Monthly Archives: August 2011

Artistic Inspiration: Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty

A few weekends ago, we went to NYC for my birthday and my husband surprised me with tickets to see the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I was thrilled and we planned to stop by for an hour before dinner. How silly we were. The line to get in was out the door and down the street. We considered waiting but planned on coming back the next morning before we had to head home, which was the final exhibit day.

Dress, Autumn/Winter 2010/2011, Image via Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Design Inspiration: Honeycomb Pattern

Recently one of the patterns I have been noticing a lot is honeycomb. And what better time to focus on it than the summertime, the perfect time to find good fresh honey. Inspiration can come from anywhere and the honeycomb pattern is such an efficient, clever, and even beautiful design to look at. Let’s take a look at some examples:

This vintage 20th century French wine rack from Hamptons Antique Galleries would be so chic in a beach house. This caught my eye right away when I was antique shopping in Connecticut.

Hamptons Antique Galleries Wine Rack

 

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Friday Faves: Hardware for Your Home

The hardware for your home is like the jewelry you wear. It can be big, small, elaborately embellished, smooth and simple, stand out or fade into the woodwork. It is the also the first tactile experience visitors will have with your home after seeing it as they grasp the doorknob and enter. The overall interior design of the home is finished by the hardware and it is an important consideration. Let’s take a look at some options:

 

One of my favorite hardware sources is E.R. Butler, located in Beacon Hill in Boston. They have an incredible selection of high quality pieces with more traditional styles. These crystal knobs come in a brilliant array of colors including clear and milk glass and are beautiful on both door and cabinet knobs:

The E. & G.W. Robinson Collection Crystal Knobs

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Biggest, Best, Most Bizarre: Antiquing in Connecticut

Recently I visited Stamford, Connecticut which is one of the antique meccas of New England. I had heard  of the vastness of its collections,  with over 500 dealers and set designers for movies using it as a source, including SATC2. It definitely did not disappoint. Any kind of antique or vintage piece you are looking for is there. Accessories, art, lighting, and jewelry are all right at your fingertips. It seems to also be a source for the very unique, very large, and very strange.

Some of the galleries we visited and enjoyed were: Hiden Galleries, Hamptons Antique Galleries, and Greenwich Living Antiques and Design Center.

 

One of our first discoveries were a pair of Foo Lions from Canada, just waiting to guard a front door. I would say they were life size:

Foo Lion

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