Time Out…

…this is my cup of tea…a modern appeal, one that feels both ancient and contemporary, which yields an air of luxury.  We are visiting the southern coast of Italy…Corte San Pietro Hotel in Italy’s Cave City, Matera…Daniela Amoroso, architect.

The ancient Italian city of Matera, located just off the heel of the Italy, is home to deep caves that have been used domestically for millennia.  The Corte San Pietro Hotel takes shape amongst these caves in the Sassi District, a celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Site in central Matera.  This centuries-old dwelling now welcomes guests from around the world to explore the history of Matera and its complicated topography. – thecoolist

PierMario Ruggeri, photographer


Dec 18, 2013


…of a different variety…aren’t these beautiful?


Dec 18, 2013

Five Fab Frills*…

…frill*- luxury…nice touch…

Untitled Nº557, ink, silk & beewax on panel/eric blum…one of my favorite artists…

mirror oh mirror/sam orlando miller

tre pezzi wool from cassina

emerald plants

this pool…na xemena house/ramón esteve


Dec 16, 2013

Yodel-oh-ee-dee, Sim!…

…Portuguese townhouse meets Alpine chalet…Three Cusps Chalet renovated townhouse by Tiago do Vale Arquitectos…a light and modern home and workplace…

via: dezeen

Dec 15, 2013


…set…the season is upon us…

Repurposing fluorescent light fixtures creates a Christmas tree

via: desiretoinspire

Dec 14, 2013

Walk On By…

…we often walk passed fabulous spaces without noticing them…


Dec 12, 2013


…a stunning exhibition at Louisiana Contemporary, Humlebaek, Denmark , by one of my favorite artists, Tara Donovan…captures the feeling of winter…


Dec 11, 2013

Contemporary Cool in Venice…

…a pioneer in affordable luxury, Generators’ Hostel in Venice has opened…

via: yellowtrace

Dec 9, 2013


…don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty…


Dec 7, 2013

X Marks the Spot…

…oh yes, this is how one makes a statement.  The bold Casa X by the brilliant Cadaval & Solà-Morales…more here…and here.


Dec 6, 2013

The Theory of Multiple Intelligences…

1. Linguistic Intelligence: the capacity to use language to express what’s on your mind and to understand other people. Any kind of writer, orator, speaker, lawyer, or other person for whom language is an important stock in trade has great linguistic intelligence.

2. Logical/Mathematical Intelligence: the capacity to understand the underlying principles of some kind of causal system, the way a scientist or a logician does; or to manipulate numbers, quantities, and operations, the way a mathematician does.

3. Musical Rhythmic Intelligence: the capacity to think in music; to be able to hear patterns, recognize them, and perhaps manipulate them. People who have strong musical intelligence don’t just remember music easily, they can’t get it out of their minds, it’s so omnipresent.

4. Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence: the capacity to use your whole body or parts of your body (your hands, your fingers, your arms) to solve a problem, make something, or put on some kind of production. The most evident examples are people in athletics or the performing arts, particularly dancing or acting.

5. Spatial Intelligence: the ability to represent the spatial world internally in your mind — the way a sailor or airplane pilot navigates the large spatial world, or the way a chess player or sculptor represents a more circumscribed spatial world. Spatial intelligence can be used in the arts or in the sciences.

6. Naturalist Intelligence: the ability to discriminate among living things (plants, animals) and sensitivity to other features of the natural world (clouds, rock configurations). This ability was clearly of value in our evolutionary past as hunters, gatherers, and farmers; it continues to be central in such roles as botanist or chef.

7. Intrapersonal Intelligence: having an understanding of yourself; knowing who you are, what you can do, what you want to do, how you react to things, which things to avoid, and which things to gravitate toward. We are drawn to people who have a good understanding of themselves. They tend to know what they can and can’t do, and to know where to go if they need help.

8. Interpersonal Intelligence: the ability to understand other people. It’s an ability we all need, but is especially important for teachers, clinicians, salespersons, or politicians — anybody who deals with other people.

9. Existential Intelligence: the ability and proclivity to pose (and ponder) questions about life, death, and ultimate realities.

Howard Gardner‘s seminal Theory of Multiple Intelligences, originally published in 1983, which revolutionized psychology and education by offering a more dimensional conception of intelligence than the narrow measures traditional standardized tests had long applied.  (via arnaia)
image from minimalissimo
photograph by Paul Maffi


Dec 6, 2013

Lovely Buddha…

Lovely buddha…always brings a sense of serenity and integrity into a space…




Dec 5, 2013

Light and Bright…

…I am infatuated with floor to ceiling windows.  Even on a dreary day, your environment remains light and bright.  Pembrooke Gardens , in rainy London, by Michaelis Boyd suits my yearning…

images courtesy of Michaelis Boyd


Dec 5, 2013


…fiery-red stairs to help you turn up the heat on ‘hump day’…

Elvaston Place, London/Michaelis Boyd

thank you to Chantal at Meta Musings for the intro


Dec 4, 2013


…lemon zest, that is…enter this week with gusto…

Bibliothèque/Marie Claire Maison


Dec 2, 2013


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