Karyn Millet MixxMaster 2014 Update!

1621771_252825141552636_1510061689_n Karyn Millet captures dazzling design interiors & fascinating global landscapes. In 2010 she received the prestigious Stars of Design Award for photography by the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles. Her recent editorial work features designers like Taylor Borsari and Joe Lucas in Traditional Home and the cover of Luxe. Interiors + Design. Her book, The Accidental Photographer tells the story of her remarkable reinvention and is now available at Amazon, MOMA NYC bookshop, and the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. Karyn started 2014 in India & Rajasthan… Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpurfirst working trip there…check out her collection of fine art photography on SHOPkarynmillet.com for stunning shots like these in Jodhpur and Jaipur. We love her eye and her style!

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Q:How do you MIXX pieces from different eras in YOUR home decor ?

A: I bought one of my great, great uncle’s oil paintings last year in Broadway, England.  His name was Francis Davis Millet and he died on the Titanic.  A classic portrait, framed in its original gilt barn wood, it sits opposite a modern, abstract piece I shot of Malibu, sleekly framed in a plexi-box.  They work together as classic anchors.

Q: Why does a MIXX matter?
A: Too much of a good thing isn’t a good thing and doesn’t allow for self expression.   Having a “set” of furniture rather than an inspired, varied collection can be a bit  boring. Mixing things up makes it yours and no one else’s.  It takes a bit of daring but how can you go wrong if you really love it?

Q: If we asked you to pick one item from MixxCentury to have and to hold in your home what would it be?

2319-1 A: Definitely the Hotel Silver Coffeepot, ca. 1930 - I’d love to serve my future dinner guests coffee from this wonderful vintage coffee pot!

Q: What’s your vintage obsession?
A: My father was from Guatemala and I love visiting the colonial town of Antigua in particular.  They call the local people “walking rainbows” because of their brilliantly woven textiles used for clothing and for the home.   I love incorporating my collection of colorful Guatemalan napkins into my dinner parties and barbeques.   It’s fun to have a red and white checked tablecloth topped with hot pink Latin-style serviettes.  I like to serve a Pimms Cup with a cocktail napkin from Antigua, the famous Quetzal bird woven across its middle.

 

Thomas Callaway MixxMaster 2014 update!

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Thomas Callaway is my favorite designer. Interior & exterior. Period. He knows it, I know it and one fine day, I’ll turn my 1950′s ranch house over to him. Til then, I’m staying in touch and sharing his upcoming design news!

The creative force behind Thomas Callaway Associates, (the acclaimed architectural, interior design and landscape practice in Santa Monica, CA) has designed and renovated residences in Beverly Hills, Jackson Hole, New York, and Natchez among many many others. Callaway has recieved national attention as one of House Beautiful‘s “Top 100 Designers in America ” on multiple occasions. He designs a range of classic custom furniture, (Thomas Callaway Associates INC/Products) – including tables, sofa’s, chairs and more, collected by notable clients in the film and music business. And he serves on the board of the Southern California Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. Ya want something done…ask this busy design guy!

Q: So hows 2014 shaping up so far? What’s your news?
A: The newest and most dramatic turn in my business is a new line of textiles, wall coverings, and rugs I have designed and recently licensed to “Holland and Sherry” to produce and distribute to the trade this year, worldwide.  Thomas-Callaway-Left-BankIn Los Angeles it will be viewed at Harbinger showroom on La Cienega Blvd., and should launch no later than this coming September. It will be called Thomas Callaway Pattern Works “The Left Bank Collection” for Holland and Sherry. I based the designs on my fond recollections of post cubist art by favorite artists working in Paris before World War II. So look out for it!

Copenhagen1I had the good fortune to study painting and print making in Paris and Amsterdam in my early 20s. The iconic works by my heroes of that period, along with the locations where they lived and worked, became my jumping off point for creating nostalgic, yet fresh and contemporary designs for these new product lines. I designed the Copenhagen Chair as shown here (left) covered in one of my new textile prints on Belgian linen, called “Paris Collage”, in the blue color way.

Q: Your furniture is featured on a number of design sites and you have an assortment of personally curated vintage treasures you like called, stufftomlikes. Are you finding a new clientele online?

A: Yes, my gallery/storefront “Stuff Tom Likes” is becoming more and more visible and active every month and its fun to watch its growth, however we are first and foremost, an interior and architectural design studio.

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Q: Since we’re all about “mixxing” things up here at MixxCentury, give some examples of how you’ve mixed pieces from different eras in your own home?

A: My personal home is a smallish, English-style cottage in Brentwood (Los Angeles). Because of the “anything goes” aesthetic of Victorian stone cottages throughout Great Britain, I’ve used England’s historic license to let my different obsessions, styles, and varied collections run rampant.  

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At Chez Callaway one can find most anything from American naïve portrait paintings to lithographs, wood cuts, and etchings by MatisseBraque, and Leger.  I have collected everything from Spanish Colonial religious art to model ship dioramas… from Native American pottery to scrimshaw engravings on whales’ teeth.  All this and much more, with a taxidermy fowl or two peering out of their glass boxes…

Q: If you could choose ANY item from MixxCentury, what would it be and why? acuarela__23

A: The Acuarelas by Diego Rivera!

Q: What style is your ultimate dream house and where would it be?

A: I’ve dreamed for years of a smallish Spanish style hacienda, set on high, California terrain, with good views of ocean or mountains from certain advantageous windows…filled with my collected furnishings and art from my life to date, making for endless memories of the happiest times with my family and friends.  In contrast, I lust for a contemporized version of farm vernacular structures creating a small compound of rural out buildings with simplified lines, and materials. The interiors would house contemporary art and furniture as yet to be collected, with large windows to view surrounding gardens and fields.

