Thursday, June 25, 2009

I could talk to you about dead Michael Jackson,


but THIS was the most interesting thing I read in the paper today.

The slideshow is awesome.

57 comments:

Paul Anater said...

The bar and dinette in slide #8 make me swoon.

Paul said...

who would have thought people would care so much about a dead paedo? last time i looked that was a good thing?

Iheartfashion said...

The 50's place still looked great, but the couple who were stuck in the 80's made me cringe.

THE BRICK HOUSE said...

even the eighties couples hair was stuck in the eighties.

their place reminded me of a less put together Patrick Bateman bachelor pad.

Creme de la Mode said...

I had a friend when I was a kid (1987) who's house was the EPITOME of eighties bachelor cool. Her dad was raising her and her sister alone. He was in the music business and he had a giant pool in the shape of an electric guitar, you could float down the narrow neck, under a glass wall into a solarium where the jacuzzi was. His kitchen had these lucite black and white checkered tiles, with the occasional red rose painted on a few of them, with black marble counters. The art was so horribly 80s - bad pollack wannabes with black and white silhouettes of women with huge red lips and roses. Even though my bangs were in a spiked wave about 3 inches off my forehead, I knew the 80s fads were sooooo cheese at the time. At least all it took was some really good shampoo to get rid of MY deisgn faux pas!

birdy said...

Lesson learned:

80's decor: big bad. Hopefully never to be resuscitated. (Kelly Wearstler, I'm looking at YOU and your fuggly guest house.)

50's decor by architects: so freaking cool, I would like to move in NOW please.

just a girl... said...

Thanks for sharing.

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

Indeed - what would Neil Young do?!!
I agree, thanks for sharing.

Emily said...

I haven't clicked on the link yet, but this is the best blog title I've read in a long time.

Anonymous said...

ya know, i'll say a few words about michael. yes, paul, dead pedo is good...but i 'grew up with him'. the michael i think of, and yes, mourn the loss of, is that little boy who was so talented, so sure, who shone so brightly. yes, i loved thriller and all that...hell, i'm not that old-but the bleached, hatcheted, and god knows what else-being he became is alien to me. so i mourn all that was lost a really long time ago. that's just me.

love the blog as always, glad you're hanging in there girl.

Anonymous said...

decorno, the Title of this entry was in poor taste. Call him what you may, but MJ is the greatest artist that ever lived and his songs remind me of all kinds of different times in my life that i cherish. so there. Oh, and you know what else was really good in the 80's? (and forever for that matter?) Michael Jackson!

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Penelope Bianchi said...

You are so smart NOT to discuss Dead Michael Jackson!

sad case of abuse of God-given (or some other deity) talent......

Threw it to the winds.....in my humble opinion......

I took my daughter to the "Thriller" concert........(I think that was the name of it.).....at Dodger Stadium in LA..it was a peak experience.

Then he threw it all away.....all that weird stuff in Santa Ynez..and very questioinable conduct with little kids.......

People close to him should have steered him away from that weird stuff........however; he surrounded himself with "yes"people.....who let him ruin his face.......do all that very weird stuff. Just for the money........he ruined his own life......however......I hold culpable.....the weak and predatory people who did surround him......and enable him to think any of this was all-right!

A sad tale.

Penelope


LOVED LOVED LOVED THAT NYTIMES.........ARTICLE ABOUT THE DECADES!! THURSDAY! THE BEST NYTIMES DAY!



So glad you are talking about other things!

As in RED kitchens!!

Anonymous said...

And with that, Penelope is the voice of reason today.

Anonymous said...

Though not exactly the voice of originality.

Anonymous said...

With the exception of the last two slides, these look like the houses we saw while house-hunting 2 years ago. Except the kitchens. Those are ALL 80's. Just not a priority in this area. Even the $800,000 + homes (the MLS listings are dismal). When it was built, it was decorated, it was done. Forever. Ugh.

