Thursday, October 20, 2011
The design world has been all but comatose of late, fair Nerophytes, which has led to a slow blogging week over here at Ground Nero, where things like belated family birthdays, All Hallow's costume scavenging and sloppy pumpkin carving have taken precedent over Louis or luster or lacquer.
But enter the latest installment of Elle Decor to bring sexy back with a bang akin to a tech-tonic shot in the arm. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that Nero's Zinio account -- clearly aware of this blogger's pull towards all things exotic -- insists on sending me the Hong Kong version of its page. And so each month, as I fumble over Chinese script to dig up my password, pictures by default speak louder than the words Nero can't begin to decipher.
The November issue is collagen boosted with well-oiled, statement-y spaces, coupled with lots of "whoulda thunkit" moments. For example, a newly-single Allegra Hicks unveils her family home yet again, which appears largely un-tweaked since her recent book was published last year. Why is that so often when a woman decides to go out on a limb by embarking on a successful business venture, her personal life soon dusts off its feathers and takes wing too?
In another section the illustrious French tastemaker, Robert Couturier, goes to town on a New York flat with great fanfare and unbridled élan -- it's all a bit much, but we'll take it. And hold onto your powdered wigs, dear readers, 'cuz you're in for an unexpected twist when a Manhattan dealer-dame in thigh-high boots and well-settled into her seventies unveils her clash pad. On that note, Nero will say no more, if this teaser has reeled my fair readers in even a little bit, you can go leaf through it at the salon yourselves.
Call it a purple haze if you wish, but violet vamps it up to eye-catching advantage on the cover.
There's no mistaking gay Paree -- this Couturier creation, though housed in New York, is decidedly French in body and spirit.
In this studly study, La Fiorentina still looks fresh.
It's business as usual in this home office-cum-boudoir.
A young NYC-based babe's salon couldn't be anything but all-American, so punctuated is it by dynamic of-the-moment design staples.
Serving up beauty poolside is the sort of preamble to a moveable feast that Nero approves of year-round (weather-permitting).
Many a tender family moment was surely spent in this, Allegra's sitting room.
It would appear not much has changed on the design-front, although Allegra is now a swingin' singleton.
The home maintains the same warm, eclectic tone, which is every bit a reflection of its Italian and British lineage.
That zany room above was designed by this spunky broad.
This velvet tiger stripe in the green colorway is one of Nero's newer dark objects of desire.
And get a load of that crystal rock curtain rod.
Nevermind that full closure will evidently never be an option. Here it's all about the eye candy.
A Birkin to match the home's violet-shellac-ed library? It's quite de rigeur you know.
Labels: All images via Elle Decor
- Happy Hallow's to All
- Of Poules de Luxe and Painted Plates
- On a Hectic Hallows and a Devil-May-Care Look
- Of the Vampire's Assistant and a Haute Haunting
- It's Friday, Let's Jam Out Folks
- Of Coming To and a Second Wind
- Of Shutterbug Chic and a Home Tome
- Notes on a Milanese Melange
- Of the Weekend and a Hubble Bubble
- For Whom the Bells Toll
- Of Hobgoblins in the Cupboard
- Of Happy as a Daisy and Paisley
- And God Created Woman
- Of Go Ahead, Show Us those Pearly Whites
- Here's to Great Minds
- Of The Lantern and Lives Entwined
- Of Vena Cava and Cave Vinum
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