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2013/05/23 / Shanan

BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING

Well.  That statement is debatable, I suppose.

I’ve been watching a lot of documentaries about artists lately (and lest you get the wrong idea and imagine my viewing habits to be suddenly all high-brow, know that I’m also currently and gleefully revisiting Greek in its entirety) but one that keeps sticking in my mind is Beauty is Embarrassing, the story of Wayne White.

The film is narrated by the artist, who is probably most famous for his work on the set of Pee Wee’s Playhouse.  He also paints, makes puppets, plays the banjo, flips the bird affectionately and often, and basically lives his life from one creative endeavour to the next – always making something out of nothing.

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“Everybody’s like, ‘choose one thing and do it well.’  Fuck that, you know, I want to try everything I can.”

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2013/05/22 / Shanan

DARK AND TWISTY: AMY GLENN

Sometimes  Most of the time I have this wardrobe fantasy of owning nothing but edgy, monochromatic art clothes worn with minimalist sculptural jewelry.  Pieces lighter on hanger-appeal, heavier on attitude required to truly pull them off.

My closet is a pretty far-cry from that point (too many loud prints and vintage jewelry), but I love the raw, unique nature of these one-of-a-kind unisex shirts by artist/designer/jeweler Amy Glenn.

The shirts kind of walk the line between the cerebral and, hmm, the everything-else approach to fashion?  I mean one could work equally well layered over this, as worn with these, no?  Either way the end effect is still pretty bad-ass.

The silhouettes are basic but the work that’s gone into them makes me think of hand-wringing, that they’ve been burned, thrown, sun-bleached, ash-smeared, dragged through the dirt, scattered with stars, tie-dyed with  fuzzy landscapes, and left to drift in the ocean.  So beautiful.

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View more of Amy Glenn’s A147G line here.

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2013/05/21 / Shanan

HEY BLUE SKY

Yesterday was one of those days where lots seemed to not go quite right, and yet when Theo and I took a walk around the yard and our neighbourhood, everything good just fell into place.  I love watching the world through her eyes, getting excited about flowers and tiny bugs and the breeze, running her little fingers over everything and seeing her hesitation widen into a smile.  And it feels so fragile because by even trying to express some kind of coherent acknowledgement of how amazing this all is, how big it makes my heart swell, feels like I’ll jinx it somehow.  I guess I’m just used to keeping some things a little closer to the vest, so to speak.

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2013/05/20 / Shanan

TINY EDIBLE CHOCOLATE TERRARIUMS

What can I say?  This is the sweetest little dessert recipe and presentation I’ve seen.  It’s basically just a flourless chocolate cake decorated with micro herbs and flowers but it’s SO whimsical and pretty.

See the recipe and more photos here.

This is from the ‘Tasty Tuesday’ series at The Design Files, where the Australians are seriously killing it.  Recipe by Theresa Nguyen, photo by Phu Tang, styling by Gemma Lush for The Design Files.

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2013/05/17 / Shanan

UNJUSTIFIABLE OBJECTS OF AFFECTION: DREAM DECK

Happy long weekend to you, my (Canadian) friends.  May your your afternoons be sunny, your gardens green, and your beers ice-cold.

We are finishing up our deck project here and I’ve been fantasizing about the decor phase.  There’s a mild absurdity to all this because we live in cottage country surrounded by apple trees,  but the current inspiration is: ‘Modern Tropicalia.’

Too much?

1Farmhouse lounge chair, Gaurav Nanda for Bend   /   2Stripe woven outdoor pouf, CB2   /   3Dune planter, West Elm   /   4Kaleido Trays, Clara von Zweigbergk for Hay   /   5Day Tripper outdoor rubber mat, Domestic Construction   /   6Acapulco Chair, Innit Designs   /   7Ventana wood table, Serena & Lily   /   8Modfire outdoor fireplace, Urban Mode   /   9Flint outdoor dining set by Ross Gardam, via The Design Files   /   10Saudades Pillow, CB2   /   11.   Cockatoo pillow, Apartment 48

Oh, and this:

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Tropicalia Cocoon by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso.

ps. I’ll be updating the ‘Dream Deck’ Pinterest board here.