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Pixelated Pillows

Pixelated Pillows

Posted by on Aug 26, 2011 in Decorating, Design, Shopping | 0 comments

This is for those of you who are passionate about color. Christian Zuzunaga is a graphic artist who uses pixels to create stunning visual designs, usually representations of cityscapes. Zuzunaga’s designs have been turned in various textiles, including rugs, scarves and cushions, many of which are available for purchase in his online store. My...

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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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These four walls: house tour

These four walls: house tour

Posted by on Aug 6, 2009 in Between these four walls: house tours, San Francisco Design | 15 comments

Since I started blogging, I’ve gained an appreciation for the importance of personal style in interior design. Even the most flawlessly-executed design is incomplete without the owner’s unique mark. There has to be a sense of history, a character, a feeling that life is lived within those four walls. So today I’m starting a new series that...

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Yellow: conquered!

Yellow: conquered!

Posted by on Jul 25, 2009 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, My house | 13 comments

I’ve finally done it. I’ve introduced some yellow into our house. If you recall from this post, yellow has been my nemesis for years. But, I’ve taken the plunge and bought…….. ….a pillow and a poster. I know, pathetic isn’t it? It’s just a color so why all the drama? But, before you give up on me for good,...

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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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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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Tulip close-up

Tulip close-up

Posted by on May 17, 2009 in Art, Color palette, Decorating, Design | 2 comments

My other half is trying out more of his macro photography technique (not exactly sure what that is, but I like the end result – especially because it gives me an excuse to splurge on flowers!) Here’s the latest subject: multicolored parrot tulips. I think these photos are pretty good. In fact, I’m thinking of printing them onto a roller...

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Iridescent flowers from artist Neece Clark

Iridescent flowers from artist Neece Clark

Posted by on May 17, 2009 in Art, Decorating, Design | 1 comment

When artist Neece Clark commented on this post about wallpaper alternatives (I mentioned her lovely murals), she sent in a link to her latest paintings. I’m glad she did because they’re absolutely stunning. This one is entitled ‘stars’. This is ‘hot pink peonies on honey’. The descriptions of the paintings are almost as...

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