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The Cultivated Life

by habituallychic

02 . 25 . 09

For months I had schemed to get a shelter magazine to profile my apartment, but the morning they finally came was, unfortunately, the day after a rather successful dinner party.

I have loved the work of the French artist Jean-Philippe Delhomme since I first saw his advertisements for Barneys and now I am in love with his new book The Cultivated Life! It is witty compilation of “satiric musings” on artistic, literary and decorating dramas and the first published in English! C’est magnifique!

We love entertaining in our dressing room. It’s a real conversation piece…even our art world friends are delighted!

Just think of this as the Eames chair of the eighteenth century!

In my apartment a definite aesthetic discipline reigns; the unwritten rules of which don’t prevent, unfortunately, a certain common type from loitering here.
Of course it’s gorgeous! But I know there’s a compulsive minimalist inside of me that could burst out any minute.

The more I progress in the field of design, the more I realize how little I actually know – it’s a continual lesson in humility!

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  1. Laurie Reynolds February 25, 2009 | 10:02 pm

    i love this! this might be a very promising purchase in my future….

  2. the sweet life with olives February 25, 2009 | 10:03 pm


  3. jakubowski February 25, 2009 | 10:12 pm

    I pulled a poster for a gallery show for this guy from the window of my Paris laundromat in 1989, any idea what US gallery he is represented by?

  4. Habitually Chic February 25, 2009 | 10:16 pm

    Laurie – it is the perfect book for anyone in the design, art or literary world! I know you will enjoy it!

  5. Habitually Chic February 25, 2009 | 10:17 pm

    The Sweet Life with Olives – I was laughing out loud when I was reading it!

  6. Habitually Chic February 25, 2009 | 10:17 pm

    Jakubowski – I don’t know who represents him but he has a website, http://www.jphdelhomme.com/. Maybe you can contact him there.

  7. Anonymous February 25, 2009 | 11:08 pm

    These are terrific. He does illustrations for the New Yorker as well, no?

    Westside Rentals

  8. Scribbler February 25, 2009 | 11:15 pm

    I am waiting for my compulsive minimalist to break through at any moment! I must have this book!


  9. Ivy Lane February 25, 2009 | 11:33 pm

    This is great! 🙂

  10. Anonymous February 26, 2009 | 12:27 am

    this is a fun book for a real depressing time!

    the illustration of the would be minimalist has an even funnier book at his feet called “Mies van der Roe”, which seems a bit “fishy” . No relation to Mr Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe?. best regards.

  11. Lisa Borgnes Giramonti February 26, 2009 | 1:14 am

    Just pre-ordered it from Amazon after reading this. I have loved his work for years; I used to collect tear sheets from editorial stuff he did…now I can own the book!
    Nice scoop, Heather!! xxxx

  12. fromtherightbank February 26, 2009 | 2:51 am

    I ADORE him! He did one of a NY rooftop apartment that looked so much like my old apartment, I kept the clipping taped to my wall for years. I can’t wait for the book!

  13. Alice Olive February 26, 2009 | 3:48 am

    Wonderful and tres amusing!

  14. Suzy February 26, 2009 | 5:00 am

    How cute they are!

  15. Colour Me Happy February 26, 2009 | 6:08 am

    These are really great! Thanks for posting them.

  16. B February 26, 2009 | 7:01 am

    This is great! I must get this book!

  17. annechovie February 26, 2009 | 2:08 pm

    Heather, thank you for giving us the heads up on this new book – I am a huge fan of Delhomme’s. Love his website, too.

  18. Susan's Snippets February 26, 2009 | 3:27 pm

    HC –

    Certainly someone that I will do some investigating about.

    I LOVE the sketches…they are so whimsical.

    and magical

  19. Lauren Jade February 26, 2009 | 3:31 pm

    so funny, great post!

  20. Emily Evans Eerdmans February 26, 2009 | 4:41 pm

    Heather – I;m going to buy this in bulk for all my friends – thank you! EEE

  21. ivie February 26, 2009 | 9:46 pm

    great post! now i want this book

  22. Homeworks February 26, 2009 | 10:31 pm

    How clever! Love the drawings. Thanks for introducing me to him.

  23. Octavine Illustration February 26, 2009 | 10:56 pm

    i love these! just marvelous. i’ve admired his work as well but did not know about the book! thank you for the wonderful recommendation!~

  24. pve design February 27, 2009 | 3:23 am

    c’est parfait.

  25. Brilliant Asylum March 1, 2009 | 9:16 pm


  26. maison21 March 7, 2009 | 8:26 am