I’ve always admired the art work of Henri Matisse. When I was young there was an art book on our living room coffee table with Matisse’s The Dance on the cover and that image has always stayed with me.
When I was working on the bedroom below, I was looking for a light blue and green fabric. Ode to Matisse by Lulu DK for Schumacher seemed to be the perfect fit.
A few months ago I went with my dad and one of my boys to see the Matisse cutouts at the MOMA, which was a fantastic exhibition.
The Bechtler Museum in Charlotte, NC currently has an exhibit The Art Books of Henri Matisse, which I recently visited. Eighty of his original illustrations are framed, and it also includes some text from a few of his books.
The fashion world seems to like the cutouts as well.
My friend Courtney Barnes is a fantastic writer at her blog Style Court. She wrote an article last summer for the Off-Duty Section of the WSJ about the Matisse Cut- Outs.
I love seeing these vintage photographs of his work and his use of color.
Once again, I’m inspired.
Photo Credits: 1, 2, 3, 4-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15, 16-18
Boll & Branch is one of my favorite sources for bedding. They only use organic cotton, resulting in sheets and throws that are incredibly soft. Not only are their products great, but they are ethically made.
“We believe they should ALL be treated well and paid fairly because their well-being is more important than maximizing profits. Someday, we hope that our belief no longer makes us unique”.- Missy & Scott Tannen, in regard to their employees.
Their white cable knit throw is one of my favorites.
I use it while watching TV, or in the winter when I needed an extra layer at night time.
I hope you will take a look at their website, click here.
They are a brand worth supporting.
I have usually done a standard offset pattern for tiles in a bathroom,
but have always really liked the idea of a soldier stack.
Sometimes the tiles run horiztonally,
and sometimes they run vertically.
Here’s a bathroom halfway through install that I’m working on with the vertical soldier
stack on the walls and the same size tiles in a chevron pattern on the floor.
I’m liking the look, I hope you like it too.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing our recent project.
Photography by Chris Edwards
I first saw Marie Daage’s exquisite hand painted limoges porcelain a few years ago. Last month while in Hong Kong it caught my eye, and I was immediately drawn to it again.
The colors are striking and the pieces are nicely proportioned. Here are a few of her collections.
She has a variety of pieces and very nice gift boxes as well.
You can find more of her pretty pieces and where to buy it on her website.
On our recent trip to China, one of my favorite places to visit was the Yu Yuan Gardens in Shanghai. They were completed in 1577 and are really amazing to see. The original architecture has been restored, and it is very well maintained.
The handmade fretwork is incredible. There are many different patterns, each one unique and interesting.
The combination of the Chinese roofs, red fretwork and white painted exteriors are extraordinary.
I think the Chinese roofs are great looking too. The slopes in the center were originally designed to collect rainwater, however the sweeping parts that extend at the ends were used only for temples or palaces.
I love to travel and experience different aspects of life.
I hope you have enjoyed a little peek into a wonderful place in Shanghai.
During my teens, twenties and much of my thirties I cut out all of my favorite pictures from shelter and fashion magazines. I stuck them on poster boards, created collages and organized binders based on colors, ideas, and rooms. Starting a few years ago the internet became saturated with pictures, slowly images moved from paper in my hands to the screen. Yesterday afternoon I was reading the current issue of Veranda, and I saw this image from Suzanne Kasler’s featured project. I love the black baseboard with the pink fabric on the chair so I grabbed my scissors and cut it out, which snowballed into me cutting out much of the magazine. Sounds a bit juvenile right? It’s actually exactly what I needed to do.
Soon enough there were tons of pictures all over my kitchen island, and I was completely delighted.
I grouped them into a few collages…they way I used to.
I really feel best when I create and think with my hands rather than a computer.
I ended out with this mix…
This year I’m going to continue to cut out magazines, old school style. I may resurge my picture binders and paper files as well.
On another note, I hope your holidays were wonderful. For ten days before Christmas I was in Shanghai and Hong Kong, which are both amazing cities. This picture is from the city looking to the sea in Hong Kong at Sunset.
I’ll post more pictures from my trip soon.
Happy New Year and best wishes for 2015.
Covered bridges were designed out of function, but I think they are so good looking. Whenever I visit upstate New York or New England I love to see them. These are especially pretty with the fall leaves and their unique structure.
While writing this post I remembered that a few years ago I wrote a post on round barns…
hmmm, seeing some consistency in myself…
I hope it’s a great fall weekend ahead!
photos from Architectural Digest