CENTERED

LATELY I'VE BEEN FOCUSING INTENTLY ON THE HEARTH OF THE HOME. I'M IN THE PROCESS OF TRYING TO NAVIGATE SALVAGING A 100+ YEAR OLD BRICK FIREPLACE IN CHARLESTON, SC, AND HAVE BEEN CORRELATING THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE FIREPLACE TO RECENT POLITICAL EVENTS. WHEN THE WORLD IS TURMOIL WE HAVE TO REMEMBER TO FIND OUR CENTER AND BREATHE. CREATE AN INNER HEARTH. THESE SPACES EXEMPLIFY A RAW HISTORY PROJECTED FORWARD INTO MODERNITY, ULTIMATELY CREATING A PLACE OF UNITY AND UNDERSTANDING. 

ELEMENTAL

IN WILDNESS IS THE PRESERVATION OF OUR WORLD. -HENRY DAVID THOREAU

STONE + GLASS RETREAT IN NEW ZEALAND VIA DWELL

SCALING THE SOLSTICE

WITH THE SUN ENTERING CANCER AND A TIME OF EXTENDED LIGHT, I EMBRACE SPACES FLOODED WITH WHITE AND OBJECTS OF A GRANDER SCALE TO SIGNIFY IMPORTANCE AND HOLD WEIGHT. THE IDEA OF WANTING TO FLOAT, BUT STILL NEEDING AN ANCHOR. 

hampton penthouse via leibal

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modern entryway via my domaine

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nicole cohen via my domaine 

EARTH

STONES POSSESS AN INHERENT ENERGY THAT HAVE THE POWER TO GROUND AND RECONNECT US TO THE EARTH. I'M DRAWN TO WATERFALL COUNTERTOPS AND INFINITY STONE BACKSPLASHES AT THE MOMENT, ESPECIALLY THE LOW MAINTENANCE ASPECT THAT STEMS FROM MINIMAL GROUT LINES. BY INCORPORATING NATURAL STONE SLABS, A MOTION EFFECT IS ACHIEVED WITH VEINING AS WELL AS HIGH IMPACT THROUGH SHEER SCALE. 

HAMPTON PENTHOUSE VIA LEIBAL 

INFINITY ISLAND 

WS WORKSHOP VIA APARTMENT THERAPY 

THE ART OF EDITING

THERE IS A RYTHM TO A HOME.  IT BREATHES. IT TELLS A STORY. IT IS A PLACE OF SERENITY. IT INSPIRES. BY "MINDFULLY COLLECTING RATHER THAN MINDLESSLY CONSUMING" (-PAIGE GEFFEN, INTERIOR DESIGNER ) THE GROUNDWORK FOR A MORE FOCUSED AND FULFILLING LIFE can BEGIN BY EDITING THE ITEMS AROUND US.  (FOR MORE IMAGES SEE FEATURED SPACE: PARK AVENUE BY NATIVE NEST)

NATURE OF THE BEAST

IT'S ALWAYS INTERESTING TO HEAR A LOCAL'S PERSPECTIVE ON DEVELOPMENT IN THEIR HOMETOWN. BEFORE TULUM BECAME A "HIPPIE GETAWAY" IT WAS BEACH FRONT FARMLAND WITH WHAT A LOCAL CALLED "SOME OF THE PUREST DRINKING WATER" PULLED FROM THE WELLS OF THEIR AWE INSPIRING CENOTES. RAPID DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM IN THE AREA HAS POLLUTED THEIR DRINKING WATER, LITTERED THEIR COASTLINE WITH PLASTIC, AND INJECTED LOCAL GROCERY STORES WITH HIGHLY PROCESSED FOOD. ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SPECTRUM, IT HAS PROVIDED MANY JOBS FOR THE IMPOVERISHED AND CREATED A MUCH MORE GLOBAL ATMOSPHERE, BUT THERE IS STILL A STRONG DISCONNECT WITH HIGH FENCES AND SECURITY SYSTEMS FEEDING THE DIVISION. I LONG FOR A WORLD WHERE THE TWO CAN BE UNITED AND ENLIGHTEN ONE ANOTHER. A WORLD FREE FROM THE BUZZING OF DRONES OVER THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WATER I'VE EVER LAID EYES ON. 

PHOTOS BY NATIVE NEST 

ELEVATE

FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS I'VE HAD REOCCURRING DREAMS ABOUT STEPS. THEY NEVER HAVE RAILINGS, THEY FLOAT IN WHAT FEELS LIKE ANOTHER DIMENSION WITH NO GROUND, AND I KEEP CLIMBING WITHOUT EVER LOOKING DOWN. I'VE DEVELOPED A FASCINATION WITH STAIRS AND BELIEVE EACH TREAD to be A STEPPING STONE LEADING TO AN ELEVATED STATE OF BEING. 

BETSY BURNHAM VIA ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST

HOUSE ON STILTS VIA NOT A PAPER HOUSE

STEEL RAILING DETAIL

ALCHEMY FOR THE EQUINOX

AS VENUS STEERS CLOSER TO THE EARTH AND WITH THE ARRIVAL OF THE SPRING EQUINOX, I'M MORE THAN EVER FOCUSING MY INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL ENERGY IN MY SANCTUARY; MY KITCHEN. I'VE BEEN OBSESSIVELY RESEARCHING THE ALCHEMY BEHIND PLANT BASED FOODS AS A MEANS OF HEALING AND ILLUMINATING ONESELF NATURALLY. THE PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL BENEFITS TO CONSUMING NUTRIENT DENSE GREENS, SEEDS, NUTS, AND LEGUMES IS FASCINATING, AND I'M FEELING COMPLETELY INSPIRED TO REFLECT THEIR TONES AND TEXTURES INTO THE SPACE THAT TRANSFORMS THEM. 

