Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Barns are Noble

We're headed to Vermont and New Hampshire tomorrow to explore some antique barns (and houses, of course). Our minds are already spinning with ideas inspired by the art and renovations below...

Half Hidden Barn, Wolf Kahn

Renovated barn from Dwell via Oh Happy Day


Dairy Barn renovation in Somerset, England via inhabitat


Bank Barn renovation in Leesburg, VA


Mirror Images, The Style of Portraiture

Our love for figurative art is no secret--we've posted about the paintings of Ammi Philips and Andrew Wyeth, Sheldon Peck and Alice Neel. A special love is observing portraiture that relays not only the literal image of the sitter, but the style and stylization favored at the time. Harvey Silverman's work from the '60's & '70's, and Peter Stichbury's au currant portraiture are perfect examples. Both artist's possess amazing rendering skill and craftsmanship, but it is their ability to capture the moment in time, and the way we see each other in that moment that amazes us! See for yourself:

Harvey Silverman

Swoon, Peter Stichbury


Self Portrait as Tom Wade, Peter Stichbury at Starkwhite Gallery


Untitled, Peter Stichbury from Webb's Auction House (NZ)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Color of Wings and the Freedom of Flight

Street art by Belgium artist Roa,
untitled location

Goose shadow at Pier 54; Drawing Room Blue by Farrow & Ball

Unidentified location

Vintage wallpaper in 1845 Kerhonkson farmhouse; Breakfast Room Green by Farrow & Ball

Paris Vitry sur Seine

Baby goose on the side of the road in Litchfield, CT; Cord by Farrow & Ball

Cologne, Germany

Vintage wallpaper in New 18th century Colonial; Prophry Pink by Farrow & Ball

Unidentified location

Ducks (and koi) at the New York Botanical Garden; Railings by Farrow & Ball

Pedly Street, London

Theodore Deck charger by Ernest Carrie, circa 1880; Arsenic by Farrow & Ball

Warsaw, Poland

Pheasant taxidermy found in Seymour, CT; Brinjal by Farrow & Ball

Unidentified location

Monday, June 28, 2010

New York è bell'in Italiano

One of our favorite things about New York is that it's an amalgam of cultures, architecture, art design, flavors and opinions. Take a look around, you can be transported to the most surprising places. Here's a little bit of Italy on our New York streets:

The columns of Colonnade Row on Lafayette

Romantic palette and stucco above a parking lot on East 12th Street

Michelangelo would be proud, Lafayette and Bond


Friday, June 25, 2010

City in the Round

We found oursleves walking in circles last night as we took a stroll before meeting friends for dinner. Our little adventure from the West Village to the West Side Highway and back to the West Village inspired us to think "round"...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Urban Color, Brought to You by Nikon and Pantone

U.S. mailbox on 15th Street between 7th and 8th Avenue; Purple Pantone color set

Boarded-up storefront door on Crosby Street in Soho; Blue Pantone color set

Reflection of scaffolding on sidewalk at 10th Avenue in Hells Kitchen; Orange Pantone color set

14th Street in Chelsea, from the car; Green Pantone color set

Walk sign at a construction site on Spring Street, also Soho; Red Pantone color set

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Finders Keepers

While the majority of our weekends have been dedicated to hunting for an antique house, we've also gathered a few smaller things along the way...

Wooden pantry box with layers of wallpaper...a favorite, and antique paint brushes with most lovely golden handles

The perfect Chippendale mirror found in Maine

Unusual for us--a braided rug, but we we loved the antique remnant in the middle

Wooden boxes found in NY, Maine and Vermont (top to bottom)