Cameron Diaz’s Kelly Wearstler Designed Apartment

Okay, so Kelly Wearstler has four best-selling coffee table design books showcasing her own fabulous homes along with the homes of the fabulous A-listers that sign-on to the Wearstler imprimateur.  And, alright she’s been instrumental in elevating the boutique hotel chain that she and her husband, real estate mogul Brad Korzen have developed to a genre all their own.  Add to that, a successful fabric line for Lee Jofa and Schumacher, rug lines for Patterson, Flynn and Martin and The Rug Company, her own eponymous fashion boutique on Melrose Avenue, one of the judges on HGTV’s Design Star and, last, but certainly not least, the mother of two young boys and you have, dare I say it, not only a trendsetter but a designer who has become nearly as famous as some of the famous people for which she designs.

Case in point is the recent apartment she did for Cameron Diaz in this month’s issue of Architectural Digest. Cameron Diaz is not known for being upstaged by anybody or anything, but here she has graciously shared the page with Wearstler herself.   The undisputed star here is, of course, the beautiful apartment that Kelly Wearstler has designed for her.

Kelly Wearstler Living RoomWearstler makes use of  a softer palette, opting for creams, taupes and pale apricots in the livingroom.

Kelly Wearstler Dining RoomHer generous use of metals is on play here, especially in the fabulous vintage Spanish chandelier in the diningroom .

Kelly Wearstler KitchenYou can never have too much metal, especially here where Wearstler has used brass counters and a backsplash in the kitchen, where she has opted for a very graphic and bold green on the cabinets.

Kelly Weastler BathroomPink onyx and brass.  Need I say more.? The design of the shower door is drop dead fabulous.

Images via Elle Decor Magazine






Glamorous New Products

I admit that I love glamour and those who know me know that I’m drawn to all things glamorous like a moth to a flame. So I was particularly delighted to discover several new furniture and product lines that emphasize exquisite materials and workmanship along with alluring shapes and details.

brabbu-Koi-center-table Brabbu: Koi Center Table (above) Koi Dining Table (below)


Glittering metallic scales bring an Asian modern vibe to both the Koi Center Table and Koi Dining Table.

Brabbu-Maya-ArmchairBrabbu: Maya Armchair

Koket-Allure-Dining-TableKoket: Allure Dining Table

Reminiscent of the delicate metalwork of Rene Prou in France in the 1930’s the Allure Dining Table adds French Modern drama.

Koket-Orchidea-ConsoleKoket: Orchidea Console

What is sexier than black lacquer mixed with the glint of gold metal? Answer: Nothing.

Koket-Mandy-SofaKoket: Mandy Sofa

With a chunky metal back that reads like an oversize ladies cuff, the Mandy sofa is jewelry for your livingroom.

Koket-Nymph-ChamdelierKoket: Nymph Chandelier

I’m imagining the Nymph chandelier hanging in my fantasy dressing room!

Boco-do-Lobo-Sinuous-consoleBoco do Lobo: Sinuous Console

Boco-do-Lobo-Pixel-CabinetBoco do Lobo: Pixel Cabinet

Boco-do-Lobo-Diamond-sideboardBoco do Lobo: Diamond Sideboard

Boco-do-Lobo-Avenue-folding-screenBoco do Lobo: Avenue Folding Screen

Is it architecture or is it furniture? We think it’s both. But what we really think is that it’s fabulous.


Wine Tasting in Napa

Now for some serious wine tasting in Napa. We decided to avoid the big name wineries and opt for those lesser known and a bit off the beaten path. I have no other criteria for deciding where to stop than the way the winery looks from the road. If the design looks interesting, we stop and, if not, we keep on moving.  We stopped first at Odette Winery.

Odette-Winery-NapaCharcoal grey and white, Odette has a faintly Hollywood Regency look about it. One enters through a gravel courtyard, dotted with chic tables made of Carrera marble and Janus et Cie woven chairs. Very modern. The actual pouring room was also a sleek affair with a blond wood curved bar on high stiletto Directoire legs and marble counters.


Odette-Winery-NapaNote to Self: Do try to do Napa Mondays through Thursdays. The crowds are minimal and, in our case, we had tasting rooms mostly to ourselves. Weekends can be insane with a heavy influx of out-of-towners flooding in from nearby San Francisco.

Plump-Jack-Winery-NapaNext stop was Pumpjack Winery. This is owned by the same investor group that owns Carneros Inn (Odette as well as it turns out). Although not particularly design worthy, Plumpjack is nestled in the middle of the vineyards and has a very European, slightly medieval look about it. They do put out some mighty fine wines, though and their 2010 Cabernet is outstanding.

Plump-Jack-Winery-Napa-2photos by Patrice Wyndham-Smith



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