The Power of Small

May 24, 2011



Love color?  Small doses can sometimes be best.


via National Geographic


via National Geographic


via National Geographic


Stunning photography, powerful injections of color. On fields of white, the colors practically leap from the screen.



via Decor 8



Of course, good designers are well aware of this.  Take a look at the home of the talented Liza Giles, senior stylist for Designers Guild . I’ve had this image bookmarked for years and keep returning to it.




via Living With White




Of course, the Swedes have always understood the power of white and always seem to get it right.




photo by Andriano Bacchella




If you love color, small infusions of intense color on a field of white can simply~  sing.




Sweetest Little Things

May 18, 2011

So…. my patient readers,  I’ve got a bit of writer’s block working on a weighty post about “color planes” and contemporary architecture.

In the meantime I wanted to share a few photos of sweet little houses in my neighborhood.  As I’ve traveled across the country and world, I have always chosen to “light”  fairly close to urban centers in older neighborhoods.  Of course, the trade off has always been space.  There were most certainly times when I would have readily traded my slate roof for a house with a garage,  big walk-in closets and a guest room–houses definitely “shrink” as little bodies grow into bigger ones. Yes, McMansions can be great for raising a large brood and some just prefer big. But, I’m afraid that so many of these spaces with their soaring entries and miles of granite, were the visions of developers, not architects– built more to “impress”  rather than to “live” in. Which brings me to my enormous appreciation for the small, more finely crafted “home”.

There is something to be said for scale and a bit of imperfection.  These sweet little houses just beckon you to walk right in and have a cup of tea. Don’t you agree?






Del Ray Artisans

May 7, 2011

I Just returned from the opening of an exhibit at a local gallery here in Alexandria.  The Del Ray Artisans is showcasing the art  of the members of the Art Honor Society at T.C. Williams High School. Just a sampling of the talent there.





Caroline with “Legs”














Maggie and Caroline






The exhibit runs through May 15.  Remember (and support) The Titans!