Thursday, 31 October 2013

House Beautiful November 2013

House Beautiful has not been particularly inspiring lately...
But I thought you might like to see what's happening out there.

I don't understand this Kate Spade ad whatsoever.
Toast in a bowl?
Charger plate for a 4 minute egg?
I am a Luddite myself but puhlease, 
unless you are Obama and this is the nuke button phone,
 what gives?
I don't mind the nice flower in a vase but two forks and a spoon?
Is this table set for Howard Hughes or something?

Wallpaper must have played a truly important role way back when.
It was interesting to see these motifs and 
the little story behind them.



The tablescape monthly column always raises eyebrows.
Well mine.
You know what, I have loads of gay friends so I ain't judging.

I had to double take and go to the website to see the glory that is this porcelain floral sculpture.
I know in a perfect world fresh flowers are a must but 
I don't have a green thumb and weekly flower replenishment is just another chore for me.
But if it's good enough for Carolyne Roehm...


How stunning and you don't have to ever water them!
Check out his website.

House Beautiful obviously ignored my tweet to them about their Faux Lazy Throw Syndrome.
It isn't consistent from a psychological profiling point of view.
Why give up at the last hurdle when you tidied up everything else?
A tweet wasn't enough so a letter to the editor might be warranted.

This dining room looks like the "before" in a makeover feature.

With a view like that plus an infinity pool, 
why are the loungers facing the house?

I normally boycott anything referring to that book but 
I do like gray so did concentrate and the dog pulled me in.
I am noticing that I am attracted to 
deeply pigmented colors like the one below.
I find it very calming and changes depending on the light.
I love how the glass coffee table lifts this living room that could have been otherwise very boring.



I don't know how I feel about that lilac. 
Actually, I do.
  I feel like it's the decor equivalent of a sugar coma.



Some don't like houseplants but I think why be botanically prejudiced against plants that don't flower?

There is that fabric that Helen from Tissus d'Helene spoke about called L'arbre de Matisse.
I must use it somehow in the future.

I love the kitchen floor.

There is that rich pigment in the walls again.

House Beautiful did a rouse of flogging perfume by matching decor to scent.

Did not feel this kitchen.
Owner must be related to someone on the editorial staff.

I will put some images that didn't make the cut onto the 
pinterest board if you are interested.

Plus, the latest issue of Architectural Digest is out.
It is a whopper as it's an issue dedicated to art filled homes.
Would review it but it would be dull with me saying 
that it is amazing over and over again.
So for those who want to have a look can go to 
my Architectural Digest Pinterest board for a browse. 
Happy Halloween and 
have a lovely weekend! 

47 comments:

  1. This is the funniest ever reportage, I'll have to think twice about inviting you round!

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    1. I am a harmless mouse and my house always looks like its going through a refurb, in fact my house looks better with the builders than me in it! Honestly, my neighbours can vouch for this...

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    2. My thoughts, too! I'll be terrified to post pics of my renovation...,

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    3. Dude, I am scared of my own damn renos ;P
      Please don't be afraid - I am just tough on the pros and now I will post my house as it stands and I did show how bad my staircase was!

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  2. Love your funny comments. For some unexplainable reasons I had missed your previous post about Allen. I really enjoyed it. Happy Halloween!
    laura

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    1. Hi there, Andes I have noticed mercury retrograde affects blogger too ;) have fun tonight!

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  3. I wrote a really long comment complimenting you on your reporting skills and thanking you for saving me the hassle and money of buying HB! Then it was lost... but truly thank you and you're so funny this killed me. Those little boys at that table, would have loved to see my rascal son at that get-up when he was little!

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    1. I am a subscriber on my ipad but actually it cracks me up sometimes so I continue just for my to critique it! But thank you Dani! I must say even I would not have been so cheerful at a tea table at that age...

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  4. Satire for breakfast…i like it.

    Just wondering about that dining table with the one legged lions…is that a warning to dinner guests that they better eat up all their greens or else there'll be growls?

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    1. Satire is very healthy for you and low in calories.

      The lions will commensurately eat your calves for every bit of veg one doesn't eat - would work wonders for a household with children!

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  5. Hillarious as always Naomi... especially the house-facing loungers!!..
    How are you going with the reno? ..... I am in wall-paper overdrive.. and am driving Mr R-I m.a.d.!!!
    That Lilac bedroom is definitely sickly-sweet!! xxx

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    1. I can not wait to see your stuff - your instagram photos of your home is so comfy and I could move in straight away! Is that your Sydney home or another one? Mr CSW and I are yelling every other hour at each other xx

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  6. Eeek, good to show that it's Halloween - some pretty scary designs on show here!

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    1. Ha! so true - but I just don't "get" some stuff but then I am a simpleton.

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  7. am with you on the loungers.
    I luff the painting on the blue wall
    The glass table is orright
    the rest ....meh.

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    1. I luff it too! Mind you I just love art and I would have gallery walls everywhere.

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  8. LOL

    i am a subscriber to HB... and I will never look at the magazine in the same light ever again

    LOL

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    1. HB is really funny about one issue out of 3 have you noticed?

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  9. N.- That IS an advert for china and flatware, so of course they had to show each piece. The Kate Spade brand is built on vintage eclectic so......
    Many of your observations are what I identify as Photo Shoot style. It doesn't relate at all to Real Life style. Thank you for your focus on the faux lazy throws - now I understand why my house keeper always leaves mine neatly folded. I will change my ways! Or, stop tidying up all the other elements... messy throw, messy pillows, magazines and dishes. Woo Hoo!

