Great Designer: Vicente Wolf

* This is the start of a new series called “Great Designer” – each week we will feature the work of a different Interior Designer, Architect or Stylist.

Vicente Wolf has been a major figure in the NYC design world for over 30 years. Known for his layered interiors, Wolf consistently uses neutral color schemes that are accessorized with unique objects from his travels. Today, we want to focus on his amazing loft in New York. Shiny white floors, a free floating bed, lots of art, the combination of gray upholstery and bright yellow accents. What more could you ask for?

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Great Painter: Jacob Kainen

Jacob Kainen is a wonderful abstract painter whose work was introduced to me via my parents. I really don’t much about him; he was an American who started out painting portraits and dabbled in social realism, before finding his love in the school of abstraction.  Yet his work would never lose its humanism or its concern for history: “However abstract the forms and colors seem, they should somehow give off an aura of human experience.” Continue reading

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EAMES: The Architect and The Painter

I remember learning about Charles and Ray Eames my sophomore year in art school. I don’t know any former design student who doesn’t admire their aesthetic, design sensibilities and genius. To most people they are known for furniture, but they did so much more. This new film about their life and work looks fascinating!

Eames: The Architect and the Painter premieres in New York, L.A., and a few other cities on November 18. The DVD is available for pre-order on Amazon.

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Hot chocolate would be so good right about now!

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Timeless Mantel Decor

Yes it’s Fall, and soon it will be Thanksgiving, and then Christmas. Lots of seasonal decorating opportunities ahead. I assure you that I will probably have a Christmas mantel like last year. I’ve got to say, though, that there is something nice and refreshing about timeless, non-season-specific decoration. You know the kind of design that will last all year, or ten years, and still look great. With that in mind, I bring you some of my favorite mantels.

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Mix of the Week: Halloween

You knew it was coming! Some ghoulish tunes for your Halloween! Click to listen to the tracks.

Fagenstein’s Freak Out – Thee Cormans
Monster Mash – Bobby “Boris” Pickett, The Crypt-Kickers
Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell
Boris the Spider – The Who
Spooky – Dusty Springfield
Season of the Witch – Donovan
Zombie Dance – The Cramps
Theme from “The Munsters” – Jack Marshall
Werewolves on Wheels – Mercury Four
Found Love in a Graveyard – Veronica Falls
Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.
(Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
Death Ray Boogie – Pete Johnson
Scary Monsters and Super Creeps – David Bowie
The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove – Dead Can Dance
Halloween – The Dream Syndicate
Frankenstein – Edgar Winter
Hard Rock Hallelujah – Lordi
She is Beyond Good and Evil – The Pop Group
Graveyard – Public Image Ltd.
Dead Beat – A Place to Bury Strangers
A Forest – The Cure
Halloween – Siouxsie and the Banshees
Runnin’ with the devil – Van Halen
Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
Halloween is Black as Night – Jackson C. Frank
Lucretia My Reflection – Sisters of Mercy
Rats in the Garbage of the Western World – The Gothic Archies
Dark Shadows – Lost Sounds
Shadowplay – Joy Division

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Sunday Stroll and…Annie Clark

Annie Clark aka St.Vincent and me in front of The Consignment House

Yesterday I had a chance meeting with a very talented artist; Annie Clark. My friend Margaret and I were just browsing around The Consignment House when I saw her and mentioned it to Margaret. “I really do think that’s Annie Clark. I mean, she looks just like her!” I must have said 5 times. After a quick Google search to see if she was playing this weekend, it was confirmed. I sheepishly said hello and she said “hello!”, knowing that I recognized her. We had a lovely little chat and I gushed about her latest album. All in all, I’m very glad I said hello because she is an incredibly nice, talented, fashionable (look at her cute cordovan leather booties) and articulate person. We talked about Circa and how bad The Nook’s food is and I told her that I didn’t know she was playing in Cville (shame on me for not keeping up with The Jefferson this Fall). She kindly insisted that she put me and my husband on her list so that we could attend. How cool is that? We went to the show last night and it didn’t disappoint. She played a song by The Pop Group (She is Beyond Good and Evil) that ended up being my favorite performance of the night, but both the opening tunes (both my top picks from Strange Mercy) were also standouts.

St. Vincent performing She is Beyond Good and Evil

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