Shark!


Sharks are certainly newsworthy these days.  Shark Week is in full swing on Discovery, JAWS  just celebrated the 40th anniversary of its release, and on a less inviting note, Carcharhinus have made the Outer Banks their summer vacation destination.  Yikes!

Surprising as it may seem, I am loving every minute of it.  Despite my lifelong fear of sharks, I am obsessed with the movie Jaws.  I admit this seems a bit odd for a land lover, professional aesthete and enthusiast of all things cute and fuzzy.  First, I love a good thriller.  Second, the cast is perfection.  Third, the cinematography (Spielberg, of course) is inventive yet convincing.  And fourth, the dialog makes it one of the most quotable films of all time.  Yes, I could go on and on.  As a creative person, I believe a piece of art is worth celebrating, regardless of the medium or subject.  So without further ado, here’s to the most fascinating and freakin’ scariest fish in the sea.

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Rihanna, Bruce (aka Jaws) and Harper’s Bazaar magazine.  Has their ever been a better magazine cover?!

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Quint, Brody and Hooper (Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss respectively).  Arguably the best ensemble on film.

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clockwise from top left:  (1) electron microphoto of sharkskin, (2) Peter Benchley’s book cover, (3) a shark tattoo, (4) Givenchy’s shark tooth bracelet and (5) Miles Teller in a sharkskin suit.

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clockwise from top left:  (1) shark belly button ring, (2) Givenchy Antigona sharksin-effect bag, (3) marble Squalo Sharkfin doorstops by James Irvine and (4) a 5th century Etruscan amulet with shark’s tooth.

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clockwise from top left:  (1) Sharkie Heels from TaylorSays – so crazy I almost want a pair, (2) Sharkskin paint by Benjamin Moore, (3) the incredibly sexy Chevy Mako Shark II and (4)  the perfect cupcakes for a Jaws-themed party.

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clockwise from top left:  (1) Ruhlmann amboyna wood desk with sharkskin inlay, (2) Sharkfin pie – yes please, (3) SunSwimPlay grey Sharkie hat for baby and (4) sharkfin cookie molds/cutters.

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Links to these and other shark-themed items as well as JAWS film stills and movie quotes can be found on the Shark!  Pinterest board.

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Tricia ~~~~~~~^~~

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The Princess Bride


 

Today is one very important day for one very lucky girl.  If becoming a princess is lucky that is.

Kate Middleton weds Prince William today and much of the world will be watching.  Brits, Royal-enthusiasts

and wedding aficionados will be tuning in by the millions to see what the bride has in store for us.  I do like the

princess-to-be.  She’s pretty and polished and seems to have a gracious sensibility about her.  But fashionable?

Let’s not get carried away.  If I could, I would love to give her a makeover and style her on her wedding day. 

Plausible?  No.  But that’s what you gotta’ love about a blog.  I can indulge my fantasies right here on the internet. 

Below I’ve pulled together what I think would be the perfect look for Ms. Middleton on her wedding day.  Guess it’s

time to add a new title to my resume … Tricia Huntley: Imaginary Stylist to HRH Princess Catherine of Wales”.

  

  

  

 

 

 

The Dress

 

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A perfect fusion of traditional elegance and youthful modernism.  This mermaid-style, lace dress

would be a stunner on the thin, brunette bride who likes simplicity and form-fitting silhouettes.

 

Elie Saab Ceres dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Veil

 

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Considering the formality of the occasion, I would recommend a floor length veil.  But if

the bride were more comfortable with tea length (and royal protocol allowed for it), then

the veil at left would look just as beautiful with the Elie Saab dress as the one at right.

 

Homa Bridal spring 2011 collection veils

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shoes & Bag

 

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 Intricate handiwork and one-of-a-kind details are what make these accessories fit for a

[future] queen.  I love the idea of these pumps peaking out from beneath the hem of

the ivory lace gownAnd the beading and stonework of the bag is just incredible.

 

Manolo Blahnik heels and Larissa Barrera evening bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jewelry

 

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Jewelry is very personal and much more of a moving target than the dress.  What would I suggest

for a young bride on the cusp of royalty?  Pieces that are exquisite, but simple.  And I would keep

it to a minimum.  The bride’s look will live in infamy, so nothing flashy.  A pair of platinum, diamond and

coral pendant earrings along with an antique cameo brooch pinned in the hair at the chignonBeautiful,

unique pieces that complement the sapphire engagement ring that is at once impressive and sentimental.

