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Author Annie Kelly is also a decorator, design writer, and magazine editor.
With her husband, photographer Tim Street-Porter, she is based in Los Angeles, and has a second home two hours outside of New York in Litchfield, Connecticut.
Born in Australia, Kelly first trained as an artist. In she started work in Los Angeles as a decorator, and her projects have been published in a variety of design magazines: House and Garden, House Beautiful, Australian Vogue Living, Elle Decor, Metropolitan Home, English House and Garden, Traditional Home, Country Living and World of Interiors. Kelly's renovation of Frank Lloyd Wright's La Miniatura in Pasadena was featured as a cover story in Architectural Digest. She is currently working on several decorating projects in New York and Los Angeles.
In the s she was a contributing editor on House & Garden (USA), and worked as a stylist on shoots for them, as well as Town and Country, Western Interiors and many others.
Kelly's design work has been featured in numerous books including three written and photographed by her husband Tim Street-Porter. They are Freestyle (Stewart Tabori and Chang,) Casa Mexicana (Stewart Tabori and Chang) and The Los Angeles House (Clarkson Potter,) as well as Be Your Own Decorator (Rizzoli) by Susanna Salk.
She has been a guest in the past on many decorating television shows, and apart from her books, writes about design and decoration for national magazines both here and in other countries. These include World of Interiors, the Robb Report, German, French and Russian Architectural Digest, and Belle magazine in Australia. .
Kelly is currently reviewing design books for the on-line website magazine "Introspective," at the furniture-selling website 1stdibs.com where she writes for a column called "Required Reading," as well as putting together designer profiles for "Style Compass."
Her first book was Casa Mexicana Style in (Stewart Tabori & Chang,) then Rooms to Inspire,(Rizzoli)followed by Casa San Miguel in Two more books in the series came out in and , both from Rizzoli- Rooms to Inspire in the Country and Rooms to inspire in the City.
In she produced Litchfield County Style also for Rizzoli, which recently won the New England Society Book Prize and the latest is Rooms to Inspire (Rizzoli) by the Sea, published in
There is just this primal disappointment when you dont find something, said Los Angeles jewelry designer Annie Costello Brown about shopping at thrift stores while showing me her impressive collection of denim treasures from Wrangler, Levis, and the lesser-known Rustler workwear brand. I knew what she meant. Its like coming back to camp without a kill; like losing the hunt. Who wants to go hungry (hypothetically speaking, of course)?
Annie found the aforementioned Rustlers, which she wore for for our shoot, when she went out thrifting for a pair like the low-slung wide-legs from Gucci SS15 that she saw last summer in W. She was on a mission. #Accomplished. The Rustlers are so right on! And so great with not only her favorite Wrangler jacket (also a thrift store score), but with her statement-sized jewelry, too. Annies tip: Stick to fabrics made of natural fibers when thrifting, she says. To which we wonder: Was there ever one better than denim?
Shopping tricks were not the reason I visited Annie in L.A.s Mount Washington neighborhood, where she works, paints, and lives with her husband and young son, though. Her jewelry – bold, geometric pieces made of silver, brass, and gold – and amazing, personal style led me there. And delivered. In person, ACB is gorgeous, well-made, and cool. I can see why its a favorite among L.A. designers like Clare Vivier and Jesse Kamm, who offer women stylish and reliable wardrobe staples. Clare sells Annies work on her site and in her stores; Jesse says, Annie has some of the finest natural visual sensibility I have ever encountered. She is hands down one of the best-dresed women I know. A kind of strength in character are what makes Annie and her pieces such a great fit for jeans. Read on, youll see
Describe the denim you wore for our shoot in one word.
My jeans are thrifted. The jacket is RELIABLE.
Your jeans are a thrift store score?
I found the Rustlers the day before our shoot at Goodwill in Arcadia, CA. I had asked [the universe] for a new pair, and this is what I got. I had an image from W magazine in my head, of the Gucci jeans from last spring: low slung, oversized, boxy, cropped.
What advice would you give us about how best to wear jeans?
I often personalize my jeans, usually after I wear them a few times and figure out what they need. I might crop, dye, adjust the silhouette, or patch them. And wear clothing until it has really run the course of use.
What’s the best possible thing you could be doing in your Rustlers right now?
If you could pass your Rustlers on to anyone, dead or alive, who would you give them to?
My niece, Scarlett.
Fill in the blank: In my jeans, I am ________________________
…ready to get dirty making something or go to an opening or party. If they get ruined that’s ok.
BLUE PERIOD Jewelry designer Annie Costello Brown in her home studio in Los Angeles.
Lets talk about your Wrangler jacket. If you could go anywhere in the world in it tomorrow, where would you go?
What do you and your jacket have in common?
Maybe we’re both hardworking. Not precious.
What do your jewelry and jacket have in common?
With my jewelry I’m aiming for looks that are not super trendy, that hopefully will be loved season after season. In that sense, I suppose they might have something in common.
Who besides you has worn it?
My son, for sure. I think that’s it.
What does your denim say about the way you live?
Casual, low maintenance.
What’s the best possible ending you could imagine for your denim pieces?
