Category Archives: StyleFiles

StyleFile #22: Classic Curls From 1967

Here’s another selection of pictures from a vintage “Look” magazine. This one is from April 18, 1967. According to the article, the summer’s forecast is for “short, cool, and lots of curls.” The models’ heads are styled with curls either through the use of a wig or a great hair cut and permanent. But what makes the photographs amusing is the use of classic sculptured Greek heads that have curls, too!


Hair stylist Ara Gallant of Manhattan created this slip-on “cluster of curls” for Tovar-Tresses. Made of real hair this wig sold in 1967 for $225.


This head of curls was called the “beach wig” and was used over a wet head. It was created by Henri Bendel‘s hair wizard Paul Mitchell. The wig was light weight and could be rolled up and carried in a pocket. The model wears a classic white T-shirt by Florence Walsh.


Instead of a wig of curls, the master of the geometric cut, Vidal Sassoon, created this hair style. For a permanent, shampooing and drying the hair the cost then was- $38!

StyleFile #21: A Favorite Fashion Shoot

The following photographs are from a favorite fashion layout entitled “Secret Garden” in a back issue of British Red magazine. Enjoy!








(All photos- Philip Newton)

StyleFile #20: The Perfect Table

Don’t get me wrong, I love the looks of our dining room table. The only problem with it is that we are constantly bumping the legs with our feet. If I had to do it over, I would have gotten an Eero Saarinen table instead. This beautifully designed table was created in 1956 by the Finnish-born architect. He was innovative by using the then-new materials aluminum, plastic and fiberglass. His table features a round or oval top made of marble, wood, or laminate that’s supported by a cast aluminum base. The flared bottom makes it stable. Still in production, this table is now considered a modern classic.


The Eero Saarinen table is both sculptural and yet nondescript enough to make it perfect for modern as well as traditional interiors.


One of my favorite designers Tom Scheerer used two Saarinen tables- one by the side of the sofa (look carefully at the far left) and another as a coffee table.


When space is precious, this table does the job. Paired with the table is another classic- Bentwood chairs.


A modern kitchen is also a great place for a Saarenen table. Here a custom banquette follows the curve of the table.


Traditional styled chairs join the table in this kitchen. Note the fun zebra rug!


This is a winning combination- the warmth of the antique chairs with the Saarinen table.

(Photos-  Design Within Reach, House and Garden, Domino, Elle Decor)

StyleFile #19: The Beauty Of Birch

I have always loved trees. The thought of living somewhere without any makes me shudder. One of my favorite trees is the birch- especially a grove of them. From the looks of things, I’m not the only one.


Taking a cue from the old Adirondack camps, this bedroom’s wall are covered in birch bark.


Here’s another view of the same bedroom.


A homeowner in France installed these birch logs in her living room.

A wonderful rustic birch bed designed by Diane Cole Ross.


This Cole and Son wallpaper mimics birch trees- a wonderful solution for a small space.


Do-it-yourself hollowed out birch logs make a perfect candle holder.


For collectors, try Royal Albert birch dinnerware or…


…these vintage plates aptly called “Silver Birch” designed by Erwin Kalla in 1957.


This beautiful metal finger ring simulates birch bark. Created by esdesigns.


Here’s a close-up of a handwoven rug inspired by birch trees- made by Karen in the woods.


Sepia-tone digital photograph of birch trees by Elizabeth Abernathy.


A small wooden pendant of a birch tree by artist Jessica Jane.

(Photos-  House Beautiful, December 2007. Maisons Cote Ouest, October 2006. Elle Decor, Domino, February 2008. Budget Decorating)

StyleFile #18: The Pegboard

At last pegboards are moving out of garages and basements where they were only used to organize tools. Now these inexpensive sheets of masonite with small holes are showing up in other places- in the play room as wainscot, in the den to back bookshelves, or in the kitchen as a back splash. Pegboard has all kinds of potential!


A panel of pegboard leans against the wall in this fashion shoot from Blueprint. Painted a bright color this pegboard could make a terrific back drop for a family or even a wedding photograph.


Instead of a bulletin board, try painted pegboard. Use pins and hooks to hang your favorite photographs and objects.


A children’s playroom can be the perfect place to install pegboard wainscot. Here it’s been nailed to the wall and a chalkboard hung on it.


Painting the pegboard silver complements the wall mounted television. Suspended wire storage bins hold remote controls, magazines and a television guide.


Leave it to Julia Child to hang her kitchen pots from a peg-board! Inspired by her kitchen, a full wall is covered with pegboard and then painted a solid color. Later a slightly lighter tone is added outlining the assorted kitchen supplies to make it easier to keep track of them all- “a place for everything and everything in its place!”


If you don’t have enough room for a whole wall, how about this smaller version?


Recycling bins hang from yellow painted pegboard. For more information on installation, click here.


I could’ve used this wrapping station during the holiday season! Find building instructions in Country Living.


And for those who still have their tools in the garage, check the photograph above. What a great contrast between the tough tools and the tender pink colored pegboard!

(Photos- Blueprint, Domino, Land of Nod, Storage Magazine, Sunset, via Design Sponge)

StyleFile #17: The Retro Wedding

The British magazine Wedding (January 2008) features a wonderful layout for a retro inspired wedding. It has simple but lovely bridal gowns, suit options for grooms and some really fun details to add to any wedding.


Although this photograph post card is not part of the article, I couldn’t help but include it.


