James Kicinski-McCoy is a writer and blogger, specializing in strategic marketing and branding, is a co-founder and editor of Mother Magazine, and co-owner and creative director of Two Son. She lives with her husband and four children in Nashville, Tennessee.
Now that things are settling down for us a bit, we finally have the time to complete some more projects around the house. So far, we’ve put on a new roof, redid our laundry room, and replaced all of our kitchen appliances. Over the next few months, we are finishing up the kitchen upgrades, installing new flooring on two floors, fully gutting four bathrooms, repairing and repainting the siding of the house, and tackling landscape upgrades this spring. We’ve already ordered wood to replace our old carpeted floors upstairs, selected an exterior paint color, and have made all of our bathroom selects as far as tubs, sinks, and fixtures are concerned. Now, we’re trying to make final decisions on bathroom tile. Who knew there were so many choices to make when it comes to the room that houses your toilet? Floor tile, shower tile, sink fixtures, tub fixtures, sink type, towels bars—it can all be a bit overwhelming, but, we are almost there.
All of that said, we’re been looking to different home design sites for inspiration. At the end of the day, you can only look at so many swatches before you need to visualize what the outcome will look like in real life. This house is one of my all-time favorites. The clean lines and minimalist, yet intentional decisions are so smart. I mean, just look at that staircase!
I’ve pulled together ten of the most iconic homes from different celebrities during Hollywood’s heydey in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. From sprawling Palm Springs mansions to Manhattan apartments, these homes reflect an air of “Old Hollywood” glamour that simply doesn’t exist off-screen today. Hope you enjoy as much as I do.
Frank Sinatra’s Palm Springs home, “Twin Palms”. (Palm Springs Style)
Elvis Elvis Presley’s Memphis home, otherwise known as Graceland. (Graceland)
Charlie Chaplin’s LA home, nicknamed the “Moorcrest estate”. (LA Curbed)
Elizabeth Taylor’s “Casa Elizabeth” in Palm Springs. (Telegraph)
Marilyn Monroe’s Brentwood home. (House Beautiful)
Marilyn Monroe’s upper east side apartment. (Harper’s Bazaar)
Sophia Loren’s former Italian villa. (Previews)
Ava Gardner’s London apartment. (Reveur de Mort)
James Dean in his NYC apartment. (The Selvedge Yard)
Like so many of you, I was extremely saddened waking up to the news that David Bowie had passed away yesterday morning. My phone buzzing with texts from friends and my mom, sharing their shock about the discovery. I spent the morning overcome with feelings of loss, sadness, and nostalgia listening to the songs that helped shape my childhood and my love for music. You will be missed my Starman friend. Thank you for everything.
My thirty-sixth birthday is later this week—let the week-long celebration commence! And because it’s fun to do, I’ve compiled a few items that are on my wish-list. No pressure to the husband or anything, but incase you’re looking (you sweet and sexy man, you), look no further.
Left to right, top to bottom: Tiny Cactus Sculpture, General Store. Mociun Turquoise Circle Necklace, Spartan Shop. Electric Feathers Pinafore Dress, Oroboro. A Spa Day, (I already have a gift-certificate from last year’s birthday, just need to cash it in!) Ryan Roche Black Straw Hat (sadly sold out, but this is a wish-list). Comoda Chair, Maya Mueble. Mudcloth Pillow, Loomgoods. Bird Vase, Spartan Shop. The perfect vintage denim! Ham On Rye by Charles Bukowski. Tan line Pot, Universal Issac. Annie Costello Arc Earring, Clare V.
We are getting ready to re-do our bedroom (we like to call it the stabin’ cabin—just kidding you guys. Ha!). Anyway, our room (which you can see a little bit of here) is one of the brightest rooms in the house, which we love, but it’s also in need of some design help. We love our low-to-the-ground bed and a few other pieces in there, but all-in-all we’re pretty bored with the space. We don’t want to do anything too crazy or drastic, but a slight upgrade would be nice. New bedding is a must. We currently have white linen everything, and while we love it, we wouldn’t mind upgrading to a nicer linen set—ours was cheap and has a few holes in it from over the years, along with some little drawings from Sailor—I swear that kid hates paper. We would love a pop of contrasting color in one form or another on the bed, too—maybe a cool, textured throw, quilt, or some printed pillows. We are looking for a new rug and a new chair for the room, along with some art for the walls. Art is hard! Not exactly sure where to begin looking for the perfect pieces, but I know we will find something we like in due time. I would also love a large mirror in the space, and more plants are crucial to bringing a little bit of life into the mix. I’m excited to get started!
Photos above, top left to bottom right: 1, 2, 3, 4.