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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

day labor
Carlos, Carlos, Oswaldo, Jose, Santiago, 2005
oil on canvas, 82 x 120 inches
John Sonsini: Day Labor Project 2005

Someone very close to me brought home a homeless man instead of a day laborer.
He'll get shit for this one for a looooong time.

Monday, June 28, 2010

interior space: hendler house Miami

I'm excited to finally showcase the Hendler & Mouse House.
My darling friend and colleague at the Art Institute, Sonia has agreed to share her space for MM. In description any 2 level, floor to windows loft in Miami's ultra trendy Design District is expected to be fancy. But it isn't until you actually step foot in her pad that you realize how charming and thoughtful it really is. Every nook of their space is curated. She wowed me with her design sense and savvy antique collection so I spent an afternoon last week snapping a few shots of the loft she shares with her hubby & chi.
Domestic life: balancing between husband & iphone
From their rehabbed Victorian love seat, to the hand painted details every piece is carefully considered.
Loki her 6 yr old Chi showing off his multi-tasking skills as companion/foot stool.
I love the clean look of astro turf as carpet.
Hand painted grandfather clock & silver Champagne bucket as remote control caddy.
Gentle Giant? Her husband is a personal trainer and Pro MMA fighter. I think this painting says it all.
Envious of this minimalist mantle place?

the inspiration.
Treasure vitrine
recent acquisition: Russian J.Adler-esq porcelain from The Antique Trove in Arizona.
curiosities under the stairs
Lokis claims his place as king of the stairwell reading room.
Graffiti mural greets you in the foyer.
How cute is that teenie pane of glass on the saw horses?
detail of their guest bathroom, notice apothecary jars filled with her baby blocks and origami bits...

Hi Sonia, can you please give us a little info on your wee palace? Describe your thought process on buying treasures?
"My process of acquiring and selecting treasures goes hand in hand with my eating habits. Just as I enjoy picking apart my food, as if preparing it for
anatomical study, I enjoy meticulously sifting though endless thrift, rummage and craigslist ads to find my shiny treasures. The word "methodical" comes to mind"

Speaking of treasures.....I keep my favorites hidden away as my best secrets. I once scored a vintage mint condition Louis Vuitton Speedy bag with the original receipt (late 1970's) for $10.00(church bazaar). Most meaningful treasure is a porcelain 1930's cake server that I came across one week before my wedding for $3.00 (thrift store)."

Please share the story behind the Frank Ghery Tiffany vase, and how it was almost kidnapped. "The Tiffany vase was an engagement gift from my in laws. It was almost lost to the universe when a drunken man at my 09' Art Basel party tried to snatch it. When questioned by my sister on his way out (toting the pearly treasure) he said, "the hostess told me I could have it". Absurd!"

Tell us about the painted mantel and where that inspiration came from.
"Mommy dearest bestowed the artist genes to my sisters and left me with the eye for design. I felt that the walls were large enough to act as a canvas. We sketched out the design and painted it in one evening. I got the idea from an interior design book where they painted an entire room as a rouge red victorian tea parlor. I felt that the concept was unique because it created the illusion of opulence and scale. (easier than it looks)."

What do you like most about the space?

"The best part of our apartment is the space. It's always a plus when you have 30ft ceilings. My Mother was a serial hoarder of clutter... in light of that I abhor unnecessary objects. I enjoy fine lines, show cased pieces and a lot of leg room."

A few Sonia-isms
She nicknamed her Chihuahua Mouse and her hubby Mr. H ("

other favorite words...





Wednesday, June 23, 2010

preview of Hendler & Mouse House

An other addition to the Interior Spaces collection will be posted tomorrow.
Here's a snapshot from my recent photo shoot at the Hendler House.
Mouse is so eager to beg for whatever Sonia has, even if it is a bottle of Malbec.

I can't stand it.
My plants need this pedestal.

J1Studio $28
Color : white, gray, black, orange, blue, ivory
Size : 12” x 12” x 12” / Surface : 8” x 8”

Sunday, June 20, 2010


Freddy circa 1969
I don't need any specified day to appreciate my dad. He's a total character and I absolutely adore him. He's been a big influence in my life. He's the most goal oriented person I've ever met and he never backs down. He's a true jack of all trades and he continues to motivate me. I've posted about his many career ventures before, but there are still a few that I continue to learn about through tidbits of stories and Polaroids. Before I was even a protein strand, my dad was a licenced Private Detective. I don't know where he came up with this one but he walked around with a badge and successfully solved cases. When I was really young I remember playing around with his suction cup spy recording devices, begging him to use his cop light while were driving and accidentally locking myself in handcuffs.

I am truly inspirited by his fearlessness, spontaneous nature and drive.
Happy Father's Day, Dad

I've recently began thinking a lot about his detective days. Perhaps my new HBO fave Bored to Death has something to do with.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

"Operating room in Brooklyn Navy Yard Hospital."
New York circa 1900. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative

MM is working on a few things.
I'm bringing this puppy back to life.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

never be sad

...if you have amazing friends who send you artwork and emails like this:
Never Be Sad, 2009.
Alexis Anne Mackenzie.
beautiful hand cut collages
"The collages... are based on film titles from the giallo genre; composed primarily of botanical & biological elements, each piece leaves much to be discovered."

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Feast for the eye

This body of work wakes me up.
Thank you Grant, thank you.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Demitasse vs Dahlias
Frank Gehry rock vase for Tiffany
pieke bergmans unlimited edition
BCXSY & EiCin collaboration with the Siyazama Project

One of my signs of financial comfort is surrounding myself with fresh flowers weekly.
It used to be morning Starbucks visits.
A beautiful vase full of flowers makes me feel more cheerful and spoiled than a grande extra dry soy cap any day.

"The earth laughs in flowers."
e. e. cummings

Monday, June 7, 2010


one of njstacie's beautitul tableauxs in blue

I am not a carpenter*, nor am I a painter**.
This is why I need some contractors.

The mister and I have some great, creative contacts. Now is when we need to leverage these. The Ford House needs some TLC. I'm looking forward to having some custom wood work commissioned. Fortunately, the mister's friend
Taylor Harrison Kienholz has agreed to pitch in.

Here are a couple pieces Taylor constructed that I really dig:

"diamond shine" & "plank lounge"
check out his fancy tools

I also plan on having a mural commissioned. One of my possible artists might be Jose Felix Perez.
Although I'm still shopping around for the right painter, I really like his painting energy and style.

The Leavers
“Untitled”, 2007; Acrylic on canvas

The mural concept has evolved, and is finally in the final planning stages. I'm so excited!

* I cuss, cry and bruise egos while building Ikea pieces.
** Hence why I studied photography.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

neontights drawing by Linda
Theme: Ecstasy

I move to the most beautiful and creativity inspiring location, and unintentionally become distracted. An unobstructed ocean view and beautiful morning light are very fetching.

(my new morning routine, kitchen blanketed in light, Parker sun bathing on the shuffleboard)

Combine the vista and some white wine sangria... and just put a fork in me.

White Peach Sangria

  • 1 bottle dry white wine (pino gris)
  • 3/4 cup peach schnapps
  • 6 tablespoons frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 pound white peaches, pitted and sliced
  1. In a large pitcher, combine dry white wine, peach schnapps, lemonade concentrate and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add fruit slices.
  2. Refrigerate sangria until well chilled, at least 2 hours, or overnight to blend flavors. Serve over ice.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

checking in
cod magazine

I've been a bit preoccupied lately.
You don't say?
Here are a few things taking up my mental space:
Hope you're still with me.
I truly missed you.