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Friday, October 2, 2009

Soul Journ

"The color intensity is the first wave that hits you, then it's the seeking of voice amongst the silent, life-etched facial lines of the portraits." ~ Kevin Obregon

In his very first solo show, Tyler Sharp's exquisite travel photography explores the beauty and richness of global ethnicity and enduring culture. Through vivid candid portraiture, resplendent landscapes and sublime architecture, the roots of our past converge with our universal future. As we move away from the wasteful, indulgent life style of recent decades, we can look to the tribal essence of enduring cultures for inspiration and connection. Tyler's point of view elegantly captures the soulful character of his subjects, personifying the cultural ties that bind us as an ecumenical community. Simple black frames and crisp white matting focus attention on the organic essence of the alluring images. All pieces are National Geographic worthy, and would be a fantastic addition to any modern or traditional interior space.

Soul Journ runs October 1 - 17, 2009 at The Cube Creative.
Artist Reception October 3rd 6-9pm.
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Friday, September 18, 2009

Diego Rivera's Cubism

Girl with Artichokes [Muchacha con alcachofas], 1913

Currently on display at The Meadows Museum, at SMU, is a wonderfully curated show featuring the cubist works of Diego Rivera. I was particularly drawn to the earliest, transitional pieces. The somber, muted color pallets, and haunting expressions are captivating. Also on display are paintings by some of Rivera's contemporaries, which clearly illustrate the depth and departure of the cubist movement. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself inches away from an obscure cubist landscape by Pablo Picasso. As the story goes, it's the one that ended their long friendship. Well worth a visit.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Because...Why Wouldn't You?

A little leopard goes a long why not this way??

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Barstool Brings Sexy Back!

Dear Phillipe,

Thank you for this most sexy of barstools! It was love at first sight.. then I sat in it...omg! One arm? Polished aluminum? Are you kidding? I'll never look at another stool again, I promise!

Your's Truly,

Kong Barstool by Phillipe Starck
Available at Design Within Reach

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Why not just white?

"Color has the ability to emphasize aspects of art in a way that white cannot."

This is a great article about the use and selection of wall color from the perspective of an art gallery. This technique can translate to any interior. As I begin to design a space, I always start with an inspiration piece. Many times this is art, but can also be fabrics, rugs, or stone.

Read the full article here: STIR Magazine

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Visualizing Vignettes

I love this idea of building vignettes to experiment with selections. Visualizing the design concept can be so difficult, even with the best renderings and sample boards. This technique truly illustrates the final look by showing how each element relates to each other and to the surrounding environment. Bridging that ubiquitous gap between concept and reality will definitely give the client a great sense of trust and confidence in their decisions and their design team.

I would select the traditional red roof for the long term classic value. I prefer the mullions on the 4 lite casement over the single hung window, but I would still use the blue accent color on the mutins, sash and fascia.

Where could we use that gorgeous blue roof...?

Article by Candy Evans of Dallas Dirt.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009


I love how a seemingly simple object can create such a beautifully intricate pattern with light and shadow. Reminiscent of other everyday elements that can transform a space -or an experience- completely.

From German designer Peter Buning.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Fireplace Beauty

I finally found the perfect thing for my empty hole of a fireplace....Glass Logs! These beauties are cast from 2300 degree molten glass in sand impressions of actual wood, by artist Jeff Benroth. Being glass, they are decorative only, but they reflect and refract and sparkle so fantastically. Each piece is signed and numbered.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Pittsburgh Project

My residential remodel in Pittsburgh is well underway and looking fantastic!
Here's the "before" and "during" photos.