The Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) has created their most sensational design series yet with DISCOVER ADAC from September 28- October 1. Be sure to click here to register for all events. They are filling up fast and you do not want to miss this incredible line up of engaging, entertaining and enlightening speakers!
On September 28th, in conjunction with DISCOVER ADAC, Dering Hall will be launching their online virtual showhouse Wired & Inspired. I am excited to be participating along with nine other designers from the southeast to create rooms inspired by our favorite cities. SIx of these rooms will come to life at ADAC and be on view until early spring. See below for the full lineup and more information about ADAC: Behind the Windows and Dering Hall’s Wired & Inspired showhouse.
The final day of LCDQ certainly inspired all of us to keep the fight going….I was looking forward to some of my favorite showrooms hosting events and taking in all the incredible sources that LCDQ has to offer. The new showroom of Hollywood at Home is a feast for the eyes. Peter Dunham’s gorgeous space makes shopping an absolute delight. We were greeted by the new fabric collaboration of adorable Amy Meier and Peter Fasano. The first lecture of the day included LA designers Jamie Bush, Nickey/Kehoe, Amy Meier and Christos Prevezanos discussing creating custom fabrics for their projects with particular reference to Peter Fasano. The always entertaining Robert Leleux, editor in chief of Domino, led a lively conversation with his usual panache.
The front of the showroom houses fabrics lines organized by designer and the back contains one of the chicest special event spaces I have ever seen.
One of the most highly anticipated keynotes was “The Art of Authenticity” sponsored by Milieu at the sublime showroom McKinnon and Harris. Interiors editor Leslie Newsom Rascoe and renowned interior designers Nicky Haslam and Nathan Turner discussed the definition of enduring interiors in the context of short lived nature of decorating and why some spaces transcend time.
The boisterous banter between these three was highly entertaining. Leslie cleverly dubbed the presentation “The Nick and Nate Show” and the two designers shared their advice and even entertaining tips with the group. Nathan compared the role of a designer as that of a captain and the importance of maintaining control of the ship. Nicky elaborated to never compromise your own design aesthetic because that is why the clients hire you in the first place. He also gave his secret to a great party, “Too much to drink and chocolate pudding.”
Equally as entertaining was Nathan’s precious chocolate lab Nacho, who he referred to as an “attention hound.” Nacho charmed the crowd with his personality and even had the last bark at the end of the presentation.
Next, a picnic lunch at Woven Accents complete with Moroccan rugs in lieu of picnic blankets and dueling DJs to entertain the crowd.
Ginna Christensen, Denise McGaha, Tami Ramsay, Jennifer Mehitidash
After lunch, the next keynote was “Entertaining:The Home as a Social Stage” sponsored by California Homes at the Janet Yonaty showroom. Susan McFadden, editor of California Homes led a panel with Kathryn Ireland, Lulu Powers and Russ Diamond and how contemporary entertaining styles have changed including the extinction or comeback of the formal dining room, chef inspired kitchens and indoor outdoor entertaining.
That afternoon, a flurry of book signings took place along Melrose and La Cienega. Windsor Smith, the Brentwood based design powerhouse, hosted a meet and greet to unveil her new collection at Arteriors.
Mecox Gardens hosted a group signing including design icon Charlotte Moss (Garden Inspirations), Jane Scott Hodges (Linens for Every Room and Occasion), Justina Blakeney (The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes) and Anthony Iannaci (Design in the Hamptons)
The final keynote of the day featured some of my all time favorite design talents. Hosted by the Claremont showroom, “Chasing the Muse” featured designers Celerie Kemble, Schuyler Samperton and Hutton Wilkinson and was brilliantly moderated by Stylebeat founder Marisa Marcontonio. Using the 2015 LEGENDS theme of “Where Muses Dwell,” the designers discussed where they go to find find inspiration and if modern day muses still exist.
