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Bachelor Pad Update

by habituallychic

07 . 09 . 08

Maison 21 just emailed and asked what was new with the Bachelor Pad since I hadn’t posted about it lately so I thought I should put together a little update. No, that’s not it above. That’s the fabulous living room that Billy Baldwin decorated for Mr. and Mrs. Lee Eastman. It was your typical white gallery until Billy got a hold of it and made the walls glossy brown vinyl which makes the Rothko, de Kooning and Kline pop. Can you imagine having such an amazing art collection?! I’m swooning!

Anyway, the Bachelor Pad doesn’t look that handsome yet but we’re getting there. I posted that photo since the brown walls were a bit of an inspiration for the brown entry walls and accents of orange. Some of the furniture has arrived and looks great and more will be delivered on Friday. The lamps are also being delivered and I can’t wait since the bedroom is in some serious need of light. The electrician also finally came and pried off the painted over light switches and replaced them so they not only look better but actually work. Woo hoo!

The artwork I bought from Christopher Filley in Kansas City also arrived today and everything looks just as beautiful as it did when I bought it. I will be dropping off one of the pieces along with some others I bought elsewhere at the framer soon. I also bought some great Asian accessories including marble Buddha heads, brushes and a gorgeous horse head from my favorite dealer on 25th Street. If you’re lucky, I might tell you exactly where to find them but maybe not until after I go back for some more things. Their prices can’t be beat.

After staying with David Jimenez, I realized that the Bachelor Pad needed some books so I’ve been ordering art books. You certainly can’t decorate a straight man’s apartment with decorating and fashion books! I can’t wait until more furniture arrives I can style everything. I did actually find one thing that even David hadn’t thought of…monogrammed matchboxes! The Bachelor now has burnt orange boxes with his name printed on them on brown font. They really are a ridiculously fabulous extra touch that we both got a kick out of. I like them so much that I may have to order blue ones for the bedroom. But maybe with just his initials on those. I don’t want to go too crazy!

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  1. maison21 July 9, 2008 | 6:41 am

    thanks for the update! i can’t wait to see pictures when it’s finished- hopefully in a major national publication! if not, we could always debut them on my blog! (speaking of blogs, i appreciate the mention).

    and thanks for turning me on to the personalized matchbooks- it’s a great gift and party favor. i’m ordering some!

  2. Pieter July 9, 2008 | 6:52 am

    Of course you can decorate a straight man’s apartment with decorating and fashion books!!!I have stacks of design & fashion mags/books!! {I deleted the rest of my comment, because you seem genuinely nice and I’m not into character assasination, but please, easy on the “typecasting”}

    I’m sure the apartment looks great. (Does your client enjoy art and art books? If not, it would be as “gay” and prententious filling his house with art books than ones on fashion and decorating)

  3. Habitually Chic July 9, 2008 | 3:24 pm

    Maison21, I might send you a sneak peak 😉

    You’re going to love the matchboxes! They really look cool piled up in a bowl.

  4. Habitually Chic July 9, 2008 | 3:27 pm

    Pieter, Perhaps I should have specified that this straight bachelor who owns his own finance related company probably would not like it if I decorated his apartment with design and fashion books but will love the art and photography books since he has stated collecting art and has artist friends. Better? To each his own.

  5. That Girl Designs July 9, 2008 | 3:41 pm

    It all sounds so wonderful. Can’t wait to see the results.

  6. Pieter July 9, 2008 | 4:25 pm

    Sorry my bad, I’m not that good in reading tone…apologies if I came of a bit heavy.
    Context always helps…

  7. An Aesthete's Lament July 9, 2008 | 6:37 pm

    Dear Habitually … re those books … but does the bachelor actually read? Perhaps some books that reflect his interests? I remember my mother once working on my father’s library and stocking it with books about military campaigns, famous generals, et cetera (my father was a military officer).

  8. Habitually Chic July 9, 2008 | 6:41 pm

    An Aesthete’s Lament, he does actually read and already has a ton of history books. I guess I should have specified that I needed decorative accent books for tables that he would also be interested in which is why I chose art books. They will look nice and I also think he might read some of them.

  9. An Aesthete's Lament July 9, 2008 | 9:05 pm


  10. An Aesthete's Lament July 9, 2008 | 9:06 pm

    In my mother’s defense, I must say that my father had absolutely no interest in any of the themed books she amassed on his behalf. I ended up reading most of them.

  11. jonathan July 10, 2008 | 2:07 am

    this is always a touchy subject whenever it comes up… especially when you mention buying antique books by the foot from the strand. it gets some people so offended.

    you can buy them by color, by subject, by size, whatever.

    my personal favorite is buying just the spines.

  12. Easy and Elegant Life July 10, 2008 | 5:49 pm

    “Speed, Style, and Beauty: Cars from the Ralph Lauren Collection” looks great on my table. It is also a bit inspiring when thinking about a different era. Just a thought.

    Looking forward to the finished pics. It will be a stunner, I’m sure.

  13. Marie Louise July 11, 2008 | 1:34 am

    Love love love the match box thing – going to order them on the sly for my husband – he has a thing for them – latent pyromaniac I think.