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Monday, November 29, 2010

Art + Interiors: Golden Femininity

Happy Monday! As many of you know, Gustav Klimt is one of my all time favorite artists. I've featured his works on here before but I just could not resist bringing his paintings back to translate them into a space. I love the heavy patterning in tonal golds and the juxtaposition between the flattened graphic surfaces and the voluptuous women they cloth. His women stare straight into the viewers eyes exuding a sense of female empowerment. I love that these women are strong and fearless while excessively adorned in gold and textiles, they symbolize women's unique ability to be gorgeous and tough!
Pillows, chairs and stool via Jayson Home and Garden, Screen via Armani Casa, Pendant via Wunderly, End table via Arteriors Home
A little bit Turkish, a little bit Moroccan and a few golden modern touches and this space is both luxurious and weathered at the same time. Perfect for a cozy sitting room around the fire on these cold winter days, Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Art + Interiors: Modern Geometry [Frank Stella]

"There is magic in that little world, home; it is a mystic circle that surrounds, comforts and virtues, never known beyond its hallowed limits."  -Robert Southey
As I pack my things, say my goodbyes and tie up loose ends, it is bittersweet. I will miss so much about Southern California but as I close the pages of this chapter of my life to open up space for the new, I feel a bit lighter to be going home to Seattle. For the past 2 1/2 years I have walked past this Frank Stella mural when arriving home at the Sea-Tac airport. The mural has become a symbol of homecoming for me and as my visits became more and more frequent and I saw the mural more and more I realized that Seattle was where my heart truly resided.
There is a unique simplicity to Stella's paintings that I sincerely admire. It takes a skilled veteran to hold back in their art and to paint expressively through the use of geometry and simples hues. I love the way these paintings play with space as their cotton-candy palettes keep them light and bright!

live in it....
Wallpaper via Architonic, Tile via Walker Zanger, End table via Mcquire Furniture, Chair via Architonic, Sofa via Chiasso, Lamp via Arteriors Home, Rug via Madeline Weinrib, Vases via Belvedere Inc, Chair via Mcguire Furniture, Pillow via Jayson Home and Garden 

Mint green, peachy pink and airy blue may sound like a nursery room make but with modern silhouettes and organic accents you can make a space that is modern, chic and a light-hearted treat to live in. Enjoy!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Art + Interiors: Colorful Vibrations [Wolf Kahn]

Good morning and happy Monday! With the dropping temperatures and the days shortening, I thought I'd start the week off with a little jolt of color. The work of artist Wolf Kahn is the perfect anecdote to a grey and gloomy day. His fusion of realism, color field and impressionism makes his style unique, his abstract landscapes instantly transporting the viewer to another space and time. I love his free, unconventional use of color and the way his sweeping brush strokes create a constant vibration in each piece.

"To send light into the darkness of men's hearts- such is the duty of the artist"- Schumann

Chair via Casamidy, Pillow via Sachin and Babi, Dresser via Robb & Stucky, Chandelier via Kravet, bedding via John Robshaw, Chair via Kartell, Fabric via Isaac Mizrahi 

Nothing brightens a room more than a shock of color like this neon yellow chair that seems to vibrate before your eyes or this painterly Isaac Mizrahi fabric. The blues and greys balance out the space while the mix of patterns adds a subtle rhythm. I also love classic silhouettes in a modern medium like the Kartell Ghost chair. The perfect relief for a grey winter day don't you think? Enjoy!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Style + Interiors: High Fashion Pendleton

I absolutely love that southwest prints are popping up everywhere right now. On the runway and at home they add a fun pop of color and graphic texture that fits right in with your black and brown basics. I spotted these shorts on style crush Rumi of Fashion Toast and fell in love. I love the mix of brown leather jacket with black leather shoes with the Pendleton shorts mixing it all up in the middle.,

Chair via Arteriors Home, Pillow via Etsy shop shapescolors, Rug via Madeline Weinrib, Rock sculptures via Arteriors Home, End Table via Room and Board, Pendleton Bag via Etsy shop timberlineltd
Until I find a way to get my hands on a pair of these lust-worthy shorts myself (just a tad out of my price range!) designing around them will have to suffice. Black and brown mixed finishes, accents of poppy and orange, and lots of geometry to keep your eye moving, I'll take it! Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Art + Interiors: Bohemian Glamour [Alexandria Valenti]

Hello lovely readers! Things have been incredibly hectic around here, between finishing up my last few weeks of school (woohoo!) and getting ready to move I've hardly had a chance to catch my breath. So at the end of the day, after a little centering yoga, taking in some beautiful art and design helps me find my calm. And this gorgeous photography from Alexandria Valenti has me absolutely swooning. I love the sun drenched ambiance, the tattered interiors and crystal chandeliers. It is bohemian glamour, relaxed and effortlessly chic that is just my style.

