Wednesday, June 15, 2011

AD Love

 Did anyone else think that this was going to be just another celebrity issue?  Not that I didn't appreciate the beautiful Elizabeth Taylor, but if you're going to claim to be the "International Design Authority" shouldn't we have some design on the cover?

I actually left it in it's plastic wrap on the breakfast room table for a week before I touched it.  That's not normal for me!  I usually delve into my mags and study and examine them until the next one comes out. When I finally opened it up, I was really blown away!  Such a wonderful combination of projects with one common theme....GOOD DESIGN!

This project by Thomas Jayne was simply stunning.  I love that blue parsons table with the antique, carved chairs and the crisp, white walls.  So unexpected for a home of this nature and yet, doesn't the combination just sing?

That table had belonged to the homeowner in mauve, Jayne had it lacquered blue. 

Look at that striped runner in this neoclassical envelope with those chairs dipped in a hot red.  Such an interesting combination and so graphically artistic. 

Then there's Amelia Handegan at the beach. Casual, graphic, comfortable, clean.  I love this project. What a contrast to Thomas Jayne's.

Great color and such a wonderful atmosphere.

The modern project - MR Architecture + Decor. Bachelor pad in NYC that has just the right amount of artful statement mixed with simply detailed materials. 

What a great modern kitchen injected with just the right amount of warmth in the table and floors.

 I love this closet done in laminated plywood, simple materials shown off at their best in a natural state.

A fabulous hotel on the Amalfi coast, Villa Tre Ville, exquisitely designed.  AD is international, you know!

I'm not sure I'd leave the room!

Then they top it off with a peek at some of the most unique architectural projects around the world.

I'm so satisfied.  I'll be pouring over this one for a long time.

All images from the July 2011 issue of Architectural Digest.


Splendid Sass said...

Agree, Carla! Perfect.
I loved the tribute to Elizabeth Taylor. So strange that they were at Taylor's home when she passed away.
Have a great evening.

Anonymous said...

peculiar to have Elizabeth on the cover but nice to see they featured Thomas Jayne, one of my favorite designers..and his work does not disappoint...

I am liking this new much better...


Anonymous said...

Carla, I'm glad to hear that after judging a "book" by it's cover that you were pleasantly surprised. You have inspired me to look up the newest edition of AD at the library tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

We are loving so much from this post! The white all with geometric floors, the dramatic sunburst at Villa Tre Ville, and that fabulous bathroom! It's all so chic! Thanks for sharing.
xo E + J

quintessence said...

Yup - great issue. Margaret Russell is, not surprisingly, doing fabulous things there. And thank goodness!!

Kellie Collis said...

Lovely! That kitchen is to die for! Enjoy the beautiful weekend, Kellie xx

My Galveston Cottage said...

I've got that issue just waiting for me. Now, thanks to you, I want to go pick it up and savor it all a bit more. Lovely.

Mona Thompson said...

I agree with every word. This was a really good issue. All examples of how fabulous deign can be when the client let's the designer do what they do best instead of trying to control the project themselves. Have a great weekend. Mona

under spanish moss said...

We stopped subscribing to AD a while back. They seem to have taken a turn for the BETTER! Yeah. Beautiful rooms. Thinking about subscribing again. Hope you have a great weekend!
Angela and Renee

designchic said...

Thought it was a beautiful issue, but like you, wasn't so sure it would be by the cover. Wasn't the Villa Tre Ville spectacular?! Hope you're having a great weekend ~

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Ellen M. Hill said...

I just love when a new AD comes out.

I found myself staring off into that dinning room at the top for several minutes. Imagine the parties you could host!

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