The snow is thawing, the ice has melted, I am receiving my daily allotment of Vitamin D, and spring seems to be creeping around the corner. Even little bulbs find themselves poking through the soil and tulips are back in our local bodega. We’ve officially entered the season of pastel hues and lawn picnics.

Spring Has Sprung
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  1.  РThe Sia cropped T-shirt in slub-cotton by Elizabeth and James is the perfect peach.
  2. ¬†– Crafted from crisp cotton sateen, this classic pencil skirt sports a lush and lemony floral print that’s arguably a wearable work of art. It’s from Italy’s Luigi Verga, founded in 1940 and famous for its digital and hand-painted motifs.
  3.   РA simple, elegant leather sandal with a single wide strap at the front and leather heel cup at the back. Go ahead and frolic.
  4. ¬†– Functional, versatile, yet playful, the Sally is a key bag for Spring ’15.
  5.  РA delicate gold bracelet featuring a spring green enamel diamond-shaped clasp. Go green.
  6. ¬†– Betsey Johnson’s Spring Fling purple flower rhinestone stud earrings¬†belong in your costume jewelry collection.
  7. ¬†– Guard against the unpredictable seasonal weather with Burberry Prorsum’s ¬†umbrella.
  8. ¬† – This elegant pillow adds a luxurious style accent to the home. It’s¬†hand loomed from a blend of beautifully soft llama, merino wool, pure merino sheep fur detailing.
  9. –¬†As inspiration Stelton watched the changing colors of Danish nature. The¬†highly insulated glass insert in these jugs will keep your beverages hot (or cold) whilst looking great. Perfect for your morning coffee, afternoon tea or¬†spring-time lemonade.
  10. ¬†– Go ahead and celebrate the weather.¬†The unique design of GoVino’s set of four champagne flutes makes it easy to enjoy all your favorite bubbly on-the-go.
  11.  РSharon Montrose has a way with animals. This little flamingo is better and brighter than your favorite plastic lawn ornament.
  12. – Even if you don’t possess a green thumb, you can still bring the tranquility of nature into your home with artist Melissa Moore’s illuminated ecosystem. A minimal, contemporary bell jar frames and protects the fragile mosses and spindly greens inside.

‚ÄúIn the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.‚ÄĚ ‚Äē Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard’s Egg

Before there was Damien Hirst or Jeff Koons and their brand of self-aware, “meta” art that serves as both commentary and appropriation, there was Louise Lawler. Born in 1947, the photographer’s work focuses on challenging prevailing art worlds, and systems of aesthetics. Under the assumption that taste and style is merely a byproduct of institutional spheres of influence, her work is cheeky – always presented with a wink. Along with other greats like Cindy Sherman and Barbara Krueger, these art stars came to be known as “The Pictures Generation” due to an eponymous exhibition at the Met.

Louise Lawler 87, 63, 93/2000, 1993-2000 Metro Pictures

Louise Lawler, 87, 63, 93/2000, (1993-2000), Cibachrome, Metro Pictures

Some of her best-known works include photographs of uniformed art handlers carefully transporting a Gerhard Richter painting (as if it were an holy relic, or a vestige of a lost culture) and a Damien Hirst spin-painting shown through a closet door.

Here is a modern take on a vaguely antiqued, yet very minimal room:

Louise Lawler Interior Design

  • Jonathan Adler Smart Phone Dock:¬†Cast in the shape of a rotary telephone, this porcelain docking station will keep a smartphone secure with a dash of old school style.
  • Ore International Off White Ceramic Table Lamp: A simple,¬†contoured design adds a decorative element to any room. Topped with cream-colored nylon shade.
  • A Modern¬†Digital Illustration by ColourscapeStudio: ¬†“I’ve nicknamed this piece¬†the Yarn Ball… it came to me as I was unpacking my craft box after moving house. I’d never really noticed the lines before other than a rolled up ball! Perfect for a minimalist home in neutrals, or your craft room in bright and cheerful colors, this print will certainly get some attention.”
  • The MIAC Whirlwind Jute Rug in Natural/Iron: Made as part of an exclusive collection of handwoven rugs with Santa Fe’s Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (MIAC). Hand braided from handspun jute by artisans in India, the printed pattern is inspired by design elements from an early 20th century Native basket.
  • Brick White Quilts and Shams by Villa Home:¬†Welcome to the world of incomparable comfort, beauty and style. Enter an oasis of serenity: your bed, made with sumptuous Villa bedding designed to create a splendid haven, a place to escape the demands of everyday life.
  • “Dream” Sparkler art print¬†by Lucy Hodkiewicz:¬†Everyone’s favorite summer activity, drawing with sparklers, expertly captured in an instant.¬†
  • Safavieh Bali Brown Nesting Tables: A transitional design and an easy-to-match¬†brown finish. The table can be un-stacked to add extra table space when entertaining. Made in Indonesia; a piece of paradise in your home.

¬†As seen on many feminist artist’s prints and advertisements, and quoted by Louise Lawler, “Whenever I hear the word culture I take out my checkbook.”

To learn more about this artist, visit Artsy. 

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Tour de Tel Aviv

Known lovingly as The White City, all of Tel Aviv was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage site. The happening city in Israel is filled with gorgeous historic buildings from the Ottoman empire to the Bauhaus era. Filled with clever fusion eateries, killer coffee, amazing street art and more museums per capita than most cities in the world, this city should be on the bucket-list.  Aside from the famous beaches, and all night clubs, I highly recommend perusing boutiques in the indie fashion district, the revitalized twenties-era Gan Ha’Hashmal.

Gabrielle Toledano in Tel Aviv by The Walkup

From its weather to music to its attitude, Tel Aviv is a modern, pleasure-seeker’s paradise with unexpected¬†treasures¬†around every corner of the mediterranean haven. What’s also in the second-city-that-never-sleeps? My cousin through marriage, Gabrielle! Say Bonjour‚Ķerrr‚ĶShalom!

Gabrielle Toledano in Tel Aviv by The Walkup

Gabrielle is an architect, although upon first glance one might think she’s a fashion model (credits include ¬†shots for¬†DE GRIS by Alexandre Silberstein¬†and Kopito). She recently moved to Tel Aviv, Israel from Paris, France by way of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Quite the jet-setter, she’s fluent in French, Spanish and English. Apparently, she’s also fluent in the sparse Scandinavian meets Moroccan Shuk design aesthetic.

Gabrielle Toledano in Tel Aviv by The Walkup

Her apartment is located in the “Kerem Hatemanim”, a lovely, artsy and picturesque neighborhood in the heart of Tel Aviv. ¬†It’s the perfect spot to start exploring the city while feeling like a local – especially since the space is only a¬†1 minute walk from the open-air Carmel marketplace filled with ¬†fresh fruits, spices and veggies.

Gabrielle Toledano in Tel Aviv by The Walkup

The apartment is full of light and it features its own private closed entrance from the street, private staircase and private rooftop. That sort of privacy can lead one to sunbathe naked all day. Interested in visiting? Travel to this exact home! You’ll be licking your lips in no time enjoying the delights of¬†Eser 10, the hummus at¬†Abu Hasan, or sipping an espresso among other bohemian types at Cafe¬†NOACH¬†(which makes its home in a converted artisan lampshade store).