29 February 2008
27 February 2008
David Hicks design
I also found the wonderful book, "Mark Hampton On Decorating" with his lovely watercolour paintings and beautifully calligraphied titles. This book has been a favourite for a long time, but I'd sold my old copy when I moved abroad. I am glad I have it again!
I had to show you this hideous picture that shows how dated some designs become. It's by someone called Antony Redmile.
25 February 2008
23 February 2008
20 February 2008
18 February 2008
When I went to look for paints called Ashes of Roses, the variance was amazing. They ranged from a pinkish brown to a pale blue.
Pittsburgh PaintsSo, what is the real shade called Ashes of Roses?
16 February 2008
Alumni of the School include Mariette Himes Gomez; Mica Ertegun and best-selling author and designer Alexandra Stoddard among others. The school also publishes design and other books, including Albert Hadley: Drawings and the Design Process.
One of the charming features of the book is a page right at the beginning which has 16 small swatches of "typical background colours", ranging from French Gray to Cucumber. The book is illustrated by hundreds of line drawings, as well as loads of black and white photographs. I think that it will be a hugely useful reference book. Another good day at the Book Thing!
13 February 2008
11 February 2008
- Needlecraft for the Home
- Food-Buying and Meal-Planning
- Indoor and Outdoor Gardening
- Personal Beauty and Charm
- Decorating Handbook
I have to admit that I love old decorating books nearly as much as the current titles. As much as fashions and trends change, they also stay the same, as evidenced by my Carleton Varney series of posts. These books were edited by Miriam Reichl, who is the mother of Gourmet Magazine editor, Ruth Reichl. The photos in these books are hilarious and so is the commentary. The beauty and charm book offers sections such as "suggestions for bathing", "this is the way to clean your teeth" and "how to care for your furs". The decorating book talks about "do men need closets", "living with old pieces of furniture in a modern home" and "accessories, pictures and mirrors". The book appears to have been underwritten by the linoleum industry, since they advocate putting lino everywhere, including the bedrooms.
I haven't started on the needlecraft, gardening or cooking books yet, but I am assuming they will be equally entertaining.
8 February 2008
All images: New York Social Diary
4 February 2008
- Sofas, coffee tables, bookshelves, media storage and doorknobs are named after places in Sweden (Klippan, Malmö)
- Beds, wardrobes and hall furniture after places in Norway; carpets after places in Denmark and dining tables and chairs after places in Finland.
- Bookcases are mainly occupations (Bonde, peasant farmer; Styrman, helmsman).
- Bathroom stuff is named after lakes and rivers.
Kitchens are generally grammatical terms
- Kitchen utensils are spices, herbs, fish, fruits, berries, or functional words such as Skarpt (it means sharp, and it's a knife).
- Chairs and desks are Swedish men's names (Roger, Joel)
- Materials and curtains are women's names.
- Children's items are mammals, birds and adjectives (Ekorre is a set of children's toy balls; it means squirrel)
The photo is the Ikea in Cardiff, Wales, about a mile from where I lived. Click on the link to see how the giant venetian blinds work.