Eat Your Vegetables!

With spring fighting and clawing to finally get here and farmstands beginning their cleanup from winter’s brutal slap in the face, it’s time to think green, at least for your plate!  Here are some soon-to-be salads on steriods from the web to get you inspired.  Super-size me!

Top photo by Philip Newton

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“Honor Your Partner. . .”

Some of my fondest memories while I was in middle and high school in Alabama are those times during the year when the gym class had us tweens and teens square dancing.  Gym class for me (and there will be plenty of you out there who will know what I’m talking about) was generally right up there with a trip to the dentist or principal’s office.  But I loved it when this time of year came around.  I wonder if they still have square dancing in high school?  Ah, good times. 

For those of you that relate to this, remember how difficult it was to learn the steps at first?  But when you got them down, it was a blast! Allemande left!  Allemande right! Promenade her home, boys! 

I swear one day I’m gonna clean out the red barn and host a rustic chic hoedown.  So what if everyone makes a fool of themselves?  A good time will be had by all!

"The Square Dance" by Katarina Polodak

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Sam Maloof’s Rustic Chic Rocking Chairs

I’ve loved rocking chairs my whole life.  My mom ways when I was a babe in arms, she could put me in a rocking chair and I would rock myself to sleep.  I still gravitate to a rocking chair if I see one in a room and although I used to have them on the porch of my little Victorian house before we did the barn, I don’t currently own one.  How did that happen?

Anyway if I could pick any rocking chair, it would have to be one of the rustic chic ones made by Sam Maloof.  Mr. Maloof, who died in 2009 at the age of 93, was one of America’s most renowned woodworking artists. 

He was particularly famous for his organic and sensuously curved rocking chairs but he crafted other furniture pieces as well.  His work is represented in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Smithsonian.  People magazine once dubbed him the “Hemingway of Hardwood”, a most befitting moniker.

A modest man, Mr. Maloof’s business card said “woodworker”, but he was so much more than that.  He was a gifted artist of the highest caliber.  Enjoy these images from one of America’s most rustic chic artists.

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Rustic Chic Rawhide from Moore & Giles

One step inside the customized silver Airstream bus that served as Moore & Giles’ rolling showroom at last week’s AD Home Show and I found myself saying “I’ll take one of everything.”  This leather goods company, founded in 1933 in Lynchburg, Va, supplies some of the finest hides for interior designers and the home furnishings industry but they also offer a jaw-dropping array of bags, satchels, clutches, wallets, key chains and much more.  And all are the height of Rustic Chic.  Here are some more items from Moore & Giles but be sure to take a look at www.mooreandgilesinc.com for even more.

All photos from www.mooreandgilesinc.com

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Shopping for Rustic Chic in . . .Tokyo?

Sad Sack Lives!

And now a slight diversion from our usual Rustic Chic coverage.  While following Toyko’s Fashion Week (who knew they had one?  bombshell alert:  they don’t), I had every intention of finding RC fashion from the Land of the Rising Sun.  I was beaten before I even started.  But this stuff is so bad, it’s good and I just had to share.  (My sides ache.)  

Andre got it right.  “It’s a famine of beauty, honey!  My eyes are starving for beauty!”  So enjoy the Fashion Famine Fiasco from far-flung (and I do mean “flung”) Japan.

Full disclosure:  I really tried not to be snarky, but they made it so easy.

Project Runway on a really bad day!

"After this gig, I'm going to hang myself. The designer made it so easy!"

The garlic deters not only vampires but press and buyers as well!

Next on Animal Planet: EATEN ALIVE!

Spin Cycle Chic

"We gave up our lives. . .for this?"

Get the butterfly net! And yes, it's for the designer

"My stupid agency made me do this show. . ."

Who shot the curtains?

"I'm so glad we had this time together. . . " Hey! Where's my mop?! Oh. . .yea. . .it's around my neck!

"This means you are autt! Please leave the runway. . . please, oh please . . . "

Yabbadabbadoo!! Flintstone Chic

Question:  did they run out of money for shoes?   Doesn’t really matter –  just try and pick a Choo for any of these!!

I don’t know about you. . . but I really needed this today!

March 27, 2010:  BREAKING NEWS!!

The bridge to Nowhere

All photos from WWD.

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Bruce Weber’s Most Rustic Chic Photograph

Everyone knows photographer Bruce Weber’s work (www.bruceweber.com).  Best known for shooting beautiful people in various stages of dress (or undress), Weber entered iconic status long ago.  However, in looking though his tome “Blood, Sweat and Tears – Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Fashion”, I came across his 1995 photo of Deborah Viven Cavendish, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire. 

It’s an ironic and light-hearted dichotomy – landed gentry doing the chores.  The image sums up what this blog is without a word.  But if you need a little verbiage about what Rustic Chic is all about, here it is:  ballgown, evening coat, serious jewelry, bucket of corn, chicken coop (French doors – nice touch, Deb!), hens, opera tickets. 

The Duchess by Norman Parkinson, 1952

 Top photo by Bruce Weber

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Peter Mann’s Rustic Chic Furniture

Tipping Point Chaise

While shopping for Rustic Chic last week at the Architectural Digest Home Show on Pier 94, I was stopped dead in my tracks by the chaise longue shown above at Peter Mann’s booth.  I have to admit I was not familiar with Peter’s work, but I looked and got hooked on at all the interesting furniture he had on display.  

Not only are his pieces constructed from a variety of rich hardwoods, leathers and metals but they are also sustainable and customizable.  In trying to describe Peter’s furniture, the word “reductive” kept coming to mind – with their skeletal frames cleverly masking a strong structure.  But their sleek, minimalist silhouettes in no way inhibited comfort – a must-have quality to be called Rustic Chic.  To learn more about this Mann called Peter, see the images below and be sure to visit his web site (www.mannpeter.com).  Well done!

DC Dining Chair

LC Side Chair

Supreme Desk

Xbody Table

Peter Mann

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