A pilgrimage with Frank Gehry

I would like to pay homage to the great Architect Frank Gehry, I find his work is like Origami, 

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Frank Gehry was born in Canada in 1929, he studied at the University of Southern California and the Harvard graduate school of design. 

The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles was opened in 2003 but it could have been built yesterday, today or even tomorrow.

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You have to see it to believe this building is real, it looks absolutely surreal to me.

Gehry’s Neuer Zollhof is located in the Dusseldorf Waterfront in Germany.

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Cinémathèque Paris France. Used for film archives and history, built in 1994.

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This whale like building is the Fish Pavilion at the Barcelona Olympic in Spain. It was built in 1992, how avant-gardiste (forward thinking) is Frank Gehry.  

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Fondation Louis Vuitton Paris France is like ship with 12 glass sails. Built in 2014, Frank Gehry was 85 years young.

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Beekman Tower New York, this residential building  was built in 2011 and has 76 floors. I find it has a bit of a conservative look compared to his other work, except for the subtle pleats which function as bay windows.

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EMP Museum Seattle Washington

The steel and aluminum skin of the building looks like it is flapping in the wind, it is one of my very favorite Frank Gehry’s accomplishment, so delicate, so strong and so fashion like, it looks like a cocktail dress to me.

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The Dancing house, Prague, Czech Republic, they should invite this building to dance with the Stars , they call it Fred and Ginger. I believe Mr. Gehry must be very witty. 

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How extraordinary is this Frank Gehry’s project, the Guggenheim Museum im Abu Dhabi. It is only a project at the moment, let’s hope it will become a reality.

Hope you have enjoyed my favorite Frank Gehry’s favorite work, he is such a genius, he seems to come from another planet, if he does, he is more than welcome to earth.

 

Thirty shades of Orange

The color orange is often associated with pumpkins, this is how I see this color, what about you?

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Celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving, the color orange and pumpkins are a perfect match

 

The Atwater market celebrates Thanksgiving with its variety of pumpkins and squashes.

The colorful mums of fall are such a treat.

 

Mix your Pumpkins with your mums and be happy

 

Be bold and introduce the color orange in your own home.

 

The color orange can be quite vivifying. 

 

Orange background for your books.

 

A touch of squash in your bedroom.

 

A small corner with the color orange.

 

Cheer up your kitchen with a color moment

Rejuvenate your kitchen paint it you will like it!

Images via Architectural DigestYour kitchen has the Benjamin Moore blues and is totally happy.

Image via Architectural Digest/photo Derry MoorePainting your kitchen black over Chinese blue can be quite dramatic.

Image Via Architectural Digest/photo Joshua McHugh

Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan created this modernist kitchen, chairs fabric by Lee Jofa, the kitchen island mural is by by John-Paul Philippé, we should be so lucky to have a mural by this great artist.

 

John-Paul Philippé

If you want to know more about JP Philippé go to http://johnpaulphilippe.com/about/index.html

Image via Architectural Digest/photo Douglas Friedman

Traditional and industrial go well together in this black kitchen with a unusual gold unlacquered brass island and white subway tiles from Home Depot.

Image via Architectural Digest/photo Richard PowersA white and blue kitchen in Greece, the use of a light Mediterranean  blue and a darker blue with white marble countertops is really stunning.

A triple styles mix in a rustic home

Mixing styles is a real art and not as easy as it looks to accomplish.

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This Danish  Rustic country home is a great example of a triple mixture of styles, Rustic, Modern and Contemporary and a slight touch of Industrial style.


We often think that Modern style is the same as Contemporary style, Modern style started in 1920 and lasted until 1950, it is known as Mid-Century Modern.

Contemporary style is in constant evolution. Contemporary is what is trendy right now, it also borrows from different eras, so we sometimes confuse it for Modern style. This Danish country homes structure is totally rustic with its old wooden beams. The furniture in the living room dining room is mainly Mid-century Modern and Contemporary.

