Photography by Carlos Ernesto Escalona Marti (Kako)
Renowned Cuban artist Dago Rodríguez (aka one half of the Los Carpinteros duo) creates art for a variety of patrons all over the world. The Vedado, Havana home he shares with his wife, kite boarding instructor Laura Lis, is as artfully styled and cool as hell.
Photography by Carlos Ernesto Escalona Marti (Kako)
Here are 5 great places to dine when you’re in Havana:
1- Paladar Doña Eutimia: A great little gem in Old Havana. Be sure to start off with a mojito frappe, it’s their specialty.
2- Rio Mar Restaurant: Amazing setting and superb seafood. The restaurant is located in the neighbourhood of Mirama and there are wonderful views of the river and the Malecón seawall.
3- Ivan & Justo: Not only will you enjoy the freshness of the food but you’ll love the décor. Try the ceviche de pescado or the tacos de la casa, our two faves.
4- 304 O’Reilly: This restaurant isn’t hard to find as the name is the address in Old Havana. Owner José Carlos learned how to cook from his grandmother and has a passion for food and art which is evident when you step inside. Have a Caesar, it’s made from scratch.
5- El Litoral: Enjoy a healthy buffet or their à la carte menu. Not hungry? Have a cappuccino outside and enjoy a view of the water.
Buy original art for your child’s bedroom, workspace or playroom and surround them with a lifetime of inspiration while supporting fine artists.
Here are tips for choosing original art for a child’s room:
– Encourage your children to express their own passions through art; if your daughter or son is a sports enthusiast, why not hang up original works that are hockey or baseball themed?
– Select abstract art, because it can be playful, whimsical and provide colour and energy to a child’s space.
– Involve your children in the process of purchasing art for their room. Children’s reactions are visceral and they will often surprise you with how sophisticated their tastes are. Since they are the ones living with the piece, let them be a part of choosing it.
– Avoid buying baby themed art. Purchase art that they can grow up with and take from childhood to their first home.
– Group original works of art with your children’s art for an eclectic and playful look.
Don’t miss Cityline Thursday, August 28th. Kimberley shows viewers how to use art and photography to help choose furnishings and accessories.
This May marks a major milestone for leading home furnishing retailer Elte, as it celebrates its 95th anniversary. Established in 1919, the family-owned company was founded on the notion of providing the world’s most beautiful products to shoppers. Almost a century later, and with an expanded complete offering of home furnishings, carpets and accessories, Elte continues to focus on curating the best products from around the world, while offering a personal touch to its loyal customers.
Today, led by Ken Metrick, the founder’s grandson, Elte has evolved into one of North America’s largest retail establishments while staying true to its heritage, operating as a closely-knit, family-run business spanning over four generations. Working daily with Ken Metrick are his wife, Renee Metrick, Furniture Buyer, and their sons Jamie, who buys different types of rugs, and Andrew, Furniture Buyer.
From mediums, to subject matter and hanging styles, here are just a few trends we’ve been noticing in the art world.
Photography continues to be prominently displayed on condo walls, in hotel lobbies and office spaces. Especially fashionable are large, colourful works that exude a sleek and contemporary feel, in line with a modern and cosmopolitan lifestyle. Scenes of urban decay, cinematic dreamscapes or landscapes are particularly trendy.
New Media Art (Art + Technology)
The use of technology as subject matter and/or medium is omnipresent in the art world. Digital art, virtual art, internet art, multi-sensory and multi-media installations, even video games, have taken over the art world. Mixed media works that employ manipulated digital images combined with other mediums like paint, pencil or resin are also very fashionable.
Resin is a trendy medium that many artists are adopting. Pouring resin onto panels or canvases gives the artwork a thick, glossy, modern surface. No matter if the work is a collage, photograph, digital work or painting, a resin coat provides a clean, contemporary and cool surface.
Urban or Street Art
The aesthetics of street art are now widely celebrated in mainstream culture. Characteristically colourful, graphic, raw, energetic and immediate, graffiti and street art have moved from the sides of buildings in alleyways, on to canvases in private residences. Banksy is often credited with breaking down the walls between street art and high art.
Salon Style Hanging
Finally, a popular form of display, which actually has its roots in French salons of the 18th century, is the salon style display of hanging works of art. Filling a wall with an eclectic grouping, by arranging pieces together, no matter their colour, size, theme or media, breaks the monotony and adds interest to any space.
When clients moved from Connecticut to sunny Menlo Park, it didn’t take them long to shed those extra layers required for warmth back home and embrace their new lighter California lifestyle.
The designer created a blend of east coast-west coast that would respect her client’s love for architecture with a pedigree and inject a more playful west coast palette.
The result? Springtime, year round.
Photography by Frank Paul Perez
We love how eclectic gallery walls can share a collection and tell a story. Why not Dabble in a little art direction of your own?
Curate your gallery wall with photos and keepsakes that are associated by theme – vacation/beach images, by style – black and white photography, or by virtue of the joy each image brings.
Keep in mind it costs only a few hundred dollars to have the gallery professionally hung. An investment that can save your walls from errant holes!
Ochos Rios is the ideal antidote to winter. Here are 6 warm reasons to visit now.
1. In 1955, the famed English playwright, Noël Coward purchased a retreat 1,200 feet above Blue Harbour for $150. Here he would build a simple house, which he named Firefly. The hilltop property boasts incredible views of the north coast of Jamaica which is open to the public for exploring.
2. Famous for its Jam-Italian fusion cuisine, the restaurant Evita’s has hosted many celebrities including Princess Margaret and Brad Pitt. The menu celebrates creativity and has garnered a reputation as “the best little pasta house in Jamaica”.
3. Right outside Ochos Rios are the breathtaking Dunn’s River Falls, which are over 600 meters high and cascade through steps of crystal clear water into the Caribbean Sea. Be brave and climb the falls at Jamaica’s most famous water attraction or be led in a human chain by an experienced Falls Guide.
4. Wassi Art is the premier place for a one of a kind Jamaican pottery. Local artists create beautifully sculpted and painted merchandise in plain view of their audience. If you are looking for something special, it’s worth spending an afternoon right here.
5. Located on the Good Hope Plantation, David Pinto’s Ceramic Art Studio offers an immersive and educational look into the fundamentals of ceramic making. David’s world recognized work ranges from clay teacup to spectacular life size objects of art.
Author Susan Sully spent a day with Dabble and shared her favourite shopping spots. As Savannah’s design scene is really a combination of coastal, West Indies and southern country style we’re sure you’ll find plenty to love.
1 Paris Market & Brocante is two floors of European charm. Furniture, art, accessories and antiques are acquired by owner Paula Danyluk who shops the globe.
2 It’s easy to find something you love at One Fish, Two Fish, located in the Design District (near Mercer House and Mrs. Wilkes), Jennifer Beaufait Grayson’s store has an eclectic mix of new and painted furniture, bedding, bath, books and jewelry.
3 The ultimate coastal store is No. Four Eleven. In addition to a disciplined nautical theme, the store specializes in monogram linens and vintage finds.
4 Shop Savannah College of Art and Design’s shopSCAD for painted canvasses, photography, sculptures, jewellery, clothing and more. Buy a piece of art and who knows, it might be worth millions one day!
5 Interior design duo Sim Harvey and Phillip Harvey are the masterminds behind Arcanum, the spot for furnishings and antiques.