15Aug

The Alphabet Of Arcane Trades: Z is for…

Z is for…

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Zoographer
Combine my fascination with nature and my love of field guides, notebooks and small paper tags and the zoographer represents a dream job of the past for me. Tasked with studying animals and their habitats, the zoographer feels like a good fit if I were born in an earlier time. Even the first mention of this trade and I’m seeing the outfits, the instruments and the collection of evidence that makes this profession ideal for me. I feel like a pair of binoculars with leather details would always be on hand, along with a lead pencil on the smallish side, perhaps tucked behind the ear for when you spot a lemur on the run and must note down its markings and gait. And of course canvas would be the material of choice for much for the zoographer’s accoutrements, including campaign furniture. Yes, a perfect match for me!

 

Tune in next week for our new alphabet.

 

The Alphabet of Arcane Trades:
A is for…      B is for…
C is for…      D is for…
E is for…      F is for…
G is for…     H is for…
I is for…      J is for…
K is for…     L is for…
M is for…    N is for…
O is for…     P is for…
Q is for…     R is for…
S is for…      T is for…
U is for…     V is for…
W is for…    X is for…
Y is for…

12Aug

Finding Common Threads In Your Collections

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I have always been an admirer of paper – all sorts. And as I travelled the world collecting paper in all its guises (not the sole purpose for my journeys), I found offshoots of my obsession taking shape. My paper obsession saw a new outlet when I began to collect porcelain versions of classic-shaped paper vessels. A strawberry punnet, paper plate, hot chip container, espresso cup: I love that something usually tossed away after one use suddenly has a longer life by being made of something precious. I first saw this approach by Australian artist Nicole Lister. After buying her cups, I found other curious pieces in NYC, London & Paris. I stick to white and let the pieces speak for themselves in their simplicity. I like the surprise element of the traditionally disposable becoming permanent.

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But that is just the beginning of the offshoots of my paper obsession, it exists as the gateway to so many streams of my collection. I started with paper, and now my collection encapsulates maps, wallpaper, postcards, old packaging, playing & flash cards, books, luggage tags, patterns & blueprints and the list goes on like an epic poem. The beautiful thing about this is that all these side paths came about organically, giving the whole collection a relaxed theme. The array of pieces can feel like their own standalone group, but within the wider collection there’s a harmony that runs through my interior aesthetic. Perhaps the lesson is to keep an open mind when charting your own treasure hunt, and allow new ideas to present themselves, a good lesson for life, too. Perhaps you won’t find the common thread in your collection, but it will find you…

11Aug

The Stylist’s Guide to LA | SHOP

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RTH
529 & 537 N La Cienega Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90046
www.rthshop.com  |  @rthshop

This is one of the best shops (there are 2) in LA. Beware: you will walk out of here changing your whole look! I never thought a suede-edged vintage blanket could look so good as a shawl.

Ben (my trusty partner) had a great time with the sales assistant who insisted on dressing him up in all the good ways & left with a big bag of goodies as did I. This is more than a clothing shop, it is a lifestyle & styled in the coolest of ways with ceramics, bedding, a piano & even the mannequins with their paper sunglasses & feather head dresses you want to befriend.

I bought painters pants, cosy sweaters, white shirts, a leather belt & a leather ring.

It’s all about layering at RTH that starts with a strong base range of cottons & linens in shirts & pants etc then vests of corduroy & denim, throw in mix of vintage coveralls, shawls, hats, amulets & leather details & you are ready to adventure the streets of LA & beyond.

 

The Society Inc by Sibella Court | The Stylist's Guide to LA | SHOP
The Society Inc by Sibella Court | The Stylist's Guide to LA | SHOP

LOST&FOUND
6320 Yucca Street Los Angeles, CA 90028
lostandfoundshop.com  |  @lostandfoundshop_la

A destination shopping experience of 5 (or was it 6?) shops in a row selling you everything beautiful that you need for yourself, your children, your man & your home.

Each piece within the stores feels curated by a strong edited eye (I’m guessing this is owner & visionary, Jamie Rosenthal). Think handmade, global, thoughtful materials & the consideration of mixing & matching with what you already own.

I was coveting handmade leather shoes, everything in the home store, a leather woven bag – the main store is manned and then you request which ones you would like to browse – I had to look in all of them & they are happy to oblige and unlock them as required. Whilst I was looking plenty of loyal customers popped in & everything felt unhurried & memorable.

I bought a pile of beautiful embroidered, smocked & patterned clothes for Silver, jeans & sweater for myself and an African cotton dyed blanket for home.

