Peggy Wolf

15Oct14

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Wow! I was blown away when I saw the work of Peggy Wolf. Her use of color, shading, and mixed media is phenomenal.  The pieces shown here all convey a sense of mystery and have you wondering about the story behind each of these women.  You can see and purchase (they are very affordable) your favorites at her website/Etsy shop.

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One of the kings of eclectic style, Philippe Starck, has collaborated with Bettis-Tarazu Architects along with YOO, to bring this 56 story hotel to life with vibrant color and a striking mélange of styles to Panama. Personal favorites include the marble chairs, the tree ceiling, and that fantastic escalator area.

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Having owned quite a few of these elegant creatures, I was thrilled to see the quite colorful, or sometimes all white, beauty of the Siamese fighting fish or Betta captured through photography. Visarute Angkatavanich, based in Bangkok, began photographing them, as well as other species, three years ago after seeing them at a fish show. To see more of his work visit here.

If you are unfamiliar with these fish there are a few interesting notes, two males should never be placed in the same tank, they will indeed fight, sometimes until one is deeply injured or killed. To see the reaction you can place a mirror outside the glass and they will immediately get in attack mode. They make wonderful pets as they are available in many colors, inexpensive, often under $10, and although they can be added to a freshwater community tank, they are happiest in a glass bowl that gives them just enough room to swim from top to bottom, an overly large container is likely to tire and distress them. To learn more check out this website.

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If you are moving into a new space and cannot decide or agree on color schemes, black and white throughout is the perfect solution. This home shows the right way to achieve a warm and comfortable ambience with the use of varying textures, finishes, and small color accents, along with a mix of modern and vintage furniture pieces. Lovely.

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You probably wouldn’t expect these mixed media collages to come from a former environmental scientist, but that is indeed the case. The shadow boxed collages blend her love of nature and vintage photos along with a touch of humorous quips inserted in some of the works. See more on her website.

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Dirk-Jan Kinet

25Sep14

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I am deeply in love with this home of designer Dirk-Jan Kinet, located in Mexico City, where old world charm meets mid-century modern and a riot of color ensues. Recently featured in the Spanish Architectural Digest, the spaces are mostly deliciously dark and moody but are relieved by splashes of pinks, oranges, yellows, and blues. I think Kinet has taken eclectic style to a whole new level with his blend of antiques, modern furniture, and somewhat quirky accessories. Sublime.

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If you live in the UK you might be able to visit this very special vehicle, a classic Citroen houses a very unique experience for martini lovers. The brainchild of London based branding agency Ragged Edge, the Boulangerie François camionnette is a very intimate bar for just two guests per visit and is part of a campaign for Grey Goose vodka. While the mixologist creates your favorite martini you can take in the luxurious surroundings which include marble, etched glass, leather, bronze, and custom lighting. The doors can be opened to enjoy the view or closed for almost total privacy, there is a built in peep hole so curious passerby can get a glimpse. So if you are around one of larger cities in the UK, keep an eye out for the little blue bar on wheels. Cheers!

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Pal + Smith

18Sep14

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From the entry to the backyard this home is a perfect example of how to achieve “flow” or an overall cohesive design plan . Design firm Pal + Smith used the color palette of aqua, green, and brown and then accented with pops of yellow. Note how you will see different combinations of the scheme in each room while the eclectic blend of furnishings, art, and accessories infuse the spaces with depth and interest. Some personal favorites are the retro phones, the upstairs lounge, and the swoon-worthy bedroom above.

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These beautifully surreal works are from Grand Rapids, Michigan based artist Christina Mrozik. She enlists a variety of media but favors ballpoint pens, inks, and watercolors. To see more of her work visit her on Behance.

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Imagine celebrating the last glorious days of summer with a picnic brunch by a glistening body of water. Now pump it up quite a few notches. Who wouldn’t love arriving to the spot in this gorgeous cherry red woody style ride with a coordinating pull along camper? Yes! Please! Upon arrival the back door opens to reveal a fold down table and an exotic red umbrella goes up while soft blankets, velvet pillows, and striped chairs are placed to provide plenty of lounging opportunities. And to take it even further, the interior is sporting a red and green eclectic cottage vibe right down to the dishes, conveniently stored in the back window rack. Fresh flowers from the field add a finishing touch to the idyllic experience. Love+Envy!

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