Archive for January, 2011


Icicles by Robert Pinsky


A brilliant beard of ice

As harsh and heavy as glass

Hangs from the edge of the roof.

The spikes a child breaks off


Taste of wool and the sun.

In the house, some straw for a bed,

Circled by a little train,

Is the tiny image of God.


The sky is a fiery blue,

And a fiery morning light

Burns on the perfect snow:

Not one track in the street.


Just as the carols tell

Everything is calm and bright:

The town lying still

Frozen silver and white.


Is only one child awake,

To splinter the shining stems? —

Knocking them down with a stick,

Striking the crystal chimes.


photo by me

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w boston

A one bedroom condominium at the ultra chic W Boston, located at 100 Stuart Street, received a dramatic makeover thanks to interior designer Meichi Peng. By re-imagining the floor plan, she improved the flow of the space while optimizing the gorgeous city views. Her vision for a harmonious environment is so beautifully realized…enjoy!

“Meichi Peng was able to transform a one-bedroom condominium at the W Boston and give it some of her signature style. Some key design elements included reconfiguring a long hallway to make room for a study with floor to ceiling bookcases on one side to create an unobstructed dramatic city view. Other strategic design decisions included moving the dining area next to the unit’s sleek kitchen and painting the backsplash and area surrounding the cabinetry in dark tones, to bring in some richness. The kitchen visually recedes therefore, allowing the focal point to be on the dining area.” ~ Meichi Peng

photos from Meichi Peng

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modern elegance

Yesterday I posted about Boston based interior designer Meichi Peng. Her work is so moving I just had to post more of her breathtaking interiors. Please enjoy this intimate journey…

above and below, Penthouse Duplex

“As a designer, I am moved by the patina of an ancient artifact and the facade of a contemporary structure because I believe in the fundamental relationship between space, line, materials, color, shape and texture. When balance is achieved between these elements, spaces and objects are created that exude harmony.” ~ Meichi Peng

“The pursuit of harmony is my inspiration.” ~ Meichi Peng

below, Luxury Condominium

below, Penthouse Duplex

below, Loft Project

below, Penthouse Duplex

photos from Meichi Peng

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meichi peng

A few days ago, I purchased the current issue of Boston Magazine featuring the “Best of Boston Home 2011.” I love this issue because it highlights the tried and true but also the up and coming who are just making a name for themselves. My favorite from this issue is Boston based interior designer Meichi Peng. Young, talented and expressive, her interiors are a thoughtful study in modern elegance. The images in today’s post are of a model unit she designed for a historic Back Bay building. Quality fabrics and finishes mingle with global treasures creating a warm, calming environment. Notice her attention to detail with the objects on the coffee table below. The light neutral fabrics and dark wood finishes throughout the space are carefully echoed in this artful tablescape ~ a trio of Ted Muehling candlesticks blissfully coexist next to a stunning museum mounted sculpture…simple yet provocative. I also love her use of artwork throughout the space. Hung with an artists eye, it balances the interior with effortless grace. A historic Boston landmark thoughtfully re-imagined for today’s modern lifestyle.

“This project is housed in a converted landmark building on Boston’s Back Bay and South End border. This 1,600 square foot model unit created for the developer was designed with a certain lifestyle in mind for optimal residential marketability. High-end, sophisticated furnishings from Flexform, B&B Italia and Ralph Pucci, among others, combined with custom millwork, draperies, artwork and accessories made for a very well received result.” ~ Meichi Peng

photos from Meichi Peng

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william sofield

How is it that some interiors instantly take your breath away…it’s a visceral reaction that happens without forethought, void of deep analysis or discussion, it takes your senses by storm and fills you with nothing but pure bliss…the images I post on “a thoughtful eye” are moments that offer me an emotional reaction…a visual sensation that connects to my soul…I’m always so pleased to be able to share this experience with you…I hope that you too have a similar experience, even if for a moment…

“Known for his unique take on modernism, William Sofield believes that design must not only look good but live well. His holistic approach, grounded on craft and materials, creates highly original, compelling, and welcoming spaces. He founded Studio Sofield in 1996 as an interdisciplinary design collective, integrating landscape, residential, retail, corporate, hospitality, and furniture design. Sofield’s projects have included more than 900 retail boutiques around the world for Tom Ford, Bottega Veneta, Yves St. Laurent, and Gucci as well as the SoHo Grand Hotel in New York.” ~ National Design Awards 2010, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

photos from William Sofield

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a new tradition

I thought it might be interesting to start a new tradition for my Sunday post…I have notebooks filled with clippings of my all time favorite interiors and would love to share some of these memorable homes with you…so starting today, Sunday posts will feature an oldie but a goodie…timeless interiors I have lovingly filed away that may not be available for viewing online…a Sunday inspiration to end the week and start anew!

