Airport Lounge Design

Air travel reminds us of who we are. Lounges, terminals, these transitory spaces, are places where souls are examined, and where good design appeals to both our logic and emotion.

They are places of waiting, waiting for love, waiting to depart, for the next phase of life to begin, the weight of the waiting can be perceived as big, sometimes even to much to bare.

They are like therapists offices for those of us willing to engage in the introspective part of our travels. Life is always about landing and taking off, isn't it? -tM 

Photography: Unknown


Musée Bourdelle

I love museums that aren't contrived, the Musée Bourdelle in Paris is just that. The artists home and studio turned gallery and creative treasury is open to the public most days of the week except for Monday. 

A repository of beauty and truth, a place where time has been transformed into space. -tM

Time Away

I am thinking about taking time away from the city this summer.

The more I think about what it may look like, the more I realize that I want it to be beautiful, honest, and straightforward.

I want the simplicity of bread, and the stillness that follows the triumph. 

I simply want to make contact with the reality of life in its unadorned state. -tM

Photography: Unknown


Black versus White

 Photography: David Psaila

Photography: David Psaila

When I was in Costa Rica I experienced the loofah exfoliation of the black sand beach. 

The waters were deep, the ocean wild, I felt like I was in a well groomed jungle. Hanging in the trees directly behind me were monkeys, beside, sea turtles coasting, all while the Iguana's were lethargically making there rounds in and out of the shade.

I felt free, and was happily letting the wind play with my hair, and move my sarong any which way it pleased. You see, there are pro's to beaching on black sand. No matter the speed of the wind, the sand stays in place. The grains are quite large, there is no sand in the eyes, little granules in your bikini, or in your hair; it is the ultimate sexy beach experience.  

There is something raw and uninhibited about the black sand beach, perhaps it is energy and violence through which it came into existence, explosive, hot, volcanic rock and lava permeating and consuming the land below.

There was nothing commercial about this experience, the sand made that clear. At the end of the day I don't know which I prefer. They are both suited to there environment and landscape. Ultimately I find beauty and inspiration in both. Any time on a beach is time well spent. Don't you agree? Which do you prefer? -tM

Joan Didion's Infamous Packing List

What to pack or what not to pack,

that is always the question. There are often mental calculations involved around what you will be doing, and where you will be going. The shoes in my opinion are always the trickiest part sometimes due to whether conditions, and other times due to the geography and road conditions of the trip, so I always pack a heel and a more semi-casual flat just in case for an evening out. I like to cover all of my bases.

I like the idea of the list, keeping one in your closet so that you don't have to think about what to pack in a pinch, because no matter how often you travel it always proves to be a mental challenge. 

I also like the idea of being prepared and organized enough to be travelling with your own suitcase hooch. Although times have changed and finding a drink somewhere somehow is no longer a challenge, one never knows at what hour one will need a good stiff beverage.

That being said, may your summer journey to your destination prove to be as predictable as this list and may the rest of your vacation be agenda free. -tM

It's a Tree House Kinda Life


in the trees? Why not? More and more resorts have taken to heights reminiscent of our youth. Trees are always a relief, a way to escape people.

This kitchen is as peaceful as the forest it lives in. There is a unique poetic space amongst the trees that cannot be found anywhere else.  

I always appreciate design working in harmony with nature as opposed against.

Tropical hideaway indeed. -tM


Photography: Brechenmacher&Baumann | Tulum Resort

Magical Solitude

The magical

place of solitude. The beauty of it all is that solitude does not care about your surroundings or destination, it just wants you to go inward and to connect to the truth of your soul. May you save a seat for some solitude this weekend and connect to the truth of your soul. -tM

Photography: Rachel Juarez-Carr | Morocco

Tapping Palm


tapped sap from coconut spathe is used as a refreshing drink, and fermented sap is consumed as an alcoholic beverage. It is not an easy feat, on average one would tap 50 trees, twice a day proving to be much more labour intensive then tapping maple trees for syrup. There is so much beauty and bounty in passing down tradition and artisanal crafts that respect the delicate ecology of our surroundings. -tM

Photography: Kyle Weeks | Himbia People, Namibia

Patio Season


a sexy hybrid between a garden and deck, the are King in my book. Dating back to 15th & 16th centuries they first appeared in the Andalusian region,  Persia and several Arab countries.

