When I was a kid, and still to this day, I loved watching the old black and white movies from the 30's & 40's. Back when Hollywood and Beverly Hills was glamourous and the homes were stately and majestic. Even as a little kid I was drawn the architectural details of these homes which would play as a major influence later in life in my choice to become an Interior Designer.
Last October I participated in the ABC Expo in Las Vegas. The wonderful Lior from Numi Numi Designs was so gracious to let me display my pillows and art in his booth. It was there that I met the larger than life, very nice, Bill Horn of The Guncles. But I had no idea who he was at the time. (If you like Tori Spelling you probably know who he is.) I enjoyed chatting with him about his daughter and her room they were designing based on The Beverly Hill's Hotel. He was attracted to my "Bow" pillow and after seeing what his design was about I could see why!
He showed me a picture of the cabanas at The Beverly Hills Hotel and he might as well have struck a match right there because the spark (of my next idea) had happened. The next day the show was over and my best friend and I went down our hotel pool for some very much needed R & R. Well, guess what, there staring at me all day were black and white striped cabanas.
So if you ever wonder why or how designers get their ideas and inspiration, it happens just like that; a conversation, a memory, a location.
Whew...that was a lot of information! ha ha How about them Pineapples?
When I was younger my mother told me that Pineapples in a home represent "Welcome". I always loved that sentiment and have various pineapple statuary scattered around my home. This year when I was designing my annual Tea Towel & Calendar I had all these things in mind...Pineapples, Cabanas, Parties, & Zebras (so old Hollywood!) Mix them all together and you have my New Cabana Collection!
The holidays are upon us and so let the party begin! When I saw this Cabana from ZGallerie I almost fell off my chair and knew I would have to include it in my Mood Board. Of course you know by now how much I love ShopTen25 and that is where I found this fantastic Hampton Green Bar Cart. You don't need to have a built in bar to have a fun party station. These bar carts are perfect and don't take up a lot of space.
I hope everyone has a very safe and blessed holiday. I'm so grateful for you! Darling, it wouldn't be a party with out you! So Cheers! xoxo