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Binge and Purge

As you’ve probably guessed, I have a decorating disorder. It goes a little something like this: watch, wait, buy nothing, get jittery from watching and waiting and buying nothing, buy everything, tire of almost everything, sell everything. Repeat ad infinitum. I’ve sold most of the big ticket items from my craigslist jag so inventory is now on the low end, and you all can guess what happens next… Except that I’m kind of enjoying the purge — so much so that I might dig a little deeper and sell more. It’s liberating, and I’m not mad about having a few extra benjamins kicking it in my bank account.

But it’s not like the wily monkey on my back is giving up without a fight. He’s always tempting me with stuff like this:

Brian Park

I really appreciate the all overness of this look, and it does appeal to my need to cover every square inch of space with something — be it paint, wallpaper, patterned floors, furniture, etc. I wouldn’t want the empty parts to feel neglected, because no one like to see a sad room.

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On the other hand, a minimal palette and restrained use of furniture and accessories is so refreshing. I think it’s hard to do this look without it feeling unfinished or sterile, but when it works, it’s motherbleeping sublime. Check it:

OWI

Head Over Heels

Shoot Factory

Style Files

Marina Abramovic

Elle Decor

Sure, it doesn’t have to be all white, but it doesn’t hurt. More color and variety in materials = more temptation to head into binging territory. Oh, but the road to excess leads to the palace of wisdom, you say? Quite so. Quite so.

Miles Redd

Lee Radziwill’s home

Anna Sui’s home

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Christoph Theurer

Kelly Wearstler

Rachel Whiting

Now that you’ve had a visual feat, what do you guys think? Binge or purge? Excess or humility? Lady Gaga or Neko Case? Angel food cake or devil’s food with chocolate molten center and sprinkles on top?

Oh, and don’t worry — SOOL is coming up soon. Pinky swear!

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Christoph Theurer

I have a crush on Christoph Theurer. These pseudo stalkery urges I get to constantly refresh the websites of certain photographers of interiors — hoping (hoping!) that new images have been added — have kind of become a problem. First it was Richard Powers, then I moved on to Karl Anderson, and now I find myself making up excuses to post little bits of CT’s work here and there. Well, I can’t hold back anymore. I want to make sweet sweet love to these offbeat houses.

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It all started with this image that I came across on Roseland Greene’s blog. Now, you may not be into the purple and orange, but you can’t deny the Kapow Zing! factor.

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What are the chances that my next home will have an entry like this? Actually, let’s not calculate percentages here, because I need to maintain the delusion of possibility.

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Do you see that couch/banquette thingie? It is trimmed in gold. GOLD, I say.

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It really wouldn’t be a fantasy home without lots of books, and I bet that stainless cabinet is hiding the TV. Clever.

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Windows make me hungry.

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I have absolutely no idea what’s going on in here, but I like it.

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That goes for this room, too.

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I love the colors and textures here, and I want to wear those shoes on a fancy dinner date with The Hunny.

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I’m sure the view from inside is just hideous.

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See? I told you so.

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I just like this picture.

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More disgusting windows.

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This is one zany office.

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Ok, I’ve been waiting to show you this one… I love this idea! Perfect for keeping all our fine crystal plastic out of tiny hands.

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This bed does everything but make itself. I wish my bed would serve me breakfast.

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There you have it, a grand tour of some swanky modern homes that I will never be able to afford. What I really want to know is, how do interiors photographers get these awesome jobs? Because I’m pretty sure if I were shooting these homes, a week long stay would be stipulated in the contract. You know, just to make sure I got all the right angles.

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More Yves Klein Sightings

Maybe it’s because my first decorating debacle was painting our living room Blue Tequila, but blue is not my favorite color. I know I’m in the minority, and I’m sure I’ll have many opportunities to revisit that statement since turquoise is Pantone’s color for the year, but for now I’m sticking to my story. Blue is sentimental. Flat. Candace Olsen. It just leaves me cold. There are exceptions to my personal ban on blue, though: Kelly Wearstler’s Avalon Hotel, Raina’s Newburyport Blue bedroom, and anything International Yves Klein Blue.

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Brown Davis

Those of you who have been reading this blog forever know I am OBSESSED with Yves Klein and his badass blue. Everyone else can read these posts I wrote 800 million years ago here and here and here. It’s because IYKB is otherwordly. Klein Blue’s super special combination of pigments vibrate with an intensity that most skimpy, wimpy blues lack. Would I paint my entire home IYKB? Well, no. I want to visit outer space, not live there.

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A little touch of IYKB here and there would make me an intergalactic tourist, and that suits me just fine. I especially love Yves Klein’s modern reinterpretation of classical sculptures, which are perennial favorites of well heeled collectors.

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OWI

Look expensive? That would be because they are HELLACIOUSLY expensive. Guess what’s also expensive?

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Architectural Digest

A lucite coffee table chock full of Yves Klein Blue pixie dust. Oh, and this fancy pad belongs to Kevin Roberts, the CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi, so YES. The globe is also an Yves Klein piece, because homedude is crazyballs rich, that’s why.

