Inspired: Alison Van Pelt

September 24, 2012 § 4 Comments

Pink and Orange Frida - Alison Van Pelt

Light Grey Nude – Alison Van Pelt

William Burroughs – Alison Van Pelt

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…!

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Inspired: Veggies Delight

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. :)

Interiors: Warmed Up Modern

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.

Interiors by: Standard; Photos from AD.

Snapshots: Greyed

September 7, 2012 § 6 Comments

From ornate elevators, classically detailed archways, Roman memorials, gothic cathedrals and an elaborate fountain… these shots looked best in black and white. Lisbon and Évora, Portugal.

Roaming: Madrid’s Plaza Mayor

September 2, 2012 § 1 Comment

I’m reminiscing about my trip earlier this year to Madrid, Spain. There’s something so imperial about this place, Plaza Mayor. Maybe it’s the statue of King Phillip III, imposing and majestic, planted firmly in the centre of the square. Or maybe it’s the red stuccoed walls, embracing and containing historical events for centuries past. I remember walking into the square and being in awe of the symmetry and the colour and the architecture. Filled with street performers, shops and restaurants, it’s a surprisingly quiet repository in a busy, bustling city.

Truly, one of my favourite moments in Madrid.

Lilting for Lisbon

June 22, 2012 § 9 Comments

I happened across this third image and immediately thought it had to be some place in Portugal… That blue and white tile work (ajulejos) is unmistakable and I love how it’s used in architecture (both inside and out) everywhere in Portugal.

This series of photographs are by Michael Eastman taken on a trip to Lisbon.

He’s making me really excited about my summer trip to Portugal. Maybe I should look back and find some of my own photos of my travels to the Motherland… :)

Bubble Diagram

June 11, 2012 § 7 Comments

If you’re a designer or an architect, you know what bubble diagrams are and how they can be very helpful in arranging various groups, departments or spaces within a larger envelope.

This is not that kind of bubble diagram.

But pretty cool nonetheless.

Inspired: Vera Wang

May 31, 2012 § 8 Comments

We’ve had a lovely run of Sprummer weather (as if spring and summer were one season) here in Toronto these last few weeks. However, it seems we’re to have a turn this weekend… clouds, seasonal temperatures and rain (the latter of which is much needed so really…this isn’t me complaining or anything).

So… In an effort to stay in a ‘Sprummer State of Mind’, I thought I’d share these lovely sketches by the very talented, Vera Wang. Swirling. Blossoming. Sultry. Exuberant. Radiant. Feels like Sprummer to me!

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Inspired: Ghost Structures

May 25, 2012 § 4 Comments

I’ve always loved seeing ‘building scars’… that’s what I call them. Old buildings that have now been demolished but have left behind their imprint. A ghost image of what was once there. A story now lost, but not forgotten.

Then I found Marcus Buck and this series of photographs!

And now I don’t feel so alone. ;)

Building scars. Architectural ghosts. Structural tattoos. Etc.

Snapshots: Repeat

May 20, 2012 § 16 Comments

The Collective Snapshot – Eiffel Tower by Pep Ventosa

Passage de La Tour by Jan Reymond

Multi-Exposure shot by Stephanie Jung

Front door by Armin Blasbichler

Do it once. Repeat.

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