Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Taking a Rest

I'm taking a bit of time off after the hurry and flurry of the holidays. I won't be doing this all the time, but snuggling with my favorite teddy (husband) will certainly be part of my renewal. 

Happy New Year to all of you! See you in 2011.

cheers,
shaun

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Shades of Gray


Photos #1 - #3 Richard Powers Via Sarah Kaye. Photo #4 Via Sarah Kaye

Monday, December 27, 2010

Simply Magical
I am simply in awe of snow and snowflakes. The way a snow bank glistens and sparkles like a mountain of crushed diamonds seems just too magical to be real. The fact that no two snowflakes are alike does not amaze me; but that they are tiny, intricate and incredible pieces of Nature's art does. In 2003, Japanese photographer, Yuji Obata was compelled to photograph winter scenes in Japan and finally became fascinated with the unique challenge of photographing snowflakes. Obata was obsessed with the challenge of doing something no one had done before ~ in his case, photographing snowflakes in freefall rather than on a flat surface without digital or any other manipulation. He captures the miniature miracles beautifully.  





All images and more can be seen here on the Danzigner Projects.

Friday, December 24, 2010

A Festive Scottish Mood
Photographer Polly Wreford created an array of sumptious vignettes for Red Magazine, UK. Located in a Scottish Castle, it gets us in a festive mood for tonight's celebrations.


 


All Photos by Polly Wreford via Sarah Kaye.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Gilded Opulence
I love the over-abundance of the hundreds of Christmas bulbs spilling down the staircase that I found on one of my favorite Canadian blogs, Automatism. Chris Everard is the photographer for these golden moments.


Chris Everard via Automatism

Photo by Chris Everard {Via}

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Celebrate the Solstice
Photo by Grisha Nisnevich

Photo by Jeff  Pflueger

Seen in My Neigborhood
Santa is coming! They've been checking out the neighborhood's flying condition!



Saturday, December 18, 2010

Last Minute Gift for TV Hounds
Still need a gift for the TV Hound on your list? There are plenty of them; from the Wi watchers, to HGTV do-it-yourselfers, to the reality TV buffs. But, you say, "They have a TV and, besides, I don't want to spend that kind of money!" What about helping them update their room of worship (noticing their space around them while staring at the screen may not be a strong point) with a new TV stand ? Check out tv stands.com for literally thousands of choices.



Friday, December 17, 2010

Pretty in Pink - Pantone's 2011 Color of the Year
Pantone, THE God of color, has announced the color for the new year; Honeysuckle. More than 45 years ago, the company created a color matching system for print that has since sold its concept to other color-critical industries, including digital technolody, fashion, home decor, architecture and paint. 

Personally, I've loved pale pink for decades. Perhaps because it goes so well on my already pinkish skin which my schoolmate, Jim McKillip, pointed out to me in the fourth grade.  My hand was raised to answer a question when Jim blurted out with quiet astonshment, "You're skin is so . . . so . . . pink." The feelings of being somewhat off-colored faded by my late teens when I finally embraced my - apparently - too baby-like tone.

Via Pantone

Via Pantone



A pinkish red, Honeysuckle may be a bit difficult to sell to your clients, whether they be a couple looking to update their living room or a small start-up business looking for a graphic identity program. So, I've found some ways to perhaps sneak the color in even if it's only temporary.

Our tree is already decorated, finished with red and cream colored bows. But this might be a  finishing touch that I'll try next year. Via

Now, the next three I could live with. The pink tones in all three of these rooms are balanced with a basically monochromatic backdrop.

Elegant Feminity {Via}

The pink helps soften the modern edge. {Via}

Pink lends a sophisticated and unexpected element in what otherwise is a home filled with modern rusticity. {Via} at Fuji Files
One simple lamp packs enough punch  and personality to fully represent the color of 2011! {Via}

And if all else fails, you can just mail your invoice in a bright pink envelope.

Buy it at Jampaper.com



To find out how to incorporate your color, contact me.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Beautiful Renditions of Reindeer
Painter Caitlin McGauley captures the essence of Frederique Morrel's intricately detailed needlepoint deer with a fairly loose watercolour. Frederique, whom longs to have the days of old back when art was an everyday part of life, creates gorgeous on-of-a-kind life size art sculptures incorporating vintage tapestries.













Monday, December 13, 2010

Stone Interiors - Always Right
Stone gives a look of permanence whether it be traditional or contemporary design. 

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