Pretty much everything I love is encapsulated in this picture of Deborah Needleman's Hudson Valley home: the sturdy, kid-friendly, it's-okay-to-put-your-feet-on-it ottoman covered with a vintage suzani; books, including Oberto Gili's Home Sweet Home: Sumptuous and Bohemian Interiors; relaxed people; simple daisies; and an old densely patterned rug. I like the image so much I'm using it as wallpaper on my iPhone, iPad, and computer.
It was an unexpected treat when I opened my November Martha Stewart Living and found a peek inside the WSJ. Magazine editor in chief's house along with an accompanying story by Needleman herself. This issue is definitely a must see.
I'll be back soon with my own thoughts on Needleman's new book, The Perfectly Imperfect Home (illustrated by another SC fave, Virginia Johnson, BTW).
Longtime readers know that I'm a big fan of Doris Duke's suzani collection. Although her old embroidered textiles mainly originated in Uzbekistan (the Bukhara region), she actually picked up nine of them in 1935 while traveling through India as part of her craft-finding-world-tour honeymoon. If she were around today, I think she'd be headed to San Francisco's Asian Art Museum to see Maharaja: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts. I mentioned this exhibition a while back, but now the companion app is available. The Museum has also posted some behind-the-scenes videos here.
[Screengrab, Shangri La Vimeo page]
And as a follow up to the Ridder post, I thought I'd point out that an illustrated Shangri La talk about tile from the Near East can be seen here. On a loosely related note, please stay tuned for a report on the newly opened Peachtree Street Sam Flax.