"Patio" is the Spanish word for "back garden." A 1950's novelty in North America, they didn't see there heyday until the 1970's housing boom, where almost every home came equipped with one of these soiree terraces.

I love the colour and geometric design of this particular one. I am thinking a martini, palazzo pants, and a headscarf would be the perfect accoutrement.

Oh Patio season how I adore you. -tM

Vintage Patio, 1956. Photography: Unknown

As Hairy & Sexy as they Get

Brazilian designers the Campana brothers have constructed a home in Sao Paulo that is covered in Palm Fibre, giving it a hairy texture.  They were inspired by indigenous housing where the palm fibres are used to shield against the tropical heat.

The inside of the house centres around the library, where shelves of leather add yet another type of organic texture to the house.

I really appreciate how natural plant life, eco-friendly design, and style create a home rooted in and of the earth. -tM

Photography: Leonardo Finotti


The Victorious Palm

Photography: Hanna Tveite | Coqui Coqui Palms, Mexico

Have you ever noticed how a simple palm tree can make even a bombed out building look beautiful? There is a majesty about them. Exotic in charm, there feathered fan of leaves moved by the winds can intoxicate.

I have always wondered whether those who live amongst them feel the same way I do while in there presence.

They are foreign to me, much like the soil that they choose to grow in. In exile, some stand alone, like lonely persons celebrating there own greatness. They are magnificent reminders of our own roots. Perhaps that is even part of the appeal. -tM

Vintage Hawaii

Summer is sloooowly approaching, and although I love the city and all it has to offer in the heat of its days and nights, I have to admit I am already beginning to think of my great escape, at least for a weekend or two. Out of the city and most desirably into the arms of the ocean.

It is all about the change of rhythm and change of pace, its the slow weekend groove that I long for that the city itself has long ago lost.

I am using the photo's above as inspiration. I hope to have an authentic, inspiring, and laidback kind of summer.

How about you? Are you making any plans to escape? -tM

Narrative Depth

Photography: Helmut Newton | Nice, 1984

I can relate to this photograph on many levels. Helmut Newton's photography is less polished, he is always leaving room for imperfection. The gap between the camera and the subject takes on a sense of reality even if it is an alternate reality, as he has removed the glossy barrier of the voyeuristic experience. As an observer we can place ourselves in the very idea of that moment.

I love the notion of freedom and nostalgia that this photograph conveys to me. There is a letting go that perhaps doesn't happen on a daily basis, the detail and contrasts of her neck, adorned in layers of pearls juxtaposed with her semi-nude figure, accentuate that concept even more so.

There is something great and understated about this piece. I think we could all learn a thing or two about letting go of the idealized perfections of life in order to allow the lessons and the joys of the imperfections the opportunity to prosper. It is within that space that life is allowed to truly grow and progress.

And yes, I got all of this from a photograph. -tM

New Heights

Photography: Condé Nast Traveller

Sometimes even though you are physically sitting in the same place, perspectives and points of views change, you don't need to be sitting a top of an elephant to experience a new outlook.

Then there are other times where you could be sitting a top of a mountain having hiked it all on your own and nothing at all has changed. I thank G_d that I have had the where with all and intelligence to learn from most of my obstacles, mistakes,  and experiences given to me in this life. They have continually cleared paths for me, universally, spiritually, and mindfully.

And despite the rough terrain from time to time, there have been many people that I have met and will continue to meet on my journey that have made this life and its lessons that much more beautiful. -tM

p.s. most of my life changing moments and shifts in perspective have happened right here, in my living room.

Walking Through Walls

Photography: Unknown | Barcelona, Spain

Can I just take a moment here to applaud the design of this space.

A wall turned into door/door turned into wall. Not only is it practical and sexy in its design but it also connects two rooms without having to use and incorporate the visual obstruction of a door.

There are times I find that (at least in N. American society) there is an over use of doors. I personally do believe that they are overrated as they get in the way of beautiful design. There are rooms in my home that at the very least I wish I had a sliding door that would disappear into the wall when opened instead of having it interfere with the flow of the view and design of the space.

How do you feel about doors? Do they hinder your design aspirations? -tM