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
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
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
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
“I’ll Wait.” I will, because every time I have been impatient and forced things, the outcome has been less then satisfactory. Sometimes you just have surrender to universal timing. -tM
“The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.” -Arnold Bennett
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
If you live your own truth with clarity of of mind, how wrong can any decision really be? In this contrived world, the one BEST thing we can be is ourselves. Be true to yourself, and to others, life will reward you. Wellness starts from within.
It is through the fragmented image that we are moved into the immediacy of its presence. -tM
Photography: Franco Fontana
Plants make great room dividers and also highlight the architectural design of your space. -tM
Cutlery designed and created by Salvador Dali himself. The 1957, 7 piece set sells for $28,000.
Apparently the last two spoons are for consuming artichokes just in case you were wondering. -tM
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
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.”
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
Graffiti inspired walls and stairs that speak. I am not certain I would be brave or daring enough, but I appreciate the bold sentiment and panache it brings to ones space. -tM
Kitchen Island envy.
Who needs a dining table when you have an iconic island such as this. I would hibernate in this kitchen during party season. -tM
Design: Deiter Vander Velpen Architects
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
“We are who we choose to be.” - Green Goblin
“Night does not show things, it suggests them. It disturbs and surprises us with its strangeness. It liberates forces within us which are dominated by our reason during the daytime.” - Brassai
Photography: Brassai | Paris, 1930’s
The more the world becomes fascinated with a life unobtainable, the more I gravitate toward its truth and actuality. Beauty, for me, exists simply. Its presence can be found in the space that life creates. -tM
Photography: Jamie Hawkesworth