Thursday, June 24, 2010

Happy Trails

The posts have been a little light this month beause I am getting married this Saturday!! Trying to soak in the excitement of the wedding, working and still leaving room for life in general has not left me a lot of time for the blog. I could not be more excited for the festivities on Saturday.  Everything is becoming very "real" as our family and friends are beginning to touch down at the metro D airport. I feel so lucky to be moving on to this next step surrounded by the most amazing (and enthusiastic!) family and friends. Life is pretty fabulous.

This weekend will be truly amazing...and then to think we get to go on an incredible vacation! Scott and I will be honeymooning at Tucker's Point in Bermuda. I am going to sign off for a few with a couples inspiring photos of the vacation home of Mr. Michael Douglas and Ms. Catherine Zeta- Jones along with images of Tucker's Point. The Douglas/Zeta-Jones abode seems to incorporate aspects of what I imagine Bermudian design to encompass: Effortless English formality. Bermuda style seems natural, not overly thought out or tried, but classic, relaxed and inherently beautiful.

The above three images are from Architectural Digest and were shot by Durston Saylor.

Now onto Tucker's Point....

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

It's a Small, Authentic (and Expensive!) World

Photo for NYT by Justin Mott 

This morning during my routine dose of world news a certian article caught my eye. The New York Times Home and Garden feature had a particularly interesting title, "Trophy Hunter's With Their Eyes on Interiors". Click. The next 15 minutes I oogled over the telltale stories of designers who go to the ends of the earth, on an out of this world budget, to make sure their client's homes are unique in every sense of the word. Flying to India to pick up the specific, "just right" glaze? Sure. Nicaragua to select the perfect terracotta tiles? Why not. 

It seems as though, when money is no object, one can find the means to own almost whatever their home desires. I guess this is nothing new in how the world works. Not even political unrest can keep these globetrotting, adventure seeking designers tamed. I do envy their spirit in the thrill of the hunt, but can't help to ask myself when has this world become so small that we are depleting cultures of the indigenous items that make us all unique? Don't get me wrong, I love when an object's history tells a story and it is this lifecycle that provides the narrative we all desire. I am sure these ancient artifacts are going to magnificent, stately homes, I just hope that when the next design trend comes along they aren't all packed up and stored away in some Long Island storage unit only to be forgotten about once again.

Read the article here.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Barry Dixon

Barry Dixon is speaking at the Michigan Design Center in, well, about 2 minutes.  Needless to say I will not be making it.  Mr. Dixon will also be making another Metro Detroit appearance as the featured lecturer at the 2010 and 26th Annual Christ Church Grosse Pointe Antiques Show, which will be kicked off this evening at the preview party and silent auction. He is speaking on how to incorporate antiques into modern homes... what a great topic! With a life that has taken him from South Africa to India and beyond I am sure that he will have a gobally cultured point of view.  Being published in numerous national publications, combined with his new hit book, "Barry Dixon Interiors" this is a much anticipated event for any design enthusaist. If you are feeling like you need to get a little revved up on the topic check out this worthwhile 1stdibs profile. I have also included some inspiring images of his work below. I am sure there are fabulous finds and stories for every room pictured below.

Image Via Washington Post