29 June, 2014

"Sunday Runway - Scarred . . . "

Ollie Edwards for Ralph Lauren 


We're going to re-visit our ongoing series "Model Behavior" today on Sunday Runway - and check in with the always chic Ollie Edwards from London.  Unlike the ladies of modeling - often the guys go un-named - and thusly unknown.  Let's try and fix that a bit.

You might easily recognize Ollie from his years of work with Ralph Lauren . . . but, besides his icy good looks . . . he's often more well-known for his scar . . .

He has joked in several interviews about the details of the scar . . . but, will usually fess up to the facts of the injury.

" . . . As to how he got his infamous scar? He reveals 
as a child when he was about four years old, he 
used to have a slip-and-slide in their back garden.  
He was going down and went over a chipped stone 
and it sliced him up on the stomach. But when 
strangers asked him about his scar, he would 
always say he was cut by a Samurai sword. 
It's much cooler."

for Hackett of London. 

for Ralph Lauren 2014. 

For GQ Magazine, 2014 

on the runway for Nautica. 

Fall Ralph Lauren Purple Label.
For more from our "Model Behavior" series - check here and here.


27 June, 2014

"Mark D Sikes in Veranda . . . "

The Home of Mark D. Sikes from the July Issue of Veranda.


Run.  Run - do not walk.  Find your local newsstand.  The new issue of Veranda Magazine is available for sale.  And you'll find the lovely home of Los Angeles interior designer Mark D. Sikes gracing the cover.

I was able to get a sneak peak at a few of the images for the spread.  Amazing.  Inspiring.  Truly.  Just like a fresh Summer breeze wafting through the french doors . . .

Enjoy -

"Every room opens onto the garden, and windows 
and french doors are flung wide to draw in the breeze."
- Mark D. Sikes

"Lily, a french bulldog, sits in the tented guest 
room that was inspired by a 19th-century version 
at Charlottenhof palace in Potsdam, Germany. 
Walls and ceilings in Carolina 
Irving Textiles linen."

For more of Lily's adventures - click here

 " . . . the home is resplendent with design references 
from many sources: there are slipper chairs in the 
living room (classic Billy Baldwin) and matchstick 
blinds in the mirrored dining room (a nod to 
Michael Taylor), and the Braquenié tree 
of life pattern Hubert de Givenchy used to cover 
a guest room at his château outside Paris. Sikes 
pulls it all together with a Californian sense 
of ease, managing to combine sunny interiors 
with an elegance that never once veers 
into fussy territory."

So . . . next time you're shopping for magazines for inspiration - keep an eye out for . . .


(All images courtesy of Veranda Magazine.  Photography by Roger Davies)

24 June, 2014

"Q&A with SMW - Summer Entertaining . . . "

Photo: Matthew Hranek, Design by Tom Scheerer; Courtesy of Scot Meacham Wood (headshot)


As some of you may know, I've been a regular columnist for HouseBeautiful for the past several months, answering numerous (and often thought provoking!) questions from House Beautiful's readership via their FB page - so I thought I share a few of my favourite entries with you over here on the blog.

And with summer entertaining coming on full steam - this seemed appropriate for the season . . . 

Design by T. Keller Donovan (photography by Bjorn Wallander for House Beautiful) 
Q: "How do I create the perfect home bar? —Susan C.

Design by Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber (photography by Ditte Isager fpr House Beautiful)
A: Susan, maybe it's just the Southerner in me, but I've always thought that one of the most important aspects of our homes is the need to open our doors to entertain others. And most likely, if you're hosting friends for either an eight-course meal or a Super Bowl party, you're going to need to whip together a drink or two — and thusly, the need for a home bar. The good news? One doesn't always need a built-in wet bar in order to entertain guests — sometimes all you need is a flat surface and a few supplies.

by Phillip Gorrivan (photography by Brian Doben for House Beautiful) 
1. The Booze
Um...duh. One can't very well have a bar without liquor. I think you should stick to the classics — a selection of gin, scotch, whiskey, bourbon, vodka, and a few red and/or white wines.

Artist Richard Woods (photography by Alec Hemer for House Beautiful) 

2. The Mixers
Again, I like to keep to the classics: Flat and sparkling water, juices (maybe orange and cranberry), some soda or tonic water, and possibly a soft drink or two.

3. The Ice
Always be sure you're well-stocked on ice. You're going to need about 10 pounds of ice for every four guests. Nothing says "It's time for everyone to go home" like running out of ice.

For the rest of my suggestions . . . click HERE

Cheers indeed!

22 June, 2014

"Sunday Runway - Repp Stripe Bow Ties . . . "


Quite often - we over-think things.  Sometimes, all you need is a classic repp-stripe bow to make your sartorial splendor its most splendid.

Even Fido knows . . . . .


19 June, 2014

"#TBT - Style as Cardio . . . "


Maybe it's been my hectic schedule for the last few weeks - but, I ran across my posting from early 2009 and it seemed to speak to me all over again . . .

It can be hard work living a stylish life.

"Living in Sweatpants . . . "


So, the exciting life of an interior designer sometimes includes a quiet Friday evening sorting laundry and watching a back-to-back marathon of "What Not to Wear" with Clinton Kelly and Stacy London.  It's one of my favourite guilty pleasures. But, it also has me thinking . . .

Tonight's episode was about a lovely woman who's spirit and self esteem seemed to be broken, who just never believed that she was beautiful . . . and thus, never tried to be - spending almost everyday in baggy, ill-fitting clothes. It was almost too heartbreaking to watch. But, it was also spectacular to see her slowly discover the wonderful individual that was waiting inside . . . and how focusing time and energy on herself helped bring out the amazing person that she was hiding from. Chic. Stylish. Confident.

So, why might someone who writes a design blog be chatting about this? Well, I wonder how often our home environments might suffer from the same sort of malady. How many folks aren't 'living in' their full potential? Just as it takes effort not to throw on the sweatpants and a t-shirt . . . is there an interior design equivalent? What might the design counterpart of 'wearing frumpy clothes' be? And what are ways to avoid this?

One of the ways I keep from 'living in sweatpants' is using my good china for every meal. Beautiful bedding helps me keep the 'frumpy clothes' monster at bay. oh, and fresh flowers do wonders.

Comments ? Thoughts ?


18 June, 2014

"Swamped - But, Not Forgotten . . . "


Yes Virginia - there is a "Tartanscot."  But, lordy we're been busy over the last few months.  Besides our clientele here in San Francisco - we've been on the road most every week with projects in New York, Colorado, and Los Angeles.

But, I haven't forgotten about y'all . . . and as things begin to calm down a bit here in the office . . . I promise to hunker down and get some of the excitement around here 'on paper' to share with everyone.

Be right back . . .

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