January 19, 2011

Reggie Casagrande













Yes, that's her real name and I want you to meet her. I met Reggie in the 90's while I was designing clothing for Fresh Jive. Now that's a long time ago! Anyways, she was kind enough to share with us her FAB home in Los Angeles where she lives with her husband Paul Mittleman who is the Creative Director at Stussy and their daughter Nova.

D*BP: Tell us about what you do and how long you've been doing it.

RC: I've been a lifestyle and fashion photographer for over 20 years. Three years ago I founded Lipsticktracez, a magazine and web forum focusing on women in contemporary art and design culture. We showcase beautiful fine art photography from all over the world and profile interesting women. I also shoot for commercial clients as well.

D*BP: How long have you lived in your home and what do you love most about it?

RC: We've lived in our house in LA for 10 years. I spend 9 months of the year outside, love it. The garden has definitely grown-up so to speak. It's always a work in progress.

D*BP: I'd love to hear how you describe your style and what inspires you.

RC: My style is about simplicity. Fashion wise I like casual luxury and effortless chic. A bit rock n roll in terms of design, things need to be functional and elegant, a bit minimal and classic. My Prouve desk for example, it's vintage and simple, but a little piece of history. Eames, Saarinen, Arne Jacobson, those are the designers I love for furniture and objects. I hate anything to look too busy.
I'm inspired by music, great style, films, art, nature and my family. I'm pretty outdoorsy so I spend a lot of time trail running in Runyon canyon with my dogs. Just seeing the trees, hawks and animals just makes me feel peaceful. It's a nice break from being on the computer all the time.

D*BP: I think Nova's room is quite cool. Is there anything in there that's a DIY project? What does she love most about her room?

RC: Nova has such a fun room. She has her own art collection now. Damien Hirst, Kaws, Samantha Thomas. We did her bed as a built-in with storage underneath so she could store her games in the shelves. There isn't much room, so we had to take advantage of all the space. Her closet was a hideous mirror when we moved in. We replaced it with wooden doors then painted it with chalkboard paint. It's so fun to draw on. She can use it forever to write up her homework, notes, scribbles.


Thanks Reg!

Photo: reggieworld.com
Art: reggiecasagrande.com
Blog: lipsticktracez.com




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