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(no subject) [Mar. 31st, 2008|03:58 pm]
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I fucking love Roland Bello's photography. Which is a good thing, because its everywhere now.


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(no subject) [Feb. 22nd, 2008|02:25 pm]
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Ideas for old fireplaces, all ganked from www.dominomag.com:

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(no subject) [Jan. 30th, 2008|03:57 pm]
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I've been reading alot of design blogs lately, namely the ones that have been well-hyped. Its weird how many of these blogs exist now; when I began Bunnypod a few years back, there were virtually no decorating blogs to be had, and now there are countless. The most popular ones are usually flanked by shitloads of banners and flashing ads for kitschy furniture retailers and hipster ceramic companies, etc. Its a little schizophrenic and trashy looking to me.

I came across Design Sponge today and, while I think her page layout and text stuff (especially typos and such) leaves something to be desired, I like that she features the homes of various designers, some random, some celebrity-status. One of the homes featured was Baltimore's Ellen Lupton.

As I've been perusing these featured homes, I can't help but look at them and think of what I'd do differently. I'm seeing altogether too much freaking Danish modern and Mod stuff, for one thing. Seriously, folks, a little of this goes a long way. No need to outfit your house like a mid-century antiques showroom. Its too dang hip. Also, all of the apple greens and cherry reds that these people use make my eyes sore. I know that's an issue of personal taste, but I really don't care for the bright stuff at all. But the thing about Ellen Lupton's home is that (bathroom red nonwithstanding), the colors of the walls are fantastic. In fact, the architecture of the home itself made me get a major design boner: this place is PERFECT. Tall ceilings, huge 19th century windows, fireplaces in every room, etc. And while the owner has great taste in artwork and furnishings, something is just a bit off about the displaying of things. A bit cluttered, rugs that are not of the right scale, too many tchotchkes on the mantle, etc.

Out of all of the rooms, I'd have to say that this one is the most successful. Put a pot of cut flowers on that coffee table and it'd be perfection:

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(no subject) [Jan. 29th, 2008|10:43 am]
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Ilse Crawford:

Any amateur can be a minimalist: emptiness is easy. Clutter is hard. There's a fine line between an "artful jumble" and "my life is a mess."

I love Crawford's attitudes towards design, and the way that the senses play into design, which in turns plays into how we live. Crawford has two books, one of which I wrote about previously,
Home Is Where the Heart Is, and also
The Sensual Home, where she writes about the historic denial of the senses in the Western world and many religions. She writes extensively on how we as a culture have grown accustomed to highly desensitized, unsensuous lifestyles, which makes her books so much more than design bibles, manuals and rulebooks, or fluffy "lifestyle" advice pestering us to buy the latest and greatest to "posh up" our pads. There are no lame gimmicks, hype, cheesiness, or overtly lite views to be had here. These are not philosophies on which toss pillow will go with which sofa, but something pointing to ideas much more profound, that nearly NO ONE ELSE in design seems to be talking about. She brings in a primal view, a spiritual view to decorating and design that is remarkably refreshing.

"Moreover, the technological age in which we live, stuffed with a mass of visual imagery to the detriment of our senses, is characterized by a growing culture of alienation, detachment, and solitude. Our eyes isolate us from the world: we are observers rather than participants."
-Isle Crawford

Some of her interiors:

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(no subject) [Jan. 28th, 2008|10:41 am]
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I should know better than to post pictures without giving credits, but I found these interiors done by a certain designer and I can't for the life of me remember who he was. But the interiors are too nice to not show:

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(no subject) [Jan. 25th, 2008|02:48 pm]
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So I have something to confess.

I've had a longstanding crush on John Derian since I read the article in Elle Decor back in March 2006 where his NYC apartment was featured, full of tattered flea market finds and bizarre natural objects:

It helps that Derian is 1. a born aesthete, 2. not into designer gimmicks, trends, and fading fads, and 3. sort of oddly cute in a Beck-like way. Derian speaks to my inner frustrated collage artist, with his famous decoupage housewares and textured, patina'ed sensibilities.

New York Times

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(no subject) [Jan. 24th, 2008|04:17 pm]
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I'm digging on this magazine:


Here are some great interiors featured in their gallery that I love:

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(no subject) [Jan. 7th, 2008|06:24 pm]
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Housemartin is a wonderful design weblog with wonderful images and resources.

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(no subject) [Jan. 3rd, 2008|04:22 pm]
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Allow me to speak on a topic that has been long overdue: Straight men and their despicable taste. Now, hear me out. As much as I enjoy rash, sweeping judgments and broad generalizations (especially when it comes to dudes), I will point out now that there are of course exceptions to the rule of what I am about the say. I've had the pleasure of working with some lovely straight dudes who had exceptional taste in home decor and made real, integral efforts to keep their places posh. However, these men have not been the majority. The majority, independent of careers, education levels, or incomes, live -if I may be so blunt- like prison inmates with TVs. All over the country, everywhere you look, are bachelor pads filled with high definition televisions and Playstations in the midst of complete and total aesthetic upheaval.

In this months' Boston Home magazine, Kris Frieswick writes about why the American male's aesthetic is wreaking havoc on their dating life, showing women that these single straight men lack ambition, finesse, and taste: all things that rank high on importance for women. The article points out the theory that maybe men's terrible sense of decorating is not the work of genetic makeup or testosterone levels or even cultural influence so much as pure and simple marketing, or a lack of it. Design and decor has not been well-marketed to men, unlike fashion, technology, and automobiles. There is, it seems, no power in furniture or decorating schemes. This is silly logic, of course, since a great apartment is and always will be a babe-magnet, and sex, as everyone knows, is power.

The Alpha Male shouldn't sleep on a junky futon. See, this is why Queer Eye for the Straight Guy was such a phenomenal concept: it helped men in ways they needed the most. One can't live well when their living quarters need prozac. Design matters.

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(no subject) [Dec. 24th, 2007|09:23 am]
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Remember the pics I posted last winter of my celluloid reindeer in reindeer moss?

Totally ganked by Martha Stewart Living this year:

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