30 July 2011

Rhyme nor Reason: Rune Stone

Nothing like a beautiful rune stone to get my weekend started right.
(We're easy to please here at DoaWE)
Read the inscription here.

29 July 2011

Family Tree: Reginald

It's a documented fact in the records of DoaWE family lore that Great Great Uncle Reginald of Hartlepool had quite a  way with the ladies.... I always attributed it to his custom made waistcoats and his preferred footwear of thigh-high waders year round.  Funny that he never married.....

28 July 2011

Covet: Three Arm Trophy Sconces

Perfect for my future (non) Hunting Lodge.  
Oh please oh please oh please oh please!
Available here.

27 July 2011

My Future Home: Rajasthan

Some inspiration for my future home....simple, no?
From here.

26 July 2011

My Future Home: Doorbell

A circa 50's Italian wrought iron door bell....ideal for my future home and perfect for letting me know the guests have arrived!
Available here.

25 July 2011

Rhyme nor Reason: Adios NYC

The best part of NYC in July or August?  
Watching the skyline fade from view in the rear view mirror of your automobile or, better yet, through the tinted window of an air-conditioned train car headed anywhere but the sizzling asphalt of the jungle called Manhattan.

24 July 2011

Extra Special: Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty

Okay... finally I've had time to process the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition....I know that sounds a tad dramatic but it was truly one of the most beautifully presented museum shows I have ever seen....and I've seen my share of shows.  The Costume Institute at the MET definitely raised the bar on exhibition design by creating oversized vitrines, a hall of gilded mirrors and a room size cabinet of curiosities to present an exhaustive collection of McQueen's amazing body of work.  My favorite part of the exhibition was watching the hologram of Kate Moss floating and twirling like some sort of ethereal creature swathed in yards of billowing fabric....I have to admit this wandering eye got a bit misty at the sheer beauty of the moment.

See more here.

23 July 2011

Distraction: Beautiful but Broke (1944)

Not sure why I related so well to this movie title....
 but I recorded it weeks ago and finally watched it last night whilst sitting in front of the fan with a big iced beverage.  Turned out to be a rather ridiculous story (big surprise) about an all-girl band stranded in Nevada (what?) but Joan Davis and her pratfalls made the most of it....also, the styling was fantastic with gravity defying hair that looked molded in place...thank you TCM!

22 July 2011

Favorites: Lucian Freud

I love the trio of staring eyes in this Clifford Coffin photograph of Lucian Freud from 1947....the artist's far off look, the bird's one alert eye and the cropped image of the portrait on the easel.  While I'm a big fan of Freud's later figurative work (especially his paintings of the performance artist Leigh Bowery), there is something in the straight-forward simplicity of his early portraits (like the one in this photo) that I really admire.
Lucian Freud 1922-2011

21 July 2011

My Future Home: British Sailor Society 1905

I would like a cozy guest room just like this in my future home....filtered sunlight, a single simple pendant lamp and a tidy writing desk....if this worked for British sailors circa 1905 then it will be perfect for all my houseguests....seafaring or not.
From here.

20 July 2011

If I Were A Girl: Miu Miu Glitter Bootie

I'm beginning to think my inner girl was an inner magpie in an earlier (inner) life....this would explain my/her intense fascination with and desire for sparkly, glittery objects (wearable preferred) and these glitter-encrusted trompe l'oeil booties by Miu Miu fit the foot, I mean bill, perfectly. 

19 July 2011

Far and Wide: NYC

Okay, maybe not so far and definitely not too wide but the isle of Manhattan it is for this photo diary.  Leave it to this Wandering Eye to choose one of the hottest days of July for venturing beyond my safety zone (the area below 23rd Street) but the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the MET was calling my name so uptown I went.  Once I process all the incredible visual, aural, textural stimulation of the McQueen exhibition I will write a post because it was truly beautiful and moving.  In the meantime... here is my Big (baked) Apple day in six photos:
9:30 am Chelsea
10:00 am  Garment District
11:25 am Sketching
1:05 pm Rodin
2:15 pm Floral arrangement MET style
3:30 pm Afternoon fuel DoaWE style

18 July 2011

Covet: Giant Illuminated Martini Glass

Suddenly I'm parched.
Available here.

17 July 2011

If I Were A Girl: Azzedine Alaia Platform

My inner girl loves an end-of-season sale just as much as she loves a sensible, everyday shoe which is why this beauty by Azzedine Alaia would be in her closet or on her petite feet.
Available here.

16 July 2011

Covet: Orawee Choedamphai Sculpture

Cable ties, knitting and Legos?!?  
How could I resist these sculptural objects by textile designer Orawee Choedamphai?  
The name alone gets me all gitty.
From here.

15 July 2011

Rhyme nor Reason: Macgregor

Look at those curled horns and that amazing shaggy coat!  Fashion inspiration via the farm.
From here.

14 July 2011

Covet: Gee's Bend Quilt

Yes, please.
Available here.

13 July 2011

If I Were A Girl: Vintage Photo

Take a gander at that cameo, the necklace attached to the belt and the multiple earrings/hair ornaments...not to mention the teensy tiny itsy bitsy waist....my inner (bloated) girl is a touch green with envy.
From here.

12 July 2011

My Future Home: Paris Factory

Ivy filled inner courtyard of a converted factory in Paris....not too shabby for my future home.
From here.

11 July 2011

If I Were A Girl: Roberta di Camerino II

J'adore a good touch of trompe l'oeil which is why this circa 1970's Roberta Di Camerino dress would be in my closet... if I were a girl.
Available here.

10 July 2011

Rhyme nor Reason: Rooster & Friend

Sometimes the eyes wander where they will...

09 July 2011

Still Life: Nautical

Now, this is my kind of nautical color-scheme: unexpected, tattered and dusty...but with a little bit of shine.  
Sounds like some people I know.

08 July 2011

Still Life: Starfish

Color palette inspiration courtesy of the Sea Shell Shop in Provincetown.

07 July 2011

Distraction: Trinity Church, Boston

Ever notice how you can see something over and over and over but never really SEE it?  Until last week, Trinity Church in Boston was simply a beautiful building I observed from the front seat of my car as I drove by attempting to avoid pedestrians who linger in the crosswalk.  Now, after taking the time to get up close and personal with the structure (while on foot no less) I can say that it is quite extraordinary....and to think I've driven by a gazillion and one times.

06 July 2011

Rhyme nor Reason: Oars

Mother Superior of the Wandering Eye warned me about men 
with big oars 
but how could I resist this cheery foursome?
From here.  

05 July 2011

Covet: Canape Cactus Seating

Just what I needed! Poof seating disguised as canape cacti by Maurizio Galante for Cerruti Baleri....perfect for offering a seat to that unexpected houseguest....No, you weren't interrupting anything.  What....a....pleasant....surprise...
From here.

04 July 2011

Rhyme nor Reason: Polka

Sometimes one can't help but take things literally....polka anyone?
Happy Independence Day!
From here.

03 July 2011

If I Were A Girl: Mugler Resort 2012

My inner girl is so easily pleased....a pair of call-the-chiropractor-heels, a handful of sensible ensembles and that acid-pistachio-super-hero-color and she's all set for the season....too bad she has to wait for next year.
From here.

02 July 2011

Crave: Captain Jack's Wharf

I know I should quit pining over my cabin atop the water in Provincetown.  I'm sure that lothario Windswept has turned his attentions to another lucky tenant.  After all, it's been 5 days and 16 hours and my phone has yet to ring (sigh) but look at these interior shots....can you blame a Wandering Eye for having a mad crush?