They might get cut up for patching other jeans, or recycled into other products. Hopefully, they wont end up in a landfill like so many clothes do. The production of denim is an ecological disaster. (Maybe we can soon get past needing faux vintage washes that use so much water, and move into creating a desire for a clean, tailored, crisp new finish that ages naturally, by the wearer, not the factory?) A good place to recycle jeans for a good cause is Blue Jeans Go Green.
What do you love about thrifting?
It’s the aesthetic negotiating that I love about thrifting. It’s more challenging an exercise than the one you get in a curated, luxury or corporate-branded store. As I sift through the racks, questions of taste, the quality of the construction, history, and aesthetic risk are all combined in the experience. There’s also a hyper-awareness of class issues upon entering a thrift store. The majority of folks thrifting do so out of necessity. Thrift stores are not curated by fashion buyers, so you are the creative authority. Oftentimes, my favorite jeans come from thrift stores.
Is there something you always look for when you’re thrifting?
I tend to like generic, androgynous styles that have quality fabric and construction. Sturdy, with no stretch. It’s important for me to be open about what I might find, though. No rules or strict parameters.
Do you have an all-time favorite pair of jeans? Tell us about them.
I’ve had many faves, among them, a pair of Christopher Nemeth jeans, from back in the day. I love perfect white s. I was so inspired by [Martin] Margiela’s deconstructed denim in the 90s. And I have a couple pairs of Acne jeans I love, too.
Did you ever have a pair that got away? Tell us about it and how they got lost.
I girl I picked up hitch-hiking in Santa Cruz, CA stole my favorite Wrangler denim jacket from the back seat of my car. Years later, I found the jacket I’m wearing here – it’s the same exact style – in a San Louis Obispo thrift store.
Is there a denim look or fit you think will never go out of style?
Military-made jeans or pants will never go out of style. The intent of military clothing is utility, so it doesn’t sport the trend-based novelties and silhouettes that our aesthetic eye tires of quickly. And usually the construction is sturdy. I’ve never gotten rid of my military pieces for not looking current.
If you had to wear denim every day, could you do it?
If I had too, yes, I suppose. But, I’m looking for a dress that gives me the same sense of androgynous-chic as a good pair of jeans, right now. A climate change-friendly dress a working girl can wear in Southern California year round.
For more about Annie, go to her site: anniecostellobrown.com.
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Think outside of the box- that's what Annie Dawson must do when she discovers a mysterious birchbark box in the attic of Grey Gables, the home bequeathed to her by her grandmother, Betsy Holden. The old box, exquisitely carved by an American Indian artist, contains a beaded ceremonial regalia collar and an obscure verse:
"Sister Otter, water dancing
Sun splashes over circlesThink outside of the box- that's what Annie Dawson must do when she discovers a mysterious birchbark box in the attic of Grey Gables, the home bequeathed to her by her grandmother, Betsy Holden. The old box, exquisitely carved by an American Indian artist, contains a beaded ceremonial regalia collar and an obscure verse:
"Sister Otter, water dancing
Sun splashes over circles you draw.
If love took you to desert dry,
Where would you dance?"
Annie knows of no American Indian connection to her family in the region around Stony Point, the quaint New England fishing village on Maine's rugged coastline where the mystery unfolds. But this very personal glimpse into Passamaquoddy life is somehow threaded through Annie's family history. She is driven to find the connectionmore
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This fall were ditching our life-coaches, therapists, hell, even our trainers, and turning to a new guru for total style overhaul. Just by walking into your house, Kelly Wearstler can find your soul. And its no surprise because she really has and does it all, and by hanging with her as she launched her new ready to wear line this NYFW, weve gotten some tips from the best. Not only is she the sweetest and most engaging dinner party hostess, but she also has a sick jewelry line (just out and shop-able here) that wed rock on the regular. Check out our quick catch up with the lady of all trades for some inside scoop, and to better understand why were crushing hard.
What do you look for when you walk into a house?
"Soul. Visual and otherwise."
What is one thing you couldnt live without? What are you always stocking up on?
"Cool vintage chairs and art."
How does your jewelry connect to your interior-design aesthetic?
"I love using metals in both my interiors and my jewelry."
Whats the right balance between functionality and aesthetic?
"I want to design pieces that are sculptural and bold, but that are also versatile and easy to wear. The bracelets and necklaces can be adjusted for different lengths and fits. I run around all day, I dont want to be uncomfortable!"
What key adjectives describe both your line and the items you shop for?
"Feminedge. Emotional. Bold. Dramatic. Sculptural."
Check out the slide show for more of Kellys killer jewels.
When he approached his body, he suddenly heard a sonorous girlish laugh. He turned around and saw a flock of girls bursting into laughter, looking at how someone in an overcoat was swarming in the barberry thickets. And even a wall without bricks vaguely foreshadowed something bad.
I imagine it happened in the spring: at the end of March or at the beginning of April.
- Schweitzer auction
- Los bukis mix
- Hwy 84 road closure
- Easy finger design
- Cts metric pots
- The 1975 discography kickass
But this thought brought her. Back to the forgotten and, continuing to satisfy herself, she almost forgot about the pain, which was gradually giving way to a new wave of pleasure. and now, almost falling on her back, she is already moaning quietly, introducing the bottle to the end and thereby prolonging these beautiful.