Author: Nam Dang-Mitchell

Laid Back Chic
November 21st, 2018

Laid Back Chic

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The Power of Refusal
September 24th, 2018

The Power of Refusal

I've never been much of a minimalist but lately I've been drawn to simpler and simpler things. The soothing effect of a space devo

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Burnt Clay
September 20th, 2018

Burnt Clay

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Aesthetics
September 19th, 2018

Aesthetics

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Terracotta
September 18th, 2018

Terracotta

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European Holiday
September 17th, 2018

European Holiday

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Give Me Moore
July 25th, 2014

Give Me Moore

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All American
July 21st, 2014

All American

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Braque
June 30th, 2014

Braque

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LA Story
June 09th, 2014

LA Story

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Style Hunt
June 03rd, 2014

Style Hunt

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Black & White
May 26th, 2014

Black & White

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Garcon
May 18th, 2014

Garcon

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Only Love
May 12th, 2014

Only Love

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Simple Things
May 06th, 2014

Simple Things

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Turquoise
April 15th, 2014

Turquoise

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Warm Minimalism
April 11th, 2014

Warm Minimalism

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Pale Fire
March 27th, 2014

Pale Fire

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Spring
March 23rd, 2014

Spring

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Beachy
March 17th, 2014

Beachy

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Black & Navy
March 14th, 2014

Black & Navy

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Fresh
February 25th, 2014

Fresh

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Mood Indigo
February 19th, 2014

Mood Indigo

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Sweet
February 14th, 2014

Sweet

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Gray
February 06th, 2014

Gray

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Meow
February 03rd, 2014

Meow

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Pop
January 30th, 2014

Pop

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Luxe Bohemia
January 26th, 2014

Luxe Bohemia

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New Classics
January 24th, 2014

New Classics

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Lush Green
January 21st, 2014

Lush Green

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Basics
January 15th, 2014

Basics

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Chic
January 12th, 2014

Chic

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Glamour
January 02nd, 2014

Glamour

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Clarity
December 27th, 2013

Clarity

This time of year, I always find myself searching for some sort of clarity, for a framework to approach the New Year. I've had no

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Time Out
December 26th, 2013

Time Out

I love the days between Christmas and New Years, they're like free time when nothing is really expected of you. I stay in my pyjam

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Simple
December 11th, 2013

Simple

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Casual
December 04th, 2013

Casual

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Camo
December 01st, 2013

Camo

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Clean
November 27th, 2013

Clean

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Teal
November 20th, 2013

Teal

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Sunday
November 17th, 2013

Sunday

If you need a little inspiration this Sunday, watch the incredibly moving immigration story of Tan Le, below. You'll be blown away

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Mauve
November 13th, 2013

Mauve

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Colours
November 10th, 2013

Colours

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Elegance
November 06th, 2013

Elegance

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Mr. Chow
November 03rd, 2013

Mr. Chow

The first time I saw the home of Michael and Tina Chow in the pages of Vogue I was a teenager, and it completely mesmerized me. No

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Deadmaus
October 30th, 2013

Deadmaus

For the past two years my son has wanted to be Deadmau5 for Halloween but I told him it would be too hard to make the mask. Boy, I

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Ecru
October 27th, 2013

Ecru

I'm obsessed with the colour (or non-colour) ecru lately. Our French bulldog has destroyed no less than three sofas and I want to

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As I Am
October 23rd, 2013

As I Am

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Seasons
October 20th, 2013

Seasons

We have had the most beautiful fall in recent memory here in Calgary. The mild temperature and spectacular colours have made my ye

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Gray & Navy
October 16th, 2013

Gray & Navy

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Thankful
October 13th, 2013

Thankful

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New Basics
October 09th, 2013

New Basics

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Olive
October 06th, 2013

Olive

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Gray Day
October 02nd, 2013

Gray Day

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Brooklyn
September 29th, 2013

Brooklyn

Really enjoyed my time poking around Brooklyn last weekend. It truly boasts the most hipsters per sq.ft of anywhere in America. Be

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Cool
September 26th, 2013

Cool

Supermodel Yasmin Le Bon still rockin' it at 48. Can I please have whatever she's having?

