Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Swap Homes in Style

Marrakesh, Morocco
Sri Lanka
Brittany, France

When I'm on holiday I enjoy spending the time as a local would. Dining in a great little neighborhood cafe, getting the best deals at the local flea market, sunbathing at a secluded beach and staying at a local's country villa or a city pied-a-terre.  Through Luxe Home Swap this can become a reality.  For a small yearly fee, you can search the website for homes you would like to stay in throughout the world, and begin your conversation with the owner, to swap.  Unfortunatley, it's obvious this will not work for everyone.  If your trying to swap your mobile home in Wichita Kansas for a small castle in France, uhhhh, it's just not gonna work out.  As for me, I'm eying up the gorgeous home in Morocco, but hey! If the owner of the castle in Brittany wants to swap for my apartment in NYC, my bags are packed!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Organics For The Home

I just came across Heather Knight's wonderful clay organics at Element Studio.  They are so textural and simplistic.  I love objects for the home that look like they are going to come alive and start walking around, and these would happen to be those objects!  Heather's fantastic clay works reflect both her love of modern design and her admiration for the natural world.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Stone Man In Sleepy Hollow

Old cemetery's are so exciting and beautiful to me, filled with so much mystery and peace. When ever I travel through old small towns I always feel an urge to seek out the local cemetery. When ever I visit them, I feel like an innocent child again wondering through a labyrinth of stone and decay, like I'm in my own little fairy tale story. Being such a visual person I'm always drawn to the way the light reflects off the textured tomb stones, and statuary. The way the sun light finds its way through the wind blown trees creating that harmonious natural shadow dance on the hand carved mounds of rock. On one of my recent trips to upstate NY I passed through the town of Sleepy Hollow and like a mad man, when I came upon the cemetery I anxiously swerved the car into the entrance of the grounds. It was a beautiful fresh day, the leaves where still glistening from the rain storm that just passed through, and the light and shadows were just perfection. Amongst all of the ancient statuary, I came upon this huge stone man beautifully carved and proportioned. I was able to get some great photographs of him. My plan is to get the photographs blown up to a large scale, mount them on linen and have them framed. If they come out great, I will offer a limited amount on Kerut Home. I'm thinking they'll look lovely above my living room sofa! A little bit of fairy tale in the home...