BLY

Every once in a while, something comes along that hits that nerve between pure envy and churning missed opportunity, that idea you almost had, should have had but…let’s face it, didn’t. At least, not in time to beat the launch of Bly, a brilliant site that allows you to travel and shop some of the world’s best bazaars and flea markets. Bly will visit a new city every two months, offering over 200 one-of-a-kind home goods and accessories along with profiles of various local artisans, insightful stories and street photography. Yep, that’s the kicker. They offer prints for sale, too. Seriously, why didn’t I think of this!? This month features Mumbai, India, and next up on the list are Kumasi, Ghana and Bukhara, and Uzbekistan. In the meantime, I’ll be busy shopping for looking at and imagining how little these vintage saris, antique brass objects, and handpainted trunks actually cost in the markets . . .and wishing I was there.

{images via Bly}

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Saving the Eames House

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Unfortunately,  the Eames family appears to have run into hard times. The Eames Foundation is selling these 4 original limited-edition prints to help preserve  Charles’ and Ray’s historic mid-century modern home in LA. For every $75 print sold, Herman Miller and Vitra will provide matching donations.

How often does owning a rare piece of artwork also give you a chance to play a part in architectural history? If you haven’t seen the house, it is super cool.
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P.S. apparently there is also an Eames documentary, The Architect & The Painter. Have you seen it yet?

{Images via Eames House 250}

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Where have I been?

3eb41d60f0ddbccc76660c20f79949e8Well since you asked, I’ve been taking a winter-long hiatus from the blogosphere in order to focus on travel, photography, and my current work in cross-cultural communication. As this is not a travel blog, I decided not to post stories from my adventures throughout the winter. To sum it up, they involved immersion into the European psy trance scene, homestays in a rural Turkish village with poke-down (not flush, not outdoor!) toilets, seaside villas, and much communication through charades in various awkward and fantastic situations.

I am back in the soon-to-be-greener state of Vermont, so you can expect my usual transmissions of somewhat useless information, photography, and craft projects.

I am currently in the process of editing a massive stack of new images for my photography site, so stay tuned!