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Summa Summatime

Sea of Glass by Philip Barlow

Sea of Glass by Philip Barlow

I just returned to the frozen tundra of New York City after a week in beautiful Play Del Carmen, Mexico.

[sigh]

There’s nothing like 5 days of sun, sand and tropical drinks to delude yourself into believing that winter won’t be so bad and that summer must be right around the corner.  Similarly, that is how these large-scale, instamatic-style paintings by Philip Barlow make me feel.    Enjoy!

Delight by Philip Barlow

Delight by Philip Barlow

Radiate by Philip Barlow

Radiate by Philip Barlow

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TREND WATCH: RATTAN

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Warning: this may not be the trendiest trend watch ever because I’ve had these images in my image file for about a year.  BUT–when it is as cold out as this—I start thinking of sun, the beach, and beachy-feeling things.  This brings me to RATTAN.

It’s not just for the Golden  Girls anymore!

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I must confess that I’ve only recently opened my heart and let rattan in.

Typically when I go thrifting at the beach in summer, the shops are chock full of the stuff and I completely pass over all those tired pastel-floral-be-cushioned rattan living room sets.  Lately—however, I’ve noticed people using  rattan accents (especially painted ones) in very smart ways.  I mean…. it makes sense—you add a casual, light thing like rattan into a formal room, maybe you add in a little punch of color and POOF!  You get light, beachy, sort-of-bohemian freshness.

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An added bonus of this trend is that you can go high end like these Chippendale chairs from Jonathan Adler.  You can go middle-low cost point with these great chairs from IKEA.  Or you can go dirt cheap at your local thrift shop (plus a can of paint) and go from granny to granny chic.

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Argh…. Now I have to get “Thank You for Being a Friend” out of my head.

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