Sunday, August 30, 2009

perfect subject

back by popular demand (not really, i just wanted to mix it up a bit). maybe i need to change this blog to be "brock street & b-mo". he did get the most comments of all postings :0)

one bottle, 2 bottle, 3 bottle...four

its that time of year again when french container lands in california and i rushed to the bi-annual gathering of the crazies for my moment to crazy (my nature is calm, quiet, concerned for others, but this brings out the powerful, bulldozing shopper not to be be reckoned with..kidding)

the frenzie begins quite early and you go armed with sold tags, tape, sharpies and a focus that can't even be broken by a UFO hovering over your head (there have been sightings in this part of the woods, so they say).

i continue to have an aversion for glass bottles and these were some doozers. this was my first stop and i quickly tagged my bottle and continued on. an hour or so later i made it back to the table to find that someone else had put there tag on the other side of the bottle and the concerning part was she had tagged all the other clear bottles on the table (there were 8 of then including the ones on the ground) so i thought for sure the seller would give it to her since she was buying the rest and mine was the best one on the table :0). i said a prayer to the local cactus gods.... and they heard me. i outdid the bottle mogul and was lucky to come home with one special wine bottle from Belgium.

Friday, August 28, 2009

hunting in the bush

on our annual trip to the hamptons we have a few little special stops on our way to the final destination. the first always being lauren copen antiques in bridgehampton.

this is one of those shots of creative energy destinations that ever fails to inspire. well, the luck of the draw and she was closed, so we walked the grounds a bit and found some great little treasures hidden all over the yard. it was a very hunterly experience.

these 4 little garden chairs caught my eye, ready to go home with someone before summer is up.

retracting a bit

i got a text from a good friend reminding me how wonderful shells were and how meaningful they have been in both our lives. being a beach person, i cannot deny this, but my last post was really about those who have gone over board with shells. you know, those themed houses.

all i meant was i dont really want to be come one of them. thats all i wanted to say on this friday morning.

photo taken a few weeks ago in the hamptons.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

just another wabi-sabi

a discolored iron stone oval ditty with found sea shells from montauk 2009. one of those little dishes that looks great empty, but every once in a while a sea shell seems to make its way.

i know...there is just something about sea shells, they can boarder on tacky at times.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

wabi-sabi this...meant in all sincerity

i promise to not dwell on wabi-sabi forever, but while setting the table tonight i had a moment: cotton napkins from Muji (purchased in HK. $3.00 for 4), cheese knife (found in Santa Cruz Goodwill for $0.25).

these simple affordable housewares make eating at home feel special. even more so because they will pay it forward for years to come.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


So, i am speechless. a friend at work told me she saw a blog posting on Apartment Therapy blog and thought of me. it is back from november 2008 by grace chu.

the movement of wabi-sabi has been around for a while and recently coined as a new type of aesthetic. to be totally frank, i would love to be dubbed as a wabi-sabi fanatic. see the loose definition below. facinating and wonderful. enjoy. i am now going to imbark on becoming a member of team wabi-sabi.

Wabi-sabi is the art of finding beauty in imperfection: it values simplicity, uncluttered, underplayed, and modest surroundings. Authenticity is key to wabi-sabi philosophy: the presence of cracks and scratches in things are considered to be symbolic of the passing of time, weather, and loving use--and should be embraced. Another facet to wabi-sabi is the idea of the "obvious pretty" vs. "unique beauty." (Or, as one of the articles we read describes it, "Marilyn Monroe vs. Katherine Hepburn").

Unlike shabby chic, wabi-sabi decor inspires minimalism that focuses more on the people who live in the space than anything else. Possessions and other items are pared down to the essentials based on utility, beauty, or nostalgia (or all three). The color palette sways toward whites and earth tones thanks to the use of natural materials. It's almost Shaker-style in its approach: live modestly, and learn to be satisfied with life as it can be once the unnecessary is stripped away.

Wabi-sabi enthusiasts (called "wabibitos") are described as being "a person who could make something complete out of eight parts when most of us would use ten." Practically speaking, this could be the act of living in smaller home, driving a smaller car, or even eating just enough to be pleasantly full this Thanksgiving holiday

(photos by
Sk├Âna Hem and Emmas Design Blogg)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

colour pallette

nature knows best. another shot from montauk 2009.
back in 1990 i visited a college roommates parents beach home in carpenteria, california. the interior colors they chose were amazing and the flow was just right for a beach house.
i will never forget the day his dad told me the colors were inspired and taken from the eucalyptus tree bark in the front yard. i went out and analyzed the tree and low and behold...there was a pale, pale grey- green in the bark. a light bulb went off!!

Friday, August 21, 2009

the private path...of no return

exactly one year ago the inception of this blog was discussed on this very beach in montauk. i hate to say it, but i have slacked a bit...but am revitalized by my trip back to the hamptons, courtesy of the mcgahey clan.
this is what you do: get to destination, greet friends, place luggage in designated area and then....hit it till you get to the beach.
OH what a sight.....

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

room with a view

so lets talk about the new standard hotel in nyc. when we checked in and found we did not get the river view...lets just say there was a moment of silence. BUT, when we walked into our city view room on the 16th floor.....lets just say there was another moment of silence (this is the view from room 1601).
the standard did not disappoint. check out this view...and this shot does not do it justice. to the left is the hudson and to the right, more new york skyline buildings.
breathtaking!!! its a must stay or at least visit destination in the city.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

blankety, blank, blank......blank

do you see what i see? blank walls. what a perfect solution to showcase the amazing textiles (all the great pillows with vintage textiles) this house holds. it also makes each piece of furniture feel special and bold.
this is nothing new, and i consider this all the time (taking all the art down), but i would really need some large rooms so i could at least lean the art against the walls.
the photo on top has a great solution for deciding on prints and patterns and whether you want to live with them long term or not. just take that great piece of fabric and drape it over a cushion...tuck it in and let it live as if it were case. very bohemian and you don't ever have to make a permanent makes it easier to wash too.....