Archive for September, 2010

spero home

Spero Home, of Concord MA, is the go to shop for all things beautiful! Mikala Hammonds is the owner, buyer, and creative genius behind the scenes. The vibe, mid century modern meets paris flea market meets eclectic art! It is a fresh innovative look at interiors today. I promise you will be awed and amazed at what you see…sculpture, art, furniture, lighting, tableware, and so much more! The piece de resistence, a pair of Paul Evans inspired loveseats reupolstered in black wool…to die for!

Photos by Danielle Boudrot, September 2010

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feels like summer

Enjoying a warm summer breeze today. My thoughts are of Maine ~ the sculptural birch trees of Acadia National Park, the smell of pine trees and salt water, the sounds of the ocean…utopia

Photos by Danielle Boudrot, August 2010

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paul corrie

The October 2010 issue of Traditional Home magazine features up and coming Washington DC designer Paul Corrie! I posted about the brilliant Washington DC designer Darryl Carter yesterday and like Darryl, Paul was educated as a lawyer before switching to design. I wonder if there is a connection between law and interior design?! Certainly their ability to negotiate is a valuable asset! I’m thankful that Traditional Home featured Paul’s own home and personal story. It is with his own choices that we truly see his aesthetic. I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot more from this young talent!

Photos are from Paul Corrie‘s website

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darryl carter

Washington DC designer Darryl Carter has redefined traditional. His book titled “The New Traditional” is a must read for those who love a classic/modern interior. By using simple textiles on formal antique furnishings, he gives them new life. Belgian linen in place of an intricate damask allows the form to read as sculpture in a space. He keeps the palette very clean and pared down so your eye can focus on the beauty of each piece. It is this innovative approach to “tradition” that has captured the hearts of so many. And no one has a better editing eye than Darryl Carter. Less really is more!

Photos are from Darryl Carter’s book “The New Traditional” and Elle Decor

Simple and Elegant

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kelly wearstler

The chic and glamorous Kelly Wearstler was featured on CBS Sunday Morning yesterday! I have been a fan of her work for years, in fact, the Richard Ginori table lamp I posted about (in my bedroom) is pictured in a Kelly Wearstler book! My favorite KW interior is BG, the seventh-floor restaurant at Bergdorf Goodman! I can’t go to NYC without having lunch at BG! It has it all ~ spectacular views, stylish furnishings (love the porter chairs!), ultra chic lighting (the chandeliers are out of this world!), exquisite wallpaper (hand-painted de Gournay chinoiserie wallpaper of birds and flowers), and for the icing on the cake (no food pun intended!), the Bergdorf Goodman home store is on the same floor!!!!!

Photos are from the Kelly Wearstler website

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wendy artin

The first time a Wendy Artin painting took my breath away was in November of 2000. The show titled “Aphrodite” at Gurari Collections in Boston, was a masterful collection of Roman architecture, figures and statues. With what seems like effortless brush strokes, she captures the essence of Rome and it’s timeless beauty. From the textured paper to her brilliant interpretation of light and shadow…it is the perfect marriage of classic and modern. Genius! If you go to her website, Wendy Artin, there is a wonderful video about her life in Rome (a documentary film by Julie Kucaj of Bravo).

“Loose yet delicate landscapes were a liberating challenge, and the trees, domes and walls of Rome endlessly absorbing. With sepia watercolor evaporating in the dazzling Roman sun I tried to perfect the puddle, as masses of parasol pines (Villa Borghese 1995) or as shadows on the statues of the Piazza Navona, my models (Neptunes 1994, 1995). I painted these statues over and over, discovering the beauty of a wet ghost image beneath a crisp wash, how to bleed one edge of the puddle into volume, the way it is to have a brush totally loaded or almost dry, the happy accident of an incidental drop.” ~ Wendy Artin

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my bedroom

Some of you might be wondering about the header photo! It is a collection of art and objects on my bedroom dresser! The rhino (by ideaco.) is from a wonderful little store in Provincetown called Yates and Kennedy, the old ball is from Michael Graves Antiques in Bar Harbor, the small pencil sketch is by George Perez Orta titled “Bird in Hand” and is from The Cortile Gallery in Provincetown, the black and white silver gelatin fiber print is of the iconic birch tree in Bar Harbor (my photo from summer 2008), the table lamp is credited to the fabulous Richard Ginori (an incredible ebay find!) and the antique Italian dresser is made of olive burl wood and was purchased at Neil Devlin Antiques. I consider myself very lucky to wake up to this special vignette every morning!

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mimi and bella

Speaking of Bar Harbor, I want to introduce my two italian greyhounds, mimi and bella! They travel with my husband Edward and I to Bar Harbor Maine every summer. They are beautiful subjects to photograph! Here are a few photos from about a month ago. They are enjoying the soft warm grass on the lawn of the Bar Harbor Inn. How decadent!

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fostoria glass

There is nothing like morning sun! It bathes my kitchen counter in warm delicious light. I just couldn’t resist setting up a mini photo shoot! The subject, eight of the loveliest little antique juice glasses. They from an antique store in Bar Harbor ME called Michael H. Graves Antiques (no not the architect!). They date from the 1930’s and are credited to the Fostoria Glass Company. The glass is the most beautiful shade of light blue, almost lavender. I love the shadows they create! Enjoy!

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antony todd

I just couldn’t wait to include some of my favorite interiors from Antony Todd’s website. I was lucky enough to visit his store in NYC last summer and was blown away by his space! It is immaculate! Pure perfection! Enjoy!
Photos are from Antony Todd
Furniture & Accessories
44 East 11th Street
New York, NY 10003
Tel. 212.529.3252

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