Wild at Heart

This is one of those homes some people will love and many will hate. It's crazy bright, bold, full of contrast, and not without more than its fair share of nuttiness. The Hamptons beach house of fashion designer Lisa Perry is filled with more art than the Guggenheim, and all those towering white walls have the bombastic feel of a major American museum. I can't even imagine what it would be like to live here. Let's take a tour and see what you think.

White walls, black trim, lucite console, jade green and Chinese red = a good start.

For some reason I find the lamps and flowers ultra annoying, but I never met a Frank Stella I didn't want to french kiss, so this one makes the grade for me.

Those chairs are very larval, but I might have a soft spot for furnishings of the grub worm persuasion...

I suppose I could pick this apart, but I won't. Instead I'm going to imagine that I'm eating eggs benedict washed down with mimosas, and when I'm full to bursting I'll just scoot myself across the floor until I fall into the pool. Hopefully I will survive the long journey.

Look! They have my eggs ready and waiting. Over easy, how did they know?

Hey kitchen, I just might love you. I think the prints are by Enzo Mari, but I may be embarrassing myself, here. Cassie will know.

That Gaetano Pesce chair appeared in Max Azria's amazing home. Apparently it's very fashionable.

Mmmmmmm... no. Valentine's Day only comes once a year, and it should stay that way forever and ever.

Let's look beyond the fact that there are way too many beds in here and just agree this room is awesome. I want a green rug (pass on the wall to wall action) and a giant stuffed elephant in the worst way. Ok, I said I was going to look beyond it, but really -- four kids stuffed in one room when you live in a giant mansion? Or maybe it's a dormitory? Perhaps they hold Michael Jackson style dinner parties? What gives, people???

Insert your thoughts here. I probably share them.

That's it -- what did you think? Are you ready to move in, running the other way, or just planning a big heist?

[Lux Productions Photography via Trendland]

Smart Art

Poor K-Dawg is holed up with strep throat (2010, you need to shape up, you whippersnapper) so I'm writing a wee post to tide y'all over until her return. Yesterday I showed you some of my favorite abstract art/interiors combinations, and I thought I might add a few more mouth watering images. Also, one our our readers brought up some great points regarding art, sourcing and blogging, in general. Shilo of Yikes Machine (a beautifully curated blog) wrote: "I vote let’s credit not only the blogs where we nabbed the photos, and the photographers who took the shot, but also the designer of the chair, the stylist who put the room together and the artist who made the sculpture. This, of course means a lot more work for us bloggers, but I think ultimately the result will be a community-led education in Art and Design..."

Hey, I like that idea! Problem is, I'm kind of a dummy when it comes to painting, because I'm just a photographer by training and trade (wish I could have written that part very small and tiny like). But I'm a good sport, so let me hit you with my best shot:

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Ellsworth Kelly in Aerin Lauder's kitchen, via Elle Decor

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Josef Albers (a print, I'm guessing) via The Brick House

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Another gorgeous Ellsworth Kelly in a horribly photographed home via NYSD (thanks for the tip, Raina!)

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Awesomely shaped Kenneth Noland painting in an otherwise sleepy room, via Apartment Therapy

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The other half of that amazing Vogue Living Australia spread, featuring the rad work of Gemma Smith

Ok, pals, hopefully this was educational (but not in a high school chemistry class kind of a way). Now I'm going to get to work identifying the art I showed yesterday... oh, this is going to be good times!

Back to Basics

I've never thought of myself as an abstract kind of girl. I have always preferred my art to be concrete, dark and sooty, brooding and enmeshed in philosophical complexities. It's very tiring, actually. In fact, I'm worn to the nub, which is why abstract art is suddenly feeling so fresh and so clean to me. Even liberating. Like a pair of crisp white Chuck Taylors. Perhaps visual simplicity is the perfect antidote to these turbulent times, not that there's anything simple about the art itself. There is a discipline inherent in abstraction's formal nature that speaks honestly about the medium. Its beauty lies in its rightness; a good painting feels like it grew that way, like that's its only possible state of being. Like -- as many people have joked (myself included) -- a child could have made it. Right.

If you read the NY Times story about 94 year old painter Carmen Herrera, you know that it took a lifetime for Herrera to get recognized for her paintings. She worked in anonymity with no expectation of fame or fortune for decades. I'm in awe of this. My personal vanity would never allow for such a thing, and my self confidence could never survive working in a vacuum.

Anyway, Carmen Herrera, this post is for you.

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Elle Decor

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Cote Maison

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Desire to Inspire

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If the Lampshade Fits

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Marie Claire Italia

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New York Social Diary

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Miles Redd

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Carmen Herrera in front of her paintings. I want to be this cool when I grow up.