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After two cold and windy storms right in a row, I can imagine curtaining myself off from the draft in this bed.  Light would transform at dusk and dawn in this room.  Don’t you feel better just looking at it?

 I do!

Enjoy the weekend and I hope the weather is nice to you wherever you are     : )

-A.

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I have had an internal debate regarding modern fine art photography’s use in interior design for the longest time.  Stemming from my own preferences towards painted works, I can’t seem to make the jump to using straight images from everyday life/pop culture un-softened by brushstrokes and interpretation.

Janet, for example, would never make an appearance in any of the work I do…

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Stranger still is imagery that I can’t understand wanting in any part of my house.  Ever.  I realize that as art, these images are intended to make the viewer think.  The designer in me still feels that anxiety inducing need to maintain a… feeling (at the very least).

That photo makes me physically uncomfortable, like I’m choking.  WHY???  Why put THAT photograph there??  An incredible antique vessel sink (originally part of a fountain), solid slab counters and stone floors, and that beautiful wood screen – give them something exotic.  Give them seductive.  Give them tranquil.  Hell, give them humor!

Give them anything but an old t.v. in the corner of an ugly room!!!

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(Deep breath)
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On the up side, I do enjoy family photos.  Just not the ones straight from the point-and-shoot.  I am a huge fan of Photoshop.  Crop, edit, enlarge – manipulate away!  Make it black and white and I’ll put it just about anywhere.  Black and White Portrait Photography

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Since I have known for some time that fine art photography and I are not always real chummy, I’ve been practicing.  I created a board on Pinterest where I collect images of anything I can imagine framing and hanging in a room someday.  Favorites…

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http://thefullerview.tumblr.com/post/32304169168.

"One of the best dogs I’ve ever met".

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(this cracks me up!)

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This one I found and fell in love with while living in Newport, RI.  The photographer is Alexander Nesbitt.  I didn’t know that before I moved away so I only recently re-found the photo…

http://pinterest.com/pin/237353842831896148/See it matted and framed at Sapo Freaky Burrito at 16 Broadway in Newport, or click the image to purchase a print.  Believe me when I tell you that in person, this is amazing.

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I react when I look at these images with feelings ranging from fondness to love, experiencing awe and hilarity and wonder.  This is my pre-requisite for art in someone’s home.  They must react positively.*  Professional artwork is an investment (read: freaking expensive) so it better mean more to you than just a pretty picture!  And if it makes you feel like you’re choking (the way that stupid tv does me), or repulsed, or depressed, or self-critical – drop that thing like a bad habit (metaphorically – remember this stuff is expensive), because who wants to feel like that every time you look at it?

Do you know what I mean, people?  Can I get an amen?!

What’s your definition of photocrappy and does anyone respond to art like they’re choking?  This one really took me by surprise.

-A.

*So, I am aware that art is personal and subjective and that not everyone would look at a photo of a tv in an ugly room and react like I do, but I just don’t see how you couldn’t.  And I really hope that the designer of that bathroom or the photographer that snapped that photo never happens to land on my corner of the blogging universe.  I mean no disrespect!

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        Thanksgiving is so close and I was remembering I adopted the job as a kid (and favorite task to this day) to set the Thanksgiving table.  I got really Martha Stewart on everyone the year I pulled out my Mom’s leaf-shaped cookie cutters, traced and cut them out of earth-tone colored paper.  Then I lightly decorated them with colored pencil and wrote everyone’s names in my best script.  Perched next to my Grandmother’s Johnson Brother’s English China, antique sterling, and burlap and linen table runner, they looked pretty darn spectacular.

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Comments from onlookers ranged from “she’s crazy” to “well, aren’t you creative!”  It might just be the plight of every creative person on earth to teeter on crazy in other people’s eyes.

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Moving on… I was flipping through our Match Pewter book and realized that this company may as well have been created to set Thanksgiving tables.

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And host Fall-time parties.

Set the Table | Kent Kitchen Works Blog.

Can’t you just imagine how great this footed casserole would look overflowing with Roasted Butternut Squash with Caramelized Onions, Gorgonzola and Crispy Fried Sage

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The Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Grapes with Walnuts sat next to it in here…

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And this Mushroom Bowl piled high with homemade dinner rolls

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The turkey cradled by roasted potatoes and onion, rosemary and sage beautifully staged here…

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And, because I am a fabulous hostess, one of these little trinket boxes to go home with each of my guests…

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There are punch bowls and cocktail shakers and jiggers.  Pewter stemmed wine glasses and delicate flatware for every occasion.   I’d love to set the Thanksgiving table this year with Match and possibly even more leaf-shaped place cards.

Maybe next year since most of what I would want to use will land on my Christmas list before the table.

-A.

PS:  I did those cookie cutter leaf place cards before Ms. Stewart did.  My mom called me a couple of years later when she saw Martha copying my idea.  I just thought you should know.    : )

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Stainless steel isn’t technically a precious metal.

stainless steel kitchen via elle decor.

steel kitchen by antonio citterio | kent kitchen works blog.

mixed metal kitchen designed by nate berkus | kent kitchen works blog.

Then again, neither is brass..

gold chandelier from urban outfitters.

copper kitchen .

large kitchen with brass and black details.

…or copper…

Kitchen by Madeline Stuart with copper hood.

copper kitchen.

…or nickel, for that matter.

Nickel soaker bath tub.

That doesn’t keep me from lusting over it, though.

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hammered metal kitchen cabinetry

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“Precious” or not, I LOVE those metals!

-A.

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Are you a happy hour reveler who pays no heed to location or hour?  A home bar is required for the enthusiastic seeker of liquid merriment & here is inspiration for your own…

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Bar carts – charmingly functional pieces of patio adornment.

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bar trolley.

feminine and elegant bar.

Marble Top Bar.

Butcher Block Bar.

Vintage geometric highball glasses, bar setupI would gladly take this charming home bar set-up as my own.

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My Mixed Metal Home Bar Picks:

Gold Leaf Bar Cart from Zinc DoorThe Bar Cart

(also available in Nickel)

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Red Fleur De Lis CoastersThe Coasters

Sterling Liquor Tag

The Liquor Label

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Vintage Stella Artois Pint GlassesThe Pint Glass

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vintage metalyte rocks glassesThe Rocks Glass

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gold scaled highball glassesThe High Ball Glass

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Platinum Band Martini Glasses from Williams Sonoma

The Cocktail Glass

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stemless champagne flutes The Champagne Flute

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Hotel Rose Champagne Bucket

The Champagne Bucket

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Gold Bottle Opener

The Bottle Opener

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metals straws in a wood block

The Cocktail Straw/Stir

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gold Japanese style jiggersThe Jigger

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Mrs. Lilien's Cocktail Swatchbook via MetropolisMag.com
The Mrs. Lilien Cocktail Swatchbook

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And a recipe of my own:

The Blueberry Screwdriver – 1 Part Blueberry Vodka to 2 Parts Orange Juice.

Yummy!

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This is fun & I could go on forever, but I think it may be time for a cocktail.

Enjoy your Happy Hour!

– A.

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