Tuesday, November 8, 2016

How I hung my Edoardo De Falchi collages

Did you miss me? I've been missing in action for about a week. My mother-in-law passed away, so there were a thousand things to do, including family coming in from out of state. But things have settled down long enough now for me to scratch out a post. Luckily, I just finished this project before everything else spiraled out of control.

Remember my post on artist Edoardo De Falchi and his collages? I showed you one I own, a couple more I purchased but had not yet received, and a few others I wanted. Well, those purchases arrived sooner than the first one (no hang-ups in customs). Today’s post shows how I framed them and hung the entire collection (so far) to complete a corner of my study.


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This is obviously the crossroads of our condo. You can see the great room to the left (notice the wonderful side view of the hanging television, which shows off the snake’s nest of cords and cables) and the kitchen/dining area beyond. And that’s the master bedroom through the hallway on the right (you saw its transformation HERE). I sat at my desk to take this photo. The front door is to the immediate left, and the bookshelves I posted about styling last month are to the right.

If I work from a chair opposite this one, which I usually do, I look directly into this corner. The wine cabinet has been styled for sometime. However...


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...This is how the corner has looked for a few years now. Kind of blah, right? (Except for Maisie the cat and her toys at the base of the lamp, which I agree, make the vignette!)


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And here's how the same corner looks now. Much better, right?


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In the left-hand photo is my first purchase, Goya ≈ Kandinsky (top). I wanted this collage to be the focal piece of the arrangement, so I gave it a metallic gold mat and wood frame made of wide moulding. The others I matted in pyro brown to mimic the wider frame on the first piece and then framed them in a thin, black metal.

This Is Not the Portrait of Jane Seymour is at left (bottom), while in the right-hand photo are LʘʘK! (top), a thank-you collage from the artist (middle), and Morandi ˘ ⌡ ˘ Goya (bottom). Above the latter is a work of tramp-style art I bought a while back, produced for the mass market from pallet wood, bottlecaps and nails.


But I almost forgot the pièce de résistance!


That little eyebrow of a space over the chair’s left shoulder just cried out for something more.

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Remember the eye painting from the desk shelf I styled a while back? Well, I purchased a set of two but only used one on the shelf. The other, as you can see, fits this space perfectly. I knew I'd find a place for it if I simply waited.


So how do you think I did?


CORNER BEFORE:


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CORNER AFTER:

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Instead of laying out this gallery in PowerPoint, like I usually do, I winged it. I hung the focal point first and studied the wall for a few days. The other lady collage, placed below the first, went up next. It just seemed to fit into the space between the lamp and chair. On the perpendicular wall I added the larger collage first, below the tramp art, then filled in the space to its left with the smaller collages.


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And I still have room to add to my gallery when budget allows. It makes the corner much more interesting, don't you think?


Here’s a new one I love (and want, of course)...


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It's called Modigliani ● ∆ ● Klee and sells for $290. It’s on the larger side—14.6 by 9.6 inches, so I don’t think it will work in this gallery without overpowering the lady in the blue dress. But I'll figure out a place for it.

And BTW, if you’re looking for something to buy me for Christmas, it's available HERE.


Want more?

  • Read my earlier post on Edoardo De Falchi.
  • Check out Edoardo De Falchi’s website, 1nd3x
  • Follow him on Flickr and/or Facebook
  • Read an interview with him at The F Breath. 
  • See more of his work HEREHERE and HERE
  • Browse his collection of originals and prints for sale at Saatchi Art
  • Check out home goods and personal accessories imprinted with his designs at Society 6.
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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Tour boho Malibu beach house of Danny DeVito & Rhea Perlman

I usually don’t get too excited over celebrity home tours, but the boho beach house of Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman in North Malibu is a different décor story altogether. 

In fact, I think this boho modern chic renovation and revamp by Genevieve Carter of Carter Design would be just the ticket for me to bid Indiana winters good-bye and become an all-stops-out California girl. 

That is, if I win the lottery. Fat chance, huh? Anyway, enjoy!!
  

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The living room is the most-used room in the house, and given its beauty AND functionality, I can see why. Those unusual side tables are a custom design.


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Artwork by the couple's daughter, Gracie Kehoe, defines the dining room. I'm sure we all recognize Danny and Rhea as fork and spoon!


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The gorgeous kitchen has a great site line into the family den. The beams visible here and through much of the first floor are original to the house and dictated many of the decor details.


