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Girl on Fire

The leggings (straight from dance class, no pants meant no changing), the dangling door-knocker earrings , the bleached cropped hair, the kohl smudged eyeliner – these are the components of Edie Sedgwick that become stuff of legend. Emulated a hundred times over. Her fashion and style. Her speed-induced, lithe “je ne sais quoi“.

This troubled “It Girl”, early Warhol muse and trust-fund socialite lived a life so filled with her emotions, so spotted by her troubled feelings and so intense that her star went super nova, burned, collapsed in quick succession. The aspiring actress once  auditioned for Norman Mailer’s play The Deer Park, but Mailer thought she “wasn’t very good… She used so much of herself with every line that we knew she’d be immolated after three performances.” Her life, allegorically, was lived much like said audition.

What is not often discussed are her surrounding – not the people – but the furniture.

Edie Sedgwick's Apartment

Edie, originally from Santa Barbara, California, grew up on a ranch. She loved horses and could ride  from a young age. An excerpt from Patti Smith’s Just Kids, “‘The lady’s dead.’ Bobby called from California to tell me that Edie Sedgwick had died. I never knew her, but when I was a teenager, I found a copy of Vogue with a photograph of her pirouetting on a bed in front of a drawing of a horse. She seemed entirely self-possessed as if nobody in the world existed but her. I tore it out and put it on my wall. Bobby seemed genuinely stricken by her untimely death. “Write the little lady a poem,” he said and I promised I would. In writing an elegy to a girl like Edie, I had to access something of the girl in myself. Obliged to consider what it meant to be female, I entered the core of my being, led by the girl posed before a white horse (176).”

Featuring Jonathan Adler's Rhinoceros

For someone so avant-garde and on the cusp of the pop-culture world of glitz and glam, Edie’s stately room was subdued. It reeked of her socialite, New England-drenched upbringing. In a way, it seemed almost grandmotherly.

Shop by the Numbers:

  1. TargetThreshold™ Exploded Floral Toss Pillow in Blue. Threshold is the new Target Home rebrand and features an assortment of entertaining essentials, accents and well-designed, decorative accessories. Riding and equestrian influences are everywhere in the collection, from the leather handles on a hammered silver serving buckets to a horse silhouette on an outdoor rug.
  2. Target – Threshold™ Floral Sham in Beige. Go crazy for paisley.
  3. CMQ Studio – An 8×10 Giclee Print of an Arabian Stallion horse. The ink sketch is titled Wild Stallion. The illustration features a loose sketch technique.
  4. One King’s Lane – 1970’s Mark Hapton Chintz Sofa. The Charming chintz sofa is from a Washington, DC home designed by Mark Hampton, covered in a chintz fabric of his own design. It’s kitschy yet comfortable, muted yet loud.
  5. Jonathan Adler – Pets without the responsibility! Jonathan fell in love with these Rhinos while traveling in England. They make a great footstool or occasional seat or a great topic of conversation the next time you entertain. These animals are handcrafted from top quality, full grain leather and no two animals are exactly the same.
  6. Lamp’s Plus – Wrought Iron Pavilion Wall Candle Holder. Edie once almost burned down her apartment because she left candles unattended. A wall sconce is an easier (and safer) way to be a bit careless. The flowing curves of this candle holder will brighten up a room even before the candle is lit. Made of sturdy wrought iron in a natural looking rust finish.

It’s not that I’m rebelling. It’s that I’m just trying to find another way. – Edie Sedgwick


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Pants: Languid and loose, these wide-leg pants are our au courant silhouette (and let us give our skinnies a much needed break).  Printed Wide Leg Pant by Alice + Olivia in Sunflower Print, via. / Room: The Designer’s Guild wallpaper is hand drawn and beautifully printed. The Amalienborg wallcoverings are inspired by the rococo elegance of royal St Petersburg, its architecture and decoration, via.

