Wishing you all good cheer this holiday season!
Wishing you all good cheer this holiday season!
Over the weekend, I visited Camden, ME – a small village on the Penobscot Bay. Wandering through the shops, I ended up at a gallery on the harbor’s edge and discovered Jonathan McPhillips‘ art.
I love the large amount of suggestion in details of his work – a blob of color here and there to give you just enough information about what it is you’re looking at. He uses oil paint in such a beautiful way.
His work stood out to me immediately in a gallery with over 40 artists and countless paintings hung on the walls. It’s just beautiful in-person.
Hope everyone has a good Monday!
For the last few months, I’ve been working closely with Chandra Oppenheim, a musician and performance artist, on a few different projects she has in the works. One of them is a new album that is accompanied by a live performance called A Slightly Better Idea.
I was thrilled to create the album art for the project. Taking a cue from classic jazz albums along with some of the “non-sensical” from the piece itself, the final art fits the piece perfectly. Chandra and the band were ecstatic about it.
I attended the premiere show in October in Portland, ME – it was an awesome experience. The show is moving on to New York City starting next year, then eventually will head to Europe (!).
A Slightly Better Idea is “narrated” by a live band and tells a story of love lost and the all-consuming fog that envelops the everyday of the abandoned and heartbroken. You can learn more about the project here.
I’d been waiting since MAY to see Crimson Peak and although it officially was released about 2 weeks ago, I patiently waited until Halloween to see it. You know, for the full effect. John asked why I was so excited to see this movie – the HOUSE, obviously. I want nothing more than to move into an old decaying manor in the English countryside.
I read that the house was built from the ground up for filming in Canada. It’s a shame it all had to be torn down once filming wrapped.
Also, it stars Tom Hiddleston.
Tom Hiddleston as a dark and mysterious bachelor
OMG sorry. Back to the movie.
It was absolutely one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen. The costumes were incredible.
If you’re into horror, you may not be into Crimson Peak – but if you are a design junkie like me, you won’t be able to tear yourself away. I’m tempted to go back for a second showing just to see the visual feast again.
All photos found through Pinterest.
It’s been a very busy few weeks over here, but I just had to take a breather for a minute and fill you in on Artefact Home & Garden.
I stopped in here after driving by a few times and nearly causing accidents trying to look in the windows. My style has come a long way since the late 2000’s, when I though spray painted IKEA furniture was the height of DIY-chic, but I’ve had trouble describing exactly what my style has evolved to. Until I walked into Artefact. This is it. Everything about this store is it.
A little bit Belgian, a little bit industrial, part casual but part glamorous, rustic where appropriate and clean lines everywhere else – and always with a flair for the artistic.
A beautiful store filled with quality, beautiful things. I have now completely, and for the 1,617th time, mentally redecorated my home.
Artefact Home & Garden
1000 Pleasant Street, Belmont, MA 02478
While walking down Newbury Street this weekend, I was stopped dead in my tracks by this painting in the window of Childs Gallery.
Her name is Elenora and I think she should come live with us.
Raphaël Jaimes-Branger is a Boston-based, Paris-educated artist. His paintings look as though they have been corroded onto metal – which, in fact, they kind of are. He paints with acid on silver-leaf. The result is a haunting image burned onto its canvas.
It’s hard to tell in these photos the metallic effect each piece has. Here is a shot from the gallery’s Facebook page that shows some reflection.
Jaimes-Branger has a studio in my neighborhood, the SoWa district. I’ll be stopping by the next First Friday to see more of his work. He’s definitely one to watch.
It’s been a while since I last posted, and things are nothing short of crazy over here…deadlines, new jobs, old jobs that turned into new jobs, general chicken-with-missing-head running around. But I just had to take a quick minute to let you know I’m alive and also to share Town & Country’s recent round up of wedding illustrators. These illustrators work on custom, one-of-a-kind pieces, from unique monograms to area maps to hand lettering, to give wedding invitations a really special and beautiful look. I love their whimsical styles.
