Install of the Day !

Hi !

New builds always take a while and I have been anxiously awaiting the completion of this project !  My client, Litsa Pappas if one of my favorites.  Anyone that feeds me at every meeting jumps to the top of my list !  ha.. she's is an awesome by scratch cook so she sees me a lot.  Seriously.. she was especially fun in that she let me roll with 99% of it.  She did the build out of the "guest house / pool house" and I filled it up.  Just in time for Christmas company, but probably a little chilly to hit the pool.  Love the copper gutters.. Take a look at a guest house to die for !!

Now inside she tied it back to the upstairs bonus room.  One big open concept living, dining, bar area with a wine room.  LOVE all the light and staircase detail.

I kept it neutral with pops of pool blues.  Called in Jacob to make a few reclaimed wood doors and Keith to do a few custom art pieces.

One of my favorite elements is the backsplash on the bar.  Wood tiles - yum !

Take a look at all the details !

art by keith j keim

A small all white bathroom down the hall to the guest room.

And a fully functional kitchen along that hallway.  

Plenty of room outside to eat, lounge and cook a little more !  Kinda jealous here.

May have to move in if they go out of town !

photos by Mekenzie Loli

Fun, fun and done for Christmas (for the most part)  !!


Join the Team !!

Hi There !

Yep - We're hiring .  We need a new member of our daily team.   Maggie and I are exhausted !  Let me give you the low down of just what we are looking for in a new Design Assistant I am going to be completely honest in everything we need !!  We want a team player full of enthusiasm, skill and personality !! 

# 1 Energy.   We are an extremely busy interior design firm with multiple clients and projects happening at the same time.  The ability to multi task efficiently and productively is a must.  No prima-donna's at Lucy and Company.  We all get dirty from time to time and we all run errands.  We haul furniture, we pull samples, we hang art, we update files, we organize fabrics and accessories, we take out the garbage, we break down boxes, we work late, we work on the weekends if we have to !!!  I am a self proclaimed OC, neat freak who wants- at any given moment - to be able to put my hands on something so organization is huge, huge, huge !

# 2 High Taste Level.  We would call upon you to pull and shop for last minute accessories for big installs.  I will send you out to find filler pieces for photo shoots and the finishing touches for a complete space and will need to trust your style choices.

# 3 Organizational and Computer Skills.  We are Apple people - spreadsheet skills are must.  You job will also involve detail oriented work on invoicing and work orders.  You will be asked to shadow our client meetings and note all measurements, wants and specifics and order all samples as well as type up initial quotes accurately.  Mistakes are costly and while I'll give you those occasional one, after that, if the sofa you measured doesn't fit through the door  - you own it.

# 4 Interior Design Knowledge.  With our current and upcoming project demands we don't have time to go over the basics.  Please don't come to us not knowing, for example, what COM means, it's happened to me in the past and I don't want to make that mistake in my choice again!

# 5 Professionalism.   Often you will be representing myself or Maggie.  We expect you to reflect us well !

Here's what I would like.  To look over resumes during the Christmas break.  Along with your resume I would like to see just how good you are !  I would like to see your style and taste as well as your ability to create a well thought out and beautiful design inspiration board !  Below is a fictitious client and their wants, needs and thoughts.  Please pull together a three room look for us to review and then "sell" it to Maggie and myself as if we were your client.

We cannot wait to find the next member of the team and excited to see what you can do !

With us in the middle of a big move from East Boulevard to our new loft at Atherton Mill.  I would suggest you email your resumes to me - beth@lucyandcompany.com and get to work on those design boards.  We plan to pick two days in early January to meet with all those we think are a good fit resume and correspondence wise with design boards in hand please on those interview days.

Thanks !!!

Beth and Maggie


Timeless Fortuny


Let's elaborate on Fortuny for a second, the last of my Italian inspirations.  Having seeing it live and in person in Venice, it re-kindled my love of this timeless beauty.  While wandering I passed one of their showrooms and stopped dead.  The lighting called me in.  Now Fortuny was multi talented and primarily known for his work in textiles but he also experimented with set and lighting design.    He eventually created a cyclorama dome that facilitated lighting effects, as well as a lamp that both magnified and diffused light.  

I spotted not only this gorgeous building but these classic tiered silk chandeliers all floating above.  This beauty - the Scheherazade 2 tier silk ($6,500) and the metal Scudo Saraceno ($2,800).  Statement pieces for sure !

I also saw a row of Studio and Atelier Series Floor lamps.  Really good !!  All about $3,800 and up.  Totally worth it in my opinion - statement pieces for sure.  Now Restoration Hardware carries them which breaks my heart a little, somehow that cheapens them to me... Ugg RH.  Don't get me started.  

