Monday, June 29, 2009

The Ruins at Palmetto Bluff

Palmetto Bluff is situated in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Palmetto Bluff was the home away from New York city of Richard T. Wilson, Jr. until it burned in 1926.

 Stairway to nowhere.

Tabby is a type of building material used in the coastal Southeast from the late 1500s to the 1850s. It is made of equal parts lime, water, sand, oyster shells, and ash. The ash is a byproduct of preparing the lime, but its presence contributes to the hardening of the end product.

All the dead magnolia leave contribute to the wabi-sabi of the ruins.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Li Edelkoort

Li Edelkoort is a Dutch trend forecaster extraordinaire. Bloom Magazine is where I first became aware of her talent. She is the art director and co-publisher of the magazine View on Colour, the indispensable magazine for colour & trend information for Product and Fashion.

The simplicity of her space and the limited color palette are appealing to me, the African stools are not. They do have a certain simplicity about them, but one would be enough.

The tall windows and skylights allow the space to be permeated by beautiful light.

All the clutter of the kitchen utensils at one end.

What is wonderful is the Italian Simons Ostrich Foot "Traccia"table. The unusual brass ostrich legs host a gold leaf top showing imprint of ostrich claw and was created by Merit Oppenheim. One can be found on 1stdibs.

Images from the great Australian magazine Inside Out.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Mountain Laurel

We had more blooms on our Mountain Laurel this year than we have had in a long time. Before the flower opens it is like a little fat star.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Container Planting

This photo has it all! What a beautiful planting found on Temps de jardin. The rock, pebbles and stone make it so interesting. There are some vertical cluster of black stone in several place that add a subtle interest. The large planting of green in the lower left corner is a nice foil to all the other smaller planting. There is unity in having multiples of the same plants. The two types of white flowers give added life to the planting. The horizontal bars of stone are unexpected touch.

Monday, June 22, 2009


The styling on this shot if phenomenal. Of course, the photograph is excellent, to shoot such a wide shot with so many items well lit is no small task. But the placement of the handles and spouts as well as the color gradation is truely a work of art. Then there is the placement of the black and white striped teapots in the midst of all the color. This photo has it all.

Photos from Sivan Lewin.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Paul Masey's Renovation

Paul uses a lot of reclaimed, recycled, rescued items throughout the house that he has collected over the years throughout the world.

What graceful little legs on the table. What a great space for piling up treasures.

The still life's are my favorite. The scale of these glass pieces is nice.

Arrangement on mantel. The black frame and the number keep this still life from being too monochromatic.

The brick work in the attic looks like a giant A with the table forming the crossbar. What a cozy spot.

Photos from Living etc.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

New Work by Robert Weil

Venice Beach #7



More work by Robert Weil.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Clean, Crisp, Bright and White

Of course, the rusty metal containers are a hit. There were a lot of metal containers at the flee market this past weekend, but none that spoke to me. Maybe it is because we have enough as it is and need to use all that we have.

Rusty may look good in a photo, but I do not think I want chipped paint on the furniture in the kitchen.

Nice texture.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Scott Antique Market on Saturday

It has been a year and a half to two years since we have been at the flee market. It will be that long or longer before we go again. Everything was expensive. There was a lot of stuff and even more junk. Eddie Ross was there giving a flee market tour, telling everyone how to buy and re-pupose things.

These shells were covering and made into everything.

$320.00 each.

Newly made from rebars and iron rods. This booth had a lot of them which they used to hang things on. No price though. This booth had a lot of French style things.

$850.00 for the bench!!!

The medals in the little box ranged from $12.50 to $25 depending on if it was gold.

Sacred Heart Sigh from another all things French booth.

I always like the look of florals in a booth.

New bird house.

A mouse decoy for Buddy.

The burlap was the best part of this chair.

Sheep paintings in Woody's booth.

Grain bags were going from $48 to $120 for the ones that had prices.