COLOSSAL

I PONDER SELLING EVERY OBJECT IN MY LIFE, KEEPING WHAT I CAN CARRY, AND VENTURING OFF TO SEE EVERY LAST CREVASSE OF THIS EARTH. THERE IS NOTHING THAT COMPARES TO THE VASTNESS AND SCALE OF THE NATURAL WORLD, AND I REVEL IN THE FEELING THAT I AM A BRIEF, SMALL BEING GROUNDED BY COLOSSAL FORMATIONS THAT NO HUMAN CAN EVER REPLICATE. I STRIVE TO CREATE SPACES OF BALANCE, HISTORY, AND INTRIGUE, BUT THERE IS NO RECREATING THAT WHICH IS TIMELESS BECAUSE IT HAS INEVITABLY BECOME A PART OF TIME. 

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LANDMANNALAUGAR, ICELAND

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STAYING POWER

HOTEL DESIGN HAS BEEN OF THE UTMOST INTRIGUE TO ME AS OF LATE DUE TO INDEFINITE WANDERLUST. THE LEVEL OF DETAIL IN EACH SURFACE FLUIDLY GUIDES THE OCCUPANT THROUGH THE SPACE WITHOUT OVERTLY ACKNOWLEDGING A DIRECT PATH. WE ARE ALL GUESTS, AND SO SHALL LIFE BE.  

VICTOR CAFE IN BRUSSELS VIA YELLOW TRACE

HOTEL PANACHE PARIS VIA THE EDIT 

C.O.Q. HOTEL PARIS VIA TABLET

DECONSTRUCT TO RECONSTRUCT

DESIGN CAN BE A SUBCONSCIOUS REACTION TO A CURRENT STATE, AND IT'S FASCINATING TO WITNESS THE ABRUPT RISE OF THE DECONSTRUCTED SPACE. THIS COUNTRY HAS BEEN DEEMED A THROW AWAY NATION WROUGHT WITH WEATHER FLUCTUATION; HOWEVER, CHANGE ONLY BEGINS TO HAPPEN BY LIVING MORE CONSCIOUSLY EACH DAY. MINUTE ACTIONS HAVE THE POWER TO CONTRIBUTE TO A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE IN REGARDS TO THE ENVIRONMENT AS WELL AS THE COMMUNITY, AND IT ALL BEGINS WITH CULTIVATING A SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE AT HOME. GO FORTH AND DECONSTRUCT IN ORDER TO RECONSTRUCT. 

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ROBERTO BACIOCCHI'S HOME IN TUSCANY VIA THE NYT

LUS HOME 

BALNARRING RETREAT BY BRANCH STUDIO ARCHITECTS VIA DWELL

LOST + FOUND

"TRAVEL IS FATAL TO PREJUDICE, BIGOTRY, AND NARROW-MINDEDNESS, AND MANY OF OUR PEOPLE NEED IT SORELY ON THESE ACCOUNTS." - MARK TWAIN

OUT OF ALL OF THE STRANGE PLACES I'VE BEEN IN THE WORLD, I HAVE NEVER FALLEN SO HARD FOR A COUNTRY. COLOMBIA IS THE EMBODIMENT OF RESILIENCE, AFFECTION, AND A SPIRIT UNLIKE ANY CULTURE I'VE EVER WITNESSED. THERE IS A POWERFUL BEATING HEART WITHIN THAT NATION AND IT HAS CAPTIVATED MINE INDEFINITELY. 

NESTING INDEFINITELY

THERE ARE FORCES IN THIS WORLD (politically speaking) THAT ARE COMPLETELY OUT OF OUR CONTROL, AND SOMETIMES THE ONLY THING TO DO IS RIDE THE WAVE AND PROJECT KINDness TO those AROUND YOU. I FIND THAT TAKING RESPITE; BE IT READING, meditation, INTIMATE CONVERSATION, OR EVEN A PODCAST, is ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL actions a person can take in order to cultivate the highest form of oneself. A SUPER MOON IN TAURUS DOESN'T HURT EITHER.  

ALL HALLOWS EVE

WITH THE NEW MOON in scorpio during a time where the veil between living and dead is as thin as gossamer, i find myself withdrawing to my sacred space surrounded by objects from loved ones that have passed. whether they are adorned in my home or on my body, there is an energy within them that brings me closer to those that were ever so important in my life. all hallows eve is a time to remind ourselves why we are here in the first place and determine what legacy we WISH TO carry on through the spirits of those that created us.    

RILETTO DOUBLE BED BY KAI STANIA 

CONCRETE KITCHEN STYLED BY CLAIR DELMAR

SERPENTINE ENTRY TABLE 

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MELBOURNE HOME BY HECKER GUTHRIE

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DARK CABINETS + DRIED HERBS VIA TRENDENSER

HAVELI HOUSE VIA MY DOMAINE

REJUVENATE

ONE ASPECT I'VE LEARNED ABOUT FLYING SOLO IN LIFE IS THAT NO MATTER WHAT ODD CHAIN OF EVENTS MAY COME INTO PLAY (IE. DEATH, ILLNESS, INJURY, OR EVEN LONELINESS) IT'S IMPERATIVE TO ALWAYS TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AT THE END OF THE DAY. TO RELISH IN SOLITUDE AND INWARD REFLECTION. THIS CAN EASILY BE ACHIEVED BY WAY OF DEAD SEA FACE MASKS, ESSENTIAL OILS, AND PORCELAIN. THESE BATHROOMS HAVE ME DREAMING UP THE IDEAL SPACE TO CHECK IN/OUT AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, REJUVENATE.