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    1. Yes I see your point but I think eclectic unless truly so can end up looking like a OCD eccentric and not aspirational. Also because my house is never perfect i don't know why the pros style their house like the housekeeper hasn't been in a day! :)

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  10. Those throws irritate the hell out of me too. I would just have to fold them up.... My son constantly leaves our living room blanket in a heap on the sofa and it drives me mad.

    That Kate Spade add is bizarre!
    Thanks for the very humorous commentary, N!

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    1. Your son is the understudy for the photoshoots of HB! Kate Spade is trying a little too hard I think :)

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  11. I love it when you present so nice places!!!
    xoxo

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  12. How could you not address those purple flowers stuck onto the wall? I expected some pithy comments re: plastic flowers.

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    1. Hehehe! And that was the cover. I know. you are right. But I thought flowers are not to blame so it was the white elephant in the issue! But dont know how it made the cover at all...

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  13. I love it when you do these posts! I just wish I had even a teeny piece of Vladimir's beautiful work.....but I'd have to cut back on the catnip to afford it. Those throws crack me up...it's as if nobody can stage a room without one, anymore. Have a great weekend. xx

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    1. I love his stuff too - I dare not ask for the price though...I want his freesias and lily of the valley with the butterfly. I am drafting a letter to the editor this weekend! Have a good one Sulky xx

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  14. heehee, you do make me chuckle. I cant believe you sent the editor a tweet, it must have really rubbed you up the wrong way - go girl with the letter!

    I prefer plants over flowers, I have quite a few in the house, but I'm not very good at looking after them - my nan complained about how I was looking after them when she came to visit and wanted to buy some new ones. I think they're fine, but you know what grandmas are like!

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    1. But they need to realize that it is just so passe - they are supposed to be a trend setter not falling behind it right? i like plants too don't know why some people don't like it! That is sooo nana to say something like that and of course they truly think that they NEED to buy it for you - too cute!! xx

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  15. My oh my. What has happened to HB, the one, I once knew?
    I agree with most of your critic, the throws e.g., they really do look like they are actually thrown over.
    I have nothing against wallpaper, only it has to fit the room, the house, the everything..
    Don´t find the connection with Kate Spade and HB either.
    There is not one single room I like in the pics, even the gray room is too gray to my liking. Luckily there is the dog. Hopefully it is a live dog.
    Plants in pots - hmm - not wild about those either, cut flowers are so expensive over here, that I seldom buy them. Do you mean that the colorful flower arrangement is not real ? Omg.
    Tell me, do people actually live in rooms like these over there or where?

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    1. OMG too funny - that dog could have been a prop - you are truly a deep thinker Mette!
      yes those flowers are porcelain - isn't so gorgeous???
      You are right about wallpaper fitting into the whole scheme - good point.
      If one of my friends do that fake throw sprawled thing I will out them!

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  16. Delicious images here Naomi. I am so on board with the whole sloppy throw situation. I'm glad you are on that travesty. Happy weekend!
    xx, Heather

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  17. LOL for the lilac. It's weirdly done !
    However even though I agree about the deck chairs, I'd like a view with the infinity pool just like that !

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    1. Lilac is a tough one plus purple polarizes people. I love purple but lilac gives me a headache lately.

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  18. Thanks for the inspiration pic on how I should set the table for my kids dinner. I knew I was going wrong somewhere - must put in more effort....
    Love your critique as always. I think a letter to the editor is in order about the faux lazy throw. Do you know, I don't even own a throw. Must rectify....the loungers are a bit annoying. There's a thing though where things look better a certain way, but in the end my practical side always wins out, and it goes the way that makes it the most comfortable...
    Good luck with the reno dramas. i'm a bit over mine at the moment. There's a constant low grade anxiety-sick feeling in my stomach at the moment with all the remaining things to do/ order/ choose. xx

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    1. Could you imagine even little girls sitting down for more than ten minutes? The fact you don't have a throw is fantastic because only reason i have them is not for decor but utilitarian! I always get soooo cold in the winter. Sorting out the insulation in the house as heat was escaping no end.
      Heidi - had major drama yesterday bc there was a kitchen sale up in north london and it was 70% off which meant a huge saving so we decided to much stress the finalized kitchen plan at the last minute which means we have to now fit appliances around the cupboards...But for such a saving I think it might be warranted but not exactly how i was intending to do things!! xx

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  19. Thank goodness those are porcelain and not silk flowers. When I moved in with husby, I filled a large garbage can with the dust collectors.Do you think the throws are substitutes for a dog or vice versa, to show some signs of life in the room?

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    1. Dang it - I wish I thought of that TR! You are right it was so flat and mind you Mette thought that even the dog might be stuffed ;))

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  20. Loving these posts. Firstly, with the Kate Spade ad 'she liked to take chances, but not when it came to breakfast'??? What, she took a big chance and it involved breakfast.... and I just don't get it either! As for the lazy throw rug phenomena, I think you'll have to start a petition. I'll sign. x

    P.S.- Thank you so much for your donation!!! It means so much

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    1. Yes if the letter doesn't work that petition might have some traction! Kate Spade should stick to her earthy midwestern roots instead of trying to be eclectic because that's where her charm is. PS it's great you are doing your bit raising money for a good cause x

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  21. There are lots of throws in my house but they are not faux or lazy ; some are for the dog and some are for me :D And you are right; why be all super neat and tidy and have a special table set for little boys and then leave an untidy throw. Makes no sense unless it's a case of wabi sabi, which I doubt. Hey, but I did spot one throw that was neatly folded. Did you?

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    1. Yes there was one but it was outnumbered! Your dogs have their own throws? they are so lucky :)

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