Sunday, September 22

Today's Inspiration...

Sometimes I find great ideas on blogs that appear to have faded away.  Such is the case with the find "Today's Inspiration".   If you love the art of the 40's and 50's -- and I do-- check it out!

ArtforTV07

Saturday, January 5

Romantic Modern -- FINALLY!

For at least two years I've been working to put together romantic and modern.  This must be the same urge home decorators had in the 50's and 60's when they found the sparse and uncluttered lines of mid-century Danish leaving their homes full of flesh and blood people (not designers) feeling unwelcome somehow.

Why we who live with at least one foot outside the highly vaulted walls of pure aesthetics need the curved and luscious, may be an answer only social scientists or neuropsychologists can answer, but I know I crave something soft and glittering with my clean and elegant; if you're on a budget or your decorator is skiing in St. Moritz this week, somehow you have to find it for yourself!

Today, on the interior goods site Graham & Brown, I found this pairing of Art Nouveau and Mid-century modern and nearly gasped!

Of course for the modernist this makes sense, modern is modern is modern, and Art Nouveau was one of the earliest reductions from decoration, but to see them together-- and in this wonderful combination of wall treatment and furniture-- really, I feel so vindicated.



Sunday, December 30

Grain Edit


Stumbled across this Wordpress blog today. So far looks wonderfully populated with vintage images from the 50's through 70's. Lots of inspiration potential...

Saturday, December 29

BLOCKBUSTER 2013!

I'm a numbers person.  I like the way they work, one-dimensional and easy to interpret.  I'm also a visual person and numbers are graphic and unadorned.  So from a strictly personal point of view the year 2013 looks nice, but for all the childhood and illogical reasons behind it, the idea of seeing the number "13" a dozen times a day for the next year somehow makes me feel nervous! 

That said, let me add that I'm also a practical person, so I'm rolling out a general New Year's Theme (resolution for handling that scary "13" imbedded) for the Year: BLOCKBUSTER: Use fear and frustration to break up blocks and create a great future!

So from here on every time I stumble over a complication in my day I'm not going to just feel frustrated (or fleetingly worry that somehow the whole year is "doomed").  I'm going to see it as an opportunity to break through whatever habit set me up for the stumble and choose to do things differently RIGHT NOW!

What will this mean for my business and collection decisions?  Personal life and home decor?

Who knows, but at least things will be different and for me, that's ALREADY a great start for the New Year!

Saturday, December 22

Holiday 2012!

I love the Holidays!  Sparkly, upbeat and musical!  I catch as many smarmy Life-Timey TV and old-school movies as I can, because once January rolls in the sparkly magic just seems to roll out...

Now be forewarned, this post has NOTHING to do with mid-century modern furniture at all.  In fact, Holiday decorating around mid-mod decor can be a bit jarring if you're at all inspired by sentimentalism!  Seriously, does the photo below (courtesy Pilver) give you the warm and fuzzies?  Do YOU smell gingerbread and cinnamon in the air? 

No?  Well not me anyway (however had there been SNOW outside a low ranch-house window, and some nice soft plastic holly wrapped around a chunky short candle, then maybe-- ho, ho, ho)!

Anyway, let me add this pic of the only MIB mid-mod Xmas decor I've ever owned AND that could get me the warm and fuzzies...

except I don't think I'll EVER open the box!  When will I see another pristine white bottle brush tree again?!

Now THESE ornaments are my love... and they're not shrink-wrapped!

The color, the patina, the delicacy and lighter-than-air weight!  These beauties make my heart sing!

I guess the good news is that you can have a wonderful Charlie Brown-style Noble pine OR 6' Pom-Pom aluminum tree and still put old-school sentimental hand-blown ornaments on, or a white 60's bottle-brush tree under, either one!

So is that another joy of Christmas?  The happiness it brings can be so expansive that at least two uncomplimentary styles can cohabit in the same location?

Imagine how dangerous this Holiday's potential for melding differences could be if it ever lasted past New Year's...?

Have a Very Merry Christmas & a Blessed Passover Season!