Airstream Gardens & the Tailor and Stylist Spring Lookbook

Apr 16, 2013 by

I’m so excited to share with you the Tailor & Stylist Spring lookbook!  We shot this lookbook at an artistic retreat, where artists live in Airstreams, bathe in outdoor clawfoot tubs, shower in an indoor/outdoor bathroom where airplants grow in the walls, and create amongst English gardens and koi ponds.  It was beyond inspiring that they created this special space in what essentially was a driveway and parking lot!   Here are some of my favorite shots from the lookbook shoot:

A green typewriter from my collection made a cameo in the Airstream, which we reimagined as a writer’s retreat.

Our Boardwalk Maxi Dress found the perfect accessory: the Airstream!

How gorgeous is this outdoor clawfoot bathtub?!  It was simply a perfect backdrop to our Butterfly Shirt.

I hope you’ll be just as inspired by this artist retreat as we were in our lookbook, which you can view in its entirety here:

The entire collection can be viewed on our Lookbook Page, and all Poetic Home friends get 15% off with the code poetic15, valid through April 22nd!

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Revel in a Retro-chic Kitchen Gathering Space

Apr 10, 2013 by

Kitchen retro-chic inspired conviviality is making a huge comeback.  The heart of the home is becoming a haven of activity again, even in the midst of the high tech gadgetry that we find ourselves to be bombarded with, which is supposed to speed every process from cooking, toasting, baking, mixing  and other forms of food preparation to dish and even clothes washing.  Whether millennials or baby boomers, many of us have a palpable fondness for grandmother’s warm and homey kitchen design. There certainly is a demand for vintage and retro-chic appliances which conjure up fond images of the simpler, less complicated days of the  early 20th Century.

Photo Source: Georgiana Design

Creating that vintage look with its vibrant pastel hues of yellow, mint green, soft blue or vivid red or orange stoves, ovens, refrigerators, mixers and toasters, and even nostalgic dish washers and top-loading washing machines can be accomplished by refurbishing the actual appliances, or having it done by a growing industry of experts, in order to get a real Magic Chef, Wedgewood, Hotpoint,Smeg, Frigidaire  or other “true classic” from back-in-the-day installed and operational once again, with all the sounds, sleek stainless trims, simple lines and silhouettes that evoked feelings of treasured gathering moments in a space where aromas mingled with lots of unconditional love.

Photo Credit: Filipe Dilly

Vintage restorations can be expensive and may require constant appliance repair or washing machine repair, depending on the age of these treasures and whether parts are still available.  Therefore, savvy seekers of these mod and compelling pieces of labor saving equipment, often choose to purchase retro-chic appliances which are new and have been designed to recreate the “vintage look” but  are manufactured with technology, based on the latest industry standards, for efficiency and cost effective maintenance.

Photo Credit: Lilla Blanka

To get the true retro-chic and mod feel you seek and create a space that is the perfect setting for great cuisine, fun feasting, and priceless memory making moments,  don’t feel compelled to purchase all the bells and whistles.  The simplicity of those days when less was more, suggests appliance sales of one or two major pieces, and a few smaller vintage items such as a mixer, blender, or toaster, in order to allow that special warmth and revelry to evolve gently and continue to be of invaluable significance in your kitchen gathering space.

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Mid Century Modern 60-Drawer Library Card Catalogs for Sale in Los Angeles

Feb 24, 2013 by

Friends, we are moving and unfortunately do not have room in our new home for my beloved mid-century modern library card catalogs.  I have three identical catalogs, and the measurements are 60″ tall x 40″ wide x 17″ deep.   The library catalogs have tapered MCM legs, are made of solid blonde wood, with 60 drawers each. They are in fabulous condition and are very difficult to find, especially in matching pairs. You’ve seen them before here as a display case for my air plant collection, and they are also so useful as art supply organizers, wine rack, and so much more!

The price is $900 for one or $1600 for a pair, and I’m happy to cut another deal if you buy all three. They are available for pickup in Walnut, in Los Angeles (zip code 91789), are very heavy and would likely require two men to move them. I’m also happy to accept payment via PayPal if you would like to coordinate shipping on your end. Please email me at poetry@poetichome.com if you are interested in giving these treasures a loving home!  Thanks so much!

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Tailor And Stylist: A Poetic Closet from Yours Truly

Dec 8, 2012 by

I’m so excited to finally share with you a project that I’ve poured my heart and styling into, and now we are celebrating the grand opening!  Tailor and Stylist is an online boutique featuring a tightly edited collection of feminine, flattering, and nostalgic clothing.  As many of you know, I’ve worked as a photo stylist for the last eight years with credits in magazines, catalogs, and national ad campaigns, but what you may not know is that my husband was one of the youngest tailors to ever work on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, designing bespoke wardrobes for celebrities and even royalty.  Combining our love for fashion and nostalgia, we’ve teamed up to launch the aptly named Tailor and Stylist, which brings high-styled, well-tailored clothing to you – all at affordable prices.

I think you’ll see my vintage decor aesthetic throughout the collection, lookbook, and photos.  You might also recognize a few of the vintage decor stars from Poetic Home.  I’m so proud to share the Tailor and Stylist lookbook, which was inspired by my favorite poem, “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost.

Here are some of the fun “Poetic Home” inspired pictures that I styled for our website.  Oh, but of course I had to repurpose my library card catalog for those shopping the Tailor and Stylist “shoe catalog”.

