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Sunshine & Avant/Garde Inspiration

I am not in the kitchen today. Or the gym. I am in the sunshine. It’s 7 degrees in February and all I want to do is play outside.

So instead of a standard post I am sharing an assortment of things that have been inspiring me over the last week.

Memories of this fantastic production of Cruel and Tender by Canadian director Atom Egoyan.

While the play itself had some interesting thematic content I was completely enamoured with the cinematic quality of the staging. Visually stunning.

Photo Credit: Torontoist

Going to live theatre makes me feel just as giddy and excited as I did as a little kid. And I still HAVE to save my ticket stub and program.

A few snapshots of design details I fell in love with at the Interior Design Show. For some reason I keep returning to these ones.

Woodland Playchair.

Faux Cowhide Alphabet Rug.

Porcelain Tiles.

Water & Wood Dining Table.

Crystal Accents.

Neon Canadiana.

I also can’t stop falling in love with this digital portrait series called The Avant/Garde Diaries. I especially love this one on Rosmarie Köckenberger’s post-industrial cafe/urban garden in Berlin.

Hidden in a 600 square meter big garden in Berlins’ neighborhood Kreuzberg, Rosmarie Köckenberger welcomes her guests, friends and residents to have a coffee and a warm chat in her KJOSK. An almost 50 year old, white painted double-decker bus is used as a mom-and-pop store where people can play Super Mario together, eat local sausages and have a after work beer. Rosmarie offers with her KJOSK a special place, overgrown with greens, to settle back from the bustle of a big city in a familiar atmosphere.

Off to enjoy the day! Hope you’re finding inspiration in unexpected places on this Monday afternoon…

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  • Reply Sarah @ Bake + Bike February 6, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Oh my gosh, that KJOSK is the coolest!!! There’s something so dream-like about man-made structures that nature has taken over…

    It also kinda reminds me of the Grilled Cheese bus on Alberta St. in Portland, haha. But slightly more awesome.

  • Reply Gillian February 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Love this post – beautiful – as are you and your outfit!

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