Serenity Now

Philip Dixon’s Moroccan inspired home in Venice Beach is a space that feels tranquil and inviting. A home, in my opinion should be a place where you can decompress, let go, shut out the world, and replenish your mind, body, and soul. This particular design and open concept of home is well balanced in function and form, taking full advantage of the California climate and finding inspiration in the boho vibe of living near a beach. -tM

Being with Me

Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

In light of a conversation I had last night about the importance of time spent with oneself, I woke up this morning even more appreciative of what that time spent in solitude with the self has allowed me to become.

I am thankful for the strength that my alone time has helped me grow, for the wisdom it has imparted on me, and for the life and grace that continuously get replenished in that space. Being with myself is my safe haven in a world that is sometimes just too much. I am a much better human (soul) when I move at a slower pace, slow is not lazy, for me it is sexy, and also necessary for my solitary self to be able to fully engage in this thing called life. -tM

The Beauty of Simplicity

Design: Axel Vervoordt

Design: Axel Vervoordt

I would have not fared well during the Louis XIV times. I find anything busier then above to be clutter. Less is more. Just like with clothing, it highlights the bones and beauty of the space or in the case of dress, the person.

The closer to the basics I get, the more content and fulfilled I am. -tM

Back to the Grind

Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

I have a romantic love affair with coffee.

I long for the scent of the brew, the way it caresses my lips, only to leave behind its sweet yet bitter taste on my tongue. I long for the way it moves through my body, fuelling it for the 9-5 dance.

There is no other elixir that turns me on as such. I look forward to our meeting every morning, and on occasion an afternoon delight can feel oooooh so right.

Lady of the hour, you come with such great power. I think I love you. -tM

Gathering Around the Art

Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

The hearth used to be a symbol of ones home which provided a space for a collective congregation of people for practical reasons. However, now a days, with central heating, the practicality of its use has changed. It has now become more form then function.

However, I firmly believe that a fireplace does not need to be functional to bring warmth and design interest into a space. I personally like faux mantles that bring texture, art, and visual interest into a room. Its structure offers many display opportunities for pieces that bring one joy.

You can still bring intimacy to its purpose through art, making it yet another informal place in your home to just be. -tM

The Intimacy of a Kitchen

Kitchen | Italian Design

Kitchen | Italian Design

In the spirit of this time of year, where most of us will be celebrating the holidays, seeing one another, or gathering around for celebratory brunches, lunches, or dinners; the design of the above kitchen is just the icing on the cake for such forums.

I could sit gathered around that table all night long. -tM

The Making Of A Home

In Residence: Patrizia Moroso

The grand dame of design opens the doors to her personal paradise

Imposing and unexpected amidst the lush greenery of a secluded plot in Udine in northeastern Italy, the home of Patrizia Moroso reveals a vibrant vision in the forest: at once a lived-in family home and a showcase of contemporary design and art gathered from around the globe. 

As the creative director of Moroso, the prolific Italian furniture manufacturer started by her parents in the 1950s, Moroso is one of the grand dames of design, known for spotting and fostering new talent as well as for working with some of the most established names in design.

For years Moroso has lived here with her Senegalese husband, the artist and designer Abdou Salam Gaye, as over the years their three children have grown up and left the enchanted abode. Moroso, however, plans to stay put, glad to be living outside the borders of hectic design hub Milan. “If you are inside a place you don’t really see what is happening. You can see things differently from the outside,” she says. “Here I feel more free to see what is happening in design, and free to make our things according to a sort of independent vision.”

Design that Simplifies Complications

Just as I gravitate toward simplicity when it comes to my wardrobe, I too am drawn to the less is more concept when it comes to the design of my space, and in particular the design of the washroom. I want the space to feel like and be just as naked as I am, free of clutter making room for the letting go of whatever I am carrying in mind, on body, or that is spiritually weighing me down.

It’s a place where I connect to myself, quietly, or sometimes in song, opening myself up to letting the water soften me, making me flexible once again. -tM

Photography: Unknown

The Art of Letting Go

Photography: Bernard Plossu

Photography: Bernard Plossu

The more I simplify my life, my space, the more I let go of what I thought was important, is the more I come to realize that the world I continue to design and desire is one in which I can connect to myself and not falter in spirit as well as in strength of mind.

Often times simplicity leads to clarity of intellect, allowing for space to see and feel the world for what it is. -tM