Sunday, March 30, 2008

Design Crush: Peter Dunham

By now you have certainly had the pleasure of pouring over the fantabulous home of Peter Dunham featured in the latest Domino Magazine. (He is definitely in my top ten design crushes at the the moment.) Then I opened my Western Interiors magazine and was excited when I saw another one of his design projects in the same month.

I curled up on my freshly made four poster bed with some Dove chocolate Easter eggs to settle in for a relaxing read with my pile of magazines. The more I looked at the Western Interiors spread, the more I realized I had seen some things before.

Now we all know the Peter has opened a beautiful new shop in LA called Hollywood at Home, so some of the things are from his new line of furniture and fabrics. You can see a couple of his spool chairs in the photo above.

And this pretty nook has pillows made from Peter's Star Burst fabric.

But then I realized there were more than just a few items in common. And the hunt was on. I saw this Ikat rug in Peter's own Dining Room.

Many of the fabrics in this Master Bedroom are from Peter's collection as well: "Fig Leaf" on the pillow and "Indian Chintz" for the window treatments.

All photos above, Western Interiors magazine, April/May 2008, Photos by Grey Crawford

Now here is Peter's Living Room. So livable and cozy, but also sophisticated. The African Shield on the back wall had shown up above the fireplace in the top photo as well. Now how do you all feel about this? Personally, I like the fact that Mr. Dunham has been using his home as sort of a revolving showroom of objects that he finds, gets to enjoy for awhile and then passes on for others to treasure. This is the lifestyle of many an antiques dealer. What better way to share your life and passions!

These chairs are another of Mr. Dunham's designs. You may remember them from Jennifer Garners home. And the Ikat rug ended up in the kitchen above.

Here are the spool chairs again. And if you read down, you will see these cork lamps are for sale through the Hollywood at Home website. Please don't forget to take a look at the wonderful things here!

In Peter's Guest House, you can see his Fig Leaf fabric as well as Star Burst on the pillows. His mix of found things really makes his interiors so personal.

Again we see the Indian Chintz fabric used for the draperies in Peter's bedroom, and I found the green glazed bedside lamps for sale on Hollywood at Home.

This carved column pedestal is also available through Hollywood at Home/ 1st dibs.

Photos above from Domino Magazine, April 2008, Photos by Miguel Flores-Vianna




Here are the items as seen on Hollywood at Home website. I may have to snatch up those pedestals.

Fig Leaf


Indian Chintz

Star Burst

These are but a few of the really beautiful fabrics you can find through Hollywood at Home.

For more information about Peter Dunham, be sure to check out posts by Peak of Chic here, and Stylecourt here and here!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Aloha Maui, Part 1

Well I'm back! Maui was magical and everything we'd heard. I was surprised by how varied the topography and ecosystems on the island were. I wanted to share some of my photos with you of our adventures. So sit back and enjoy. Mahalo!

This is the view upon entering our hotel: the Hyatt Regency in Kaanapali. They have gathered quite a collection of Asian antiques and artifacts, Quite impressive.

This was the view from our "partial ocean view" room. Makes you wonder how great are the rooms with a "full ocean view". I was totally happy with the garden view and the ocean beyond.

Another wonderful artifact at the Hyatt

Sunset our first night. Sigh....

Our first day we took to the trails through the lush forests of west Maui. This photo shows one of the "easy to get to" photo opportunity spots on the island known as the Iao Needle.

We went to the Old Lahaina Lu'au our second night. It really is the most picturesque of the options on Maui. (And you really can't miss at least one luau in your life right?)It has beautiful grounds right on the beach. We would pass the lu'au at the Hyatt practically every day on our way in and out of the hotel, and we had also caught glimpses of other venues. The Old Lahaina Lu'au is by far the most charming setting.

A secluded little beach near Napali that we discovered one day.

This beach is on the Ke'anae Point on the Road to Hana on the Rain Forest side of the island. Gorgeous and dramatic lava rock beaches.

Charming church on Ka'enae Point built in a traditional style with tin roof and lava rock.

We made lots of new friends.




One of the best surfing beaches we found in Hana.

Beautiful black sand beach in Hana.

One of the most fun days we had was sailing on the Trilogy catamaran to the tiny cinder cone island of Molokini. They started us off with a breakfast of fruit and some of the best cinnamon rolls I've ever had. We have not had our underwater pictures developed yet, but we caught some good photos of the abundant sea turtles and loads of fish among the coral reefs. One of my favorite things, though, was the ukulele playing and original songs by our Captain, Mark. Great day in Paradise.

This is whale watching season in Hawaii and there were all over the place. I hope you can make out the tail in my picture!

Loved this outrigger canoe!

During another day of exploring, I was struck by these palm trees at H.A. Baldwin Beach Park near Paia. It is named for one of the first and most powerful sugar cane farmers in Hawaii, for father of C&H Sugar. (We also hit the Sugar Cane Museum to learn a bit more about this industry that made such an impact on Hawaii.)

The Plumeria were blooming everywhere.

It was hard to come home.

I am going to put together a bit of information on the restaurants where we ate in my next post. There were so many really good restaurants and one in particular stood out as my favorite. Stay tuned!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Spring Break: MAUI !

First, let me apologize for not posting more often this week! I have been down with a very tenacious bug . At the same time I have been trying to get enough work done to be able to take off next week for Maui. Top that off with the hubby's car breaking down ( he gets my car and I am without wheels!), an ortho appointment for one daughter and another coming home early from school with her own bug, and it has been a more than hectic week. And I still have to pack, clean the house for a sister-in-law who will be staying while we are away......and who said anything about being ready for Easter the day we get back?!

Well...at any rate, I thought I would leave you with some of the beautiful images from the design team of Marion Philpotts-Miller, Charles De Lisle and Jonathan Staub, also known as De Lisle, Philpotts, and Staub Interiors, with offices in San Francisco and Hawaii.


I believe that all of these images are homes that Marion Philpotts has done in Hawaii, and if not, they certainly incorporate her flair for tropical design. (Not all locations are listed on the website.) Isn't that the most luscious color for a fireplace surround?!

The three photos above are from the home of the designer herself, Marion Philpotts-Miller. Marion is also the Senior Designer in the firm owned by her mother Mary Philpotts McGrath: Philpotts and Associates. (Check out their website for some more amazing Hawaiian homes.)








I will take loads of pictures to share when I get back. I'll miss you!

Aloha!