When it rains, it pours…

While summer is usually beach season and sunshine, Atlanta has been nothing but torrential downpours for the past month. I’m kind of an ‘indoor creature’ anyways, but the almost daily floods have kept me pretty well confined to my bedroom. On the bright side, this has been a pretty good opportunity for me to gently update my personal space – which, as my friends know, I tend to do very frequently anyways.

Aside from moving pictures around and a few pieces of cheap Ikea furniture, my favourite way to easily freshen up a space is to fill the room with new accessories. By keeping furniture and walls understated, the entire mood of a space can be changed simply by switching up the decorative elements. Seeing as I like my bedroom to reflect certain elements of current interior trends, investing a lot into nonfunctional items is illogical. 

Lately, my solution for this has been Target. Not only are their home accessories extremely affordable, but they’re very well designed and a great value for money. My current favourite pieces have all come from the Nate Berkus collaboration, as most of the items keep up with the home decor trends that I’ve been loving. 

OpenZoomLayerDecorative Rhino Figural – $24.99

I bought this chrome Rhino figurine today and I’m absolutely obsessed. Oftentimes, chrome finishes can look cheap if not done correctly, but the figurine both looks and feels amazingly well done. 

OpenZoomLayer-2Dipped Bowl – $19.99

Gold dipped pottery has been a huge decor trend that I’ve been loving lately, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pick up this bowl. The shape isn’t necessarily my style, but the combination of the price tag and the amazing quality was definitely enough to make the purchase worth it. 

During my stay in Paris last week – which I’ll address more fully in a later post – I stopped by the Acne store in la Marais, and I can’t seem to get the amazing pink marble stairs out of my head. Since then, I’ve been lusting after a way to bring more stone elements into my room, and once again, Target seems to be the way to go.

urlAcne Studios in la Marais

OpenZoomLayer-3Decorative Agate Figural/Single Bookend – $19.99

OpenZoomLayer-1Sandstone Puzzle Figural – $9.99

xo, Syd

 

 

 

Gutai at the Guggenheim

Our art class recently went on an art trip to New York City for a few days. The trip was filled with a plethora of museum visits-my favorite of the week at the Guggenheim showcased the works of the Japanese art collective-The Gutai Group. Out of all the art exhibits I have attended, I felt that the work of the Gutai Group held the most relevance to my own personal work. The idea of rejecting overt content, and looking to the physical matter embodying a piece to form content rather than a pre conceived concept. The Gutai Group’s work concentrates heavily on reacting to the artistic context of the time-of post war. An excerpt from the Gutai’s manifesto that encompasses the relativity to my own work:

“Yet what is interesting in this respect is the novel beauty to be found in works of art and architecture of the past which have changed their appearance due to the damage of time or destruction by disasters in the course of the centuries. This is described as the beauty of decay, but is it not perhaps that beauty which material assumes when it is freed from artificial make-up and reveals its original characteristics? The fact that the ruins receive us warmly and kindly after all, and that they attract us with their cracks and flaking surfaces, could this not really be a sign of the material taking revenge, having recaptured its original life?….”

And for some of my favorites

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Oil on canvas- Jiro Yoshihara

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xx Molly

Parisienne

After months of waiting and anticipation, I finally leave for Paris tomorrow night! Molly’s been living the European dream for the past few weeks, and I’m incredibly excited to join her on Saturday. While I’m obviously looking forward to the sights, the food, the nightlife, and the great company, I’m particularly excited about the fashion. While Atlanta is by no means an incredibly ‘laid back’ city, it’s also not the place to experiment with wildly trendy pieces and daring combinations. Paris, on the other hand, is the perfect place to wear my more exciting pieces, unique accessories, and bolder colours. Below is my overall lookbook for the ‘classy cool’ vibe I’d like to achieve.

cropped summer white kenzo-shirt-denim-jacket-australia-fashion-week-street-style-spring-2013 4 xo, Syd