Archive for December, 2012

Last Minute Holiday Decorating Ideas Inspired By Axel Vervoordt…

A year or so ago, I saw several pictures of Holiday greenery on a front stoop done by Axel Vervoordt. Very simple. Cut a cross section of a log or very large branch, drill a hole in it and push the greenery into the hole. I scaled it down to table top and mantel size applications. Pretty cool… You can use just about anything…

 

This was done using a twig from an evergreen branch that had been blown down by the wind.

 

A dried leaf…

 

A table top…

Fast. Easy. Fun.

Even the kids can do it…

 

Merry, Merry!

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Favorite Foto Friday… David Adler, Architect

This week I reacquainted myself with the architect, David Adler. The following quote is from the book jacket, David Adler, Architect – The Elements of Style. Pretty much sums it all up…

” David Adler (1882-1949) was one of the most important architects designing homes and estates in the United States during a period known as that of the “great American house”. Born in Milwaukee, trained at Princeton University and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Adler designed homes form his Chicago office fro wealthy clients form Massachusetts to Hawaii. His works, which date from 1911 to 1949 – were truly American, offering an enormous stylistic expression.”

Such presence!!! Brilliant…

 

Okay – one more picture…

So very, very delicate…

He was a master of grand and intimate scale, proportion and detail.

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Have a wonderful Friday!!!

 

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Penelope Bianchi and the camera in my head…

Do you ever have these moments where things converge – you don’t know why or how – they just do? I had one of those moments this morning.

I got  up early and as is my ritual, I went about the house raising the blinds and opening the drapes, letting in the morning sun. On the dining room table lay a piece of crinkled up tissue paper. What I saw was a beautiful tall woman in a white wrap around dress. She was walking down a dark street, from one pool of street lamp light of the next… I ran, got my camera and captured the moment.

Then a few minutes later I opened my email and waiting for me was an email from my friend Penelope Bianchi. We are always having the most interesting discussions about design and how we see and create. This morning she drew an analogy between the creative process and having a camera in her head!!! And I thought, “WOW!!! That’s exactly what happened!!! I saw the image in my head!  And I knew…”

Here’s the picture I took.

What do you see?

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Sally Wilson and John Kelsey

Recipients of regional and national awards, John and Sally have been interior designers for over 25 years. Their work has appeared in numerous magazines. If you'd like design help, call: 617-292-3380

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