Happy Monday! For me, it’s the start of a new work week. I rarely travel for work but this week my assignment is to head to Las Vegas to attend the world’s largest real estate and shopping center convention in the world. It’s sponsored by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and it’s expected to bring in approximately 37,000 attendees. The convention covers 853,000 square feet with a total of 1,200 booths set up on the convention floor. It’s the place where people like power brokers, retailers, developers, commercial property owners, and government officials converge in hopes of forging new deals. I have a full calendar of meetings lined up so I plan to have very busy days. It’s not my first rodeo so I’ve learned to substitute the chic heels for an attractive pair of flats; something stylish that will keep me on my feet comfortably throughout the entire day.Admittedly, I’m not really a Vegas kind of person. It’s been about 4 years since my last visit; my last trip to this particular convention. And when I was researching all the new things Vegas has to offer, I came across a picture that recalled the early days of Vegas. It’s a far cry from what it currently looks like so I thought I’d take a moment to share a bit of vintage Vegas with you today.
One of my first assignments during my freshman year of high school (circa 1986), was to create a “collage”, now often referred to as a mood board or inspiration board, as a way of to helping students get to know one another. I remember my creation vividly. It was the largest in the class and impressive in size measuring in at 24″ x 36″. It was a single sheet of white poster board completely plastered with images and headers clipped from the September issue of Vogue magazine. This is my first memory of Vogue although I have been interested in style and fashion from a very early age (as a fourth grader I remember asking Santa for a pair of diamond earrings). I’ve been fond of collage ever since that first assignment and realize that I’ve used this method of presentation and graphic design in a variety of ways in various personal and professional projects throughout the years. When I decided to update my office I intentionally designed and made an oversized white linen covered bulletin board solely for the purpose of pinning inspirational images and to serve as the focal point for one wall in the space. I can’t help but think how those clippings of Vogue used for my high school project many years ago helped establish my love for the creative art of collage. Here’s a close up look at a few of the images currently on my board.
Speaking of Vogue…this year actually marks the 125th anniversary of the magazine. That is quite an impressive run for a magazine, especially in today’s digital world. So how does a magazine decide to commemorate such an amazing milestone? Features Director Eve MacSweeney came up with the idea of cultivating the Vouge Anniversary Rose. After a tedious process and years of planning, the new bloom is introduced in an interesting multi-page article in the current issue Vogue. However, don’t fret if you don’t have a subscription since you can read an excerpt from the article on their website.
The new Vogue Anniversary Rose was a collaboration with Jackson & Perkins and will be available starting next month through their website. When it comes to flowers, it’s the latest and greatest. I might even have to consider adding it to my very own garden.
The current issue of Veranda magazine features the North Shore Long Island home of a family of five (and their 3 dogs) who vacation here on the weekends and in the summer. The interiors of the home were designed by New York designer Frank de Biasi. Intrigued by the images in Veranda, I quickly took to de Biasi’s website to see if he featured the home. This post includes a combination of portfolio pictures as well as those from the magazine in order to provide a more comprehensive look at the home. Let’s take a tour, shall we?
I am a sucker for a classic colonial and love the stone walkway. But it’s too bad that the front door is offset. I prefer a more symmetrical look. The beautiful parquet flooring is from a Paris flea market and the design of the staircase takes my breath away.
The living room is probably one of my favorite rooms in the home. From top to bottom, I love everything about this room. The kitchen featured above is from Veranda, while the one below is from the designer’s portfolio. Isn’t it interesting what a little professional staging can do?
Our own guest bedroom is outfitted with a daybed so I love to see how other people incorporate a daybed into their own design. I am particularly fond of those with a more sophisticated, grown-up look like this one.
Copper tub number two….
If this were my home I would love to see a beautiful pool installed on the vast green lawn. But in the spring and summer, it might be a great place to set up a game of croquet. If I wasn’t swimming or playing yard games, I would spend time in the large greenhouse that is used for growing orchids. I am sure I could easily call this place home and never be bored.