 

 

Adele Cygelman MixxMaster

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Adele Cygelman is a nationally known creator of content across all media platforms. A partner at Domain LLC, specializing in media branding & marketing for luxury brands in architecture, real estate and interior design, Adele was senior editor at Architectural Digest for 13 years, and founding editor and Editor in Chief of Robb Report Collection, Vacation Homes among other publications. She’s our valued Editorial Constultant @ MixxCentury,  vintage dealer extraordinaire, “Beverly Hills Retro”  and the author of two critically acclaimed design books that we’re just crazy about!

Q: We love your book, “Palm Springs Modern”. When did midcentury style explode onto the design scene in a such big way and is midcentury your personal style obsession?

A: Yes, I’m obsessed with all things midcentury. That period (late 1940s to late 1960s) was a design revolution. It epitomized what modernism means—everything about the home was designed with intelligence and integrity. Modernism isn’t just about the ’50s. Modernists also believe that living lightly, with less “stuff” lets you live a longer, healthier life…we’ll see. Palm SpringsBy the early 1990s when I was furnishing my condo in L.A. no one was paying attention to midcentury design, so I’d find all kinds of furniture, lamps and accessories at flea markets, antiques stores and garage sales at bargain prices. I was also  spending time in Palm Springs researching the book and shopping at the consignment stores. The perfect convergence—Palm Springs homes were popping up in fashion spreads and ads and some of the most iconic houses were being restored. The dust was being blown off this time warp town, its “desert modern” treasures were being rediscovered and its original architects were getting their moment in the sun.

Q: We’re about ‘mixx’ing’ it up, so tell us how you mix pieces from different eras in your own home?
A: Our house is 1920s Spanish Revival and the large living/dining room somehow absorbs all the stuff we’ve collected over the years—my husband’s 12-foot-long wood dining table, my favorite chinoiserie/modern armchair next to a midcentury Scandinavian floor lamp, early California pottery, stacks of wood chests, a antique wood saddle, an old wood egg crate. The art is a random mix—Paul Jacoulet, works by friends Erica Lennard (co-author of Secret Gardens) and Woods Davy, an Old Master still life, Polynesian watercolors, an oil painting of a Russian palace by Lentowski, who is a Polish painter living in China.

Q: Why does a mixx matter?
A: As you age and evolve, so does your taste. A mix is like an archaeological dig—each piece comes from a specific time and place, and when you put it all together it adds another layer to your journey.

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Q: If we asked you to choose ANY item from MixxCentury to include in your own mixx, what would it be and why?

A: The ca. 1900 Loetz Iridescent Vase is stunning! I might be tempted to pack up all our early California pottery and just have that on our fireplace mantel. Replace many with one…a good mantra for the remainder of my decorating/collecting days!

Q: Your other book, “Secret Gardens of Hollywood and Private Oases in Hollywood” reveals indoor/outdoor living in Los Angeles…how do you design your outside rooms? 
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A: Our outdoor terrace becomes our living room in summer but, apart from cushions and pillows, everything stays out year-round, so I don’t want anything precious or high maintenance. The furniture is a grab bag of a classic Richard Schultz chaise longue, practical Ikea/World Market wood tables and chairs, and 1950s metal and glass side tables. Scattered around are candleholders in all shapes and sizes—a 1940s tole chandelier, 1920s wrought iron standing candelabra, massive bamboo pillars, Moroccan lanterns—and early California ceramic pots.

 Q: If you go vintage or antique hunting, what are your favorite markets or shops to go to?

A:  We like the Melrose Trading Post on Sundays. But most of my prowling these days is at estate sales on the Westside of L.A.—from Hancock Park to Beverly Hills to Pacific Palisades. I’m waiting to trip over these midcentury dining chairs I saw in a book on Case Study Houses. I love seeing these gracious old homes, many of which are being torn down at an alarming rate.

Q: Tell us about your first vintage piece… do you still own it?

A: A footed cake stand marked Ridgways, Royal Semi Porcelain, Red Winchester, bought at an antiques stand in London when I was 12 and it was a gift for my mother. The dealer charged me one pound, a lot back then. The woman at the next booth gave him a dirty look because she knew he’d overcharged me. I loved the colors—orange, rust brown and gold—and we used it for holding tangerines. It now sits on a Heywood Wakefield dresser in our bedroom and holds jewelry.

 

 

Marc Friedland’s OSCAR Winning Envelope

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“…The ENVELOPE please”…is Oscar night’s most memorable line..and thanks to designer Marc Friedland the coveted Oscar envelope is now a star in its own right! Friedland successfully sold the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences on his vision of Oscar envelopes as officially sanctioned keepsakes and by 2011, Friedland’s redesigned Oscar stationary was ready for its closeup. Actor Tom Hanks became the first presenter to handle the new Oscar envelope, declaring, ”These envelopes are works of art in themselves!”

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Known as “the Tom Ford of stationery,” Friedland, of Marc Friedland Couture Communications, (clients include Oprah, Steve Wynn, Cirque Du Soleil) is justifiably proud of the rave reviews.  ”It’s the most famous envelope in world,” he declares. “One billion people in 225 countries have seen it, fewer than 100 people own it, and that’s what’s elevated it to the stature it has.” He estimates each card/envelope set costs between $200 and $500. Only the winners get to keep their envelopes & cards; the rest are destroyed. “We don’t want them to end up on eBay,” Friedland says.

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He feels strongly, that “in this age of technology and tweeting and texting, this is the most low-tech thing possible but the emotion, spirit, heart and soul contained in that envelope will last a lifetime for that winner. It will bring them back to that moment when their name was announced!” We chatted with Marc about Oscar, vintage style and what makes a great mixx.

Q: No one knows how to set the tone for a soiree like you! What’s the vibe for your private Oscar party?

