This August I was asked to decorate a wedding reception at the Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Philip Winser, one of the two masterminds behind the events company Silkstone, came to me with the job because of the couple’s request for a ‘dive bar’ transformation of the empty warehouse; this is a favorite aesthetic of mine. I hired my good friend and great decorator Kris Moran to work with me and we had a blast finding materials & furniture, so many details! We found 200 year old taxidermy, created a 20′ x 20′ photo booth, flocked & even wheat-pasted walls with the wedding graphics (all done by the impressive Ro&Co) and had proper diamond-tufted diner banquets custom made. Mollie & Andrew were quite a unique client, their requests ranged from a vintage refrigerator full of Budweiser & the neon sign from Desperado. FUN. Thanks to the amazing photographer Ro Agents-Juska of LES LOUPS, all that hard work and all those details were captured beautifully. She’s got a totally unique style, stunning colors. See the entire wedding here.
Since February 2011, I’ve been working on interior designing a small family home out in Aspen, CO. Here are some photos from the renovation site & drawings. It’s set to be finished for Thanksgiving out there in a few weeks, finished photos to come. Can’t wait to get in there and start decorating this winter.
LookBook art direction & styling for my great talented friend Katie Maennle (lookbook currently in production) August 2011
Having worked on Moonrise Kingdom, I had the pleasure of meeting & partying with Bill Murray. He’s a legend. Kris Moran, my boss, friend & head decorator for Wes’ films, is a great friend of Bill’s and invited me out to help her decorate Bill’s Martha’s Vineyard home. What a place. We had quite a lot of fun. (more photos of the interior with request & permission) July 2011
When Moonrise Kingdom wrapped, I packed everything in Walker Texas and hopped the ferry to Montauk for 4th of July. It was a very Americana weekend of tie-dyeing, hamburger dates, paella on the beach, fireworks, bonfires and midnight ocean dives. I tried surfing and failed.
Here is my trusty Ford Ranger pick-up, Walker Texas. He’s been with me through a lot – and a year ago today, I drove him out of that used car lot in middle-of-nowhere Pennsylvania.
Packaging for the Khaki Scouts and some Emergency products I made & designed for Wes Anderson’s film Moonrise Kingdom. I cannot explain or show much more until the film is released. Silkscreen on aluminum done by The ADDS Co. USA Inc in Jersey City, NY.
We worked with a number of local Newport art vendors, everyday was different. I was blown away with the art scene in Newport. I loved visiting their studios and hearing their stories, with their thick New England accents. From Rusty’s yard of shipwrecks to Ken’s totem-pole stacks to Chris’ collection of twigs for furniture, I couldn’t help but snap a few photos for myself.
One vendor that especially stuck out was The John Stevens Shop, the oldest continually operating businesses in the United States. They have been carving stones for more than 300 years, and were involved in the Vietnam Memorial. I had the honor of meeting John Benson himself, ‘Fud’ – I could’ve listened to him for hours. His stone cutting workshop was one of the most beautiful and surprisingly delicate I’d ever seen.
When it started to get warm, we explored the surrounding beach towns of Newport. Matunuck is a hidden gem on the Rhode Island coast, just 40 minutes from Newport. It’s a small beach town with a trailer park on the coast & a few fish shacks. Go on a Saturday, shuck your own oysters and drink lots of cold white wine. Killer ice cream down the street from the Oyster Bar as well. Also spotted my dream house with the green trim.
This past March, I moved up to Newport, Rhode Island for 4 months to assistant set decorate the new Wes Anderson film, Moonrise Kingdom. It was one of the most amazing experiences – what a beautiful place and surrounded by such talented people. We were quite the family for 4 months, even lived in a beautiful Newport mansion. Lots of bikes, oysters & beach time when we weren’t shooting.
Next time you find yourself in California, do yourself a favor and rent an electric blue Mustang and head up to Big Sur. The views are insane, there are seals along the way and best of all… Treebones Resort. Yurts on the cliffs surrounded by hiking trails, vegetable gardens and horses. Free make-your-own waffles in the morning too! Can’t wait to go back and stay in ‘The Nest’ completely made from sticks.After the ocean, we wanted the desert. Next stop – Joshua Tree. When you go, make sure to… 1. Hike to Skull Rock in the National Park. 2. Explore Pioneertown – a ghost town where 1950’s Hollywood went to shoot westerns. 3. Go to Pappy & Harriets, grab some ribs from the back BBQ, a frozen margarita out of a mason jar, and grab your partner for a texas two step lesson from a man twice your age. I fell in love.
Property Master / Directed by Steven Williford / Production Designed by Lucio Seixas
Production Designer / Directed by Rhett Wade-Ferrell of Moop Jaw
Production Designer / Directed by Beatrice Pegard / Sydney, Australia
Production Designer / Partizan Films / Directed by Kanye West