Archive for May, 2011

5 Secrets to Dreamy Outdoor Spaces

Posted: May 31st, 2011, by Isabelle Cleary

Here’s me: I’m flipping through the channels with one of the three remotes, while holding one of the others so I can toggle the mute button on the off chance something less than totally annoying comes on the screen. 5 million channels and nothing on. Isn’t there a song about this?

Then I pass a landscaping show. You know the ones. Someone lucked out somehow and an expert crew shows up to give them a backyard makeover, elapsed time not to exceed 90 minutes. I always stop on these. I’m a junky for outdoor spaces. Love ‘em. Need ‘em. Can’t live without ‘em.

Over the years, I’ve picked up a few secrets to making outdoor spaces rock your world. Here are the top

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Tranquil Terrain

Posted: May 30th, 2011, by Lincoln Sloman

If you’ve never left your heart in San Francisco, now’s your chance! Works from artist Wendy Schwartz are on display in the Thos. Moser San Fran showroom and we predict you’ll fall in love with her winsome compositions. We’re so convinced we’re having an artist reception on June 2nd from 4 until 7 p.m. to celebrate the works of the talented painter, which will be on view through June 19th. If you’re in town, please stop in for a peaceful pause, an unavoidable circumstance of seeing the artist’s serene compositions. 
Schwartz lives and paints on the edge of Tomales Bay, her studio sandwiched between its tidal marsh and the road. Most of her oil paintings are western landscapes, which sometimes include structures. The palette is Full Post…

Fine Watch-Making Is The Theme Of Florence’s Hotel L’Orologio

Posted: May 29th, 2011, by Isla Holroyd

Watch lovers and enthusiasts have a new address awaiting them. No, this is not a new luxury boutique for Piaget or TAG Heuer or Rolex. Rather, it is a travel destination that is sure to take your breath away. If you are traveling to Italy, consider stepping into this exquisitely luxurious time capsule named Hotel L’Orologio. It may not transport you back in time, but this luxury property in Florence will leave you astounded by the brilliance with which this hotel has been built around the theme of fine watch-making.

Designed by architect Marianna Gagliardi, Hotel L’Orologio is a prime example of how beautifully even small details can lend themselves to a larger theme. In

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Natural Home Design Ideas – Stone “Cave House”

Posted: May 28th, 2011, by Isla Holroyd

Check out these natural home design ideas, courtesy of this stone house by Alexandre de Betak. Hidden away in a small village in Majorca, “Cave House” is the epitome of home – earthy, welcoming and comfortable all at once. A stone facade serves as an apt introduction to this lasting material, which makes many unexpected appearances at every turn inside as well. In the living room, the small-scale pebble-inlaid floor makes a subtle yet striking focal point. And the natural step-stone paving the way into the bedroom is so striking, so memorable. The home’s character comes through also in the natural exposed wood beams across the ceilings, irregular edges and the rough look of plaster walls, and features like alcoves and niches that look like they were shipped away right into the “cave”. The kids’ b Full Post…

The Modern List Portland

Posted: May 28th, 2011, by Lincoln Sloman

We recently returned from a quick weekend in Portland, where we’re constantly amazed at the mindfulness and sophistication in the built environment. The level of multi-family and mixed-use urban housing is extraordinary in Portland -how is Portland getting developers to step it up and fund such high quality, design-forward projects? We’ve got crazy respect for the city of roses and we had a smashing time running around the city checking out new venues. A huge thanks to everyone that gave us recommendations from our last TML Portland post. Here’s the new scoop, as always, let us know what we missed. Many

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