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Happy
September 22nd, 2013

Happy

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Soft Sell
September 18th, 2013

Soft Sell

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Navy Blazer
September 15th, 2013

Navy Blazer

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Easy Chic
September 11th, 2013

Easy Chic

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Classic
September 08th, 2013

Classic

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Cloud
September 04th, 2013

Cloud

Berndnaut Smilde - Making Clouds from The Avant/Garde Diaries on Vimeo.

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Grace
September 01st, 2013

Grace

Berndnaut Smilde - Making Clouds from The Avant/Garde Diaries on Vimeo.

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Coffee
August 28th, 2013

Coffee

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Desire
August 25th, 2013

Desire

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French Grey
August 21st, 2013

French Grey

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Believe
August 18th, 2013

Believe

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Camel
August 14th, 2013

Camel

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Bespoke
August 11th, 2013

Bespoke

Absolute Bespoke Campaign "Loft The Movie" Produced by Quickmedia from quickmedia on Vimeo.

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Envy
August 07th, 2013

Envy

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Honest
August 04th, 2013

Honest

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Baby
July 31st, 2013

Baby

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Lipstick
July 28th, 2013

Lipstick

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Style
July 24th, 2013

Style

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Neon
July 21st, 2013

Neon

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Navy + Gray
July 17th, 2013

Navy + Gray

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Own it
July 14th, 2013

Own it

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Summertime
July 07th, 2013

Summertime

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Stripes
July 03rd, 2013

Stripes

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Oh Canada
June 30th, 2013

Oh Canada

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Calgary
June 26th, 2013

Calgary

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Luxe
June 20th, 2013

Luxe

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Only
June 19th, 2013

Only

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Fathers
June 16th, 2013

Fathers

I've always believed that you cannot miss what you never had. But then I'll see Jim with our kids- his guidance, his tenderness an

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Lucky
June 12th, 2013

Lucky

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Beneath
June 09th, 2013

Beneath

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Spotted
June 05th, 2013

Spotted

Take My Picture / Garage Magazine from Jarrah Gurrie on Vimeo.

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Awesome
June 02nd, 2013

Awesome

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Yellow
May 29th, 2013

Yellow

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Cobalt
May 26th, 2013

Cobalt

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Rouge
May 22nd, 2013

Rouge

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So Chic
May 19th, 2013

So Chic

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Pink
May 15th, 2013

Pink

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Thanks Mom
May 12th, 2013

Thanks Mom

If I know anything about beauty or design, it is because of my mother Yvonne. Regardless of circumstances, she always made our hom

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Classic
May 08th, 2013

Classic

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Burgundy
May 05th, 2013

Burgundy

If you have ever had your nails done at a vietnamese nail salon, you will LOVE the video below.

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True Blue
May 01st, 2013

True Blue

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White
April 28th, 2013

White

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Everything
April 24th, 2013

Everything

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Trenchcoats
April 21st, 2013

Trenchcoats

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Leather Up
April 17th, 2013

Leather Up

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Golden
April 14th, 2013

Golden

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Geometrics
April 12th, 2013

Geometrics

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Mahogany
April 10th, 2013

Mahogany

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Enjoy
April 07th, 2013

Enjoy

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Work it
April 05th, 2013

Work it

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Aubergine
April 03rd, 2013

Aubergine

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Easter
March 31st, 2013

Easter

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Seriously
March 29th, 2013

Seriously

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Ruffled
March 27th, 2013

Ruffled

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Bold Hues
March 24th, 2013

Bold Hues

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Hey Girl
March 20th, 2013

Hey Girl

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Another Love
March 17th, 2013

Another Love

The large scale portrait is by talented Calgary photographer Jason Eng (see it hanging in my most recent showhome). Loving these m

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Sunset
March 13th, 2013

Sunset

The best is when gorgeous sneaks up on you. And in this short film by Brett Novak, it does exactly that. The music, the filming, t

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Simple
March 10th, 2013

Simple

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Red White + Blue
March 06th, 2013

Red White + Blue

So stylish, so talented, so adorable! You have to check these guys out at Sartorial Sounds, below:

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Black + White
March 03rd, 2013

Black + White

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Blue + Bronze
February 27th, 2013

Blue + Bronze

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Harlem
February 24th, 2013

Harlem

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Pretty
February 20th, 2013

Pretty

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Fierce
February 17th, 2013

Fierce

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Valentine
February 13th, 2013

Valentine

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Showhome
February 11th, 2013

