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Where all things beautiful collide

With September’s finale came the end of summer and beginning of the autumn season.  Also with September came Fashion Week(s)!!  Such a tease that September is with its preview of spring 2012 fashion!  September also brought some great furniture finds by such designers as Muriel Brandolini and decorating icon Dorothy Draper.  I also discovered more of my quirky side with such finds as dime store sticker wallcoverings, stump tables, and tabletop items that are classic with a twist.  Speaking of a twist (perhaps Oliver Twist), I decided what to buy as Christmas gifts (see list).  September was a good one, and I look forward to the progression of fall, and dare I say, Seattle rain.

bedroom featuring wallcoverings by Payton Cosell Turner

1.  From a distance, these wallcoverings look like just a pretty floral pattern, possibly by a French or Scandinavian designer.  Well, guess again!  Young New York designer Payton Cosell Turner was inspired by a trip to the dime store and started creating chic and whimsical patterns using stickers ranging from daisies to Elvis, rainbows to rain boots.  We all need a little bit of this childlike mentality to keep ourselves from going crazy, don’t you think?  The chic-set agree and have been commissioning her work like crazy (good crazy).

pattern detail

hand-drawn papers

Turner works with thousands of stickers in her usual projects, but also has a talent for creating and drawing her own patterns (above).  The key to using these papers is to substitute them for other sophisticated patterns.  I would stay away from using these in a children’s space…they’re too good! www.paytonturner.com

Dorothy Draper collection

2.  The legendary Dorothy Draper has been sadly absent from the design world since her passing, but her design influence lives on very strongly.  A new collection of furniture by American furniture maker Kindel keeps her presence even stronger.  Pieces she designed for iconic projects like the Greenbrier hotel in West Virginia, and private residences, have been reinterpreted or reproduced very thoughtfully.  The cabinet above has been scaled down for the home from an over-sized version used at the Greenbrier.  Different finishes and background fabrics are available.  The one above would be so pretty with coral and other natural curiosities from Ruzzetti & Gow or Eduardo Garza displayed in a seaside home, or any home.  www.kindelfurniture.com

precious jewels

3.  The feature in the October issue of Vogue about fine jewelry was quite brilliant.  I’m in love with the Victorianesque necklace on the model at right from Fred Leighton.  I would LOVE to use it for a red carpet look because it is so different from the usual gems, with its encapsulated flowers framed with gold.  The dresses by Preen (left) and Erdem (right) are also quite lovely.  www.vogue.com

glassware by Karl Lagerfeld

4.  The table has never been dressed so well…not before Karl Lagerfeld debuted his tabletop collection at least.  In collaboration with Orrefors crystal, Lagerfeld created a classical yet modern array of glasses in clear, black opaque, and milk glass.  How chic!  www.orrefors.com/karllagerfeld

dinnerware through The Conran Shop

The Coupe Collection through The Conran Shop is also a fun way to add some pop (or Op) to your table.  Mix a piece or two in with some solid white dinnerware to ease into all that pattern, or go full throttle pattern on pattern.  Don’t get dizzy!  www.conranusa.com

beaded table by Muriel Brandolini

5.  I’m an ever-growing fan of the exuberant work of Interior Designer Muriel Brandolini.  A new capsule collection exclusive to Barney’s New York NYC shows the visionary and unique eye of Brandolini.  This beaded table is a favorite of the pieces and reminds me of the insanely beautiful hand-beaded wallcoverings she has had made for projects.  Her French-Vietnamese roots make for interesting combinations, and a great love of art and the hand of artisans.  Her wallcoverings and some fabrics she uses are often commissioned to be made by Vietnamese craftspeople.  www.barneys.com

Lauren Santo Domingo

6.  Fashion week brings out more than just the fresh designs, it also brings out the style stars sporting the current season looks, or even custom-made designs, like Lauren Santo Domingo (above) in Proenza Schouler.  I’m in the middle of looking at all the spring 2012 collections, with Paris fashion week (my favorite) just wrapping up.  My favorite from New York fashion week would have to be Prabal Gurung.  Purple is now officially my favorite color thanks in part to his lovely prints and “paint dripped” looks.

Prabal Gurung spring 2012

Prabal Gurung spring 2012

Pretty printed and patterned looks by Prabal Gurung were very plentiful.

Lanvin spring 2012

Alber Elbaz knocked it out of the park at Lanvin, per usual at Paris fashion week, as did Phoebe Philo at Celine, Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel and Fendi, Stella McCartney, Ricardo Tisci at Givenchy, new Creative Director of Chloe, Clare Waight Keller, and many others.

Paul Smith accessories

7.  I’m wanting this postal-inspired laptop bag very badly!  It not only would serve an exceptional purpose for The Man of Style’s blogging needs, but it would encourage me to write more letters.  Correspondence has never been the same since email.  www.paulsmith.co.uk

Penguin classics

book cover

8.  These beautifully bound versions of classic stories are not a new discovery, just one that was reminded by Gwyneth Paltrow’s “Shortlist” for Elle Decor September 2011.  I originally found them among the lovely offerings at Anthropologie.  I would love to buy a different book for each of my nieces and nephews for the holidays.  www.penguingroup.com

Fritz Henningsen chairs

9.  The Danish are known for design, especially finely-crafted furniture.  Fritz Henningsen is no exception with his mostly wood and leather designs.  The set of chairs above from the mid-20th century look so relevant and modern for today’s home.  Look for his pieces through www.1stdibs.com or through auction houses like Christie’s.

settee by Fritz Henningsen

Fritz Henningsen rocking chair

The leather settee with a built-in drink shelf, and the rocker with its great shaped arm are among my favorite Henningsen pieces.

Faux Bois collection

10.  Stump-shaped tables in an array of colors and metal finishes are the core of the Faux Bois collection by Houston’s George Sacaris StudioThe copper tone made out of hand-formed aluminum sheets, as they all are, is a favorite.  www.fauxbois.us, and also available through www.vivre.com

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