We couldn't agree more. In Veranda, March/April 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
"I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day." Vincent Van Gogh
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
"Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun." Pablo Picasso
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
I have been collecting the work of Vermont potter Miranda Thomas for about 15 years. Her workshop produces pieces in different glazes and styles, but it is the cream, carved pottery that I love.
Thomas cites ancient Japanese, Middle Eastern, and Aboriginal symbols and forms as design influences in addition to the English countryside of her youth.
The nature inspired patterns remind me of the work of 19th century artist and textile designer William Morris.
Each piece is made entirely by hand, a unique object stamped by the individual potter who crafted it.
I have several of these canisters around the house.
The carved pottery is currently produced in five different patterns, but Thomas accepts commissions for custom work. I had a pair of these made with an oak leaf and acorn design.
Pieces are often whimsical; one can see evidence of the artist's sense of humor. This rabbit appears to be running, possibly from the fox in the center of the bowl.
Thomas and her equally talented, furniture-maker husband, Charles Shackleton, have a beautiful showroom in an historic mill in Bridgewater, Vermont.
Additional designs available include lamps, tabletop and serving pieces.
Personally, the highlight of a visit to the showroom is the possibility of finding a 'one-off' - a sample or experimental piece. This small vase, a favorite in my collection, was just that.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Once in a while I see a house that makes me believe I could do modern. I love this minimalist apartment in Denmark. The Scandinavian white is right on, and the spare, clean interior is so appealing to me.
In the living room a reindeer skin, a traditional Scandinavian touch, is thrown over a contemporary Eames rocking chair from Herman Miller.
The lower level is dominated by a large eat-in kitchen. Glass walls let in lots of light. Phillipe Stark chairs from Cassina.
One often needs to be creative when it comes to storage in small spaces; a built in sofa provides it.
The painted iron staircase leads to the second floor living room and bedrooms. Pale floors are consistent throughout, as is the overall color palette.
On the second floor a bookcase serves as a room divider between the living room and the master bedroom.
A large, floating sofa from Italian furniture maker Minotti provides ample lounging space.
The master bath is simple yet stylish.
In the master bedroom a wall lamp from Louis Poulsen and a painting by a family friend hang over the bed.
See the original article in Bolig magazine here.