|Michael is kind, gifted--and gorgeous inside and out.|
Now! Michael has MA, the interior design firm on Forest Street in Montclair [not far from everyone's favorite bakeries and coffee shop on Walnut Street]. I knew him as my yoga partner, and later, learned he was Joe's life partner, too. I know no finer pair of people. They both have such good hearts.
But the talent...the talent. I dashed into the pop-up shop at MA this evening, and there was Michael, gorgeous and trim, and his work, equally breathtaking. I had seen some impeccable design work he had done @ Bobbi Brown's Montclair home when I went on a house tour...but now I got to see his whole aesthetic....wow. Here's his website home page, launch to come: www.aiduss.com. The Forest Street space itself is incredible.....sleek and tailored, rich and understated. "This is our calling card," said Joe, who works there, too.
At the pop-up shop, I had a flute of the best champagne I've ever sipped, cold, crisp and delicious. I'm not kidding. [Michael/Joe--if you read this post, please add a comment with the brand, so I know for future reference.] I would have asked the nice waiters for the name or peeked at the label in the ice bucket, but had to hurry home b/c Punch was unexpectedly visiting for the evening and I also didn't want to be too conspicuous.
Placed artfully around the space, for holiday gifting: Stunning picture frames and pearl-studded vases from L'Objet, luxury candles, vintage items. Check THIS LINK to see L'Objet, a line I've never seen before. I loved a dazzling jeweled circular frame, but it was out of my price range. I was also drawn to a bespoke red tartan plaid wool tie that I toyed with getting H. for Christmas--he loves ties, especially bow ties--but I already got him a couple of gifts, and the tie was $150. But trust me, it and the other ties were again...insert buzzword here...gorgeous!!!
A young local jewelry designer was there this evening, too--the collection is called Pico and here is the site: www.picomeanslittle.com. Her bracelets, rings, earrings and necklaces have an architectural edge...columns, stacks, vertical bars, cubes. Really cool. Check it out. Affordable, too.
That's one thing I love about living in Montclair. I am more sophisticated and chic just for breathing the same air as people like Michael and Joe.
- Faced music after not eating healthfully. Just faced it, instead of hating on myself.
- Private Benjamin.
- Stopped to see Michael and Joe and taste a little of that fine bubbly--and the finer life.