Israel

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From Turkey we ventured to Israel.  It was another place that was on my bucket list and like Turkey, Israel did not disappoint.  We visited the Israel Museum and the Holocaust Museum, stops on most first-timer itineraries.  Both left me with lasting impressions for very different reasons.

This supremely structured dress for the sixties needs to be worn.  Met Ball 2016?

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These cubes got me thinking differently about ottomans and the fun that can be had.

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These stone and bronze Brutalist doors mark the entry to the Holocaust Museum, a sobering but important experience.

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Turkish Delight

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I recently returned from a rather fabulous vacation that included time in Turkey.  The architecture is every bit as masterful as I had imagined and it surfaced in some unexpected places.  Ornately carved stone, painstakingly gilded details and vast columns that reach for the sky are but a few of the images that captured my attention.

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Even dessert exhibited a certain architectural flair.  Feast your eyes on this baklava tower.  It’s impressive, eh!

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Street art always makes me turn my head and Pluto charmed as I strolled from antiquity and into modern times.

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The next stop is Israel…woo hoo!

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Follow Me

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I didn’t intentionally resist getting onto yet another form of social media.  It’s just, how much blogging, tweeting, pinning, facebooking and instagramming can one girl do?  I have a day job, after all.

Well, I recently had a change of heart about Instagram and threw it into the mix.  Wow, is it fun.  Come follow me!

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Miss Martha’s Pantone

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We are far from fans of 18-1438, this year’s official Pantone of the Year, otherwise known as Marsala.  With this in mind, the team at Martha Angus took matters into our own hands and came up with our own roster of pantones that rock it.

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It’s the time of year when we start to think about moving our lives outdoors.  The options on the market today are endless and every bit as gorgeous (and in some cases artful) as their interior counterparts.

We at Martha Angus are mildly obsessed with these supremely chic and timeless lava stone table.  They come in such a delicious array of colors.

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This canopy fit for a queen by Janus et Cie is called the Amalfi.  Why, yes!

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Relax without the rays under this magnificent umbrella by Santa Barbara Designs.

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Who wouldn’t want to take a siesta swinging on this magnificent Dedon daybed.

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Last but not least, this happy Jeff Koons towel is bound to spark a conversation or two.

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Bring on Spring!

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Pooch Palace

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We are all huge dog lovers at Martha Angus.  Between Mr B., Deacon and Lola, there’s always some sweet pooch at our office.  Being that we are a tad design obsessed, we took it upon ourselves to research the most utterly fabulous dog beds.  Let’s just say that these make the old bean bag variety look a little lackluster.  For the pooch who deserves it all, look no further than the Martha Angus Sensational Six:

Bubble Bed from B.Pet (Martha)

Mija bed from Wow Bow London (Katie)

Pad Pod from Bark & Miao (Ericka)

Pet Cave from Pup & Kit (Jane)

Dog Pod from Vurv (Courtney)

pEi Pod Pet Bed (Karen)

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Mugged

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Oh no, it’s not what you think.  This has nothing to do with me and everything to do with that much chatted about lass of yesteryear, Miss Lindsay Lohan.  I could use a chuckle and this hysterical embroidered art featuring her former Disney highness had me in stitches (no pun intended).  Artist Maria Piñeres makes old-fashioned embroidery downright cool.  Now, that’s what pop art is all about!

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Baa!

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It’s the Year of the Sheep and that inspired us to think about all that’s wooly and wonderful in the world of interiors. Sheep are valued for their gentle and calm demeanor. This translates to the home as well. A touch of the wooly adds instant comfort and that aaah factor.

Here’s a look at what we’re coveting:

MARTHA

Icelandic Sheepskin Bench

KATIE

Flokati Rugs

JANE

Fuzzy Director Style Chairs

ERICKA

French armchairs

COURTNEY

Lambswool Knit Stools

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Crisp It

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Lately, I have had little time for cooking. I really don’t want to eat out all the time nor do the typical takeout options inspire me. Crisp Kitchen + Juice to the rescue. The fabulous creation of Annette Shafer, Crisp dials up all that is delicious and nutritious with locally-sourced ingredients that define conscious cuisine. It’s based in St. Helena and delivers, with its adorable little Fiat 500L, throughout the Napa Valley, and, when business warrants, as far afield as Marin. It’s a wholesome dose of yumminess and p.s. the packaging and presentation isn’t too shabby either!

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Getting Groovy In the Desert

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I hinted at a little surprise in my last post. I’m ready for my great reveal. Are you? A little over a year ago I purchased a lot in Palm Springs with my eyes on building a modernist treasure. I quickly fell for Blue Sky Building Systems and Jim Jennings’ other-worldly homes. I kept the interior super simple and super white and my team and I had a ridiculously fun time adding cheeky elements to give it a thoroughly groovy vibe. The casita has outrageous pink and yellow art because it’s Palm Springs and you can.

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Tune in next week for more tales from Modernism Week. Until then.

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