Wednesday, September 30, 2009

" The Art oF Seduction" - Michael Smith

Everything has its own story and its own strength ...

I am drawn to this project designed by Michael Smith in Malibu on the Southern California coast opens directly onto the Pacific Ocean. This project is featured in Oct Elle Decor.
The master bedroom, the German-silver four-poster and topped with a delicate embroidered canopy, Japanese lacquered bedside chests, the Chinese Lamps, and the gold mirrors on each side of the bed and the beautiful carved bench .... so many textures and the colors are so calming, a perfect bedroom!
In the dinning room, the 19th-century brass chandeliers and the linen-closet ( from the estate of Bill Blass) and that long oak dinning table making such great statement! I love candle chandelier, but I am just concerned the wax may drip everywhere when the ocean breezes sweep into the house.
"Everything has its own story and its own strength, but when you put them all together, the effect is quite soft," Smith explains. "The place has a lot of very rare objects in it, but it also has a looseness. People feel really comfortable here. The sweep if the land is extraordinary, but the house itself manages to retain a human scale and sensibility." ~ Michael Smith ~

This is a guest room and there are books here, and there are good reading lights. Love that ceiling and the antique lanterns making a statement, and Tabriz rug under foot. The soft blue palette, bring the ocean into the bedroom! I'd love to sleep in this room!
Masses of books here again, I love it! The Islamic calligraphic is awesome, and I love the walnut-plank ceiling! Very cozy room!
So many colors, and yet so soft, perfect for beach estate. Love the art pieces on the mantel, and the seagrass floor makes is so comfortable.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Chinese Contemporary Art Gallery - Michael Goedhuis

M i c h a e l G o e d h u i s
Chinese Contemporary Art Gallery

In the recent years, Chinese contemporary art has emerged in the art-world spotlight. I first came across when I was invited to Michael Goedhuis Chinese Contemporary Art event at The Southey's New York. It was quite an event, a night with art and fashion.

Artist: Fang Ku
See What You Do II, 2009

Graphite, watercolor, ink on paper

China has produced art for thousands of years, but contemporary art is something very recent. It has gained interests in the art world quickly, and increase number of collectors thus with a corresponding rise in value.

Artist: Tong Yangtze
A Perfect Square Has No Corners (Da Fang Wu Yu), 2007
Ink on gilded paper

Michael Goedhuis, a distinguished looking gentleman with Dutch heritage who attended Eton college in England and other European universities, he has such an impressive and respectable international background, a very upbeat and joyous personality. He has such fine eyes for Chinese contemporary art, I have began to learn more each time I go to his gallery located at an Upper East Side townhouse.
I am very lucky to become his friend; and he is always very supportive and encouraging and a source of inspiration indeed.

Michael Goedhuis

Artist: Zeng Shanqing
Horse with Saddle, 2007

Chinese ink & color on rice paper

Artist: Gu Gan
Ink on paper
Artist: Zeng Xiaojun
Beijing Jietai Temple: Ancient Pine Tree, 2004
Ink and colour on paper
Irene Kung
London House of Parliament, 2008
Photographic print on rag paper

Artist:Fang Jun
Reciting Poems on the West Tavern , 2008
Ink on paper

All photographs from Michael Goedhuis Chinese Contemporary gallery
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Michael Goedhuis Chinese Contemporary Art
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Monday, September 28, 2009

Beautiful Living: "A Passion for FLOWERS"


" More than
anything I must
have flowers,
always, always."

~ Claude Monet ~

If you love flowers, you would love this book by Carolyn Roehm, "A Passion for FLOWERS". This is not a new book; first edition was printed around 1998. I got a copy from Ann-Marie as my birthday gift in 1999. I was so thrilled, and this book is constantly out of my shelves on my working desk.

I am always fond of Carolyn Roehm since she was working as a fashion designer. Her fashion designs were feminine and elegant, colorful and made every woman looked beautiful.

I have been quite inspired by her energy and creativity; after winding down her fashion business, she didn't stop down, she reinvented herself by going to France learning floral arrangements and later came out with such a beautiful books. She has gone on produced few more other books.

A bouquet of sweet peas,
so sweet, so delicate, so feminine ...


blue and white classic combination ...

Apart from all the beautiful floral arrangements, the photograph of those flowers were stunning, and the printing was superb, paper quality was excellent, the layout was brilliant. The book is divided in Spring - Summer -Autumn - Winter. It is definitely a winner!


Various rich fall colors

lots of textures

so divine!

piled of red apples with pines and magnolia branches
festive and welcoming

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Carl Schurz Park

Eliminate physical clutter.
More importantly, eliminate spiritual clutter.

~D.H. Mondfleur

Another beautiful fall morning in Manhattan.
The sky is so blue and the breezes are so cool,
birds are chirping and flowers are still blooming.
A cup of coffee and a chocolate croissant,
sitting on the bench at Carl Schurz Park,

watching East River running by,
life is beautiful when you have time to appreciate what you have.

I was very inspired this morning,
I decided to take some pictures to share with you.

click on image to enlargeI am very lucky having Carl Schurz Park and Gracie Mansion
just a minute walk from my apartment,
and Central Park is only a few blocks away.

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Gracie Mansion is the official Mayor residence since 1942,
Mr Bloomberg lives in his own townhouse in Upper East Side.

click on image to enlargeAll above images from
Christopher Ong


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Elements oF Style: Crystal Light Pendant

I love these hand made
Crystal Light Pendant

At Holly Hunt showroom I came across Alison Berger's glassworks and lighting, they are simply elegant and stunning. These pieces are thoughtfully artistic and architectural, either use in a modern or updated classic setting would definitely give an interior space a nice texture and illumination.

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