A: To say “you’re being invited to the opening of an envelope” never rang more true. We’re so grateful to the Academy for granting us permission to do this event, and we’re super excited to host some of our nearest and dearest, clients and fans to visit the studio to witness this, because what truly makes for a great party is the “mixx” of people enjoying a great experience!

Q: If we asked you pick any piece from MixxCentury, what would it be?

MF pickA: The vintage Mitten Movie Titlers Set is great fun and couldn’t be more perfect!

Q: Since we’re all about a “mixx,” tell us how you mixx it up at home?

A: Most of my day is spent at my office, that’s really my creative home, so it’s essential that it’s filled with objects and elements that inspire me and reflect creativity and individuality. My home is more of my cocoon; cozy and comfy.  I love mixing it up with color, materials and a variety of design influences… a little of this and a little of that, all pieced together based on pattern, color and mood. Think of it as  ”Garanimals for Adults” approach to design!

Q: Which decade defines your favorite design aesthetic?

A: As a child of the ’60s I love midcentury. The graphics were bright and playful yet geometric. With a little ethnic chic mixed in!  While it sounds a bit schizophrenic, it works because of the individuality of all the pieces and how they are woven together like a canvas.

Q: Do you still have your first vintage purchase?  What is it?

UnknownA: One of my earliest pieces is the container from a candy company called Bartons. I always thought of the candies as “fancy”!  I just love the illustrations, colors and graphic design of this can.  I also have a very old Moroccan ink well made from bone.  It seems like a relic from the 1400′s!

Q: Tell us about your favorite vintage obsession…

A: My most significant collections are vintage ties from the early 70′s. My dad was a clothing salesman in NY and he had the funkiest, widest ties you can imagine.  What a fashion statement those were!  I also have a collection of well over 100 pocket squares.  I collect them for their graphic patterns and colors. The vast array comes in handy when you need “just that perfect one” to match your socks!  Every morning picking out the combinations, is perhaps my most fun of the day!

 

 

Martyn Lawrence Bullard…What’s New MixxMaster?

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What’s new with Martyn Lawrence Bullard ? MIXX checked in with award winning LA based interior designer (consistently one of the Architectural Digest 100 and one of  The  Hollywood Reporter’s top 25 designers as well as star of Bravo TV’s Million Dollar Decorators) and discovered he’s just launched three distinctive collections of tiles, designed for Ann Sacks… AND a new line of marbleized paper and matching fabric line for SchumacherMLB
Check out his blog, Live, Love & Decorate…expert tips for use in your own mixx. Martyn’s A-List clientele includes: Tommy Hilfiger, Cher, Tamara Mellon, Ellen Pompeo, Sharon & Ozzy Osbourne; his work has appeared in over 4000 publications, and his book, ‘Live, Love, & Decorate.’  is a must read.
Q: Where in the world is your favorite antique mecca?
A: I have several shopping Meccas… London,  especially Church street off the Edgware Road, always offers up some delicious delights and is usually well priced.  In France, I love the Marche aux Puces, the Marche Paul Bert and the Marche Serpette.  And of course Istanbul. The old Bazaar area in the Grand Bazaar is a total Aladin’s cave of treasures: Suzanis, lanterns, silver hammam bowls, beaten brass trays and silk Ikats.  Beyond Amazing.
Q: If you could tell a client ONE thing about how to MIXX, what would it be?
A: Never be afraid to Mixx old with new, high with low, expensive with inexpensive.  As Oscar Wilde said ‘All beautiful things belong to the same time’ which means if you have a Picasso vase and you want to Mixx a glass bowl found online with it, as long as both are beautiful to you, they will be more beautiful together.
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Q: If we offered you any piece on MixxCentury what’s your pick & why?
A: There are so many fabulous items on Mixx.  A pair of chic cast iron 19th century urns, perfect to decorate any garden, yet just as at home on an entry consul piled high with moss or romantic ferns.  Also wonderful crystal decanters….  I love to use them not only traditionally, but to add some orchids or fresh cut greenery.  Old decanters make perfect vases.
Q: What is your antique or vintage obsession?
A: Paul Evans furniture. I love the city scape pieces best, especially in the mixed metals. As for antiques I collect Syrian inlay tables with tortoise shell, mother of pearl, bone, ebony and exotic woods. I love the different heights and sizes  of these little tea tables grouped together in front of a sofa or club chairs instead of a coffee table.  It makes for a more interesting look and creates an instant exotic vibe.
 

Amy Ephron MixxMaster My Favorite Hotel Bars…

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Amy Ephron loves the romance of classic hotel bars… The award winning author of One Sunday Morning and A Cup of Tea, whose latest book, Loose Diamonds made the LA Times best seller list,  also created and publishes oneforthetable.com - an online magazine about food, politics & love… so she knows a thing or two about good eats and great meets! Here’s an excerpt from her piece on great hotel bars, Meet me at the Ritz…where the ‘mixx’ of mystery, glamour and romance remain as time goes by….

” I do think a hotel bar is a great place for a date and (even if you’re married) it’s sometimes nice to have a date with your husband. Just an hour and a half at cocktail hour or after a movie for a drink and an appetizer or two.” We’ll drink to that & her choice of cool MixxCentury barware below!

MY MIXX PICK:  I love the completely over-done Mexican glasses wrapped in sterling silver, definitely an elegant way to have a margarita, for this particular glass…I would recommend blended and skip the salt!Ephron pickBel Air

1) The Bel Air Hotel Bar in Los Angeles - The moment you hit the bridge, it’s like a step back in time.  Recently renovated, the swans are still there and so are the 20 foot tall bird of paradise trees, romantic and seductive, almost like a world of its own. Sit in the bar and order red wine and if you’re hungry inexplicably the mediterranean plate (who knew wolfgang puck understood hummus and baba ganoush) totally rocks.

