Monthly Archives: September 2009

Autumn Bride

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(Photo- SO-EN Magazine, June 2008)

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StyleFile #3: Quirky And Fun Wedding Bouquets

Bloomingdale’s Model Rooms

As part of my training for a degree in Interior Design, I had to fulfill four internships. An internship meant that I worked for either an individual designer or a design related business. One of my favorite internships was working for the design service offered at Bloomingdale’s in New Jersey.

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They had on staff several well respected designers who took on clients usually through the purchase of furniture and/or accessories. The store also had created four large model rooms where every few months the designers would work their magic using Bloomingdale’s collection of furniture and accessories.

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No detail was overlooked. Trades people were called in to do the carpentry, painting, wallpapering, and sewing. Many times there were special orders for custom pieces and antiques- solely to suit the room’s decor. While the rooms were under construction, curtains hid everything from view. Then like theater, when everything was in place, they were pulled back to reveal some pretty amazing spaces.

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And like a dope, I never bothered to photograph any of them. So…when I came across this book ‘Bloomingdale’s Book of Home Decorating‘ I was elated. No, there aren’t any pictures of the rooms I had been a part of- it predates that. But it does have plenty of inspiring ones done by the author/designer Barbara D’arcy for the NYC store.

Then&Now: Dior

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Then- Life Magazine captured these photos of legendary French designer Christian Dior preparing for one of his fashion shows in the 1950’s. Can’t you just hear the swish of the skirts as each model moves toward Dior for his inspection? And you can almost feel the creative tension as he (upper right) critiques each article of clothing while his assistants quickly take notes for any adjustments.

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Now- Inspired by similar shots of Dior dressing his ‘mannequins,‘ Vogue Magazine’s Fashion Editor Grace Coddington and photographer Arthur Elgort created this picture of model Karlie Kloss in a state of chic ‘déshabillé.’ Silk-tulle skirt and bra by Dior Haute Couture.

Simple Wedding Bouquet

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Using lots of different kinds of flowers in a bouquet can be expensive. Instead try limiting it to just two or three. For this hand tied bouquet, I used Gypsophia (or baby’s breath) as the base flower with stems of Anemone from my garden. Finish off with a green satin ribbon.

(Photo- Martha B.)

Beaton Sailors

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Based on the sketches of famed designer Cecil Beaton comes a collection of whimsical wallpapers and fabrics.  I love this one- ‘Beaton Sailors.’ Wouldn’t it be fun in a beach house or a child’s bedroom?

Available at Suzan Fellman.

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Dog Days Of Summer

Tweedy Bird

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Laura Ashley’s brown and cream tweed suit for fall 1983.

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Cover Girl

Cover Girl

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From Laura Ashley’s fall fashion catalog in 1983.

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Update 11/16/2012- A similar lace scarf by Jo Gordon. Thanks Chelsea for the suggestion.