January 15, 2013 § 3 Comments
Warm and cozy blankets are a “must have” this wintery season – and full proof gift giving mastery no matter who you buy them for. And these Norwegian cozies are so special! Modern in design and pattern, but traditional in its material and construction.
I couldn’t decide which one I wanted more… you pick!
See these (The Power Collection and Gullfuglen) and more from Funkleshop.
December 19, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Waylande Gregory pieces are much sought after. He died in 1971 but his pieces are timeless. A prolific ceramist sculptor, he became famous for his groundbreaking technique allowing him to create very large sculptures. But for me… I’d be so very happy with these small trays. The 24 karat gold finish is stunning, peaking through white or black patterning.
These would be perfection in your front hall entry to lay your keys down. Or perhaps they’d contain your favourite jewellery in your Dressing Room? Or how about just on their own?! So warm and glowy and sparkly… sigh.
November 5, 2012 § Leave a Comment
You haven’t been to Lisbon if you haven’t been to Belém… and more specifically… to the bakery and café, Antiga Confeiteira de Belém. The most sacred of pastries (invented before the 18th century by the Catholic Monks of the Jéronimos Monastery) and let’s face it… the best pastry you’ll every eat, the Portuguese Custard Tart (Pastel de Nata) is known to draw three long line-ups: one for sit-in, one for take-away and the third, a much more frenzied and disorganized variety, where patrons nudge their way to the coffee bar and down an espresso and in two or three bites, a warm, just-out-of-the oven tart, sprinkled with cinnamon.
Trust me… there is nothing more delectable.
And while you’re there, look around you… the interior is covered in 18th century, hand painted wall tiles. Inside and out, the tile art is seen all over Portugal. So another ‘must-visit’ if you’re interested in this beautiful art form is the D’orey & Cardoso antique tile store. Here you’ll find a treasure trove of history and art – and proprietors that are more than happy to share it with you. I’ve chosen a few of my favourite patterns from their website. But the best part…they ship to anywhere in the world!
October 4, 2012 § Leave a Comment
There’s something so pure and direct about Elisa Mazzone‘s illustrations. Yet, there’s so much duality and complexity. I especially love the balance of soft and hard; precision and uncertainty; solid and flat versus translucent and dimensional.
October 1, 2012 § 5 Comments
Ok… I know. A ‘Cloud House‘??? Really?
Yes. Really. But before I go into the pro’s and con’s of having your home become a neighbourhood attraction… I want to focus on that hallway! I love it!!! What a way to make a mostly pragmatic corridor, something to REALLY rave about!
That is… if you can stop going on about the shape of the addition you just put on the back of your house!
Me personally… I’d stick with a striking hallway. ;)
September 24, 2012 § 4 Comments
After spotting this artist’s work in this interior, I couldn’t help but look into more of her work.
Alison Van Pelt’s works are BIG (i.e. 9 feet x 7 feet!!!). I love the scale of these paintings. And even though the images are purposely softened and blurred, it’s the bold colour and sheer size of the pieces that make an impact. And the portraits themselves are mesmerizing, transfixing. Wish I had a wall big enough…!
Want some more? Click here.
September 21, 2012 § 4 Comments
I absolutely fell in love with these crochet pieces from JungJung! The olives, especially!
How about a series of these on your kitchen wall above your banquet seat… each one pinned to a linen background, shadow-box framed with white, simple frames! They’re so delicate and lovely and intricate. Grouped together en masse. The colours, soft and organic. Sigh…
My mom will love this post… I can just tell. Crochet? And vegetables? Perfection.
Thank you to Florence & Millie for sharing this. I couldn’t help but reiterate. :)
September 20, 2012 § Leave a Comment
A barge is now transformed into a floating urban oasis. Not just any garden though…a foreign garden. You see… Gitta Gshwendtner and Maria Thereza Alves (the pair responsible for Seeds of Change) discovered that the bed of the Bristol river was full of foreign seeds from days gone by. Ships returning from all over the world would fill their hulls with soil upon their departure and once arriving in Britain would release the soil into the river bed to lighten their load. Soil, that even today, contain seeds from destinations beyond.
Re-adaptation. Re-imagined. Re-hashed.
I love it when history is brought forward into the present. And blooms. For more on this, click here.
September 18, 2012 § Leave a Comment
I’m wanting these glass containers! Mix and match colour and transparencies and you get a lovely way to display your treasures. Those folks at Iittala are very clever!
September 13, 2012 § 5 Comments
A modern interior need not be cool, edgy and stark. It can be warm, rough-hewn and natural. Case in point… Fashion designer Jenni Kayne’s home comes together with travertine, salvaged pine siding, hand-hewn oak and board-formed concrete. Warm shades of grey and tan and cream.
I love the fireplace and especially how it is mirrored on the exterior of the home. What a great setting for an outdoor room!
The artwork is key for me in the Master Bedroom. Scale… So important.
And what lucky kids to have such a great playroom! That Beni Ourain rug is simply beautiful.