Wednesday, February 19, 2014

MAD about the Mansfield Mansion....!

I stumbled across a collection of LIFE photographs showcasing the home of one of the sexiest mid century bombshells, Jayne Mansfield. She shared this Mediterranean home on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA, with her husband, Mr. Universe aka Mickey Hargitay.  It was dubbed the "Pink Palace"and for good is. everywhere. Lots of shag, gold gilt, hearts and kitschy sex appeal....I can't get enough of it!

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I had to throw together an inspiration board for this fluffy and beautiful shiny mess!

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1. 1950's Italian brass and milkglass chandelier
2. The Serpentine Sofa by Valdimir Kagan
3. 1940's French gilt iron chairs
4. pastel pink flokati area rug
5. 24K gold leaf mosaic tiles by Bisazza
6. gold leafy French metal sconces
7. Gucci gold lame kimono style gown
9. hammered metal heart shaped sink
10. carved Prince of Wales feathers headboard with a mirrored background

A few of my favorite shots of the late beauty are those on another favorite mid century beauty - the Lambretta!

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 BLOOM...!

If you live anywhere except California right now than chances are you may hate this blog posting....

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But wait, I live in Florida!! Exactly. You live in Florida. #kiddingnotkidding

We have had the driest and warmest year so far on record here in Cali.  Its causing quite a commotion with the flowers and wild life....things are blooming early, birds are nesting early....confusion abounds.  But how pretty are all these blooms in February?!

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I took a little stroll through Golden Gate Park recently and captured a few colorful and delicate blooms that are showing up. 

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Floral features are showing up a lot in the design world too right now....while it can border on Laura Ashley 1980's I rounded up a few images from Pinterest that I thought paid good design respect to this growing trend....along with a few floral inspired pieces that caught my eye!

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1. 1960's Italian Murano chandelier
2. cotton floral coverlet from Trina Turk
3. Eugenia Kim floral birdcage veil
4. Curtis Jere pom pom wall sculpture
5. neo floral resin and epoxy necklace
6. silk mini shorts by Miu Miu
7. super happy thermos from Jonathan Adler
9. beautiful antique Oushak rug from Tony Kitz