Catherine Bowen, Plascon Trends Editor
Some of the readers out there will remember the rom-com film “No Strings Attached” from last year, which featured Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman in the lead roles. Those readers who have seen the film will remember that Ashton Kutcher had a geeky and be-spectacled co-worker, with a huge crush on him (we can all understand having a crush on Ashton)! This character was played by actress Lake Bell whose home has just been featured on Vogue.com; after seeing the story, I had to feature it here on the Plascon Trends blog too.
At Trend Talk 2 earlier this year, I spoke about the “Fashion Nomadism” trend we are seeing in many fashion & décor editorials. This eclectic “look” tends to have numerous period and global influences that result in a wonderfully colourful and spontaneous feel to the styling. On a personal note, it’s an aesthetic that I really enjoy both in the home and in dressing. Did I mention that pattern is intrinsic to this style? This portrait of Lake Bell (above) wearing an Acne dress and Tony Duquette jewelry emulates the playfulness of colour, pattern and retro luxeness of this trend at times.
Lake attributes her home’s “eclectic cohesiveness” (I love that turn of phrase) to her mother Robin Bell’s influence, who just so happens to be an interior designer. For example, the tableau on her fireplace mantle epitomizes her high-brow vs. low-brow whims – the green vase is from a trip to Venice with her mother, and the white dinosaur is her dog’s (Margaret) chew toy.
The leather ottoman was found in a Parisian flea market; it never seemed to fit anywhere because it was too tall, until Lake’s mother decided to saw down the legs (?!) to coffee-table height and it became the centerpiece of her living room.
Her patio is, in her own words, having “a constant identity crisis”; the majority of pieces are street finds and hand-me-downs that have been given some TLC. Again, her mother came to the rescue for this space and urged her to develop some green thumbs.
I love her collection of succulents (ideal for the time-scarce and less than ardent gardener as they are very low-maintainence) and I am pleased to say I have few of her specimens on my balcony! Another reason she chose to have so many of these fleshy blooms in her home is that she thinks they look like “living clay sculptures”. The bunny topiary was a gift from her mother for Easter.
Her dining room features two “elegantly ferocious” enamel-on-copper-and-steel panels by artist Scott Campbell. The dinning table (which is a farm table) was given to her by her father who discovered it whilst restoring his track Virginia International Raceway. The two cock-and-rooster ornaments were another flea market find with the artist Scott Campbell (who is her boyfriend).
Finally, we come to her bathroom & bedroom… The exquisite soft green 1930s tiles are original to the house (I LOVE Art Deco architecture & design) and the regency shelves were care of her mother Robin Bell (once upon a time they held her DVD collection until they re-purposed them to home her perfume collection).
And any girl will tell you that a canopy bed and dressing table like those of Lake’s, are staple to a dream “girly” bedroom. Not everyone will opt for the particular mahogany wood finish, but a canopy bed seems to just ooze indulgence and romance from its very beams! And if you are into pampering – then to do just that, a dresser would be another bedroom essential.
So ladies (and possibly a few lads), what do we think to Lake Bell’s home of “eclectic-cohesion”? Are you as impressed as I am by this collection of assorted nick-nacks, flea market finds and treasure? Let us know if this post has inspired a décor idea for your home – we love hearing from you!