April 13th, 2012 § § permalink
11:21 – While trying to read, for fun I’ll have you know, a book on historic preservation I thought it would be interesting to venn diagram all the things I love that relate to architecture. Which then turned into a good idea for a blog post and an excuse to play around with graphic layouts in Photoshop! ( Of course at that time I had no idea this would take hours to accomplish!)
What will be interesting, is to see how over time my tastes and style preferences change!
Impact Label font free here & Lucidity font free here
Graphic layouts inspired by Pugly Pixel’s Blog Bling: Blog Photo Layouts (Part 12) post here
Wabi Sabi: I, II, III
Interior Design & Decorating: I, II, III, IV
Historic Preservation: I, II, III, IV
Islamic Architecture: I, II, III, IV
Desert Architecture: I, II, III, IV
Raw Materials: I, II, III
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January 14th, 2012 § § permalink
9:53 – Lately I’ve got boats on the brain! I am aware that this usually happens to people in the dead of the winter, you know, the daydreams of tropical vacations and locations? But its not like we’re getting buckets of snow down here in Texas y’all! The high for Monday is 75…please don’t hate me….just think of us sweltering in July when its 110 degrees and a “cool” breeze makes it feel 99. :)
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I could totally see Martin taking up sailboat racing (is there a technical name for that?)
All images & cinemagraphs found at From Me To You
And of course we’ll all look as stylish as these girls and we’ll definitely have picnics in the sand! Noooo, there isn’t going to be sand in our food or in our champagne! Why ever would you think that would happen?? I mean I know that its usually breezy at the beach but our beachfront dinner party will not be affected! Well yes, you might get sand in your shoes….
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The Glamourai & From Me To You
Happy summertime daydreams everyone!
December 7th, 2011 § § permalink
14:48 - There is not a single urban condition that I find more magical and more significant than the courtyard. In many of my travels I have been privy to stolen glances into these magical places. I found them in Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Savannah, and especially beautiful ones in Morocco. I captured glimpses of one while walking down the street, I’ve enjoyed an al fresco dinner in a few, spied into others while having drinks on a rooftop, sometimes I have even been as lucky to stay the night in a hotel with one!
They are at the very core, literally and figuratively, what a house should be able to provide for its owner, a safe, protected, enchanting space known and enjoyed by only a few. They are an Eden, a small sliver of personal paradise, carved out of the dense stone and mortar of a city. Homes are so intimate that I believe they should be designed with multiple magical spaces within their walls; for a house to purely be functional is a sad and wasted opportunity, a home should inspire and comfort! Courtyards are the perfect combination of the built and the unbuilt, they are a boiled down concentration of the urban city landscape as a whole. There is the structure, the columns and gates, there is the flora and fauna, there is a hardscape of stones and patios, there is organic and wild plant growth, there is open air, but enclosed walls, there is freedom, but also security. Courtyards are a significant urban condition because they embody an architectural ideal. It is the ideal that we can have a better life by building a better building, the ideal of the house as a fortress, courtyards create the ideal tension with the juxtaposition between nature and man.
So I say to the modern architect, let’s make the courtyard mainstream in the homes of today, let’s borrow the heck out this oldie but goodie urban condition!
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November 18th, 2011 § § permalink
8:57 – This time in Buenos Aires, Argentina! One of the locations on Martin and I’s Olmsted list! He has been trying to convince me to put more South American countries on our list (we get to choose 10 cities) because we’d both really prefer to learn Spanish since it is so widely spoken, versus learning Hungarian or Russian. I’ve been a hard case to win over mostly because I’m still in love with Europe and all the culture it offers, not to mention the antiquing and flea-ing! Little did Martin know that all he needed to do to convince me that Buenos Aires would be wonderful was to real estate stalk. Or show me Alejandro Sticotti’s Buenos Aires oasis, Morris + Essex designer Eliza Jane Curtis’s home featured on Design*Sponge, point out that Emma Balch‘s firm is located there, or just tell me to Google “San Telmo Flea Market.”
Anyways, check this place out!
Prime Recoleta!! Quiet- Private Garden- Floor to Ceiling Windows & Firepit
‘Azcuanaga 1b’ is located in a beautiful upscale 1930′s French Art Deco building with Terrazzo floors and a beautiful french door entry. The apartment features floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook a private terrace with fountain and fire pit. The apartment has 22 foot ceilings and features 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, wireless Internet and everything you’ll need for a first class visit to Buenos Aires.
Located in the best barrio of Buenos Aires, Recoleta, you’re only steps away from the best restaurants and sites in the city. Located half-way between the famous cemetery and Avenida Sante Fe, you’re walking distance to the best Buenos Aires has to offer.
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Collections from Nicaragua - June 2011
Image by Megan Peters
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8:17 – For one our nights in Granada, Nicaragua Martin and I will be staying at the Hotel Plaza Colon. Feast your eyes on this gorgeous place! I’ll be sure to get tons more photos of it but I wanted to tease you all just a little. Actually making a hotel reservation before arriving in a city is kind of a big deal for us, usually after arriving in a city we spend the next hour or so wandering around finding a hotel that suits our needs, low budget, good location, and relatively clean. Next I’ll show you where we plan on staying for our other nights in Granada.
Hotel Plaza Colon
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If you could be ever so kind as to deliver one of these handmade beauties to my doorstep. Or at least point me in the direction that I can find a Beni Ourain rug for less than 2,00o dollars. Actually let’s be honest, my rug budget right now is about in the 100 dollar range (a wedding will do that to you I hear). And if you really want to make my heart sing just send me on a second trip to Morocco and I will happily spend hours in the souq picking out my own (and drinking lots of tea!) You are so versatile, fluffy, boho, ethnic, sophisticated, comfy, and perfectly well traveled.
This makes me want to cover our Corb chair in cowhide!
From various sources