4 Cool Wallpapers When You Need A Room Makeover

4 Cool Wallpapers When You Need A Room Makeover

 

It’s been at least 5 years since I have given my loft any kind of an update – which might explain why I have this hankering to jazz up the accent wall in my bedroom.

And I want to do it with wallpaper – a trend that’s been around for a while but still growing in popularity.

Read on below for the 4 looks I am seeing first hand esp.in hip restaurants and hotels.

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GEN Z YELLOW Suddenly All The Rage: Why? Snapchat Of Course!

GEN Z YELLOW Suddenly All The Rage: Why? Snapchat Of Course!

Gen Z Yellow on Instagram. Left: Dabito (Nov 5); Upper Right: Manrepeller (Nov 13), Bottom Middle: FionaBologna (Nov 11);

 

Have been noticing tons of YELLOW popping up on Instagram.

I credit Snapchat. They were founded in late 2011 but didn’t reach critical mass until 2015.  All of a sudden Snapchat Yellow was on every Gen Z’s phone!

So ironic, that Snapchat’s signature yellow is popularized through Instagram (its chief competitor and perhaps ultimate destroyer).

While I believe Snapchat is to blame for embedding yellow on our consciousness, I have not seen anybody else make that connection. So who knows? But here are some alternate reasons why yellow is set to become 2018’s color of the year.

Per Man Repeller: Gen-Z Yellow is the natural evolution of millennial pink. It’s both nostalgic and modern. It has zest, energy, optimism.

According to HomePolish: We have to look all the way back to 2014 to trace its origins. That’s when the “Art Hoe” movement was co-founded by Mars and Jam, two young black female artists. Art Hoe is a way of redefining blackness and challenging stereotypes about people of color through art. Some describe it as “a sort of social-media driven Harlem Renaissance.”

I still think it was Snapchat!

See more Gen Z Yellow pics below.

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Artisan Aesthetic: HGTV’s Top Home Design Trend for 2018

Artisan Aesthetic: HGTV’s Top Home Design Trend for 2018

Photo Credit: Nancy Fire/ Design Works International

 

HGTV continues to be a top influencer when it comes to home design in the United States. And although I am not watching as frequently as before, I still see them as having their finger on the pulse of mainstream American tastes above and beyond all others.

  • As a result, I was extremely happy to find a great trend piece online from Nancy Fire. She’s HGTV’s design director as well as the founder/creative director of Design Works International.
  • She recently returned from a European scouting trip to Lisbon, Madrid and Paris specifically tracking trends that would inspire the HGTV audience when it comes to their 2018 home makeovers.

Topping her list of trends is “Artisan Aesthetic.” She’s largely inspired by colorful handmade tiles in blues and greens and ancient pink (as opposed to millennial pink!). In Paris, she was particularly drawn to beautiful black and white designs across multiple categories from tiles to linens to furnishings.

Scroll on below for more of her visuals as well as the link to her full report (it’s worth a read, very good!)

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Vuitton VVV Exhibition Now Open In NYC: It’s Fabulous, Do Not Miss!

Vuitton VVV Exhibition Now Open In NYC: It’s Fabulous, Do Not Miss!

 

Checked out the newly opened “Voguez, Volez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton” exhibition this past Friday. A knockout show that traces, thematically, the history of Vuitton and the history of travel (and luggage)– from ships to cars to trains and planes.

It’s a spectacular show. Well-curated, immersive, speaks volumes about the brand. The visual storytelling is phenomenal.

It’s in the former American Stock Exchange Building in downtown Manhattan (86 Trinity Place). I need to go back to explore all the digital and augmented reality elements. I totally missed them because I was so blown away by the exhibition.

The curator is Olivier Saillard and the scenography and set design is by Robert Carsen.

The exhibition has been traveling globally (to 9 countries I believe). In NYC, it opened to the public on October 27 and will be on view until January 7, 2018.

It’s free but you must book online – all info in the link above.

Photos and videos below and also more details on the show including how to tap into the digital elements.

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Street Art: Ever More Legit, Collectible and Pricey!

Street Art: Ever More Legit, Collectible and Pricey!

Selfie with Martha Cooper at the Bowery Mural Wall. Artist Lakwena in background

 

Street art (or now increasingly called Urban Art) has been my passion for years and it’s beyond weird for me to think about how elevated it’s become.