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Here's that family room. I love the color explosion in the differently striped pillows. And that bleached-wood coffee table almost disappears into the bleached-oak floor. Almost, but not quite. Its farm-table legs stand in contrast to the clean, modern lines in the rest of the room.


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Such a restful master bedroom! When I'm not wanting to crawl under that gorgeous hyacinth-hued blanket across the foot of the bed, I'm drooling over the vintage Turkish rug, circa 1930s.


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This seating nook is part of the master suite and seems to be calling my name. You hear it too, right? It's interesting how the  staircase is visible from this room.


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Speaking of those stairs, going up? They're bleached white oak, by the way. To me they seem like an expanse of white sand.


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This is such a simple and restful guest room! I love everything: from the Indian block-printed coverlet and the elephant bolster pillow to the Moroccan side table, pink Roman shade and distressed blue chest.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Got Mail #2 / Blu Dot

Blu Dot catalog is the latest new-to-me lookbook to show up in my snail mailbox, and there's a fall sale going on through Sunday, Oct. 30. I've listed original prices, but EVERYTHING is 20-percent off through this weekend.

Blu Dot is a Minneapolis-based company started by two college pals who couldn’t find modern-design furniture for their first homes. “The things we could afford we didn’t like, and the things we liked we couldn’t afford,” says the Our Story page on their website. So the two architects found a sculptor to join them and launched a design studio.

In addition to the bludot.com website, there are now Blu Dot brick-and-mortar stores in major U. S. markets—New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Austin—as well as Sydney, Australia, and Monterrey and Mexico City, Mexico. The home base Minneapolis store is an outlet (lucky Minneapolis!!).

The Blu Dot motto is “We design it. We stand behind it. And we hope you dig it.” And dig it I do, very much. Blu Dot has some unique pieces at competitive prices. And unlike the Jonathan Adler collection I featured last Saturday, no creepy drug and body parts accessories.

So without further adieu, let’s take a look at my Blu Dot picks…


To everything turn, turn, turn 


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My absolute, top-of-the-line, hands-down favorite in the Blu Dot lineup is the Turn collection of tables, which mimic lathe-turned spindles and columns. Each is made from solid acacia wood—no veneers or engineered-wood products.


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Left to right are the stool ($399), the low side-table ($299), the high side-table ($399), and the coffee table ($679). The Turn stool comes with a thick-cut felt top in your choice of five colors. Tops are also sold separately, in case you like a change every now and then.


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I love how the beauty of the wood shines through in these pieces. That and their sculptural quality make them easy to mix with a variety of design styles.


Join the ottoman empire


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Blu Dot’s fun modular ottoman collection allows for use singly as a traditional footstool or en masse for an abstract seating solution.


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Hecks ($229) are hexagonal, of course, and measure 23-by-17 inches. Convert yours to a table by adding a powder-coated steel tray in black or white for $69 more.


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Bumpers come in two sizes of round—26 inches ($299) and 17 inches ($179) in diameter. A tray option is also available for the small Bumper.


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The squares are called Otto (17-inches square, $179) and Quotto (34-inches square, $399).

All the ottomans come upholstered in Thurmond felt, a 60/40 blend of wool and rayon, and an array of happy colors. To add to their versatility, all are 17 inches high, except the larger Bumper, which is 15 inches.


Take a magic carpet ride 


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Use the gorgeous Charlie rug ($499) underfoot or…


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…to deck the walls. It’s the perfect size for hanging—6-by-9 feet—and is a 56/44 blend of dhurrie wool and cotton.


Hope you like these real good 


When you recovered from what you thought was my grammar faux pas in the headline, you probably noticed the copper Real Good dining chairs in the previous picture. You’ll be tickled to know there are counter- and bar-stool versions of this angular beauty as well.


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Copper plate over steel runs $299 for the chair and $399 for either height of stool, while powder-coated versions are priced at $249, regardless of height. 

I love the angles on these, don’t you? The seats remind me of perforations, and they are in a way. The chairs ship flat, and you fold along the dotted lines to assemble. Former study-hall paper-airplane makers can now use their craft in the service of modern design!


R2D2? No, 2D:3D!


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Like the Real Good chairs, 2D:3D bowls ship flat and you fold them into their angular shape. Though part of the 2D:3D office collection, they're waaaay too cool to stay at work. In three sizes and colors, you'll be slipping these into the ol' briefcase and bringing them on home to mama.


