30 June 2011

Distraction: Camille

Nothing like a doomed courtesan and a downer of a love story to lift my spirits right up.  As a card carrying gay man, I'm embarrassed to say I had never watched the classic Camille until the other night.  Now I know what all the fuss is about.  Greta Garbo is really good at throwing her head back and Robert Taylor is dreamy even in some rather unflattering multi-pleated, tapered trousers.  Yikes.

29 June 2011

Distraction: Captain Jack

Aaaargh!  Three days after and I'm still dreaming of sand between my toes and the whisper of rippling water in my ears.  This is the outside of the cabin I called home last weekend....it sits on the middle of a wharf named after a most colorful Captain Jack and just above the door is a painted sign that reads Windswept. 

28 June 2011

Covet: Wine Coolers

A set of circa 1805 wine coolers commissioned by the Third Baron Foley for the reconstruction of Witley Court, Worcestershire perfect for chilling my multiple bottles of Vinho Verde.  Thanks Christies!
Available here.

27 June 2011

Distraction: Couple

I am in love with this couple.  Look at those faces!  The beautiful wrinkles at the corners of his eyes and the belt cinched a tad too tight....and her sweet dimple, the fantastic four button trousers and the Mickey Mouse t-shirt.  I can spend a lot of time imagining stories about these two.
From here.

26 June 2011

Rhyme nor Reason: Shoulder

Nothing like a few days carrying on by the sea shore in a land called Provincetown to make a Wandering Eye feel like he's been tossed over a well-sculpted shoulder a time or two....curse those gin and tonics and that idle chit chat.  Before you get the wrong idea, unlike this waterlogged lass we (fortunately) always land firmly on our feet.
From here.

25 June 2011

Distraction: Undertow (Contracorriente)

Dear fellow wanderers, after a solid hour and 40 minutes of deepest soul searching I have found my calling so I am headed due south-west for the Peruvian coast.  I don't know how I missed it but now I know.....my destiny is to live off the sea in a windswept one-road town of low buildings with exteriors bleached by the sun.  This calling is ringing loud and clear in my head after watching the film Undertow (Contracorriente) which happens to takes place in the very town where I am headed (how ironic) to meet up with a fisherman named Miguel who looks remarkably just like this.....

24 June 2011

Covet: Folk Art Elephant Cabinet

Now, this is the kind of elephant I wouldn't mind in the middle of the room.
Available right here.

23 June 2011

Rhyme nor Reason: Proud

I don't know where the time has gone but this here gayest of months is almost over and I've not written one single post in honor of the love that dare not speak its name.  Why this time last year I had blathered on with my revelatory book and movie recommendations in the completely biased Wandering Eye Gay Primer so what, in heavens name, is my excuse this merry month of June?  Yes these 30 June days are supposed to be filled with heaping spoonfuls of gay pride but, to be honest, my cup done runneth over 365 days of the year....yep, here at DoaWE we three homosexuals (me, myself and I) celebrate pride all day, every day and we dare to speak of that love quite loudly and proudly.
From here.

22 June 2011

Distraction: The Sartorialtwist

Now, this is my idea of STYLE.  I could play this game over and over and over.  These randomly chic ensembles just changed my day from crappy to happy.  
Hours of fashion fun!
From here.
Discovered via Man Make Home

21 June 2011

My Future Home: Staff

I don't like to ask for much but...and there's always a rather large 'but'...this is how I expect to be greeted by my domestic staff whenever I enter my future home.  At ease gentlemen!
From here.

20 June 2011

Rhyme nor Reason: Paper Flowers

Here at the spacious HQ of DoaWE, our tried and true remedy for the Monday moody blues is a colorful arrangement of flowers placed conspicuously center stage.  After all, how can one resist a delicious jolt of color courtesy of Mother Nature?  Ideally, we prefer fresh cuttings from our garden (or, in a pinch, a distracted neighbors flowerbed) but sometimes even paper blooms will suffice.