Bemelman's Bar:Carlyle:jpg2)The Bemelman’s Bar at the Carlyle in New York City - One of my favorite things to do in New York is to sneak into the Bemelman’s bar…(when it isn’t open) and have a private viewing of the amazing Bemelman’s paintings on the walls…..

3) The Top of the Mark in San Franciscotopofmark-2

It’s not just the view of the city. It’s a really special room, dignified and elegant. 100 martinis – one with lychee, a lemon drop and, I imagine, if you wanted to, they’d let you invent your own.

Hay Adams Bar4) The Hay Adams in Washington D.C.
Okay, it’s not exactly sexy but it’s the most amazing room, dark, paneled, right across from the White House and half the men in suits just came off the Senate floor and you have the feeling that the walls have secrets and there are deals being made all around you. It almost makes you want to order a whiskey.

 

 

Timothy Corrigan MixxMaster 2014 Update!

Tim_Corigan_0198Interior designer extraordinaire, Timothy Corrigan is off to a great 2014!  Our MixxCentury Advisory Board member, Tim is honored once again as one of the Architectural Digest 100 (January ’14)… his new fabric, furniture and carpet collections for Schumacher and Patterson Flynn Martin feature inspiration from his two homes; Los Angeles and France…AND he’ll will be signing copies of his book, An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Luce, at the Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta March 3…When Tim talks design, we listen…..

Q: What furnishings from what centuries do you think lend themselves best to mixxing with others? Are there any no-no’s-pieces from one era you would NEVER put next to TC #2_2another era?
A: I don’t think there should be any rules about what you mix…The only thing I don’t like is the current trend in design to shock for the sake of shocking. I think its important to make all spaces where people really spend time as comfortable ( both physically as well as emotionally) as possible. An entry hall, powder room or formal dining room can all be much more strongly dramatic, but I think beauty matters in a home because it inspires peace and that is what your home should be about.

TC-COVER-10-webQ: What  antiques have you purchased recently for yourself or for a client?
A: I feel so lucky because so much of my job is finding wonderful pieces from around the world. Recently I bought a wonderful 19th century terra-cotta torso at the Paris Flea Market. My problem is that whenever I see something I like, I buy it and then figure out whether to keep it or place it in a project!

round tableQ: What piece of furniture do you find yourself turning to again and again? 
A: I’m always on the lookout for round tables around 30″ in diameter ( like ours right on MixxCentury)…because they work in just about any space. Antique or modern, its a classic shape and a size you can use anywhere!

 

Kevan Hall MixxMaster

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Kevan Hall launched his signature, Kevan Hall Collection in 2002 after being Design and Creative Director of Halston for 3 years, where he redefined the hallowed brand. Hall’s glamorous designs feature a modern and timeless look, and have been worn on the red carpet, by actresses such as Debra Messing, Renee Zellweger, Felicity Huffman, and Edie Falco. His stunning atelier in Los Angeles was featured in Interior Design Magazine. He has appeared on tv shows such as Inside Edition and E! Fashion Police, and given lectures to the costume counsel of LACMA on his inspirations and influences when designing a collection. In January, he launched Kevan Hall Sport…from the runway to the fairway. To celebrate Fashion Week 2014, we’re honored to have Kevan curate our Fashionable Furnishings Theme Sale, using his talented eye to underscore the relationship between fashion and interior design.

Q: We’re all about mixxing things up…give us some examples of how you’ve mixed pieces from different eras in your own home…
A: My home is an eclectic mix of custom pieces and vintage treasures. The 1990s custom sofas are sleek and modern. They are covered in chocolate flannel and look amazing juxtaposed with the 1970s lucite Oriental coffee table and pair of pale canary velvet Bergeres. A classic red laquered cabinet provides a great focal point and echoes the Oriental coffee table.

Q: What do you see as the common thread between fashion and decorative arts?
A: The common thread is the creative process and ultimately the finished piece. Everything begins with an idea, then it’s up to the designer, artist or craftsman to bring it to life with the end result being something beautiful to look at.

 Q: If you go vintage or antique hunting, which are your favorite markets and /or shops to go to?
A: In Paris, I enjoy the Clignan Court and in London the Portobello Road Market. Locally, I love the Pasadena Rose Bowl, the great shops along Abbot Kinney in Venice and of course, Palm Springs.

Q: Why does a mixx matter?
A: The mixx is what gives a room its personality. It speaks the language of one’s exposure, experiences, perceptions and taste.

Q: How do you translate your design influences to your personal interiors?
A: In my Kevan Hall Signature collection, I use luxurious fabrics, beading and trim. My interiors always have a mix of interesting fabrics and unexpected flourishes.

Q: Tell us about some of your more idiosyncratic inspirations.
A: The mix in my atelier is very much my style. There are black and white striped Hollywood Regency style chairs mixxed with a 1930s French mirrored side board, a mirrored screen, a Jean-Michel Frank desk and accented with ebony carved African stools. On the walls are fashion photographs by Steven Meisel and a favorite fashion illustration by Antonio. It’s a real wow when you ascend the stairs into the main salon.

Q: Tell us about your first vintage piece…do you still own it?
A: I bought my first vintage piece when I was 18 years old in Santa Barbara….a stunning set of 1940s dining room chairs which I had recovered in silk faille. They’re still beautiful but now re-upholstered in needlepoint leopard. I love them as much now as the day I bought them.

