Thursday, July 30, 2009

Back Soon!

I'm off now. We leave early tomorrow for a visit with friends, and then it's on to the beach! Perhaps I'll sneak in here once or twice while away, but I'll be back in earnest with new pictures and posts in a little over a week. I hope you stay well and happy! Bye!

image from Smug Mug

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Beach - Possible Shop Stop #2

As I mentioned earlier, I'm dreaming of shopping a little bit while on our beach trip. Possible (mmmm, definite!) stop #2 is John Derian, in Provincetown: The black and white prints by Hugo Guinness, and I love them. (The little intervals of sevenths and garden spiral prints are postcards, for $1.50 each. I can do that!)

Beach - Possible Shop Stop #1

We're off to the beach soon! An while I imagine we'll be ON the beach most of the time, I'm dreaming of sneaking a way to shop (at least window shop) a little, too. One possible stop, just a hop from where we'll be(!)...
Looks like fun, no??

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Whistle for Willie

We've been reading Whistle for Willie lately. We do love everything about this sweet book.

Read more about Ezra Jack Keats and Peter here.
Images from Whistle for Willie found at let's look up and smile on flickr.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Suzani Consciousness

Happy Monday to you! So, it finally hit me that I think suzanis are pretty great. I'm often late with things, but I'm way late on this one. While the art form is ancient, I believe suzanis began coming into 21st century design consciousness in 2007...ish. Whoever decided that they're the bomb is alright in my book. And if I can't find the perfect one to throw over my bed, I would certainly consider this terrific chaise (covet, covet, covet!)...
I've posted images 1, 2 and 4 before... credits here and here. Image 3 via Style Files. Chaise from ABC Carpet and Home.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Happy Weekend!

Oh, how I would like to be going to the beach today! (Only nine more days!) I hope you have a great weekend!Photo, into which I want to jump, by CiaoChessa available here on etsy.
copyright Monica Shulman.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Noguchi Akari Light Sculptures

Seventeen years ago, my sister received an Isamu Noguchi Akari Light Sculpture as a wedding gift, and I've loved them ever since. Noguchi described them as "poetic, ephemeral, and tentative". Beautiful. I particularly admire how they enhance these spaces...
And, though I do not know if these sculptures below are Noguchi's, I love them anyway...
From the Noguchi Musem's website:

"Akari, a term meaning light as illumination, but also implying the idea of weightlessness.

"In 1951 Isamu Noguchi visited the Japanese town of Gifu, know for its manufacture of lanterns and umbrellas from the mulberry bark paper and bamboo. Inspired by the lanterns illuminating night fishing on the Nagara River, Noguchi designed the first of his lamps that would be produced by the traditional Gifu methods of construction. He called these works Akari, a term meaning light as illumination, but also implying the idea of weightlessness. Extending the concept of illuminated sculpture that he developed during the 1940s in New York, Noguchi employed abstract shapes to unite the simplicity of Japanese aesthetics with the principles of contemporary art and design. More that home furnishing, Akari are light sculptures.

" 'All that you require to start a home are a room, a tatami, and Akari.'

"With the warm glow of light cast through hand-made paper on a bamboo frame, Isamu Noguchi utilized traditional Japanese materials to bring modern design to the home. Like the beauty of falling leaves and the cherry blossom, Noguchi wrote, Akari are 'poetic, ephemeral, and tentative.' And he was fond of saying, 'All that you require to start a home are a room, a tatami, and Akari.' "

images via Noguchi Museum, Desire to Inspire, Desire to Inspire, Elle Decor June 2006, Remodelista, Design Sponge, Style Files, Desire to Inspire.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Corner View

this week's theme... 7:45 pm-Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Friday: Bakery, Whole Foods in West Denver (did you know you can't take pictures in Whole Foods?). Saturday: Let's call it Kiss in the Window (go full size and go down to lower right to see why), looking south from Highlands into Downtown Denver. Sunday: back home at our kitchen table with my boys, dessert and my Izze Esque (you must try - very refreshing).

See many more creative Corner Views here:
caitlin, joyce, ani, kim, a day that is dessert, natsumi, epe, kaylovesvintage, trinsch, c.t., jeannette, outi, schanett, ritva, francesca, state of bliss, jennifer, dana, denise, cabrizette, bohemia girl, dianna, isabelle, amber, a girl in the yellow shoes, mister e, janis, kari, jgy, skymring, elizabeth, audrey, allison, lise, cate, mon, victoria, crescent moon, erin, otli, amy, ida, caroline, lisa, dorte, kimmie, la lune dans le ciel, nicola, malo, vanessa, britta, virgina, april, b, kyndale samantha, karen, kristina, dorit, goldensunfamily, sophie, janet, mcgillicutty, desiree, di, travelingmama, aimee, sunnymama, amanda, ali, jenell, guusje, britta, juanita, pamela, inna, daan, myrtille, cris, ibb, susi, jodi, lily, gillian,

Monday, July 20, 2009

Denver Weekend

I took many photos to remember our last weekend at our Denver place.
We've loved our time there and we will miss our little place dearly. I'm very sad. We will, of course, still visit the big city... we'll just have to find a nice hotel that feels like home (or better)!
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