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Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors is one of my favorite design firms.  A compelling story of Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, a married couple, who turned their talent for bringing elaborate movie settings to life into a design firm creating compelling real environments including hotels, offices, and private residences.  I spotted R&W in a publication on their design of the hipster-chic Ace Hotel and have been hooked ever since.  The drawings of their projects captivate and inspire me.  Stephen Alesch, an architect by trade, does all of the firm's presentation drawings. The first in this sequence is from their roots, the Practical Magic home that Robin imagined and designed from scratch and ends with renderings of the Viceroy Hotel, one of their latest projects.  Check out the R&W website for more.




Just Looking Upscale Resale in Rehoboth, DE

While in Rehoboth on a mini vacation, I discovered a gem of an antiques shop. I was in the store shopping for about an hour. I knew I had something was up when the owner ended up putting me to work. I helped him move some chairs. Ultimately, it was time well spent as I found some great things. The above was my favorite - this African serving tray. While I didn't buy one this time, I just love it! Check out the following other great finds:



Incorporate vintage pitchers, shakers, decanters to add sophistication for the bar. Had to buy this great wood/chrome ice bucket with matching tongs.

Mid-Century Chrome Side Table

Hat Box and Shoe Form

Hat boxes take me grandfather had the best hats and the boxes were always really amazing. I couldn't resist the shoe form which makes a great paper weight.

Creepy Old Portrait

Not sure why but I was drawn to this piece.


Vases, bowls, oh my!

I always love to check out vintage accessories - if you choose carefully - you can enhance the decor of your place. I had to have the small black glass vase and the large grey ceramic vase. Both are the sort you might find at West Elm or Crate and Barrel, at a fraction of the price.

Mid-Century Magazine Rack



This marble slab lamp only needed a new shade. And the oval back chair, reupholstered would make a great desk chair. The set of four splat back chairs were so charming and would be stunning with an upholstery update as well.

1960s Desk


I absolutely had to have the Speedaway sled. Despite growing up in New Orleans where there are no hills and it rarely snows. And I like the irony. The vintage (working) projector was also tempting but the sled blew it out of the water.


When you are prepared to buy several things, you have, try to get the price down! Also be on the lookout for backrooms where items are discounted. The vintage frames above were $2 a pop. It just so happened that they were running a sale on vintage books, $5 all you can fit in a shopping bag. I filled 3 bags...thanks mom for teaching me how to pack...I got a lot of bang for my $15.



Blik Wall Decals

Blik provides a line of self-adhesive wall decals (large stickers) that can be used to inexpensively and temporarily transform your space.  Blik decals can be applied to any flat surface including walls, windows, mirrors, ceilings, tabletops, or flooring.  When you tire of things quickly like I do, then you can simply remove and re-envision.  Also, decals can be customized to work with your vision of your space.  The photo above illustrates a custom installation in a home.    The following are my favorites:

Flying Paper Planes $35

Chandelier $35

Race Ya Re-Stik $35

Ambition Killed the Cat $45

Birds of a Feather $40




Photography by Elliot Wilcox

Sophisticated photography for racquet sports enthusiasts.  Often I suggest that men incorporate their passion for sports into their space.  These photographs by Elliot Wilcox are a great way to do just that.  Additionally, the abstract and architectural quality of the work makes it accessible to a much broader audience.  According to Danielle Frost of Bau-Xiphoto:

Elliott Wilcox is an emerging British photographer who has recently been the recipient of several awards including a Judges Award at the Nikon Discovery Awards, a New York Photo Award in 2009 and the prestigious Lucie Award for the Discovery of the Year at the International Photography Awards. Another exciting highlight of his career was being made a finalist in the BBC documentary show, School of Saatchi, following high-profile art collector Charles Saatchi on his quest to find the next big artist.

Elliott’s photographs empty tennis, racquetball and squash courts. In photographing them absent of the fast paced action we are so familiar with, these environments reveal themselves in a new light. The resulting images, with their bold colours and structural lines, recall abstract modernist paintings.

Real Tennis 11- Edition of 10 + 2 A.Ps (pictured above)

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Real Tennis 04- Edition of 10 + 2 A.Ps

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Real Tennis 12- Edition of 10+ 2 A.Ps

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Squash 01- Edition of 10 + 2 A.Ps

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Real Tennis 17- Edition of 10 + 2 A.Ps

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Special thanks to  Danielle for submitting this great work.  Each photograph is 30 by 40 inches.  For additional information, contact Bau-Xiphoto by clicking here.

Images from bau-xiphoto



The Sketchbook Project 2011

Anyone else love to sketch as much as I do? Now you can showcase your work in a gallery.  The Art House Co-Op presents, The Sketchbook Project 2011. According to the site:

Thousands of sketchbooks will be exhibited at galleries and museums as they make their way on tour across the country.  After the tour, all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Art Library, where they will be barcoded and available for the public to view.  Anyone - from anywhere in the world - can be a part of the project. To participate and have us send you a sketchbook that will go on tour, start by choosing a theme to the right.

The cost to participate is $25 but you choose a theme from the list.  Some of my favorites are: "This is not a Sketchbook", "I am a scavenger" and "Things found on a restaurant napkin".  You can also pay an additional charge to have your sketchbook digitized or create an 11x17 poster.  Check out the Art House Co-Op website for more details by clicking here.

IMAGE from Crew Design