March 13, 2015
Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the Mona Lisa in the form of a kitchen… or a living room, or anywhere else you might want to employ this moody palette. Everyone knows I’m wild for a white kitchen, but sometimes you just gotta go a different way. I respond well to the colors and textures in this kitchen especially if it’s done well and in the right house. Inspiration can come from a sea shell, the side of a barn, an open field and yes… a painting.
This room (below) by Tom Filicia is also a match. The color is distributed very differently, consider this when using an inspiration for your decor… You do not have to use the same amount of pigment or color when designing your space, whites and neutrals can mix in to lighten the look.
… oh, and I love the creative way the paint chips were used to make modern day versions of the classic!
December 5, 2013
Winter isn’t quite here but it’s snowing on WordPress so I thought I’d pass this along. Art, in a fleeting medium, winters paint… SNOW, a gift from nature. Enjoy!
Working up to 9 hours a day, each snow quilt is the size of three soccer fields! How long these magnificent geometric forms survive is completely dependent on the weather. Beck redesigns the patterns as new snow falls. Sometimes he is unable to finish a piece due to overnight accumulations.
November 24, 2013
Squint (or pull off your readers) and anything, any view can become inspiration for a color palette, texture, arrangement or order. I look at a painting and see a living room, I look at a living (without my readers) and see a painting. I’m fascinated by color, texture, form, arrangement and balance (or imbalance) or light and dark. And as much as I love a white room, white floors and furniture, I react positivity to color too. But, I know my comfort zone.
Finding the right palette to decorate with can be a challenge for some people. Unsure of their comfort zone, or looking to branch out from a safe place, often people don’t know where to go. My first and best advice is always:
BUY WHAT YOU LOVE.
DON’T MATCH YOUR FURNITURE TO YOUR ART.
BUY THE BEST, CRY ONCE.
If you already follow those principals and need color inspiration… go look at your closet, color and pattern? Then you know how to decorate to make yourself happy… All grey? Go with what you know. My closet? See above… Khaki, Navy, Camel and dashes of other neutrals. Or, go to your favorite museum, yes get on a plane or train if you must, and seek out your favorite painting… BAM, theres your new living room. It’s that easy… really it is. Don’t stand there thinking up a thousand reasons why it won’t work, because it will. How you translate the colors, textures, weight and forms will make it adaptable to any space in and climate, anywhere. Stuck, call a decorator. But do them a favor and show them a picture of your favorite painting once you’ve had them over.
November 14, 2013
Found on a friends Fackbook page today, the write-up on this amazing LOCAL young artist put a smile on my face… I wanted to share it with all of you. Enjoy!
14-year-old Zev from Natick, Massachusetts, has taken the photography world by storm with his surreal photo manipulations. Better known by the nickname of ‘fiddle oak’, Zev presents a highly imaginative portfolio of surreal self-portraits, which he created together with his sister Nellie (aged 17). His work seems to mirror the transition from the fairy-tale childhood worlds into those that are way more complicated and still unknown.
Please do yourself a favor and follow the link above to see the other amazing images created by this young talent.
April 15, 2013
This “discovery” isn’t so new anymore and has apparently been passed around from Facebook, to Apartment Therapy to soulpancake as well as most recently Messynessychic.com I just saw it for the first time the other day so I thought I’d pass it on to you…hope you enjoy it as much as I did…
A Parisian apartment left untouched for over 70 years was discovered in the quartier of Pigalle a few summers ago and I’ve been meaning to share the pictures with you. Time to unlock the vault …
The owner of this apartment, Mrs. De Florian left Paris just before the rumblings of World War II broke out in Europe. She closed up her shutters and left for the South of France, never to return to the city again. Seven decades later she passed away at the age of 91. It was only when her heirs enlisted professionals to make an inventory of the Parisian apartment she left behind, that this time capsule was finally unlocked.
The team that had the honor of opening what must have been a very stiff old lock for the first time in 70 years, likened the experience to ‘stumbling into the castle of sleeping beauty’. The smell of dust, the cobwebs, the silence, was overwhelming; a once in a lifetime experience.
There is a further twist to the story. In the apartment a painting of familiar style was discovered of a beautiful woman in pink. One of the inventory team members suspected this might be a very important piece of treasure. Along with the painting, they also found stacks of old love letters tied with colored ribbon.
With some expert historical opinion, the ribbon-bound love letters were quickly recognized as the calling card of none other than Giovanni Boldini, one of Paris’ most important painters of the Belle Époque. The painting was his. The beautiful woman pictured in the painting was Mrs. de Florian’s grand-mother, Marthe de Florian, a beautiful French actress and socialite of the Belle Époque. She was Boldini’s muse. And, despite him being a married man, she was also his lover. The art world went a bit nutty for the whole story and the painting was later sold for $3 million at auction.
What I find so intriguing about this story is not so much the discovered painting and the revelation of a love affair between a great Italian painter and the beautiful actress in an enchanting era, but more the story of Mrs. de Florian and why she stayed away from Paris for so long.
What kept her away even after the war? Was she running away from someone or something other than the Nazis? For all those decades, her rent on the elegant apartment in a flourishing city had been faithfully paid, but it was left to freeze in time. It all sounds like the perfect mystery…
January 29, 2013
I got back late last night from the New York Gift Show. We’re talking acres and acres of home accessories, tabletop, jewelry & bags, and plenty of crazy randomness in between to keep it comical. There was much to see and I managed to see a lot ( enough ) in the one full day I was there. Buying for the store is like decorating for a dozen clients or more, all at once. You have to think about crafting a vision for merchandising when things arrive, buying “whats next” while buying what feels clients will be comfortable with and you have to cater those tastes to as many potential buyers as possible… After all selling your wares is the name of the game.
I expected to be buying hot bright colors for Spring/Summer, Dash & Albert rugs, indoor-outdoor ottomans, Sunbrella throws and the like but as you will see, my heart, my style and my gut all lead me back to rich and subtle tans, greys, aqua and navy. Always in my comfort zone and always in good taste.
We bought tables full of Chinese ceramics, blue and white pots, vases and bowls. Beautiful Tibetan rugs in pale heathered hues in (what else) tans greys and aquas. As well as deep colbalt table lamps, burnished brass decorotive mirrors and chandeliers made of hemp and beads of glass or stone… AMAZING!
So there are some of the Navy treasures, and here are some pretty aqua inspired finds I couldn’t live without…
January 28, 2013
This copy was “borrowed” from TheFoxIsBlack.com :
North Carolina native Geoffrey Johnson has been working as a painter since 1995 after he completed a degree in Fine Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. There’s something very impressive about his work and his images carry a sense of reflection and solemnness.
Most of what he paints is done with an amazing monochromatic palette and I’m instantly drawn to his use of sepia tones (not to mention the striking pale blue). His silhouetted figures are shrouded in an air of mystery and the way he manages to paint large groups within the landscape of the city while still presenting a sense of melancholy only enforces the sense of mystery throughout his work. These paintings are both alluring and haunting and I’ve a great fondness for them. Johnson doesn’t have his own site but more work can seen online here.
I couldn’t agree more, so why re-write? (Thanks theblackfox.com) In fact I’m so smitten, I want to place one of these in a clients home. Making the pitch next week, hope they like it.