To inaugurate the release of the Great Gatsby, here is my Art Deco How-To video for my San Francisco Chronicle Series called Real Estate Real Simple. Art Deco is one of my all time eras in design, the decadence the glitz and glamour! The Great Gatsy is also one of my favorite books (the capitalist commentary, haves and the have-nots, the laissez-faire!). The newly released Great Gatsby film, starring Leo Dicaprio & Tobey Maguire, is a visual homage to this fabulous period of art and design. Folks, I could watch the film with the sound off! I was visually drowning in all the details, costumes, architecture. Wow! My only disappointment was that the film left out the homoeroticism between Nick Carraway and Gatsby (I recall that gay undertones too when I read it in high school...I thought it was hormones, but maybe not...at least per Salon Magazine)
R.I.P. Marty of Madagascar!...This Is Real Photo of $3.4M Atlanta Mansion...Boy, This Stager Has Got ISSUES!!
Beyonce announced her world tour at the SuperBowl. Herman Chan announces his new web series Real Estate Real Simple for the San Francisco Chronicle...Okay, so it ain't exactly comparable, but hey, I can dream right? The series is Q&A sessions with readers from the SF Chronicle about housing and design. The webisode below is about decorating a living room with small mirrors. (I love the video introduction they made for me. Fancy!)
OMG Decor Juggernaut Crate & Barrel Pimps Out Gay Men to Hock Their Goods! ("Nibble Bowl", "Spreader"...Say What?!)
JC Penney and GAP have recently launched campaigns prominently featuring the gays. But I think this is the first time a large retailer has gone so far! See below the romantical pic of 2 guys on a date "Saturday night at home, cooking together, dining together" next to 2 items called Olivewood Nibble Bowl and Spreader! LOL!! This is straight off the Crate & Barrel website, see here! Intentional or not, kudos to them for some major LGBTQ representation!
When shopping for that perfect couch, be careful! Try to stick to eco-friendly material...please!!
They found that 85 percent of 102 couches tested across the U.S. contained toxic or untested flame retardant chemicals -- at levels up to 11 percent the weight of the foam. The newer the couch, the more likely it was to be treated with the chemicals....[Couches] contains one of these alternative flame retardants, chlorinated Tris, now believed to be associated with health problems including cancer, hormone disruption and neurological problems.
The Little Mermaid's nemesis launches new furniture line! The Ink Squid chair is worthy of any self-respecting villainess! ....Yup, I bought 2!
Beyonce & Jay-Z Have A SOLID GOLD THRONE . . . Installed In Their PENTHOUSE Apt!!! (They Goin' OVERBOARD)
This better be for a music video....lest these 2 are gettin' too hoity-toity for my tastes!
Ryosuke Fukusada has created a working wooden light bulb by designing an extremely thin wooden shell that wraps around an LED light bulb. Because LEDs produce little heat, the risk of fire is minimal. Instead, the light bulb produces a soft glowing effect. (via Mashable)
I see this being a hit for lofts, mid-century homes & arsonists.
When I was living in downtown LA, there were so many things to do but so little time. Let's face it. People don't move to Tinsel Town to settle down. No, they move there to make it! I focused so much on my career that I neglected my home. What a shame. It was a fabulous top floor corner studio apartment with glazed concrete floors & 180 degree skyline views of downtown LA. Why oh why didn't I decorate it?! I was too busy hustling! (Mom says my career didn't take off because I didn't feng-shui my apartment! Now she tells me!). Honestly, if I had known about Apt2B, I would have decked out my pad from the get-go and become a mega-star. Don't make the same mistake as me!
You see, thru Apt2B you can literally furnish your entire home, from floor to ceiling, without ever stepping into a big-box furniture store (clutch my pearls!). It's easy breezy cover girl. Affordable & convenient & best of all chic. Urban dweller aesthetic! (Isn't it dreadful when people visit your place and say, "Say, we have the same coffee table. IKEA clearance, right?" No more of that!)
I love how they put rooms together for you. I don't have to think, much less hire a pricey designer, fight traffic, driving to & fro different stores, yadda yadda. It's all done for me! Check out the Bachelor Pad ensemble on the right. Gorgeous! Try their Complete Room Packages! I can just click, click, click and my pad will be furnished with those pieces! God, I wish I knew about them earlier.
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Renowned Fashion Photographer Billy Winters gives Habitat For Hermanity an unprecendented yet candid chat about decorating his fabulous Russian Hill home! In this sweeping interview, my dear friend Billy reveals to us his tips on lighting a room, mixing & matching patterns & how the photography business has changed. He and I also take a walk down memory lane (Billy is responsible for my 1st magazine cover almost a decade ago!). Celebrities, models & politicians have hired Billy for his artistic eye. And now you get to hear first hand what this tastemaker has to say about home decor!
You've shot for countless fashion magazines around the globe in the most stunning locations with the most beautiful models. It's glamour 24/7. Yet, whenever I am over at your home, it feels surprisingly down-to-earth and homey. Why did you decide on this comfy vibe for your abode?
People say that for some reason my home reminds them of a North African Casbah or a Parisian atelier. I guess having Oriental throw rugs throughout (on top of the neutral carpeting that came with the apartment) adds to the "warmth" and feeling. The apartment has a lot of odd nooks and crannies too, making it (I guess) suprising to many.
When I first saw this apartment, it was all white. They "sprayed" the entire place with flat white paint, even all the woodwork. I was not impressed. Without asking permission to paint (I never did) I started my journey. I had to paint all the trim, doors and windows in a semi-gloss off-white to cover a dull flat white throughout. The semi-gloss gives the rooms more dimension due to its shine, and makes the rooms look larger. Of course, it's also easier to clean!
"When I first saw this apartment, it was all white...
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