Too Good (inspired by Toogood)

Faye Toogood is a stylist who designs sets, interiors, and exhibitions.  I love the way she deals with space and objects in space and color. Everything’s tinged with notions of the past, yet generously modern and very very 2010.

Mind-bendingly brave color explosions combining complex large and small-scale color textile patterns.

Muted neutrals in vintage sepia and rose pinks, powder blues and soft grays are anything but old-fashioned.

Making magic out of simple materials such as foam and plywood blocks, corrugated cardboard and mirrors.

Modern, rational angles, lines, circles and shapes evoke Bauhaus movement.

Her awesome website is chock full of examples of her work. Once again Sight Unseen has unearthed another inspiration.

Designer Love

Eero Saarinen’s note to his wife Aline. A post from my new favorite blog, Sight Unseen.

One beautiful sentence

“Her mother stirred in the chair, feet propped on the matching stool, late morning, still in her robe, dying for a cigarette.”

from Falling Man by Don Dellillo

A message of healing for Haiti from yoga guru Max Strom

Dear Friends –

We send our prayers and strength to those struggling in the crisis in Haiti and to the loved ones of those who have perished.

Many great teachers tell us that it is in times like these we need to be strong and stay open-hearted, to give our help on the material level as much as we are able, and to give our prayers and courage too. It is also important not to sink into fear and guilt. Those who are in extreme suffering do not need more of these negative emotions, they need our positive energy and courage.

To manage our own feelings when we see fellow humans in a hell-realm it is helpful, as always, to do our practice. Whether it is our prayer, meditation practice, breathing, or posture practice, or better yet – all of them. When we do our practice, we notice that afterwards the world appears a little calmer, and hope begins again.

Breathe into your heart – breathe out from your heart – may we not waste a moment withholding love.

In peace – Max Strom

Buenos Aires – Need a place to stay?

In 2004 I got an awesome birthday present: my friends Kerry and Ann traveled to Buenos Aires with me. We rented a beautiful apartment in Recoleta, and spent 10 days exploring the cosmopolitan city. Kerry literally fell in love with it, and decided to stay for a few extra days, so she could look into purchasing some property there. One thing led to another, and she not only bought a condo, she met her soul mate, Gonza. I was lucky enough to visit the city again for their wedding in 2006.

Between the wedding, and dealing with immigration, it took a while, but now their apartment has been lovingly remodeled and furnished. Kerry is a talented stylist who works with some of the top advertising photographers in NYC. Her unique sense of space and color and amazing taste is evident in every room of this light filled, charming condo.

While Kerry and Gonza spend a good portion of their time living in Brooklyn, NY, their BA apartment is available for weekly or monthly vacation rentals. The apartment is located in San Telmo, the most oldest and most romantic neighborhood in BA.

Whether on your way to an eco adventure in Patagonia, visiting the estancias for grass-fed beef , or just looking to shop and dine (on the cheap) in this world class city, do consider staying at Casa de Kerry and Gonza! If you are interested, please contact their agent.