 

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RESTORATION HARDWARE HQ
8564 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood CA 90069
www.restorationhardware.com

Just the thought & expense behind this fit out is impressive, showcasing RH furniture in a fully realised residential build. It is as though walking through a big impressive house or 5th Ave apartment with bathrooms, bedrooms and the most outstanding roof terrace. This is architecture blurring with the retail experience. Just think when you visit, this is all built to sell some sofas & outdoor furniture. I was green with envy at the terrace and wanted to invite my friends over – BYO – for the afternoon of lounging around playing ping pong & pool & drinking Rosé under the ancient olive trees and lighting the fire pits as the sun sets.

 

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RAG&BONE
8533 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
www.rag-bone.com  |  @ragandbone

Even if you don’t feel like clothes shopping, pop into this Rag&Bone for the shop fit out alone. I could definitely move my home or office in here & feel just right. Sandblasted herringbone joists line the ceiling with beautiful metal work on the doors, stairs and signage.

I couldn’t resist & left with a pair of espadrilles.

 

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#thestylistsguidetola | #thestylistsguidetotheglobe

For more destination photos & other great places to visit, follow our Pinterest board The Stylist’s Guide to the Globe.

9Aug

Deconstructing a Still life

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Although I am very anti-hunting and concerned about extinction, I continue to have a somewhat romantic view of colonialism & hunting safaris. Theres nothing like the find of a shed antler while traversing the countryside. It feels such a score to cart home. I would love to be in the country of roaming elk, and to one day stumble upon an Elk’s antler, or even a Pair!

A papier-Machè menagerie makes a transitional room a little fun. Attach them low & high so each has room for it’s own personality. The whimsical joy which animals brings can give beautiful character to any space. Our selections to re-create this still life at home are our Paper Mache Kudo Skull & Paper Mache Deer Head. Bring in the Milan armchair for it’s great lines, Whale side plate, Superior Tote Bag & ephemera clip to hang any additional beloved adornments & you have a beautiful story inspired by this still-life to bring into any space!

Shop the look here. 

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8Aug

The Alphabet Of Arcane Trades: Y is for…

Y is for…

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Yatman
In my search for the various historical trades to explore, I also cast my eye over records of surnames and their meanings. Arriving at Y on this alphabet of arcane trades, the pool was quite shallow, so I thought a look at the surname Yatman would suffice. A Yatman was known as a gateman in Northern England and the name itself is thought to be a variant of the name Yates. Not only does the name Yates hold some power in today’s world, but the “gatekeeper” title also lends itself to a slightly ominous and mysterious business. Perhaps history has obscured some of the Yatmans’ secrets, or perhaps the role was a little too specialised to hold court. Tune in next week for our final instalment of the arcane trade alphabet – I’m a little sad to be coming to the end.

 

The Alphabet of Arcane Trades:
A is for…      B is for…
C is for…      D is for…
E is for…      F is for…
G is for…     H is for…
I is for…      J is for…
K is for…     L is for…
M is for…    N is for…
O is for…     P is for…
Q is for…     R is for…
S is for…      T is for…
U is for…     V is for…
W is for…    X is for…

5Aug

All The World’s A Stage… Including Your Home

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The theatre is a wonderful place for a stylist like me. Aside from all the obvious appeal of the acting, drama, music, and dance, the set design offers so many ideas. I love to watch the sets change before my eyes: one minute the action’s in a house, the next minute by the sea, but all on the same stage, I like to think of my home and shop in the same way, with each room providing the backdrop for my latest obsessions or ever-changing needs and wants. But while some of us revel in the though of frequent floor-to-ceiling transformations, other like to like to take a more low-risk approach by leaving the basics or the big-ticket items (the walls, carpets, light fixtures, furniture and window coverings) and changing the less permanent features when the styling urge takes over.

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I also like to think of my home as a set, as I feel like then you loosen your restrictions on how you think a space should be laid out. Forget for a moment about your preconceived notions of design and play around with your layout and details, like a moving palette of inspiration. As an example, I like to think about I shoot I did for my book Bowerbird. Above, you’ll see the living room. It’s set laid out to greet you as you enter, and the open-plan zone is marked out by the rug – here is the spot for relaxation & conversation. But then we did a reverso….

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Above, you see the room from another angle. The bed sits against the wall that made up the left-hand side of our living space you just saw, and you can see from the image that you have an entirely different look. Yes, this was for a photo shoot, but I think you can see the positives in feeling playful with your space and working with new formulas to try out your untested styling theories. I dare you….