I just recently discovered wists and as a constant hoarder of ‘someday I could buy this’ links – it has been such a pleasure to visually map out what I like and don’t like (even hardware and windows) . It turns all my decor and fashion maybes into a big inspiration mashup. you should try it! My list is here.
The art that has been donated here is superb – You can peruse all of the artwork here the starting bids are very reasonable – and all the proceeds go to a really great cause! – (full disclosure my mother, Temma Bell donated a really beautiful painting of hers). Have a look if you are in the market for some great art!
One of the largest drawbacks of our particular property is there there are no storage structures on it. So there is no place for garden tools, storage boxes, our lawn mower, lumber, scraps, furniture projects etc… They all pile up in the demolition zone which is very crowded, messy and inefficient. I have flirted with the idea of designing and building a shed but I can’t decide where would be the best place for it to be situated on the property at this point. Shipping containers are clean modern blank slates that can be easily converted into so many different spaces – and I am thinking maybe it will be a great green option for storage. Any advice? Has anyone get a shipping container delivered to the Catskills? Does anyone have any suppliers they recommend?
This is a feature from House Beautiful 2003 (this issue is far before House Beautiful started to follow Domino and incorporate younger design into their magazine) and although the photos employ dated proportions and styling – the advice is very much what young trends are now. I think the true freedom of being young is not having that much furniture or even a budget – so the choices can be less formal or permanent. But I wonder how much of my current design obsessions will seem out-dated in a couple of years. I think that is why I prefer to buy vintage/antiques, somehow I hope that because they are from an earlier style period they will end up being more versatile than new current-styled furniture. – although, truthfully – I own four vintage Saarinen tulip table knockoffs and I wonder what I will think of them in a decade?
Here are some of the recommendations from House Beautiful
-use white accents
-incorporate stripes for graphic punch
-juxtapose antiques with new furniture
-oversize hanging lamps
-mix high and low
-bright upholstered headboards
-play with geometry
-eliminate fussy treatments
-combine textures shiny and matte – rough and smooth
What do you think?
concept illustration by Ron Marvin
This article made me think of all those awkward design projects where the client and designer relationship doesn’t flow well. Half of a designing job is being creative and using your prior experience to anticipate needs – and the other half is listening, explaining and generally being patient. Sometimes some jobs require you to be very, very patient.
image via blackwhiteyellow
image via habituallychic
I also started to read this book ( a little summer treat for my self)
and this one
Did you know you can buy used books on amazon? the prices are amazing (sometimes on 79 cents for a book (although there is still 3.99 shipping). But when you do you are often supporting a lot of small used bookstore businesses. That is how our neighborhood bookstore (in our tiny town) is able to stay open here because they do so much business over Amazon :D. Not to mention the total luxury of getting a book you want to read sent to your house for only 5 dollars.
image from Marthas Blog
For those interested Martha Stewart breaks down how her fields are hayed on her blog- she still uses square bales which is funny because they seem antique to me. My Father has just started the first haying of the season last week here in the Catskills.
image from Domino magazine
I don’t know if you are as much of an image hoarder as I am. I have two computers – a laptop and a desktop. My desktop is a dream to work at, but sometimes I use my laptop if I don’t feel like going to my office or if I am traveling. I end up with insane amounts of duplicate files. This program deletes duplicate files by comparing each one byte by byte (meaning it will only delete a file if it is exactly the same content as another file – not just named the same). It is just the best program this side of the moon. and it is free! Duplicate Cleaner.