Friday, May 25, 2012

TGIFiles - Good Reads

In the words of Elmo...Everybody, Everybody! Thank you so much for your comments the other day on my state of the union post. I've been able to catch up on some things at home - one of which was my ever-growing stack of magazines and newspapers that were piling up.

I've got some GREAT articles for you...I'm behind on my reading so a few of these articles are from last week.

~Must read:  How to Tell if You're Overpropped from the New York Times last week. Please go read it and let me know what you think. I don't want to comment too much here before you get a chance to read the article.

 The article will really make you think about your personal style and style philosophy (if you have one - it's okay not to have one defined but I'm sure you gravitate towards certain elements). I've never been the type of person to follow trends quickly - clothing, home decor, technology - I've just never hopped on board quickly or passionately. I'm sure I'm the owner of things that would be considered trendy but overall I choose and select things for me, for my home, and for my family.

Here is a recent image that I pinned - it's a bedroom designed by Tom Scheerer who I've posted about here before and I really admire his work and his eye for design. His work blends classic elements and fresh color palettes - there is always a feeling of comfort to his designs. You could picture yourself living in his rooms.









~ The Kips Bay Decorator Show House is going on right now in New York City. Here is another article from the NY Times about the house this year. The venue is a little different this year than in past years so it was interesting to read the designers takes on the new location and the challenges of the space.

~ I was following some of the BlogFest Twitter feeds the past few days, and it seemed like it was a wonderful event with discussion panels, a tour of Kravet, a tour of the Kips Bay house, and so much more. I can't wait to read the take aways from some of the attendees that were there.

~ If you're ever in Philadelphia, in addition to shopping or having lunch with me, a must see is the new Barnes Foundation building. It is brand new and rather controversial opening to the masterpiece art collection of the late Albert C. Barnes. I haven't gotten a chance to read anything from the Inquirer yet but the Wall Street Journal had two excellent articles yesterday:  Saving Dr. Barnes Vision and The New Barnes Shouldn't Work-But Does.

I don't think I've had that many articles for you in a while. Enjoy!
3-day holiday weekend - woo hoo!! Hope you have a great weekend whatever you have planned!

10 comments:

  1. Going to check out that NY times article now...seems interesting! Have a wonderful weekend Holly!

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  2. So I had to come back and comment because I just read it...and yes, I'm severely over propped!! :) I must say, I fall into this trap, but I honestly don't feel like it's to be "awesome." I think that I see these pictures, find them to be beautiful, and, since I want to surround myself with beautiful things, I emulate that same style. I remember doing that even when I was very young, so I don't think it's a new thing. I think it's just a natural way for us, as humans, to behave. Imagine taking a trip to Europe and seeing a European style that you'd never seen before and finding it to be pleasing to the eye. You might try to recreate the look, even if just a bit, when you get home. Whew! That was my two cents for what it's worth! :)

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    1. I completely agree with you Emily and thanks for taking the time to come back to voice your thoughts - I was hoping the article would lead to some discussion. I think that since we are so involved and active in the blogging community that we are certainly exposed to more and we are aware of more sources available than the average person. But I think each of us takes the information and uses it how we see fit to suit our lifestyle - it doesn't necessarily mean that we're taking care with our home's interior to please others. I do it for me and for the people who live in our home. I think it's all a matter of personal taste and style. Another post to follow on this article...

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  3. I didn't read it yet, but from Emily's comment my guess is I'm in good company with her! I've seen a few posts on BlogFest and that Kravet tour left me yearning for some fresh new fabrics - refer to first sentence! :)

    Have a wonderful weekend, Holly!

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  4. I read that NYT article earlier this week and thought it was so interesting! I know that I pick up a trend here and there -- clearly, I'm way to involved in this bloggy world not too -- but I'm careful about it and hope and strive to tailor any trends to fit my personal style.

    I'm curious to hear what you think! :)

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    1. Yep, very interesting Jenn - I'm glad you had a chance to read it too. Follow-up post to this soon...have a great weekend!

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  5. Thought provoking article. I often wonder if it is possible to have an original "prop" with all the exposure we have to design these days. It is so much easier to copy design trends because items are so much more accessible. To the trade fabrics can be purchased without going through a decorator (just look at all the Chiang Mai pillows available on Etsy), stores like West Elm or even Target follow up on the trend bandwagon and before you know it, everyone has a parson's desk and a industrial style coffee table.

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  6. Hey! Glad you were able to catch up on some stuff at home!

    Thanks for the link to the NYT article, going to have to go check that out:)

    Thanks for taking a peak at my guest interview over at Anna's...I was seriously stressed when she asked me that question because I have always struggled with what my style is. Too funny that you picked 2 of the same kinds of words to describe me! Makes me feel so much better...I completely trust someone with your talent. Thanks, Holly! Have a great long weekend!!

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  7. Thank you for bringing our attention to this article. It was excellent, and definitely worth a discussion. For me, I head down function lane first, and often feel like I never achieve the full-on 'pretty' that others make look so effortless. I try, but I always feel like there's something missing. And I'm learning to relax around that, because as you so perfectly put it, I too, choose and select things for me, for my home, and for my family. I just do. I laughed at the antlers - grew up in a hunting family, and antlers have just never been my thing, in fact, they were taboo in our decor. My Mom wouldn't have any of that, and I guess that carried forward with me as well. Not a trend for me. Barcarts - I LOVE, totally love them. And we acquired a vintage cart in December. But we actually use ours! When we have guests over for dinner, the cart becomes an extra surface for our pitcher of water, the open bottle of wine, and often the large bowl of salad. We will have and love our bar cart long after the fad has died. Books. Such a big topic all on its own. I can't colour-block mine, because I actually reference my books, and need to be able to find them! I do decorate with books, but again, it's the function first approach, so like topics together, etc. And my last thought is around the whole earlier decorating point. I actually disagree with the thought of the writer. The saying, 'Keeping up with the Joneses' came from somewhere, and I do think there was a bit of tug and pull toward 'props' of the time. I remember my Mom saving and saving to buy a tea trolley to go with her dining room set, and when she told her neighbour about it, the neighbour went out and bought it - the exact one! My Mom never did buy the tea trolley that matched her set after that. Anyway, a long response to a great article. In the end I believe your home should be a collection of your stories, and that means no two homes are alike! Thank you again for this, Holly!

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  8. V. interesting NYT article. I think b/c I've been so exposed to design trends via blogs, pinterest, etc., I have become more sensitive to the fact that I want to be careful of trying to be like everyone else. I think, though, you can take bits and pieces and really try to make them your own. Not always easy and I certainly don't have that figured out. What irks me the most is the super styled looked lately I see in blogger's home or super fancy homes in shelter mags. It just seems fake to me. And, lately, I'm much more drawn to the casual/layered/collected look (even though this look is certainly styled); however, a collected look seems a bit more original and genuine to me. Or maybe I'm just trying to convince myself of that.....don't know.

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