"Legends of La Cienega - O, for a Muse of Fire . . . "
As soon as I was contacted by LDCQ to be one of this year's window designers . . . my mind began to race. As soon as they told me that this year's theme was "Where Muses Dwell" . . . my mind came to an immediate halt.
Not to be a complete Shakespeare nerd - but, the opening lines of Henry V - "O, for a muse of fire . . . " - leapt into my mind and never faded.
So . . . Shakespeare is was going to be. Now . . . what the hell were we going to do with that idea?
The very first thing we did was announce it. Often that makes everything easier - because now I couldn't change my mind. And there's nothing like a hard deadline to keep the creative juices flowing.
So now the fun part begins . . . pulling together all the various pieces of the puzzle to create our window!
We were immediately partnered with Mehraban Rugs - and what a perfect partnership!
They are an amazing source for beautiful carpets - and a
marvelous selection of spectacular tapestries.
And we all know how I love to layer -
so we wanted to have a several floor coverings to make the
space feel lush and royal.
With the great number of antiques I was plotting for the space -
I needed to be sure we had some contemporary pieces to give the space
some kinetic energy . . . and the fine folks at Dune and Duchess were the
perfect solution. These black lacquered modern candelabra were the perfect
counterpoint to the historic pieces.
I also wanted to use this window as an opportunity to offer a sneak peek at our
upcoming collection for SMW Home. Our Grendel Faux Fur Throw
(coming this Fall!) was going to fit in perfectly!
Lordy I LOVE these! We needed some height and drama for the long banquet table -
so this pair antique gryffin from Antique and Art Exchange were an early find!
Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Jacobean chest. Fabulous leather chair. Hand-carved Trunk.
Everything was really starting to come together!
Speaking of adding some 'modern' to the mix . . . the artwork by Filip Dujardin from
Coup d'Etat was really going to keep things from feeling too much
like a museum. It's alway important to me to make sure we're working
*both* ends of the timeline. So that the more antiques I added to the space meant that we
needed very contemporary pieces for balance and interest.
Ok. Now that we have all the 'players' - let's put on a show.
Because we had such a HUGE space to work with (the window is more than 16 feet across),
something VERY theatrical was needed . . . so we did just that . . . created a theatre.
I took the idea of a modern production of Henry V - and actually set it 'on stage' - so that the
center of the window felt very lush and dramatic - but, as your eyed began to
stray left or right you had the sense of seeing behind the scenes.
Have a look . . .
Thank you to everyone kind enough to partner with us on this great window - and especially to the entire team at LCDQLA. Until next year . . .