Everything Old is New Again

I am appreciative of the attention to detail in this Italian restaurant. Merging the old world with the new, from the flag poles that fly the local news, to the booths, that with a simple mechanical turn of the table can go from an intimate seating for one to friendship for two. Function, form, and beautiful design. Once lost, now found, simplicity is here to stay. -tM

Photography: Mariell Lind

Spaces of Serenity

 Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

I love the way one would move through this room. Straight lines direct you but the curves entice you to linger a little longer, to take a seat, to loose your inhibitions.

Sensual, classic, and contemporary, the colour and texture of this space move you toward an inner state of peace. tM

Chandelier Exploits

 Film: Diasies, 1966 | Vera Chytilova

Film: Diasies, 1966 | Vera Chytilova

This is my mood going into the weekend. There is a thrill that the week is over and the freedom of letting go of routine approaches.  

Each day is filled with infinite possibilities, but there is something about the weekend that makes us put this plausibility into action. 

Happy Weekend everyone! May your chandelier exploits elevate and motivate. -tM

Prescription: Patience

 Photography: René Burri | Chicago, Illionois | 1971

Photography: René Burri | Chicago, Illionois | 1971

When you see the signs, and know that it is time for patience yet you want to charge through from the sidelines. I have been in that very situation many times.

Too much time in our world is spent on expression, and not enough on perception. Waiting and patience are crucial not only to intelligent expression but also to understanding, and growth. Everything beautiful in life requires some form of waiting. 

You cannot rush nature, as part of that nature, if rushed, pushed, and forced into action, one automatically eliminates the germination stage, a crucial process of life and well being, leading to an outcome of eventual chaos. 

Even though every action comes to an end, patience can be eternal. You can wait for eternity for some experiences.  There is a reason why patience is a virtue, and a reason why we need to be more conscious of teaching it and of its practice in such fast moving times. Patience allows life to fall into place. -tM 

The Beauty of a Sunset

 Photography: René Burri | Rio de Janeiro

Photography: René Burri | Rio de Janeiro

Sunsets, and Sunrises are incredibly important parts of my day, each signifying something separate but equally important to me. Not only does it reinforce the power of renewal but also of release. Sunsets for me,  are synonymous with letting go, freeing myself from whatever the day brought with it, energies, annoyances, even the good. I try to release what I can and start anew the next day.

There has always been something so incredibly grounding and soothing about the end of the day and the setting of the sun. -tM

The State of Creating

 Photography: Luigi Ghirri, Modena, 1974

Photography: Luigi Ghirri, Modena, 1974

I like the magic and fantasy that is implicit to this photograph.

I am taken back to childhood realities, where freedom was synonymous with exploration, where imagination was king, and where possibilities didn't yet have limitations. A time where you possessed nothing but yourself. 

Years later,  I find myself reversing much of what the world has taught me, going back to a place where I was the Queen of my inner castle, where authenticity and truth were both bound in trust of who I was and knew myself to be. A place where my intuition was my guide and were possibilities were only limited by ones imagination. So here I am attempting to liberate the mind, and letting loose the grip on "control." 

It's a process, and someday's are easier then others, but like anything else in life, it's a journey, and in this case, a homecoming. -tM

 

Garden Scapes

From Mediterranean and Spanish Hacienda inspired gardens in Los Angeles, to an 18th century restoration of a chateau in France, the art and design of landscaping is just as important as interior design.  It is all part of the architectural design of the home. There is no separation, it is just an extension. -tM

Photography: 1stdibs

The Eye of the Mind

 Photography: Unknown | St. Tropez, France

Photography: Unknown | St. Tropez, France

I have two great seductresses in my life, Beauty and Nostalgia.

Nostalgia's capacity for seduction rests in the power of our memory versus experience, a looking back with longing, a desire to linger in a moment or person that is now nothing more then an apparition. 

While Nostalgia may be a temptress, Beauty can be said to be our raison d'etre. Without its grace, its harmony of purpose and form, life as we know it would cease to exist,  no reason for living, nothing to inspire and fuel the soul. Beauty is grace, and grace is life. 

Beauty if sought after can be found everywhere, there is no escaping its allure, as it holds within its core the ecstasy of life.

I should know, because for good or bad there have been times where Beauty has kept me there. -tM

Peace

 Cinematography: Le Mepris, 1963

Cinematography: Le Mepris, 1963

The letting go that comes a long with the warm weather reminds us that most of the time all we really need to heal  is sunshine, water, rest, air, exercise, and diet.

Who needs the spa when you make the time to dip your feet into the water, and allow space for balance in your life. -tM

Out of Office

 Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

I am out of office and could not be happier for it. In that same spirit, I am also setting a theme for this summer of mine:

I plan on embracing the spontaneity of life, and also its idleness. It will be a time of both adventure and impulsiveness as well as practising the art of being silent in observance of everything and nothing around me.  A time to be still in moments when there are no distractions, accepting what is, where I am, and how I feel. 

I look forward to what may be, in present and in future. -tM