Ten Steps to Creating your Own Personal Space

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I recently had the pleasure of joining my friend and client Steven Shalowitz as a guest on his popular podcast, The One Way Ticket Show.
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If you haven’t tuned in, Steven’s show has an interesting premise: He engages an extremely broad range of guests from journalist Charles Osgood, to politico Anthony Scaramucci, to fashion icon Tim Gunn, to entrepreneur India Hicks, religious leaders, writers, educators, and many others, typically ending the conversation with the question about where they would go with a one-way ticket to, any place in space or time. Destinations may be in the past, present, future, real, or imagined with no chance of coming back.
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To mark the 10th anniversary of “The One Way Ticket Show” podcast, Steven is doing an entire themed series with the premise of a “One Way Ticket to Optimal Mental, Physical and Spiritual Well-Being.”
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Having been through the process of creating Steven’s home in New York City, I was happy to discuss and share my thoughts on creating your own personal space. You can follow this link to tune into our conversation.
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And while we are on the subject of personal spaces–here’s the dining room in my historic Brooklyn Heights duplex. I invite you to join me on a virtual tour of the rest of my home by clicking on the image, or by following this link.
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Melvin Dwork – An Honorable Man

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I don’t recall when I first saw the interior design work of Melvin Dwork, it might have been in the 1970’s in Architectural Digest; his work had a big impact on me. I remember it to be current with both minimalist and ‘high-tech’ sensibilities, but it also included select antiques (and even some color) to create spare yet rich environments that were ‘his alone‘. Time and time again I would be drawn to his work…

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Lindsey Adelman: 10 Years (with love) and Counting!

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For creative people, inspiration can be found almost anywhere.

At the Rhode Island School of Design all students are required to look at nature, not just a passing glance but to REALLY LOOK, to understand what is at work on a structural level. This is encouraged in a magical place now called the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab.  Edna Lawrence founded the Nature lab in 1937, and it has served as inspiration for many, many generations of art and design students at RISD.

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In discussions I had with fellow RISD alumnus and lighting designer Lindsey Adelman while mocking-up an enormous custom chandelier in a Greenwich Village home project, her profound connection to the innate understanding of structure, learned in the Nature Lab, became very clear to me.

Lindsey’s lighting designs are a wonderful combination of fine engineering and hand-craftsmanship, culminating in fixtures that have the essential structural characteristics found in nature.

But there’s more….

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Art Adventures: B&W Wonders at The Armory Show

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Each year I allocate at least one entire day to immerse myself in the wonders at The Armory Show and VOLTA art fairs where historically I am looking for works for my clients – or myself – however, this year the experience was purely for pleasure.

I took photos of dozens of works that caught my eye for a variety of reasons. Reviewing the images I saw different ways to bring some order to the rich chaos; this post focuses on works that are Black & White both representation and abstract… (more…)

Happy New Year!

 
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Artist Yoko Ono built a memorial called the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER for her late husband, John Lennon, on an island off of Reykjavik, Iceland “which emanates wisdom, healing and joy. It communicates awareness to the whole world that peace & love is what connects all lives on Earth.”
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And it captures my feeling and wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2016, for us all.
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To learn more about the memorial, follow this link to the website, or this link to a live earthcam stream of the tower.
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Happy New Year!

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These are a few of my favorite things…

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I’m not sure about you, but I always seem to find myself doing my holiday gift shopping in the final days of December; maybe it’s a New York phenomenon, everyone finds themselves busy wrapping up the loose ends at work, between parties and social engagements.

Finding the “perfect” gift for family and friends can be a highly stressful and expensive proposition. I have selected some items in the market place that are unlikely to be re-gifted or given away to charity right after the holiday madness is over.

These items resonate for me in how they can impact people’s lives, in the normal course of their days, where the impact may truly belie the cost.

And with the money you have left over I have two recommendations on two charities to make a difference in the world – a great gift to everyone – rather than contributing to the local land fill…

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