Showhome

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Boys
February 10th, 2013

Boys

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Girls
February 06th, 2013

Girls

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Comfort
February 03rd, 2013

Comfort

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Bourgeoise
January 30th, 2013

Bourgeoise

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Warm Modern
January 27th, 2013

Warm Modern

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New Bohemia
January 23rd, 2013

New Bohemia

The Givenchy 2013 Resort collection is genius. The mix of paisleys and geometrics is super-chic and inspiring me to think of bohem

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Love It
January 20th, 2013

Love It

These are all things I never seem to tire of: classic townhouse architecture, vintage bergeres, Venini chandeliers, a Kagan sofa,

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Red Alert
January 16th, 2013

Red Alert

I read once that Tom Ford could not sleep if he knew there was even a single red item in his closet. I feel similarly disturbed by

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Sharper
January 13th, 2013

Sharper

Sometimes you don't need to reinvent the wheel, you just have to put the classics into sharper focus.

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Emerald
January 09th, 2013

Emerald

Pantone has selected Emerald as the color of the year for 2013: "Lively. radiant. lush...a color of elegance and beauty that enhan

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Navy Luxe
January 06th, 2013

Navy Luxe

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Hot Pink
January 02nd, 2013

Hot Pink

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New Year’s Eve
December 30th, 2012

New Year’s Eve

Happy New Years! May 2013 bring you everything your heart desires. Anything is possible as the video below shows.

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Time Out
December 26th, 2012

Time Out

I love the days between Christmas and New Years, they're like free time when nothing is really expected of you. I stay in my pyjam

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White Christmas
December 23rd, 2012

White Christmas

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Thank you to everyone who has sent me such lovely and encouraging notes this past year, the

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Peace On earth
December 19th, 2012

Peace On earth

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Magnolia Leaves
December 16th, 2012

Magnolia Leaves

"There's only one really good life, and that's the life that you know you want, and you make it yourself"

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Warm + Fuzzy
December 12th, 2012

Warm + Fuzzy

It's nearly Christmas and I am shamelessly using pictures of babies, small animals and carbs to tug at your heartstrings. If that

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Merriment
December 09th, 2012

Merriment

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Midnight
December 05th, 2012

Midnight

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Colour Therapy
December 02nd, 2012

Colour Therapy

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Words
November 28th, 2012

Words

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Cy Twombly
November 25th, 2012

Cy Twombly

I had a dream that one day I would live with a Twombly and every time I looked at it, it would remind me that what was most person

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Polished
November 22nd, 2012

Polished

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Vulnerable
November 15th, 2012

Vulnerable

Below is one of my favourite TED Talks, about the necessity of vulnerability. For anyone who knows me, to say that I have a proble

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America
November 11th, 2012

America

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Stone Cold
November 04th, 2012

Stone Cold

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Hallow’s Eve
October 31st, 2012

Hallow’s Eve

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Fur Real
October 28th, 2012

Fur Real

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Defined
October 24th, 2012

Defined

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The Color Purple
October 21st, 2012

The Color Purple

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Going Green
October 17th, 2012

Going Green

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Braque
October 14th, 2012

Braque

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Basquiat
October 10th, 2012

Basquiat

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Dark Beauty
October 07th, 2012

Dark Beauty

It seems that black is the new black this season. Remember when Obama was the new black? A little nostalgia below from 2008, that

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Caramel Latte
October 03rd, 2012

Caramel Latte

Ahh, the comforts of fall: a hot coffee, a cozy sweater, a puppy's belly and some Angus and Julia Stone, below.

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Autumn Blues
September 30th, 2012

Autumn Blues

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Cafe Society
September 26th, 2012

Cafe Society

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Burgundy + Blue
September 23rd, 2012

Burgundy + Blue

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Camel + Gold
September 19th, 2012

Camel + Gold

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Boho Preppy
September 16th, 2012

Boho Preppy

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Anthropologie
September 12th, 2012

Anthropologie

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Lofty Ambitions
September 09th, 2012

Lofty Ambitions

I am obsessed with white painted brick lately. It looks so cool and loft-like. We are re-doing our basement which used to be a pla

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Back to School
September 05th, 2012

Back to School

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Navy + Pink
September 02nd, 2012

Navy + Pink

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Fifty Shades
August 30th, 2012

Fifty Shades

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Turks & Caicos
August 28th, 2012

