After a rather long radio silence, my thoughts have returned to Good Old Modern. This past year has been a busy one, and I quickly came to realize that my attention could only be pulled in so many directions.
Last October, I completed my 2014 New Years resolution to finally run my first marathon. I had no idea how EXHAUSTING marathon training would be, both physically and mentally. During seven months of training, my weekends were quickly reduced to long run. eat. sleep. But, would I do it again? Definitely. The race was exhilarating—gorgeous Lakefront views, the support from runners and spectators, and the pride of crossing the finish line.
In other news, this Winter, the husband and I moved from our Downtown Milwaukee apartment, to a sweet little Tudor house, in beautiful condition, but in need of plenty of cosmetic help (so. much. wallpaper.)
Currently on the hunt for some artistic inspiration for the color palette in our house—feeling especially drawn to the soft blue and lilac hues of Matisse’s The Knife Thrower (Le Lanceur de couteaux) from Jazz.
Henri Matisse, The Knife Thrower (Le Lanceur de couteaux) from Jazz, 1947, one from a portfolio of twenty pochoirs
Monday marked the launch of a fabulous new home decor site, Domaine, sure to become a mecca for decorating inspiration, and lifestyle tips. As the mr. & I recently moved, the hunt has begun for our aesthetic vision—the key furniture pieces that will make the perfect foundation for our style, and the little touches that will make it home. I have a feeling Domaine is the answer to my current blank-canvas-induced decorating standstill.
Thanks to Domaine, I’ve also developed a new artist crush, for the botanical mixed media works of Simone Shubuck. Check out her stunningly layered compositions at Taylor De Cordoba.
Simone Shubuck, Compartment For Beliefs, 2012, Mixed Media on paper
Simone Shubuck, Believe It, 2012, Mixed Media on paper
Simone Shubuck, Steath Grandma Speak, 2013, Mixed Media on paper
Simone Shubuck, Godie Top, 2012, Mixed Media on paper
I’ve been on a bit of a blogging hiatus, as the husband and I have been on the hunt for a new apartment. Apartment hunting is one of those tasks which is extremely exciting, yet ridiculously frustrating and time-consuming. We haven’t quite found the right fit for us, yet I am not ready to accept that we won’t find that perfect apartment, with every item on our wish list. Though our search has been disheartening thus far, the prospect of our very first grown-up apartment, and the firsts that accompany it, is keeping us on the lookout. Our first piece of furniture purchased together? (my college dorm room futon isn’t quite cutting it anymore) A puppy perhaps? (yes, we are already debating names for our non-existent pup) I’m already dreaming of making a new place home, and hoping to make it as much a reflection of the husband and I, as these artists’ abodes—
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Though I love the idea of an art-filled home, there are some interiors out there that are beyond over the top. Nevertheless, these spaces are entrancing.
One such home, situated in New York City’s Upper West Side, overlooking Central Park, is worth upwards of $20 million, every surface covered in covetable works—a 2,500 year old quilt set alongside a wood table and chair set by 20th century artisan George Nakashimi, corinthian columns extending from the living room floor to 24 foot-high ceilings, covered in a mural by Madrid-based artist Ramon Canet.
Jules Bastien-Lepage (French, 1848-1884)
The Acorn and the Pumpkin, 1881
Watercolor on ivory wove card
How on earth did October sneak by so quickly? Happy Halloween all!
Raoul Dufy (French, 1877-1953)
La promenade au bois, 1919
Gouache on paper
Though I live in a rental, and can’t go wild decorating quite yet, I can’t wait to join in the return of wallpaper. There are so many beautiful options out there nowadays, for any room—a moonlit nursery, graphic closet, a blooming entry, or perhaps a little faux-architectural detail or a stunning accent wall. Can you imagine a Dufy-papered room??