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(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: VISIONS OF BEAUTY (INSPIRED BY FALL) / DAY 3 -- PI...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: VISIONS OF BEAUTY (INSPIRED BY FALL) / DAY 3 -- PI...: plateimagecourtesyhellotradecom Peeps, Sometimes, not being decisive, costs one much more than money. I had always wanted a Piero...

VISIONS OF BEAUTY (INSPIRED BY FALL) / DAY 4 -- ELIZABETH LOCKE JEWELRY

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Peeps,
I wish you all a wonderful Thursday.  This weekend I will be away from the blogging station, and visiting friends and family in Williamsburg (VA), Charlotte (NC), and Savannah (GA).  Upon my return, I will be sure to update you on my travels through this charming part of the country, as well as to continue sharing visions of beauty (inspired by fall). 
Sincerely, Shane

VISIONS OF BEAUTY (INSPIRED BY FALL) / DAY 3 -- PIERO FORNASETTI

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(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: VISIONS OF BEAUTY (INSPIRED BY FALL) / Day 2 -- BE...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: VISIONS OF BEAUTY (INSPIRED BY FALL) / Day 2 -- BE...: bethwebbinterior photocourtesybethwebb Peeps, In the weeks preceding Thanksgiving dinner, and the numerous gatherings for Christmas ...

VISIONS OF BEAUTY (INSPIRED BY FALL) / Day 2 -- BETH WEBB INTERIORS

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(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: Reinventing Beauty, Chapter 2 / Day 2 -- Myth + Sc...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: Reinventing Beauty, Chapter 2 / Day 2 -- Myth + Sc...: photocourtesyjjjjound.blog Peeps, Growing up, I remember the myths that surrounded the Easter Island statues. They seemed quite mena...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: Reinventing Beauty, Chapter 2 / Day 4 -- At First...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: Reinventing Beauty, Chapter 2 / Day 4 -- At First...: imagecourtesyjjjjoundblog Peeps, At first sight, it seems that this school of young monks are all queued for a shopping spree at Za...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: Reinventing Beauty, Chapter 2 / Day 5 -- Dancing W...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: Reinventing Beauty, Chapter 2 / Day 5 -- Dancing W...: photographersarahmoon courtesyboxandline.us Peeps, A sense of unease seems to be present tonight (Thursday). The expected showers t...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: VISIONS OF BEAUTY (INSPIRED BY FALL) / DAY 1 -- JO...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: VISIONS OF BEAUTY (INSPIRED BY FALL) / DAY 1 -- JO...: photocourtesytalkingmakeupcom Peeps, Its the beginning of the work week and some may groan, while others continue their search for emp...

VISIONS OF BEAUTY (INSPIRED BY FALL) / DAY 1 -- JOAN SMALLS

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Peeps,
Its the beginning of the work week and some may groan, while others continue their search for employment.  In the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, we are somewhat buffered from the rising job crisis faced by the remainder of the country, because of the federal government which is located here, as well as numerous associations, lobbying groups, defense and military contractors, hi-tech firms, and tourism.  Yet, we remain acutely aware of what is happening beyond the beltway.  President Obama's Job plan has been rebuffed by many who will not, and cannot, accept any increased taxation on the rich--and I wonder why!!  The shenanigans on the Hill, Europe's debt crisis and the Euro dollar's questionable viability, as well as the global market's decreased demand for our goods and services, should have made passing the job bill something of a no-brainer.  Yet, fat and fatter cats on the Hill still plan to spend the time between now and the holiday break in November, do…

Reinventing Beauty, Chapter 2 / Day 5 -- Dancing With Ghosts

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Reinventing Beauty, Chapter 2 / Day 4 -- At First Sight

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(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: Reinventing Beauty, Chapter 2 / Day 3 -- Out of t...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: Reinventing Beauty, Chapter 2 / Day 3 -- Out of t...: moviestillarmyofshadows courtesyofreverseshot.com Peeps, To the dismay of (some) fundamentalists, bigots and hypocrites, the mighty a...

