Monday, December 29, 2014

OBJECTS OF DESIRE: Dazzlers for a *sparkling* New Year's Eve

I'm organizing my decor for a dazzling New Year's Eve 2015, having found some elegant and festive party items at and They're pictured below. 

Steel-wrapped glass hurricane lantern

Silver-decorated champagne flutes by Abigail

 Light stones crystal votives                      Blomus Lounge Shaker

 Faro tall stainless steel & 
frosted glass hurricane lights

Pyramid tealight candle holder

Sunday, December 28, 2014

EXHIBITIONS: Highlights of winter 2014-2015

I've been trying to schedule my east coast museum hopping for the upcoming winter, and decided I'd better get organized vis a vis the closing dates of all the special exhibitions I want to see. You can find individual postings on my Mad for Mod blog about most of them, but here is my date-ordered list:

Mac Conner’s Mad Men era illustrations
through Jan. 19

 Egon Schiele: Portraits 
at Neue Gallerie NY
extended through April 20, 2015 

Matisse cutouts 
through Feb. 8

at Eric Carle Museum, Amherst, MA
through Feb. 22

• Hollywood Glamour: Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen 
through March 8

• Helena Rubenstein: Beauty is Power
through March 22

Stories from the Kitchen Sink by Ricky Bernstein
at D'Amour Fine Arts Museum, Springfield, MA
through June 21, 2015

• Matisse drawings
through Dec. 14  [now closed]   

Thursday, December 4, 2014

NEWS: Pantone Color Institute chooses 2015 Color of the Year

The results are in! Pantone has just chosen Marsala -- a red-brown hue named for the Sicilian wine -- as the Color of 2015. Marsala is an earthy red, which the company describes as "an impactful, full-bodied and elegant grounded statement." The subdued, sophisticated tone follows last year’s pick, the much more boisterous and 
relentlessly cheerful Radiant Orchid.

Going gaga for Marsala

Pantone's Executive Director says that "this hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.
Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth."

The power of Marsala: Resistance is futile

A swatch of Pantone 18-1438

Warning: Prolonged exposure to Marsala can cause slinkiness

For a short video about how this color was chosen and
the industries that will be affected by the choice, link here.