There has always been a question of whether style is in fact innate or something that has to be learned. Regardless of what you may or may not believe, it is nice to see two generations of style side by side and the lessons that may or may not have been passed down. -tM
I feel like life should be like this always. Space for movement, for ease, for nature, and for time away from the routine. -tM
Who says you can’t dress up to walk the streets eating meat on a stick?
I have always been a firm believer in wearing your jewels, your “fancy” shoes, your beautiful handbag, great coat, sparkly top, whenever the mood strikes you. I don’t believe in saving fashion/style for a special occasion. Bust your finest out whenever the spirit catches you. If it makes you feel good, that confidence will spill over into everything you do that day.
Viva la inspiration! -tM
The magnetic pull of a focal point in a room can be anything you want it to be, changing the mood of the room in an instant.
I like focal points in rooms for a few reasons, one, it acts as an anchor in a space, unifying a room that may otherwise have an identity crisis. Two, it draws you in, it immerses and engages you in an otherwise unfamiliar space, creating an emotional experience/connection. Sometimes it can also set the stage for a theme, or add playfulness or contrast to an otherwise stale space. Forth, it can be an instant face lift, making the room feel fresh and new, giving it a sense of panache and gusto. And lastly, it can do double duty by highlighting other important architectural beauty that would otherwise go unnoticed by the amateur eye.
The purpose of the focal point, in my opinion is to lure you in, only to have you consider the rest of the space in a wandering fashion. They eye should never linger when there is so much to explore. -tM
With every summer comes the obligatory melt. The melt that is electric in currency, that sparks creativity, as much as it does resignation. It forces us to slow down, to pay attention to our breath, to acknowledge (albeit in frustration sometimes) how our body moves and feels and to really pay attention to what it needs.
So as frustrating as it can be, “the melt” helps us self-regulate, and slooooow it the f&%* down, because as wild and hectic of a world as we think we may live in, it is no match for creation.
So here is to letting that frustration and resistance go, and to taking it slow, sexy & slow. -tM
Striving for perfection is both exhausting and incredibly boring. -tM
There has always been something tough about the asethetic of North American fashion, versus that of the elegance with which European fashion is conveyed. Even in our most sophisticated moments there is still this undertone of grit.
It goes to show you that fashion is so much more then the clothes that you choose to wear. It is also about attitude, culture, self-worth, creativity, social status, and a freedom of expression that is more often then not inextricably linked to where you have grown up and what you have internalized on a psychological level.
It is living art made beautiful by what you choose to say with it, in attitude and in style. -tM
I cannot say enough about the beauty of colour and the instant light and joy that it brings the soul when done right. -tM
Design: 1. Unknown; 2. Unknown; 3. Depasquale & Maffini; 4. Jean Ginsberg
City streets never lie. -tM
Photography: 1. NYC, Unknown; 2. Italy, Unknown; 3. Greece, Dana Kandinska, 4. Havana, Unknown; 5. Turkey, Unknown
You should never underestimate a window, in design and in life. It can shift your perspective in a matter of moments. -tM
“It is three at night. I have something to say. You are so valuable. You shine out. You are a magic star. You are a body of blood made beautiful. How I admire, sit back and adore you. How thirsty I am for that. How you feed me.”
– Anne Sexton, from a letter to Lois Ames dated 11 January 1969
As simple and as delicious as it is, it has never been straightforward. Bread has always been a direct reflection of economics. To look at bread, is to look at taxation, revolts, and subsidies. It tells the story of life, its struggle and its triumphs; bread is endless in what it can represent. It’s good to critically think about our food beyond our initial consumption from time to time. There is often a narrative there worth understanding. -tM
Necessity is said to be the mother of all invention. And that is exactly what designer Pietro Russo put to good use when designing his own home. Wanting to fit and incorporate a cadenza that wasn’t quite suitable in depth, as the room was too narrow. Solution: carve open the wall and insert. -tM
And so does the ART of seduction. It is about intelligence and wit and always starts in the mind. I wish North American culture would remember that. -tM
Here is to the ease of being, of letting go, of detachment. Let us take inspiration from what the summer months have to offer, and remember its simple offerings, because it is in that simplicity that ease is born. -tM
Peace, Love, and Sustainability are the design backbone to these eco-friendly apartments.
All of the suites follow the curved lines of the human psyche in relation to interior spaces. Dean found that we crave spaces that not only look good, but feel good, and according to him the curvilinear line does just that. Perhaps it is a throwback to the womb in conception; however primitive in origin, its movement is both progressive in thought and design, shifting our perception of what it means to live in a community that works in harmony with nature, design, and economics. -tM