Anonymous said...

I agree that your title was in poor taste. Let me guess, you wanted to get a few hits from a google "MJ Dead" search? Been reading you for awhile & this is just...low.

anon said...

I remember my grandmother's 50's house looked like dung to me until recent years. 80's are still just too close to us to like them Not saying we will, but I'm guessing someone will really dig them in another 20 years (maybe our kids).

lecaro said...

Well, Sally Sirkin Lewis, get off your high horse!

And I'm surprised they didn't identify the owner of the '80s house as Sylvia Miles.

Anonymous said...

Wow Decorno.

You really disappointed me with your blog title.

Surely you are not overcome with grief but Michael surely deserves a bit more respect than that. And to all of you who judge I only hope that when your time comes that you will be remembered for leaving an ounce of the legacy and love that this man gave from his heart, soul and spirit.

Decorno. Really Below the belt. Really Low. And as another poster stateed in really Poor Taste.

Anonymous said...

Damn this is in poor taste, every once in a while I get fed up with self-importance of the byiatches on this blog. Seriously, stop trying so hard to be witty and relevant,you really sound trite. Sometimes you really come across as a miserable slut. (sending a little negativity your way, right back at ya, poser). Oh and to Paul, you cleary are a bastard. Growing up with MJ's music, although not really a fan I choose to appreciate and separate the artist from the man and his actions and focus on his influence and legacy.

RobtW said...

Who doesn't love the discovery of a bug caught in amber?

For a website that regularly includes some real frozen-in-time moments of interior design, there's Retro Renovation http://tinyurl.com/mpc9cm. (See also the 1970s Palm Beach coke den at their entry for May 22, 2009.)

Anonymous said...

"...And as another poster stateed in really Poor Taste"

The fact that "Poor Taste" is capitalized is just so delicious.

Anonymous said...

"...MJ is the greatest artist that ever lived "

Oh dear God...

Jane said...

Got to say I agree with you anon 8.41. It's so tiresome and predictable to read some of the contributors to this blog trying to out snark each other and dazzle us all with their wit. I like a bit of snark as much as the next person but it's like a competition here sometimes.

Anonymous said...

Yes. And you're losing.

Anonymous said...

[Preparing for predictable onslaught of "I'm never coming to this blog again!" comments]

Margaret said...

Show some compassion towards the suffering of another human being. MJ was a mega talent, yes, but a troubled human being as well. Who are we to judge anyone? There are three innocent children without a father. I am grateful for the music that I loved and for the memories attached to his hits. May he rest in peace and may we show compassion as we would want it shown to us. Nobody's perfect.

Anonymous said...

"Who are we to judge anyone?"

Uh, people with standards?

Halcyon House said...

My grandparents were DEFINITELY "Dedicated Modernists", living in So. Cal (OC), my grandfather was an engineer in the aerospace industry, they lived in the same house since the early sixties, ...if they were still in that house, I guarantee it would still look the same.
As a child I was always drawn to their decor but not sure why...Now, from time to time I miss their house and wish I could go back and explore as a designer...thanks for the good memories.
As for MJ, fantastic artist--undoubtedly--crazy man with major issues--certainly...title in poor taste...subjective...that's the beautiful thing about freedom of speech...you don't like it, move on.

birdy said...

Oh, good CHRIST. Do you know what's really in bad taste? An outpouring of Princess-Di-style recreational grief over a child molester.

If you're really that devastated over the death of this creep, maybe you should be off in mourning, and not reading decor blogs.

Anonymous said...

Bad taste = Thinking of a 12-year-old cancer patient as a sex object

Libby at Aurora Primavera said...

If you love frozen decor, you MUST go to Graceland. Everything is preserved from circa-1972-ish. Mylar super graphics on the walls in the basement bar, 6-inch deep green shag in the famous jungle room. It's Elvis meets Miss Haversham. Thrilling and ghastly.

Kristin said...

