Inspired: Versailles in the Snow

December 16, 2012 § 8 Comments

What could be more inspiring than Versailles?

And since this is the season for snow and flurries and drifts and flakes that too quickly become slush and drudge and black ice… I thought that maybe I’d keep the fluffy white stuff as beautiful and magical as when it first lays down. Captured beautifully here in these photos, Versailles’ gardens are snow tipped and white capped.

Absolute magic.

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Inspired: Parisian Life

August 31, 2012 § 2 Comments

I came across these photos and was instantly transported to the ‘City of Light’, Paris. But I never really equate that tagline with Paris. Instead, I remember it being a million shades of brown, cream and slate grey. Robyn Thompson‘s photos are the closest representation of that memory for me. Check out her website… And, if you would like to experience Marrakech, make sure you click on her ‘Travel’ tab. Stunning.

Une Pause à Paris

July 26, 2012 § 1 Comment

CDG Airport, Paris

Between flights and yet this city still inspires me… even at the airport. Go figure.

Snapshots: Substance

June 3, 2012 § 3 Comments

Detail of ceiling – Mama Shelter in Marseille, France

Michael Chase

Marrakech – Robyn Thompson

The River That Flows Both Ways – Spencer Finch

Inspired: Massimo Listri

May 30, 2012 § 4 Comments

Castello di Pierrefonds, France

Reggia di Venaria II, Piemonte

Lapidorio di Palazzo Mozzi Bardini, Florence

Admont Library, Austria

Reggia di Venaria I, Piemonte

Weimar Library, Germany

Imagine being the only person in these remarkable, sometimes even restricted, interiors. Massimo Listri is the lucky one. He experiences all that detail and light and grandeur all on his own. Thankfully, he does so with his camera and captures the majestic silence in his photographs so that we too can experience true splendour.

For more on Listri’s awe-inspiring work, click here.

Mama Shelter + Philippe Starck = Wowza

May 10, 2012 § 12 Comments

First… Mama Shelter? What a great name for a hotel!

Second… Philippe Starck… he’s gone above and beyond. To infinity and beyond! He’s created a hotel that is warm and artsy and unique and fun and unconventional and over-the-top and detailed and expressive and inspiring and layered and exciting and AWESOME.

Yes. Awesome.

Some points of ‘AWESOME-NESS’:

  • giant chalkboard ceilings
  • giant murals of pattern and graffiti on floors
  • quirky furniture
  • live music stage
  • foosball table
  • exposed concrete walls
  • herringbone, houndstooth, plaid patterns
  • inflatable swimming tubes as décor

Would your Mama approve?

Inspired: Agraffes

March 25, 2012 § 3 Comments

I know… how in the world??? I can’t even begin to understand how this was made! From a distance, it truly looks like a sketch or an etching. Instead… it’s staples. Or, agraffes… since the artist himself is French. Baptiste Debombourg is a visual artist and you absolutely need to check out his website to understand that it’s not just about office supplies. He’s super imaginative. Very creative. And in this piece, inspired by Mannerist artwork. Clearly.

I’ve been meaning to create an inspiration wall in my apartment but didn’t want to ‘thumb tack’ things to the wall because of the holes. Now I’m thinking I’m just being silly… Staples are the way to go.

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts… ;)

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