14 October 2007

Two Musts - Elle Decor & Vogue Living



The November issue of Elle Decor is out and it is especially beautiful this month. I would suggest you run over to your favorite bookstore today and pick it up. And this month, don't wait for your subscription copy to arrive. My copy is already a mess, totally trashed out from schlepping it around with me. The cover shot is from the Boston Black Bay street apartment of designer Frank Roop and his wife Sharon. Photos from this living room and study are worth the price of the issue alone. Also featured are the design team of Sills and Huniford with an art filled NYC apartment. But wait, I haven't even gotten to the good stuff yet:



Blogger favorite Steve Gambrel shows off his latest, above, a glorious NYC apartment located in a 1895 building. Two standouts are pictured here: the custom Troy rug and the yellow Clarence House silk drapes. Do NOT miss the custom brass art lights which become sculptures in Gambrel's hands. And another not to be missed, the master bedroom closet. Any man would die for a closet this gorgeous. Gambrel's success here shows how he takes something utilitarian and turns it into art.


But my favorite story in the Elle Decor, possibly of the year, is Alex Papachristidis' Manhattan apartment. A riot of color, pattern, art and exotic "Grand Tour souvenirs" - the home is cluttered perfection. Fortunys, ikats, and antique suzanis coexist as if they were taupe and cream linens instead of vibrant reds, pinks, yellows, and greens. There are enough up-to-the minute trend alerts here that it's obvious the space will be outdated next year. But still, I'd spend a year here, living quite happily.

Vogue Living is special, too, this time around. In what has become a publishing trend, magazines come out with quarterly "design issues" and it appears that Vogue has Oprah and In Style beat by a mile. The articles are typically Vogue thought-provoking pieces, and story after story is filled with fresh ideas to ponder. There' s a great take on design books, an interesting pictorial on Vermeer decor, and an excerpt from Polly Devlin's new book: A Year in the Life of an English Meadow. The features are particularly enjoyable: an English castle, an Arabian tent, and a peek into Jennifer Garner's french styled garden. My favorites? Kathryn Ireland's new home. Having just published her first book, Classic Country (highly recommended!), she moved into a "cluster of 1920s stable buildings" in Ojai. I adore her style - casual, warm, and cozy, totally without any hint of pretension anywhere. But, saving the best for last:


The star of this issue is Carolina Herrera, Jr. and her husband's Spanish estancia, pictured above. If this shot of their bedroom doesn't send you out rushing to see more, we definitely have different perspectives! That's ok, I guess, but how can you not love a room with a balcony overlooking a view such as this, the Pierre Frey Le Coq toile, an antique dressing table, the beamed ceiling and terra cotta floor along with a fireplace thrown in just for pure romance? Heaven!

12 comments:

  1. I gave it a go Joni but the major Barnes and Noble in Atlanta tells me to look for Vogue Living around Oct. 17 or 18 -- thanks for tiding me over!

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  2. Thanks for the preview Joni...I can hardly wait until these arrive at the Canadian Newstands. I am loving the yellow Clarence House silk draperies.

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  3. I can't stop reading my ED this month. There's so much in it to absorb. Funny how some issues leave you wanting more and seem to have little content of interest, but others (actually all recent issues) are packed to the brim with decadent visual candy. They've been far exceeding my expectations.

    Glad to see I'm not alone!

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  4. That postman better deliver these to me ASAP!! Doesn't "Vogue Living" come with the subscription to Vogue?

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  5. Thank you, for these wonderful reviews, Joni!

    Pat

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  6. Thanks for the comments everyone! I know what you mean, some months a magazine is well - ok, hmmh - that was boring and then other months you can't put it down. I wanted to scan all the images but I think most people would rather see it on paper. So, it's just an appetizer to a greater meal.

    Joni

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  7. Thanks for the tip Joni. I am in the US next week, and will up my copy then :-)

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  8. Thank you for sharing these wonderful magazines with us

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  9. I'm a magazine junkie....it's baaaaaad...it is the window to the world, though

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  10. Joni,
    Thanks for the heads up on the Vogue Living issue! I want to find a copy. You are a great design scout!I love these peeks into the personal domains of people with unique style. That chevron patterned terracotta floor in Carolina Herrera, Jr.'s estancia is amazing....

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  11. Yes, thanks for the tip, I will scout out a copy for sure!

    Melissa

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  12. Joni, I absolutely agree, Elle Decor just seems to get better and better, and this month was certainly no exception. The highlights for me were Frank Roops apartment (j'adore it all), and Steven Gambrel has done it again..that NY apartment was stunning - who else could make black patent leather look so suave?

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