Hide and go seek…

Posted in Interior Design, Main, Mind Wanderings at 2:01 am by carrie

My usual definitive sense of style is hiding from me. I used to think I was locked into a shabby-chic-beach-cottage-vintage-kitsch vortex but as of recently I’m gravitating towards more modern and sleek furniture with scary elements of the 60’s and 70’s oozing out. Maybe it’s because I’ve been watching the Brady Bunch before bedtime? I think this started with my collection of acrylic grapes. My grandmother, Bobby, had them all over their lake house and I used to sit in the corner and fondle them when I was a kid. A week ago we had a two year old in our living room who was just as fascinated with the drift wood laden acrylic balls and I told her father, “Yep, in about 25 years she’ll be looking for these on Ebay… just like I did. We now have a new fan”. I need to point out, these handmade gems go for at least twenty bucks at thrift stores now. Ugh. Are we all products of our grandmothers’ taste? ;) And like many of you 30-somethings, I’d naturally pick up a magazine from the 60’s and fall in love with every over-the-top representation of pattern, color and gelatin product.

House and Garden, May 1965

I like the modern twist on the 60’s that we’re seeing a lot of these days. Very similar, but taken down a few notches. The moment I stepped into the Viceroy Hotel in Palm Springs, I wanted to live there. The trifecta of yellow, black and white was unusually comforting in my little blue/green-centric head. They call the style “a modern interpretation of the Hollywood Regency style”. Love it. (And ohmigosh you can buy chic hotel interior stuff from the Viceroy and other hotels on Kor Hotel Group’s website! Only $300 for three rolls of wallpaper!)

And take a look at the similar style at the Santa Monica Viceroy location (below)… too cool.

And all the color in design these days… the deep blue hues, rich pooling draperies… so neat… this calls for a montage.

In the past, more than one customer has come into the store with several decorating elements very seriously wanting to know the decorating style they are trying to achieve. “Is this French Country, English Country or Farmhouse?” Ohmigosh. I have no idea. Toile curtains, blue walls, ocean elements and white wood and you live in a 1930’s California ranch house bungalow. Ummmm… Catalina French?? I dunno! Makes me so nervous to put a label on such things. But it’s all sorts of entertaining.

With that said, would you say the above is this Rococo modern with elements of Victorian, Georgian and a twist of Minimalist chic? ;) In my house we call this “eclectic”… I was quoted in the local paper as saying my store was a baby nursery meets Fantasyland at Disneyland meets… was it…. a Tim Burton film? Wow. How very out of touch of me :)

So, I will continue to obsess on design… and hope to evolve with it :) Or, with my incredibly short attention span, I’ll be onto the history of sod tomorrow. Never can tell.

Hope your weekend was splendiferic!


  1. Graycee said,

    January 26, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Love the pool at the Viceroy . . . nice!

  2. Kristina Lynch said,

    January 26, 2009 at 10:34 am

    The very first issue of House and Garden I thought was a recent issue just thumbing through the pics!
    Love the plate mural at Viceroy…were you fortunate enough to stay there or was it a drive by?
    Must express my sincerest giggle for the lawn green carpet in the 60’s/70’s montage!!! OMGosh! It definately highlights the robins egg bright blue furnishings “)
    Happy decorating!

  3. Cathi Milligan said,

    January 26, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    You amaze me. I love all these pictures. Do you sleep? And by the way, I miss you! When are you coming home? I have a copy of my book and I’m putting you in my favorite blogs on my blog. Shut me up! Talk to you soon!


  4. Babs said,

    January 27, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    I love the Viceroy and thought of you when I was there once.

    And that gelatinous tomato aspic thing (what exactly is that?) with the carrot curls in the center just looks yummy….

    Umm…and the Brillo pad boxes: is that some form of 60s ” pop art” or stackable end tables or are they moving? Very interesting.

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