Sunday, March 25, 2007

Urban Prairie "Collector Profile" Series (4)

Ultra hip blogger and ad exec Victoria Smith describes her style as "bohemian modern", a phase that admittedly caught the attention of Urban Prairie's Chris Brown. Chris says "Victoria mixes new items with vintage finds in her 900 square foot San Francisco apartment. That's the vibe of Urban Prairie." Her most talked-about possession is "Rico Suave," an unsigned portrait of a young man, dated 1954 (pictured above).

Name: Victoria Smith
Location: San Francisco, CA

Influences: Wary-Meyers Design Team, Design*Sponge's Grace Bonney, Kelly Wearstler, Amy Butler

Philosophy: Things to be admired and loved don't have to be expensive. Flea marketing and yard sale hunting is a way of recycling and not being caught up in too much consumerism. I like buying from local artists and small mom & pop businesses as much as I can. Trust what you like and reflect your own personality in your home. Try not to be a chain-store clone.

Favorite Collection: I like Amy Butler's work a lot, because it seems to blur the lines between comfortable, colorful homey pieces and a fresh, clean modern feel. It's not a look that's cookie-cutter or defined and very eclectic. I like that.

Favorite Piece from Collection: I love her quilted pillows.


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