An Ode to Yellow

A colour often synonymous with the free loving 60’s & 70’s, seems to have somewhat disappeared design wise. The above is a visual ode to the colour itself, used as an accent or in its entirety, yellow marries well with so many colours, and there are so many versions of it to fall in love with.

I remember a girlfriend (who is Irish herself) told me that if you see a house with a yellow painted door, you’d better believe that those residing inside are Irish. It’s a distinctive colour, that can be bold as much as it can be soft, however, anyway you look at it yellow means standing away from the crowd.

I think those who accept yellow into their lives through interior design or otherwise don’t take themselves too seriously.

It’s a statement, as are all colours, however this one not so subtle in its display. -tM

Photography: Unknown; Image No. 3 & 4 DIMORE Studio Design

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

Serenity Now

Philip Dixon’s Moroccan inspired home in Venice Beach is a space that feels tranquil and inviting. A home, in my opinion should be a place where you can decompress, let go, shut out the world, and replenish your mind, body, and soul. This particular design and open concept of home is well balanced in function and form, taking full advantage of the California climate and finding inspiration in the boho vibe of living near a beach. -tM

The Beauty of Simplicity

Design: Axel Vervoordt

Design: Axel Vervoordt

I would have not fared well during the Louis XIV times. I find anything busier then above to be clutter. Less is more. Just like with clothing, it highlights the bones and beauty of the space or in the case of dress, the person.

The closer to the basics I get, the more content and fulfilled I am. -tM

Gathering Around the Art

Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

The hearth used to be a symbol of ones home which provided a space for a collective congregation of people for practical reasons. However, now a days, with central heating, the practicality of its use has changed. It has now become more form then function.

However, I firmly believe that a fireplace does not need to be functional to bring warmth and design interest into a space. I personally like faux mantles that bring texture, art, and visual interest into a room. Its structure offers many display opportunities for pieces that bring one joy.

You can still bring intimacy to its purpose through art, making it yet another informal place in your home to just be. -tM

Sumptuous Geometry

Forte Forte Boutique in Paris, France

Forte Forte Boutique in Paris, France

When the practicality of mathematics co-mingles with pink marble and brass, life becomes even sweeter. Lines and shapes that take you on a journey; isn’t that the expectation of beauty anyway? To be swept away in her bosom of purpose and form? -tM

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

Spaces of Serenity

Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

I love the way one would move through this room. Straight lines direct you but the curves entice you to linger a little longer, to take a seat, to loose your inhibitions.

Sensual, classic, and contemporary, the colour and texture of this space move me toward an inner state of peace. tM

Galley Kitchen Envy

Photography & Design: Unknown

Photography & Design: Unknown

Small spaces can prove to be sexier then larger and spacious ones, simply because there tends to be less room to play with. It often needs to be paired down and kept simple, taking advantage of clean line architecture and then having some fun with pattern or colour.

This is an excellent example of the above. Streamlined, sexy, functional, and sophisticated. -tM