A little bit of eye candy courtesy of photographer extraordinaire, .
has been named one of Top 10 Designers and when you see her Brooklyn apartment you can understand why. It’s glam and enchanting and colourful and girly and all things exotic. I’m gushing over this one because I so want to live here. Whimsical and wonderful! Run to her for so many more amazing rooms!
Retro time again and this week I am flicking through the pages of a must have design book from the 70s. How to Decorate Without a Decorator, A Realistic Guide to Interior Design by Mary Gilliatt, Thames and Hudson, London, 1977. Even now it has the feel of a quality tome. Big glossy pages and pictures from the homes of the rich and famous. How could it be anything but the height of good taste if it was by one of London’s leading decorators? This is just the first of many plundered, I mean scanned, forays into Mary’s world. I draw your attention in particular to the what appears to be upholstered truck tire seating (eek!), the graphic dominoes (sigh!) and the salon standard wall mounted hair dryer above the world’s grooviest chair (OMG!).
My rattan obsession has lead to an unhealthy amount of time stalking eBay. It has paid off though. I bought the ottoman above. In actual fact I was the only bidder on this ugly duckling but I knew it would one day be a beautiful swan. This poor little “50s bamboo and jaguar retro footstool” is a Franco Albini ottoman. One sold in the States on eBay for $315 and if you don’t want to hunt for your own here it is on ($495 small and $695 large). After checking the photos of the interior and exterior and cross referencing with every photo I could find of Franco Albini ottomans I was ready to bid. My little ducking was a steal at $75 AUD ($69 USD). I’m waiting for its arrival to lovingly clean and perhaps shellac it and probably to kindly dispose of the mangy REAL fur pillow. Still on the hunt for a peacock chair but there may be a development there as well. Can’t say too much might jinx myself.