 

Dealer Spotlight Bill Cook Vermilion Designs Interiors

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This week’s spotlight shines on Bill Cook. At Vermilion Designs Interiors in Atlanta, Bill Cook and Michael Faust of Faust Architecture and Design, have forged a talented partnership of interior design and architecture. Bill Cook founded the company in 1979 and his work has been featured in House and Garden, Architectural Digest and Southern Accents among many others as well in Trend Books and on HGTV. Holly Palance interviewed Bill by phone…

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Q: We’re all about mixxing from different eras, how do you mixx design styles in your own home?
A: (laughs) Well my schizophrenia has certainly paid off, because I do like to mixx! In my Atlanta house, I started out with a very clean pure aesthetic. Midcentury Modern – very Palm Springs, very Hollywood Hills.  Then, I saw a fabulous Swedish Art Deco rug from the late 20s and couldn’t make up my mind if I could break the rigid rules I had set up for this house… if it would effectively mix together, but I’m like “get over it Bill, it so works!”

 

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Conversely, in our mountain house, Laurel Nest, which has a

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woodlands cottage / lodge aesthetic , I’ve enjoyed collecting 19th century Black Forest Style carved pieces from Switzerland and Austria. We have a marvelous example of this with a hat rack of carved wood bears climbing a tree greeting you upon entering the door. I mixed it with a lot of Hansel and Gretel fairy tale style, English porcelains, majolica and Jacobean furniture.  That wouldn’t work in the Atlanta house… I’d be arrested by the design police!

Q: What is your most thrilling find EVER?

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A: A beautiful Chinoiserie standing clock I originally had seen at an estate sale marked SOLD. It’s actually on MixxCentury.com right now. It’s from the Harry Norman estate, which I knew from Atlanta and a phenomenal provenance, I couldn’t believe it when I saw it later at auction in a different venue – I went, “I must snap this up!” and grabbed it.

Q: What’s your advice for anyone starting his or her home décor journey…best first piece to buy?
A: There are always basic design rules, but it’s really about choosing what you’re passionate about. The common thread has to be YOU, what you want to live with. If something is well designed and in good taste it mixes well with different styles.  And I always like to add a touch of whimsy.

We strive to make our clients’ home to look like them. I’m like an actor playing the role of my client…I imagine how would they entertain or dress or what they love, that’s what keeps it fresh for us as designers, using our clients’ personalities to mixx up items in a room. A recent client told me, “I would never have gravitated to these items on my own, but the finished look really expresses ME!”

Q: Where does your inspiration come from? Your design passion?
A: I’ve been speaking French since I was four years old.  I even knew how to say the names of the different decks on a cruise ship as a young child, because obviously my French teacher thought this was essential education to a four year old! But seriously, this made quite an early impression and ignited a romance and affinity for all things French – whether it’s 18-19th  or20th century – French designers and artisans just do everything so well!

Bill Cook frenchI love Italian and English antiques too, but French style always resonates with me. I did my college honors thesis in Romance Languages, focusing on the 18th century in France and how style and design evolved during this period of history. How the influences of politics, religion, and moral tone of the day mold our pop culture, how people dress and decorate their spaces. Just think of the opulence of the Reagan ’80s. Or Jackie Kennedy’s affinity for European culture informs the mood of the time.  I’ve always been drawn to Midcentury, mostly ’50s and ’60s…and sometimes into the ’70s, but honestly…some ’70s style just needs to go away.  I adore French Art Deco. I’d love to do a penthouse in a high rise…. a mixx of the glamour of Art Deco, set against a dramatic skyline.

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Linda Chase MixxMaster

 

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Linda Chase is an nationally and internationally known interior designer. She opened her own firm in 1984 and is co-author of , “In the Romantic Style” and “In Your Own Style” and ” The World of Biedermeier.”  Her commercial design projects include the executive offices of Time Warner in NYC  and her private residential work includes residences in New York City, Los Angeles/Malibu, London, Vienna and Santa Fe.  Her work has been featured in many publications including: Metropolitan Home, Veranda, Harpers Bazaar and The New York Times Magazine. Linda currently lives in Montecito and Los Angeles and is working on two new design books!

 Q: We’re all about mixxing things up…Give us some examples of how you’ve mixed home décor in your own house…

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A: I live in Santa Barbara in a 1968 Jack Warner house, having moved from an industrial loft in Tribecca and a Federal Connecticut house that was built in 1817. I mix what I love and live with pieces I’ve collected over the years, creating unique vignettes within a room that speak to one another. In my living room I have a pair of Mario Bellini sofas, a Man Ray photograph “Le Violin d’Ingres” and I used the Gaetano Pesce 2000 chair in black with ball and cord as a juxtaposition.  It makes one think about how the figure of a woman has been part of art through modern times.

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“Diamond” Chairs

 

I like “smart” rooms that make you think.  A pair of Bertoia “Diamond” chairs, covered in an antique acid green with gold Fortuny Fabric, Orsini, in a classic 17th century Italian design, are an unexpected twist and great pop of color and pattern. They were a challenge for the upholsterer!

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My sofas are covered in bold cerise, mango and tangerine orange pillows all trimmed with antique somewhat frayed silk velvet and some in a rough burlap.  The mixx of Midcentury Modern with other periods is an opportunity to not take any one period to literally.  Museums are the place for that. There are exceptions…Philip Johnson’s Glass House is a perfect example!

Q: If you go vintage or antique hunting, which are your favorite markets and/or shops to go to?
A: In New York, I love Maison Gerard.  In LA, I always love Blackman Cruz. I have sources in Belgium, France,  Austria and all over…  I love Carolyn Quartermaine’s textiles, collages and photographs. She lives in London and the South of France.   Also, Sabina Fay Braxton’s textiles from Paris and Venice…velvets with colors and patterns are out of this world!

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Q: If you could pick one piece from MixxCentury – what would it be and why?
A: I love this Round Tray & Coasters….

