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Sun and Sea: Art, Fashion & Design

It is a sunny day in California and the gorgeous colors of the ocean and the sky this morning prompted this post on the Turquoise and Tangerine colors found  in the art, fashion and design we love.  I just bought the Tangerine shoes over the weekend.

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1.  Sliding to Sunset/ Fine Art Photograph by Chris Bukard 2. Luzelle van der Westhuizen beach Towels. One Kings Road 3. Tekkies Jam Shoes. Puma 4. Schumacher Carmel Coastline Print Fabric in Tangerine/Laguna. Schumacher. 5. Le Soleil Pendant Lamp in Aquamarine.Y Lighting 6. Men’s Adidas Water Grip Shoe. US Sandals 7. Juicy Couture Turquoise Shimmer Sunglasses. Everything Turquoise

Place your Bets: Fancy Hats & Mint Juleps

Time to get out your hats and place your bets!  The Kentucky Derby is on tomorrow, May 7.

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Speaking of hats, I love this image from BoDog.   Character.

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But when the subject is hats, the first designer who comes to mind is UK Milner, Philip Treacy.  He is  a first class artisan in his craft for men and  women …and even the Horse. …Apparently (via Alice is Lost).  Lady Gaga was even his intern at one time.

Images (clockwise):  Guardian, Harrods, Blogoogles

Sarah Jessica Parker showed off this Fascinator, also by Philip Treacy,  in “Sex and the City.”  These were a hit at the Royal Wedding and these from NYC Fascinators are even budget friendly.

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(photo by: Elizabeth Perrin)
If you will be watching from home like me,  get your Mint Julep ingredients together.Forbe's Best Bartender, Eben Freeman from the Tailor Restaurant in New York City, offers up his secrets and even a video on Epicurious.  
I have my eye on the Tipsy Tea. I am a sucker for a kitschy title, but it's also made with vodka for those who can not quite stomach the Bourbon.  

 Whatever you do, don’t forget to place your bets.  See the official site for all the details.

Clever Design: Indoor Slides

As a mother of two kids under the age of 5, this slide would be a must in any design for my home.  I’m not sure if slides or swings are something anyone really grows out of enjoying!

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Private Residence  in Indonesia. Via Dezeen.

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1. By Level Architects via Dornob. 2. Private Residence via: ohdeedoh 3. Ab Rogers Design via FlavorWire.   4.  New York Penthouse by Turett Collaborative Architects via Design Milk.

 

I wonder how you may incorporate one through the roof if you don’t have a two-story home to work with… hmmm. Design Project # 192. In the meantime, I may consider this Ikea VIRRE Indoor Slide.

Interior Design: Floating Stairs

We are very excited about our sustainable project in Montecito that is nearing completion. One of the details that stands out is the cantalievered floating staircase.  So, I thought it would be fun to see what other floating stair images there were out there.

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Here’s my favorite from a site called Stair Porn. I had no idea there were enough unique stairs to form a whole website about them, but there are. The design above is by Kengo-Kuma, an architect I just discovered today, who has done several notable floating stair designs.  You may also want to check out his Bamboo House and other work.

1. Photo via Cubeme. Stairs at the Gray Hotel in Milan  2. via: DigsDigs Schlosser + Partner.  3.  Alvaro Leite Siza 4.Via core architects .

Getting Away: Significant Architecture Rentals

I just recieved an invite from Urban Daddy,  a new daily email with perks and info on all the great happenings in 21 major cities.  You do not have to live in one of those cities to find a world of interesting articles about the latest gear, gadgets, travel guides, airplanes, cars…you name it.  So, of course,  I signed up.  The ADD kicked in as my eyes were telling my hands to click here, click there. I settled in on this article about  renting architecturally significant homes for your next vacation get-away or business travel.   What lover of design and architecture would not want to know about this site. If you are an “incurably stylish nomad,”  it’s a good resource to seek your next get-away space.

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Le Corbusier Apartment, France

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Villa K, Morrocco.

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Terrasse du Port Marseille

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Tamarind Cottage, Barbados

I could stop now, but I was also taken with something much closer to home: the Airstream in Big Sur.  I have always dreamed of owning an Airstream, but maybe I should try vacationing in one first. And this humble and homey Topanga Canyon place looks great if you need to be near Los Angeles. For more places and spaces check out their site at Boutique-Homes.

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We have our own suite of Luxury Rentals available at MW LuxuryGroup.  All Design/Build  projects have been done by Gregg and me, ourselves.  This “Honolulu Hideaway” was featured in Architectural Digest and was the destination of  Tamara’s sustainable and  gorgeous small Island wedding.

Our homes also integrate great design with all the comforts of a luxury home….all in desirable locations,  such as Montecito and Santa Barbara,  Honolulu, Nantucket and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Celebrate Spring with a Nantucket-Style Tailgate Picnic

We are heading to the “Isle Faraway” this weekend for Daffodil Festival on Nantucket. Actually it is the perfect opportunity to open up the property there that we manage as part of a luxury real estate portfolio. The property is already fully leased for the summer season, starting in Mid May. We will meet with the on-island caretaker, media guy and landscapers to bring this three-building compound out of its winter coma. Being a Californian for the last 20 years, I am really looking forward to the springtime awakening.  Daffodils will be in bloom everywhere on Nantucket.

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The highlight of the weekend is the Classic Car parade up Main Street to Siasconset where all the cars  park along the bucolic Milestone Road for  an awesome Tailgate Picnic that is a veritable  feast for the belly and the eyes!

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People really go nuts with the Daffodil theme of the festival. Admittedly, even we will even dabble in the “daffy yellow” although the most we can muster is usually a yellow Nantucket Sweatshirt.

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It is such a creative and festive way to kick off the season with the community picnicking surrounded by bright yellow daffodils and classic cars.  Its like a spring awakening with friends, family, pets, food and,  don’t forget the champagne.

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Why not make your own picnic wherever you are.  Great site for all your picnic needs. Wicker Picnic Basket.

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