Interesting Lives: At Home with Isaac Mizrahi

“There’s only one way to be excellent at something. You have to practice. Having style is no different.”                                                            Isaac Mizrahi

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In addition to being a two time CFDA winner and a Drama Desk Award winner fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi has also been a television presenter, talk show host, documentary film writer, stage director for an opera and costume designer.

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I am always curious about how people such as Isaac, who utilize their talents to the fullest in their professional lives, will turn around to design their private lives. For example, will they take the same intensity and passion they use for their work and pour it into creating a comfortable, functional and very personal home for themselves?

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10 Steps to Make Your Home Your Retreat

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How do you feel when you walk through your front door after a long day at work, or after sitting in traffic for hours? Is there a much needed sense of calm as you glance around at your surroundings? Are you able to throw off the cares of the day and relax into your personal sanctuary?

Ideally, our home should be our haven, our place of escape from the rhythms of the outside world. If you feel your retreat could use a little help, read on. Here are ten thoughtfully compiled steps to help you turn your home into your own comfortable and very personal space.

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Interesting Lives: At Home with Monique Lhuillier

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Designer Monique Lhuillier is best known for her quietly sensuous and ultra feminine wedding gowns.

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But did you know her Bel Air home is just as elegant as her bridal creations?

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Garance Dore and Rifle Paper Co.

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One of my favorite indulgences has always been beautiful writing paper.

I can’t ever get enough of it and even if I have stacks of boxes waiting to be used I am still thrilled by a new brand, a new idea and image. So imagine my happiness when I learned that one of my favorite bloggers, the iconic Garance Dore, has teamed with Rifle Paper Company to create her very own line of paper goods.

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Garance has designed and illustrated everything from assorted cards  as well as birthday cards, thank you notes, a 2015 calendar, note pads, iphone cases and much more.

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Everything is as stylish, lighthearted and individual as she is!

Be sure to see Garance’s complete collection at Rifle Paper Company.

All images via Pinterest.

Kelly Behun and Decorating in White

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What do you think of the current trend toward using all white in decorating?

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New York interior designer Kelly Behun decorated her 52nd floor midtown apartment completely white on white.

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The plan behind this decision was to take advantage of the amazing panoramic views.

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You can see more of Kelly’s apartment  here.

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 Kelly also used an all white palette when she decorated Ivanka Trump and Jarod Kushner’s Park Avenue penthouse.

imageSyrie Maugham (wife of author Somerset Maugham) was the first decorator to use white on white for her aristocratic clientele in the 1920s.

imageThe actress Jean Harlow was also one of her clients. Note the fringe on the chair. This was one of Syrie’s trademarks.

Syrie decorated Jean’s home and was also the set decorator for her movie “Dinner at Eight.” She used eleven shades of white to create contrast for this black and white film.

imageFor me white on white decorating is reminiscent of an elegant beach house. It is also relaxing and easy on the eyes and mind.

Below are a few more beautiful rooms by Kelly Behun.

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All images via Pinterest

50th Pasadena Showcase House of Design 2014

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Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design is now open and runs through May 11th. It is one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the country. You can also indulge in a delicious meal at the Showcase restaurant and browse the lovely shops during your visit.

The proceeds from this event support outstanding music and arts programs throughout the community.

If you’re in the area do make plans to go!

Watercolor by Joseph Stoddard from Pinterest

Week-end Escape

 
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Visiting the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, or LACMA,
is always an engaging and mind expanding experience.
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I’ll be there this week-end  to see the DVF exhibit “Journey of a Dress” 
one more time before it closes on April 1st.
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“Levitated Mass” by Michael Heizer
 
Of course there are always many exceptional programs 
being presented at any given time at LACMA.
For example, “Calder and Abstraction”, “The Director’s Series”‘
“Living and Sustaining a Creative Life”, and “The Art of Looking.”
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While you’re there be sure to stop by Ray’s or Stark’s Bar for a delicious lunch or dinner or a glass of wine from their exceptional wine list. 
The menu is constantly evolving so you’ll usually see something different each time you’re there.
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“Urban Light” by Chris Burden
 
The LACMA store carries a vast array of interesting books and
objets d’art and it’s definitely worth a visit.
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LACMA is located at 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.
 
All images via Pinterest.