Actually, I think it shows good judgment for people to express grief over the loss of a child molester. While I condemn sexual abuse, I think we as a social group tend to display cut-and-dry approaches to complex human beings. Michael Jackson was an extremely talented person who had a troubled life that you or I could not imagine. His level of fame will only be achieved by a few other people, and probably never again at such an early age nor so deservedly. He clearly struggled with the public adulation and scrutiny. I think it is important to show compassion for the struggles and accomplishments of others even when they do things we vehemently disapprove of. I, too, thought the title was in poor taste. It was dismissive of him and of other people's feelings about his life and death.

Ivy Lane said...

Great article! The Wilson house...SWOON..and the Nelson couch, Mies chairs, etc...I think those homeowners were smart to keep all those "works of art"...I am sure 1st Dibs would like a crack at 'em!!!

Anonymous said...

Do you people really feel the Decorno's title was in bad taste? The man is dead after all. Yes, I still love some of his music. Yes, my brother and I danced around to him, had the fake red pleather jacket, the glove, the posters. But, he's dead. He was a mess, he made some great music. Christ, what's happening in Iran? That should be causing some more "grief" that MJ's passing. For those interested, here's an interesting analysis on MJ by the lovely Gary Young http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/jun/26/michael-jackson-black-superstar-icon. Lastly, the 50's house is stunning, and a reminder of why it's important to try to save and invest in pieces which will last a lifetime.
Thanks Decorno, love your blog (which is why I read it, don't know what the others are doing here!)
Sherry

Anonymous said...

Sorry Kristin. Don't buy it.

The tragedy of Michael Jackson is that he was NOT complex--not morally. I don't see any sign of "struggle" within him about what he did to those boys. I see no regret, no understanding that he did damage, nothing but the need to lie and cover up and try to find a way to do it again. (All the warning alarms he installed outside his bedroom to warn him if staff were approaching.)

And then there are all the vendors and service people and professionals who had to sue him over the years because he would not pay for their work. (Look into what happened to the Neverland staff when he decided to just walk away and not look back.)

This was a monster without the moral or ethical "struggles" that you're hoping for.

French furniture said...

Great post, and great blog name!

Anonymous said...

Decorno could have said "I could talk to you about the late Michael Jackson..." and I guarantee you these oh-so sensitive types would still have a problem with it. It's amazing to me how that bizarro's death has ignited the flames of freakdom. Yeah, it's too bad he had three kids, and that they had no semblance of a normal life, and that now it's about to get lots worse.

Anonymous said...

For a 1980s pop album, "Purple Rain" is 100 times the achievement that "Thriller" was.

Kristin said...

I stand by my statement, Anon 3:39. I never said his struggles or complexity were in the moral or ethical vein, as you implied, nor did I excuse any wrong behavior. I do feel very sorry for him. I think many aspects of his life were bizarre and surreal as a direct result of his early-onset fame. He obviously had severe body and identity issues and felt like he never experienced a childhood. I think he was extraordinarily talented, and he clearly touched the entire world through his talent. It is perfectly normal and justified for people to feel grief by his death. I am sad by his death. I wish he had experienced a happier life and had made better decisions.

I object to your use of the word "monster" in describing him. Nice job at dehumanization. Isn't that what child molesters do? They don't think that the children have feelings?

Anonymous said...

He wasn't fully human. His conscience was stunted or absent. That makes him monstrous.

Anonymous said...

1. When I was young, the authorities in my school accused my step-father of molesting me, based on a "tip" of another parent. It was totally false and unfounded. It caused an uproar, a "when there's smoke, there's fire" sort of frenzy, and we had to switch schools to get away from it all. A jury found him not guilty -

So, who are all you people to think you know what happened with MJ, from the other end of a gossip magazine?

2. I happen to know that the mother/child who accused him had made similar accusations of another man, trying to extort $$$, subsequently PROVEN FALSE, a few years prior. All this was sealed from the public.