Q: Why does a Mixx matter?
A: Without a mix a room can lack vitality, individuality and be contrived…a missed opportunity to express oneself and live amidst pieces we cherish.   These are wonderful examples of houses and rooms using a mixx throughout history…the Adolf Loos Room in Vienna, the Schindler Chace House in Los Angeles… You can also see mixxing styles in the important Castles, Chateau’s and Schlosser across Europe…The Schonbrunn Palace with its Vieux Laque Room, the Chinoiserie at the Brighton Pavillion and Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s homage to Pompeii at Sanssouci.  More recently, Tony Duquette was an example of a fantastic mix master.  His background in set design and his fantastic imagination had no boundaries.

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Dealer Spotlight: David Bolinger

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This week’s spotlight shines on David Bolinger Antiques.  David has spent the last 30 years collecting and selling antiques in Kalispell, Montana. He 
divides his time between Montana and Los Angeles and every summer takes to the road to sell at shows in places like Sun Valley, Jackson Hole and Santa Fe.
Q:We’re all about mixxing it up in home decor…tell us how you like to mixx in your own home?
A: As an antique dealer I’ve had the luxury of changing furniture, rugs, art, and accessories at will over the last 35 years. I like to have at least one or two Arts & Crafts ( Mission ) pieces in each room. They seem to work well with any era. Stacking bookcases allow me to display collections of smaller treasures. I believe all periods work well with another as long as one pays attention to squares, curves and colors.1346-1
Q: What do you personally collect?  What are you always on the lookout for?  Your most thrilling find ever?
A: I collect autographed baseballs, bats and gloves by Hall of Famers. In another life I would have played Major League baseball!  I also collect high end Swiss wrist watches and vintage guitars. I continue to add to these collections. My most exciting find was a vintage Mercedes roadster in a garage. Still drive it and am continually amazed at how good it feels.
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Q: Any advice for someone just beginning their home decor journey?
A: Start with one thing you love, not 10 things you like. A home should ultimately be about comfort. If you’re working with an interior decorator, hire one who is courageous and willing to incorporate some of your own more personal quirky choices.
Q: Inspiration occurs anywhere & everywhere, tell us about some of the passions that have influenced the pieces you seek out.  Favorite antique shows?  Flea markets?  Art fairs?
A: Charles Rennie Mackintosh, L.A. Huffman and Claude Monet were huge influences. I love the Rocky Mountain outdoor antique shows of MC Presents and the Round Top Texas shows. Last year’s Estate Jewelry show at the Century Plaza Hotel in LA was one of the best in recent memory. 1354-1_1
Q: I say “mixx,” you say…
A: …the opportunity to work with the Mixx ladies is a joy. Thank you!

Kelly Sutton MixxMaster

Kelly SuttonInterior designer Kelly Sutton, of Kelly Sutton Design, has worked with the prestigious Hirsch, Bedner & Associates, and is the force behind Sutton House, her own decorating website.  Sutton was named one of 2011′s Boutique 18, Boutique Design Magazine’s annual roster of up-and-coming interior designers and  has recently designed a room in the Greystone Mansion Showcase House Event. How lucky are we to get her advice?!

Q: How did you come to your signature style?  
A: Style is so personal.  I’ve had a huge mixx of influences in my life.  I’m originally from Louisiana. New Orleans is full of history and beautiful architecture, with a soul and vibrancy unlike most cities and some of the most warm-hearted people you’ll ever meet, you just might get suckered into some jambalaya.  Then there was Hong Kong.  I spent two years there and traveled extensively.  Then, India – the colors, the smells, and the textures…sensory overload.  Mixx in Southern California, glamorous Hollywood and it’s all led to a style I call eclectic modernism.     955-1_1
Q:Tell us about a piece in the MixxCentury collection that catches your eye and why!
A: The Brass Elephant Telephone.  I love brass accents and I have a thing for elephants.  I have several pieces of elephant art and accessories in my home.  Something about them.  And the idea that this is an old phone is so utterly cool.
Q: What’s your most eccentric inspirational moment?? 
A: While at HBA, I had the privilege to head up the design for a space at the DIFFA Dining By Design event in New York City.  We had creative freedom, a designer’s dream.  The dining space concept was very dark and inspired by the children’s fairytale, The Raven.  The walls were black lacquer and angled with cut-outs.  The rug was made custom with scripted lines from the story and custom digitally printed imagery on the fabrics that showed the transformation of the girl into a raven across the chairs.  For a show like DIFFA, it’s all about the wow factor.  Of course, I couldn’t have a space without a little vintage touch.  The vintage black and gold table settings and glassware were from House of Honey in Pasadena.
KSDRoomQ: When you go antiquing, where is your favorite treasure trove?  What draws you to a piece?
A: Depends on the project.  For the Greystone Mansion Showhouse we recently completed in Beverly Hills, the treasures were found locally in the La Cienega Design Quarter.  I designed one of the upstairs bedrooms and we did this gorgeous custom greige finish on the four poster bed for the room.  I wanted the design to have a push and pull between cool gray tones and warm honey and champagne tones.  Finding the perfect nightstands was imperative.  We snagged up a 1960s Henredon cabinet from The Collection Los Angeles.  The oil-spot lacquer finish achieved the warmth I wanted and created a feeling of balance.  The framed vintage advertisements above the nightstands were curated from The Weidman Gallery.  The unexpected mixx of finishes and pieces in the room blended together effortlessly …as if the room was collected for many years.

Welcome, Carla Aston of Aston Design Studio!

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Aston is an interior designer with her own business, In the Woodlands, based in Texas.  She also curates her own colorful blog on which she shares passionate pieces of design advice and inspiration. We’re very pleased to have her IN THE MIXX!

 

 

Dealer Spotlight: Chic Retiques

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This week’s Dealer Spotlight shines on Susan Kremers of Chic Retiques.

