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KRIS Likes… The Very Pink of Perfection

The verb “to pink” dates from the 14th century and means “to decorate with a perforated or punched pattern” – Collins Dictionary

Below are a few items that I think are the very pink of perfection…  Enjoy!

Madeline Weinrib “Pink Ivy” pillow.


Madeline Weinrib “Pink Orléans” cotton area rug.  Available in various sizes and carried by ABC Carpet and Home.

Pair of 1950s pink lacquer end cabinets designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller and sold at Talisman.  The hardware on this piece is simply divine when added to the bright hot pink lacquer! Contact vendor for price.

Chrome chairs hand tufted in hot pink wool sold by Pieces.  I love the half-moon base and delicate curved back on these chairs. $1,400 for 4.

Pink cased glass Murano lamps with lucite bases from the 1960’s.  Sold by Swank Lighting. $2,500 for the pair.

Curvy hot pink chaise lounge with white lacquer legs from Mid Century Antiques. $4,800 one of a kind.

1960’s pink lacquer bamboo trellis writing desk / vanity from Sabina Danenberg Antiques.  Very well priced!  On sale for $800.  I would defiantly use the money you save and spend it on some better hardware. Perhaps crystal knobs or something turquoise and funky depending on the use.


LOVE the hot pink Moroccan chandelier & stunning patterned draperies finished with a pink ribbon trim in this girls bedroom designed by New York designer Amanda Nisbet.

House Beautiful Jan 2009

I love the contrast of the hot pink towels against the painted black & white walls in this Master Bathroom designed by Steven Shubel.

This pink wallpaper in this powder room designed by Woodson & Rummerfield is to die for!

Jonathan Berger dining area featured in House Beautiful July 2009.

Unkown Source.

I love the pink walls with the orange ceiling in this room!






KRIS Likes… Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks

KRIS Likes… Mae Mougin Ceramics

While attending the trade show for Kora this week another vendor by the name of Mae Mougin Ceramics caught my eye.  Founder Mae Mougin started her career as a stylist until 1999 when she converted her Southampton garage into an art studio where she began molding and firing her functional, one of a kind ceramic pieces.  Each one is handmade by Mae from a brick of porcelain and are done on a commission basis – so can be personalized!  I found her pieces to be very creative and charming.  Below are a few pictures from the trade show but for more information on Mae, her fantastic ceramics, and the selective retail shops where her pieces can be purchased – go to her website at  Enjoy!

These asian inspired bowls with their gold interiors reminded me of my various trips to Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.

I loved her pieces like this little tray to hold your keys.  They are so clever, simple and fun!

KRIS Likes… New Designs by Kora

Kora Designs is currently attending a trade show in New York City at the AKA Hotel on 58th street between 5th and 6th ave.  I stopped by yesterday to say hi to Maxandra (and possibly do a little shopping of my own)… I simply LOVED everything they had to show me! Below are a few photos of some of their fantastic new introductions.   If you like some of the new items you see below please email me at to inquire about how to purchase them.  Enjoy!

These are the new Diana Vreeland meets Wonder Woman cuffs I talked about in my last post!

Some new necklaces have been added to the line.  Very boho chic!  I even love the rattan display stands they use to showcase them! Bravo girls!

KRIS Likes… Emilio Pucci in the Home

Emilio Pucci reached the peak of his popularity in the mid-1960’s and it was during this time that he started to apply his signature style to a variety of non-fashion products – including items for the home.  This expansion really started in 1961 when Pucci was commissioned to design a line of colorful and bright ceramic vases and dinnerware for the German luxury brand, Rosenthal China.  In 1965, he continued with his expansion into home goods by becoming the first fashion designer to create his own line of bed and bath linens manufactured by Springmaid.  Finally, in 1968 an Argentinean rug company called Dandolo & Primi contacted Pucci asking him to produce a line of tufted wool rugs inspired by his prints.  Like his clothing, the items Pucci created for the home were whimsical and chic with a vibrant and colorful palette.   Many of the originals can still be found at various online auctions or on eBay but I would love for Pucci to come out with a new line of home goods inspired by some of these originals!  Enjoy!

