Archive | September, 2010

Blue in the Bahamas

30 Sep

Our short trip to the Bahamas was fantastic. The blues and blue-greens of the Caribbean were simply gorgeous. Here are a few of my favorite images from the trip highlighting all the beautiful shades of blue.



22 Sep

I’ll be on a short hiatus for the remainder of the week and early next week. I’m heading here:


Image of the Bahamas courtesy of


…and plan to be completely disconnected. No internet, email, Twitter, nothing. See you next week.

Art & Magazines

20 Sep

In an interview with Meg Mateo Ilasco, creative director for Anthology, she shared the reasons for the illustrated cover of the magazine’s yet-to-be released premiere issue (due out in October):

“As for the magazine cover, there’s definitely a throwback quality to it. There was a time when most magazine covers weren’t seducing you with catchy headlines or top 10 lists, rather they were pieces of art, something that could be framed. Vintage Harpers Bazaar and Vogue covers are so inspiring and a testament to how illustrations can be just as powerful and moving as photographs. It’s shame that we don’t see more illustrated magazine covers”

So true. I couldn’t agree more. I wish we saw a piece of art in place of catchy headlines more often like the New Yorker has done for decades. (New Yorker prints are available for purchase at the New Yorker store.)

Do you Rue?

19 Sep

Why yes I do. This past week, the much-anticipated Rue magazine launched online.

The 261-page  premiere issue was gorgeous. The photography was beautiful, and the variety of homes that was featured offered something for every style and aesthetic. This editorial team certainly has a lot to be proud of. My favorites of the bunch were the homes of sfgirlbybay’s Victoria Smith (I love that brass dachshund!) and Rue’s editor-in-chief Crystal Gentilello. I’m definitely looking forward to the next issue!

Lonny’s Blogger Bios

16 Sep

Lonny magazine recently debuted the redesign of their Web site, and the changes are definitely an improvement. They’ve added a database of images divided by room (love that they have one particularly for bookshelves), a gorgeous blog, and now they offer the option to buy a hard copy. I really like the upgrades, but some of my most favorite additions are the blogger bio collages. They are beautifully photographed, and I love that each gives a glimpse into the personality, taste, and aesthetic of each member of the staff. Here’s a handful of them. Robert Leleux’s comments about New Orleans, a city I know well, made my day. He’s totally right, of course.

For the Love of London

14 Sep

London is one of my favorite cities in the world. Actually, it’s probably my favorite. I love the people, the city, the theater, the sensibility…I could go on and on. In that theme, I’ve gathered some art from across the Web celebrating this wonderful city.

The Lure of the Underground available from Scarlet Beautiful:

London Routemaster Bus from CB78:

London by hediun:

Scooterworks UK by CoffeeShop:

Big Ben by twoems:

London Town Houses by Lynsey Hunter:

Anthology & Kris Atomic

13 Sep

Did you happen to see this on Twitter this morning?

Anthology is a new quaterly shelter/lifestyle magazine. Exciting! I’m so happy to see a new publication that is actually being printed instead of living exclusively online. Don’t get me wrong, I love Web-based magazines, but nothing tops having an actual printed hard copy. And based on the sneak preview (available on Anthology‘s site), it looks fantastic!

Image from Anthology

One thing I particularly love (so far) is the cover created by Kris Atomic. It’s bright and fun and girly. She is clearly an übertalented gal, and while perusing her blog, I fell in love with many of her drawings. She’s had a few posts detailing the process that goes into creating her colorful artwork. (See a few of those here, here, and here.) I love getting a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the process artists use to create their work. It’s always fascinating to see how a piece of art came to be from an initial sketch or idea.

Here are some of my other favorites from Kris Atomic, including the four initial sketches she did for Anthology’s cover:

I love the cat on the leash in the image below! That just makes me smile.