July 15, 2014:
I am a big believer in pushing boundaries as you may have gathered. I push myself the most but I am also one to push clients when I feel they need to get beyond their comfort zone. The best things await you just outside of your comfort zone I truly believe. Sure it's often hard to overcome the inertia of being in your comfort zone, but once you've crossed the line it gets a bit easier especially when the effort pays off.
I often propose ideas that are a little bit off, a little bit ugly and entirely weird. We are currently trying to finalize our choices and selections for #Cactus and I'm fully invested in the idea of adding in a bit of ugly and kitsch because it feels like it is the right thing to do. Why is it the right thing to do - well Palm Springs has NEVER EVER taken itself seriously. It's always been a haven for decadence. Manufactured getaway for the stars who were already larger than life. We were once approached by a client to use Clam Chairs for her living room. We thought her entirely daft initially because we can remember taking out hideous versions of these from the 80's that were just done so badly that setting fire to them seemed like a compassionate gesture.
I've watched Kelly Wearstler bring back some things from the 70's that I truly believed needed to stay where they were - a sad, distant memory but what I think is most brilliant about her is how she pushes the boundaries, uses ugly to her advantage and then gradually gets you to consider ugly as being en vogue. This is not a criticism, it's just that sometimes you need an extreme to achieve moderation. Big, puffy, black garbage bag esque furniture will never be my thing, but I fully appreciate adding in the ugly to juxtapose more refined pieces in a space to keep it from becoming too homogenous or pedestrian and predictable.
We have a space we refer to as the Den that is just off the kitchen in #Cactus. It was probably the eat in kitchen in the house once upon a time. There's a fireplace - very of the period and we were going to put a sofa and chair in there but we've rethought this idea. My new plan - Ugly Chairs. In Leopard.
It just feels right doesn't it? Liz Taylor pouring one too many vodkas dripping in jewels right yes?? A bit messy but still a goddess. This is my new vision for the space.