Designer + Co-founder of Matchbook Magazine

This is a blog for musings on design influences, decorating, style, travel, new york, etc.

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goodbye summer; h-e-l-l-o fall

As summer makes its way into fall, there's a nip in the New York air -- it's time to dust off your bean boots, and dig out the hats and scarves... I have a confession: Fall is my favorite season >> 1) dogs need scarves too 2) while others enjoy warmer climates 3) what a l-o-v-e-l-y rocking horse from katie armour home* 4) artwork by virginia johnson 5) oliver peoples' wilder 6) grand dad's bluff 7) it's a pencil sharpener holder, how brilliant! 8) some wise coasters for those hot toddies 9) initials and ampersand drawn by jessica hische -- hope it's not too early to be thinking stocking stuffers 10) bundle up 11) warmth in a lambs wool throw 12) twirl -- I've already used up my free sample, perhaps a purchase is in order 13) can't wait to get the first issue of Anthology! 14) wonderful trees of america cover 15) go through passport control in style -- the embossed cover reads "jet set" 16) saipua makes my heart flutter 17) the adventures of augie march 18) best doughnuts in new york 19) excellent coffee too! 20) loving oh joy!'s gold petal pusher wallpaper 21) dance into the holiday season with kate spade's abbie flats 22) and get out of a pickle with slices of life


audrey + ip

I don't believe I'll be plopping down $700 for Taschen's brand new Bob Willoughby, Audrey Hepburn: Photographs 1953–1966 (though the tiffany-blue binding is quite tempting!), but I certainly enjoyed leafing through it. Whether it be a pensive moment behind the scenes at paramount studios or lounging on her living room sofa, Willoughby's work showcases a private and personal side to Audrey that few other photographers were able to capture. While her ball gowns are enough to make anyone's jaw drop, it's the photos of her and Ip that really catch my eye. Above are a few of my favorites, along with a couple quotes I found that exemplify my affection for them.

{I posted on Audrey + Ip last December when Bob Willoughby passed away; images from Taschen's sneak peak; quotes found here}


quality aesthetics

From a carrier pigeon logo + aesthetic appeal to quality craftsmanship + plain old practicality --included above are a few things I admire >> 1) coaster I found at a park slope thrift shop 2) stonehenge by baldessari 3) miner's key ring by postalco 4) freedom - top of my reading list* 5) little vinatage sewing needle kit from the same park slope shop 6) paul smith easter rabbit - bid on it 7) hand cut silk ties by huntsman 8) book of eggleston photographs 9) cycles and seasons 10) heart of gold 11) jotter notepad by postalco 12) hamish bowles, as illustrated by jean-philippe 13) a rockwell 14) mardi gras studs* 15) leckey's cinema in the round 16) coat by agnes b, c.2007 17) thom browne tote for joyce 18) mac's please me - a perfect pink* 19) rene ricard work 20) jeff koons flower vase, from gagosian 21) alden cordovan loafers 22) klein tool bag - prototype for utilitarian chic


eclectic eccentric

I s-o enjoyed stumbling across Bergdorf's windows this weekend, themed eclectic eccentric -- I'm stealing the title for this rainy day post>> 1) TAKE IVY is abuzz - preorder your copy of the second edition of this classic here and now 2) la police - beautiful type with a fascinating story behind it 3) Wm.J.Mills tote 4) they gave the color wheel a spin 5) babe paley, by slim aarons - if only we could all be so effortlessly chic 6) needlepoint loafers by paige 7) jackie O in hermes and updike at his typewriter - i-c-o-n-i-c 8) ringneck pheasant feathers 9)  nice kicks! 10) found letters 11) donald evans' boot stamp 12) assortment of hotel soaps 13) vintage matchboxes 14) clipboard with a bird etching 15) patterned upholstered chair 16) heritage seeds 17) tropidesian quilt stamp by donald evans 18) gorgeous book covers 19) letters to edith - more of the genius inventory from sweet love vintage 20) more shoes! 21) a wee dose of practicality - castor and pollux tote