Turks & Caicos

When you land in the Turks & Caicos they say, "Welcome to paradise", and they are not kidding. With the clearest, bluest water and

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Dog Days
August 22nd, 2012

Dog Days

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Beautiful Beige
August 19th, 2012

Beautiful Beige

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The Champ
August 15th, 2012

The Champ

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Black + Gold
August 12th, 2012

Black + Gold

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Chambray
August 08th, 2012

Chambray

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Stripes
August 05th, 2012

Stripes

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Wild Thing
August 01st, 2012

Wild Thing

If you thought you were safe from annoying pet pictures on this website, well you'd be wrong. This is Winnie, our french bulldog p

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Surf’s Up
July 29th, 2012

Surf’s Up

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Je ne Sais Quoi
July 26th, 2012

Je ne Sais Quoi

Oh french girls, perenially chic. At once classic and of-the-moment, sexy yet laid-back. Loving the fall collection of their curre

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Seeing Red
July 22nd, 2012

Seeing Red

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Sports Fan
July 18th, 2012

Sports Fan

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Blue Chip
July 15th, 2012

Blue Chip

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Teen Spirit
July 11th, 2012

Teen Spirit

Playground Love from Air aircheology on Vimeo.

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Summer Whites
July 08th, 2012

Summer Whites

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Cowboys
July 04th, 2012

Cowboys

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Sunny Yellow
July 01st, 2012

Sunny Yellow

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Black + Beige
June 27th, 2012

Black + Beige

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Girl Power
June 24th, 2012

Girl Power

Catherine Kwong's fashion blogger's room at the 2012 San Francisco Decorators Showcase reminds us why it's so good to be a girl. I

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Blue Grey
June 20th, 2012

Blue Grey

A watery blue grey looks so darkly romantic right now. Just add some seventies' brass to complete the mood.

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A Gentleman
June 17th, 2012

A Gentleman

Without tenderness, a man is uninteresting." -Marlene Dietrich

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What I Love
June 13th, 2012

What I Love

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Lounge
June 10th, 2012

Lounge

The room is a Stereo Lounge by Brad Ford for last year's Kips Bay Decorator Showhome. He has a knack for making spaces that are ul

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The White Album
June 06th, 2012

The White Album

I am craving simplicity these days, it's never good to feel like your things own you. Haynes Roberts are masters at the edit. They

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Sundays
June 03rd, 2012

Sundays

"The meaning of life is to make life meaningful" - AC Grayling

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Blondes
May 30th, 2012

Blondes

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Brunettes
May 27th, 2012

Brunettes

We all sort of overdosed on brown in the nineties, but I'm finding it rather compelling again... Below is another relic from the n

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La Bicyclette
May 23rd, 2012

La Bicyclette

It's that time of year again when I can just throw on my six inch heels and jump on my bike with my trusty birkin bag fastened as

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After You
May 20th, 2012

After You

Canadian painter Graham Gillmore's use of colour is incredible. As is the subtlety of Stephen Sills' palette and mix at the Apthor

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Rothko Orange
May 17th, 2012

Rothko Orange

Mark Rothko's "Orange, Red, Yellow " looks as fresh today as it did in 1961 when it was painted. It just set records selling at Ch

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Modern Love
May 14th, 2012

Modern Love

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Khaki + Blue
May 11th, 2012

Khaki + Blue

I am so ready for it to be warm but the weather in Calgary is not cooperating. Breaking out the khakis and blues until I can pull

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Coral + Beige
May 06th, 2012

Coral + Beige

I am a huge fan of John Currin's work. Love the colours of his 1999's The Pink Tree. Coral has been used ad nauseum in decorating

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Lilac + Gold
May 02nd, 2012

Lilac + Gold

I never really think of myself as a girly-girl but lilac and gold look just so pretty together! I love that Mick Jagger lives in s

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Classic
April 29th, 2012

Classic

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Colour Theory
April 25th, 2012

Colour Theory

Designer Frank Roop uses colours so brilliantly. His palettes are so sumptuous yet unconventional. I am very inspired by these fea

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Collage
April 22nd, 2012

Collage

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Blush
April 18th, 2012

Blush

I love gray, beige and blush together, so soft and polite. Below: Girls Gone Mild at the Valentino Spring 2012 Couture show.

