This is a style post that I have struggled with. given that I have spent the greater part of my adult life in the Big Apple. It’s a place that represents so many different things to so many people. My 15 years in NY wasn’t necessarily a glamorous one ALL the time, but it sure was interesting. So for my inspiration, I decided to go for a time that happened before my arrival in 1999: The 70’s! I think that NYC of my time was still trying to recapture the magic of this period, but could never quite get there. And thankfully in design, we can dream up whatever we want, right? So here is my ode to a time that probably never really existed anyway.
Obviously invoking mine and Sarah Jessica Parker’s beloved Halston in this nightgown. The preferred designer for all things Studio 54 and chic. I made it of a chocolate silk jersey, with an open draped back actually a few years ago. However, I wanted to give it a moment in this particular scene because it fits the mood and deserves some attention. I know this isn’t a realistic negligee to wear around your boudoir. But hey, remember we are in fantasyland in this one.
Speaking of Studio 54, why not do a disco ball in the house? Keep the party going all day. When the sun shines in and it begins to sparkle, do a couple dance moves while making the bed. Disco balls are actually surprisingly inexpensive. I’m considering getting a few more and really rocking it because it does really light things up. And since we are still in a rental, I didn’t want to try to drill any holes in the ceiling, so I found a pretty tall garden stand and hook from Pier One Imports, Which we all know is super affordable. It really does the trick, I’d say.
And since we are still on the subject of non-reality, let’s talk about this amazing Rorshchach-like print. It’s actually a fabric produced by the unbelievably beautiful textile and wallpaper company Timorous Beasties. I had to carefully match two ends of the print and wrap them around two canvases so that the patterns matched together on the gap. Interpret this print as you see it.
On the bed I did a few mermaid sequin pillows that I picked up from Etsy. The texture and the feeling of moving the sequins back and forth with your hand helps quiet the active mind. And, let’s face it, also looks like a disco ball (we have a theme here!) And since all the photos I have ever seen of NY in the 70’s, there was an inordinate amount of graffiti everywhere, we had to do the graffiti print pillows. Maybe didn’t look so great back then, but looks ultra-cool as pillows now. I put these together with the leftover fabric turned sideways from my wall art. Pay attention, the biggest home decor trend of 2017 is a painterly, abstract art look.
Finished off the bed with a cozy chevron-print faux fur blanket from the famous Mood Fabrics (featured on Project Runway) in the Garment District. Which was my old stomping grounds from school and working in the fashion industry. I always try to stop in when I’m in NY for work to see what is new. NYC may be “hot” in terms of fashion and trends, but man, in the winter the weather is freezing and snowy. And you are definitely going to need that chevron blanket.
See you later NYC, You gave me some great memories, but today’s Kiki is enjoying her slower pace these days.