July 2009 Archives
All it requires is a penknife and an unwanted chair.
One afternoon I took the unwanted chair out of my kitchen and began whittling it whilst watching an old black and white Bette Davis movie.
The whittle chairs naivety is intentional as the process is left to be intuitive and unplanned.
The original chair is made naked revealing a different physical and emotional state, one of fragility and imperfections.
Jimmie Martin website
Right now, hurry over to Rockefeller Center to see House Beautiful's kitchen of the year. Divine & delicious cookbook author, Ina Garten and interior designer Robert Stilin collaborated to create this fabulous & functional white kitchen. If you can't get there this weekend to see it...click on the House Beautiful link below and see the fabulous images of the kitchen, as well as a conversation between HB's Editor in Chief, Stephen Drucker and Ina.
Thursday, my quasi assistant, Jill came over to update all of my technology. When she got to my I Phone....my "mind jog" began!!! There are 65,000 applications with 226 for electronic whoopee cushions alone!!! On Monday, I had read an article in WWD (my former fashion bible) about how Net-A-Porter had created an iphone application and that I could now shop on line! Well, of course we added that to my phone.....followed by iphone shopping at Christies Auction House and Amazon...then Fandango for movies....CNN Money....the NY Times..and now I pick can match paint colors from Benjamin Moore!!!!. The I went to dinner with friends, where I was told about the ultimate app.....Google, where I am able to ask questions in my own voice and have the correct answer in seconds! My mind was boggled and I was in a total panic!
In the past eight months I have been endlessly thinking & talking about the "new world" that we have entered. I don't think anything will ever be the same as it was prior to this past October and the financial crisis that we are in. I think most frequently about my worlds.......that of retail & manufacturing, and of course my beloved magazine industry. The fashion business will never look the same, and in my view Gilt Group appears to have become the new retail genius. I now think shopping by phone is a monumental step. And after last week, my fear for magazines has become even greater!!! I am too old to read a magazine on an iphone!!! I am a magazine addict and have been reading, ripping & clipping for decades...I have files that go from bookshelves to Bangkok!!! How can that happen on the phone??? How can we going to save our magazines from iphone extinction, as well as from the computer nerds who want us to read online????? WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?????? HELP!!!!!!!!~
Dear Chintz Charming,
I am redecorating my kitchen. I love the country look, but can't decide weather I should accent with roosters or ducks. What do you think? Sincerely, A Little Bit Country
Dear Little Bit,
Oh, Honey...farm animals should NEVER be allowed in the kitchen unless they're being sautéed and covered in a burgundy sauce. Please go against your instincts and skip the fowl. Some of my suggestions for incorporating tasteful country accents include....visiting http://www.chintzcharming.com on August 15 to find out!