Life

Hear me

September 21, 2018

“My work is my body, my body is my work,” said the Portuguese painter, photographer and performance artist, Helena Almeida. But even though the artist’s body –– her hands, her feet, her legs, and her shadow –– appears throughout her work, she refuses to see what she does as self portraiture. “I wasn’t going to hire a model when I myself was in the studio… I know what positions I need to place myself in, which postures I should assume and how to understand the settings… But it’s not me. It’s as though I were another person.”

instrumental

September 20, 2018

This dress, by Iris van Herpen, looks like a harp to me. It’s called ‘Aeolian,’ which in musical terms refers to a diatonic scale called the natural minor scale. It also references the winds, and Aeolus, the Greek God of wind and patriarch of the Greeks. We spent our honeymoon in the Aeolian Islands. This is just the sort of dream dress a new bride should toss in her valise for warm nights under the bougainvillea and stars.

still life

September 19, 2018

I stumbled upon the photographs of Paulette Tavormina today, and I was captivated by the moody decadence of her work. Her images are inspired by seventeenth century Old Master still lives. The peonies and pomegranates are terribly beautiful, as is this scene of shellfish and lemons. Tavormina’s botanical series is stunning –– I’d like six of them, framed in something grand and gilded.

wit and delight

September 18, 2018

One of the things I love about Instagram, are all the beautiful homes I get to peek into. Today, I discovered the home of Tomas Colaco –– a real feast for the eyes. The professor and his wife divide their time between Tangiers and Lisbon, and the influence of both cultures is evident throughout. I love the mix of murals, suzani textiles and antique furnishings. There is such humour, whimsy and romanticism in their style. Have a look. The donkey is what pulled me in!

closet encounters

September 17, 2018

It’s hard to beat a Pax, but if you’re buying for love, your heart may land here. You so rarely see stand alone wardrobes anymore –– let’s be honest, they’re not that practical –– but if you have the space, it’s such a lovely addition to a room. This Victorian is kind of dreamy as is this deco number. And really, don’t our clothes deserve a beautiful home?

Big

September 17, 2018

Small gestures of kindness make the world go around. But every now and then, we’ll feel compelled to do something big and audacious for someone. Just imagine these flowers landing on a doorstep. They’re too much of too much. But when the moment calls for a ridiculously, over-the-top, extravagant, knock-you-sideways gesture, don’t hold back.

shades of earth

September 14, 2018

It’s the palette in this decor that I really love –– the brass, the rust, the sand and nude. The brass light in the kitchen is a piece of sculpture, and I love the metallic pink paint brushed on to the underside of the archway. The light millwork, and custom joinery is so beautiful, especially against the choice of black counters and backsplash. It’s a dramatic space, Designed by Decus with lots of inspiration to be drawn from it.

B&B

September 13, 2018

This little bed and breakfast in the Hudson Valley looks delightful. Ralph Waldo Emerson, David Thoreau, Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway have all been guests at the Troutbeck. The 250-year-old house just recently went through a re-design, and the look is cozy, chic and littered with nods to its literary past. Have a look at the rooms, so warm and inviting. A thanksgiving sojourn, perhaps?

Table Manners

September 13, 2018

It’s not easy to get the height right, but I’ve always liked the idea of a sofa at the dining room table. This combination of a traditional sofa, rustic table and industrial Bertoia chairs is really lovely.  I like the option of sinking into the sofa or sitting upright while I nosh on my dinner. I think I’d mostly choose the sofa, unless tacos were on the menu that is.

minimal appeal

September 12, 2018

While this isn’t a home I could live in, I can’t deny the appeal of a spartan, quiet aesthetic. We’re in Seinäjoki, Finland and the house is set among acres of Pine trees. I like the white clapboard walls, a modern riff on the rustic, and the large windows filled entirely with trees. The furnishings, sleek and understated, fit effortlessly into the space. Have a walk around; you minimalists may never leave.

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