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Three Ways to Warm Up White Rooms

Three Ways to Warm Up White Rooms

Posted by on Jan 18, 2012 in Art, Awards, Between these four walls: house tours, Uncategorized | 3 comments

I’m spotting gorgeous white rooms everywhere I look these days. Maybe it’s a January thing – fresh new beginnings and all that. But these snowy palettes are definitely speaking to me. Here are three of the very best – each of them illustrates perfectly how to keep a whiter-than-white space from looking like the inside of a...

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Retro photography

Retro photography

Posted by on Oct 2, 2010 in Art, Photographers | 3 comments

If you’re in need of inspiration, you have to check out this mesmerizing photostream from New Zealand photography studio, Cuba Gallery. It is packed with images that are always evocative, sometimes moody, and occasionally even witty. There are lush forests draped with mist, soothing beaches, and thought-provoking urban compositions. All of them...

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Japanese woodblock prints

Japanese woodblock prints

Posted by on Dec 20, 2009 in Art, Decorating, Design, Shopping | 2 comments

A few years ago, my husband and I were on our way out for dinner when we spotted this stunning woodblock print in the window of a local gallery. It’s of a Japanese dogwood tree and is by Hajime Namiki. The background is gold leaf and the tree itself and all the blossom is the most wonderfully-detailed woodblock print. Needless to say, I was smitten....

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Surprising brights

Surprising brights

Posted by on Aug 12, 2009 in Art, Color palette, Decorating, Design, Inspiration, Photographers | 4 comments

When it comes to colors, my design aesthetic is lying somewhere, bruised and battered, in the no man’s land between cool neutrals and wild brights. Trying to accommodate both tastes is rather exhausting. But I’ve found some solace in the portfolio of photographer James Merrell, whose work shows brights being introduced into otherwise neutral...

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Light and water: artist Chris Hankey

Light and water: artist Chris Hankey

Posted by on Jul 18, 2009 in Art | 2 comments

Here’s why I enjoy blogging: Last week I received an email from a gentleman named Chris Hankey. He’s an artist, and he painted the seascape that we have hanging in our living room. It’s a piece of art that means a tremendous amount to us as it was a wedding gift from all our friends and family. It turns out that a reader had spotted a...

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Dramatic monochromatic: Donald Baechler

Dramatic monochromatic: Donald Baechler

Posted by on Jul 6, 2009 in Art, Decorating, Design | 1 comment

We’re back from vacation now and trying to settle into the old routine. I know my posts have been rather sparse in the last week – I just had to be offline for a bit in order to relax. We spent quite a bit of time visiting some of the Hamptons’ famed galleries. We even made a couple of (very small) purchases – more on that later. But...

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Sunday morning inspiration

Sunday morning inspiration

Posted by on May 31, 2009 in Art, Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 1 comment

It’s Sunday morning and that means endless cups of tea. So, to accompany that simple pleasure, here are some beautiful photos inspired by the great British cuppa… All photos are by Polly Wreford (represented by Sarah Kaye), whose work I absolutely adore. Aren’t they stunning? Holly at Decor8 has more on Polly Wreford here and also a...

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Buildings that dance

Buildings that dance

Posted by on May 26, 2009 in Art, Design, Inspiration, Technology | 0 comments

Every so often I post something on architecture, as opposed to interior design, just because it’s so stunning and inspiring that I can’t resist. So when I spotted these videos of buildings that move, and even dance, via Fast Company, I had to cover them. They are truly amazing. The first video shows an art installation called Articulated Cloud,...

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More macro photography

More macro photography

Posted by on May 25, 2009 in Art, Inspiration | 0 comments

I’ve been posting a few pics from my husband’s experiments in macro photography (here and here). It’s not directly interior-design-related, but the pictures are so interesting. This latest is the most surprising of all. It’s a chess piece and board from a set we purchased in Vietnam several years ago. The piece here, a pawn, is tiny...

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