And for the finale of this series, I attended Midwest Home’s Luxury Home Tour last weekend. To this modernist, the spaces overall felt a bit more traditional than I’d remembered from years past. Yet I still found it to be an exhilarating experience that spurred plenty of new ideas floating around in my head. Although, my husband seems quite convinced we don’t actually need an elevator in our house. Sigh…
Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!
I figured since I’m featuring all these local houses this week, I should share some local musical talent too. My selection of Mally (Malik Watkins) – an absolutely amazing south-Minneapolis based hip hop artist – though, seems in vast juxtaposition to the suburban swank pictured in the surrounding posts. But that’s the thing about life; it’s everything. At least mine is. A little this, a little that. An eclectic and authentic assortment of passions and peculiarities means never becoming a cliché, right? A Long Day by Mally from the album The Colors of Black, 2014.
The second house exploration adventure I attended was the Artisan Home Tour by Parade of Homes. This was its very first year, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Well, let’s just say it didn’t disappoint – plenty of amazing spaces and brilliant decor to inspire the decorator inside you! There’s one particular house that I’ve been obsessing over for some days now. Not sure how 1.6M would ever find its way into the budget, but a girl can dream. I’d absolutely recommend attending this one next year if you get the chance.
‘Tis the season for voyeuristic adventures through fancy houses! Yes, it’s tour time in the Twin Cities, where builders and designers open the doors to multi-million dollar mansions to give us a peek inside. And while the properties are out of reach for this particular blogger, I found myself totally inspired by the experiences. This week I’ll be sharing three different tours I attended over the past couple weeks.
First up is the Mpls. St. Paul Magazine & ASID’s (American Society of Interior Designers) 17th Annual Showcase Home Tour; where a number of fabulous designers (25, to be exact) team up with the homeowners to overhaul their space. This year’s home was a 4500 square foot, 1940’s gem located in Golden Valley’s Tyrol Hills neighborhood. Totally fun to see it all come together under one roof.
As if I didn’t have a major case of wanderlust already… Watching independent filmmaker Rick Mereki’s series of 3 – 1 minute shorts has me craving exploration in an epic fashion. I’m gently and sweetly reminded there’s SO much in this world – to do, to see, to savor… Commissioned by STA Travel Australia, 3 guys set out “to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films”. Nicely done, gentlemen.
Rick Mereki : Director, producer, additional camera and editing
Tim White : DOP, producer, primary editing, sound
Andrew Lees : Actor, mover, groover
Today, I’m craving something comfortingly familiar – with enough energy to get me going, but not so much that it makes me crazy. Perfect solution: Porcelain by Moby from the album Play, 1999.
When modern meets organic, my heart goes all a flutter and my check card ultimately leaps out. I just can’t help myself. Enter Dinah Coops, a Seattle-based designer whose sensibility simply sends me over the edge. Her line of “naturally modern sustainable” products is deeply authentic, playfully sophisticated and refreshingly simple. Naturally, love at first sight. She offers a small and quietly edited collection of coasters, artwork, table linens, tablemats, t-shirts and jewelry, made locally in the Pacific Northwest from recycled and sustainable materials. As always, click the image for details or to purchase.
I’m celebrating an anniversary of sorts today…
Yup, it’s been three years since I started this blog, thus beginning a daily tradition of sharing stuff by amazingly creative and inspiring talents that I just adore. It’s been fun, and daunting, and a labor of love. I clearly remember a day early on when I reached 60 followers, and totally freaked; “OMG! There are all these people reading my blog!” I totally felt an overwhelming sense of responsibility to deliver fresh and inspiring content. And I still do.
So, thank you, readers. Thank you. I appreciate you all so much. You keep me motivated to explore and discover, and share what I find. Hope you enjoy the snippets and bits too.
This week, I’ll be celebrating by revisiting a few of my favorite posts featuring amazing creative talents from the earliest days of this blog.
Turns out, Clerkenwell (a hep neighborhood in central London – you’ll find the Zetter & Rookery hotels there) is home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet. To celebrate this unique design community, Clerkenwell Design Week was established as a 3-day “design festival”, showcasing leading UK and international brands and companies presented in a series of showroom events, pop-up exhibitions and special installations that take place across the area.
Time to celebrate your dear old dad…