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Totally Impressed…Or Not?

November 20, 2008

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…with The Gwyneth's latest GOOP newsletter. It's a smorgasbord of yummy looking Thanksgiving recipes and is MUCH more accessible than her fashion tips, which usually feature items way beyond my price range. I've had mixed thoughts on GOOP since Gwynnie started this new endeavour, but right now I'm kinda liking it. Though can I picture the willowy Miss Paltrow stuffing her face with Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie? No, no I cannot.

Do you subscribe to GOOP? What do you think of it so far? Discuss!

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Can’t Stop Giggling: Tilman Faelker

November 14, 2008

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How hilarious is this drawing from German artist Tilman Faelker?
I'm such a sucker for spelling-related humour…

The rest of his stuff is stupendous as well—view his portfolio here.
Thanks to femme charmante Mary Jo at Trust Your Style for the discovery!

Can’t Stop Giggling: Tilman Faelker

November 14, 2008

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How hilarious is this drawing from German artist Tilman Faelker?
I'm such a sucker for spelling-related humour…

The rest of his stuff is stupendous as well—view his portfolio here.
Thanks to femme charmante Mary Jo at Trust Your Style for the discovery!

Photographer Lust: Anna Williams

November 7, 2008

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When I want ideas for the execution of a project, be it the height of a lamp or the flow of a room, I head to the portfolios of my favourite interior designers. But when I want inspiration for mood, tone, the intangible, I immerse myself in the work of photographers. For if the job of the interior designer is to show us what our world can be with a little know-how and expert guidance, the job of the photographer is to spark our imagination as to how the world might be if only we dare to dream. And no one dares us to dream quite as beautifully as Anna Williams.

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How better to capture our hopes of warmth and harmony for the approaching holidays than with the fruits and flavours of the season? A haphazard grouping of pears and winter apples informs a welcoming Thanksgiving table, from the mottled golden hues of a centerpiece to the scent of cinnamon in the air. And the reflection of a candle's flame against a wall gives us pause as we contemplate the gothic mysteries of nightfall's shadows.

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The pairing of disparate elements serves to enhance our appreciation of both. We can almost feel the pale sunlight through the window as we envision sitting down to a late autumn luncheon, and has a maple clothed in its fall colors ever looked so vibrant as it does when juxtaposed against walls of stoneware blue?

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In the sensual lines of the chairs, the translucent quality of the linen tablecloth, the mid-century sideboard so referential of an era that also prized amber glassware, we see a how a single simple object is translated into an entire room. And we may then envision how the vase can become an outfit, a wedding invitation, the menu for a family dinner.

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Of course photographers don't usually show us how our lives should look every day; my dining room table is more likely to be piled high with junk mail and dirty dishes than with tulips and softly folded napkins. But the photographer inspires us to ask ourselves how we may create a similar feeling of clean, homespun bounty, and the anticipation of something really special about to happen…

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The painter has her oils and acrylics, but the photographer has only light. And it is the power of light to tell us what lies within the frame but also without, to suggest the position of a door to the left, a window to the right, a figure standing just beyond the border of what we see with our eyes…

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…and it is in that space beyond the frame where our imagination takes flight. May your weekend be filled with the power of light and the beauty of your dreams!

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All images courtesy of Anna Williams.

Photographer Lust: Anna Williams

November 7, 2008

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When I want ideas for the execution of a project, be it the height of a lamp or the flow of a room, I head to the portfolios of my favourite interior designers. But when I want inspiration for mood, tone, the intangible, I immerse myself in the work of photographers. For if the job of the interior designer is to show us what our world can be with a little know-how and expert guidance, the job of the photographer is to spark our imagination as to how the world might be if only we dare to dream. And no one dares us to dream quite as beautifully as Anna Williams.

Awilliams55

How better to capture our hopes of warmth and harmony for the approaching holidays than with the fruits and flavours of the season? A haphazard grouping of pears and winter apples informs a welcoming Thanksgiving table, from the mottled golden hues of a centerpiece to the scent of cinnamon in the air. And the reflection of a candle's flame against a wall gives us pause as we contemplate the gothic mysteries of nightfall's shadows.

