I’m endlessly inspired by the design from across the pond. I actually started my career in the States, and often find myself thinking I would love to move back. Only problem is where to go? My two favourite cities Stateside are NYC and LA. I always used to want a hip Manhattan loft, but recently I’ve been craving California sunshine and a pad with a swimming pool. In my wildest dream of dreams I’d just have both of course!
My ideas of East Coast vs West Coast style are completely different. If I were in LA, I’d be thinking swimming pools, 60’s Hockney paintings, amazing canyon vistas, indoor/outdoor living, palm trees, gold, glam, a bit of razzle-dazzle Hollywood, macramé, and a midcentury meets rustic vibe. The sort of place where Thomas Crown would meet Bond for a martini, if their mutual guilty pleasure was listening to Liberace.
My New York vibe is all worn-in leather, tactile beaten copper, cool gentleman’s club, effortless downtown Manhattan style, cityscapes and fire-escapes, exposed brick, curated art collections and Brooklyn views through huge loft windows. A beautifully aged and decayed version of New York – less Carrie Bradshaw, more Cary Grant.
Obviously you get both types of amazing design (and bad design) in both places, but this is what inspires me most about both coasts. To me, New York is smoky whisky in a tumbler, and LA is a cool spritz cocktail. I love them both equally!
So I was really excited to team up with Chairish to create my own East Coast vs West Coast curated collection. Any of my US readers probably already know about it, but Chairish is one of the best kept design secrets this side of the pond. It’s like an online flea market paradise – great secondhand prices, but all the furniture, accessories and artwork are bona fide vintage or design gems. Everything on the site is carefully curated, so you don’t end up with any old rubbish. Basically the best possible version of eBay! I can lose hours trawling for cool finds.
Definitely check out their site or app (please use this link if you’re on iPhone). In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at the sort of vibe I’m going for. My West Coast picks include gold barcarts, boucheroite rugs, fab animal accessories and stunning chandeliers. California modernism with a helping of old-school glamour, and just the right amount of tongue-in-cheek Tinseltown kitsch. For the East Coast I’ve gone for cool club armchairs, industrial metallic lamps, modern art, JFK and snails. Obviously!
So, the BIG QUESTION: are you East Coast or West Coast? Let me know which you prefer.
LA 1. Santos Cortes Picasso inspired abstract print | 2. Brass rolling bar cart | 3. Regency style 1950’s cut glass chandelier | 4. Gold leaf honeycomb stem champagne glasses | 5. Diva ostrich side table | 6. Pair of Tulipano contemporary armchairs by Polaris | 7. Vintage brass poodle bottle opener | 8. Nicolette quilted sofa
NYC 1. David Weeks studio Oval Boi chandelier | 2. JFK “bust and bank” vintage money bank | 3. Pair of Josef Hoffmann Kubus chairs | 4. Distressed antique rug | 5. Vintage brass snail ornament | 6. Antique industrial adjustable floor lamp | 7. Hammered steel bar stool | 8. Industrial brass lamps with engine-turned bases | 9. BE NICE neon sign
You can shop the whole collection (50+ of the coolest things up for grabs in NYC and LA) here. Oh and I should say that shipping is available on most of the items, or if you live in the area you can come and pick them up for free.