Thursday, September 30, 2010

dopeness

Illustrated movie posters by Claudia Varosio.




So cool!!
A collection of these for our upstairs hall might just be perfection.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

nature vs. nurture

I'm loving Belle Maison's nature inspired post today & especially this photo.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

fortune

You find beauty in ordinary things. Appreciate this gift.

Ordinary things, like corrugate? Today's fortune (or something like that) inspired me to order a Marmalade Pet Sweet Lounge for the girls. The old scratcher didn't make the cut in the new abode, and our brand new carpet is paying the price. The Marmalade scratcher has great form and function. I hope they love it!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

salt


Have you read it?
A random find for me at the bookstore, which has turned out to be really great. It has quite possibly taken me the longest time to read this book than any other. Not because it's long, slow or uninteresting, but because it reads like poetry and I find myself wanting to savor each page.

The Book of Salt is the story of Binh, a Vietnamese cook in 1930s Paris, who is employed by Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. The tale takes us back to his youth in Saigon, his journey to Paris, life with his famous mesdames, and finding his place in the world.

A taste (chapter 3, page 22):
"This is a temple, not a home.
The thought - barely formed, fluid, just beginning to mingle with the faint smells introduced by the opening door - changes so quickly from prophecy to gospel that I am for a brief moment extricated from my body, made to stand beside myself, and allowed to swerve as a solemn eyewitness. Ordinarily, I am plagued, like the Old Man, with a slowness. In him, it was triggered by cowardice. In me, it is aggravated by carelessness. Ours is a hesitancy toward an act that is habitual and common to those around us: the forming of conclusions. We are, instead, weighted and heavied by decades of observations. We gather them, rags and remnants, and then have no needle and thread with which to sew them together. But once they are formed, ours become the thick, thorny coat of durian, a covering designed to forestall the odor of rot and decay deep inside."

An amazing first novel from Monique Truong, a former NYC attorney who gave it up to attend the Yaddo writers' colony and become an author. Her second novel is Bitter in the Mouth, published in August & next on my list.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

crispy clean & modern

Checkout this fabulous home tour over on Caitlin Wilson Design Style Files.

Pretty fantastic, right? The crisp white, classic modern pieces, and bright pops of color are perfection.
The Orla Kiely papered powder is inspiring me to turn my attention back to our powder and finally settle on a wallpaper. Something bright & graphic might be just the ticket.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

f is for favorite

...and F is for fall. It's almost here!!
To start off the first of many fall fashion posts, we focus on one of my favorite fall trends, the fold over boot.

Report Moroe Boot

I love this look when the fold over is straight & crisp (not slouchy). It's the long jeans over heels kind of feel with an equestrian twist. I'm in love.

1 more day

..until Missy Foo comes home!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

horse obsession

Ever since having a drink with the horsies that adorn the bar at Charlie Palmer, I've been obsessed with horse photos used as the focal point in a room. First, because they are rad. And, second, because of the feeling of mystery and power.

via Decorpad

via Decorpad

The horses in our house -
Kisses by F2 Images

Thursday, September 2, 2010