Reinventing Beauty, Chapter 2 / Day 3 -- Out of the Shadows

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Reinventing Beauty, Chapter 2 / Day 2 -- Myth + Science

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Reinventing Beauty, Chapter 2 / Day 1 -- Rustic Simplicity

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Visual Treats / Design Tips from Wise(r) Voices -- Day 5/ Jamie Drake

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Peeps,
This evening there was no mistaking the fact that fall is upon us.  Grey skies and swollen clouds hovered above, and a cool morning of 40 or 50 is predicted which should make a very pleasant soup-and-sandwich day tomorrow.  I splurged this evening and bought a beautiful orchid to sit next to my bed.  The bedroom is painted chalky white, with a dark mahogany chest of drawers and glass-front display cabinet filled with carved animal figures/lacquer boxes/Burmese water bottles; for some time now I've used accents of blue and orange, and today while out grocery shopping without much thought I selected a small phalaenopsis from which tall spires of magenta blossoms seemed to delicately hover, almost like butterflies.  I am so pleased with the effect that I almost expect an editor or designer from Elle Decor or House Beautiful to spring from behind the wall-screen and pin a gold star on me.  Also proud that it only took this little plant (bought for 13 dollars at Trader Joe's)…

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: Visual Treats / Design Tips from Wise(r) Voices -...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: Visual Treats / Design Tips from Wise(r) Voices -...: Designer Stan Topol photocourtesyhousebeautiful Peeps, The democratization of media, especially on-line, now allows everyone (and an...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: Visual Treats / Design Tips from Wise(r) Voices --...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: Visual Treats / Design Tips from Wise(r) Voices --...: imagecourtesynoonersnuggets.com Peeps, It's day 2 of the series devoted to design tips from wise(r) voices. The dean of American dec...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: Visual Treats / Design Tips from Wise(r) Voices --...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: Visual Treats / Design Tips from Wise(r) Voices --...: imagecourtesyfinderskeepermarketinc.blogspot Peeps, Never has the moon seem so full as it did tonight. It hung low over the east, and ...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: Visual Treats/Design Tips from Wise(r) Voice -- Da...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: Visual Treats/Design Tips from Wise(r) Voice -- Da...: imagecourtesysheilabridgesdesign Peeps, The peep-show devoted to design tips from wise(r) voices continues today with th...

Visual Treats/Design Tips from Wise(r) Voice -- Day 4/Sheila Bridges

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Peeps,


The peep-show devoted to design tips from wise(r) voices continues today with the amazing Sheila Bridges, one of my favorite designers who consistently creates interiors that are colorful, layered, textured, and always intimate.  Love her style, love her look, and love her!!


Sincerely,
Shane


On style, Sheila Bridges states that, “I enjoy mixing different styles and periods of furniture as well as combining different textures and patterns.  Drawing from a diverse range of styles is inherently interesting in decorating - it brings the space to life. I think it is also one way that you can make a space authentically yours.".

On color: "I am especially fond of blues and greens. I like to experiment with different color combinations. On one project, it may be greens and grays, the next it may be pinks, yellows, and blacks, or blues and browns."
And, on inspiration:  “I’ve always been greatly inspired by the beauty of nature—things as simple as the texture or color of moss o…

Visual Treats / Design Tips from Wise(r) Voices -- Day 3/Stephen Sills & James Huniford

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Visual Treats / Design Tips from Wise(r) Voices -- Day 2/Albert Hadley

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Peeps,


It's day 2 of the series devoted to design tips from wise(r) voices.  The dean of American decorating--Albert Hadley says that, "Ceilings must always be considered. They are the most neglected surface in a room." I subscribe wholeheartedly to this dictum; ceilings are the perfect location for paper, a stencilled treatment, or a color other than blah-blah flat decorator's white, or that mess of pigment commonly called 'eggshell.'  For the bold-hearted, this expanse of surface is ideal to play with a complimentary color to that which has been applied on walls and trim.  Nothing is worse than looking up at a ceiling which seems timid, uninspired, or an afterthought.  In Hadley's NY apartment (pictured above), metallic (leaf) tea-paper has been skillfully applied, and the reflection is quite stunning.  If your painting contractor insists on an application of flat paint for masking imperfections, instruct him to instead reach for joint compound/Spackle/s…

Visual Treats / Design Tips from Wise(r) Voices -- Day 1/Stan Topol

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Weekend Visual Treat (for all of my Design-obsessed and FB Peeps)