My first Sunday favorite features the masterful William Sofield‘s Manhattan pied-a-terre filled with his personal treasures from two centuries…

above, Beloved pieces by Jean-Michael Frank, Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Louis Majorelle live comfortably together in the light filled living room. Earth tones, gilded accents, and rich textures set the room aglow

below, Sofield designed two banquettes for over night guests, the fireplace is original to the Civil War era brownstone, the silk and wool carpet is designed by Solfield as are the luxurious cashmere draperies

below, The brilliant mirrored screen, designed by Sofield, serves as his headboard

below, William Sofield sits fireside under one of two panels painted by the Italian opera director Franco Zeffirelli

below, An art deco desk sits below wall panels from the legendary ocean liner Ile de France; antique chinese bells and an old football are displayed on a Sofield bookcase for Baker

below, A Fortuny lamp hangs from the arch over his own table and gilded “butler’s cabinet” (for Baker)

photos and resources from Met Home, May 2006

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park bench

a park bench…during the fall, spring and summer months, this park bench enjoys daily visitors…young and old, they take in a view of the reservoir and relax for a moment or two…the recent snow storm filled the bench with mounds of white icing, abstracting its form except for a portion of the leg and seat…I love this photo, in fact it is my favorite image from the day of the storm…I’m not exactly sure why, but the curved shadows, dark textured wood and pristine white snow create a pleasing composition, one that I feel quite a home with…a far cry from summer when they are filled with folks enjoying a light breeze in the shade…

photo by me, 1/12/11

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above, Kara Mann designed Lake Forest Showhouse

“A thoughtful eye” is a remarkable journey, one whose path is forever evolving right before my very eyes…each new discovery leads me to the next, magically layering in ways I never could have imagined…I’m always amazed at how many of these new discoveries connect back to one another…maybe it’s because my eye is drawn to a similar aesthetic, maybe it’s pure coincidence, or maybe it’s a little of both…when it does happen, I feel as though I’ve been given a special gift…an affirmation of sorts, encouraging me to continue down this road of learning and exploration…happily, that is what this blog is all about…

A few days ago I posted about the stylish interior designer Kara Mann. I couldn’t wait to research and post about the exquisite product lines she carries at her Chicago Showroom, Kara Mann, LTD. Interestingly, I was pleased to learn that two of the fifteen lines, Richard Shaprio and Ochre, are companies that I already posted about! In addition, the Lumiere Chandelier (pictured above and below), designed by Jean de Merry and featured in Kara Mann’s Lake Forest Showhouse, is a piece I had fallen in love with years ago after seeing it in person at BG, the Kelly Wearstler designed restaurant in Manhattan. Having loved this piece, I tried to research its origin but came up empty handed until the other day! So here we are with today’s post, one of my thrilling new discoveries, Jean de Merry, a company synonymous with luxury, quality and innovation. The Jean de Merry brand began back in 2000 with their signature line of club chairs crafted by artisans of hand dyed and hand aged leather. Before long, they began designing and manufacturing complementary furniture collections with a French art deco influence. Seating, lighting, casegoods, mirrors, and most recently textiles, Jean de Merry creates heirlooms for the future. Timeless yet innovative designs crafted by exceptional artisans…please enjoy some of my old and new favorites…

If you have a little time over the weekend, I highly recommend exploring the Jean de Merry website…in addition to their gorgeous products, they have an inspirational “Magazine” filled with people and places that embody their passion for beauty, innovation and excellence…a great escape and just a click away! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

below, Kelly Wearstler designed BG restaurant at Bergdorf Goodman, NYC

below, Lumiere Chandelier by JDM ~ available in three sizes with multiple finishes, antiqued brass, ebonized metal, polished nickel or satin nickel, shown in antiqued brass finish

below, Alba Nesting Tables – Round by JDM ~ set of solid bronze nesting tables, shown in antiqued natural parchment top (free form), antiqued bronze finish on base

below, Hexa Lamp by JDM ~ wood base available in antiqued faux parchment or metallic white gold leaf, shade finish is a hand painted dark walnut paper shade

below, Cassetto Cabinet by JDM ~ walnut veneer on solid maple, hand painted animal motifs, gilded metal base, shown with doors in antiqued yellow gold leaf finish, frame with brazilian cafe lacquer, metal base with antiqued gilded finish

below, Kara Mann designed Lake Forest Showhouse featuring pieces by JDM

below, Yvan armchair by JDM ~ walnut frame, hand tied coil spring seat, shown in JDM leather #10/saint germain, brown satin finish

below, Diana Credenza by JDM ~ reverse painting, scene of diana at the hunt, gold or silver background, shown in gold backround, bronze glass on legs, top and sides, antiqued bronze caps on legs

below, Jacky armchair by JDM ~ french spring, feather down envelope seat cushion, shown here in JDM leather #05/wenge, antiqued greige shagreen finish

below, Arago console table by JDM ~ solid bronze base, shown with amber mica top and antiqued bronze base

photos and resources from Jean de Merry, Kara Mann and Kelly Wearstler

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Looking for a Sunset Bird in Winter ~ Robert Frost


The west was getting out of gold,

The breath of air had died of cold,

When shoeing home across the white,

I thought I saw a bird alight.


In summer when I passed the place

I had to stop and lift my face;

A bird with an angelic gift

Was singing in it sweet and swift.


No bird was singing in it now.

A single leaf was on a bough,

And that was all there was to see

In going twice around the tree.


From my advantage on a hill

I judged that such a crystal chill

Was only adding frost to snow

As gilt to gold that wouldn’t show.


A brush had left a crooked stroke

Of what was either cloud or smoke

From north to south across the blue;

A piercing little star was through.


photo by me, 1/12/11

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snow day

It’s a snowy day in the northeast…the kind of snow that sticks to every surface…the swing set across the street from my house became an intriguing study in contrast and repetition…the black rubber seat was the perfect dark subject…on a bright summer day, it would be last thing to catch my eye, but today, it was my muse…

photos by me, 1/12/11

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