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The Surrealist Life – Mixology (33)

My father-in-law is a great fan of Joan Miro. The Spanish Catalan artist was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1893. His canvases are filled with almost calligraphic strokes of color, reminiscent of folksy doodles. His surrealist and abstract forms are both modern and yet, somehow very ancient…almost like drawings found at the paleolithic Lascaux Caves in France.

Miro created a series of paintings known as peinture-poésie, these wild forms contained loosely brushed fields of tone, and were inspired by art’s relationship to language, particularly poetry. Very cognizant of color choice, he once wrote of the color blue, “ceci est la couleur de mes rêves” (this is the color of my dreams).

Surrealist Lifestyle Items by The Walkup inspired by Joan Miro

  1. Set of 3 Himmeli Air Plant Hangers by HRUSKAA
  2. Bau Pendant Lamp by Normann Copenhagen
  3. Teepee Triangle Ring by House of Harlow 1960
  4. Christophe Joubert Printed Tote by Marni
  5. Giant Graphic Dot Pleat Dress by SUNO
  6. Distortion Candle in Blue by Areaware
  7. New York Idiom Hinged Forever And Ever Bangle in Metropolis Green by Kate Spade
  8. Lithograph After Joan Miro (3E) from Invaluable, the world’s premier auctions.  A sandbox for the subconscious mind, a re-creation of the childlike manifestation’s of Miro’s Catalan pride.
  9. Scope Rug by CB2
  10. Artisan Mixer in Electric Blue by KITCHENAID
  11. Jumbo Spoon Rest by BIA Cordon Bleu
  12. Sonneman Quattro LED Task Lamp in Red/Yellow/Black from Gracious Home
  13. QUERELLE D’AMOUREUX lithograph by Joan MIRO from Invaluable, the world’s premier auctions.
  14. Red Press Coffee Maker in Red designed by Erik Magnussen by Stelton

For me an object is something living. This cigarette or this box of matches contains a secret life much more intense than that of certain human beings. — Joan Miro

If you’re looking to be inspired by other paintings, visit Invaluable to browse a huge selection of paintings and other artwork. Life can imitate art!

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Does Anybody Really Know What Time it Is?

If time is always going to escape and elude us, it might as well do so fashionably. Ever look at a clock on the wall and think, “If only they made that for my wrist?” Now’s your chance.

Tick, tock.

This Watch That Clock featuring Asos Skagen and Lexon's Glow Watch: Simple is the name of the game with an aesthetic inspired by Danish minimalism.  Skagen watches are the epitome of design meeting functionality. // Clock:  The GLOW by Hallgeir Homstvedt functions as a seamless, almost ghostly analog wall clock. