Friday, October 2, 2009

lonny lonny lonny get yer boner here!

for those mfamb readers who only read this blog bc they love me (hi mom! hi dad!) let me inform you on what in the high water in hades lonny is. a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away there was a magazine called domino-r.i.p. this was a beloved shelter magazine, probably the best...ever. it combined chic style with accessibility to the everywoman. unlike some of the other shelter mags out there that are beautiful to look at yet completely unachievable unless you are a bajillionaire, domino was something us normal folk could look at and say...i can do THAT! but alas, domino folded. big middle finger to that. a lot of us were really sad, devastated even. now all we had were the aforementioned mags that offered decorating for the super rich.
well, yesterday a magazine birthed itself thru the braingina of michelle adams and patrick cline. it's called lonny. as in LON-don/NY. a lot of us were waiting with baited breath to see if this ONLINE magazine could fill the much needed void that used to be domino. in my opinion, it does. in fact i thought i was looking at a new issue of domino. i imagine some folks will think that part annoying or lame. i don't. i think it kicks ass. as long as lonny brings me something entirely new each month they could call it lomino for all i care.
here is my experience:
first of all let me say i haven't been this excited for a release since lord of the rings 1, 2 and 3. in fact, i daresay i felt like a hobbit at fireworks display. pass the mead!
so i woke up yesterday and noticed a few blog posts already up. michelle's to be precise. she provided a ton of pics that had my heart racing...i wanted more and fast but i had to take my daughter to school and run errands before i would get the chance to really sit down and delve in.
but i must say that during that time i really WAS genuinely excited!! the way i would get when a domino arrived in the mail and sat waiting by my bed for me to caress it's pages for an hour or so. when that time finally did arrive at 2:30, i went into the kitchen, poured myself a glass of wine, sat fiona down with the care bears and went into my room on my bed, computer in lap and opened the first "page"...

these first 2 image captures show just how like domino (even cottage living) it was...


right on point with the affordable mixed with the unaffordable. i'm talking to you lack tables and jayson sofa.

another point of interest was the bar cart in just about every home featured. it was like a highlight's magazine puzzle. what does every home have in common? A BAR CART!! (very domino-esque)
here is carolina irving's bar cart:


here is ron marvin's bar cart:

there's eddie ross's bar cart...in the back left corner:


here's deborah needleman's bar cart:
i wonder if these people legitimately had bar carts already or if this is an homage to domino?


now on to some of my favorite images..
this one is of kate simpson's bathroom. dying over the wallpaper and monogrammed towels:







i know a lot of people out there just don't like ed ross. i fucking love him! what's not to love? he's so gay MY butt hurts. and while i was slightly disappointed that i had seen a lot of his house already on his blog there was enough that i hadn't seen that made up for it. say what you will about him, he does give good 'ed, as in editorial. he is a master stylist. i mean if you love martha, you love eddie. case closed. and i would give just about anything to be invited to this damn country house and sit down at his table. in fact i think i might be eddie ross for halloween.

this was the inspiration behind yesterday's house lonnification:



don't even get me started on this bathroom:

the porch all whited out and fabulous. i see you broom! you too painted terra cotta pots!




the fact that he hung these lithographs outside should be reason enough to love the ross:




moving on to caroline irving's place.
i loved this nook:

the layers and textures and colors were happy. elegant yet relaxed.
and her perfume collection...so pretty..so domino.


and design*sponge blogger, grace bonney's home..this pic was my favorite of her space:

and who knew something so small could bring such joy and bone? a suzani tray under a dish rack? why in the fuck didn't i think of that? totally stealing that idea.


ok, this next space..that of domino's own editor-in-chief deborah needleman was the one i think we all were waiting for. it did not disappoint. in fact these first 2 images about made me curl up into fetal position..
so. so. SO. good. no words really. that black apron sink? the black table with the plants in perfectly aged pots? huunh?..buh...whaa?? i can't even.


and this light filled girly nook? those floors, painted like that? so good:

oooh...dark, cozy space i love you too:



and the pool...
DUMB!!!!!

over all i was very pleased with this first issue. very pleased indeed. however....
a few things were not so good. one, the obvious one...it's still not a magazine that i can hold and smell and get my eyeballs really close to. and the fact that it's an online magazine also means that it could crash, or your computer might be too slow therefore causing great frustration and you to shut it down.
and while i like the fact that this is soooo similar to domino's last page, this particular one was kind of a snooze fest...really burts bees?


high fives lonny! keep up the good work.

24 comments:

Laura said...

I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree! The only downside for me was the print was illegible without a lot of zooming in and out. If only I could print out the whole thing on some glossy white paper to hold in my hands. . .

Visual Vamp said...

Thanks for the recap.
It is so cool.
And Eddie and Jaithan are super nice and super sexy and super talented, the best gay husbands any girl could hope and wish for.
xo xo

boops said...

At the risk of sounding unoriginal, I agree. I really enjoyed the content but my whole routine is curling up in a favorite spot in my apartment and perusing through magazines for inspiration ...this activity does not include my computer...in fact, it's usually away from my computer. (except to read your awesome blog)

mb said...

