Nothing stands out in form, shape or fabric!   The thing is that I don't have thousands of Dollards to spend on a Lanvin top or on a Balenciaga revolutionary piece of clothing.  So I'm left with what I can afford like the rest of the world.  Living here in SP doesn't make things any easier, we don't have Marshall's, Century 21 or famous warehouse sales.  We can't even shop online internationally unless you are willing to spend the same amount twice for shipping.  I'm not kidding!   So I've been asking myself, is it really that hard to make a sleeve a bit more puffy, grander?  Is it really that hard to add some geometry to a uninteresting piece of garment.  Since I don't know anything about fashion patterns I couldn't answer myself until I saw this house designed by Kelly Wearstler and then I thought is it easy to pull this off?  Not quite! It takes years of experience and knowledge to be able to trust your mind that everything you are putting on paper and in your thoughts is going to work successfully on practice.  I know many people would not like this style but this home to me looks a lot like the clothes I would like to wear.  It's a perfection in modernism and geometry.  Every piece of furniture is sculptural yet they look livable and comfortable.  It's a home that for sure no one else would have.  So, is it easy to be successfully innovative, no it isn't!  Enjoy!
I adore the ceiling fixtures Kelly used throughout the house.  The floors, some painted others inlaid, are amazing. 
In love with this bathroom. 
In the living room, there is a harmonious color palette.
This is my favorite room.  The pyramid-paneled walls are to die for and this is what I meant when I said that all the furniture are very sculptural but they all look very comfortable.
The fabric that Kelly chose for the Paul Evans chairs make them look as if they were meant to be together. 
Oh... and what girl wouldn't want this as her office.  I'll take it!
The kitchen floor is beautiful and there is so much modern symmetry in this room it's ridiculous.  Again comfort!
Can you believe this is a pool pavilion?  I can have this entire assemblage in my living room right now.
Everything I love in here, especially the ceiling.
This daughter's bedroom is another eye catching with that amazing wall treatment.  Wallpaper?
I know that there is no other tone that makes people look prettier than gold.  So this dressing room got me sold!
Perfect geometry again. 
All images via Architectural Digest.
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3 comments:

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Julie,
There certainly is a price tag to those couturiers that design the newest fabrics and styles. After they invented it and paid for the research in blending different fabrics together, the industry jumps right on and starts mass producing it. And you are so right about having it shipped nowadays; nearly impossible! With flights restricting also, you cannot even bring that extra suitcase home with exotic things from abroad... We all pay for people being obese and for higher fuel prices. Planes still need to be able to take off with a certain 'maximum weight' so they take it off from the luggage... Not fair!
Enjoy your week ahead and keep using your eyes for beauty in design. I had the privilege for being at a Swiss fabric producer who does provide the couturiers. That was a memorable trip and the highlight for me after having studied fashion.
Hugs,
Mariette

PS I did spot you on LinkedIn...

Buy Hotel Furniture said...

I love these pink stylish chairs. These are so girlish. Hey..whats that snake like thing is on the top of table near these chairs..?

classiq said...

Your words resonate with me entirely, Julie. I can't believe I'm saying this, but shopping have become less and less enjoyable for me, from the same reason you mention: you find the same stuff everywhere. Beauty lies in diversity. As for online shopping, I live in Romania and the shipping often doubles the price of the product.
Ada