Monday, January 12, 2009


In case you have a few extra dollars to burn through on lovely sculptural art. Check out Vivres' home-decor section on their websiite.

C'est Moi

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

James Dean's NYC Pad

Until 1953 James Dean was often difficult to locate: He rented a dozen hotel rooms in midtown, none of them for more than a few weeks at a time. His flighty behavior was an attempt at remaining elusive, as his private life was often unconventional and messy. At last however, he settled into a cheap fifth-floor walk-up at 19 West 68th Street, a tiny room with only enough space for a daybed, a built-in desk and a hot plate; there was no kitchen, and the common bath was down the hallway. Guests invariably found his room cluttered with empty bottles of liquor, left-over cartons of food, unsleaved records and dog-eared books.

When the Hollywood icon chose to leave his apartment for an afternoon, he was often seen drinking a beer at Louie's Tavern in Sheridan Square, over a cheap plate of spaghetti at Jerry's Bar and Restaurant on Fifty-fourth Street or lapping up chicken soup at Riker's on Fifty-seventh.

Super size it! Molyneux designed Paris Apartment

“It’s a powerful blend of antiques and art,” designer Juan Pablo Molyneux says of the Paris apartment of antiques dealer Benjamin Steinitz and his wife, Nadia Fakhoury, on the rue du Cirque. This single photo alone reveals a pair of Greek Revival French chairs, a Korean jar and leather armchairs from the 1930s stand in the living room in front of a circa 1980 diptych, Threshold, by Harland Miller. The marble-top table, which is inlaid with onyx, is 17th-century Italian. (AD, April 2001)

Hubert de Givenchy's Paris Apartment

In the late 1960s Hubert de Givenchy renovated his Napoleon III Paris apartment with designer Charles Sévigny. Givenchy moved the salon’s Louis XV marble mantel to the dining room, where mirrored panels—some concealing cupboards and doors—provide a backdrop for collages by Braque, right, and Nicolas de Staël, left. A Robert Courtright mask faces a table encircled by Jacob chairs. (AD, October 2002)

Jean-Paul Beaujard's Paris Apartment

In the airy living room of Jean-Paul Beaujard's Paris apartment—a 1910 building in the seventh arrondissement—whose ceiling reaches 25 feet, stands a Jansen daybed. The chandelier is 1950s French; the rug, from the same era, is American. (AD, September 2007)

Monday, January 5, 2009

Paris Apartment of Jacques Grange

“The architecture is very classical 18th century—exactly matching the Palais Royal garden outside—but the furniture, lighting and decorative objects are a mix of pure Art Déco, contemporary and 18th century,” Jacques Grange says of his Paris residence. Woven horsehair covers the walls of the bedroom, which has a “Neoclassical” sensibility, the designer explains. The lamp at left is by Jean-Michel Frank; at right is a lamp by Alberto Giacometti. (AD, September 2007)

18th Century Paris Apartment of designer Thomas Pheasant

“What attracted me to the master bedroom was that it was light-filled—a rarity in Paris—and that it had wonderful proportions. It was the easiest area in the place to restore; I didn’t have to do much to it at all.” The 1998 photograph is Caldwell. (February 2003)

Sunday, January 4, 2009


A closer look at the newly released ads that uncle Karl dreamed up from his North Eastern country estate on Vermont's Lake Champlain. The images, heavily soaked in sepia, scream of a Virgnia Woolf, Jane Austen, yellow wall-paper memory of bygone literates of yesteryear. Now all I am left wondering, is where is all of his furniture?

P.S. - the model in the Chanel ads is newly emerging 21-year old Salt Lake native, Heidi Mount.

If you have a severance check you want to get rid of...

ABC Carpet and home has marked these European mini-wardrobes at 25% off their $5K (a piece) price tag. Impossibly pretty has never seemed so right.

Divine Design

Elizabeth Bauer's new Greenwich Avenue store in NYC is impossibly perfect. While wandering from an appointment in the Meatpacking district, I stumbled across her seductive store-front and straight inside to the cozy and chic interior. Bauer is a graduate of Bates College and New York University and has worked at both Vogue and Oprah's Home Magazine. Her namesake store contains pieces that can be described as a modern mix of furniture in traditional silhouettes. Bauer reinvents old wares, adding allure by using new upholstery, facets and paint. She often tries to incorporate pattern on pattern, color and texture and her store certainly affirms her love for accessories in glass or Lucite. Both Elizabeth's store and her work as an interior designer have been featured in House Beautiful, People Style Watch, Life & Style, The New York Post, New York Magazine, The Nest,, Fashion Week Daily and

Here is an image of the purple ikat ink blot upholstered chair that will soon be mine...

For General Inquiries:
Elizabeth Bauer
Elizabeth Bauer Design
43 Greenwich Avenue
New York, NY 10014
T: 212.255.8625
F. 212.255.8641

Inspiring Minds Want to Know

Carolina Herrera Jr.'s Paris apartment, recently featured in the January edition of Domino Magazine, is sure to make tongues waggle in envy. The color palate, timeless bones and tastemaking interiors are inspiring to anyone who adores beautiful interiors. Take a peek!