Just a quick note to say that I am taking a short break from blogging. My dear Daddy had a heart attack and is in the hospital, so it's all about family time right now. We're hanging in and so is he. If you can, give your parents a call and tell them you love them!
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Okay, sorry for that headline! In reality, Carleton Varney, president of Dorothy Draper & Company, has been tapped to create the Architectural Digest Academy Awards Green Room. This is the space where the winners and presenters go to relax after their big moment. I saw a quick piece on television - I can't event remember what show - about the design of the green room by Mr. Varney. His plan is very Dorothy Draper Old Hollywood. How else could one go, really?
Mr. Varney's design inspiration comes from the Arrowhead Springs Resort in southern California--designed by Dorothy Draper, it was the playground of movie stars and film industry tycoons in the 1940's--as well as from her sketches for the Beverly Hills Hotel. This year's Architectural Digest Greenroom will feature flat-panel LCD HDTVs combining style and technology from LG Electronics, plush New Zealand wool rugs from Nourison and fabric and furnishings from Kravet, including sofas and slipper chairs upholstered in vibrant splashes of red and white satin.
In creating this year's Architectural Digest Greenroom, Carleton Varney says that, "I wanted to recall the 'Golden Age' of Hollywood, where the mix of white satin, fringes, mirrors, leather tufting and crystal were the components of the design." Staying true to Dorothy Draper fashion, Mr. Varney has employed her trademark use of black and white on floors and doors against glazed aubergine walls to create stunning contrast.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I received an email today from artist Allison Malinsky sharing with me her amazing work - a group of four works titled "Grand Hotels, Quite the Circus". She is currently profiled on Phillips Art Expert as an Emerging Artist. Click here to read "Quite the Ringmaster" which showcases these pieces inspired by the amazing lobbies of New York hotels The Palace, The Warwick, The Pierre and The Carlyle. Looking for a break from her studio, Allison started hanging out in these fabulous venues taking in the scene and the scenery. Taking it in, turning it around and this is what came out:
As I've mentioned before, I'm co-director of the Boston chapter of the Downtown Women's Club. We had a very fun event this evening - a Shop & Spa - at the fabulously decorated District Restaurant & Lounge near South Station in Boston.
White tufted patent leather banquets and real birch tree wall treatments created a perfect mix of glitz and nature. I didn't get a chance to eat anything, but the food looked pretty fabulous too!
On a side note - as I was driving around looking for a parking space, I noticed two things. One was that several parking meters had signs on them saying that they were "reserved for filming". And then on a nearby street, I noticed that there were a lot of Christmas decorations up. While we do like our holiday decor here, it's a little past its time. Come to find out - Matthew McCaughney and Jennifer Garner are filming Ghosts of Girlfriends Past here in Boston. So, I didn't see the stars, but next year when the film comes out, I'll have seen the decoration!!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
THE LINCOLN BEDROOM
The Lincoln Bedroom Bush renovation 2001-2007. Architectural Digest.
THE GREEN ROOM
The Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Green Room, ca. 1945. Courtesy Library of Congress
The Blue Room ca. 1940 while Abbie Row was installing the silk wallcovering.
Courtesy of the National Park Service
Jackie Kennedy's restored Blue Room, 1963 (photo: Robert Knudsen ©Kennedy Library)
The Yellow Oval Room AD's book Private Views: President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan’s White House. Architectural Digest
THE STATE DINING ROOM
The State Dining Room ca. 1902 (Teddy Roosevelt). Courtesy The White House
William Howard and Helen Taft's State Dining Room, 1909-1913. Courtesy Library of Congress
The East Room etching, around 1858. Courtesy The White House
The East Room ca. 1890. Courtesy Library of Congress
Theodore and Edith's East Room ca. 1902. Courtesy of Library of Congress
Master Bedroom - The Reagans - 1985. Architectural Digest
The Library - Laura Bush renovation - 2001-2007. Architectural Digest.