Archive for January, 2012

With an urban palette of black, white and a splash of animal print, J.K. Place in Florence feels more like a stylish home than an exclusive luxury hotel…these gorgeous photos, by Patrick Cline for Lonny Magazine, highlight owner Ori Kafri’s unique vision and Italian architect Michele Bonan‘s stunning creation…with only 20 rooms, J.K. Place offers their guests an intimate, one of a kind experience…there are so many artful moments to soak in, I would be hard-pressed to leave the hotel for the beauty of Florence!

How about a glass of champagne in one of those wing chairs by the fire! So fabulous!

To read the entire article, click here

above and below ~ the “Pink Room” is the sexier part of the lounge!

above ~ breakfast is served around the dining table in a glass-covered courtyard…simply divine!

photos from Lonny Magazine

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new acquisition

Saturday was a glorious day in the Northeast…sunny with a touch of spring in the air…I decided to take a drive to Concord and explore some of my favorite shops…my first stop was an antique store called North Bridge Antiques…with over 20 dealers, it is filled with unique treasures and surprises…I took my time and let my eye lead me through the maze of silver, glassware and vintage jewelry…before long I spotted an unusual set of footed glass bowls…simple and beautiful, they each had a small glass cloche placed inside…I read the tag and was surprised to learn they are vintage 1930s and are meant for serving shrimp or caviar…the ice is placed in the bowl with the shrimp or caviar in the cloche, upside down…wow, I had never seen such a unique serving piece! Of course the bowls can be used on their own, maybe for a lovely dessert (I like the idea of berries with cream or sorbet!)…I decided they were too wonderful to pass up, so today, I present you with my newest acquisition…

Happy Monday!

photos by me, 1/30/12

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“Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.” ~ Lin Yutang (1895-1976)

Wishing you a happy weekend!

photo by Danuta Hyniewska

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yellow brings hope…

“Now, for a period of time, I start to like everything which is yellow…I guess it’s the energy that I get out of it…this is the sun, this is the energy of the sun…the color of yellow brings us this hope…we need hope and I think this yellow brings hope”

~ Ron Agam from a short film titled In Full Bloom

Ron Agam

Michael Melford

Michael Yamashita

Lisa Armstrong

Patrice Carlton

Jiri Slama

Shivji Joshi

Chien-Chi Chang

Rick Barich

Randy Crossley

Kalpana Chatterjee

Wandy Gaotama

Bjoern Obst

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ron agam ~ in full bloom

Motivated by a deep concern for the environment, photographer Ron Agam created a group of monumentally scaled (six by six foot) solitary flowers…set against monochromatic backgrounds, these flower portraits are at once intimate and imposing…exhibited at Tyler Rollins Fine Art in winter of 2009, this solo show was the first of the galleries collaborations with New York based artists whose work have a global persepctive…

I was so moved by Ron Agam’s artist statement, I just had to share an excerpt of his passion and wisdom with you…

“While working on this project, I realized also that I was starting something much bigger than I had anticipated in the beginning. From a very personal and intimate work, it grew in scope and importance, both in its expression and scale, and most importantly in its meaning. I realized that I was making multiple statements here, and one of them was to convey the grandeur of nature through one of its most delicate elements, flowers, at a time when our earth was seriously in peril by our successive assaults on its resources. In jewish mysticism, the concept of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) is one that has always attracted me and fascinated me. Many times in my life I did things thinking that I was doing something spontaneously, and then realized that its deeper meaning and realization were coming from a crystallization of culture and traditions embedded in me from a heritage transferred through generations. So as an artist deeply immersed in my historical and cultural values, this work around flowers is only the continuation of a deeper mystical linkage, one that reveres the power of an incredible force that regulates the existence of our universe.

It is then I realized that in effect, and quite innocently, I was making an artistic and political statement, at once. A call for attention. A universal appeal to take this time to admire what we will slowly destroy if we are not careful. My photographs have become a conduit for silent but active protest to preserve our earth from more destruction.” ~ Ron Agam

photos from Tyler Rollins Fine Art

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The first time I experienced a Ron Agam photograph was back in May of 2011 on the pages of Elle Decor…the interior, Robert Couturier‘s brilliantly re-designed SoHo loft…the flower portrait’s larger than life presence took my breath away and I have been a fan ever since…my photos from yesterday’s post were inspired by the Ron Agam piece pictured above…I couldn’t imagine a more thoughtful environment for this stunning work of art…maestro Couturier works his magic with scale, color and light…a true artist himself, he brings forth its timeless beauty…a heartfelt thank you to both Robert Couturier and Ron Agam for inspiring me to take a closer look at the natural world around me…what a wonderful gift

Please enjoy this look at Robert Couturier’s SoHo loft! To read the entire Elle Decor article, click here

And for an extra special treat, click here to view a video of this masterful interior with the designer himself! En Francais!

photos from Elle Decor, May 2011 via Robert Couturier

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black and white

photos by danielle boudrot for a thoughtful eye, 1/23/12

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a winter gathering

a winter’s night…a gathering of friends…warm by the fire…laughter…joy…happiness…

wishing you a weekend filled with beauty and love…

photos from Rue Magazine

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“I find myself at the extremity of a long beach.  How gladly does the spirit leap forth, and suddenly enlarge its sense of being to the full extent of the broad, blue, sunny deep!  A greeting and a homage to the Sea!  I descend over its margin, and dip my hand into the wave that meets me, and bathe my brow.  That far-resounding roar is the Ocean’s voice of welcome.  His salt breath brings a blessing along with it.”

~ Nathaniel Hawthorne, “Foot-prints on the Sea-shore”

photo by me

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Egeskov castle is famous for being the best preserved moat castle in Europe…located on the island of Funen, near Odense, this fairy tale fortress dates back to the 15th century…originally built for defense purposes, the walls are double thick and contain hidden stairs and a well to secure a water supply during a siege…the castle, as seen today, was built by Frands Brockenhuus and was completed in 1554…he built the structure in the middle of a lake on a foundation of oak pilings, and according to legend, in such quantities that “it took an oak forest to do it”…with its 171 doors, 200 windows and 2,062 panes of glass, this remarkable piece of history has me believing in happy endings…all I need now is the horse drawn gilded carriage!

photos from petitpomme via deviantart and egeskov

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