Q: How do you mixx and match?  What periods work well together?
A:I LOVE to MIXX  rustic + refined to create a casual elegance. I think most periods can work well together, it’s all about  the look and feel you are trying to create… an “approachable” surrounding to allow appreciation.xcUOZE8MCeItem_21_pic_1

Q: What do you personally collect?
A: I collect white “Ironstone” dishes from England. I love the way you can take these and dress your table with silver and crystal or take burlap and branches from the garden to create a mood and feeling. Starting with a basic piece and having it serve many roles is important to most decorating and entertaining.

13sTQE6gakItem_20_pic_1Q: Any thoughts or advice for someone beginning their home decor journey?
A: Start with a good foundation of neutral furnishings. Learn to layer and edit with items you love! I think it is important to always allow your home to reflect a seasonal and collected look.

Q: Inspiration occurs anywhere & everywhere.  What passions influenced the pieces you seek out?
A: Travel has inspired pieces I seek. I enjoy the art of “people watching” and seeing how other cultures make and use the items they have available. For instance, Italians focus on fresh foods and family. Tables are an important  place to share and create memories. I have always enjoyed the landscapes that influence form and function and the use of both indoor and outdoor spaces world wide. Choosing items with a similar theme can make them work. Think color, metals, woods and blend in personality for the perfect MIXX of you! Allow others to share in the surroundings you have chosen and appreciate the importance of your personal touches. Let your “MIXX” shine!

Christopher Kennedy MixxMaster

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Christopher Kennedy is an interior designer and modern furniture designer based in Palm Springs California.  His work has been featured in Luxe, Dwell, Palm Springs Life Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times and his current projects include beach houses in Malibu, lofts in New York, and numerous projects in the California desert.  He designs his own line, The Christopher Kennedy Collection, and will be hosting The Palm Springs Modernism Show House opening February 15th, 2014.  

MixxCentury LOVES his Midcentury style! 

Q: We’re all about “mixxing” home decor from different eras…how do you mixx pieces in your own home?
A: I love clean lines, but I also love a sense of history.  I yearn for a time when things were just a bit slower — when life was more gracious and more stylish.  In my home, I have modern Italian upholstery and modern art mixing with David Hicks fabric on the pillows and 1970s caned chairs.  It’s fair to say that I have a piece from every decade!  Even the vintage “Princess Phone” works.  We use it to call our families.

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Q: If we asked you to choose ONE item from MixxCentury for your own home… what would it be and why?
A: I was born in the Year of the Dragon — dragons are my signature and my good luck charm, so I’d have to pick the Pair of Monumental Dragons.  I’m a Gemini, so I can never pick just one thing.  For an affordable and cheerful update to any room or patio, I also have my eye on the 1960s Modern Cache Pot.  I’d plant it with succulents — they are easy to maintain, and add a sculptural green element to your space.

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Q:Tell us about some of your more idiosyncratic inspirations.
A: I don’t know if I’m all that idiosyncratic.  My first love is architecture, and that’s what I studied in school.  I always draw my inspiration from the bones and soul of a space.  In Palm Springs, I am continually inspired by the terrain, the views, and the landscape. I love the blue of the sky and the water, the green of the grass.  Those are my favorite colors.  I just sit in my office, which faces the pool and the mountain, and that’s a continual source of inspiration.

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Q: You’re hosting The Palm Springs Modernism Show House in February 2014…How has Midcentury exploded onto the decor consciousness?
A: Midcentury has exploded in the biggest way possible!  The trend started with interiors and then became so much more: the success of the show “Mad Men” is the culmination of the public fascination with all things Midcentury.  I believe that it’s important to be inspired by the past, but to push it forward.  The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Palm Springs Show House is going to show people how to take an architecturally significant property and update it in a way that is relevant to how we live today.  My brand is known for Jet Set American Style and Vibrant California Glamour — it is rooted in the Midcentury tradition of Palm Springs, but I’m all about the mixx.

Q: Tell us about your first vintage piece… do you still own it?
A: My first vintage piece was a Brutalist chandelier by Curtis Jere / Feldman.  I’m a child of the 1970s, after all!  I still own it.  It hangs in my living room.

 

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Dealer Spotlight…Leon Banilivi

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This week’s Dealer Spotlight shines on Leon Banilivi of Leon Banilivi Rugs Inc.

Q: How do you mixx up home décor in your own house?

A: My wife is the mixxer in our home. Our house is English Tudor and the décor is English antiques mixed with silk carpets; very traditional wood pieces, mixed with Lalique, 18th English antiques and furniture on Persian rugs. 

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Q: What do you collect?

A: I collect art books from museum collections around the world, vintage Patek watches, and vintage fountain pens. My wife collects English and American vintage jewelry, she’s a diamond lover, and jewelry made by Van Cleef & Arpels… Elizabeth Taylor style… I also love antique cars…my dream car is a 1960s Mercedes with a large wood steering wheel!

1451-1-1Q: What advice do you give clients who are starting on their home décor journey? What  vintage or antique pieces should they invest in?
A: I tell clients, “Clothes make the man, but rugs make the house!” My advice is to start the room from the bottom up and build the room around it.  A Persian rug often has between 30-40 colors in it and will make choosing your furniture and fabrics much easier… not every rug has to match every other rug. You can have different colors but the same style. You can contrast a modern Nepalese rug with antique furniture. And modern furniture works beautifully with antique tribal and Persian rugs – beautiful because of the mixx.

Q: Inspiration is everywhere – where do you get YOURS?
A: Antique Roadshow is my favorite show and provides lots of inspiration… Also we love to visit the Newport mansions in RI…we’ve been to close to 50 mansions together all over the country.  A favorite is The Huntington Mansion Suffolk County built by Vanderbilt. The beautiful antique Persian rugs in each of these mansions inspire me!

