Archive for December, 2012

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A low slung armless sofa anchored by a pair of perfect cubes and sculptural table lamps, natural fiber rugs, splashes of vibrant color and exotic prints, large canvases of modern art, a pair of antique chairs mixed with a mid-century inspired cocktail table…for Veranda’s 2012 Hearst Designer Visions show house, designer Antony Todd created a chic and glamorous loft using his sexy signature moves…familiar forms come to life in this light soaked space, reminding me once again why he is one of my all-time favorite designers…I must applaud Veranda’s Editor-in-Chief Dara Caponigro and Editor-at-Large Carolyn Englefield for selecting Antony to design this NYC show house…his impeccable eye for detail, scale, color and form combined with his effortless sense of style make for the ultimate experience…to learn more about this project, pick up the current issue of Veranda (Jan/Feb 2013) and/or click here to watch a fabulous behind the scenes video featuring Antony’s lovely Australian accent! Happy weekend!

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photography by Max Kim-Bee for Veranda and Jennifer Mehditash for Dec-a-Porter

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merry christmas!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

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A Village Street in Winter ~ Alfred Sisley, 1893

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photography by danielle boudrot for a thoughtful eye

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“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” ~ William Blake

Wishing you a joyous weekend!

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Reindeer, Scandinavia ~ Erika Larsen

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Blue Pond, Hokkaido, Japan ~ Kent Shiraishi

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Emperor Penguin Chicks, Antarctica ~ Frank Kazukaitis

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Iliamna Volcano, Alaska ~ Michael Melford

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Polar Bear with Whale Bone, Svalbard ~ Florian Schulz

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Hverfjall Crater, Iceland ~ Orsolya and Erlend Haarberg

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Red Squirrel, Poland ~ Dorota Walczak

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Snake River, Wyoming ~ Michael Melford

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Snowy Owl ~ James Galletto

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Sunset, Mount Everest ~ Cory Richards

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Highland Cattle, Scotland ~ Patrick Kelley

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Stratus Clouds, Greenland ~ Bryan and Cherry Alexander

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Crabeater Seal, Antarctica ~ Mary Beth Young

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River Crossing, Alaska ~ Michael Christopher Brown

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Grizzly Bear and Cub, Yellowstone ~ Trish Carney

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Alberta, Canada ~ Dwayne Holmwood

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Emperor Penguins, Antarctica ~ Dafna Ben Nun

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Western Breithorn ~ Victor Troyanov

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Polar Bear and Cub, Svalbard ~ Philip Dien

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Snowfall, Wyoming

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Ice Surfer, Lake Michigan ~ Mike Killion

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Penguins, Antarctica ~ Joshua Holko

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Mount Rainier, Washington ~ Hudson Henry

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Arctic Fox ~ Stephen Oachs

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Rideout Bay, Ontario ~ Lee Anne Carver

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Grevy’s Zebra, Ohio (at the Wilds, a refuge for rare and endangered species) ~ Matt Eich

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Alpine Climbers, Aiguille du Midi ~ Thomas Woolrych

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Horses, Iceland ~ Marketa Kalvachova

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Western Cwm, Mount Everest ~ Cory Richards

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Sparring Polar Bears, Svalbard ~ Paul Nicklen

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Sunset Skiing, Utah ~ Erik Seo

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North Face, K2 ~ Tommy Heinrich

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petit perfection

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Small spaces…they’re like a living puzzle…each piece needs thoughtful and strategic placement to achieve harmony and beauty…such is the case with this stylish Manhattan studio apartment designed by its homeowner Matthew Kowles, general manager of Charlotte Moss’ interior design firm…brimming with chic details and innovative ideas, this petit nest proves once again that good things do come in small packages! Take for example his ingenious use of 10 wall mounted invisible shelves…careful placement above and on either side of his living room entry provides much needed storage for his beloved collection of books and at the same time offers pleasing visual balance and order…another outstanding space-saving detail is the modern glass table layered atop his grandfather’s wooden desk…when hosting guests, he simply moves the glass table to the center of the room to function as his dining table…brilliant!

Whether you reside in a grand space or a cozy nook, I hope some of these gorgeous images offer you inspiration for your home!

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Photography by Patrick Cline for Lonny Magazine, click here to read the entire article from the Decemeber 2012 issue of Lonny

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In styling my home for the holidays, I’m finding great inspiration from natural colors and textures…although this gorgeous Hallberg-Wisely designed interior is void of traditional holiday decorations, it does incorporate “green” gestures that, for me, feel fresh, festive and ready for a party! Here’s hoping this artistic gem offers you some new (and natural) ideas as you style your home for the holidays…wishing you a very happy weekend!

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photography by Miguel Flores-Vianna for Veranda

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“O it is pleasant, with a heart at ease,
Just after sunset, or by moonlight skies,
To make the shifting clouds be what you please.”
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge


photography by danielle boudrot for a thoughtful eye

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“When you focus on a small detail it can evoke a whole world unto itself.” ~ Gabriella Kiss

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The Winter 2012 issue of The New York Times Style¬†Magazine features a wonderful photo shoot of¬†jewelry designer Gabriella Kiss’s Bangall, N.Y. studio…this cozy setting, filled with her treasured objects of inspiration, proves the ideal creative environment…drawn to the underlying layers in our world, Kiss finds infinite beauty from the unexpected…take for example the delicate bones of a mouse…cast in gold, she transforms its tiny substructure of form and movement into a poetic work of art…what some may think of as grim, she sees as miraculous…

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above ~ Bangall, N.Y. studio, photographs by William Abranowicz for The NY Times Style Magazine

below ~ Gabriella Kiss jewelry designs, photos from E.R. Butler

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“Everything here is alive thanks to the living of everything else.” ~ Lewis Thomas

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Hiker, Oregon ~ Lisa Wu

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Pink Orchid ~ Gunhild Andersen

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Zebras, Botswana ~ Robert B. Haas

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Dew on a Spider Web ~ Erika Skogg

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Walruses, Svalbard ~ Paul Nicklen

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Cottonweed ~ Laura Jean Peterman

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Samburu Elephants, Kenya ~ Michael Nichols

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Shrimp, Kingman Reef ~ Brian Skerry

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African Buffalo, Uganda ~ Joel Sartore

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Lizard, Cuba ~ Lee Daubney

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Seal and Crab, Galapagos ~ Benjamin Jakabek

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Oxpecker and Giraffe ~ Ben Bronselaer

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Langurs, India ~ Stefano Unterthiner

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Aspen Forest, Colorado ~ Ron Azevedo

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