Pants: Vero Moda Pant in Geo Retro Print by Asos has a decidely seventies vibe with a bit of neon Navajo thrown in, via / Room: Juju Papers out of Portland, Oregon  is a small wallpaper studio. Founded by Avery Thatcher in 2010, we have taken great care to develop a line of wallpapers. Primarily inspired by folk art of all kinds, our designs suggest the simplicity of an elegant old-fashioned signature, or the impossibly perfect collection of driftwood and sea glass on the shore. The word juju means ascribing magical powers to inanimate objects, most commonly objects in one’s home. Perhaps this print will give your lifestyle and home a bit of a hocus-pocus charm? Via.

Pants: LARA PRINTED 7/8TH PANT in Bright floral by Forever News, via. / Room:  A cozy floral paradise with hints of the blue oceans by Debi Treloar for Homespun Style by Selina Lake via Heart Home Magazine.

Pants: DKNY EVA PRINT ANKLE SKINNY TROUSER WITH SEAM DETAILS Printed trousers are hot property this season so be sure to invest in a striking statement pair. These perfectly skinny and incredibly comfy stretch cotton trousers will look effortlessly stylish paired with luxe block colour separates. Alternatively you could go all-out and wear pair with the coordinating top for catwalk worthy cool. Via. / Room: Cheryl Tiegs by Andy Warhol, room by Martyn-Lawrence Bullard found via La Dolce Vita.

Pants: The Mysterious Universe Soft-touch Leggings by Romwe, although you might know the size you are in these pants, their ever stretching fibers will leave you pondering the size and expansiveness of the celestial bodies, via/ Room: An entire wall of perfectly spaced of 18th century Asa Smith astronomy prints courtesy of Elle Decor.

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Guest Post: Design Shuffle

I am super-duper (quadruple) excited to present a guest post by Joanna from Design Shuffle – shuffle over to her company website if you want a never-ending array of design ideas, decorating photos, and interior inspiration. Below, Joanna will discuss living with art (because it’s aesthetically good for you):

Hi! I’m Joanna, a writer for Design Shuffle, a terrific website for interior designers and design enthusiasts (such as yourself). I am passionate about all things design. Fortunately, my work has me searching the internet for the loveliest interior design ideas and images to share on blogs such as The Walkup. Today, I’m sharing art (requested by Keren from The Walkup) as a main focal point in some of my favorite living rooms. I hope you enjoy and are inspired to support local artists.

Abstract art in coral and turquoise hues act as the focal point of this traditional living room. The colors are pulled into the room through the furnishings and the accessories. Use a painting’s colors as the basis for furniture’s tones.

A mosaic over the fireplace serves as the focal point of this contemporary living room. The palette in this space is calming and serene (even with a mix of patterns, materials and textiles).

Large-format art takes this room by storm with its fluid use of grays and pinks. The color is drawn from the wall into the room with similar color accessories.

Asian-inspired artwork hangs above a low profile console table and as companion fabric on the decorative pillows.

A large mural covers the wall of this Zen living room. The sculpture above the fireplace looks as if it is naturally part of the artwork above and beside it – almost as if the painting is an organic extension of the room, as if vines are growing inside one’s home!  This one is going into my nature-inspired living room designs file.

A gallery wall of small prints and photos, like this one, is an excellent way to create a focal point in a corner of the room. A salon wall is an extremely easy way to mix and match favorite prints without needing a central color scheme or theme.

Black and white artwork sets the tone in this sophisticated living room. The animal-themed space offers several natural elements such as zebra chairs, animal prints, and tiny accents on the fireplace mantel.  Have you even seen the images from the Ashes and Snow exhibition by Gregory Colbert? These images would fit perfectly into a space such as this one – black and white photography allows “flaws” such as wrinkles, creases, light-levels and texture to be exhibited fully.

Andy Warhol-like art hangs above a dining area. It carries the eye across the space creating a nice focal point. Looking for decorating ideas to show off personal photos that have been printed into large format artistic prints? This is a terrific one.

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Are you looking to create a sophisticated and whimsical touch to your living room space? Don’t forget to check out our Miami Interior Designers for more living room design ideas.