Editor’s note: My outfit today is a blouse and pant from Ann Taylor, belt from Cole Haan, and shoes from Roger Viver.
Happy Friday!! In many ways this has been a short week...and then again it has had so many facets to it that it has been a long one. I am looking forward to the weekend and finishing my Christmas cards. The job that I started to work on this week in Fort Worth is moving right along. There was a fabric in my bag that I brought on Monday when we opened the rugs ( that would not work) that may clients loved. I was able to build on that during the week and the color story and direction is really coming together. I was even so fortunate that several of de Gournay designs I liked and one of the Schumacker designs......my reps had a real larger piece for me to show my client! My Schumacker rep Karine had it in her car when she came to see me. That is called living on the right side and having a lucky star on my shoulder !!!!!! The larger samples show so much more than the small ones. The house that did not have a true direction on Monday ( the sky is the limit when starting from scratch!) is really falling into place. I met with my commercial job this morning who has been my client since the 90s. He is so funny....once I start a job with him I am already behind schedule when I walk out of his office. He loved what I have picked out and now I need to get bids. This is not the most opportune time to get people to get bids...but I will get it done!! Now I have drapery fabric to have as a guideline to work with the faux finisher. First things first ....you have to start somewhere!
I had my interview for the article in Dallas Style & Design yesterday. It lasted an hour! It was so much fun explaining all of the details and the inspiration for the rooms. So a big week having the photo shoot on Monday and the interview on Thursday!
The article today comes from the November issue of Architectural Digest. I have been so busy lately that I have not had time to sit down and read the whole thing. One of my friends and clients asked me if I had seen the article on the house in Lake Tahoe . I found it!!!! Not only am I going there in 2 weeks but they have a second home there. So this article has special meaning. What a cool story! Kevin Systrom —-the cofounder of Instagram—-and his wife wanted to create a vacation home for generations to come to enjoy. He proposed to his wife on the dock at the property. The guest rooms all have names . So much attention to detail makes this vacation home incredibly special. Enjoy and have a super weekend. I get to go experience this magical place in two weeks!!! Lake Tahoe here I come!!!!!!!
Designer Ken Fulk first met this couple as neighbors in San Francisco. What started as a dinner ended with the creation of this spectacular home. The custom sofas are upholstered in a Clarence House fabric that has the feeling a Native American blanket. The bookcases wrapping around the sofas are constructed of crocodile-embossed bronze. Now that is a feature you don’t see every day!!! The lime green running through the fabric is repeated on the leather chairs set up to enjoy the view.
The dock where he proposed!
What a fabulous dining area with a view of the lake. The light fixture is vintage—- which is something they tried to incorporate throughout the house. They shopped “far and wide for vintage pieces that spanned periods and places.” Of course I love the banquette! The chairs are vintage as well.
A master bath with a view!!!! The Waterworks tile taken up to the ceiling is wonderful. The Moroccan chair adds attitude.
The house is surrounded by Jeffrey pines. Look at that water........crystal clear!!!!
This is the Ian Fleming room inspired by a “jet-setting Bond.”the walls are covered in Fornasetti clouds by Cole & Sons......you can feel the movement . The furniture pieces are from the 70s.
I can only imagine the pure joy of having my morning coffee or my evening cocktail in this outdoor seating on the water.
The counter stools by Blackman Cruz are so sassy!!!! The island is custom brass and is topped with end-grain walnut. The cabinets are “clad” in “cold-rolled steel.” Amazing.
This is the sunroom. I love the Whimsey of the suspended daybed. What child would forget this detail going through life!!!!! Like a big porch swing!
The vintage rattan chairs....what a work of art!!!!!..... with their furry upholstery surround a game table in the study. Once again with a view of the lake. The draperies are made from Pendleton blankets. What a cool idea!!!!! So unique. This home has a new feature to admire at every turn. “The Drunken Poet’s Quarters”— the name given the bunk room—- has curtains made from wool blankets with custom embroidered quotes from Baudelaire ,Dorothy Parker, and Bukowski. There is a “pub room” with red leather banquettes and is “:sheathed in charred redwood paneling.” I wish every room could have been photographed!!!!!!!
“Inside Instagram Founder Kevin Systrom's Lake Tahoe Retreat” article featured in Architectural Digest October 2019 Issue
By Ken Fulk
Photography by Douglas Friedman
Cracks me up!
One of our shop dogs resting from her work!
Dinner last night was pork chop with steamed asparagus.
I love the Beatles!