Monday, August 3, 2015

My Dream Closet




If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know I have been fantasizing about moving for some time, that I love anything animal print, and I created a (locally) semi famous closet  for a client.

So when COMPASS came and asked me if I would be interested in designing a dream closet of my own, hypothetically speaking, I said, "YES!"  I believe in writing things down and the power of vision boards.  I just did a post on manifesting dreams.  I believe in the power of dreaming and scheming.  So maybe one day after this post, this may come true and I'll have a dream closet too!

I didn't have that much difficulty coming up with exactly what I would want.  All my favorite design items that I covet, in one fabulously organized room where my clothes (color coordinated of course) were the focal point, only to be out shown by a few key pieces, and I would call said room my closet; yes, yes, and yes.

I envision beautiful white built-ins with white Venetian plastered walls and a hand painted, custom colored de Gourney cherry blossom wallpaper on the ceiling.  Like a bud off one of the branches would hang a Lindsey Adelman light fixture that could bring tears to your (my) eyes.

The Herve Van Der Straeten bench takes center stage atop a zebra rug that would sit on African walnut floors.  I gaze towards my beautiful wardrobe contemplating the day, sipping an espresso from my coffee/wine bar that would be neatly tucked into an antique armoire.  Across the room it reflects in the giant gilt mirror that also throws light on my simple but elegant Barbara Barry vanity with a Christopher Spitzmiller lamp on top.      

Don't even get me started on the bathroom/spa that would open up off of that.
Heaven, I would be in heaven....







Monday, July 27, 2015

The Fischer House


I spent a lovely weekend with friends in a home I had been hearing a lot about located on a gorgeous lake in Connecticut.  It was special for many reasons, one being the home itself.  A modernist gem built by an architect who himself has a lasting mystique surrounding him.  Norman Jaffe was known as an architect who approached each design with respect of its site and in harmony with its environment.  Modern, albeit modest comfortable spaces with well thought out details were part of the charm.





The Fischer House

"Houses like this put Norman on the map. Respectful of the site, harmoniously proportioned, beautifully crafted. Modest, comfortable spaces filled with light and surprises. These kinds of experiences were often lost in later, larger houses.
Still lovingly maintained by the original owners."




An original drawing of the home.  His cantilevered, shingled architecture and seamless glass window corners were paramount to his early award winning designs.







While there, all you need do is relax and unwind.  A sheet was wrapped around the 2 poles on the deck for outdoor movies.  The night was beautiful and watching the movie outside brought with it childlike glee!


The original honed slate table was in extraordinarily good condition, as was almost everything built into the home.  They don't make things like that any more!  I can't seem to get more than 10 to 15 years out of anything in my home.



Like a snapshot in time.  Nothing has changed, and there is something really magical about that!


















When not relaxing on the deck, life revolves around a pristine lake.  Water lilies and wild water flowers hung the shore.  I really never saw a lake so clean and beautiful (which is why no motor vehicles are allowed).





On the morning of August 19th, 1993, Norman left his clothes folded neatly on the beach in Bridgehampton and was never seen again.  It is assumed he drowned, but it also has been speculated that he took his life.  We will never know.




Monday, July 20, 2015

Manifestation Monday


We all have dreams, aspirations for ourselves and our future.  Why do some of us reach our goals and see our dreams come true while others never reach theirs?  Can you change your path  Can you manifest your dreams into reality?  How?





This seems obvious, but I am seeing many of us say we want to change, but we really (really) aren't willing to do the work!


SAY IT, be as specific as possible.  WRITE IT down.  VISUALIZE IT ~ become it (the goal).
LIVE IT ~  like you already accomplished it.  CREATE A VISION BOARD.  And most importantly, and I think the hardest thing to be is ~ LET IT GO ~ be unattached to the outcome.


That has eluded me.  I am learning you must come from a place of peace!  I was always grasping, trying to will things to happen.  All that yearning doesn't work.  You have to be completely at peace with the outcome and then (I am told), your dreams may actually come true.  The universe hears you and responds in kind.




My education into life coach-dom continues to fascinate me.  That's another beautiful thing about growing and learning new skills.  It helps you live life to it's fullest!