happy october

Dimitri Tsykalov gives you a little Halloween decorating inspiration that might make Martha clutch her pearls. 

Be happy that I didn't post this work of Tsykalov. 'Meat Weapons' (which, if I hadn't requested a moratorium on the term, would totally be the name of my band.)

From the mixed up files

And who hasn't sat on one of those benches in the middle of a gallery room, wondering who the color genius was that chose those wall colors and how could you incorporate those into a living space. Completely love this idea.

"'Tomorrow' will transform these galleries into an apartment belonging to a fictional, elderly and disillusioned architect.
The domestic setting will appear like a set for an unrealised play. A script, written by the artists, will be available for visitors as a printed book. Visitors will be able to explore the apartment, sit on the sofa and read the inhabitant’s books and magazines."

The V&A has commissioned leading contemporary artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset create an installation within the V&A museum.

If you're in London in the next few months, will you go check this out and report back to me?

 k. thanks.


elemental lines and simplified shapes cast in non-precious materials — brass, bronze, copper — combine and repeat

wanting: the beautiful, modern jewelry of Hanna Sandin, 'Samma'

slippery soap

Encouraging personal hygiene one bust at a time, London-based Korean artist Meekyoung Shin, decided to bring art to the loos of 16 museums and galleries across the UK with her installations from the  "Toilet Project".

Personally I'm such a freak, I don't trust public bars of soap-or busts of soap for that matter. (sticking with Purell and still using a paper towel to open the door as I exit)

 Still. They're cool and that's some serious sculpting. I mean, when I think 'soap sculptures' - I think Boo Radley. So, ups to Meekyoung.

If you so desire to see and cleanse, these sculptures can be found until October at galleries including Birmingham’s IKON Gallery, The Scottish National Museum of Modern Art and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

why not....

Paper your laundry room in ridiculously unconventional wallcovering
 (add light fixtures, painted ceilings etc )

 Add French doors with cool shaped windows. 

Paint your interior doors something kicky (I'm partial to pink these days)

This one probably makes no sense to those of you who don't live near the beach. But I still say, why not. 

Not so long ago, Lamps Plus asked if I'd like to participate in a fun little project using their new line, Color + Plus. It's really a genius garanimal way to pick a, no-fail, lamp and shade set.

Each of us (myself and 18 other bloggers/designers) were asked to pick a shade and base and tell why we love it. I think the outcome was really interesting, I had so much fun flipping the pages to see if the lamps matched the blogger personality. Check it out, see what you think...

Pen & Ink

Whenever I bring up the idea of a simple line, being drawn around my wrist, only curving up and then back like a wave, around the knobby bone on my wrist, Nick asks, 'Why do you need to keep drawing on yourself?' I don't really have a good reply. I've been drawing on myself most of my life.

 I do have one tatt. and likely, that will be it. Because, it's true. What they say. Your skin really does start to age after awhile. And that tatt you got at 30, doesn't quite look the same on skin that is becoming increasingly aged. I've never seen an octogenarian that I thought needed a tattoo.

That said, I have a pinterest board with all kinds of beautiful tatts that I think about. And that said, I love checking out other's ink, always wondering what the story is behind each piece. 'Pen & Ink, Tattoos and the stories behind them" is a fantastic collection of beautiful pen and ink illustrations, spotted with watercolor, of real tatts and, the stories behind them. I love it.

And I may still get a very thin line around my wrist, the meaning will be for me alone.

artist::kate walchuk

Halifax, artist Kate Walchuk attempts to capture those stories that we all tend to tell for awhile until one day we wake up to realize that we no longer relay them. In her current collection of work ,'Good Shape' Kate creates little pieces of art reflecting the funny moments of travel. None of the pieces are done on traditional canvas but are done on the inside of shells, souvenier plates and even matchbooks. I'm a sucker for miniature detailed anything, especially when done by hand.

This week on The Skirted Round Table:: India Hicks

We're thrilled to have India Hicks join us on The Skirted Round Table. India's personal story is absolutely fascinating; bridesmaid to Princess Diana, granddaughter of the Earl of Mountbatten ( the last Viceroy of India )  her mother was a bridesmaid and lady in waiting to Queen Elizabeth and she's 678th in line for the Throne. But if you're like, us her royalty comes from being the daughter of one of my favorite designers, the iconic, David Hicks.