And maybe me someday, too? 😉
It’s starting to really feel like fall here in Boston. With the students back in town, apples falling from trees and pumpkin beer taking over the shelves at our corner store, I think it’s safe to say we’ve made the transition. And speaking of students, take a look at this recently renovated MIT frat house:
I walked by this townhouse the other night and remember admiring it from the street. Imagine my surprise when I found out it was the home of Sigma Chi…only in Boston could a frat look like this. If I were at MIT right now, I can guarantee you I’d eat a live goldfish, or whatever they make you do at rush, to be a part of this fraternity.
The MIT frat has owned this building since 1919. Due to historic property laws in Boston, the outside of the building couldn’t be changed but the inside was fair game. Instead of starting over, though, the fraternity decided to preserve as much of the house’s original details as possible. Kudos to them for preserving the house so nicely.
Happy Monday everyone!
Article from here.
Welcome back to reality, friends. Now that Labor Day has come and gone, we can all get back to real work, like making fun of too-cool Brooklyn eateries with undecipherable menus, foodie buzz words and confusing prices. Enter the Brooklyn Bar Menu Generator, which takes the guesswork out of what to put on your trendy restaurant’s menu. Just press the button, start whipping up hand-pulled water frittata and you’ll fit right in! I originally found this on Slate last week and had to share. L.V. Anderson writes, “I love the way each menu is divided into three sections, none of which has a heading, leaving you to scratch your head about the relative size of each plate. (Prices, ranging from $8 to $18—but unsullied by any gauche dollar signs—don’t do much to help.) But my favorite part of each menu is the way it alternates between elaborate, if confusing, descriptions like “Japanese pork belly jam with orecchiette & locally-sourced shell bean” and infuriatingly uninformative ones like “fig,” “sardine,” and “scraped kale”.”
Turned Water. A bargain at $8.
One of my favorite projects in design school was to complete the branding design for a restaurant, including signage and logos and, of course, the menus. I love a well-designed menu. Trendy menus, however, in their never ending quest for ultimate simplicity, leave much to the imagination…like what you’re actually ordering. Create your own ridiculous menu here.
Some summers are more memorable than others, like the summer our family got a trampoline versus the summer 4 years later when my brother broke both his knees on it. That we all would like to forget. 2015 will go down as a memorable one, between time spent in the mountains
and the lake
with a few weddings, birthdays and ray-catching in between
And just like that, it’s September. Waiting just around the corner is fall – time for cool days and cooler nights, sweaters and apple pies, a renewed focus and a last hurrah before we settle in for a long winter. So long, summer – we’ll be back for more next year.
Just finished up a commission of a lake scene from Belgrade over the weekend. This piece, of Otter Island in Great Pond, is headed to newlyweds in California – the groom grew up on the lake. It’s so nice to have things around you that remind you of home, no matter where you are.
These lake scenes are not helping with my desire to own a lake house. Thinking hard about how to barter art services for a small cottage…
I fell in love with Kacey Musgraves in New Mexico. I bought her album Same Trailer, Different Park despite never having heard a country song I liked in my whole life. But as I listened to her beautiful voice and sweet lyrics while driving the open country roads, past the cactus and towards the mountains, I was a goner. I still don’t like country music, and I don’t live in New Mexico anymore, but I love Kacey Musgraves. Her new album Pageant Material has been on repeat incessantly over here.
Hope everyone has a sweet week ahead 😉
Jewelry is a powerful statement -and an ancient one. Among the artifacts unearthed from previous civilizations are forged rings, lapis pendants, carved bone bracelets and delicate earrings made of gold. We’ve been decorating ourselves for thousands of years, and I see no reason to stop now. Which is why I’m so happy to see local jeweler Sophie Hughes making a splash around Boston.
She works primarily with recycled materials, making her jewelry a very Eco-conscious treat. Sophie has been celebrated by magazines like the Improper Bostonian, Boston Common and Boston Magazine. and her pieces have been seen on Bella Hadid and Rose Byrne. Yay Sophie!
Sophie’s store, Ore, is right down the street from our house and I met Sophie at her shop shortly after we moved back to the neighborhood. We chatted about the jewelry that she makes, and also about the other artists she carries in her store. The pieces featured here are all hers – she notes that she makes jewelry for everyday life, pieces you don’t have to take off and pieces that feel good on your skin. I wish her all the success in the world, she’s a real talent and her work is beautiful.
If you’re in Boston, you can visit Ore at
80 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116