There is an expression attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson that goes, “build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door”. Well this past May while touring the ICFF on BlogTourNYC, I saw what I thought was a better mouse trap….except it was a bird feeder.
Linda Holt Photo
So simple and beautiful…a work of art, but oh so clever. Striped down to the bare essentials, these feeders are so perfectly balanced that if a pesky squirrel even tries to hop on he/she will slide right off. Genius don’t you think?
Spotted at the Norway pavilion at The International Contemporary Furniture fair.
Do you ever see something that is so unique or so inspiring that you think, “darn, why didn’t I think of that”? Well that is exactly what happened while touring Scott Sander’s show house in the Printing House in Soho.
Let me give you a bit of a back story first. For about ten years I have been holding onto a huge wasp nest that was pulled from the eves of our house. Now don’t get me wrong, I do not like wasps. In fact, I was once stung so badly while on vacation in Panama that I thought I might die…very scary. There is just something about the visual appeal of the nest that has possessed me to hold onto it despite my husband’s frequent inquiries of “now why are we holding on to this?” I have had it on the table under a glass cloche, I have had it sitting on a book shelf, but for the past 6-7 years it has been in the garage relegated to a dusty shelf with gardening tools.
So imagine my delight and awe when I spotted this gold dipped wasp nest way up in the corner of the ceiling in Sander’s model home. How utterly brilliant! Art and nature comes together in golden wasp architecture.
Gold wasp nest on ceiling
Now my only question is “how much will it cost to dip a 12″ x 9″ wasp nest in gold?
My wasp nest
So what do you think? Am I crazy to hold onto this? Does it creep you out? I would try and spray it gold but I did a little research and paint won’t work. It will only dissolve the the nest.
I would love to hear your thoughts!
Recently I was reading that eyes are trending. Yes… eyes… as in human eyes. Then not long after, while touring the newly renovated The printing House while on BlogTourNYC, I saw this AMAZING art installation by artist Sean Mellyn. Made from old eye charts Sean has created the perfect focal point for Scott Sander’s model unit.
The Printing House Soho NYC
I LOVE it! How about you?
Have a great weekend everyone and keep your “eyes” open for this hot new trend!
Imagine finding a beautiful sink and then finding out that by purchasing it you would be helping to support AIDS and HIV organizations. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Well BLANCO, one of the sponsors of BlogTourNYC, has a sink that does just that. Let me introduce you to ATTIKA.
First of all, the ATTIKA sink is gorgeous. The stainless steel sleek contemporary design is part function and part sculpture.
The ATTIKA has won multiple design awards and one feature that makes it special is the elevated rim design that separates wet from dry areas. The best part though is that BLANCO will support DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids) with a donation whenever their ATTIKA™sink is specified. Beautiful sink…helping to fight Aids and HIV…Sounds like a win-win to me.
BLANCO’s commitment to giving back doesn’t end though with the ATTIKA sink. BLANCO is also a proud supporter of Water for People – a charitable organization that ensures sustainable clean drinking water for all people. So if the ATTIKA isn’t your style or need, simply by purchasing any of their beautiful products you will be helping to support clean drinking water for those most in need. Take a look at some of my other favorite products and designs from BLANCO.
I love this beautiful contemporary fire clay sink called Modex. It comes in both white and black but i love the black against the white cabinetry…so sleek and stylish.
Another favorite is the Blancoculina faucet with it’s high profile and contemporary design.
Blanco Alta in White
This Alta faucet is beautiful and comes in white, black, cinder and truffle.
Blanco Alta in Truffle
Even BLANCO’s kitchen accessories, like the cutting boards, and strainers are both beautiful and stylish.
Selling gorgeous products, fighting HIV and AIDS and supporting clean water is what BLANCO is all about. They won me over how about you?