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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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Just a month after I post a mass appeal for an at-home cocktail hour resurgence, I find this website dedicated to bringing the bar cart back.  Society Social appears to be THE lifestyle company for happy hour.  They sell everything you could possibly need for a fabulous private soiree including bar carts…

Tipple Trolley Bar CartThe Tipple Trolley

(this style is available in 11 colors and silver and gold metal finishes)

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…outdoor & indoor furniture…

The Cocktail Party table and chairs

The Cocktail Party table  &  chairs

(available in 13 colors)

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…vintage bar accouterments…

Vintage Cane Highball Set

Cane Highball Set

(only $65, thank you very much!)

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…irreverent happy hour attire…

Society Social Signature Hostess Gown in Yellow the Society Social Signature Hostess Gown

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… & even the requisite bling!

"On the Rocks" Cocktail Rings from Society Social“On the Rocks” Cocktail Rings

(Made in the USA – love that!)

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I am sure you have heard of her, but in case you have not had the opportunity, Mrs. Lilien is the poster girl for imbibing luxuriously.  She has her Cocktail Swatchbook, which far exceeds Old Mr. Boston’s version, and now she has released a bar cart of her own…

The Mrs. Lilien Bar Cartappropriately named The Mrs. Lilien and being sold by Society Social.

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I have a deep urge to re-outfit my own bar cart with a number of things from this wonderful little company – that set of Cane Highballs to start – but today I just don’t have the time.  However, it is safe to say that everything here…

The Sedgewick from Society Socialwould look just fine in my humble little home.

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What do you think of the caftans?  Could you slip into one of those the next time you play Hostess?

I am undecided.

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Visit Society Social to peruse all of their classy cocktail merchandise, then come back here and tell me what you purchase.  I am very curious!

-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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sliding door hutch

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Right up there with barrister bookcases (which I will have to post about at a later date) are all of the sliding glass cabinet doors I’ve been seeing.

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From a functionality point of view, it takes away any concern of opening a door, especially a glass paneled door, into a corner or edge of another cabinet.  And, if space is at a premium, your head is safe from swinging doors.

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But more than anything else…

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…I think they look just fabulous!!

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Something I’ve noticed recently is horizontal paneling, bead-board, & even stacked lumber being used in just about any room in the house.  Have you seen this?

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Pretty, don’t you think?  Relaxed, comfortable, serene.

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These photos show a consistently informal, even rustic, aesthetic, but this bathroom is noticeably more polished than the other rooms…

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And this looks a bit more transitional Scandinavian, no?

 
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Are we liking this wall treatment?

What trends have caught your eye?

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All of this neutral, earth-toned horizontal paneling reminds me of the glass and stone tiles that companies like Artistic Tile and Porcelanosa have been doing.

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Porcelanosa’s Mini Strip Shannan

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Porcelanosa’s Brick Wood

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Artistic Tile’s Fats Brown Glass Tile (hotness)

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Artistic Tile’s Coltrane Cream Glass Tile

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A  photo Trish took of Artistic Tile’s Satchmo Sticks glass tile from KBIS 2010.  Seeing their line of products at the industry show convinced her we HAD TO HAVE THEM in our showroom.  She went totally nuts over them!  It’s been one big love fest ever since.

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I’m thinking I want to get a little deeper into tile pretty soon.  If you have any tile horror stories, incredibly successful installations, photos, or a memorable tile experience PLEASE tell me about it.  I’m DYING to know!!

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Have a Wonderful Weekend 🙂

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All photos, except for the one Trish took, are from Pinterest.

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