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April 11, 2012


Rushing through Union Station toward a train outta the rat race, I can’t help but glance toward the newsstand. Out of all the titles on display, I’m attracted by this magazine cover and put the brakes on for a closer look. I don’t normally read Town & Country; way too posh … But, this cover’s different and when I pick it up I see why: succulents and desert elements. Cover subject, actress Gretchen Mol, sits primly pretty in a butterfly chair on a bed of large gravel, warmed by desert sunshine  … and she’s flanked by an arching aloe tree on the left and stout barrel cactus on the right: Smashing! I gotta buy this and learn the cover shot’s location …


The cover shot and inside spread on Ms. Mol was photographed by Art Streiber at Hotel Lautner, Desert Hot Springs. Built by famous architect, John Lautner, in 1947 and renovated recently, it is a compound of 4 interlocking units and describes itself as a hybrid between an upscale vacation rental and a boutique hotel …  It’s also a high-style fantasy of mid-century design. The hotel’s website is here. And, if you love design, succulent landscaping, and the desert you’ll find their photo slideshow swoon-worthy … I certainly did.

Back to T&C: This second photo was shot poolside and I’m crazy about the pot and plant choices. The large felt-leaved kalanchoes with their scarred trunks look stunning against the white stuccoed wall. But it’s the yolk/citrus yellow of the large pots, and the pool’s tile, that really brings the heat … Oh, yeah, Ms. Mol looks nice, too … The whole spread is beautiful and I’m glad I bought the magazine, and not only for this feature. There’s also a terrific piece on French artists, François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne, famous for their beautifully surreal art and furniture based on stylized animal forms — Gorgeous photos of their workshop and art.

As a visual person, and complete mag-aholic, I’ve missed my train to pick up the latest glossies … thankfully, this time I make my train AND get a really great seat!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 11, 2012 5:37 am

    Ditto on the yolky yellow in the second photo. I told you about that flower pot I’ve been searching all over creation for (see here: I have also wanted to redo my pool with bright yellow tile. WANT BAD.

    • April 11, 2012 5:44 am

      I forgot to say that I’m worried about her butt being so close to the barrel cactus in the first photo. I’ve done that, and let me tell you, it’s no fun.

      • reubix1 permalink*
        April 11, 2012 11:59 am

        lols … as I zoomed in on the photo I thought the same thing … that little barrel is very booty-adjacent!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 11, 2012 12:00 pm

      You did tell me about this mythical pot … and I have yet to find one. You know I hate when I can’t find stuff, too!

  2. April 11, 2012 3:10 pm

    I love it. Just this blog alone is giving me inspiration on what to do with some pots I have. I don’t like their color, so maybe I’ll spray paint them yellow. Plus ideas on how to arrange the deck.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 11, 2012 3:36 pm

      Exactly! One thing leads to another and inspiration kicks in along the way … at least that’s how it works for me … plus, one of the white Ikea pots you got from me is sitting poolside in one of the slideshow pics … good choice!

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