Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Space to Fill - Vol 3. Issue 3

I'm sure some of you will groan, but it's gotten down right cold here in Western New York, and I'm not sure how I feel about it. Many of you know that I started dieting in February of this year, and I've since lost 100 pounds. I've gone from wearing XXL and 3X labels, to wearing Medium and Small athletic or slim fit.

The problem is, when it came time for me to buy new clothes to fit this new, svelte physique, it was summer, and there were no sweaters to be found. So on the first morning when temperatures dropped to 40 degrees, I desperately searched the closets looking for any heavy sweater that would work, finding nothing.

So, I've picked today to not only blog about the comforts of sweaters, and warm cozy places to curl up on cold fall and winter days, but as the day I'm going to exercise one of my credit cards for plenty of new sweaters that fit!






All Photos Via Pinterest
Enjoy your day!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Space to Fill - Vol 3. Issue 2

Blogs are not diaries, that I am completely aware of. However, I wonder at what point you have to allow yourself to vent a little to be human, and then where exactly the cut off point is so that you don't pontificate and let your negativity seep into the days of those who share their time with you.

I'm having a struggle with a group I've joined, and while I'm 100% positive that after the term is finished in December I will no longer be with the group, I am fighting my inner urge to quit now. I am a stick-to-it kinda guy, and I honor my commitments, but that negativity I wrote about above, has unfortunately seeped into other areas of my life and I think cutting ties might be the only way to save my otherwise positive outlook.

So, I guess that's a good cut off point, right? And in the spirit of brightening up days, which I certainly need right now, here are some gorgeous images of inspiring spaces that make me smile, in particular the Atlanta Showhouse room designed by Barbara Westbrook, and a lovely living room designed by Larry Hooke, both of which feature beautiful wallpaper murals.

Have a great day!


All images via Pinterest

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mary, Mary Quite the Luminary ...

Did anyone else see the Architectural Digest feature on the retail space Mary McDonald has designed for Romona Keveza in Manhattan?

Architectural Digest released these renderings by Mita Corsini Bland of the flagship store in NYC, which will open by appointment only on Saturday, October 18th. Instead of racks of clothes to peruse, the wealthy shopper will browse looks via iPad and samples will be sent directly to them. 

It's a remarkable way to shop, perhaps the way of the future ... but honestly, I still get great joy in touching and feeling the fabric before I consider the shape and fit.

Back to the showroom. Mary McDonald used shades of gray and floor to ceiling mirrors, a mix of French furniture and mid-century modern pieces to convey the look of a home. Mary says, "It’s really supposed to feel like someone’s home—ladylike without being saccharine sweet or bows-and-buttons repulsive—like a really chic wedding gown where it has just enough sparkle.”

So, while these renderings are quite lovely ... what does the REAL space look like? You can book an appointment to see the space yourself! Call 1-866-2RAMONA. (I'm not kidding!) And if you're no where near NYC, you can enjoy these photos I was able to find stalking following other people on instagram:



Thursday, October 9, 2014

Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue ...

I'm so excited about a long Holiday weekend, aren't you? Not that I get to do much resting, but I do get to accomplish a few things - many of which have been on a list of "things to do" for far too long. Today, I was inspired by all things nautical, a little cleverly worded quip to remember 1492 as the year Columbus sailed from Spain to the "New" World.

I hope you get to enjoy a little time this weekend discovering things ... including, my cross bottle sale over at Cross Bottle Guy which starts on Saturday! (Don't worry - if you need a reminder, I've got one planned for Saturday morning, too!)



All images from Pinterest.