3. Of course Decorno's title was in poor taste - It's DECORNO!

4. The NYT rooms were fabulous, all of them.

Anonymous said...

1. When I was young, the authorities in my school accused my step-father of molesting me, based on a "tip" of another parent. It was totally false and unfounded. It caused an uproar, a "when there's smoke, there's fire" sort of frenzy, and we had to switch schools to get away from it all.

A jury found MJ not guilty - So, who are all you people to think you know what happened with MJ, from the other end of a gossip magazine?

2. I happen to know that the mother/child who accused MJ had made similar accusations of another man, trying to extort $$$, subsequently PROVEN FALSE, a few years prior. All this was sealed from the public.

3. Of course Decorno's title was in poor taste - It's DECORNO!

4. The NYT rooms were fabulous, all of them.

Anonymous said...

I believe the victims.

Anonymous said...

I agree with anon June 26, 2009 8:41 AM: MISERABLE SLUT

Anonymous said...

You're a hateful human being. If you even are human.

Anonymous said...

Seriously. GET A LIFE.

Anonymous said...

I see we have Perez Hilton's commenters visiting today.

Anonymous said...

Shouldn't you MJ defenders be somewhere wailing and crying your eyes out instead of on a home decor blog?

Anonymous said...

The MJ defenders are like those fat spinsters who marry convicts. "Why he's just misunderstood! He never did any of those awful things!" etc. etc.

Cristina said...

but he is dead....isn't he?

is that what people are having a problem with you stating? or that it isn't interesting. it's only slightly interesting.

Anonymous said...

She should have written "Life-impaired Michael Jackson."

Anonymous said...

The worst part is that kid (Jordan Chandler - not really a kid anymore) from the 1993 case came out and admitted that Michael never molested him in the first place and that it was all a scam concocted by his father. Are you serious? It took Michaels death to get the douche to come clean? Talk about bad timing.

Anonymous said...

"...admitted that Michael never molested him in the first place."

False.

Anonymous said...

This man deserves respect for all he was, not for what he looked like.

I really liked this blog, i had to make sure i seen this title right.Anybody who could not have a heart and respect this man,is not someone i respect to read their blog, so good bye. I hope you or noone close to you - never have to endur what you said about a man that has earned enough respect to be talked about. Words have a big impact and this is a example of that. Its obvious u donot like him, but everyone deserves respect (especially when us on the outside donot really know). Yes Michael fucked his self up, it just shows he was not happy with the way he looked,not he's a child molester.

We change ourselves everyday - like getting breast implants, wearing makeup, getting tattoos, nose rings, nipple pierced, BOTOX, wear a weave, pluck your eye brows,tummy tuck, wax your legs, go on a hundred diets, wear a push up bra, pull the hair on your face, wear contacts lenses(donot need them),and so on, on and on.

No one can fool facts, the way that policeman had the hard up for him, if he could prove it - Michael would have been locked up or charged. Regardless of anybody. Anybody who take money over locking the person up who molested their child, is obvious out for just money and used their child to get it. Everybody just got in line and jumped for the right time to get some money. He messed up when he paid the first one.

Out of all this, this man set a lot of records that none else have or will reach, everybody dwell on things they think he did and not all the great things he did do. Noone can ever experience or know what type of life he had. He was only 50 - 40 years of his life was in the spotlight and the other 10 was getting him ready to sing. He never had a normal life, even before he became famous.

Imagine all your childhood memories never happening, imagine just working your childhood and adult life. That man deserves respect because noone will ever reach what he did, dance like did, write songs like he did, or make a mark with videos like he did. All the artists now followed behind him, he opened the doors for them.

This man deserves respect for all he was, not for what he looked like.

Astonishing said...

MMMMMMMMM - NOT NICE! Hope noone has to go thru where you may be falsely accused and your whole reputation is based on it.And all the good things you done is overshadowed