We have both been a tad under the weather, so I was very excited when I opened the mailbox and found my 3 very favorite Hearst magazines waiting to be enjoyed. An instant pick me up, and perfect for getting my creative juices flowing while not feeling well. House Beautiful focusing in on the perfect color combinations. Town & Country highlighting Spring Fashion, perfectly timed with Fashion Week in New York. They did a shoot at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, which was beautifully done. We took a trip there years back, and the photos brought back great memories of the spectacular setting and ruggedly warm spaces. The feature of design is the focus of Elle Decor this month. But my favorite section is always “12 Things He Can’t Live Without” Shortlist section. It highlights designer Thom Filicia, who I had the pleasure of meeting last May when I attended the Blogfest on Design in New York. He was just the most gracious, down to earth guy. We spoke of his then upcoming book, ‘American Beauty’ which is now out. Put it on your list if you are looking for a new design coffee table book–it is really lovely & filled with great ideas.
Part of my day off yesterday was filled with perusing and reading my beloved stack of monthly magazines. The article in the current Town & Country about Gloria Vanderbilt is the one I found most intriguing.
I have always found her and the journey of her life to be so interesting. From her family background (both grand and at times tragic), her jeans empire, to her art–she at her core is a creative soul. The article focused mainly on her painting, which I have long been a fan of.
It was fun to see glimpses of her studio as well as more of her artwork. I was also happy to learn about her website, which features her current work. Check it out at Gloria Vanderbilt Fine Art
The New York Times last week had an article about how more and more men are wearing colorful/patterned socks. I then was thumbing through a recent Town & Country and saw a similar article. They both made me think of the line the Nathan Lane character said in the movie, The Birdcage, “Well, one does want a hint of color” and it makes me laugh every time. I am so happy to see this trend catching on. Men have so few options to add fun statements in attire. Colorful socks have been a consistent in our household, always. I immediately checked out a few of the websites that were listed in the Times article. Many were new to me. I placed an order pronto from www.happysocks.com which are designed in Sweden. Within days, 3 jaunty pair of socks were delivered to our door. It is a cool site, with socks for both men and women. Fun for gift giving, or to spruce up your own sock drawer.
A happy, colorful Friday to you all!
I have been a fan of the magazine Town & Country for as long as I can remember. For awhile, it hit a bumpy patch, and it was just less interesting. The focus seemed more on money, less on style. With the new Editor in Chief, Jay Fielden, it looks like it is back on course. The magazine is fresher, is still full of beautiful photography, and the focus of style over “just throwing a wad of cash” at something to make it seem cool, is making for one interesting read. I hope it stays that way. There is a creativeness in the magazine that I really like. Whitney Robinson, who I worked with when he featured things from Watson Kennedy at House Beautiful, has blossomed at T&C. His features on stylish places and the folks who inhabit them have been a real visual treat. Back to Mr. Fielden. Any Editor that has a photo taken of the contents of his valise and features them in “The Things I Carry” each month in his editors letter is fine by me. There is an openness there that is very refreshing. My heart again skips a beat when I see the cover of the magazine amongst all the other mail in the mailbox.