The white rug seems to be a greek flokati rug which was very popular in Modern times and as been revived as a Contemporary style.

In the kitchen there is a mixture of rustic wood drawers and industrial backsplash tiles.

 

The floors are rustic large planks but tinted with a grayish contemporary color.

The bathroom sink is a Rustic tree like stone basin.

The shower is a mixture of industrial black soap stone with very 1920 Moroccan floor tiles. 

The balcony furniture is rather countryish and with a small Contemporary black table and a geometric black and white patterned rug.

Have a great evening my lovelies, and give a serious thought about mixing your styles, I find it quite exciting and quite a challenge. 

If you have a mixture of styles in your home, we would love to see some pictures and you can share your styles with us.

 

The color white could be warm and peaceful

A white Parisian Home 

Via http://trendland.com/trendhome-parisian-duplex-loft/

The color white looks great with textured white wash brick walls ..this mostly  white loft belongs to Interior Designer Roxo Beis, it is quite minimalistic,  but it also feels very warm and comfortable…

The mixture of brick, wood, a touch of black and total white looks terrific…an industrial style with lots of personality…

This loft has great bones, the stone wall and the white wooden  beams are perfect for the color white…Yes you can paint your wooden beams white..there is nothing sacrilegious about it, it brightens up a room….

Going for a walk in Montreal

Yesterday was a beautiful day, so I went for a walk on Sherbrooke Street in Montreal,

I wanted to share this walk with you my lovelies.

Along the way, I met this Chihuahua, it was quite an encounter, he was as excited as I was about this lovely weather and he started following me on my expedition. I could not stop him and his master was really surprised and confused, so I had to turn around so that he would follow me back to his master, then we said our goodbyes.

If this chihuahua would have stayed with me, this is what he would have seen.

Montreal is getting ready to celebrate its 375th  anniversary. So Sherbrooke street is getting enhance with beautiful sculptures. Montreal can be very attractive when it makes an effort.

Mother and child sculpture seating on a bench.

Image via http://www.breathtaking.ca/

I have to mention the marvelous glass sculpture of Dale Chihuly ( looks like a Sea Anemone) that was installed last year in front of the Musée des beaux Arts de Montreal.

Suddenly a leaping hare appears right in front of your eyes.

This elegant horse has been here for a while.

Montreal’s fashion is well known all over the world, so don’t hesitate to pay a visit to a few boutiques.

Those are quite yummy shoes, and we all know they mean business and add to color in summer time.

OOPS, so sorry just wanted to tell you that Montreal is great but not so perfect sometimes, but I had a lovely walk and I do enjoy my city.  We have numerous festival, but unfortunately we also have a unique festival of orange cones. Believe me Montreal is worth visiting my lovelies.

for more info on the 375th of Montreal go to http://www.375mtl.com/

A minute apartment with a soul

If it is small, it has to have soul

Via Architectural Digest

Chris Stevens a Manhattan Designer has created a home in a very small studio.

The living room is tiny but absolutely complete, a comfy sofa is facing a comforting armchair.

In a small living area, adding an ottoman is useful for an extra seating.

When you live in a limited square footage apartment, it is very important to have a place for each thing in order to create harmony. Chris has really succeeded in creating great harmony even though he has no tendency for minimalism, every decorative objects and pieces of furniture are totally in synch with each other.

I find that Chris decor represents his life at every corner, it has soul and perfect balance.

Chris is a real artist, he can play with patterns and colours in his small bedroom and there is a superb dialogue taking place amongst them.

Celebrate you small interiors my lovelies, don’t be afraid to decorate and make it totally personal, remember this is your home.

Today’s idea, is your house a home

It’s been a while my lovelies, yes I had a cold again but I have not abandoned you, I have been thinking of you and visited a few inspiring sites. I thought you might enjoy this post about ”your house your home”

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/advice-about-making-a-house-a-home-243135

Great advice from Apartment Therapy of how to transform your house into your home.