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Art Inspiration: Nabil Elderkin

My art inspiration today is director Nabil Elderkin's masterpiece for artist Bon Iver. "Holocene" was shot in Iceland in the region of Vic known for its rugged, otherwordly landscape. The collaboration inspires me as an Artist, a Mother, a Lover... Today is my two year old's birthday, and I couldn't be more thankful for what I have. Life is precious, Nature is precious, & Children are precious. Enjoy.

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My Bath is My Meditation.

For as long as I can recall, my bath is a well-deserved daily ritual.  It's an instant, enveloping experience that, even for just a few minutes, is all mine.  My husband hates how our magazines end up wrinkled with moisture, and blames me for ruining books.  And yes, my electronic devices have suffered due to my choice of meditation. I'd love to say "I do yoga everyday", or "Yes, my personal trainer comes over twice a week at 6am". Sometimes, the bath just has to make do.

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Slab Yard to EB = Kid in Candy Shop.

EBI is currently working on two design/decoration projects which require hand-selected slabs.  One is a kitchen renovation on the Upper West Side, the other a Master Bath in Tribeca. For months I have been searching for an elusive marble that goes by many names.  Some call it Breccia Capraia Verde, others Calacatta Panouzza.  I've even heard it referred to as Breccia Carrera.  I love this stone because it's natural qualities mimic an abstract watercolor; it has a very white field with an almost Klimtian stroke. 

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A Moment Between - Art Inspiration

We, as artists, are constantly inspired by each other.  We take cues from all mediums, from graphic design to photography, from music to sculpture. Yesterday I had the pleasure of experiencing Ann Hamilton's installation "The Event of a Thread" at the Park Avenue Armory. The artist concocts an intricate pulley system that interconnects swings, bells, pulleys, and an enormous white sheet. The largescale swings reminded me of memories as a young child. 

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Sexy, Sophisticated Leather Floors

Leather flooring is so sexy.  It's silky but tough, & gets better with age.  Leather flooring is like a good looking man; it's sophisticated & rugged but sensitive to the touch :). Leather floors patina with memories. They truly serve as a great alternative to hardwood flooring/rugs. My soundtrack for this post is the legendary Miles Davis, Spanish Key from Sketches of Spain.  Somebody bring me my slippers and a cocktail so I can put my feet up.

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Black Friday's Search for the Perfect Black Mirror

On this Black Friday, instead of braving the holiday gift mayhem - I am searching for the Perfect Black Mirror for a formal entry foyer.  The project is in the Toronto neighborhood of Rosedale in a home with beautiful bones.  I recently purchased an 18th century French console from Toronto boutique Boj Decor. The base is mahogany and has water gilded 24K gold leaf details.  The original marble top is still in tact.

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Flooring Sourcing with Jolene

Our Southern girl here is missin' her roots this rainy November day.  I'm on my second cup of coffee, deeply involved in search of the perfect living room rug for my Canadian project.  Of course, my researching fingers begin to think outside of the box... why don't we do something different and forgo the rug?! Musical inspiration aiding the search comes from the One and Only Dolly Parton. 

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Applause to Brazilian Architect Arthur Casas

Brazilian Architect Arthur Casas is a master of simplicity.  His work maintains a truly authentic Brazilian voice, while integrating the seamless transition of indoor/outdoor space.  He highlights his design process with a minimal approach to furniture design. I plan on using some of his furniture pieces in an upcoming project. Enjoy!

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A Moment Between: The Art of Roasting a Chicken

You think it'd be easy... this roasting a chicken thing.  I've done it about 7 times before, each being a very different experience. By nature, I'm a recipe-combiner.  That is, I'll search and search until finding the perfect three and then make a joint venture of them all. For the most part, it works. However, there are times where my recipe combination is not such a hot idea.  Such as last week's chocolate braised short ribs... do note instagram followers...  you did NOT see an after photo of that one.

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East 77th Street Photoshoot Selects

Happy Friday!  I haven't received all the photos from last Thursday's shoot, but here is a preview.  Hope everyone has a lovely weekend.  xoEB Love this Gaston Y Daniela stripe paired with the Paul McCobb stools.  I unconventionally ran the stripe horizontally to accentuate the boxiness of Mies van der Rohe Krefeld Chair.  Rug is the Starsilk from the Rug Company.

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The Bachelor Pad, The Perfect Black

See selects from my latest project, The Bachelor Pad, inspiration for this blog "The Perfect Black".  The Perfect Black is Farrow & Balls' Pitch Black.  Hope you enjoy.  Photo credit: Adam Kane Macchia  xoEB

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MIA - so goes the days of Summer.

I am obviously not winning any award for being the best blogger.   However, I'm busy and totally enjoying the summer! Over two months, I've wrapped 4 projects and professionally shot one.  I've met lovely people and have made great summer memories.  I thought I'd show you, via my trusty phone, what I've been up to.

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Curbed, House Beautiful & a Quick Update to Crazy, Wonderful Life!

In one month, we've moved into our new home, moved offices, planned a baby shower, a bachelorette party, and 70th birthday bash.  The dust is beginning to settle & I am ready for a cocktail. My Tribeca Loft project was picked up by Curbed National as well as House Beautiful (on their favorites list).  Check it out!

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