 

Lalique Salome Brooch (1904) and Cathy Waterman earrings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Makeup & Hair

 

 

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For Kate’s makeup, I would suggest rosy cheeks, pale lips and soft eyes.  And absolutley no black

eyeliner!  For hair, a low sideswept chignon is a chic and contemporary alternative to a traditional updo.

 

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Congratulations go out across the pond to the royal couple on their wedding day.

Keep calm, BE HAPPY and carry on.

 

Tricia xo

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Gorgeous George(town)


  I spent Thursday evening at the incredible home of Deborah and Curtin Winsor in Georgetown.

They graciously hosted the Georgetown House Tour Patrons’ Party in their 34th Street residence.

The impeccable interior, sprawling garden and sheer size of the house left all who attended in awe.

Debbie and Curt are old friends and couldn’t be a lovelier couple – their gracious, relaxed style

was the perfect complement to an elegant evening.  So how did this guest return their hospitality?

I made my way around the first floor snapping photos with my iphone.  What can I say?  I’m an

interior designer, blogger and columnist – I can’t help myself!  But being the gentleman that he is,

Curt was happy to oblige and shared some fantastic renovation stories with me.  This power couple

not only powered through a complete gut job of the house, but did so in record time.  The result

is a grand, yet warm and comfortable family home nestled in the heart of Georgetown.

Please forgive the quality of my photos – I was trying to be inconspicuous ; )

 

 

 

 

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A view of the residence from 34th Street.

(photo courtesy of The Georgetown Dish)

 

 

 

 

 

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Entrance hall with seagrass and classical mouldings.

(photo by Christy Schlesinger – my partner in crime for the evening)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The sitting room has chocolate painted walls and Fortuny drapes.

 

 

 

 

 

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William Morris paper and a marble-topped demilune vanity in the powder room.

 

 

 

 

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The first floor public rooms are connected to the garden level rooms with a wide sweeping stair.

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The salon with its knole sofa, family portraits and garden views is polished and bold.

(photo courtesy of Washington Life)

 

 

 

 

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The contrasting palette of creams and browns continues in the dining room …

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… And kitchen.  Two seating areas, a separate bar and professional grade appliances.  Fabulous!

 

 

Thank you to the Winsors and the Patrons’ Party hosts for a beautiful event.

And don’t forget!  The Georgetown House Tour is this Saturday from 11:00AM to 5:00PM.

 

 

 

Spring Fever – DC Style


I don’t think I have ever been so excited for spring.

We just endured a brutal winter here in Washington and I think we’re

all ready for a new season.  The good news is that thanks to all that snow,

spring seems to have come early to the nation’s capital.  Our magnificent

cherry blossoms are already blooming and this past weekend’s temps were

absolutely heaven-sent.  In celebration of nature’s glorious transformation,

Luxe & Lucid is highlighting all things fun, fresh and flowery this week.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh … spring has arrived!

 

 

 

 

  

 

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H&G’s 2007 issue with Chloë Sevigny embodies the magic of spring.

The stone terrace, the roses, the dress … inspiring and lovely.

 

 

 

 

 

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Is there a more beautiful spot in spring than DC’s tidal basin?!

 

 

 

 

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 The perfect finish to a day of viewing cherry blossoms?  A late afternoon lunch with

your beau in a romantic setting like The Greenhouse at The Jefferson hotel below. 

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Or for true al fresco dining, try DC hotspots Perry’s in Adams Morgan,

Poste Moderne in Penn Quarter and Kafe Leopold’s in Georgetown.

 

 

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Or just skip lunch altogether and have a sexy, disheveled romp in the park! 

Louis Vuitton does it with dirt, doves and Lara Stone.

 

 

 

 

I do actually love spending my weekends in the park (sans romp); it’s a necessity

when one has a dog.  DC has incredible outdoor destinations.  My favorites are

Montrose, Battery Kemble and Dumbarton Oaks above.  

 

 

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Great for casual Saturdays and Sundays walking around Georgetown,

these bamboo-buckled Gucci flats are a warm weather staple for me.

 

 

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As is this playful tote.  I call it my “brunch bag".  I carry it on

weekends when I’m running errands and lunching with my girls.

 

 

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As for the rest of my spring wardrobe – I need to do some serious shopping.

Here are some looks I’d like to rock … from Jigsaw, Two Minds and Pucci respectively.

 

 

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And for evening maybe a flowing pastel ensemble from Donna Karan.

