City Modern NYC

There is no question that New York City is the pinnacle of the design realm of fashion, architecture and interiors in America and for much of the world.  Dwell and New York magazines are celebrating the city’s design thumb with the 2nd Annual City Modern Festival which ends on October 4.  The past week has been full of programming and home tours exhibiting modern architecture and design.  Some of design’s most powerful intelligencia participated in panel discussions, including architect David Rockwell, brand-genius Jonathan Adler and Thos. Moser furniture designer Adam Rogers.

Last weekend there were 10 gorgeous homes in Manhattan and Brooklyn that were open for the curious peruser.  Wish I could have attended but at least I found some great photos of the cool pads.  This is definitely on my to-do list for the future.

Fractal Pad, Manhattan

Meatpacking Loft, Manhattan

Skyhouse, Manhattan

Salle Residence, Brooklyn


Redemption Story

As a kid, many of my clothes came from Jacque Penne.  From dapper Easter suits, to cool first-day-of-school outfits and even gym shoes.  The store was the epitome of American decency.  Nothing too fancy but just enough at the right price.

If you haven’t figured out what I am referring to, its your regular ole’ JC Penney department store.  My mom came up with the snazzy nickname to dress up the staid place.  My parents often reminese of how they would get dressed up as kids to go shopping at the big store downtown, where they could get almost anything.  As suburban sprawl and the invention of the shopping center opened the door for new retail varieties and casual shopping experiences, giants like JCP and Sears lost their luster and convenience.  Mass consumerism and the common affinity for more luxurious goods has boosted destinations such as Nordstrom and Macys, while leaving others in the dust.  Not to mention JCP’s hiccup on the new pricing strategy….what were they thinking?  Everybody loves sales!!

In an effort to get back on the right trajectory, JCP has reestablished sales and even made a public apology.

More specifically, the stores have been redesigned into stylish shops dedicated to individual designers.  The home store has become a super chic mixture of our familiar friends…Jonathan Adler and Martha Stewart…plus many others.  Take a look at some of my favorite picks:

Proper English Design by Conran

Candelabra $70: JCP

Highboard $1,355: JCP

Sofa $1,645: JCP

Design by Conran: JCP

Side Chair $480: JCP

Vibrancies at Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler

Foo Dog Lamp $75: JCP

Tufted Chair $1,695: JCP

Happy Chic: JCP

Elizabeth bed set: JCP

Bleeker dining set: JCP

Outdoor pillow $25: JCP

Other fun finds….

Michael Graves bookshelf clock $110: JCP

Pantone shower curtain $42: JCP

Michael Graves lamp $145: JCP

Metro wool rug: JCP

Wilco table $1,250: JCP

Take a moment to peruse your local JCP and ask yourself a few questions as you gauge the redirection of the company, especially the lively new home store. 

  • Do you buy the designer collabo scheme and will you actually make purchases? 
  • Do you think the higher price points are too much for the average-Joe retailer? 
  • And are the brighter lights and modern designs enough to appeal to shoppers and boost revenues? 

Only time will tell the fate of this American powerhouse because the road to redemption has just begun…..but for now let’s not call it a comeback.

Trinidad James meets Jonathan Adler?

If 2 guys were ever further apart on the spectrum of dude-ism, Trinidad James and Jonathan Adler are the extremes.

  1. Trinidad James spits colorful rhymes, while Jonathan Adler designs colorful furnishings.
  2. Trinidad calls the mean streets of ATL home, while Jonathan prefers the the posh avenues of the Big Apple.
  3. Trinidad was discovered on Youtube, while Jonathan launched at Barneys.
  4. Jonathan uses pops of color, while Trinidad pops a Molly- he sweatin, WHEW!!

But there is one thing that connects their two worlds…and it’s All Gold Everything.  Trinidad James channels the spirit of Jonathan Adler in his song as he professes his love of ”Gold all in my chain, Gold all in my ring, Gold all in my watch – Don’t believe me jus’ watch”.  Jonathan appreciates the sheen of gold and bronze when sprinkled on anything from accessories to tables to wallpaper.

The Midas Touch has made a resurgence in the world of design.  Metallics no longer spook homeowners with the spirit of antiquated granny dens but are the forbearers of good style to come.  Now we are talking the subtlety of mom’s gold Chanel earrings, not the gaudiness of Trump Tower so don’t over do it.  Check out some of Jonathan’s blinged out creations:

Available now at Jonathan Adler

Peep the gold tree: L’ esthetique

Jonathan Adler teardrop table