Frame dreaming

In this issue of Elle Décor there is a house I did in Malibu and the feature includes a full page photo of the master bedroom’s bed. As simplistic as this bed looks, it was one of the biggest engineering headaches I’ve had in a long time. I wanted the headboard, which is traditional, to float in a contemporary frame. But the complete width of the headboard was exactly the same width as the mattress, so we had to figure out how to have the headboard float within the frame and allow enough space between the mattress and frame to be practical and have all this look the way I envisioned it.


Master Bedroom featured in the May 2009 issue of Elle Decor

Master Bedroom featured in the May 2009 issue of Elle Decor

So if you look at the picture, you’ll know that what seems so simple took many meetings with four entities – the frame maker, the metal person, someone responsible for the guilded part of the headboard as well as the upholsterer. Who says simple is easy?

The Curious Case of Preston Bailey



Preston Bailey is having his – dare I say it – 60th birthday party this weekend and his invitation is really funny. He did a take-off on the Benjamin Button theme of getting younger as he gets older – and it looks great.

People are flying in from Europe and California for this event. You can imagine what a party-giver gives when he gives his own party.

It’s this coming Sunday, so I’ll let you know.

What are you planting?

The strange thing about being a blogger is that I don’t know about you and where you come from or where you live, yet we communicate so often. I always love hearing back from you. 

I was in Montauk over the weekend working on my garden and it is amazing to see how things come out of the ground (and how fast they can do that!). Clipping, trimming, fertilizing, planting, pruning, digging and spraying against pesky deer – which is really quite the experience as the odor that the repellant has can repel death away (even in humans!). Being a clumsy individual I spray as much on myself as I do on the plants, but it’s all worth it when you see that the little bastards has not touched my Lilies or Hastas as they come out of the ground. 

I’m trying to plant my garden in a very undulating way (there are no straight lines) to match the topography of the rolling hills. It has a sense of tropics (achieved with lush-leaved Hastas) and I have large quantities of Hydrangeas which, again, bring a rounded shape to the garden. Except for my cutting garden, everything is white-blooming flowers – from the tiny Lily of the Valley to humungous Hydrangeas. It gives great continuity from the inside of the house, which is all white, to the garden. 

As designers, how do you bring your creativity to the outdoors? Do you find that it expresses itself in the furniture you put outside or the plantings you do? If you have a small terrace, how do you express your home outdoors? Why don’t you share it with us as many people out there may need help with getting this ready for summer?

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