Happy Friday! Here is our friend, ID Collection’s Jim Williamson, talking about skin maladies, furniture makers, the Tan Mom, and more. Ah Friday. I have to admit I did not want to leave this house for work this morning. It’s not that I wanted to play hooky (but seriously, who doesn’t?) in what feels like 110-degree weather. No, I woke up with some giant acne. Yes, at my age. Didn’t I have to deal with this as a teenager? (Insert high school photo here. Not the one that showcases the dog bite on my nose, but any of the others will do.)
Apparently, the Acne Fairy visited last night. Instead of leaving a dollar and taking something from under the pillow, she left zits. As I stared at my face in the bathroom mirror, I was like, “Max, why do I look like the before picture in a Proactiv commercial?” I went to the vanity and began digging for something—anything—that might help the situation. Unfortunately, the acne cream we had on hand was so old it had changed color. That went in the trash. I finally found something called “tinted moisturizer.” It was time to employ some mansmetics.
I am not very good with the mancake, despite having once worked as a manager for a very popular makeup artist in Houston for several years. I just kept the clients booked and the schedule moving. I had nothing to do with the actual applying of cosmetics. Sadly, seeing her do literally hundreds of makeovers (and unders) left me with no additional skills in this department. After applying the tinted moisturizer generously in my palms and applying to my face, I gazed at my reflection in the mirror. Patricia Krentcil stared back at me.
But off to work I went because carpenters, schemes, and conference calls awaited. And speaking of calls, I recently had the opportunity to call on a new manufacturer. Yay! We love new stuff! I “discovered” these people while flipping through a copy of Elle Décor. I saw this awesome side table so I decided to reach out and say, “I like your awesome table.” Many e-mails and days later, we decided to give the line a go in Texas. It will be their first time in this market. Well, I am jumping the gun, which is probably why everyone slaps press embargos on me. They still have to make the pieces. But look for a few of these items to hit our fair city at the end of September. We will just call this a sneak peek.
Fashioned from bronze, steel, leather, glass and even aluminum these pieces are manufactured by metal master Christopher Gentner. Gentner is a familiar name to those in the biz, having built high quality pieces for some of the biggest names in design. Now he is applying his highly trained skills to his own designs. I promise, we will be all the happier for it.
And with this sneak peek, I leave you to enjoy your weekend, hopefully in a well air-conditioned space. I will be in the back corner of my room, lying beneath a bulbless lamp, clutching a bottle of Proactiv.