Also love the Cupola's.  Come in both black and white - about $1,600. 

Just love them all !

Mariano Fortuny is best known for his textile design which are some of the most enduring designs of the 20th century.  Beloved by so many designers (and prized by their clients), Fortuny patterns don't seem to ever get old. Let's take a look at the story behind these fabrics, as well as the surprising other designs of Mariano himself.

Mariano Fortuny born in Spain, in 1871, the son of an important genre painter. The family moved to Paris in 1874 and then to Venice in 1889. Along the way, it became clear that Fortuny was a talented artist in many media. In addition to painting and sculpting, Fortuny would bind his own books, and make his own paints and dyes.
In 1907, he began designing women's dresses. His overall aesthetic was clearly inspired by the classical past, with column gowns suggesting the draped folds of Grecian chiton.   But the historicism of his clothes was balanced by the material, which Fortuny worked into tiny, fine pleats on machines he invented and patented . Fortuny's dresses were also characterized by rich jewel tones, achieved through multiple dye baths.

Due to the nature of the process, every run is different, and has a visible handcrafted quality. Fortuny's fabrics are characterized by their elegant designs, painterly lines, and dusty jewel colors, often with a metallic sheen. There are textile companies that sell "faux-tuny" designs, but after you've seen a few Fortuny's up close, it's easy to spot the fakes, which inevitably lack the delicate colors, hand-painted quality and grace of the originals. 

Peggy Guggenheim

Shortly after he launched his fashion career, Fortuny began designing the furnishing textiles he is still famous for.   From the beginning, these designs were clearly inspired by Italian Renaissance textiles, which in turn were heavily influenced by Islamic, Persian and Morish art. Later Fortuny designs also incorporated the Symbolist art of the era, as well as new 'exotic' influences like Mayan design. With his textile designs and production, Fortuny combined his lifelong interests in engineering, art, color, design, decoration, fashion and history.
After Fortuny died in 1949, his widow turned the company over to Elsie McNeil Lee, a New York-based decorator who owned American distribution of Fortuny designs. She helmed the company for decades before selling to the Riad family, who owns it now. With an archive of around 800 original Mariano Fortuny designs, the company re-produces about 40 designs per year.

We have an account with Fortuny and what a nice gesture - gifting us this great read.

Happy Saturday. 


Are You a Fornasetti Lover?

Hi !

Yep that trip to Italy really did inspire me, another artist I noticed while there, who had slipped my mind, Piero Fornasetti.  Philippe Starck, designer of the Palazzina G incorporated many of his designs on the property.  Those pieces created such a statement of whimsy but on such a sophisticated level.  This entire boutique hotel was so art filled at every turn.  With time at home over this holiday, I remembered a small book I had about a conversation between Barnaba Fornasetti (Piero's son) and Starck.  Great little read and filled with great images of his work.

Our room in Italy, while designed with luxurious whites and mirrored pieces, was popped with Fornasetti's face chairs in black and white.  This one little design element, in my eyes, turned what could have been a little overly glam, to artistic decor perfection !  It added just the right amount of edge and total sophistication.

Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) a Milan artist working in all sorts of mediums.  A painter, sculptor, designer, craftsman and an engraver of art books.  In his lifetime it is said he dreamt up and created more than 11,000 objects,  most of which one-of-a-kind.  Most famous for his tromp l'oeils, I love his precision, humor and elegance. 

His son Barnaba continues the tradition today in their workshop in Milan.  He has revived his father's most popular pieces as well as creating many new ones.  I am a huge fan.   Perpetuating the family's artisanal tradition he resuscitated many of his father's designs applying them in many new ways.  He has thus made it possible to create a licensing system for various commercial sectors allowing for the production in many applications.  Umbrellas, fabrics, lighting, ceramics, furniture, and jewelry to name a few.

While in Venice I  scooped up two of his iconic plates to add to a collection of favorite things I am stock piling for our new mountain house.   I plan to fill this get-a-way with sentimental things turning this little piece of heaven in the woods into a place with items of meaning.  I tell this to all my clients when I leave a few blanks in the design - travel and collect, don't just one stop shop.

I know you know the work of Fornasetti.  Wall paper, objects, lamps, chairs - there are out there.  In Starcke's conversation with Barnaba he said "Fornasetti is above all luxury for the mind .. haute couture and not for everyone.   A very cultivated person will appreciate the references, but someone else who is just looking for something funny, will love it just as much."

Visit the Fornasetti site and take a look behind the scenes at Fornasetti Atelier here.  Amazing videos of what's happening on each floor of the Atelier in Milan.

I love a few days off !