19 June 2011

My Future Home: Mayfair Ballroom Newcastle Upon Tyne

More interior decor inspiration for my future home....that's what I call a color-scheme!  Take a gander at those light fixtures, the band stand (a necessity for every home), the "Crystal Bar" and that pretty-in-pink powder room!  Oh, to be a fly on the wall when that place was in full shindig mode.... "Constance, did you see Rosemary carrying on with Mr. Baker in the Crystal Bar?  And what is with that crinoline she's wearing?  Does she think it's still 1961?"
From here.

18 June 2011

My Future Home: 1975

Here is a sampling of timeless interiors from my treasured reference source for all things tasteful: Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book circa 1975.

17 June 2011

Distraction: Jonathan Callan

Feeling rather bookish lately....sculpture by Jonathan Callan.
See more here.

16 June 2011

Distraction: Georgia Russell

Transformed printed matter by the artist Georgia Russell.  Fantastic.
(Thank you T.S. for the introduction)
See more here.

15 June 2011

If I Were A Girl: Stickpin

Every so often here at DoaWE our inner girl gets deeply in touch with her inner granny....she of the chintz and the fine gold-edged china and the chalky lavender candies....which is why our inner girlish granny is going to be one very upset golden gal if she doesn't score this Victorian gloved hand clutching a pearl stickpin available right here.

14 June 2011

Covet: Rococo Girandoles

Yours truly is feeling very minimal and inconspicuous this fine morning.  How about you?
Available here.

13 June 2011

Distraction: To Be and To Have

Last night I watched, To Be and To Have (Etre et Avoir), a French documentary that follows a group of students through a year at their one room school in Saint Etienne sur Usson.  The fact that the students range in age from 4 to 11 doesn't appear to faze the soft-spoken teacher, George Lopez, who manages to juggle both fighting pre-teen boys and toddlers crying for their mothers with an impressive reserve of patience.  The film reminded me of three things: I want to live in the French countryside, some teachers deserve sainthood and French schoolchildren are the cutest kids ever.

12 June 2011

Distraction: Ruth Asawa Sculpture

Discovered in a darkened corridor of the De Young Museum in San Francisco....on our way to an elevator that leads to the observation floor and a lovely view of the city....were Ruth Asawa's impressive wire sculptures.... I was so completely distracted by the intricate, sinuous metal work of each form and the equally beautiful shadows they cast... that I missed the elevator four times over.

Turns out that this accomplished artist was one of the 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry forced into internment camps during WWII.   She and her family were allowed to bring only what they could carry and Ruth's 60 year old father, a farmer, was separated from the family and not seen again for two years.  She was 16 years old. Learn more about Ruth Asawa and her incredible work here

11 June 2011

My Future Home: NYPL

Seeing as the design of my future home will be on par with that of the New York Public Library main building, it seems fitting that I would turn there for inspiration....plus, here at DoaWE, we've never met a Corinthian capital we didn't like and that top example is a doozy....hello big boy!
From here.

10 June 2011

Favorites: Joan Nelson

Once upon a time in a land called Los Angeles, this wee Wandering Eye wandered into a gallery filled with encaustic paintings of landscapes and sky-scapes.... each piece an incredible surface in the most delicious swirl of murky color....and fell promptly in love.
From here.

09 June 2011

Favorites: Herbert List

That top image rocks my wandering world but I'd be happy with any of these...
From here.

08 June 2011

If I Were A Girl: Pucci S/S 11

Mmmmmm!  My inner girl is feeling very caramel swirl with a dollop of butterscotch lately.  If this continues, she'll be stomping her petite feet and screaming for an ice-cream sunday with the works...fat free of course.   Here are morning, day and evening looks (perfect for my inner girl) courtesy of Peter Dundas for Pucci.
From here.

07 June 2011

Family Tree: Roots

It is amazing how one can almost become accustomed to a nagging sense of inadequacy, the square peg childhood, the one-of-these-is-not-like-the-others family portraits, that hard to shake feeling that something...is...not...quite....right.   
Now, after decades of wondering and wandering, I have finally discovered the true roots of my in-need-of-serious-pruning family tree.  The cloak of darkness has been raised, clouds part and rays of low UV sun shine upon my smiling SPF 50 face while a chorus of fallen angels sing from far stage left.  Finally, it all makes perfect sense. 
Thank you ancestry.com!
From here.