Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Searching for Simple

In this recent time of reordering my life, I find one of my desires is to live more simply. As a family, we have been purging ourselves of possessions and consumer thinking. (We've been doing this slowly, its not always very easy). I'm tired of life being about, "What can I get now?" Ugh, its a never-ending path. You never arrive anywhere, you just keep going and going! Meanwhile, your money does run out and time with loved ones runs out, too. Get me off that road! 
Its strange to ask yourself, "What are the most basic things I want for my life?" For me, two of those things are living more naturally and living more artfully. It seems those two things go hand-in-hand. I found this video today, and it gives a glimpse into what joining those two things might look like. Maybe you've seen it before but I still love it! (Except in my version, there would be a little less facial hair)
Found via "That Kind of Woman"

Monday, March 5, 2012

Inspired By: Federico de Vera

 Sometimes I run across the work of a designer and wonder if we were separated at birth. That's how I feel about Federico de Vera. His embrace of eclectic styles, bold colors, portraits and a few outrageous objects, really connects with me!

I'm inspired to take my love of portraits off of my computer bookmarks and transfer it to my walls. Just go with it, right? Why do we get so caught up on what other people think of our homes? 
Photos: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Happy Things

Its a bit of a dreary day here in Houston. We haven't had much sunshine and I'm ready for Spring. Luckily, Pinterest must have known I needed a pick-me-up, because I found many treasures there today. These random images make me smile!
  Love these two wonderful bedrooms! 
 My favorite find is the jewelry of Elsa Mora. I saw the one of a kind pendants above and fell in love. I linked over to the jewelers websites and found the image below. A Frida Kahlo inspired necklace made of paper. This makes me so happy, I could cry!!!

 This would make a great wall treatment, inside a home. Love the colors.
My favorite silhouette, right now! I would like to wear a dress like this everyday:)
Images can be found on my Pinterest page.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Pretty Illustrations

Last night I watched my favorite parts of the Grammys again. Oh how I loved Adele. I think a lot of America is inspired by her this week. So, I was tickled when I found this illustration of the songstress. Isn't beautiful?  I have to admit to also being in love with other illustrations from Paper Fashion Shop on Etsy. Here are a few of my other favorites. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Children's Books for Grown-ups to Love

 When I became a mom, I was reintroduced to the world of children's books. When I became a homeschooling mom I was enveloped in it! Most of my reading time is spent on books for kids in one way or another. So, I love when I run across books that are beautiful or entertaining enough for adults, too. All you parents know what I'm talking about.
 I found these delightful books from Planeta Tangerina. This cool publisher is located in Portugal. The books are in Portuguese, but the illustrations are so fabulous, I would love to own a few just to admire. Maybe, it would be an opportunity to pick up some Portuguese, too!

 Check out Planeta Tangerina's blog for fun, daily musings. Love it!

Monday, February 6, 2012

White Wall Inspiration

 Cool or warm, sparse or cozy..white walls offer many things to those who choose to share their home with them.

 There was a day when I hated white walls, but I have changed my mind. White can be a beautiful backdrop to well chosen details. To be done right, white rooms need a little more thought but they can be well worth it!

Photos: 1. lost source. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Do Walls Have to be Flat?

 Apparently, not!! Did anyone watch "Esquire's Bachelor Pad" this past weekend? It was amazing, but  a little too "bachelor" for me. What really intrigued me was the work by POD Design group. They built walls with a serpentine metal feature and a "sexy ghost". (You have to watch it, to know what that means). I decided to check out their website and found some very cool design projects. The treatment for a space deprived loft, really caught my eye.
 An "armature" wall was built as a way to add extra ledges, wine storage, space for a medicine cabinet and even shower! By adding pieces of cut plywood in varying sizes and at varying angles, a plain wall becomes a focal point with a purpose.

I like the photos showing the structural parts of the wall. Above the wall looks like a beautiful honeycomb, below the plywood pieces come together like an origami piece. 

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Rothko Chapel, a Houston Gem.

 I'm so exited about this post, and I can't believe it took me so long to write it! A few days ago, I was chatting with a friend and mentioned the Rothko Chapel. She had never seen it. I suddenly realized that most people I mention the chapel to, have never seen it. So, I'm hoping to do something about that!  I lived in Houston for years, before discovering the chapel, too. It impacted me in a way, I will never forget!
 The Chapel was the brain-child of John and Dominique de Menil. Houston art lovers are familiar with the de Menil's and their amazing contributions to Houston's culture. They were responsible for bringing modern art and architecture to Texas. It was the de Menil's idea to commission a space where God, art, and people of all faiths could come together...WOW!!! The idea seems so extravagant, but it was made a reality in a beautifully minimalist manner. Thanks to the majestic yet sober panels that fill the small sanctuary. I haven't found any photos that show just how amazing this art is. Its as if their beauty can't be captured. They just have to be experienced in person. I will admit to sitting on those plain wooden benches and weeping. Ha, that makes sound a little bit crazy! Later, I learned that Rothko was quoted as saying, "The fact that people break down and cry when confronted with my pictures shows that I can communicate those basic human emotions..the people who weep before my pictures are having the same religous experience I had when painting them". 
Even before walking into the building, I was struck by a sense of serenity. There is a large reflection pond and in the center is the Broken Obelisk sculpture by Barnett Newman. Quite amazing!
I don't think I'll go on and on, because plenty of people have written about the Chapel and in more depth than I can go into. But, I will say that any one who sees this post and can get to the Rothko Chapel...go as soon as you can!!
Photos via:
1. Lost the source, sorry