Random bits

February 4, 2011

Post holiday, January was full of nibbles and bits, design inspirations from all sorts of places.

While picking up props for a shoot last week, I had the pleasure of crossing paths with the talented, Matthew Gleason.  A stylist/set designer, he has an impressive body of work and great vision.  I love to look at stylists and photographers online portfolios for inspiration.  Here's a still life from his book that gets me in the mood for Valentine's Day. 

Hatched Furniture is on to something.  Most furniture companies either sell their own line of furniture or sell custom wares.  If only decorating was so easy.....  What about that treasured piece you love but know it's past its prime?  Or what about the piece you inherit and love for sentimental reasons but it doesn't go with your decor?  What's a girl to do?  Well, this company has wised up and offers a third option (they sell a line and do custom pieces too).  They take existing pieces and "up cycle" them into something that works for you. They call it their 2nd Story program.  See how they altered a table to make it work.  Now that's an idea I can buy into. 

It's the time of year that most of us cook a bit more.  I recommend checking out Food and Wine's website for their "Best One-Pan Recipes."  After all, just because we cook more doesn't mean we have to wash more dishes.    Yum.... 

Style fans rejoice!  Farrah Fawett gets her due.   Her famous red swim suit from 1976 is headed over to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.   Somehow, that just makes me smile.  

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