JANE LILLY WARREN, New York, NY
Designer + Co-founder of Matchbook Magazine

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

Please contact me directly for design and editorial inquiries, and collaborations. Thanks!
 




Tuesday
Aug172010

a sea of turtle soup

My great-aunt lived in a pre-revolutionary stone house in Chester County, PA. She was a woman of many interests -- from being a double major in French and Latin at Swarthmore in her 20s to showing AKC championship bassets into her 80s, and reading a book a day all the way through. If you could handle the dust, her attic was a most magical place for any child to explore. She passed away at the ripe age of 98 a couple winters back.

I visited the house recently, and the attic hasn't lost an ounce of its magic (nor dust!). There are stacks upon stacks upon stacks of Country Gentleman, Town & Country, House & Garden, Life and countless other periodicals dating from the turn of the 20th century onwards. Two of my favorite covers are this Town & Country from October 1936 (can you believe how contemporary it feels?!) and a House & Garden from December 1927 (they have the most wonderful art direction during that era!). Another gem I stumbled across was a game called Peter Coddle's Trip To New York. It comes with a hundred or so phrases to insert into a mad lib type booklet -- I scanned a handful for you here. A sea of turtle soup - how marvelous*

Monday
Aug162010

you caught my eye

anya hindmarch coin purse,  the brilliance of my pantone past, I want these pearl and crystal cluster earrings, gold leaf cuff, adrianne lobel's set for Nixon In China, found tea tags, portrait featured in Lonny pg.118, ban.do corsage on such a sparkly blouse, clarks' new j.crewesque campaign, watercolor lobster, I love browsing the aiga portfolios just to come across beautiful things like this watercolor alphabet, oh what a sparkly shift, multicolor boat shoes, light havana persol shades, another painting from Lonny, gold watch, kate moss by mario testino for after hours, another ban.do corsage on a lovely navy jacket, uslu airlines polish in a gorgeous fall hue, mulberry leather carryall, Eero Saarien's list of Aline Bernstein's good qualities – so touching, kate moss posing for all shook up! in memphis, sketch by dana cowie, whit! brilliant*, indiana beaded clutch, and last but not least – the glorious abode of tim walker (featured in vogue australia living)

Tuesday
Aug102010

campground musings

Friday
Aug062010

happy weekend

Hope your weekend is as dreamy as this long island pool* I found this quote in the epigraph to Zadie Smith's Changing My Mind, my JFK -> SFO reading the other week, and it just stuck with me. I love the spirit and connotation.