When Love Comes To Town

Here are the details, up close, and personal, parts of a whole, commanding you take a closer look, not unlike Lili herself.

Layer upon layer, not only is her graffiti style powerful, but it is also an entry way into a sensual, self-assured world that explores the raw scope of what it means to be a woman in today’s society, ever evolving, ever changing, making no apologies for her sexuality.

A show dedicated to love, and as Lili so eloquently put it: “It’s not always about the journey, sometimes it’s about the neon dreams in dark places. Tonight, it’s all about you.”

So, this is what happens when love comes to town. -tM

You can inquire more about LIli’s work here: @lils_m

The Urban Pastoral

Photography: Franco Fontana, 1987 | Bologna, Italy

Photography: Franco Fontana, 1987 | Bologna, Italy

I get lost in the light, the shape, the implied movement, frozen, yet incredibly fluid. I have never had pool photography feel like a pastoral painting; calm, relaxed, and expansive.

Compact in frame, its reach is almost mythical. The prophetic powers of the elusive pool mermaids, enticing us to come closer and live with them, if only momentarily, beneath the urban sea. -tM

Winter Strolls

Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

There is something to be said about embracing, or at the very least accepting every season for what it is. Finding beauty in those moments, after a storm, during a heat wave, in the middle of a downpour, or on a windy day reminds one to take pause. Look around, grab your lovers hand and take it slow. Because taking it slow, is sexy. -tM

Paying Tribute

The newly revamped Caffé Fernanda pays homage to Pinacoteca di Brera, one of Milan’s art galleries that is home to some of the leading collections of Italian paintings around the world.

The art pieces displayed in the café elevate its design, engaging and inspiring the patrons, making their café visit feel like a gallery experience.

The grandeur of the space pays tribute to the neoclassical architecture, coupled with the post war 1950’s renovation of the space, and juxtaposed with the contemporary approach to art curation it becomes a space that seduces through texture & design.

I appreciate design that takes into account not only the history of the space but also the value and preservation of that history in its reconstruction.

I cannot help but pause for such beauty, and in silence I take a bow. -tM

Photography: Michele Nastasi | Yatzer

Friday Exhale

Photography: Lucian Bor

Photography: Lucian Bor

On Friday’s I exhale.

It is probably my most favourite day of the week because I have the freedom of the weekend ahead. It is really a state of mind I suppose, the letting go on a Friday night. Maybe I should try this letting go approach Mon-Thurs night and see if I fare better in general with that attitude.

Ah Friday’s, I am in love. -tM

Put Music To Our Troubles and We Will Dance Them Away

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Acceptance.

I have this childhood friend who not only makes me laugh, but makes me want to dance when in his presence.

That’s the thing about childhood friends, you will always love them because you grew up together and shared the intensity of your formative years with one another.

There is a magic in that, it is called acceptance, and that is all you need to feel comfortable in your own skin. -tM

Photography: Unknown

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 Affects of Light

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Ethereal, mysterious, and sexy. The Gabriel Chandelier designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec as a contemporary source of light and focal point for the Palace Versailles has become the first permanent contemporary installation in the space.

I find it incredibly sensual. Light changes the way you see and feel things. The room almost becomes naked with the permanence of this installation, showing off its curves and lines in the most elegant of ways. -tM

In Appreciation of my Roots

Photography: Simon Watson | Sicily, Italy

Photography: Simon Watson | Sicily, Italy

I don’t remember much as I was only a child of 11 at the time, but there are certain details of that trip that became important to me; sewn into the fabric of my being. Like the fresco faded walls of my grandmothers house in Serbia, the wall details and decorations that despite poverty, made a home more then just a place to rest your head. The plates, the cutlery, and the food that sustained and gave life.

There was strength built into both of my grandmothers homes. I felt it, even as a young child. Perhaps that is why I chose to remember these very specific details, because against all odds, they were survivors of a life that was difficult, and they did the best they could, making the most of what they were given. -tM

All Imaginable Colours

Photography: Henri-Cartier Bresson

Photography: Henri-Cartier Bresson

Water is one of my healing life lines. There is nothing that a shower cannot ease. The minute I close that door and turn on the faucets time stands still. The water can go in any direction, and it reminds me that so can I. -tM

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

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