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Julianne Moore is a winner!

Julianne Moore’s West Village townhouse is directly across the street from one of my BFFs. For years I’ve peeked in through the windows and interrogated my friend for more interior info. Luckily she’s just as curious as me.

Mostly I walk away excited that Julianne and I share the same inexpensive giant paper lantern as a main light fixture! To me that made Julianne ultra cool and down to Earth!!! My friend and I have often seen Julianne in the hood or at our favorite local eats. She’s very laid back and nice, she’s got natural beauty and style!

So besides being happy that she’s finally an Oscar winner I’m equally excited that her backyard was just featured in one of my favorite design sites- Remodelista/Gardenista. Julianne also shares my love for Staghorn ferns!

Here are some photos. I LOVE the wall of staghorn ferns and the tree branch art installation tree house! Below is the link for Gardenista’s article and a link to Architectural Digest’s article by Simon Doonan.







Photos courtesy Architectural Digest.

Parties, Delectables & Pretty Things

From bad wine to divine – colors!

Pantone’s color of the year 2015 is Marsala, which they described as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red. Marsala enriches our minds, bodies and souls”. Now I’m earthly and I love wine but I just cannot get into this color. Not even a little bit! To me all I see and think is bad cheap lipstick or blush. Me no likey.

Don’t get me wrong I love a rich dark color. Personally if you’re going dark and rich then really commit! Try darker greys, blue, greens and blacks – think Downton Abbey servant areas.  If you’re going red stick with a classic red with more pop – think Downton Abbey lush upstairs with endless pops of red in Season 5. While my BFF, Michael Quinn, and I were trying to have a Downton marathon all that red was like set design stop signs. So distracting for us visual divas! But I digress I could go on all day about Downton style.

I say the trend color palette from what I’ve noticed and intuited is on the fast track to being a soft and pastel palette. There’s a calm in the colors that we all need and appreciate. Our eyes like never before are so visually inundated. These fresh soft colors are like a respite offering neutral ground. There is an earthly quality to them.

Speaking of neutral ground. I’m going with one of my favorite design sites – Remodelista’s color of the year 2015 – Farrow Ball’s Pink Ground.

Eight months ago when I was putting together my visual inspiration for this blog I was drawn to the softer pastel palettes see examples below.

Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 11.44.07 AMPantone’s Color of the Year 2015. Notice it’s surrounded by pastels.

My Inspiration Color Palette via Pinterest-

pastel-green-peach-color-palettee5e6477e8f84835460ec53da57a7a327a-COLOR-PALETTE-INSPIRATION-640x468Great mix of Pastels & Dark Colors, plus Lucille Ball! Fab!



Above: Pantone’s pick for color of the year may be Marsala; but our wall color pick is pale, dusty pink (specifically, Pink Ground from Farrow & Ball, a favorite with Ben Pentreath).

Paying Home-age

Interview with Brad McCall.

Anyone who has worked or talked with Brad McCall knows that he TRULY is a renaissance man. He can paint, sculpt, sew, build, do ceramics & hair and even make custom shoes and jewelry. I’ve had the pleasure and life changing exposure to work closely with Brad. The knowledge, skills and laughter I experienced are absolutely priceless! It makes complete sense that for the last eight years Brad has been a successful and favorite Visual Instructor at FIDM in Los Angeles. Brad cares. He has high visual and project integrity. He is one of kind just like his designs, I lOVE him!

In his lengthy career in Visual, Window and Retail Design and as a Creative Director his clients have been Neiman Marcus, Harry Winston, Hermes, Wynn Resort Las Vegas, and Martin Katz. He produced the five million Black Diamond Victoria Secrets Martin Katz 2008 Fantasy Bra with over 3900 jewels. He worked with Bob Mackey and Cher designing and producing Cher’s custom tour shoes.

TSF – How would you describe your style?

Brad – I like to think eclectic. I love things in my home that are from my travels. Love goods with an ethic origin and casual sophistication. I like color a lot but mostly like the home environment to be a more subdue color and let the furnishings add that element to the mix. Big fan of WHITE and greys. I vacillate from eclectic to stark and sparse Definitely in Summer I like it white and sparse.  Very cooling effect I feel with a touch of color for pop.

 TSF – What inspires you?

Brad – The sun coming up in the morning, love seeing the break of day. My spiritualism. Art, music, movies, reading, good food and hole in the wall bars – I have a real passion for them. Good friends, cooking meals for them, gardens and traveling.

TSF- How do you come up with a display concept? 

 Brad – I like windows with strong composition and order. To the point. I want the attention to be on the item of importance. I like the same in my lifestyle environment but softer and more comfortable. Most of all I like detail. Attention to details and finishes are very important.

TSF – What’s your dream job?

 Brad – One where I get to travel and live in different places around the world, write about my experiences and get paid! As for my current jobs, I love what I do. I have always loved my visual design consulting jobs. They are always a challenge and never boring. I can’t stand to be bored!


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Master Brad McCall  

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