Carla Lane launched her residential interior design firm in 2006 in L.A. and I adore her fun and modern style. She's not afraid to use colour, and in unexpected combinations, that are are eye-popping and in perfect doses. Then I could start into how she uses great patterns to bring out these colours, but you might as well just see for yourself. (I had to include the photo of her because her dress is amazing....and her dog is in it).
I warned you on the weekend that one of the consequences of my trip to the book fair was the return of the retro post. Time to revisit the 70s. What were we thinking about when we draped our windows in such a flamboyant way? Frilly, frou-frou and down right frightful. Here and there though something that just might inspire. Images scanned from How to Make Your Windows Beautiful Vol V, Kirsch Company, Michigan, 1974.
P.S No Polar Bears were hurt in the scanning of these photos. What our decorating forebears did was their business.
P.P.S. If you really must make this book your own the girls from White Elephant Vintage have it for sale here.
A little while ago I posted photos of vintage couches I found on Flickr. Jo-anne in Vancouver commented that she has a vintage houndstooth couch and was curious as to it's age and origin. I adore houndstooth so I was so pleased that she sent photos and this info about it: She weighs 5 tons, or at least my movers thought she did after bringing her up the 3 flights of very steep stairs into my attic apartment. I’m darn curious what the cushions are stuffed with but kind of scared to find out. She’s also getting lumpy and her bottom is saggy but she’s a darling :o) Found her for $50 at an antique shop near my old place. The owner wanted her out of the way for antiquey things and I was in the market for something after throwing my recently ex-partner’s p.o.s. couch onto a heap at the dump! She's little but so is my apartment – a perfect fit! My guess is the 50s...any light you can shed would be lovely. If anyone knows anything about her fabulous couch please leave a comment.