Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Something in a Floral

As I hope for signs of spring, magazines are filled with floral teasers.
Michael Kors Spring 2015 Collection
photograph by Mario Testino via
Inspired. I started a new still life.
Something in a floral?
photo by Anastasia Casale via
I've been following Sag Harbor Florist on Instagram. Owner and designer Anastasia Casale always has beautiful and inspiring photos to share. Definitely give her a follow. I must visit the shop soon.
photo Sag Harbor Florist via
Dolce and Gabbana Spring/Summer 2015 via
The Spanish Grandmothers in recent ads for Dolce and Gabbana caught my eye. Red roses become them. Aren't they dear? 
You can count on Marders for something in a floral.
Rebecca Louise Law
photo via
I recently discovered artist Rebecca Louise Law. To say that she is a floral designer is a gross understatement. Law has an installation up in the Viacom lobby until April that I would really like to see. Go to her website for more of her work. It is really quite spectacular.

Flowers hanging at the Viacom installation.
photo by Robert Wright via
Are you thinking about flowers as much as I am?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mecox Bay Ice Boating

 A week ago both skating and boating would have been dangerous.
Ice fissures and open water cautioned the adventurer.
Sustained below freezing temperatures work magic.
The ice boats are back.

Ice Yachting in the Hamptons - Prince of Scots here
Ice Boating: A Water Mill Tradition Lives On - 27East here
East End Boaters Wait Quietly for Winter Chill - Hamptons.com here
Ice Boat Long Island here

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Gazing Globes

A mysterious glow drew me from 23rd Street into Madison Square Park. As I entered from the Southwest corner, I was welcomed by a field of glowing spheres on pedestals of various heights. The radiant Empire State Building a sentinel above them all.
Gazing Globes, a new installation by sculptor and landscape artist, Paula Hayes is now on display at the "west gravel" section of Madison Square Park. Hayes, known for her sculptural terrariums, instead enshrines vintage remnants of technology inside sealed fiberglass spheres. Glass vacuum tubes, transistor parts, shredded rubber tires and pulverized CDs (to name just a few of the elements) create fascinating landscapes when lit from beneath. The spheres are a fitting sculptural display for the Silicon Alley neighborhood.
I was surprised at the number of people viewing the exhibition on this cold and snowy evening. Like me, most were walking among the globes in quiet awe and wonder. I did hear a few whispered comments, "Cool!"and "What are they?" plus a louder exclamation of, "Junk in a bubble!".  The globes are appreciated at various distances and angles. 
The Gazing Globes that I am familiar with are primarily found in suburban gardens. Traditionally, they are used to reflect and accent a garden, mirroring the sky and landscape around it. Hayes sculpture combines the aesthetic of terrarium and snow globe while placed on a pedestal like a gazing globe.
Instead of being globes that reflect their surroundings, the glowing spheres cause me to reflect upon my surroundings. The woman who exclaimed that the globe was just, "Junk in a bubble" was shocked at the lack of easy beauty encased inside the sphere. It inspired her to look away. To look around her. I too look around. The Empire State Building changes color. Snowflakes are caught in the lamplight. A girl bundled in red laughs as her boyfriend leans in for a better view.
The technological detritus so artfully arranged inside each globe inspires this thought; the iPhone that I am using to photograph the installation, with its glass screen that I examine so closely, is also so much junk in a bubble.
 I did love viewing this at night.
 #gazingglobes, #paulahayes and #madsqart for more.
Madison Square Park
5th Avenue and 23rd Street
New York City
Now until April 19, 2015
Paula Hayes site here
Madison Square Park site here
Salon94 here
Paula Hayes Reimagines a Victorian Totem - NY Times here
An Enchanted Global Invasion - Wall Street Journal here
Inside the Studio - Collectista here
Paula Hayes in her studio
photo via

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Flying Point Beach

Flying Point Beach
Cool, quiet and beautiful.
A typical winter afternoon.
Flying Point takes its name from the area's whaling history. It was the point at which a flag or 'waft' was flow to signal the arrival of a whaling ship. Not all ship arrivals were planned for or expected.
The ocean near Flying Point has no reef or rocky outcroppings to endanger a seagoing vessel, but nor'easters and hurricanes are not new to the area. Storms caused many ships bound for the eastern seaboard to end up on Hamptons shores. In 1842 a French ship, the Louis Phillippe,  bound from Le Havre to New York City, came ashore up the beach at Mecox. No lives were lost and the ship was eventually salvaged. The cargo included a shipment of plant material which was one of the first things the frantic crew tossed overboard to lighten the load as the they realized the ship was in trouble. Many of these plants ended up in gardens all over the Hamptons. Villagers still claim that they have "Shipwreck" Louis Phillippe roses, laburnums, chestnuts, beeches and pear trees in their gardens. 
A Rose by Any Name by Douglas Brenner and Stephen Scanniello includes a chapter on the Shipwreck Rose.
There are remains of many unfortunate vessels for scuba divers to explore.
Scuba Diving map via
I had the beach all to myself.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Love Stories

 I hope that you are celebrating your own love story today. After nearly 25 years, Hugh has gifted me with red roses and a cherry pie. Perfection! Snow is expected later today and I will be cooking up some steak au poivre from my favorite little cook book by Susan Branch.
Something to look forward to in March: Lily James, Lady Rose from Downton Abbey, is Cinderella in the new Disney interpretation directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Disney website here
Glamour UK review here

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Ice Ice Baby

I took a walk along Nugent Street during my Southampton "red hunt". The sidewalk was coated with ice. As I stepped warily along the walk, I looked up and noticed the icicles edging the eaves of a closed shop. Water was dripping down the icicles along the roof and running down the side of the building coating the steps of the store below and the sidewalk that I was standing on. 
My thought was, "Not red.. but interesting". I should have been thinking, "I am barely upright on a sheet of ice and could go down any moment now".  I took my hand out of my pocket and went "clickety click" with the iPhone camera and crept slowly on to the next store front filled with red dresses. When I got home and looked through my Southampton photos, I was happy that I had noticed. The work in the gallery window perfectly echoes the icy entrance of the closed juice bar next door.
It was also clear that the jewelry stores were ready for Valentine's Day. 
Ice Ice Baby.
Glittery gifts.
Crystal champagne glasses are also nice, especially accompanied by treats from the Village Cheese Shoppe.
Perhaps you are anti-ice.
 His and Hers salt spreaders at Lynch's Garden Center?
Umm, better not.
At least not for Valentines!
Pretty Primrose plants would be a better idea.