Ad for Emilio Pucci Springmaid Collection.

Original Packaging for Julia Pattern Sheets from Emilio Pucci Springmaid Collection.

Emilio Pucci Navy Printed Beach Towel (Sold at Saks Fifth Avenue).

Emilio Pucci Sioux-Print Beach Towel (Sold at Saks Fifth Ave).

Emilio Pucci Spring / Summer 2010 Beach Towels (Sold on Emilio Pucci Website).

Wool Pucci Carpet in Vivera Pattern.

Original used in the main room of the 64th and Madison flagship boutique in New York City. Pucci would use his carpets to decorate his various boutiques as seen below.

The rugs were also used as decoration in his Florentine Palace (below).

In 2001 the Pucci company joined forces with Cappellini to produce a new furniture line designed by Patrick Norguet and sold by Unica Home.

Cappellini Rive Droite Armchair by Patrick Norguet

And just in case you are overwhelmed with the sudden urge to put some Pucci in your home right away –  here are a few great items on the market…

Emilio Pucci Throw Pillows.  Sold by Modern One on 1st Dibs.

1960 Pair of Italian Glass Lamps Designed by Emilio Pucci for his Rome Showroom.  Sold on Gary Rubinstein Antiques on 1st Dibs.

60’s Chic White Lacquered Stools Re-Upholstered in original Pucci Fabric.

Finally, to end this fun journey through all things Pucci I will leave you with some remarkable images from the Pucci 60th anniversary party in Miami.  Held at the waterfront estate of Norma and Luis Quintero; the renowned visual artist Gerard Cholot transformed the estates ballroom into the absolutely gorgeous installation pictured below…

KRIS Likes… Voxtrot – The Start of Something

Oh, take me on back, take me on back, take me back
To the place where I could feel your heart
Is this the end, or just the start
of something really, really beautiful
Wrapped up and disguised
As something really really ugly?

KRIS Likes… The Prince of Prints Emilio Pucci

Classic Pucci prints were wild, hot and madly stylised; a grab-bag of sinuous Art Nouveau blooms, Op Art graphics and Arabian exotica. The designer’s bold colour clashes were always brilliant. But the shapes were the last word in ease: shift dresses, pyjama pants, tunic tops and billowing djellabas. Pucci had the soul of a modernist: there was never a superfluous seam or fastening. – James Sherwood The Independent

Cotton velveteen capes by Emilio Pucci from 60’s and 70’s at the new archive devoted to his work at the palazzo pucci in Florence.

“I revolutionized fashion because of Intuition.  Certain things were in the air.” –  Emilio Pucci

New York Fashion Week has come to an end and my favorite fashion designers have been on my mind.  Ranking top on this list is Emilio Pucci. A master at using explosive colors in geometric and organic shapes, Emilio Pucci has been a long time favorite fashion designer of mine.  Sometimes featuring as many as 15 different colors in one design, wearing Pucci can make you feel like a walking canvas.  For me, there is nothing quite compares to a Pucci Print!

Marchese Emilio Pucci was born on November 20th 1914 to one of Florence’s oldest nobel families with a lineage that dates back to thirteenth-century Florence.  His ancestors were painted by such artists as Botticelli and Leonardo Da Vinci.  It was Emilio Pucci’s passion for skiing that brought him into the world of fashion.  As a member of the 1934 Italian Olympic ski team, Pucci designed his own uniform, along with the uniforms for his entire ski team at Reed College.  Eventually, this new streamlined ski outfit was featured in Harper’s Bazaar and landed him a position designing women’s ski clothing for Lord and Taylor under the White Stag label in 1948.  Two years later, with his visionary sense of style, and eye for color and design, Pucci opened a fashion house unlike any other.  Marilyn Monroe was even buried in one of his dresses!

Above Pucci photographed by Toni Frissel – a photographer for Harper’s Bazaar.

Pucci remains true to its roots – in 2007 they designed a line of skis and ski gear for Rossignol.

