Archive for April 2009

4.29.09

nantucket

The perfect Nantucket cottage – cute as a button.

The interior before and after is a lovely transformation. Just goes to show what you can do with really small rooms.

(Via Shelter)

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4.29.09

paris delights

Pia’s book, Paris: Made By Hand, is in stores now! Can’t wait to sit down with a cup of tea and tour Paris’ artisans and boutiques through her eyes. (She wrote it and took all the photos.) Congrats to Pia!

Here’s an excerpt from the introduction:

As a stylist, I am always on the lookout for objects that are distinctive and alluring— which is why I adore all things handmade. And Paris just happens to be a rather wonderful place to find the things I adore…Paris: Made by Hand is an insider’s look at the city’s artisans, createurs, and crafts boutiques. You’ll discover some ateliers that have been around for hundreds of years (many of which are tucked into the oldest of passages or hidden courtyards), and others that have just surfaced. Between the pages of this guide you can expect to find papermakers, shoemakers, jewelry designers, milliners, umbrella makers, dressmakers, ceramicists, and more: all of them from my private little black book, and all of them right in the heart of the city. Among them you’ll discover an exquisite, century-old haberdashery that I go to when I need ribbon and silk from a bygone era, and a boutique, in the hub of Le Marais, that is the place for finding new handcrafted designer housewares.

Posted at 11pm on 4/29/09 | 2 comments | Filed Under: books & writing, photography | read on

4.27.09

cozy

Treehouse interiors from the book, New Treehouses of the World. (Thanks, Dad.) If you’re thinking of holing up like a little squirrel for awhile, this looks like a good place to do it!

Posted at 10am on 4/27/09 | 3 comments | Filed Under: home | read on

4.26.09

{artist} etsuko fukaya

Loving the detail and complexity of his work.

(Via but does it float)

Posted at 4pm on 4/26/09 | 2 comments | Filed Under: art & artists | read on

4.26.09

{etsy} vina rust

If there were a soundtrack for this broach and necklace handmade by Vina Rust, it’d be Witchy Woman by the Eagles.

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4.26.09

kelaya

I came across Kelaya’s story (thanks to Yoli) and my heart broke for her. Kelaya is a mother of three who is jobless and living in a hotel. It sounds like she’s doing everything right. She has a social worker. Her kids are in school full-time. But she can’t find a job or get the assistance she needs because of this crappy economy and her social worker’s high volume of cases. On top of all of this, she’s breast-feeding an infant. (She was a victim of domestic violence and that’s why she’s out on her own.) Read her story and if you feel inclined do a something to help her (she needs to buy a mini-fridge so she can store her breast milk), please do. It swells my heart to see how Julie over at Tangobaby has made it her personal mission to help Kelaya and her children! (Julie has set up a Paypal account on her blog where people can donate directly to Kelaya. Even 5 bucks will help.) As Yoli so aptly puts it, Kelaya could be any of us.

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4.22.09

happy earth day!

Photo by Peter Adams

Posted at 1pm on 4/22/09 | 2 comments | Filed Under: photography | read on

4.21.09

vintage rock

I’m loving how when you do a search on rollingstone.com for an artist, it pulls up their old RS covers!

Posted at 11am on 4/21/09 | 4 comments | Filed Under: music | read on

4.20.09

the countess

I adore July Delpy. If Before Sunrise and Before Sunset were coupled into one film it would be my number one movie of all time, ever. I’m also a big fan of her directorial debut, 2 Days in Paris, which tackled two of my favorite topics, Americans in Paris and the realities of love. (Not only did Julie star in 2 Days in Paris, but she wrote it, produced it, composed the music, and took all the photographs included in the film!)

Julie’s latest film, The Countess, is loosely based on the life of Elizabeth_Báthory, a Hungarian countess who reputedly killed young virgins, drained them, and then drank and bathed in their blood. Báthory’s legend makes her history’s most notorious female serial killer. In fact, it’s rumored that Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula was actually based on Báthory.

The trailer for The Countess makes me think that Julie chose to focus less on Báthory’s “vampirism” and more on what might drive a woman to become so obsessed with youth and beauty that she becomes a deranged murderer — basically, a *mediation on aging* Delpy style!

Posted at 2pm on 4/20/09 | 6 comments | Filed Under: film, trailers | read on

4.20.09

dream catcher

My mini obsession lately has been different kinds of dream catchers. Just love the idea:

Dream catchers are one of the most fascinating traditions of Native Americans. The traditional dream catcher was intended to protect the sleeping individual from negative dreams, while letting positive dreams through. The positive dreams would slip through the hole in the center of the dream catcher, and glide down the feathers to the sleeping person below. The negative dreams would get caught up in the web, and expire when the first rays of the sun struck them.

Recently, I’ve come across some stunning dream catchers made with soaked and twisted branches. I wish I could find a large, hand-made one to hang over my bed.

(Dream catchers above: here, here and here.)

Posted at 10am on 4/20/09 | 2 comments | Filed Under: random | read on

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