#BornThisDay: Actor, Maureen Stapleton

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June 21, 1925- Maureen Stapleton is one of those great character actors that I am crazy about. I loved the film version of the musical Bye Bye Birdie (1963) as a child, & I still do. Stapleton played Dick Van Dyke’s mother & was Oscar nominated, even though, at 36 years ... See the Rest

#CollectingObsession: Beauregard Houston-Montgomery’s “Dollhouse Living”


The St. Mark’s Place apartment that the fabulously-monikered Beauregard Houston-Montgomery lives in is a mini-museum of his loves. (Btw, he's just around the corner from the East Village blast that sadly killed two and made many of his neighbors homeless...) Beauregard’s real ... See the Rest

#DesignGenius: Cubitat Is A “Plug-N-Play” House In A Box


Designer Luca Nichetto unveiled his new standalone Cubitat at Toronto's Interior Design Show last month. The 10 x 10 x 10 cube is complete home with all you'll need but a couch, table and chairs, once it's hooked up to plumbing and electric. It's still in prototype phase, but ... See the Rest

Hamptons Modern: Victor Calderone’s Amagansett Retreat


Legendary DJ Victor Calderone and his interior designer wife, Athena, discovered a neglected 60s ranch house in Amagansett and they envisioned this ideal summer getaway together. But it wasn't exactly "move-in" condition. Athena, cofounder of Rawlins Calderone Design ... See the Rest

Design Flashback 1960: Jayne Mansfield & Mickey Hargitay


Shot by LIFE photographer Allan Grant in 1960, the 50s sex symbol, Jayne Mansfield, shows us around her 40-room mansion, dubbed “the Pink Palace”, which she shared with her husband Mickey Hargitay, Mr. Universe 1955. Ringo Starr later lived in the Mediterranean-style house. It ... See the Rest

Design News: Ikea Crushes A New Hybrid Collection


Ikea just rolled out a new limited edition collection of decor that blends traditional Chinese and Scandinavian design. The Trendig Collection is approximately 30 furniture pieces and housewares focusing on dining with plenty of options to decorate for good fortune. Lots of red ... See the Rest

Plush Interior


Automazing plush interior. (via anxietyboner) ... See the Rest

Hot Rooms at the Madonna Inn


Alex and Phyllis Madonna opened the Madonna Inn motel in San Luis Obispo, California, in 1958. It had 12 rooms. In 1966 the motel burned down. The Madonnas rebuilt it and it now has 110 rooms, most of them lavishly furnished beyond the imagination of even the most eccentric ... See the Rest