The Royals.

The Royal Wedding has been on the media radar for months now. I admit that I have been dodging every ounce of media coverage leading up to the Royal Wedding. It was ruining my perception of the traditional monarchy and making somewhat of a circus out of an event meant to be regal and joyful. With that being said, I was not about to miss the live broadcast of the Royal Wedding this morning. I have been obsessed with the histories of royalty for as long as I can remember, especially the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries in Europe. I was born a few years too late to partake in the witness of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding so this was my first Royal Wedding in my lifetime. I was delighted to see a lot of the traditional details mixed with some modern touches. The British still know how to do pomp + pageantry right.

I adored Kate’s, or should I say Her Royal Highness Princess William Arthur Philip Louis, Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, Baroness Carrickfergus’ wedding dress. There is no denying the similarities between her dress and the dress Grace Kelly wore when she wed the Prince of Monaco in 1956. I think it was a beautiful choice and fit the occasion brilliantly. His Royal Highness Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, Baron Carrickfergus, Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Master of Arts (HA!) looked very dashing while donning the uniform of Colonel of the Irish Guards. I just can’t get enough of a man in dress uniform. It was just a lovely ceremony and I enjoyed The Bishop of London’s sermon.

The news has been full of devastation recently and it was refreshing to witness this moment of hope. It reminds us of the good and love that still exists in this world and we must live in the moment while having hope for the future.

Since I was unable to attend this monumental event, I decided to take photos of my TV during my favorite moments. Lame, I know, but I did not want to use the media photos. It really was a breathtaking event and I thought it too lovely not to share.

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Case Study.

There was once a time where I thought I would never finish my architecture design studios. I could not wait for them to be over. It was just one class right after another. It was exhausting. There were countless all-nighters, harsh critiques, snobby people and trips to the ER to get stitches for an X-Acto knife accident. However, I have begun to forget the unpleasant times and have come to miss the process of research and design. One of my favorite studios was based primarily on case studies. We took buildings and houses and dissected them down to their very basic elements. I studied the function and form of the spaces, the site, the features, the materials and everything little detail that contrived the project. There were a series of Case Study House Experiments done from 1945-1966 here in the U.S. Not all of the assignments came from that series, which actually helped push my studies further trying to anatomize each project without prior assessments. I have done case studies on my own since then when I find a building/house that strikes my fancy! I find it keeps the mind fresh.

Thinking back, I believe this studio sparked my TRUE passion in architecture and design. It brought my creative side to life. I have become a tab obsessed with case studies and wish I had more time to devote to them. While wandering around the world wide web, I found some awesome knick knacks that would compliment my love for case studies!! I thought I would share…

Eames House Blocks: $175 / House Industries
Inpired By: Eames House (Case Study House No. 8) / Designed by: Charles and Ray Eames

 

LEGO Architecture: Farnsworth House / LEGO
Inspired by: Farnsworth House / Designed by: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

 

Carpenter Pencils / International Arrivals + Delete Key Eraser / DCI Products

 

Living Architecture / By: Dominique Browning + Lucy Gilmour

 

Case Study Houses / By: Elizabeth Smith

 

I do have a sketch book with all of my sketches + notes from my case studies that I will try and post soon. Maybe one of these days I will find myself back in a studio… Who knows??

Adornment.

I recently visited the Barneys CO-OP here in Austin to say hi to a couple of awesome people I met through my stunning friend Jessica. We chatted for a bit and then upon suggestion I headed over to the jewelry display cases to see all the new goodies. DAMN, those were some badass goodies!! My jaw literally dropped! I wanted just about every piece sitting in front of me and that NEVER happens! I would have to sell an arm AND a leg to be able to afford most of these but a girl can dream!

Feast your eyes below…

Fallon

I love wearing elaborate jewelry and what can I say… Fallon kicks ass!! The designs are every bit daring and sexy! The pieces are oversized showstoppers that will surely make you the center of attention. OBSESSED with the Labyrinth pieces. They will add a punch to any outfit!


Etten Eller

I am a HUGE history buff and fell in love with this designer even more after reading more about the inspiration behind the jewelry line. The designer identifies each piece with a date significant to the designer. Some dates are ones that changed history while others are personal dates of importance. Either way, I love the thought of wearing a piece of jewelry that embodies the importance of a date in history, personal or world-changing.


Iosselliani

This jewelry line is absolutely gorgeous on display. There is an eclectic feel to their pieces and I just love the materials used. These are just a few pieces I am fond of at Barneys but the designers’ website showcases their many other creations that are just delicious!


Aesa

Lately I have developed an ancient Greek and Roman obsession. I have always been enthralled by the subject but as of late I just can’t get enough and find myself basing many of my designs around that era. Aesa is an ancient Greek word meaning destiny. The designer, Randi Mates, used primeval Greek and Roman techniques paired with modern twists to blend different types of metals and stones. I just adore the craftsmanship.


The Great Gatsby.

Oh Mr. Luhrmann, how I adore thee!

There are very few directors that I fawn over and it’s London to a brick that Mr. Baz Lurhmann is my absolute favorite. His directorial style is everything that I look for in a movie from the script down to every minute detail. He is a corker of a director!

I first fell for his directorial style in his 1996 movie, Romeo + Juliet. I loved absolutely everything about it! I was hooked.

“For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”


His next film was Moulin Rouge! There are no words to describe my feelings for this film. I saw it multiple times in the theatre with my friends in high school. I know the sound track by heart.