And I couldn’t resist having some of my favorite pieces from my vintage typewriter collection enjoy a moment in the spotlight too.  Here’s a photo from our “Find Your Shoe Type” concept, starring an Olivetti Valentine and Red Royal Quiet De Luxe. I promise no typewriters were harmed in the production of the photos.  :)

And why would a girl need a purse when she could accessorize with an Olivetti Valentine?  I thought this iconic typewriter fit well with our Broadway Bound Jacket and Polka Dot Tights and Red Velvet Art Deco stilettos.  What do you think?

And here are some of my favorite looks from our in-studio shoot, including our adorable Take a Bow Peplum Dress, which is a modern take on the style of the roaring 1920s.

Our Kingston Glamour Dress is just waiting to make a memorable statement at any holiday party this year!

And last but not least, my version of 50 Shades of Grey featuring our Pure Elegant Pleated Maxi Skirt, which coincidentally or not, also happens to be the monochrome it color of the season.

And now the best part – exclusive coupon codes just for Poetic Home readers!  Use code DressPoetic for 20% off through December 17th.  And the first 10 Poetic Home friends will also get a free gift of our antiqued namesake tailor scissors necklace!

I would absolutely love to hear what you think, and if you would like to host a giveaway or coupon code on your blog, please just let me know.  I would deeply, sincerely appreciate my Poetic Home friends helping to spread the word about Tailor and Stylist, a poetic closet from yours truly.

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5 Beds, 5 Life Lessons

Oct 12, 2012 by

 

Can I be totally honest with you? I’ve been cursed with design bloggers block, partially because my son is Still. Not. Sleeping. Through. The. Night.  And he will be three in January!   While I have so many design projects planned, they are only in the dusty house that is my mind.

So as I take more time getting my house under control, would you indulge me, as I wax poetic on the blog with more doses of life musings than eye candy?   After all, I just turned 30, triggering a mini identity crisis whose resolution has provided me with new found philosophies.  Since I don’t journal, I was wondering if I could share them here?

Here’s my first piece, written here with a timid heart.  It’s about the cosmic connection between mattresses where we spend 50% of our lives and subsequent life lessons.  Maybe you can relate?

As a child, I slept on Japanese-style mattresses, which essentially meant hardwood boards covered with a quarter inch of quilt.  They were rigid and uncomfortable, much like my childhood.   I’d get smacked with a wooden hanger for grievances as small as spilling milk, so growing up, I never understood why I shouldn’t cry over spilled milk.  Because I did.  A lot.  The lesson?  Children can’t make the bed they sleep in, but when you’re an adult, you can tell you dad to f*ck off until he’s willing to apologize and take responsibility for his actions.

After graduating from Cal and moving to Hawaii, I bought my first adult mattress on a meager AmeriCorps volunteer salary.  It was a king-sized, bright pink mattress from the 1970s with a faded floral pattern.  It cost $20 and came from a garage sale in a very sketchy part of Honolulu.  I certainly wasn’t looking for a king sized bed, and I became a small island in the vast ocean that was my saggy bed.  It made my loneliness, being in a new city 5000 Pacific Ocean miles from my friends and family, much heavier to bear at night.  All I had was the company of the squeaky springs of the mattress.  If I listened closely, I could almost hear the sad, jubilant, and nasty stories this old mattress could tell.

After sleeping in the Ocean of Loneliness, I soon fell hard for the first boy to come my way.  Of course, being both model gorgeous and a struggling musician, he was easy to fall for, with his finely sculpted olive body, dark twinkling eyes, and stories he would tell through song on his guitar.  All of my senses were addicted to him, but it turned out, he was addicted to cocaine.  The lesson?  Don’t jump at the first thing that comes your way bearing stories in paradise.  And most importantly, don’t buy a king sized bed when you’re single!

Flash forward to healthier times, when an absurdly funny, truly charming, and classically handsome man’s steel moral compass drew me to him like a magnet.  When this boyfriend (now husband) and I moved in together, we slept on his mattress, which was expensive, plush, and entirely too soft.   It was like most falling-in-love chapters, when you go out to expensive dinners every week that are probably beyond your budget and spoon feed each other creme brulee.   That beautiful time when all of life’s realities, your fears, and your weaknesses are enveloped by the soft yearning of new love.

We slept on this luxurious, soft mattress atop an ottoman bed until our relationship progressed to the next stage, when the haze of infatuation wears off, and you are left with real love, when you can say what you mean without any fear the person will run out on you in the middle of the night.  This was the point that I actually realized his dreadful ex had slept on this same exact mattress too, and I freaked out with hot tears, the cold shoulder, and the “don’t you dare f*cking touch me” line.  How could he make me sleep on the same bed as HER?  Right?  Being the amazing man that he is, he went out and bought a new mattress that day.  The lesson?  Clearly, this would be the man I would marry.

Years later, when we learned I was pregnant, I went into an organic frenzy.  I gave away all my synthetic fabric clothes, stopped painting my nails, ditched my cell phone, and ate only organic foods.  I then bought an “organic” mattress by Danny Seo, which was simply greenwashed because it was still polyurethane foam, just blended with a little soy to make it “eco-friendly.”  RIGHT.  The entire left and right sides of the mattress collapsed, which meant that I ended up sleeping in the middle gutter, with my husband’s chest hair taking full-time residence in my nostrils all night.   The lesson?  Don’t kill yourself (and your olfactory glands) trying to be 100% green.

Now, as parents, we sleep on a very firm latex mattress, which is highly supportive, with just enough memory foam topping softness to be perfectly comfortable.  The lesson?  A happy marriage has a solid foundation of unwavering support and healthy boundaries, with a memory foam layer that always remembers how to handle each other’s hearts, aches, and insecurities with the perfect softness.  And maybe latex, but only if you are both into that.

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