Casa da Musica by Rem Koolhaas

Casa da Musica located in Porto, Portugal is a cultural and musical institution. Incredibly modern and heavy set in its initial exterior presentation, the spaceship like stairs beckon you to enter a world which meticulously juxtaposes its concrete structure with that of an unexpected ethereal experience upon entrance.

I am in total awe. -tM

Photography: Unknown

Pearls for Every Occasion

Husband and wife lighting designers Audrée L. Larose & Félix Guyon, based in Montreal, have created jewel inspired lights that float as much as they illuminate. And much like good jewellery, their chandeliers compliment what is already there. The theatrics of jewellery can now also be found adorning our ceilings. Beauty and functionality that takes in to account architectural perspectives, now that is good design. -tM

Photography: Unknown

Escape in the City

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I know that summer is a little far out of reach right now, but I am already thinking about how to create my summer retreat and escape on my city deck. Take the exotic escape above for instance, created beyond the hustle and bustle of the noisy streets of Milan on a roof top deck, one would never think that the location was as such.

Good foliage is key to shut out not only glances of nosy neighbours but it also aids in atmosphere (exotic trees, tropical plants, domestic nature retreat). I change my foliage almost every year depending on the vibe I want to create (having a deck and potted plants allows one to do so, there are pro’s and con’s to this as well). My furniture remains the same, however my accent pillows may change, I subtract or add depending on the season or mood of the season.

It’s an extension of my already not so big living space, so I also take inspiration from my indoor living space to ensure that the flow is continuous.

Can you tell I am longing for warmer days and longer nights? -tM

Silent Strength

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Lately I have been thinking about strength,

in terms of where I come from, and what I was born into.

I am not tough, I have never been, nor have I pretended to be, but I am strong.

In our world, the strength of a woman is so different from that of a man. And that is okay. We need to lean on and look to one another in differences of strength.

Whenever I am in doubt of whether I can overcome a situation, often I remind myself of where I come from and what I continue to be a part of.

For the first time, I am really beginning to own my strength, not just as a woman, but as a human being. It has been incredibly grounding and humbling, as it always is when connecting to the source.-tM

Artist: Matisse | Abstract Nude

1970's Curves

Designer of Sofa & Lamp: Charles Tassin

Designer of Sofa & Lamp: Charles Tassin

The design’s of the 70’s are marked by opulence of colour and luxurious materials. So sexy, so contemporary; it was a decade that mixed interior styles without hierarchy. In my opinion, the 70’s will always be a tribute to style, design, and creativity. -tM

You're Gonna Make it After All

I remember the significance of this opener as a young child. Without knowing why, I knew that throwing a hat up in the air meant freedom; independence. To this day, I recall walking down the street singing this theme song, spinning around aimlessly and tossing my hat up in the air, yelling mother in the background, it didn’t matter, this was my moment.

I loved this show as a young person and as I re visit the series as an adult, I am struck by how timeless and relevant this program is to this day. It celebrates the independent woman, the strength of her voice and will, as well as her choice(s) not to marry. It’s bright, it’s beautiful (the colour combinations in clothing are gorgeous in and of themselves), witty, and smart.

It’s good t.v.

And it still makes me want to spin and throw my hat up in the air in affirmation that I too will make it on my own. -tM

Attention to Detail

Photography: Unknown | David Gahan, 1980’s

Photography: Unknown | David Gahan, 1980’s

I really miss the attention to detail that people would give to their wardrobes/style. I long for the days where personal grooming was equal to dignity and self-respect, when society judged you just a little more based on your appearance. Yes, you heard me, sometimes I think judgement is okay, and sometimes I feel like fear of judgement keeps us on our toes and looking just that little bit better.

You see, beauty and creativity have always been a driving force in my life, I feel inspired when I see someone dress uniquely to suit who they are, it’s personality, it’s swagger. However, for the past several years I have been getting lost in a sea of Parka’s, Canada Goose jackets, flip flops, leggings, chino’s, and wrinkled t-shirts while taking the mass transit. I no longer see anything close to inspiring.

When did it become so alright not to give a shit? When did it become okay, to wear track pants to work, and flip flops to the office? Everyone looks the same. Is this the result of people losing a sense of who they are? Are we finally devoid of personality? Has the i-phone zapped our identities? Where has that beauty of self-expression gone? How did we get here, and why is this okay? -tM

Strong Friendships

Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

I have this friend, of the opposite sex, that has been in my life ever since my first birthday. On and off we would continuously weave in and out of each others lives, sometimes more regularly then others, but no matter where we were in life, we would always keep the communication lines open even if geography or life wouldn’t allow us the face to face time.

Life long friendship is a massive gift, and he has always made it easy for me to ” just be” in that friendship, and I believe I in return have allowed him the same ease.

Having him in my life makes me feel like all will be okay with the world. He is just that kind of strong and safe for me. -tM