You are a scream, and am laughing out loud while reading your post. Thanks for the giggles.

And yes. I love Lonny, and no, I didn't know it stands for London/NY.

Having Lonny in magazine form would only make it better. Dream on, right?

Sarah Klassen said...

You are hysterical! Seriously...I have had my cheek exercises for the day after reading your post! :) (My boyfriend is wondering what in the world I am doing right now!)

One idea I had for this issue of non-printed copies -- I'm a total magazine junkie -- with an entire room devoted to my mag library -- but had a little thought -- to print out my fav. pages and make some inspirational files. It won't be the same, but at least there would be some paper and record of past issues :) Try?

Lauren said...

i read your posts outloud to my hubby. you're one of the few he likes. hahahaha anyway, i SO AGREE!!!!!! i went nutty but had to stop reading your post because i didn't finish reading lonny yet. freaking love it & reall really REALLY need them to start selling it in print. do y ou think they ever will??!!

xoxoxo

Lauren said...

oh ps- i'm really computer-slow & have no clue how to copy the images off there- how'd you do it??
xoxo

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Hey, I too love e.r. and gave him a shout out on my post today as well...it is so differant from yours that I cracked up laughing. You hit my funny bone...every time. Thanks

AlliJean said...

It's been a looong work week and I haven't dived into the first issue yet but your recap certainly wet my appetite. I'm planning on stealing the suzani tray idea too. genius!

I'm hoping that with all the lobbying going on, we will see Lonny in print form soon enough. It's worth hoping for!

court. said...

Painting the terra cotta pots. Why didn't I think of that? They're so cheap and I'm learning that most plants like terra cotta--it keeps them alive. anything I can do to help keep my current plants alive is a must.

Great recap. You always manage to say something that makes milk/beer/water shoot out of my nose.

urbansardines said...

Dear Jenny,
Please pre-read all my books, pre-see my movies, and pre-watch my TV. I like it all better when you have your eye on it first. Lomino... ack, you kill me! Anyhoo. I really loved it, too. I had a hard time reading the print, and I was loathe to blow it up because I wanted to see EVERYTHING, but otherwise really enjoyed and yes, it was like Christmas morning yesterday, but i was busy working too, so i had to wait until 10 p.m. before i could read it.. Excruciating! Anyway, thanks as always for a good laugh! Have a great weekend! PS. here's the link to the pic from yesterday, try not to faint from the beauty of molly sim's apt.
http://www.kishaniperera.com/recentprojects/gallery.php?xml=soholoft&title=maison%20nyc&subtitle=blending%20high-end%20fabrics%20with%20parision%20antiques%20and%20eclectic%20ebay%20finds

urbansardines said...

p.s. sorry, that was like a novel i wrote. Apparently not blogging all week has gotten to me :-)

Simply Mel said...

I want a bar cart and a hot stud to roll it my way and serve it up Lonny style!

KristinMcRea said...

Why did Domino fold if we all loved it so much? Do you bloggers take any responsibility for its demise? hmmm?

LindsB said...

Im oficially peeing in my pants...I mean if we are going to be honest here- this is the best fucking review!

eddieross said...

Can I be you for Halloween?

xo
Eddie

my favorite and my best said...

eddie...you can do anything you want as far as i'm concerned! j'adore!

fric and frac said...

Loved your review! I agree with you about the bar carts! They are so Lomino! And yet I do not have a corner of my home dedicated to cocktails and appertifs - just a bottle of Lillet in the fridge! The Eddie Ross costume is great-don't forget the camo tote with a MFAMB monogram!

Erin Wyper said...

Screw Eddie, I want to be YOU for Halloween! Lonny IS fab, but when I read your blog, I am the hobbit at a fireworks display. I devour every morsel - you are like my naughty twin without a mouth filter and I love that. You have impeccable taste and a gift with words! I am a devoted fan! If I ever see you out and about in Atlanta, I am bear-hugging you.

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

Please dress up as the Ross and be sure to post pics of it. I would die. I loved most of the same parts as you. That wallpapered powder room. Oh my God. And Caroline Irving's entire house! I just wish they would now print the whole thing . . .

MABELLE said...

Ok so Pat emailed me your "Yay Lonny" photo while I was out at a birthday party tonight, and when I opened the image on my phone I nearly spit my wine out all over the table laughing!!!! HAHAHAHAHA- LOVE IT!!! Thank you so much for your support- and for always making me laugh!! We truly appreciate it, as do my abs for the post-laughing workout ;)
xx Michelle

Jen West Design said...

Hilarious. I had the same thought about stealing the suzani tray. I even have a dishwasher but I want that, too. I still am not done with suzanis....

Tamstyles said...

I with you..super excited.

Rachel said...

Great recap!!
I purposely didn't post anything really on my blog about Lonny because there are so many good recaps out there I just didn't want to compete.

I love Eddie Ross too - his house was just the best!!! I loved it.

And you're so right that it makes you- like any good mag does - want to go around and change stuff up in your house.

By the way - I had NOT noticed all the bar carts!!! LOL!!! But you're right!