Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bright + Balmy - Paintings by Teil Duncan

The last few weeks of summer seem to be flying by and I'd love to slow time down a little to savour it that much more. The bright beachy images by Teil Duncan remind me of some of my most favourite summer moments. Full of light, bright colour and set by the water. I love her abstracted style, and use of strong brush strokes mixed with small details and her sense of colour. The abstraction of the images make them feel like hazy memories of the perfect summer day at the beach.

All images: Teil Duncan

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Neutral territory by NYCID

I'm having one of those periods where it feels like there is so much happening all at once and I'm constantly just one step behind trying to keep up with it all. When life gets hectic, my resolve for calm and tranquility only increases and I wish I could press pause and escape to some desert island away from everything and everyone to catch my breath for a bit. Failing the availability of a suitable desert island, I'd take the urban equivalent - a soothing neutral retreat. I saw this West Village Duplex designed by NYC Interior Design and immediately felt at home. Indeed, it felt like we had transplanted many of my favourite pieces from work into an apartment and set up camp. Needless to say I'd happily move right in (and add some more art! Not particularly in love with that ice berg image.) So often in creative fields it's easy to feel so much pressure to do something completely innovative or earth shatteringly original, but this calm and soothing space was a great reminder to me that keeping it simple and using classic pieces and designs more often than not still be a winning formula for a beautiful space. No earth shattering required. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Music + a view: a modern home in Beverly Hills, California

This striking modern home nestled among the oaks in Beverly Hills, California was designed by Walker Woodshop Design Build for a client who is a concert-level amateur violinist. Their client's two specifications had to be kept in mind -supreme quiet, so that he could focus on listening to and playing music, and a venue to play for others. The space was built around the bones of a 1940s era barn and expanded with a modern structure clad in wood to help it blend more seamlessly with its surrounding environment. The result was a modern open concept home boasting a living room that doubles as an 80 person concert hall and views that should be soaked in and savoured. 

Photo: Jose Mandojana for Dwell, 2, 4 - Nicholas Alan Cope for Walker Woodshop Design Build