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

Cravings

"Loving is a journey with water and with stars, with smothered air and abrupt storms of flour: loving is a clash of lightning-bolts and two bodies defeated by a single drop of honey." - Pablo Neruda

Artist: Cy Twombly

There is opposition and struggle even in love.  A force so great, that if willing, allows you the opportunity to become more then what you are, by inclusion. -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

Hold Your Moment

“I look back on those days and regret none of it, not the risks, not the shame, not the total lack of foresight. The lyric cast of the sun, the teeming fields with tall plants nodding away under the intense mid afternoon heat, the squeak of our wooden floors, or the scrape of the clay ashtray pushed ever so lightly on the marble slab that used to sit on my nightstand. I knew that our minutes were numbered, but I didn't dare count them, just as I knew where all this was headed, but I didn't care to read the signposts. This was a time when I intentionally failed to drop bread crumbs for my return journey; instead, I ate them. He could turn out to be a creep; he could change me or ruin me forever, while time and gossip might ultimately disembowel everything we shared and trim the whole thing down till nothing but fish bones remained. I might miss this day, or I might do far better, but I'd always know that on those afternoons in my bedroom I had held my moment.” 
  - André Aciman, Call Me By Your Name

Sometimes you have to let your heart take the lead, no matter how foolish or impetuous the decision. Life is built on moments of exploration and bravery. In the attempt to act out our desires we also free ourselves of any conjectures. -tM

 

Swimming Pool Culture

For those of us not fortunate enough to live by the ocean or a lake, pool culture, especially in the late 70's to early 90's, was our way of dipping into an entirely new movement. Life was cool by the pool, public or private, it was a place to lounge, show off our bodies, flirt, and if you were a kid, to be independent of worry, as there was no getting in trouble for the decibel level with which you chose to exert your freedom at.

It was a place of mental and social relaxation, a cultural smorgasbord, which translated into a space of liberty where you were at ease to talk to others from all walks of life.

Something happens when we gather around water, it's as if we know that life is bigger then us, our defence's seem to take a back seat as we begin to move to the rhythm and pulse of its spirit.

Life is better by the pool, it's sexier, it's easier, and at times even chicer. -tM 

Photography: Vogue, 1978; Unknown, 1960, 1978