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Small and medium bowls (with higher sides) are $129 for copper and $69 for black, white or space blue, while the large bowl is $149 for copper and $89 for the other colors. They make a great wall-art installation as well, don’t you think? A wall installation sure to work in ANY room of your home.


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But if you’re hung up on the office thang, the 2D:3D collection includes (clockwise from upper-left) an in/out box ($69), a letter holder ($39), a coat rack, and a wall-mounted magazine rack (both $119). All four are available in white, red and gray.


Lighten up!


My favorite of all the Blu Dot lighting designs is the Punk table lamp…

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It’s to-die-for in all three colors. Again, copper is pricier at $349, while white or charcoal can be yours for $269. Each one wears a solid walnut cap that functions as a switch. Punk me any day with one of these, please!


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The Trace pendants are classy times three. Each sports a different-shaped glass globe over a metal shade. Trace 2 and 3 (left and center) sell for $199, while Trace 4, which is slightly larger, is $299. Each shape is available in charcoal, white or copper, and this time around, there’s no upcharge for copper.

I can picture these hung in a mixed-shape group over my dining table. But wait a minute...Where’s Trace 1? Gone without a trace. But you might want to search around the perimeter for it…

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…The Perimeter floor lamp, that is. It's uber-classy in the black-base with black shade version shown here, but it also comes in a white base with either a white or gray shade. All are priced at $499.

I’m thinking this could possibly double as a time-out cage for my kitty-cat! What say you?


And who says you can’t nail down the value of Pi?


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The Pi collection of cocktail tables gives you absolute value, once and for all. There’s a small and large side table ($299 and $349), as well as a coffee table ($599). Pictured is the black powder-coated steel version with solid walnut legs, but each size of table also comes in white with white ash legs. So striking!


If you want more (which, of course, you do)...

  • There’s lots more to see at bludot.com, PLUS a 20% off sale through Oct. 30!! Every bit of merchandise is marked down until then, both in-store and on-line, including outlet items—no promo code needed. Enjoy!
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Friday, October 28, 2016

Get your holiday hostess gifts on order!

Need a sweet and unique hostess gift this holiday season? Consider a whimsical, one-of-a-kind ceramic piece from Syma Small Works


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You may remember the Everyday Artist profile I ran of Syma a few months ago. Well, after the post ran, I decided to treat myself from her shop, and nothing would do her but that she make a gift of what I fully intended to buy.


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And what a gift it was! Not only did I receive the sweet Bull Ball Bell I chose...


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...but it came in a gift box decorated with more of Syma’s transporting art.


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Inside was an enclosure card that told me about the historical inspiration for the Bull Ball Bell and how to use it to release its “magic” properties. 


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I always say that if you’re going to take the bull by the horns, those horns may as well be 24-karat gold. Agreed?


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Don’t you simply love the detail? Each piece is completely hand-formed and hand-painted, so each one is just a little different. I chose this one for his pink hoof…


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…And his extra long, extra-curly horns. The better to grip you with, my dear! (Love the cute little nose ring, too!)


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Each bell is signed and dated on the outside and signed and numbered on the inside (right alongside the bull ball clanger ;-> ) Notice how translucent the porcelain is; the light coming through shows up a shadow of the outside detail INSIDE.


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Syma also included in the package three beautiful art postcards featuring some of her other work.

And if a Bull Ball Bell doesn’t tickle your fancy, she has other giftables in her shop that come with the same beautiful packaging. 


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Consider a Smoked Little Pot of Gold—each one lined in 24-karat gold and smoked to unique perfection on the outside. Lit with a tealight, they're magical.


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And inside the beautiful gift box will be this sweet sentiment.


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The same is true of the Angel Feeder Bowls….


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…As wells as the four styles of coasters based on her Muse Charger series. 


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If you’re not into bulls, Syma also has Cash Cow Bells in the shop and Bells to Summon a Frog (for kissing and turning into a prince?). But whatever you choose, I’m sure the person you buy it for will be just as delighted as I was when I received my gift. 


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Come to think of it, you may be so tickled with it you don’t want to give it away. So plan ahead: Order two and keep one for yourself! And get your order in before the holiday rush.


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A big shout-out of thanks from me to Syma for my beautiful bell. I keep it on a shelf over my desk, where I see it frequently and ring it with abandon. And each and every time I think of her thoughtfulness and her sound advice, which takes on extra meaning this election season:

Assume nothing. 
Expect even less. 
But trust that it will work. 


I would only add: Be sure to vote!
  

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