Friday, March 30, 2012

New Orleans architecture: French Quarter

















DIY plant terrariums

[All photos by John Tlumacki / Globe Staff]

Had a story in the Boston Globe on Thursday detailing how to make your own plant terrariums.  Here's the full story, which takes you through the process step-by-step.  The photos above are of a terrarium which favors more of a wet environment.  I put another one together which was drier, using succulents like Jade and Hens and chicks.  (Check out the photo below.)  Instead of using rocks, I think it would also be cool to use things like seashells, seaglass, and even bits of coral.

 [Photo by Nicole Cammorata]

Thursday, March 29, 2012

From Lonny to my bedroom: 'Christina in Void'


I love a good chase.  Especially when there is art at stake.  A while back, I gazed lovingly at the home of Houston-based graphic designer Ashley Putman in Lonny Magazine.  I was especially struck by the art hanging above her mantle. (See image below.)  I filed it away in my brain until just recently when a viewing of Andrew Wyeth's "Christina's World" made me wonder -- what was that other version I saw?  And who made it?  And where can I get it?

After sending out a call into the universe, and after many, many hours of searching, I remembered it was in Lonny Magazine.  (Of course!) A quick Google search later and I'm at the etsy page of the incredibly talented Lucy Kirkman.



I love how Kirkman has reinterpreted Wyeth's icon, "Christina's World" (below). 


[Andrew Wyeth's original, "Christina's World"]

In "Christina in Void," her world becomes your world.  By knocking out the background, the limits of her world are gone too.  In the absence of that field and that house, she is no longer gazing at the past (as I had always interpreted it) or grieving about her limitations, but instead, is hopeful, now suspended in the endless possibilities of the future.   It is not a void I see, but a blank canvas of potential.



[Lucy Kirkman print -- "Christina in Void" -- hanging in my bedroom]




Monday, March 19, 2012

Find me these shoes

These wooden platforms with leather straps are haunting my dreams.  Must. Find. Them.


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Plant terrarium with succulents

Here's a little sneak peek of a project I did today -- once the story runs I'll post more photos!



Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday Find: Burt's Bees Garden Tomato Toner

Not only is the simple, text-centric bottle for this toner perfectly charming, but the product itself works wonders.  Plus it smells earthy like fresh air and gardening (which is a good thing.)  I picked up a bottle last weekend at a health store while in Martha's Vineyard and I am obsessed.



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