Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Perfectly Imperfect

My sister just sent me an e-mail about a forthcoming book by Lee Woodruff, author of In an Instant (with her husband, ABC News Anchor Bob Woodruff). Her anxiously awaited new work is called Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress. It is a collection of essays about being a mother, wife, daughter and friend, and has been hailed as intimate, funny, complex, heartfelt, and joyful. I loved Nora Ephron's I Feel Bad About My Neck and I imagine it will be just as hard to put this one down. Perfectly Imperfect will be available at the end of April, just in time for Mother's Day. You can pre-order it from a variety of sources found here.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Concrete and Glass

This Concrete and Glass villa designed by Gottesman-Szmelcman in Israel has preoccupied me for most of the day. I love that, as the architects say, it looks a bit like a doll house. I also love all the glass, the exposed concrete and the the decor. Is there no ceiling over the upper right room? How cool is that?!From the architects' website: "This villa was constructed in 1984.... It is composed of two concrete walls facing the neighbors, and two glass walls that face the communal park and the distant sea.... Our preoccupation in designing this home was to offer a relatively craft free villa that could be quickly constructed at a reasonable cost. The home was completed within ten months.
"Architecturally, the home is extremely simple. In some ways it resembles a basic doll's house. Its internal spaces are rectangular and clearly defined. The internal circulation is in the form of a cross that divides the interior into four primary sections on each floor.The external concrete walls and the staggered landscaping serve as the basis for parasitical growth, and the building is slowly being integrated into its fertile surroundings."
Thank you mopu42.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Beaver Creek

What a lovely morning skiing Beaver Creek...and I saw this little friend on my way home...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Re-Cover Home

Have you seen this beautiful makeover of an already originally fabulous Summer home on Long Island, NY? I love it. The current owners went back to the original architect, Harry Bates, who is now principal of Bates Masi Architects, to give the home an update. I think both the unpretentious scale (you know, that normal 1970s size) and the truly cool, livable design are what draw me in. I love this office!via materialicious and Dwell.
Top photo by Chris Wesnofske for Bates Masi. All others by Raimund Koch for Dwell.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Fantastic skiing at Vail today. Fluffy white and wintery. For those who could ski it, deep powder. The group had a blast.

Sunday, March 22, 2009


I love this weighty hemp bedding from Couleur Chanvre. It would be perfect for our cool summer nights here in the mountains.

...discovered via Remodelista.

Friday, March 20, 2009

DAM Psychedelic...

This should be fun! A new exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, The Psychedelic Experience: Rock Posters from the San Francisco Bay Area, 1965–71, opens tomorrow. On display will be 300 posters from the '60s music scene. Here are a few...There are also some interactive features of the exhibit... it will be fun to check back with this one if we can view the videos other people make. And there is a great Psychedelic Side Trip music selection here.

above featured posters from the exhibit by Victor Miscoso, Wes Wilson and Bonnie MacLean

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sunrise over Aspen

Yesterday I was on top of Ajax, Aspen's mountain, at dawn. Beautiful.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Nathan Abels

Since this blog is called Postcards from Colorado, I am happy to be writing about a talented Denverite. Yesterday Nathan Abels, a 28 year-old Denver artist wrote to me. I have enjoyed visiting both his website and his blog, and will spend more time there. His body of work is impressive and beautiful, including paintings, drawings and fantastic aerial photos, which inspire his realist pieces. And he is now offering a limited edition print of his intricate, seemingly abstract (but then so real) drawing "Two Roofs" here.Printed on thick, high-quality Crane Museo Max 365gsm paper using archival pigmented inks, each print comes with a signed and numbered certificate of authenticity. The image size is 7.5x7.5" and there is a white border to allow for framing. Each is $39, and there are only 50 in the edition.
Abels's work is primarily landscape-based and representational, mostly having to do with human habitat. From a review of his recent show at the Rule Gallery in Denver: "The themes [in Abels's work] have consistently been space and place related. Open spaces, quiet places, and a sense of uneasiness and mysterious origins permeate his images, be they of houses based off of aerial photographs, or a lone burning barrel at night. When asked about the quietness of his images, Abels said, 'Everything else is noisy enough. I suppose my work acts as some kind of balance. In a lot of ways I think I can make work more real or honest when it is quieter.'” I will enjoy seeing his work in person when we can sneak away to Denver again. From his body of work:"Deciduous""Not Light, But Darkness Visible""Run On Sentence""Indiana""Without Haste, But Without Rest"
And some aerial photos...
Definitely go take a look.

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