Come join us as she regales us with stories of her upbringing in England, her life on Harbour Island and her own design business, which includes an HSN line, her own website with tons of great things including jewelry designs (and those, super fly sandals, above) and beautiful books (I ended up buying a beautiful toile, matelasse coverlette from the HSN line)

Making Waves


Wouldn't this be an instant mood changer? Craptastic day? Pull this little hand made thingy out of your pocket, and  make the bad day sail away. Cute little hand made things are the best. From BeBraveMakeWaves

 I love the way Jane Freilicher pairs gauzy city scapes behind clutches of delicate flowers.

 'Light Blue Above,' 2010. Color lithograph. Courtesy of Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York

'Study in Blue and Gray,' 2010. Oil on linen. Courtesy of Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York
'Still Life With Painting ' 1966

 'Harmonic Convergence' 2008

And of course, her use of color is always something that I want to drink in.  

'Painter in the Studio, 1987'

 'Afternoon in October 1976'

The Monkey's Paw


...Is a tiny bookstore, situated next to a coin operated laundry mat in Toronto specializing in books that are, B.A.M.A. — beautiful, arcane, macabre, absurd and home. It's also home to the Biblio-mat.

"a vending machine the size of an industrial refrigerator, created for Fowler by the designer Craig Small. A customer drops a Canadian $2 coin into a slot; the Biblio-Mat makes a buzzing noise, a bell rings, and out pops a book. Fowler calls it the “the iPod shuffle of books.” But behind the stunt, there is a theory: the idea that the most marginal books can offer the pleasure, the value, we associate with canonical literature." - New York Times

best of the best

 Happy Monday! Shall we procrastinate a bit ?

Culled from New York Design Week '13 - a few of my favorites.....................

 Bunad Blankets
designed by Andreas Engesvik, Oslo

this is just another piece from the collection. I couldn't leave it out....too good.

Gypsy and Patinated brass cabinet designed by Douglas Mackie
available at bespoke global


Helix Coffee Table
designed by Chris Hardy
available at DWR

designed by Express Yourself Team

Crown Vase
designed by Lambert Rainville

Day Dreams Mirror (Icelandic tryptic) >> go check out the rest of his work, too. It's all pretty trippy.
designed by Jason Miller  

Blow - repurposed staves from a french wine barrel
designed by Lindsey Adelman

Handmade Blankets 
designed by Bryant Archie, made by global artisans for D Bryant Archie

Hard material made to be soft upholstery
designed by  New Colony Furniture

stupid fashion

 The Celine, pony skin espadrille. Approx. $750.00. I want them.

Stu - pid Fash - ion 
/ˈst(y)o͞opid/ /ˈfaSHən/
A popular trend, esp. in styles of dress, ornament, or behavior, lacking intelligence or common sense.

My earliest, reading, memories are of getting the "New New Yorker" (which is what I thought it was actually called when I was a little kid, probably because we always had stacks of them around the house and someone was always looking for the latest) and reading every cartoon, cover to cover. Bob Mankoff is right when he says, "The New Yorker is not the bedrock it's the Everest". I for one want to see this indie film get funded. You can help out by going over to kickstarter. where they've reached their goal and are now going for their stretch goal.

Forms in Nature

I don't know if this would be like a creepy walk through the woods or the coolest thing ever - or both. Probably wouldn't want it in my bedroom but would be super cool in a dining room. Imagine the dinner parties. You might want to serve S'mores for dessert. The Hilden & Diaz,  Forms of Nature light.

"Forms in Nature is artwork with a light source surrounded by a dense and
unruly tree and root system created in minature sculpture. 
The shadows engulfs the room and transforms the walls into unruly shadows of
branches, bushes and gnarled trees. Mirrorings are thrown out upon the walls
and ceilings and provide weak Rorschach-like hints of faces, life and flow of
consciousness. Diming the lights transforms the installation and one senses a
weak fire burning deep in the center of the forest."

found here