  • Huge article in the Financial Times (paywall) this past week about the Jean-Michel Basquiat show opening at the Barbican. And, of course, the FT is only writing about it because Basquiat is currently the top-selling contemporary artist at auction ($110 million for a street artist!).
  • But the most amazing thing this week was that I finally got to meet Martha Cooper, one of my heroes.
  • For those of you who don’t know Martha, she is the most famous documentarian of the graffiti/street art scene – in the world! She got her start photographing the New York City graffiti scene in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • I was so thunderstruck, I took her photo but forgot to ask if I could take a selfie with her. Ten blocks later, I ran back and she was still there, shooting Lakwena, the British street artist currently doing a new Bowery Mural. Fortunately, Martha agreed to the selfie.
  • And now that I have finally met her, I see her around the neighborhood all the time! Funny how that works.

Read on below for highlights about the business of street art from the Financial Times – they provide great perspective on what has made this art genre so major.

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Saturated Color Is Having a Moment Thanks To Instagram

Saturated Color Is Having a Moment Thanks To Instagram

Street Art by Broken Fingaz for Life Is Beautiful Photo Credit: Jo Russ

 

Vivid and intense color is popping up all over the place these days. Have you noticed?

  • I have to thank my friend Jo Russ for putting it on my radar when she posted this amazing pic of the street art going up for Life Is Beautiful in downtown Las Vegas (above)
  • The very next pic on my Instagram that day was by photographer Paul Watson (see in Travel below). Those two random pics shot a day, and a world apart, got me thinking about what was driving this trend to bolder and brighter colors

First and foremost, it has to do with Instagram. We’re all documenting everything we experience and the more colorful the posts, the more “likes” we get. I’ve written previously about restaurants hiring designers specifically to make themselves more instagram-worthy.

Second, the resurgence of all things 90’s in fashion and design is adding a more colorful palette to our daily lives. The 90’s may also explain all the lavender and violet we’re seeing.

See below for the top Instagram categories driving this trend.

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Street Art: Saving Retail One Mural at a Time

Street Art: Saving Retail One Mural at a Time

 

My most outstanding discovery while in LA (not new, but new to me) was the RETNA-covered complex of buildings in DTLA at 7th and Alameda (former American Apparel factories). I drove past them on my way to the opening of the new ICA LA Museum. All I could think about while at the ICA opening was how I could make my way back to the RETNAS. Amazing work.

  • The buildings (dating from 1917) are being converted into a shopping and office campus with 100 shops and 15 new restaurants called ROW DTLA (great link, check it out if real estate and/or retail is your thing!!).
  • Owner Atlas Capital Group will convert the remaining 1.3 million feet of industrial space upstairs, originally designed by architect John Parkinson (known for Union Station, City Hall, and the Coliseum), into creative offices and lofts.
  • Architect for the conversion is wHY out of Culver City (has become the go-to for creative repurposing, also did the Marciano Foundation Building)
  • Smorgasburg LA (from Brooklyn) is set up there on Sundays.

When it comes to more traditional shopping, the liveliest retail corridor in LA is Venice’s Abbot Kinney. And once again, part of what makes it so dynamic is the profusion of commissioned street art found on store exteriors, restaurants, galleries, houses and fences all around the area.

Also noticed lots of witty signage around town (favorite may have been Alfred Tea’s “Can’t We All Just Get Oolong!” (pic below).

Another new discovery was Platform Mall in Culver City with its “Technicolor Ooze” mural by Jen Stark. The mall has a NYC/Brooklyn vibe with stores by Cynthia Rowley, bird, Sweetgreen, and Soulcycle.

See below for photos (along with artist info where available).

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LA is All About the Most Gorgeous Succulents, Cacti and Greenery

LA is All About the Most Gorgeous Succulents, Cacti and Greenery

Desert Gardens at Huntington Library in Pasadena

 

My trip to LA started last Sunday, on a sweltering hot day, with a visit to the Huntington Desert Gardens, one of the largest succulent collections in the world. Absolutely spectacular.

It also set the visual tone for this trip. Restaurants, retailers, hotels – all using greenery to great effect.

Bottom line: Los Angeles is where drought-friendly, heat-tolerant plants thrive while flowers look out of place.

And I must add that my home away from home, the Standard Hollywood, has been on the cacti-trend since Day 1 but they have upped their game as well with a new emphasis on succulents throughout the property. They even have a Cactus Lounge where every Wednesday night they present Desert Nights, a live acoustic music series that is worth checking out if you are in LA (photos and video below).

Check out all the “greenery” photos below from retailers, restaurants, hotels, and event spaces throughout LA.

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