Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Maria Grossmann

One of my favorite series by German photographer and stylist Maria Grossmann.  Entitled: It Remains of a Day.
In collaboration with Monika Schurle.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Winter White

Catherine Deneuve in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

Swiss retreat, Dutch style

Built into the Swiss Alps,  Villa Vals is my ideal choice to cocoon me from the winter deep. 
Yes, yes......this may not be new to many of you, but I think we can all agree that this is where we would all like to be right now!
The structure was envisioned by Dutch architects Bjarne Mastenbroek and Christian Müller.   Rentals available mid-week, weekend and week long.   Perfection!

Snow, Snow, Snow

   Finally, a beautiful snowfall.

Taken last Friday from my front steps/Milwaukee, WI.

the new chalet...

Mountain top restaurant at ski resort Ramundberget/Sweden.

designed by Murman arkitekter AB by Hans Murman and Ulla Alberts

Birgit Ostergaard

Birgit Ostergaard's lights have a such a heavenly quality to them.  I picture them as glowing beacons in our harsh urban environment.  They guide the lost and give them peace. Well, I am not sure that they can do that, but they are just beautiful!

Monday, February 20, 2012


Arrangement and balance. This gives me something to think about today.
Balancing Blocks available at Poketo.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Cassandra Smith

I love when I can share with you local artists in the community that I live.  These antlers were made by Cassandra Smith.  I am really liking the matte and metallic finish on these!  They are cruelty-free shed antlers and are available through her Etsy store and select stores across the country.  Cassandra Smith is also the co-founder of Fine Line, which is an international fine art magazineCheck it out!

Look at that rack!  Did you know that deer shed their antlers every year after mating season - usually between January and April.  Every year the process begins again and each year their rack, er...antlers will grow in size, which will help attract females and fight other males during the mating season.

Friday, February 17, 2012


Bells poster available by Christopher Gray.

bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells 

Fredericks & Mae

The duo Fredericks & Mae (Jolie Mae Signorile and Gabriel Fredericks Cohen) have a knack for taking my favorite materials and making them into little objects of beauty.  Using thread, feathers, beads, paint and wood, their projects are humble and beautiful! 
Above: Arrows, Worry Beads and Dominoes.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


A friend of mine was recently contracted to dismantle an out-of-commission airplane .....yes, scrap an entire plane.  Sounds both daunting and fun.  From that plane, I received 2 very amazing gifts.  2 metal ashtrays straight from the cockpit with lingering cigarette smoke included.   Smoker or not, these are quite the gift!  Now, I am just thinking of where I should install them?

photos: A+B

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Color Sense

Home of Bea Deza of Sister Jane.  
  This home makes perfect sense..............buy things you like and make spaces that work for you! 


Bavarian icons by Human Empire for Neuland magazine.
Just the word Bavaria seems magical to me.  Ancient forests, wooden houses and a BMW after the same name.  I mean c'mon!  These icons certainly feed in to that imagery.  Although Americans are notorious for romanticizing anything European, I love these smart little icons!  I will chop wood and eat bratwurst any day.


  Happy Valentine's Day!

Inside the Miller House/Alexander Girard curtains. 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Troy Moth

I spent a good portion of my morning looking at Troy Moth's photographs.  I was so taken by the images, I just didn't know which ones to show.  There is nothing contrived about these images.  In fact, they are just plain beautiful! There seems to be a hidden, mysterious truth hidden in all of them.  Visit his site for more of his work.  Also, some images are available as prints to purchase at Mammoth&Company.

Photos: Troy Moth.  Series from Bird of Prey and Burnt.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Model for the House Tower by architects Atelier Bow-Wow.  
I'd like to think that I could live in a house like this, but if I am honest most likely not. 

always say.....KIDIMO

always say thank you.

Vintage and reclaimed letters from Kidimo.


Pocket ashtray by Maison Martin Margiela.

available at Miscellaneous

Superstudio/Backstage exhibit


Superstudio - Experimental thinkers and avant-garde masters!
Exhibit: Superstudio/Backstage.  A retrospective of the Italian design studio from '66 - '78
through 2/26/12 at Pecci Centre in Prato, Italy
curated by Stefano Pezzato and Cristiano Toraldo di Francia
 Images from the Domus archive.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Factory 20

It doesn't get much better than this!  All images from Factory 20 (Modern 50's  brother).  
Always the best!