Lindsay Fleege, Holly Phillips, Julia Buckingham, Me. Elle Toler, Rafi and Josh of Form LA, Tami Ramsay at Harbinger
Joe Lucas of Harbinger certainly knows how to throw a party especially when he combines forces with Moore & Giles and the Hearst Design Group. Harbinger is another LCDQ favorite. The showroom is always beautifully designed showcasing the latest and greatest from many bespoke fabric and furnishing lines. We always need to stop by at least twice…once to shop and once to socialize.
Holland and Sherry Rugs
Thomas Callaway Fabrics
Hearst Design Group, Harbinger and Moore & Giles Teams in front of the celebrate Moore & Giles Airstream
Jennifer of The Proper Poppy, Danielle Rollins, Paloma Contreras
The last stop on the whirlwind LEGENDS LCDQ tour was attending an intimate dinner at the home of Kathryn Ireland. This was certainly a “pinch me” moment because I have long admired her Santa Monica home and hilarious personality. Every single space from the outdoor seating areas to the guest house to the cozy nooks in the main house made you want to linger all night. Chateau Domingue hosted a stunning alfresco evening complete with craft margaritas, a mariachi band, and an amazing Mexican feast.
And to cap off a perfect night, we had a the chance to meet a favorite character from Million Dollar Decorators, Jacqueline, Kathryn Ireland’s chic confidante and right hand!
Photography by JL Photography unless otherwise noted.
Before my recent trip to Mexico, I had never before seen yarn painting. I was mesmerized by the ancient process where each thread is applied in the same way a brushstroke of paint is applied to a canvas. I was introduced to this fascinating art form through Brittney Borjeson and her collection Evoke the Spirit. Brittney moved to Mexico from New York after falling in love with the local culture and lifestyle in her bohemian surfing village. She has focused on celebrating the handcrafts of indigenous local Huichol tribe in Nayarit, Mexico. She works with the artisans to combine their traditional handicraft with modern designs and coloration. Shortly after our trip, Brittney’s home was featured in Domino magazine. Click here to read about her stunning home overlooking the Pacific and her jewelry, fashion and interior collections.
The art form was originally intended to deepen the connection with the Spirit through visions conceived in shamanic medicine ceremonies. The artistic Huichol tribe live in such a remote region of the Sierra Madre mountains that Spanish and Franciscan conquistadors never discovered them. They are one of the few tribes that have survived into modern times. They preserve their history through their intricate yarn painting, beadwork and embroidery.
The first yarn paintings were intended to serve as offerings to their deities. They were also used as body ornamentation since they believed themselves to be mirrors of the gods. The sacred iconography found in the yarn paintings stems from dreams, peyote visions, mythology and religion. The paintings served as a way to interpret their visions and then left as an offering in caves, temples and streams. Through communication with their deities, they felt they could heal themselves and their communities.
The colors and designs are all identified with particular gods and meanings. The eagle symbol holds special significance because their feathers impart special powers to the shaman. Eagles are thought to be the embodiment of the goddess Mother Eagle, Mother of the Sky and Queen of Heavens. The eagle flies high and sees everything. Without the sacred prayer arrows of eagle feathers, the shaman has no power.
The deer is considered the lord of all animals. The Huichol believe that deer give their lives willingly to those who hunt them in a sacred manner to benefit the tribe. The deer hunter symbolized by the cross. The hunters would perform purifying rituals for many days to insure that the animals are properly thanked for giving their lives to benefit the people.
Snakes instruct the shaman to become healers and are also associated with the rain goddess. The Huichol believe that rain itself consists of millions of small snakes and they are valued for eating the rodents in the cornfields that are harmful to the harvest.
Brittney uses ceramic skulls as the base for the yarn paintings. In her shop, Santos is always working on another brilliant creation as seen in the first images. He first spreads beeswax on the skulls and then sketches a design into the wax. The design is carefully filled by pressing brightly colored yarns into the wax.
After watching Santos work his intricate magic yarn painting, I could not leave Mexico without getting one. The one he is working on in the first image now hangs in my entry hall as a talisman watching over our family. It is the perfect reminder of a perfect week in Mexico….