 

 

David Hundley MixxMaster

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David Hundley is a renowned product designer and interior designer extraordinaire, with an eye-popping resume to dazzle any design aficionado.  His consulting stints with the likes of Tom Ford (Gucci era), Ralph Lauren and Aston Martin created original decor objects such as sterling handcuffs, Plexiglass dog beds and thumbprint tumblers that caused national buzz. Raised in New Mexico, he divides his time between Santa Fe and Los Angeles, where he is an Independent Exhibit Designer at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Q: We love your one-word mantra for great interior design, “EDIT!” But how? So much stuff, so little space.
A: Like literature and music, you have to edit to have a good composition. You can’t throw in every color…pick your favorites and vary them through value or intensity. Less IS more. The old Mies van der Rohe standard…he was the master of editing!
Q: We think everything’s in the mixx.  Why is mixxing important?
A: Mixxing is essential for an interesting interior… it reveals the story of the person who lives there… their intellect, travels, and interests.  Nothing’s more boring than a room or house that thinks it’s retro or vintage.  Or copycatting.  Or trying to mimic the Eames house.  Look at the mixxing Ray and Charles Eames did with their modern furniture mixxed with a candelabra and tiger skin rug on the floor.  I visited when Ray was still alive with one of my heroes of design, Josef Muller-Brockmann, who worked with Charles Eames on IBM graphics.  The house had editing and mixxing… it exhibited their travels, different personalities and incredible design sense.
My strongest memories of a mixx are as a child.  I was raised in New Mexico and I remember going into adobe buildings with 1629-1Hispanic art on the walls, Navajo rugs on the floors and European gilt mirrors or furniture elegantly displayed with European paintings mixxed with the Taos and Santa Fe Founder’s paintings.
Q: If you were to take home one piece from the MixxCentury collection, what would it be, and why?
A: I spotted a nice collection of horn glasses with silver rims.  Very tactile and masculine and could be used for all sorts of things.  Or I might use them for a gift for my good friend Nina Griscom who loves all things ‘animal.’  Alas, I am always finding things on MixxCentury I want & that makes’ the ‘editing’ more difficult.
Q: When you go antiquing, where are your favorite undiscovered shops?
A: How can they stay undiscovered if I tell you?  I find things in places on “road-trips” that my partner and I take, particularly in the Southwest.  Some of my favorites are antique shops in Milano and Murano that carry Venetian glass.  I would find beautiful objects looking for inspiration when I was designing the “Home Collection” for Tom Ford/Gucci.  A friend, Roberta Franzheim in Tucson, Arizona, has a shop Augustus Paris that has a large array of furniture, objects, paintings I always check out.  People fly from all over because her prices are so good, as is her eye.  Another friend, Jed Foutz in Santa Fe, has the most spectacular “trading post” [authentic] with the most beautiful American Indian stuff you can find – from pawn to newly designed.  Never go where the crowds are!

Upcoming Theme Sales!

Get ready to shop our newest theme sales starting Thursday January 16th and ending January 23rd!

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Dealer Spotlight: Maps and Art

We like to Mixx It Up with our dealers and get their tips and advice on how to make a mix of objects work in different settings. This week’s Dealer Spotlight shines on David and Natasha Deighton of Maps and Art in Santa Fe, NM.

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Q: Mixxcentury.com encourages our clients to combine pieces from varied eras – any tips on how to create a successful Mixx?
A: David is from Paris, where people often MIXX IT UP – for example a Louis XVI dresser beneath a modern abstract painting…We like to harmonize a room with pieces from different eras by bringing in similar colors throughout the room.  Play with artwork or fabrics of compatible hues and tones. 

Q:  Decorating can be overwhelming.  Any thoughts for someone beginning their home decor journey?
A: Start with what you just love
Everyone has a different “eye” and it’s up to you to find it.  Start with something small, a vase or a work of art which will give you the confidence to move forward and add more pieces in.

Q: You travel several months a year to find art for your business – where are some places you’ve found inspiration?
A:  In the flea markets of Paris or the mountains of Andalucia in Spain. We have drawers and drawers of artwork, each one with our own memory of how we discovered it – the funny antique dealer in Florence, the funky young artist in Mexico City or the attics of gigantic ancestral homes of the French country-side. Every piece has its own history, whether it is an old original manuscript from the 1600s or a modern art piece from an emerging artist.  We love the origin stories of the art as much as we love the pieces themselves.

 

 

 

Designer Jamie Bush: Mixxmaster

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Jamie Bush  is a man who knows how to mixx!  In fact, his Los Angeles-based interior design firm Jamie Bush Co. is known for mixing period and contemporary furnishings with a fresh and discriminating eye.  His innate understanding of seamlessly blending architecture and interior design, transforms each of his spaces into an unexpected environment. Named one of Hollywood’s 25 Most influential Designers by  The Hollywood Reporter, Jamie Bush’s highly regarded work has been featured in over 40 publications including Architectural Digest, Casa Voque and the Los Angeles Times.

We asked Jamie to browse our Point of View collection & select an item he’d love to have in his home. 

Q: You picked our Midcentury UFO Desk Lamp -  where would you put it in your home?
A: I would use this chic lamp on the desk in my kitchen.

Q:  Why do you think it would fit right in?
A: I love vintage Italian lighting and it looks similar to a fixture I’ve been coveting.

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A: I like mixing metals, the brass and black metal accents work as a nice counter balance to the stainless steel appliances in the kitchen.

Q:  Who do you think designed it and what does it say about its era?
A: Hard to say who designed it, but it’s clearly a classic Dazor industrial piece. It’s all about functional elegance.

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