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Peeps,
I have always been drawn to them; they seem to pull me in, and then hold me captive as my mind and imagination runs endlessly through vast areas of unchecked possibilities--some sensual and some not, perhaps heart pumping erotic but I will never tell--and then back again to the image upon which I dare not lay my head for fear of nirvana.
It may have been an earlier copy of National Geographic, or the mid-day Sunday bouts held on Bird's Isle where shirt-less pugilists performed in front of a rowdy, blood-thirsty crowd of sport-fans and gamblers.  Dare say it could have been a younger Henry Rollins, taunting, sweaty, fierce; he is forever locked in my memory, an image of an alpha, the face and voice of a past persistently present.  Yes, yes, I remember him now, that easily conjured image--alone in the spotlight, he (is) with arms akimbo.  In the French quarter, they appeared like ghosts, or dreams, from out of dimly lit bars, disappearing around corners and against brick walls,…

Rainy Night Visual Treat for all my design-obsessed Peeps + FB Peeps

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REINVENTING BEAUTY, CHAPTER 1 / DAY 5 -- GRACE JONES

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Peeps,


I can't remember what came first:  seeing her (on an album cover) or hearing her (at a late-night club).  Suffice to say, what came after is memorable.  That is, pure unadulterated groove rhythms for on and off the dance floor.  This Jamaican-American model/singer/actress wowed listeners, club and and concert-goers in the US and Europe with her hypnotic beat and sultry vocals, strong visual presence, and Surrealist, New Wave and Pop-inspired stage sets and costumes.  In the 1970's Jones adopted a severe, androgynous look  that was much copied, and admired by other artists such as Annie Lenox and Lady Gaga.  Muse to Andy Warhol, close friend of Keith Haring, and inspiration to millions of fans, her music still resonates.  She remains the fierce, undisputed Queen of Club (Music) and makes present day divas look like little girls playing dress-up.


ICONIC + PROVOCATIVE + DEFIANT  = GRACE JONES


Enjoy today's visual treat.


Sincerely, 
Shane


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REINVENTING BEAUTY, CHAPTER 1 / DAY 4 -- BLADE RUNNER

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Peeps,

It seems only natural to contemplate the movie Blade Runner at this time.  It's been raining all day, with the forecast calling for rain tomorrow and parts of Friday.  As devotees of the movie will recall, for most of the movie, with the possible exception of interior shots and the original ending, rains falls and falls and falls.  No kidding, but when I went to see the movie in 1982 or 1983 at the small movie theatre at Kelley Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, it was also raining.  There were about four or five viewers other than myself, and after the movie ended, I stood outside under the small canopy watching the rain fall. I remember thinking thought that never before had I been so blown away by a movie, with the possible exception of The Man Who Fell to Earth, and that had been perhaps three years earlier.

Blade Runner effortlessly blends elements of film noir and science fiction.  The main character--Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter of sorts, is weary, and wants out of the…

REINVENTING BEAUTY, CHAPTER 1 / DAY 3 -- JOHN PAWSON

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Peeps,
John Pawson's interiors are just as mysterious, austere, and elegant as when I first saw them 20 years  ago.  While enrolled in NOVA's Interior Design course of studies, I stumbled across photos of Pawson's work published in one of the shelter magazines; something clicked in place and I realized that the excesses of Architectural Digest and the floral prettiness of House & Garden had been surpassed by this--the quiet authority and sincerity of Pawson's vision.  Minimalism was a term which I had seen in the context of art, when discussing artists such as Dan Flavin, Carl Andre, Donald Judd, Richard Serra, and the incomparable Agnes Martin.  To see the term minimalism applied to the area of interior design and architecture was almost revolutionary to me, and certainly to many others who were also tired of seeing ill-designed homes with rooms smothered by yards of window-dressing, tables overloaded by objects, and bad lighting.
Rowan Moore in an article for The O…

REINVENTING BEAUTY, CHAPTER 1 / DAY 2 -- STUTTGART

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Peeps,
The city of Stuttgart, Germany was my home for a number of years.More precisely, the Army base on which I lived was located in the suburban hamlet of Moehringen, an easy train ride away from downtown. The city center was located deeper in the valley surrounded by hills dotted with small modern apartment-buildings, vineyards, and open parks.For a kid who had left Belize one morning on TACA’s 11am flight to Miami, and then five months later (after training courses in Kentucky and Indiana) landed in Stuttgart via Franfurt, everything seemed foreign, wondrous, and dreamlike. I quickly learned to love pommes frites with mayo, grilled sausages with sharp, tangy mustard, and dark German beer. On my base, the troops were encouraged to get out and see the best of the continent.Within a couple hours drive, inexpensive bus tours took the adventurous to Amsterdam, France, Belgium, and Luxembourg.3 and 4 day passes allowed for longer trips to Italy and Spain.Everyone shipped Belgian lace tabl…