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”


In 2008 his latest film debuted, Austrlia. This was an epic, EPIC movie! Every shot was beyond amazing! Abolutely gorgeous… Hugh Jackman wasn’t bad either! HA!

“I sing you to me.”


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I am now in deep anticipation waiting for his next project…


THE GREAT GATSBY.

The book itself is one of my favorite reads. Now Mr. Lurhman has taken on the project and I cannot even imagine the level he will take this too. He has cast Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan. Tobey McGuire will play Nick Carraway and it is rumored that Ben Affleck will play Tom Buchanan. There has been debate on his casting choices but I have full faith in his decisions. (I will watch Leo anytime — He is brilliant!) The release of this film cannot come soon enough. There are not many details available as they are in pre-production now. AH! I can’t fucking WAIT!!

The Taliesin.

Every once in awhile I hear a story about someone just stumbling upon an unbelievable find in a small shop or flea market located in Nowhere, USA.

In 1987, a 74 year-old woman bought a dinner-table-sized painting for $5 at a thrift shop in California. That painting was that of none other than the infamous Jackson Pollock. The painting has an estimated worth of around $50 million.

Then there is the man who bought a torn painting at a flea market for $4 because he liked the frame. When he got home, he removed the torn painting from the frame only to find an original copy of the Declaration of Independence, one of twenty-four known copies. It sold for $2.4 million and change at auction.

AND then a 72 year-old woman found a rare baseball card in her basement. It featured the very FIRST professional baseball team in the United States, the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings! She was going to sell the card on Ebay for $10 before her friend intervened. The card fetched a little over $75,000 at auction.

Of course, these types of finds are not all about the money. It just amazes me what some people stumble upon. In a recent architecture newsletter, I came across a story containing new, unseen photos of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin. According to the newsletter, the Wisconsin Historical Society acquired the photos after an antique shop owner put them up for auction on Ebay. ABSOLUTELY INSANE!! I am an avid fan of Wright’s and I am glad the photos were purchased by a group that will keep them together and have them publicly available! The photos date from 1911-1912 and show the construction of the original Taliesin up to final completion before it was damaged by fire in 1914 and again in 1925. Perfect timing for marking the centennial celebration of the Taliesin! Such an incredible find!

No. 1

The southeast elevation of Taliesin in the winter of 1912.
I just love the lines this angle shows.


No. 2

Entrance loggia and kitchen windows from the courtyard of the house + studio.


No. 3

The dining room.


No. 4

The courtyard garden looking toward the hill garden.


No. 5

Looking toward the entry loggia from the hill.


No. 6

The north elevation and loggia terrace. The terrace walls are made of rubble masonry. The living room chimney and windows are in the background.


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Who knows what other great finds are sitting in the corner of some shop just waiting to be found and shared with the world!! Damn I love the mysterious possibilities of antique/thrift shopping!

More information + photos of the Taliesin can be found here.

Spring Time.

Spring is a short-lived season here in the southern part of Texas. After the winter months, there is a brief encounter with weather so lovely you can’t help but want to dress up for it. It’s as if a special guest has come for a very sweet but VERY short visit!

Somewhere during the month of March, the weather begins to shift from cold to hot multiple times, being classified as “Texas weather.” It will be below freezing one day and then you will be in shorts sweating your ass off two days later. However, towards the end of March and beginning of April, spring will begin to grace us with its presence. You MUST take full advantage of this weather because it leaves just as unexpectedly as it arrives. Although this window is small, it refreshes the mind and body all the same. Everything changes. Nature springs back to life and brings abundant inspiration with it!

I want nothing more than to be outside during this time. Alas, a busy schedule consumes me. So instead of lounging outside, I will drive my inspiration in a more materialistic direction. Time to hit the refresh button just as Mother Nature has done herself.

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ENJOYING THE SCENERY.

From upper left: Porthole Necklace – Madewell($38)|Crosshatch Chambray Shirt – J.Crew($78)|Large Metal Aviator – Ray Ban($139)|MAB Mini Bombe Satchel – Rebecca Minkoff($525)|Josey Short in Navy – Abercrombie + Fitch($50)|I Want to Be A-Lone Star – OPI($8)|’Alex’ Espadrille Sandal – Stuart Weitzman($365)

SOAK IT UP.

From top left: Very Sexy Leopard Tunic Cover-up – Victoria’s Secret($58)|Retro One-Piece – Carmen Marc Valvo($167)|Revolver Gold Pendant – CC SKYE($125)|Honey Sunhat in Black – Eugenia Kim($275)|Crescent Large Straw Tote – Tory Burch($395)|Sand Tropez – Essie Nail Color($8)|Whitney Sunglasses – Tom Ford($380)

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I want to spruce up my apartment just as much as I want to refresh my wardrobe. These are a few things that I would freaking love to add to my space!

BOWLER. FEDORA. GAUCHO.

Vintage Hat Moulds – Restoration Hardware.

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DIY TABLE.

DIY wood + metal table. I have the legs.. I just need the wood. (That’s what she said.)

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OH, DAVID.

Bust of David – Restoration Hardware.

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THE GREEK KEY.

DIY curtains. Aina Bleached Curtains – IKEA + Greek Key Trim – M&J Trimming

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FLOOR DECOR.

Jorun Rug – IKEA

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So here’s to Spring and all the loveliness it brings!!

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