Friday, October 17, 2014

Space to Fill - Vol 3. Issue 2

Blogs are not diaries, that I am completely aware of. However, I wonder at what point you have to allow yourself to vent a little to be human, and then where exactly the cut off point is so that you don't pontificate and let your negativity seep into the days of those who share their time with you.

I'm having a struggle with a group I've joined, and while I'm 100% positive that after the term is finished in December I will no longer be with the group, I am fighting my inner urge to quit now. I am a stick-to-it kinda guy, and I honor my commitments, but that negativity I wrote about above, has unfortunately seeped into other areas of my life and I think cutting ties might be the only way to save my otherwise positive outlook.

So, I guess that's a good cut off point, right? And in the spirit of brightening up days, which I certainly need right now, here are some gorgeous images of inspiring spaces that make me smile, in particular the Atlanta Showhouse room designed by Barbara Westbrook, and a lovely living room designed by Larry Hooke, both of which feature beautiful wallpaper murals.

Have a great day!


All images via Pinterest

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mary, Mary Quite the Luminary ...

Did anyone else see the Architectural Digest feature on the retail space Mary McDonald has designed for Romona Keveza in Manhattan?

Architectural Digest released these renderings by Mita Corsini Bland of the flagship store in NYC, which will open by appointment only on Saturday, October 18th. Instead of racks of clothes to peruse, the wealthy shopper will browse looks via iPad and samples will be sent directly to them. 

It's a remarkable way to shop, perhaps the way of the future ... but honestly, I still get great joy in touching and feeling the fabric before I consider the shape and fit.

Back to the showroom. Mary McDonald used shades of gray and floor to ceiling mirrors, a mix of French furniture and mid-century modern pieces to convey the look of a home. Mary says, "It’s really supposed to feel like someone’s home—ladylike without being saccharine sweet or bows-and-buttons repulsive—like a really chic wedding gown where it has just enough sparkle.”

So, while these renderings are quite lovely ... what does the REAL space look like? You can book an appointment to see the space yourself! Call 1-866-2RAMONA. (I'm not kidding!) And if you're no where near NYC, you can enjoy these photos I was able to find stalking following other people on instagram:



Thursday, October 9, 2014

Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue ...

I'm so excited about a long Holiday weekend, aren't you? Not that I get to do much resting, but I do get to accomplish a few things - many of which have been on a list of "things to do" for far too long. Today, I was inspired by all things nautical, a little cleverly worded quip to remember 1492 as the year Columbus sailed from Spain to the "New" World.

I hope you get to enjoy a little time this weekend discovering things ... including, my cross bottle sale over at Cross Bottle Guy which starts on Saturday! (Don't worry - if you need a reminder, I've got one planned for Saturday morning, too!)



All images from Pinterest.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Cross Bottle Sale on Cross Bottle Guy

This summer has been so filled with work and side jobs, and a series of personal epiphanies and disasters that I have had such little time to do something that brings me great joy, and that is create my handmade art.
Many of you have seen, and may even collect the bottles known as Cross Bottles that I've sold since 2008. While I'm not the only one who makes them, sells them, or offers them online to retailers and collectors alike, I can guarantee you that if you buy them from me, they're made by me from start to finish!
For those of you who don't know what they are ... the above grouping is a beautiful representation of some old work that now lives in a private collection from a Texas buyer. The work consists of antique and vintage chandelier prisms that have been forged, by hand, using antique stained glass techniques to create cross shapes. Some shapes are very literal, and others are more imaginative or inspired. These beautiful pieces of art, one of a kind in every way, are then attached forever to an antique bottle. Typically, these bottles range in age and color, have embossing and were hand-dug from my local area. I've also been lucky enough to come in to some rosary relics, which I also attach to bottles. They make for great filler.
These bottles are beautiful symbols, and great decoration - and starting Saturday, October 11 at 9AM you can get some for yourself, or start your Christmas shopping a little early for that special person on your list.

The sale ranges from 20 - 50% depending on the piece, and shipping is just $5.00 on each bottle.

After this lot of bottles, we will take a long winter break, with only two other sessions scheduled in the studio, mostly for local reorders at Christmas. So, don't wait long - head over to Cross Bottle Guy on Saturday and pick your favorites! They won't last long! 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Space to Fill Vol 3. Issue 1

Happy October!

How many of you have wished that you had nothing better to do than lay in bed all day long, resting and spending time with your thoughts? No one relying on you for food or attention or to play chauffer, just you, the remote, and a fluffy down comforter?

Well, that's been on the forefront of my mind for weeks now, so today, I figured that the first Space to Fill post for October should be beautiful beds and bedrooms ... if I can't actually lay in mine I might as well share some of my favorites with all of you!




All Images Sourced from Pinterest

Monday, September 22, 2014

Space to Fill - Vol 2. Issue 4

Today is a difficult day for me. Lots of decisions, life-altering decisions, are and have been piling up waiting for me to make a choice, and in some instances, just to make a leap - for a choice isn't clear. I've been waiting, hoping that it will get easier but, unfortunately it only seems to get harder and harder the more I procrastinate.
Not every first path is the right path. If you've lost your way, turn around.
All images sourced from Pinterest.
Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.