I love the new ABC family comedy Speechless and the driving force on that show is the mother Maya DiMeo, a mother of three teenagers one of which has cerebral palsy, Maya is played by actress Minnie Driver. I’ve loved Minnie Driver for years, I think she is a hilarious actress and will always remember her stint on Will and Grace with much affection. Recently the design magazine Elle Decor paid a visit to Minnie and her son Henry in their 1940’s Hollywood Hills home and I want to share the pictures with you today from that visit. Her home is a ranch style house that she hired British designer Peter Dunham to help her with. I love the color palette she’s chosen with lots of colors including red, white, and blue in the dining area. Driver says she and Dunham have a lot in common including the style she calls “English Gypsy”, whatever it is it works beautifully and has made for a wonderful home for her and her son to enjoy. Something else I’m happy about is her show, Speechless, has been renewed for a second season. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
March 23, 2017
March 17, 2017
During the month of March, we will be celebrating Women’s History Month by looking at some of the amazing women who have made their marks in the world of Design. Today we are remembering famed Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli, the woman known for her artistic gowns and collaborations with Salvador Dali. Once described as Chanel’s “chief competition” Schiaparelli was the McQueen of her day and continues to have a strong influence on fashion in the 21st Century. Click here to see the more in-depth post I wrote on her birthday in 2014.
March 16, 2017
During the month of March, we will be celebrating Women’s History Month by looking at some of the amazing women who have made their marks in the world of Design. Today we are remembering fashion maven Diana Vreeland. Vreeland was known for her distinct way of dressing which got her a column in Harper’s Bazaar and eventually led to her being Editor-In-Chief of Vogue magazine. Today Vreeland is remembered for her straightforward approach and the amazing exhibits she curated while she headed up the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Click here to see the more in-depth post I wrote on her birthday in 2015.
March 15, 2017
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
During the month of March, we will be celebrating Women’s History Month by looking at some of the amazing women who have made their marks in the world of Design. Today we are remembering the life of former First Lady and style icon Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the woman known for bringing life back to the White House and leading the American nation through the dark days following the assassination of her husband. Click here to see the more in-depth post I wrote on her birthday in 2015.
March 14, 2017
This recent trip to Los Angeles was the fourth time I’ve been there, every time we’ve been I always think we’ll make it up to Griffith Observatory but we never have, until now. We went up into the hills above LA to Mt. Hollywood on Saturday, it’s really pretty up there right now because with all the rain they’ve had this winter everything is very green. We parked along the road to the observatory and walked up to it, it’s all up hill so if you have someone that can’t do hills then leave them at home, Lol, no you can drop them off then park and walk up. The Griffith Observatory was founded on land donated to the city of Los Angeles by Griffith J. Griffith, he donated the land and left funds with the express wish for an observatory to be built and help make astronomy available to the public. The Griffith Observatory opened in 1935 with free admission which remains to this day. The observatory closed in 2002 for a major redesign project, the building was literally lifted up on jacks in one piece and a whole new “building” was built under the original observatory and reopened in 2006. Today that new area houses new exhibits, a cafe, gift shop, and the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater. The theater plays a wonderful 23 minute documentary on the history of the Griffith, as well as information on the recent, remodel and how it was done. I strongly urge you to visit the Griffith Observatory if you’re in LA, it’s well worth the trip to see the wonderful architecture and the view from Mount Hollywood of all of Los Angeles. Enjoy!!!
March 13, 2017
During the month of March, we will be celebrating Women’s History Month by looking at some of the amazing women who have made their marks in the world of Design. Today we are beginning with British fashion designer Mary Quant, the person credited with creating the mod fashion movement of the 1960’s in London that swept across the planet, click here to see the more in-depth post I wrote on her birthday in 2016.
March 13, 2017
One thing you may have picked up about me from the blog is how much I love the movies, I always have. Michael and I go to the movies quite a bit here in Oklahoma City to see all the new releases, but one of the things I truly love are old movies, so whenever the opportunity arises to get a behind the scenes look at where the movies are made and how they’re made I embrace it. Before when we’ve been to LA we’ve toured the Warner Brothers studio so on this recent trip I decided to book a guided tour of Paramount Studios and of course, Universal Studios is very popular, especially with the amusement park attached to it so we did that tour as well. We had a great time on both of these tours, the Paramount tour was more intimate as there were only 6 tourists and our guide and we were escorted around the Paramount lot on a golf cart. The Universal tour was fun but less intimate with 60 to 75 people on a big tram touring the Universal Studios lot seeing where the magic happens. I wanted to share some pics of our two days and two tours with you today and encourage you to do these tours when you have a chance, the only one we haven’t done is the MGM/Sony tour, but it’s on the list. Enjoy!!!
February 24, 2017
It’s Oscars weekend and we have a winner’s home on the blog today. I’ve always enjoyed Jeff Bridges as an actor and this year he’s nominated for an Oscar for his role as the sheriff in the film Hell or High Water, it’s his seventh nomination and his beautiful home with an ocean view is for sale. I recently saw this article about the house he and his wife raised their daughters in and have recently placed on the market. The home is almost 9,600 square feet and has five bedrooms and is meant to resemble a hilltop estate in Tuscany only this one has glorious views of the Pacific Ocean. The home also has an antique stone fireplace in the sunken living room, the kitchen has its own dining terrace and there’s a secluded area that Bridge’s wife refers to as “his fort” where he relaxes in his hammock and sometimes works on pottery. If five bedrooms aren’t enough there are two guest houses and walking trails to a local hot spring, all this can be yours for $29.5 million. Let me know if you decide to take a look, I want to tag along. Here’s some pics, Enjoy!!!
January 26, 2017
I was driving to an appointment with a client yesterday when I heard the news on the radio that Mary Tyler Moore had died at the age of 80 and my heart broke a little. I honestly think it’s crazy how wrapped up we get in actors and musicians but it truly feels like they become a part of our lives. For me, Mary Tyler Moore has been in my life since I was 3 years old when the Mary Tyler Moore Show came on the air in 1970, if we were home on Saturday nights when that show was on we watched. I remember sitting and watching Mary lose her cool at the funeral of Chuckles the Clown, remember he was dressed in a peanut costume at a parade and died after an elephant tried to “shell” him. I remember thinking how cool her apartment was in that big house in Minneapolis, you remember the one that was one giant room and she had those big windows and a door that went out onto a balcony. I remember thinking how much Mary Tyler Moore reminded me of my own mom, they way they wore their hair and the clothes they wore. (above image via)
January 24, 2017
I haven’t done a Tastemaker post in a while, so I thought today would be a great day to do one on one of my favorite authors and decorators, Edith Wharton. Several years ago I went through an “Edith Wharton phase” where I read as many of her books and short stories I could get my hands on. I love the way she writes and of course, her stories take place during America’s Gilded Age as well as beautiful descriptions of trips across the ocean to England, France, and Italy. One thing many people don’t remember or know is that Wharton was known for her interior design capabilities and the gorgeous designs she came up with for her home, The Mount, as well as helping others with their own homes. Wharton was born on this day in 1862 in New York City, her parents were George and Lucretia Rhinelander Jones and it’s said that the saying “keeping up with the Joneses” refers to her well to do family. (above image via)