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Flower Power
April 15th, 2012

Flower Power

I've never been a fan of chintz, but these new florals look so fresh and modern especially when paired with something strong and m

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Teal Please
April 11th, 2012

Teal Please

This is not your mother's teal from the eighties, do not be afraid. This teal is bolder, cooler and more audacious. Below: the onl

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Chalet Chic
April 08th, 2012

Chalet Chic

Just spent the last fews days spring skiing in gorgeous Whistler, BC with my family and it has got me daydreaming about a smart li

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Pyjama Time
April 04th, 2012

Pyjama Time

Only the truly chic can hop out of bed, grab a fabulous clutch and hit the streets in their pyjamas. If you are mistaken for a hom

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Colour Happy
April 01st, 2012

Colour Happy

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Snake Bitten
March 28th, 2012

Snake Bitten

Python is the new black.

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Fuschia
March 25th, 2012

Fuschia

It all started when my good friend Tamar came to our girls' lunch toting her new hot pink Celine handbag. I have been obsessed wit

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Coffee & Cigarettes
March 21st, 2012

Coffee & Cigarettes

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Navy Blue
March 18th, 2012

Navy Blue

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A Painterly Life
March 14th, 2012

A Painterly Life

Imagine life as a Matisse painting. Eternally colourful, simple, joyful, soulful. Can you feel the warmth of the Provence sun on y

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Tickled Pink
March 11th, 2012

Tickled Pink

There is something irresistibly sweet yet soothing about a pale, pale pink right now. I love it mixed with something sleek and mod

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Moss Green
March 07th, 2012

Moss Green

I love this mossy, muddy, swampy green. It gives a traditional setting a great, gutsy british vibe. Below, another british classic

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Modern Luxury
March 04th, 2012

Modern Luxury

In the age of Real Housewives and Kardashians, perhaps we need to rethink our ideas about luxury. Give me less, but give me qualit

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A Paler Neo-Classic
February 28th, 2012

A Paler Neo-Classic

These rooms by Sills Huniford and Haynes Roberts are beautiful distillations of neo-classicism. It is a rarified elegance captured

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Acid Bourgeoisie
February 26th, 2012

Acid Bourgeoisie

The charms of the bourgeoisie are not so discreet when amped up with saturated colours in glossy lacquers and sumptuous velvets.

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My Secret Garden
February 22nd, 2012

My Secret Garden

My friend Tanya calls it green cocaine. Gardening is completely addictive and also expensive if you've had as many failures as I h

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Pastel Perfection
February 18th, 2012

Pastel Perfection

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Botanical Chic
February 14th, 2012

Botanical Chic

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Red Valentine
February 12th, 2012

Red Valentine

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Technicolour
February 08th, 2012

Technicolour

Even a colour-phobe like me cannot deny how happy this explosion of colours makes me. Feist "1,2,3,4" from Sens Pro

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Black + White
February 05th, 2012

Black + White

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Tangerine Dreams
February 01st, 2012

Tangerine Dreams

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Classic Leopard
January 29th, 2012

Classic Leopard

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The Men’s Club
January 25th, 2012

The Men’s Club

When did men get so stylish? You'll find a lot of hip ones at the j. crew mens shop on Madison ave, where my husband spent a great

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Safari Chic
January 22nd, 2012

Safari Chic

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Deluxe
January 18th, 2012

Deluxe

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Simplicity
January 16th, 2012

Simplicity

Just the basics please: nice jeans, helvetica and good manners.

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Ladylike
January 12th, 2012

Ladylike

When beloved Chloe´announced yet again another new designer, I didn't have much faith. But these looks from Clare Waight Keller's

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Mint + Bronze
January 09th, 2012

Mint + Bronze

Mint has been on my radar for a while but it wasn't until I saw the way Nicolas Ghesquiere used it with bronze in his Spring 2012

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Butchery
January 05th, 2012

Butchery

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Taupe
January 01st, 2012

Taupe

It's 2012, and we are all suppose to embrace colour but I'd like to start the new year by singing the praises of taupe. It has bee

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New Year
December 31st, 2011

New Year

Below is a lovely little film by Samuel Benchetrit. A kid's introduction to love, poetry, passion and Yves St. Laurent. Happy New

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Happy Holidays
December 24th, 2011

Happy Holidays

I wish you a splendid holiday season a la Baudelaire: "La, tout n' est qu'ordre et beaute´, Luxe, calme et volupte´." For true

