Apologies for my MIA-ness. I recently moved from New York City to Charleston, and adjusting to all of this space and freedom and Southern hospitality has taken longer than I expected. A few weeks before I left, my friend Foster Huntington photographed some of my favorite things for his Burning House project. Yesterday, they were featured, along with many other folks’ most precious possessions, on The Anthropologist. Good, clean, old-fashioned voyeurism at its finest. Check it out.
Category Archives: Design
Got the below reminder about tonight’s trunk show from the lovely jewelry designer Jane Pope. Should be a fun event, not to mention an excellent opportunity to start holiday gift shopping (the post-Thanksgiving countdown has officially begun).
Don’t miss out on a great event TONIGHT!! An Evening of Style with The Well Coiffed Closet, Jane Pope and Balboa Jewelry, Milk and Honey Shoes and Lindseybelle Photography.
Come join us for a fun Evening with Bubbly and Yummy Snacks. What a great way to spend a winter evening, do a little Christmas shopping and get some style advice for all of your upcoming holiday parties. AND….The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting will be on, so come join us for the festivities.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30th
48 WEST 68TH STREET, #1E
BTWN CPW AND COLUMBUS
I’m a huge fan of Miles Redd‘s cheeky chic aesthetic–think Old Hollywood meets the South, with healthy splashes of color, sparkle and whimsy thrown in–so when my lovely aunt met Miles’s sister by chance on vacation, she kindly offered to introduce me to the designer himself. He couldn’t have been more gracious and charming. Read on for his thoughts on everything from set design to southern hospitality to the City’s best shopping spots.
JM: I’ve read a good bit about you over the years, but one thing I missed is that you came to New York for film school. I had no idea.
MR: Well, like all stories do, that one’s gotten a bit condensed over the years. It’s actually a little longer than that. I started out at Parsons studying fashion. Eventually, I transferred and graduated from NYU with a film degree. I sort of always excelled at set design, so that’s what I ended up pursuing in the beginning. I did a very brief stint with Francine LeFrak, who was a TV/movie producer for networks like Lifetime. She did The Pamela Harriman Story and other similar things. I moved on from there, but I’m very grateful for the time I spent there because it really taught me what I wanted.
JM: Any interest in returning to set design and breaking into movies a lá Tom Ford?
MR: The short answer is yes. That’s definitely a fantasy.
Grace Bonney, the mind and typing fingers behind Design*Sponge, has been named one of the judges for Garden & Gun‘s Made In the South Awards. Hopefully this will help increase the awards’–and the magazine’s–profile among New Yorkers (are you listening, ridiculously talented Brooklynites with southern roots?).
From the editors of Garden & Gun:
If you’re a Southern craftsman or entrepreneur making things by hand, making things in small batches, or just making beautiful things period, go to gardenandgun.com/madeinthesouth to learn more about how to enter. And if you know someone who fits this description, spread the word.
I discovered Spruce Home, a furniture redesign studio in Austin, Texas, while researching a story for Metropolitan Home magazine last year and have been kind of obsessed with their fabrics ever since. Amanda Brown and Lizzie Joyce do the kinds of things I couldn’t even dream about with tired furniture–every time I buy something on craigslist or pick up a piece off the street with visions of the savvy renovation I think I might (but know I never will) work on it floating through my head, I wish they were here in New York to do the hard stuff for me. Luckily, as Ellie over at the Durham, NC-based Mint Design Blog posted, Etsy has decided to include them in its new process video series, beaming a bit of their upholstery wisdom into DIY-challenged homes like mine. Click the link above to get a fascinating glimpse into their world.