Whiskey trail

October 6, 2018

I don’t wear bracelets very often, but this bourbon-coloured, thick plexi glass cuff by Lizzie Fortunato would get me to. I love the chunkiness and the colour. And while we’re here, let’s all look at the model’s rust sparkly socks. This palette is gorgeous, and not just because it conjures Fall. It’s just as pretty with your summer whites.

bohemia

October 4, 2018

You hear the word tossed around often, but what makes a home authentically bohemian? The Spaces, an online magazine on architecture, design and art describes such homes as a “culmination of lives spent travelling, working, reading and learning. Paintings have origin stories; faded frescos sit behind modern art; prints and lampshades sit slightly ajar; curtains clash with cushions. More is usually more.”  Haute Bohemians, by Photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna explores some beautifully bohemian homes –– from castles to pied-a-terres –– around the world. “What seems significant in modern Bohemia is that every component of a home has significance to its owner. It goes without saying that no bohemian would hire an interior designer to ensure the result is au courant.” It’s the kind of book I could pore over for house, and then imagine my very own goat-house-turned-villa on a far flung island in Greece.

Mama Dada

October 3, 2018

Oh, to be a fly on the wall at Marcel Duchamp’s New York apartment as artists, critics and collectors flocked to party and drink and exchange in pithy repartee. The Arensbergs were there, so was the writer, Henri-Pierre Roché. Max Ernst and Peggy Guggenheim were there, too. In fact, all the coolest aesthetes were. I watched a lecture given by Dada scholar, Francis Naumann today, and forget being a fly, it made me want to whisk myself back to the 1920s and score an invitation to one of Duchamp’s shindigs. The lecture was on artist and potter, Beatrice Wood, and she alone would have been reason enough to join that milieu.  Daring and groundbreaking, funny and smart, Wood was one of a kind. She lived to 105, if you can believe it, and broke with all the staid and stuffy traditions she’d been raised. She wore saris, ate Hershey’s chocolate bars, and made pottery that is as beautiful and bizarre as she seems to have been. Wood’s autobiography, I Shock Myself is top of my reading list. “My life is full of mistakes. They’re like pebbles that make a good road.”

sofa so good

October 3, 2018

Here’s a sofa that’s stood the test of time. You’d think that Mario Marenco’s 70’s sofa was designed last week. The orange leather version has a retro feel, for sure, but it fits right in with contemporary design. I think it’s absolutely beautiful in this amber velvet, and no doubt a dream to sit on. Getting back up again, could be an issue.

a room of one’s own

October 3, 2018

I have no idea where this room is, but it’s kind of a dream. Maybe it’s in a palazzo in Florence, with a window that looks out on to the Arno. Just imagine the time and skill that was poured into such a room. I feel that one can only sleep naked in this bed. Or in a beautiful, silk nightie adorned with flowers of antique lace. The cherubs would write your dreams.

all dressed in white

October 2, 2018

I find this bridal collection, by Nadia Manzato, utterly charming. The dresses are ethereal and romantic. I’m a sucker for puffed sleeves, ribbon and lace, and the backs on these frocks are both sexy and demure. Take a look at her most recent collection; I kind of want to buy one to wear to parties, or around the house.

leather of mine

October 1, 2018

I think I’d do well with a wrist purse, such as this one. It’s perfect for a note or two and my streetcar tokens. I’m so often that person holding up the line on the bus as I riffle through my bag for loose coins. I may even fit a bank card in there. And seeing as I don’t wear a watch or bracelets, it’s like bijoux for my wrist. Join me –– let’s start a trend!

maximal

September 28, 2018

Hello, dream room! Where do I begin? The mirror, the art works, the mouille lights? We’ve got decadent architectural moldings, marbles floors, velvet poofs with pink tassels and paintings that look like they belong at the Musee d’Orsay. There’s only one outfit for this room, and that’s a vintage djellaba worn with velvet slippers and a bun the size of a brioche.

fabric land

September 27, 2018

I’m sure I’ve written about Kip and Co –– makers of colour rich, printed linens and towels –– here before. But the collections are so brilliant and joyful  –– why not do it again? This duvet is the brightest yellow on one side, with fuchsia and tangerine on the reverse.  And these plush velvet pillows come in every colour of the candy shop. Check out the towels, too. A splash of lobster pink goes with anything.

smocked

September 27, 2018

I can’t resists a good smock, and these ones, from Aussie designer, Innika Choo are gorgeous. Inspired by vintage wallpapers, these beautifully embroidered smock tops and frocks are right up my boardwalk. I love this sky blue blouse, and this dusty rose dress is divine.

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