 

 

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Perfectly timed with the onset of spring, I received this card last week.  The modern

cherry blossom motif speaks to the brighter, sunnier days of spring.  It inspires

me to punch up my interiors with deep, saturated colors – especially yellow.

 

 

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Like the chairs in this Vicente Wolf dining room …

 

 

 

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… and the walls in this dynamic bedroom.

(who’s the designer?!)

 

 

Luxe & Lucid wishes everyone a wonderful spring.

And come see the cherry blossoms if you can – you'll never forget it!

 

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Tricia xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tip deLuxe


VISIT A MUSEUM

I’ve been sick this week.  A huge bummer that doesn’t leave much room for blogging!

So here’s a quick tip to tide you over until my next post.

Tricia xo 

For most Washingtonians, Snowmageddon has taken its toll.  We're worn out, burnt out

and bummed out.  Whether you’re looking for an escape from the snow or require a little

personal inspiration, a museum is a great place to start.  There are some fantastic exhibits

on display right now in the nation's capital.  So just when you've begun to question your

reasons for living here – guilty as charged – remember, we're privy to some of the most

incredible art (and architecture and history) in the world.  And it's right at our fingertips. 

People, this is  W A S H I N G T O N   D C.  Snow be damned!     

     

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Georgia O'Keeffe: Abstraction

The Phillips Collection

February 6, 2010 – May 9, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Portraiture Now: Communities

National Portrait Gallery

November 6, 2009 – July 5, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor

National Geographic Museum

November 19, 2009 – March 31, 2010

 

 

 

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Josef Albers: Innovation and Inspiration

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February 13, 2010 – April 11, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Dream … but not Yours: Contemporary Art from Turkey

National Museum of Women in the Arts

February 12, 2010 – May 16, 2010

 

 

 

 

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Turner to Cézanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection, National Museum of Wales

Corcoran Gallery of Art

January 30, 2010 – April 25, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purple Reign


It's over.

I'm not a guy, I'm not a jock and I haven't lived in Minnesota for twenty years.

But I do have three brothers and a father who are die-hard Vikings fans.  So despite 

the fact that I'm a fashion-loving, bauble-wearing, design-obsessed girlie-girl, I was

truly crushed by Sunday's loss.  In honor of my home team and those who love them,

Luxe & Lucid is featuring all things purple this week.  Who knew football could be so inspiring? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The power of purple brought to life by artist Mark Rothko.

 

 

 

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Emma Watson in Teen Vogue – darling.  And check out her ride!

 

 

 

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Saipua, a florist in Brooklyn, has the lushest, most incredible arrangements I have ever seen.

 

 

 

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I’ve been on a bit of a fragrance kick lately.  YSL’s Parisienne has notes of blackberry, rose and sandalwood.

 

 

 

 

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Kelly Wearstler’s new book HUE (I have a signed copy!) and photos of her home office.

 

 

 

 

 

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I loved Gucci’s 2009 spring/summer ad campaign.

Only girls this gorgeous could rock intense violet eye shadow.

 

 

 

 

I became fascinated by the work of Josef Albers as a fine arts major in college.

The German artist was a color theorist whose “Homage to the Square”

series illustrated the relationship and interaction of adjacent colors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Incredible!  A pair of amethyst cufflinks from Kimberly Klosterman.

 

 

 

 

 

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Two rooms by Solis Betancourtmy mentors and professional heroes – both featured in Southern Accents.

 

 

 

 

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 This aubergine clutch from Anya Hindmarch is insanely chic.

 

 

 

 

 

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 Louboutin’s signature red heel gives this ladylike lilac pump a little va va voom.

 

 

 

 

 

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 Aerin Lauder’s dining room in Elle Decor showcases the sexy sophistication of purple.

 

 

 

 

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Speaking of glamorous, successful, New York women.

Plum Sykes wearing, well, plum … and violet, raspberry, etc.

 

 

 

 

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A vignette of lilacs, reds and creams in the Virginia living room of a Huntley & Co. client.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And an ottoman upholstered in an orchid-hued moiré in another client’s Pennsylvania Avenue pad.

 

 

 

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One of Reese Witherspoon’s best red carpet moments.

Her deep purple ombré Nina Ricci gown was a stunner.

 

 

 

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And because I'm always looking for an excuse to Google Colin Firth …

Only a man as handsome as this Oscar-contender could rock a lavender ascot and look dashing.

 

 

 

 

– Professional Huntley & Co. photos by Kevin Allen Photography