“I Decorate As If I Owned A Child” – Amy Sedaris


The above is, without a doubt, one of my favorite design quotes, ever. I read it several weeks ago, in New York magazine’s Home Design Spring 2011 issue, which as always was written by the venerable Wendy Goodman. Amy Sedaris’ apartment, one of six “extreme decor” features, was amazing. While all of the projects included in the issue were quite interesting, the way Sedaris combines the most odd accessories, think fake leg of ham and random children’s crutches, is incredibly fascinating and oddly endearing. Not an easy feat by any means. To see why and to read excerpts from the article click here or visit the Inspired Ideas page.

(Photography by Dean Kaufman)

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I’m Famous(ish)!

Happy Friday indeed! I’m blushing over here at JSD headquarters because the lovely, talented, amazing Peter Varcarel, a great friend and incredible stylist, posted a Q&A session with JSD on his blog today. Check it out here and be sure to leave a comment. Peter loves comments:)

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12,000 Sounds a lot Like 2,000


Long Border, a 45″ x 64″ framed Hugo Guinness drawing (above), is currently availble at John Derian . A few weeks ago I saw it and did a happy dance as it’s perfect for a downtown bedroom I’m working on. Sadly, I just discovered it costs $12,000, not the $2,000 I thought I heard the lovely sales lady quote. For now I guess I’ll have to be content to love it from afar. But don’t feel too bad for me (or you) as there is a silver lining! Guinness happily works in a variety of mediums and Derian carries unframed prints for around $300. Much more suitable for Affordable Decor.

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My Own Private Bungalow


While visiting my best friend and her husband in Durham, NC, I definitely felt the “why do I live in NYC” angst – particularly after seeing their adorable home and learning about their “adorable” mortgage. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was partially engaged in fantasies all weekend about what my Southern bungalow might look like. I’d definitely paint my front door a vibrant color. I also like the idea of a big bold door number. And look, there’s my little dog who I’d name Bean. Hi Bean!

Thanks Real Simple for this fun article in your April issue on decorating your doorway. You’ve really helped take my dreams to the next level. Which front porch would you choose?

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Can Bedside Lamps be Taller than your Headboard?

Yes. They. Can!

Thanks Amy Lau for this image on your portfolio page. It soothed a recent design heart attack I had upon realizing some fabulous lamps I fell for were a whopping 31″ tall.

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Draw the Line


At 70-something, Barbara Hill is way, way cooler than I am. A Texas-based architectural designer, her Marfa home, covered by an extremely talented former colleague of mine, Amanda Dameron) in Dwell’s February issue, is a study in texture, height, minimalism and light. I loved the entire spread, but what I really want to emulate one day is the use of a vintage hotel sign as a privacy screen – or room divide. Hung from a blackened steel tracks, the large metal piece glides easily to block a window that frames the backyard. This definitely beat the cotton drapery panels that at the time I was having made to separate sleeping and work spaces in a long rectangular bedroom. Of course the cost comparison would probably be a bit dramatic, but that’s beside the point….at this point. PS – I also really love the sage advice above the sink by artist Alejandro Diaz.

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Architectural Digest Home Show 2011

Some highlightsfrom this year’s Architectural Digest Home Show are pictured below. Let me your favorite and the crowd winner will win a spot in the Favorite Things side bar. Very exciting….
I love Atocha Design’s record and cd cabinet. I don’t own any, sadly, but this piece makes me want to start a collection.
Shyrdak Felt Rugs are customizable and extremely durable.
Patrick Weder’s concrete and wood furnishings beautifully blend mixed materials. The concrete layer over the wood is so thin you think it’s metal.
Naula Workshop’s walnut veneer media cabinet is extremely luxurious. The wood almost glows and all of the drawers are self-closing.

D. Bryant Archie Alpaca blankets and pillows come in a variety of colors and patterns and are so soft to touch.
People in fashion apparently think yellow is “the new neutral” Matthew Fairbank’s oak and laquer dresser is anything but….

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