Interiors + Architectural Design           

There’s an abundance of inspiration in art, design and architecture to be found in and around Palm Springs.chris1I’m always on the lookout for something unique and I found it when I stopped into Christopher Kennedy’s incredible interior design store/studio.

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Christopher Kennedy is a nationally-published interior designer and modern furniture designer based in Palm Springs, California. He was just named Best Interior Designer by Desert Outlook Magazine.

His book: California Modern
His book (as in he wrote it): California Modern

Born in San Francisco and raised on California’s Central Coast, he brings a synthesis of big-city style and relaxed resort living to his work. He combines vintage and contemporary sensibilities to create spaces that are layered, liveable, and inviting. Neither trapped by tradition nor tied to trends, the hallmarks of Christopher’s style is easy elegance and casual sophistication.

His current projects include beach houses in Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, and Malibu; lofts in New York; and numerous desert projects in Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells and La Quinta. Known for his unique brand of luxurious modernism, his work has been featured in Luxe, Dwell, Palm Springs Life Magazine, California chris6Homes, and The Los Angeles Times.chris2

Hockney Swimmer Original
Hockney Swimmer Signed Original

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Photos: d. king

Source: taken from website – christopherkennedy.com

Ginger/Mango Candle
Ginger/Mango Candle

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Manifesto

We believe that design is powerful and transformative.
We believe in wiping the slate clean from time to time and the power of a fresh coat of white paint.
We believe in hand-written thank you notes and old-fashioned telephone calls.
We believe that there is a place for books in our homes and in our lives.
We believe that food tastes better and is more nourishing when the table is set.
We believe in the importance of travel — of the opportunities it presents for learning, growth, and discovery. We also believe in the joy of returning home, after a long day at work or a long journey abroad.

I believe in ALL of the above

Address: 590 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs    Phone: 760.325.3214

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Beautiful books for the beauty buff

The Best Fashion and Beauty Coffee-Table Books to Gift This Year

What do you get the artsy fashionistas and beauty buffs in your life? Consider one of these beautiful coffee-table books. There’s truly nothing like spending a rainy afternoon looking through a nice stack of hardcover tomes for your next style inspiration. Plus, not only does it spruce up your living room decor, it can also double as a great Instagram prop (add a vase of flowers and you’re in business). I narrowed it down to three personal choices below.

Peter Lindbergh: A Different Vision on Fashion Photography

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Coinciding with photographer Peter Lindbergh’s exhibition at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, this book features more than 400 images including striking portraits of iconic figures like Kate Moss and Tina Turner. Best known as the man who “invented” supermodels, you’ll also find shots of ’90s “It” girls like Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, and Tatjana Patitz frolicking in the beach or strutting down the streets of New York.

$69.99 (taschen.com)

Diverse Beauty by Alexi Lubomirskibooks3

Fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski has shot multiple beautiful women in the world, including Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Natalie Portman. But it was after shooting actress Lupita Nyong’o that Lubomirski was struck by the homogeneity of the “looks” he’d been assigned to shoot professionally. “I realized how rare it was that I got to take pictures of beautiful African, Asian, Indian, or Latin women,” he writes in the introduction. In response, the photographer conceived Diverse Beauty (Damiani), which celebrates women including TSS survivor Lauren Wasser and transgender model Hari Nef. Even better, all proceeds from the book will be donated to Concern Worldwide, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing poverty in disaster-affected areas around the world.

$50 (amazon.com)

Grace: American Vogue Years by Grace Coddingtonbooks4

In January, the fashion world gasped in shock when Grace Coddington stepped down from her role as Vogue‘s creative director. The model-turned-editor has created some of the most memorable fashion shoots in collaboration with iconic photographers including Steven Meisel, Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber, and David Sims. Following the success of Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue, this new release features nearly 300 photos from past 15 years, along with Coddington’s personal stories behind the shoots.

$175 (phaidon.com)

Source: Allure Magazine BY Seunghee Suh 

Style and Substance – with BOOKS

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No small feat to chic.  I didn’t say it would be easy.
This goes to prove the best body and the best wardrobe is unattainable
This goes to prove the best body and the best wardrobe is unattainable
J'Adore DIOR!
J’Adore DIOR

   I love books, I love coffee, I love  tables, I love style, I love books about style on coffee tables while drinking a cup.

Faking French can de done...with a little lots of help & a cigarette.
Faking French can be done…with lots of a little help & a cigarette.
Gotta love the Nerve!
Gotta love the Nerve!
Well at least I can read
Well at least I can read.  How will I manage to pull off this look with a Sheltie who walks with his nose to the ground?
Muses learn to develop style.  They are INspirations after all.  Think Kate Moss.
Muses learn to develop style. They are INspirations after all.  Think Kate Moss.

Personal Pinboard – The joy and beauty of books

One of my favorite authors

A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face.  It is one of the few havens remaining where a person’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.  ~Edward P. Morgan

I love beautiful coffee table books too and the covers are what always attract my attention at first.  At some point I’ll have to stop collecting them but they’re always captivating to look through.

Here are some of my favorites:

Photography

 

Mapplethorpe photograph of Grace Jones
Mapplethorpe shoes & fishnets
by Kevyn Aucoin – THE makeup artist of his day.

My mom bought me this book by makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin when it first came out years ago.  I  couldn’t make it to the book signing in New York which was unfortunate as I really wanted to meet him.  At the time I was studying esthetics and  makeup artistry at George Brown College in Toronto.

The transformations found inside this large hardcover book are unbelievable. Kevyn was ahead of his time but the same principles apply today.  He made up all the top models and actresses – the photos are gorgeous.  To this day Cindy Crawford credits him with teaching her everything she knows about applying makeup application.

Jessica Lange (the art of makeup)

you can double click on photos to enlarge

Tango and Poetry – same thing
from “TANGO”            the book in both English & Spanish
Travel Books
Cuba
cookbooks that remind me of places
and memories (by the author)
Coffee Culture  filled with interesting information and coffee recipes.

Here’s one I can really relate to – a book about what else?

Coffee! 

Books by Brad King

If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.  ~Toni Morrison

 

 

Okay, maybe not exactly coffee table style but my brother Brad wrote all of them. 

I keep them on my book shelf.

 

Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering – because you can’t take it in all at once.
Audrey Hepburn

I am a drinker with writing problems Brendan Behan