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Winter Wonderland
December 01st, 2011

Winter Wonderland

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I Love Paris
November 15th, 2011

I Love Paris

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Geek Chic
November 01st, 2011

Geek Chic

Miuccia Prada is a genius. I happened upon these old ads from the 2005 Prada collection shot by Steven Meisel and found them so in

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Rumpus Room
October 24th, 2011

Rumpus Room

I LOVE this James Pearse ping pong table! I want to redo my whole basement around it now that my kids are old enough to be rid of

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Hello Yellow
October 15th, 2011

Hello Yellow

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Sexy Back
October 09th, 2011

Sexy Back

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My Royal Tenenbaum
September 30th, 2011

My Royal Tenenbaum

We recently spruced up my seven year old son's room. He said."Mom, I'm thinking The Royal Tenenbaums meets Where the Wild Things A

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Envy
September 15th, 2011

Envy

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I Am Love
September 08th, 2011

I Am Love

I hate red when used in small doses. It must be used with conviction and commitment. It is not for the fainthearted, it is an all

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Neo Nineties
September 01st, 2011

Neo Nineties

Is it too soon to feel nostalgia for the Nineties? They seem so innocent and pure now, like all the world's problems could be solv

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My Conservatory
September 01st, 2011

My Conservatory

Hurray, I get to work on a project for myself! We are putting our garage underground and building a traditional Conservatory or Or

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Autumn
August 30th, 2011

Autumn

Fall is without a doubt my favourite season. I love all the rich harvest colours, well worn materials like copper and leather, and

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New School Preppy
August 27th, 2011

New School Preppy

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Goodbye Summer
August 25th, 2011

Goodbye Summer

"Video Games" below by Lana Del Rey perfectly embodies end of summer malaise. Her voice is from another era. Can't wait to hear he

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Gold Rush
August 15th, 2011

Gold Rush

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Orange Crush
July 30th, 2011

Orange Crush

Is there anything happier and more chic than high gloss orange lacquer? Steven Gambrel uses it brilliantly on this bar and on the

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Decadence
July 14th, 2011

Decadence

I'd love to do a room in pieces from the two most decadent eras of all time: the 18th Century and the 1970's. I'd just sit on my E

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New Minimalism
July 01st, 2011

New Minimalism

I love minimalism when it has some soul and humour. This video below by Sam Taylor-Wood makes me happy.

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Gray + Camel
June 28th, 2011

Gray + Camel

Forget what I said on my last post, nothing makes me swoon like gray and camel. So luxurious, so chic! Check out those mid-century

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Colour
June 14th, 2011

Colour

Maybe it's because spring is in the air, but everything pink, turquoise and tangerine is catching my eye, and I am a devoted fan o

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Mission Showhome
June 01st, 2011

Mission Showhome

This is a showhome I just completed for Mission Homes in Stonepine, just outside of Calgary. The house has a relaxed european feel

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Valentine
February 14th, 2011

Valentine

All you need is love: I am loving blush and nude colours combined with red, like in this magnificent Cy Twombly painting and in t

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Seventies Chic
February 05th, 2011

Seventies Chic

The 70's are looking so good again. Skip the loud prints and colours from that era and what you have left is a sexy laid back cool

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New Year 2011
January 01st, 2011

New Year 2011

I am loving this January: The charm of Karen Knorr's Fables, Amie Weitzman's colorful interiors, a sartorialist's fur booties, th

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September
September 01st, 2010

September

Things I love this September: Marion Cotillard on the cover of French Vogue, fabulous Christopher Farr rug, Herzog and de Meuron

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August
August 01st, 2010

August

Things I love this August: The melancholy of structures like this overpass by Josef Shulz, this minimalist architecture and this

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July
July 01st, 2010

July

Things I love this July: Is this not the most beautiful carpark ever?! Also loving John Currin's Cripple from 1997 and the genius

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June
June 01st, 2010

June

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May
May 01st, 2010

May

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April
April 01st, 2010

April

Things I love this April: Jane Birkin style by french Vogue, The Red Balloon, Richard Serra sculpture, March cover of French Vog

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March
March 01st, 2010

March

Things I love this March: A formal garden by Paul Bangay, a painting by Elizabeth Peyton, Warapuru Resort in Bahia, Brazil by An

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