26 Aug 2011

Beach Vacation…I hope

I’m supposed to be heading to Maine tomorrow (through Boston). Supposed to be. Hurricane Irene seems to have other plans.

I’m going to stay optimistic. My bags are packed.

As for tonight, I’ll be thinking of all my friends in New York, Boston, and all along the eastern seaboard. As with everyone, I hope this is a false alarm.

I’d rather think of happier thoughts, like this: (And, NO, this is not the house that we rented! But you get the vibe…).

Photo from Standing Elements

25 Aug 2011

Apple, Con’t.

In the spirit of all things Apple, I just spotted this gorgeous metallic iPhone cover by Japanese design firm Metaphys on Spoon & Tamago.

I think this iPad case by Fahrer Berlin is pretty great as well. Thanks Swiss-Miss.

25 Aug 2011

Apple Does Furnish a Room

I was driving home last night in the midst of a seriously insane lightning storm, only to learn about Steve Jobs resignation. I seriously felt like the sky was falling.

I rely, love, use, pine for some sort of Apple product every day. I know you do too!

Just for fun, I went scrolling through some clippings that I have for office space (even though apple clearly has expanded beyond workspace), but I had to smile when I saw so many spaces that I love filled with Macs.

And, I was just reading through Jennifer Valentino-DeVries posting on favourite Steve Job quotes from the WSJ. Here are some stand-outs for me. What are your faves?

“When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.” (Playboy, Feb 1, 1985)

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.” [The Wall Street Journal, May 25, 1993]

“I wish him the best, I really do. I just think he and Microsoft are a bit narrow. He’d be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger.” [On Bill Gates, The New York Times, Jan. 12, 1997]

“Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life or come with me and change the world?” (said to John Sculley, then at Pepsi)

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” [Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]. If you haven’t read this, you must!

Photo source: Adela Cabre, NORM Architects, Deborah Berke, CHRDauer, LivingEtc, March 2011

23 Aug 2011

New Work by Alanna Cavanagh

One of the first posts I did on this blog featured Alanna Cavanagh’s Big Orange Scissor Print. I first spotted this piece at Hollace Cluny – an impeccable store in Toronto with a knack for finding pieces that you will pine for long after you visit.

Or at least that’s what happened to me. For months and months I kept Alanna’s work in the back of my mind – until one day, I finally gave in! Thankfully.

Fast forward nearly two years and I now have an online boutique and am actually selling Alanna’s work! How great is that?

Alanna is a fearless creative who keeps coming out with inspiring work. Her latest is a print of food related quotes – great for a kitchen, dining room, as a gift for any foodie – or really anywhere you have free wall space!

If you’re a lucky winner, you might take home a print through The Marionhousebook‘s giveaway this week. If not, I know exactly where you can pick up a print of your own:) Visit our store for more info. Print sells for $125 and is 23″ x 34″.

In the mean time, here is the new Kitchen Quotation print as well as some other new fabulous scene shots featuring Alanna’s work.

First photo via The Marionhousebook. Remaining photos care of Alanna Cavanagh via photographers Janet Kimber, Donna Griffith, and Jodi Pudge.