While I won't be hosting Thanksgiving this November (my apartment is not exactly holiday-ready), I am certainly going to get in the festive mood by decorating with fall and winter flower arrangements. One of my all-time favorite designers/authors is Carolyne Roehm. In searching for inspiration for Thanksgiving arrangements, I scanned my color-coordinated bookshelf until I came upon her "Fall Notebook," which is a comprehensive look at some of the best flowers and plant material to bring indoors during the Fall and Winter months (the spine of the book is brown, by the way). I also love her decorating tips for setting the dinner table, as well as the delicious seasonal recipes she provides. This is a book that every one of you should reference during the upcoming holiday season. Her entire collection of books would make a fantastic and endlessly inspiring Christmas gift, as well.
Entries from the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category
"Vintage Modern" - This perfectly describes the style of designer, merchant and collector Thomas O'Brien. I recently visited his Manhattan shop in Soho, Aero Studio - always an inspiring stop, where I saw some lamp options for my apartment as well as some great accessories. As always, I took tons of photos as a reminder when I am ready to think about lighting and final touches.
The retail space, newly renovated, is like a curiosity shop, well-edited and curated to show off the best of the best. From wood to glass to upholstery and textiles, the mix of old and new provides a lovely array of objects and inspiration.
Now, while I am sure you've seen the interiors of his apartment (as it has made the magazine and blog rounds) and you've checked out his line at Target, Thomas' true genius is at the store, where he can play around with design ideas; mix and match styles; and provide style aficionados with direct access to good design.
Meet today's expert: Joseph Brentano, proprietor of Brentanos in Manhattan's Soho (121 Crosby to be exact).
Joe's knowledge of framing and the skill and artistry surrounding it amazes me, as he has been in the business for more than 30 years. So, it was no surprise on one of my trips downtown, I would stop by and see what he thinks I should do with the Albers images that are going to fill my hallway wall and the large-scale piece above my bed.
While the shop specializes in Sgraffito frames (scratching paint away to create a design), Brentano's has an enormous display of traditional and modern frames. We talked about the thickness of the frame (a thicker one for above the bed as a showstopper and thinner ones for the Albers so they almost disappear) as well as matte size and shade and glass options. It can be overwhelming but we narrowed it down. Sorry, you'll have to wait and see what I chose at the final reveals.