hi everyone, happy friday! hope you’re getting ready for a great summer weekend. i’m on a five hour road trip to lake george for a wedding and it’s just getting to be the golden hour so i can’t stay too long but just wanted to continue going thru the sf pics. part of my vow to be more disciplined with both my pics and remembering good days.
i’m trying to go thru one folder a day and today’s is the palace which was a nice surprise on a walk to breakfast.
we went in through what must have been the side door cause even though i had heard it was special, i wasn’t prepared for how magnificent it really was.
the approach was low key
but even a peek into a window revealed we were about to enter another universe
the ceiling literally took my breath away. partly cause i didn’t expect it, but also for its delicate beauty, knowing who created it and the struggles they faced. (this was re-built after the 1906 fire). and made with nothing special, just imagination and sheer will. not knowing if it would happen again, but faith that it wouldn’t and not compromising their art.
buy holy cow do they need a decorator?! i would love to pitch that!
just across the way is a knockout entry with an enormous bouquet of red roses. well, that almost makes up for the furniture! ok i better go, i’m being a terrible co-pilot! xc
hey there! just had to share the news, the gallery owner i met wants to partner together! i can’t wait to show you his stuff and these beauties i’ve been saving for just an opportunity like this! more to come!
chair by my idol, Serge Oliveres. more on that to come i hope!
what can i say? these gals were women after my own heart. i say were cause most of these doyennes are gone now, but their spirits still shine in their furniture left behind, maybe not useful to a daughter, or in law who wants something ‘clean or new’. but, their loss is our gain… for the past 3 days from south beach to palm and everywhere in between, i hit my old faves: every consignment, goodwill, antique store, collective, resale and auction i could find. truth is, i didn’t even scratch the surface. (best part…the prices)! much as i love my trips to paris, for furniture shopping this is unbelievable.
this mirrored lingerie chest is making me like mirrored furniture again. OLD mirrored furniture! this had original glass and knobs. what a knockout! ($1500)!
a great thing about traveling is you look at things with a new perspective. today it was 60′s oil paint in green!
can’t wait to recover something with these…unused fabric from Good i mean Greatwill!!
and oh weird little chair i love the dorothy draper in you…
Last night’s surfing led me to one of the great designers of the century, James Mont. I fell inlove, hope you enjoy him too!
Todd Merrill acquired the entire contents of the Miami Beach penthouse designed in 1963 for King Kole by James Mont. It was wat theatrical, maybe not exactly subdued but I guess he was a total drama king…anyway the site is a wealth of information on a designer who was loved and feared. maybe cause he yelled at clients and threw furniture down the stairs?
i’m a sucker for great renderings
the catalog at Todd Merrill has all the pieces from the apartment. i’m starting to see the pieces that were inspired by him now that i’m shopping south fla. there must have been a real mystique floating around mont et al in ’63 with his chinese moderne and sassy ways…
and these hinges!
well back to my travels. these were from yesterday but today i have another perspective. not quite as grecian and columnar but that hint of sparkle that works no matter where your penthouse is!
this just in from my blogging bud, bonnie…a james mont piece on ebay right now!
this mirror was huge…i love that they painted it navy blue
i found an orange one!
hmmm, what would james say? off i go again!