"Smile, breath and go slowly" -Thich Nhat Hanh

sideboard via Four Hands, Chandelier via Arteriors Home, Lights via World Market, Agate plate via Vivre, Lace via, Pillow via Kelly Wearstler for Sferra, Lamp via Etsy, Sofa via, wallpaper via Wallpaper Collective
I love this palette; mustard yellows, rich turquoise blues, golden accents and pops of teal-emerald. The mix of decorative motifs gives that bohemian vibe while the draping chandelier and veluor sofa add a touch of glamour and luxury. I've been lusting over that turquoise sideboard forever and someday when I have the funds it will be first on my list! Thanks for stopping by, I'll leave with this stunning room by Barbara Davis, hope you leave feeling inspired, Enjoy!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Art + Interiors: Berry Punch [Richard Mayhew]

Today I am loving the vibrant expressionist landscapes of African-American artist Richard Mayhew. After seeing this piece, 'Rhapsody' in person at the De Young Museum in San Fransisco I knew I had to have more. The vivid colors pack quite a bit of punch and are not easy to miss. The heavy application of color upon color, the vast range of values and the complimentary palettes (orange and blue, red and purple) make these paintings emotionally charged and incredibly substantial. I love the way the trees silhouetted against their rich skies seem to vibrate with life. They emit the feeling of nature's energy and its connection to us all.
"I paint the essence of nature, always seeking the unique spiritual mood of the landscape" -Richard Mayhew

live in it...
Chair via Jonathan Adler , Lamp via abc home , End table via Neiman Marcus, Table via West Elm, Pillow and Rug via Madeline Weinrib

 I loved pulling from the highly saturated jewel tones in Mayhew's work to bring that same drama to a space. Not only would you never feel cold in this palette but the berry pinks are flattering to any complexion. And how much would you love to curl up in that bright orange tufted chair for a catch-up session with one of your closest friends? Enjoy! 

And a couple designers who know how to amp up the palette the right way are none other than the one and only Kelly Wearstler... 

And Marjorie Skouras...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

You've Got The Love (XX Remix)

wow this music video reminds me of the labyrinth movie and star gate galactica. simple music coupled w/ an outlandish video... perfect.

signing out ladybird

Cufflink cabinet pulls via Marjorie Skouras, Pillows via, Chair via Sofa via Pendant via

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Art + Interiors: Purple Mystic [Amanda Raek]

Associated with both nobility and spirituality, Purple is an incredibly empowering color. I have to admit it is not usually in my own color palette but when I found this photography on Etsy by Amanda Raek I knew I had to post about it. I love the back and forth between the focused forground and the blurred out background, the graphic texture of the flowers' stigmas against their soft petals and the touch of blue here and there that give the work its calming affect.

"I belive that we must find, all of us together, a new spirituality"- Dalai Lama

Side table via Arteriors, pendants via Nice Modern, pillow via Urban Outfitters, rug via JhMinassian, chaise via Urban Outfitters, end table Kartell

I love mixing traditional and modern in an unexpected way; the tufted plum chaise next to the lucite end table, the modern pendants hovering over a vintage rug and the graphic pillows adding rhythm to the space. It's a great way to blend styles for those of us that just cannot settle on one and it's a look that feels right in place whether in an old house or a new loft. Enjoy!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Small Black - "Despicable Dogs" (Official Video)

lets go on a road trip, this is what small black's song Dispicable Dogs makes me wanna do. i guess maybe i picked this song b/c i want to be out away from the cube that i spend the majority of my life in. drive away, forget it all and never look back

signing off ladybird

live in it...
From top left Rug via Madeline Weinrib, print via etsy KeepCalmShop, lamp via Arteriors, pillows via etsy shapescolors, sofa via efstyle, sideboard via Environment furniture, lamp via Arteriors, throw via Anthropologie

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Art + Interiors: Everyday Beauty [Paul Cezanne]

"We are all given 24 hours a day. It's the only fair thing; it's the only thing that's equal. It's up to us to determine what we do with those 24 hours. We can waste them, or we can choose to consistently fill them with good."

I sincerely believe that every day is a gift but we all know that with work, school, homework, commutes, or even when we just didn't get enough sleep, loving life can be a challenge. For me the work of Impressionist painter Paul Cezanne is a colorful reminder that beauty is everywhere and that everyday is what you make of it.

"Genius is the ability to renew one's emotions in daily experience"
-Paul Cezanne
"For an Impressionist to paint from Nature is not to paint the subject but to realize sensations" -Paul Cezanne

From top left, end table Arteriors, Wallpaper, vases Mermaid Hut, chair Arteriors, wallpaper Graham & Brown , end table Arteriors, chest Four Hands, chair CB2
This look is complete eclectic indulgence. I simply collected pieces that attracted me in a palette that energizes me. I love pulling from the hues of nature and turning up the volume a bit. The repetition of circles and squares ties the mix of pieces together for a look that is fun, lively and completely unique. Just what I need today for a little attitude adjustment :) Hope you enjoy!