Friday, March 29, 2013

I've got spring break with the girls, so forgive me if I start speaking in acronyms +  hashtags.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

If you have a moment,  or 16 minutes, treat yourself to this interview with one of my favorite people in the design industry, Charlotte Moss. Yes, her talent is beyond, but she herself is one of the coolest, most inspiring women in business. Love her.

Blowing stuff up? Still working for me.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013

This little farm house in the Catskills.....
old wooden and glass lockers salvaged from a highschool, serve as a china closet in the pantry (a pantry ROOM?)

Built in the 1840s and owned by Artist, Sean Scherer and partner Marc Mayer....

A birdcage sculpture by the Brazilian artist Vik Muniz. pages from the folio, "Birds of New York" covers the wall
 Makes me want to paper my walls with things like, newspapers and bird art...


old ledger paper...

 an paint my walls the color of wet sidewalks set off by a mercury collection.

Inspirational living.

You may be familiar with their shops,  Kabinett and Kammer whose website it like going to a natural curiosities museum while sitting at your desk.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

This is a great introspect of LA based visual artist, Geoff McFetridge's 'method'. If you're not familiar with his work, definitely worth checking out. He's a genius.

You may be familiar with Pottok Prints, a line of hand silk screened wallpapers that he and his wife (artist, Sarah DiVincentes) designed along with partner Yong-Ki Chang. My favorite of which is the Whale print:

And one more example of his multi-disciplinarian geniosity.  (you know how I love myself a good stop motion film. They did this by lasering the design in over 2 thousand pieces of toast and shooting each one individually. Love that kind of thing.

'Last Leaf' by OK Go from NimbleBot on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Currently tapping this:

The eclectic, creative decorating of Taylor Tomasi-Hill's Chelsea apt . Of course her living space is as cool as she is.

This ingenious diy, coming on the aftermath of my 12 year old's birthday palooza. Make your own animal candle holders. Wish I had seen this last week. Such a great idea.

Vegan, Chick-pea tuna fish salad sandwich recipe. Not sure why this would be tuna fish, but it sure looks delish. 

Beach meets Parisian fashion house when Van's collaborates with Kenzo this spring to bring us, great updates on old faves. 

These, completely awesome water colors of interiors by artist Bella Foster over at Anthology mag.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

From the Anglo Files

I love the work of London based architect and designer, Ben Pentreath. His eponymous shop is one of my favorites when in town. His aesthetic is right up my alley, piles upon piles of color, texture and intricate design. Every room , draws you in and beckons you to stay awhile, not wanting to miss a single detail.  His little laboratory (let's say that the English way, "la-BORE-atory") is a 19th century Parsonage in Dorset, England. I've never been to this part of the country but it looks like an absolutely charming coastal town. He uses the property as a place to try things out but keeping it "simple" ( his word, which I think is sort of funny, as his work feels far from simple to me.) Oh, and his blog shows some beautiful, recent, shots of the grounds. Sigh, I love England.

layers, layers, flat weave rugs atop sisal, pattern on pattern, and that monogram! love a monogram.

   I love how he styled this photo.

I want this office!!!

 And this kitchen with it's butternut squash colored walls.


more layers, I love the ikat lampshades with the chinese urn lamp bases. 


Monday, March 4, 2013

photographer::julie blackmon

Today, I am thankful for all of the super creative friends that I have who inspire me, spark creative ideas in me and pass along the best finds ever. Most recently, one of my favorite friends sent me a link to photographer, Julie Blackmon's website, merely suggesting that I might be interested in her work.

Ever since, I've had her website up, utterly enchanted and enrapt by her stunning portraiture work. I can look at each of these, forever. Every time I look at one again, I see something - a facial expression, a small detail-  that completely draws me in, telling unraveling the story just a bit more.

When I first took a look, what immediately attracted me was the deep, deep color that seemed to go on and on. The word 'saturated' comes to mind. The next thing was the beautiful, mid-western antique architecture and landscape used as the backdrop for modern furnishings, clothing and activities. It's all so wonderful, I just couldn't keep it to myself anymore. So, as my friend did for me, I do for you.



From her Statement page: ( She's a beautiful writer. )

The Dutch proverb “a Jan Steen household” originated in the 17th century and is used today to refer to a home in disarray, full of rowdy children and boisterous family gatherings.  The paintings of Steen, along with those of other Dutch and Flemish genre painters, helped inspire this body of work.  I am the oldest of nine children and now the mother of three.  As Steen’s personal narratives of family life depicted nearly 400 yrs. ago, the conflation of art and life is an area I have explored in photographing the everyday life of my family and the lives of my sisters and their families at home.  These images are both fictional and auto-biographical, and reflect not only our lives today and as children growing up in a large family, but also move beyond the documentary to explore the fantastic elements of our everyday lives, both imagined and real.

     The stress, the chaos, and the need to simultaneously escape and connect are issue that I investigate in this body of work.  We live in a culture where we are both “child centered” and “self-obsessed.”  The struggle between living in the moment versus escaping to another reality is intense since these two opposites strive to dominate.  Caught in the swirl of soccer practices, play dates, work, and trying to find our way in our “make-over” culture, we must still create the space to find ourselves.  The expectations of family life have never been more at odds with each other.  These issues, as well as the relationship between the domestic landscape of the past and present, are issues I have explored in these photographs.  I believe there are moments that can be found throughout any given day that bring sanctuary.  It is in finding these moments amidst the stress of the everyday that my life as a mother parallels my work as an artist, and where the dynamics of family life throughout time seem remarkably unchanged.  As an artist and as a mother, I believe life’s most poignant moments come from the ability to fuse fantasy and reality:  to see the mythic amidst the chaos.

                                                                                                     Julie Blackmon

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