Jul 31, 2011

~ twoems

Etsy is such a rabbit hole. I see something I like, I explore the shop, click one of their favorite shops, go to that shop, click one of their favorites, and on and on. It's just like blogging! 
Twoems is a great little shop with beautiful prints by Melanie Mikecz. She uses a digital mixed media technique which includes sketching, painting, drawing and scanning among other things. I just love her work... the colors are fabulous and fun, and the geometric designs are fresh and whimsical.

Sometimes, when I'm adding photos to a post, it will hit me like a train, "Wouldn't this collection make a great mosaic?!" I stop immediately and count up the pics to determine the mosaic size... 

 twoems = MM = Melanie Mikecz

If your in the mood for some fanciful fun, 
And you've done the laundry and gone for a run,
If you think your life might be boring,
Pop over to Etsy and do some exploring!
If it's hot and humid with a chance of showers,
It's a great way to kill 8-12 hours!

I've linked up with Little Red House for Mosaic Monday

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Jul 28, 2011

~ new york

While in New York last weekend, I hardly thought about my camera. All anyone could think about was the sweltering heat. We literally almost melted. I have never sweat so much in my entire life. Wearing the same outfit out to dinner more than once? Not an option on this trip. We soaked through every single outfit. The heat index was 110 on Friday, and it felt even hotter than that. HOWEVER, even with these hellish temperatures, we absolutely had the best time. Once we were in the following air conditioned spaces, we quickly forgot about the heat and thoroughly enjoyed being in New York and with each other. 

Here are some highlights from the trip...

Alexander McQueen: My daughter who is living in NY this summer, already stood in line for two hours for this exhibit and was thrilled to do it again with me. Cameras are strictly prohibited, so photos to share are not an option. If you are debating whether or not to go, go. It's an incredible show. The Met is such a gem, full of inspiration, entertainment and education.

Beautiful flowers: As I mentioned, I barely touched my camera, however the flowers at our hotel were definitely worthy... 

The weekend was truly a food extravaganza... Allow me to list our meal gatherings to make it easier...

~ Del'Anima: Our first night we tried a new restaurant thanks to Dovecote Decor's recommendation. Oh, am I glad we did that. A small, quaint bar/restaurant in Chelsea... with the most delicious Tagliatelle alla Bolognese I've ever put in my mouth... truly scrumptious and a new favorite! (Thanks Liz!)

~ Nobu: The next night, we returned to this favorite in Tribeca. Our memories were solidly confirmed, and it remains a top favorite.

~ Bergdorf Goodman: The next day we enjoyed a wonderful lunch on the top floor of Bergdorf Goodman... such a beautiful setting. The ahi tuna tower with avocado was unbelievably delicious and worth a trip back... soon.

I did manage to pull out the camera while waiting for our table at BG... a lovely shopping experience.

Gotham Bar and Grill: Our last dinner was at this long time favorite... the atmosphere is beyond festive... a perfect celebration destination.

Nello: Our last day, before going to the airport, we splurged at this lunch favorite. Ridiculously priced, pretentious as hell, but the food is always, always perfect. Do not even think about getting tap water... it's 'with bubbles' or 'without' and it's coming from an expensive bottle. Anything on the menu is a safe bet for one of the most delicious things you will ever put in your mouth... Plan on seeing someone famous, and plan on spending a small fortune. 

Another highlight was seeing The Book of Mormon which lived up to it's rapturous reputation and reviews... We LOVED it! It was hilarious and hysterical with fabulous music and memorable characters... pure entertainment. Despite all of the above, I wouldn't recommend to all... In addition to it's humor and outstanding display of talent, it's also more than a bit irreverent, definitely a bit inappropriate, and certainly not for everyone.... profanity and blasphemy galore. If you squirm at the thought of AIDS or female genital mutilation or Jesus mixed with humor, this may not be the show for you. "The moral," the writer Andrew Sullivan claimed on opening night, "is that religion is both insane and necessary at the same time." 
Shrewd and remarkably well done... right up my alley.

So there you have it. A sizzling hot weekend in New York...

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Jul 19, 2011

~ niermann weeks

Have you noticed a surplus recently in posts regarding chandeliers from The French Tangerine? I'm in chandelier mode. While anticipating the arrival and installation of my new living room chandelier, I realized that every single chandelier in my house, with the exception of the newest addition, is from Niermann Weeks, an obvious favorite dealer of mine. 

Check it out...

Dining room 
Iron and Crystal Chandelier

Master bedroom
Italian Chandelier

Master bathroom
Foliate Lantern

Directorie Tole Chandelier

Foliate Lantern

Powder Bath
Iron and Crystal Ceiling Fixture

In addition to chandeliers, I also love this mirror in my Dining room... also from Niermann Weeks.
Julian Mirror

Here is the image, a beautiful room designed by Mary Douglas Drysdale, that inspired me to pick my dining room chandelier.
Iron and Crystal Chandelier

Even though I didn't end up getting the Niermann Weeks bed, it was certainly the inspiration for my bed! (I chose the Pierre Deux bed instead.)
Loire Canopy Bed

Loire Canopy Bed

My bed

Niermann Weeks has so many more lovely things to offer... The website features tons of images from past publications. This screen is fantastic.
Tramezzo Screen

Kent Chandelier

Baldwin Console

Mizner Lantern

Tole Griffin Mirror

The Avignon Chandelier has always been a favorite. My mom had this one in her old house. It was an especially good choice for her because it is a "quick ship" item. My mom doesn't like to wait. I don't either, but she takes it to the next level. She doesn't wait. It never ceases to amaze me how she will get something delivered the day she finds it, where anyone else would wait for weeks! Must be her irresistible charm and humor...

Avignon Chandlier

Avignon Chandelier

Avignon Chandelier

This one is amazing too...
Tassle Chandelier

Chandelier mode indeed... I have one more thing I need to address regarding chandeliers and will be ready to post that soon...
Stay tuned...

(all images not labeled or not mine are from the Niermann Weeks website)

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Jul 15, 2011

~ dangerous fabric update

Remember the post on dangerous fabric referring to the "dangerous" pattern that can result from finding a beautiful fabric? In it, I was reminded of a pair of sconces and a super charming table from a darling shop in Atlanta, The Nicholson Gallery. Well, I'm happy to report, the pieces have found a special place in their new home...
As I predicted, the sconces would work in any room in my house. I held them up everywhere, and they ended up making the doors to my patio a little more charming...

And that applewood table? I had a couple options as far as placement for that also, but the end of my bed is where it will be for now...

 My little Tucker... always wanting to be in the picture!

Writing this post prompted me to re-visit The Nicholson Gallery website... the danger continues!
Here are some other items I love!

Finding beautiful things at The Nicholson Gallery is always a sure thing!

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