Awilliams65

The pairing of disparate elements serves to enhance our appreciation of both. We can almost feel the pale sunlight through the window as we envision sitting down to a late autumn luncheon, and has a maple clothed in its fall colors ever looked so vibrant as it does when juxtaposed against walls of stoneware blue?

Awilliams15

In the sensual lines of the chairs, the translucent quality of the linen tablecloth, the mid-century sideboard so referential of an era that also prized amber glassware, we see a how a single simple object is translated into an entire room. And we may then envision how the vase can become an outfit, a wedding invitation, the menu for a family dinner.

Awilliams18

Of course photographers don't usually show us how our lives should look every day; my dining room table is more likely to be piled high with junk mail and dirty dishes than with tulips and softly folded napkins. But the photographer inspires us to ask ourselves how we may create a similar feeling of clean, homespun bounty, and the anticipation of something really special about to happen…

Awilliams16

The painter has her oils and acrylics, but the photographer has only light. And it is the power of light to tell us what lies within the frame but also without, to suggest the position of a door to the left, a window to the right, a figure standing just beyond the border of what we see with our eyes…

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…and it is in that space beyond the frame where our imagination takes flight. May your weekend be filled with the power of light and the beauty of your dreams!

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All images courtesy of Anna Williams.

Absolutely Enchanted…

October 29, 2008

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…by these images from stylist Hannah Read-Baldry. Spooky, sophisticated, and sultry. A rare combination indeed!

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Not to mention spot on trend for fall, what with all that black lace 🙂

Images courtesy of Hannah Read-Baldry.

Update: I just realized that my links actually were to a map of my local election polling station! I have corrected this and apologize for the oversight!

Bloodlusting After These…

October 29, 2008

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Okay, so I know it's Halloween Week here at The City Sage—and these babies have nothing to do with Halloween. Unless you count the fact that I'm frightened by how much I want them…

I'm a sucker for clever color names; these Dinah Riding Boots from Loeffler Randall are 'Elephant' grey. And maybe they're Halloween appropriate after all, because their $750 pricetag had me screaming and running in the other direction! Sigh…

Absolutely Loving…

October 28, 2008

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…these fabulous haunted table vignettes from stylist Tanya Goodwin. How much would you love to attend a Halloween party like this!

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There's that creepy cloche effect again! And do I spy my favourite wallpaper in the background?

Images courtesy of Tanya Goodwin.

Absolutely Loving…

October 28, 2008

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…these fabulous haunted table vignettes from stylist Tanya Goodwin. How much would you love to attend a Halloween party like this!

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There's that creepy cloche effect again! And do I spy my favourite wallpaper in the background?

Images courtesy of Tanya Goodwin.

Photographer Lust: Warren Smith

October 21, 2008

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Lately I've been admiring the work of British photographer Warren Smith. He has an uncanny ability to capture not only what's in front of him, but also the sense that an entire world exists beyond the scope of his lens. I wonder where the stairway leads in the photo above? And who left the door open in the photo below? Were they coming or going?

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Here's a brilliant example of how to blend modern styling with the historical bones of an old home; note the moldings painted white and the mix of ornate wallpaper with the clean lines of the furniture. My favourite little detail is the light fixture in the kitchen—the space age pendant lamp hanging from a 19th-century ceiling medallion is such a brilliant study in contrast!

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Smith also takes hauntingly beautiful still life shots. I totally feel a wedding inspiration board coming on with these flowers.

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And it can be really tough to capture the rough, textural details of stone, ceramic and wood, but these images makes me feel I could reach into the screen and touch them.

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A more traditional interior shot (love the muted mauves and greys!) is treated with the exact same balance of gravity and levity…

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…as this casual dining arrangement. I would happily curl up with a book and a cup of tea in either spot! Ooh, and what's that reflected in the mirror? My imagination is spinning!

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All images courtesy of Warren Smith. Enjoy more of his work here and here. Many of his subjects tend towards being more architectural than what I've featured, and they're  really quite spectacular. Enjoy!