The bride is wearing white tulle knee length dress designed by Chenca for Ritva Westenius. Note the groom’s suit, floral shirt and tie, all from Field.


Relaxing on an afghan, the bride wears a white organza and taffeta dress by Designer Collection. On the groom is a shirt from Ede&Ravenscroft and gray trousers which are part of a suit from Hackett.


A bridesmaid in a red organza dress by D’Zage. I love the red peep toe shoes from LK Bennett.


Strapless ivory dress for the bride by Maureen Myring Kesterton. Check the groom’s striped shirt and knit tie from Hackett. Details from the table include strawberry shaped cookies, strawberry fabric from Cath Kidson, wedding cake by Peggy Proschen, and the ‘Just Married’ letters at Not On The High Street.


Hand-tied bouquet of ‘Passion’ roses, chili peppers, hebe and cordyline leaves created by The Flower People.

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Two beautiful alternatives for the traditional veil- red ribbon and roses (left) , white fascinator with cherry (right) by Irresistible Headdresses.


The bride in ivory taffeta dress with red ribbon sash by Art Couture. A handsome groom wears a brown velvet suit from Field.

(Photos- Wedding UK magazine. Post card of car- Emotifs)

StyleFile #16: Z Is For Zebra

The interest in zebra rugs and zebra prints is nothing new. They have been a constant in the design industry. Like most things, they have gone in and out of popularity. Designers are once again discovering the multiple uses for zebra rugs and zebra-printed fabric. My prediction- 2008 may well be the year of the zebra!


I love the blue painted walls with the zebra rug.


This zebra skin takes center stage in the muted-color living room.


A wonderful collection of family heirlooms includes the vintage zebra skin.


Would a zebra rug look good on a staircase? Absolutely!


Tradition with a twist! The zebra rug brings this dining room up to date.


It is such a fun surprise to see these chairs done with zebra printed fabric!


What’s a perfect balance for an all yellow bedroom? A zebra rug and a zebra-printed headboard.


An upholstered sofa in zebra print and bright red are a winning combination.


The printed ottoman adds an exotic element to this sun room.


You can go all out with zebra rugs, printed fabric, and towels as in this indoor pool area…


…or just go with a touch of zebra like these pillows.

(Photos- Elle Decor, Living Etc., British Elle Decor, Domino)

StyleFile #15: Oh, Dear! No Deer!

There seems to be a lot of interest in taxidermy like the deer head below. Deer, moose, elk, and wild game heads are showing up on walls in both traditional and modern homes. If you like the idea…


… but can’t get Bambi’s mother out of your mind, try these alternatives.


These heads are crafted of plywood that’s harvested from sustainable forests. Available at Vivre.


The Curiosity Shop offers this carved wood deer head.


A deer head sculpture by Michael Combs hangs on the wall of this foyer.


For the modernist, try the Vivre polished aluminum deer head.


A custom deer head from Hinson & Company.


It looks like alabaster but this deer head is made of resin. At The Curiosity Shop.


Put this inflatable deer head in your child’s bedroom. He’ll love it. From Baron Bob.


Another option for children and adults is this faux fur covered one from Animal Head.


If you’re the artist of the family, you could purchase a canvas and paint the silhouette of a deer.


I couldn’t help adding these last two pictures. A collection of vintage deer figurines under a potted Christmas tree…


…and this wonderful deer card from Greenwich Letterpress.

(Photos- British Elle Decor, Living Etc. Elle Decor, Domino, Martha Stewart Living)

StyleFile #14: Vintage Wedding Dress Patterns

While at an antique store in North Carolina, I came across a box filled with vintage wedding patterns from the 1940s to the 1990s. I pulled them out of the box one by one and marveled at the designs. So many of them could be worn as bridal dresses today. I didn’t purchase any of them, but when I got home I checked eBay. I found a lot of them are available including my own. Can you guess which bridal dress pattern I used?


circa: 1940-1950


circa: 1940-1950


circa: 1950-1960


circa: 1960-1970


circa: 1970-1980


circa: 1970-1980


circa: 1970-1980


circa: 1970-1980


circa: 1970-1980


circa: 1980-1990


circa: 1980-1990

StyleFile #13: Fun Fireplaces

When we were house hunting, one of the things on our wish list was a fireplace. Like us, most people want one. But not to heat the house as our ancestors did. We want a fireplace to give architectural interest to a room, to decorate above it with pictures, and at Christmas to hang stockings from it. I love collecting designs of fireplaces. The ones here are what I call “fun fireplaces”. Take a look and see why.


In her upstate New York home, Marian McEvoy decorates her fireplace with the names of those who visit her.


I could kick myself now. Our house had one of these fun vintage plug in log sets and I threw it out.


Who says you can’t wall paper the inside of a fireplace? Here drywall was wallpapered first before installation. Check out the red painted logs!


A fireplace doesn’t mean it has to be real. This one is a trompe l’oeil on cardboard painted by a set designer.


I don’t advocate painting stone, but this fireplace wouldn’t have the same visual effect if left natural.


The owner of this sea side house embedded mussel shells in the fireplace.


Not just a mirror above the fireplace mantle, but also one in the fireplace opening.


Besides logs in a fireplace, putting a bust and large piece of coral complete the over all look.


It wouldn’t be right not to end with a fun fireplace decorated for Christmas.

(Photos- World of Interiors, French Marie Claire Ideas, Domino, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Living Etc.)