Emilio Pucci Rossignol Ski Uniform

2007 line of skis for Rossignol designed by Pucci

Pucci’s clothing was designed for the natural more active woman of the post-war era.  In the 1950’s Pucci made pants a way of life for women.  He was one of the first designers of his time to develop his own logo and actively expanded his line to incorporate new ventures.  A perfect example of this is from 1967 -1977 Pucci was hired by Braniff International Airways to design new and updated uniforms for their flight attendants.

Inspired by the natural landscapes of the Mediterranean and exotic cultures, Pucci brought luscious, bright colour to his design.

Picture montage above from the book Emilio Pucci by Vanesssa Friedman.  An amazing book.  The cover is made from Vintage Pucci Fabrics!

Below are two of my current favorite Pucci finds on the market….

Emilio Pucci Coral Satin High Heels.

I love these 196o’s Pucci Cotton Velvet High Waist Shorts sold by Coquette on 1st Dibs.

KRIS Likes… Canopy Beds Cont…

Kelly Wearstler

As it turns out I am not the only admirer of the canopy bed.  After getting many emails from readers admiring the canopy beds by David Hicks I was inspired to do another post on the topic.  The canopy bed first came into existence as a way to give the lords and nobleman of medieval Europe some privacy and added warmth.  Today it continues to be used by interior designers in new and creative ways despite no longer being needed for its original purpose.  And what fun they can be!  Below are photographs of canopy beds by some of the top interior designers of our time.  Enjoy!

Tom Felicia

Miles Redd

Jonathan Berger House Beautiful July 2009

Melissa Rufty House Beautiful October 2010 (This months issue!)

Charlotte Moss Veranda Nov-Dec 2008

Celerie Kemble House Beautiful November 2007.  I love the lavender scalloped edges!

Jose Solis Betancourt and Paul Sherrill Southern Accents Jan/Feb 2008.

Vincente Wolf Elle Decor December 1995

Ruthie Sommers InStyle Home Spring 2007

Angie Hranowsky

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Daughter Apple’s Bedroom via Habitually Chic

Katie Ridder Elle Decor March 2008.  This is one of my favorite  bedrooms for a young girl!

Katie Ridder Elle Decor January 2009

Ruthie Sommers

Palmer Weiss from her website.

Phoebe Howard Atlanta Showhouse 2006

Phoebe Howard Detail

Jamie Creel and Marco Scarani Elle Decor December 2008

Gary McBournie House Beautiful Dec 2008

Michael S Smith Elle Decor October 2009

Elizabeth Dinkel Veranda

Barry Dixon Metropolitan Home June 2008

Noel Jeffrey from his Website

Jeffrey Bilhuber House Beautiful November 2007

Benjamin Noriega-Oritz

KRIS Likes… Passion Pit

Moth’s Wings by Passion Pit.  From their debut album “Manners” released in May of 2009.  Enjoy the weekend!

KRIS Likes… OMBRÉ in Autumn

Defenition of Ombré:  Having colors and tones that shade into each other – used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark.

Origin of Ombré: French, past participle of ombrer to shade, from Italian ombrare, from ombra shade, from Latin umbra. First Known Use: 1893

- Merriam Webster Dictionary

The Ombre trend in fashion really started to gain momentum in the Summer of 2008 but there is something about it that keeps me coming back for more!  When done correctly, it gives off that ethereal bohemian vibe while still being sophisticated, crisp and clean. It adds instant dimension wherever it’s applied.  It’s the solid that is not a solid and nothing gets better than that!  Typically, when people think of Ombre they think summer.  Luckily, for Ombre freaks like me the trend translates nicely into fall as well.  Below are just a few of my Ombre favorites to carry you into Autumn.  Enjoy!

Alexis Bittar Mercury Ombre Hinge Bangles

Oscar De La Renta Jeweled Snakeskin Peep-Toe Pumps

Alice + Olivia Voula Sequin Dress

Missoni Chevrom Stripe Belted Boiled Wool Sweater in Pink Degrade

Papyrus – Orange Purple Ombre Thank You Notes

Anthropologie Smoldering Hues Shower Curtain

Shock and Wave Velvet Fabric in Sand and Sable Colorway by Schumacher & Co


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