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Cote Maison via Lampshade

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Chicago Home Mag

1st Dibs has one for $24,000. Come on, you know you want it…

Of course nothing tops the rarity of Klein’s Anthropometres paintings, since they represent the imprint of an experience and are not reproducible. In other words, Klein greased up some sexy babes with IYKB paint and drug them around a piece of paper. I smell an art project coming on…

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Walso Fernandez

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Aaron Hom

An Yves Klein poster is really more in my price point.

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Living Etc

Perhaps the best thing about IYKB is that it’s just a color — maybe Pantone 286, to be exact? Steal from the best. Get some shockingly blue paint and start spreading the sexy. Even that damn cardboard deer head looks better in Klein Blue.

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Amanda Nisbet

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Studio Ilse

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Damian Russell

Or if you’re a fancy beast, they make blue upholstery, too.

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1st Dib owner Michael Bruno’s Apartment

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Greg Natale

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Amie Weitzman

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And of course, sometimes just a dab will do you.

Whew, dudes, did you see all those pictures? This post was a labor of love. As in, I literally feel like I just squeezed out a giant blue baby. But my obsession with IYKB deserved the full treatment, so I’m just going to pat and coo and love this big blue spawn, because he’s such a handsome boy. Yes he is. Now, go forth and paint something Klein Blue. Make mama proud.

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Towards a New Geometry

Bang, bang, Baroque is dead. There’s a new sheriff in town, and his name is Euclid. Along with Deputy Pythagoras, Sheriff Euclid is here to promote order — no blurry lines for this straight edged law man. Still, Euclid ain’t afraid to loosen up and get all scalene in the hizzy. So bust out your protractors and compasses, and don’t forget to bring your perpendicular polygons. Kids, we’re gonna wax axiomatic today.

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Softly rounded biomorphic ribbon chairs by Pierre Paulin are the perfect foil to hard angles. via Karl Anderson.

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Hot shiny circumference supported by sexy supplementary angles = featherweight heavy hitter. Geo Side Table by West Elm, $199.

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Kelly Wearstler knows a thing or two about balancing solid forms. I love this idea. Going to tell The Hunny to bust out his whittling knife and get busy.

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Who wants a piece of the Pi? Just don’t forget to square the radius, or you may end up with a wimpy circumference. via Ngoc Minh Ngo

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These wee Hexpods would be fab dangling from fishline, forming a constellation of acute angled beauty. I would paint them gold and silver and hang them in front of a black wall. Small Hexpod is $9.95 from CB2.

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Hexagons and rhombuses, unite! via Ruy Teixeria

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Chad Hagen’s Nonsensical Infographic No. 1 may not prove any corollaries, but it does demonstrate how beautiful spatial relationships can be. Prints available through 20×200.

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No funny stuff, just crushing on these rectangles. I want this painting bad. via Ngoc Minh Ngo.

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Apparently the home owner never leaves his house. I wouldn’t either if I had a pool flanked by these mirrored isosceles megaliths. via OWI

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I’m considering this rug for my redesigned living room. It’s probably too busy, but think of how much cat hair it would hide. Ikea Stockholm Rug, $229.

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Wouldn’t it be awesome if just one window in your house had beevision? You have to appreciate how orderly those little captains of industry are. via Ruy Teixeira.

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Balance. Mathematical perfection can come from a paint can. via Christoph Theurer

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Boho Geo Fringe Pillow courtesy of Urban Outfitters, $38. Love it.

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This is quite possibly the coolest bathroom I have ever seen. Something tells me I can’t get those cabinets from Ikea, but that’s not going to stop me from lusting after their trapezoidal beauty. via Christoph Theurer

That’s it for today’s roundup. Hopefully you were all able to follow along, and are prepared to take a pop quiz. Questions: What do you think of this new trend? Do you mourn the absence of curlicues? Could geo peacefully coexisit with flowery damask?

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Smoke and Mirrors

This weekend has brought on a blitz of furniture rearranging, thanks in large part to your awesome enthusiasm for Friday’s post asking for music suggestions. You’ll be happy to know that we’re busy listening to lots of your picks, and that all the fresh and new happening up in here has inspired me to do something about the big black box wall. So while we’re busy employing every sleight of hand trick in the book to conceal, disguise, and reconfigure, our now staggering collection of AV equipment, I am hoping to wow you with some trickery of my own. Watch as this post unfolds before your very eyes, with hardly a word to distract you from its glamor and mystery. See two artists and one interior photographer reinvent the color wheel, turning it into a blaze of kaleidoscopic glory.

Contemporary artist Eileen Quinlan:

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Barbara Kasten‘s compositions felt stale when I was first starting out in photography, but the sudden resurgence of abstraction in photography has breathed new life into her super 80s imagery.

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Funhouse style interiors shot by Christoph Theurer:

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Well kids, that’s about it for today. Hope you enjoyed this peek into some crazy parallel universes. I’ve got tons more work to do before my own little world is inhabitable, so I’m gonna scoot on out of here. Don’t worry — I’ll update soon with pictures of the big black box solution.

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