A few months ago I moved my studio to a bright, light-filled space in Atwater Village. I took the space next door as well when I saw the potential it had as a storefront for Kneeland Mercado. That all happened in July and a couple of weeks ago I was finally ready to open the by-appointment shop right next door to my studio. I had an opening party filled with friends, family, the most delicious chai martinis by my friend Satbhajan, Indian-inspired food by Take Flight and Feast and a world renowned sitar player and his student on the tablas. It was incredibly magical and I was surrounded by so much love and inspiration. Pics from the party below from my friends Jessica, Sara and Ava.
Pacific Wonderland Inc. chair exclusive for Kneeland Mercado in the most gorgeous color combination of rust, peach and bougainvillea.
Products from Mexico, Morocco, and horse ceramics by Bari Ziperstein exclusive for Kneeland Mercado.
Synthetic clay jewelry from a Florida-based designer
Antique paintings from ParisBeautiful Amanda Chantal-Bacon and Beatrice Valenzuela
Jennifer Parry Dodge and Bari Ziperstein
Chai martinis by Satbhajan Khalsa
Ricotta and chutney bruschetta by Take Flight and Feast
Dates stuffed with goat cheese and lavender
Books, Jewelry and Objects
With my dear friend Janelle
With Greta, Heather, Clare and Jeana
Sitar and Tablas!
My girls Jessica and Simone
Heather trying on an epic necklace
The first time I visited De Vera on a trip to NYC a few years ago I felt as if I’d stepped into a cathedral of wonder. Full of old curiosities merchandised perfectly on fixtures and in antique cases, each object looked as if it were thoughtfully selected and as if it had a story to tell. I was inspired. Elle Decor did a feature on Federico De Vera’s house a while back and it had that same sense of wonder, making me fall even more in love with the old meets new, high meets low aesthetic. Contemporary paintings hung next to 19th-century portraits, Turkish rugs, Louis XVI chairs, Wedgwood candlesticks and a BDDW chair all mingle with one another to create a global, studied, humorous and artful feel. It’s a home that transcends time and trends. ”If you understand each object’s essential nature and how it speaks to the things around it, you will know how to create balance without needing everything to be a pair,” says De Vera. Photos from Elle Decor below.
L’Officiel is by far my favorite French publication. It does a stellar job of covering fashion, culture and home and it always gives an inside glimpse of very interesting, well-traveled, stylish sophisticates such as Carolina Herrera-Baez. Last September the magazine did a profile of her in her home in Spain and I nearly died when I saw the photo of Carolina and her sister, Patricia, sitting under gigantic hand-painted plates hung on the wall. But then, I turned the page and saw the photo of her and one of her sons (she’s married to a Spanish bullfighter) decked out in blue and white, sitting on a beautiful sofa beneath an inspiring pattern of roosters and birds and foliage. Exquisite.
I remember seeing the home of Marc Newson and Charlotte Stockdale in British Vogue a few years ago and imagining what it would be like to make breakfast in a mint green kitchen. This morning I was flipping through one of my binders of interiors inspiration and thought about the same thing, maybe because I was hungry or maybe because I think of the kitchen as being one of the happiest places in a home. It’s all about providing, nourishing, loving and of course eating. But aside from the mint green, I also took a liking to the contrast of the pink wall and the wood floors. It makes a minimal house look full and lived in. I also love how the couple incorporated Josef Frank prints into the mix, right in front of a fireplace and a rock wall. It’s both chic and humorous, two things that work well together. And I should also mention the oak paneled library, a completely different room from the rest of the house. I like the idea of themed rooms, or rooms that are totally different from one another in style. All very inspiring.
Galavanting in a wide open field while wearing printed and embellished floral dresses sounds delightful right about now. I love all things Dries, and seeing that beaded floral robe at his store in Paris gave me the chills. It’s sublime, as is the 3-D floral and vine cotton mesh Chanel dress. I adore all of it.
Images from Elle
One of my all time favorite songs. It makes me feel good. Alive and Kicking, Simple Minds.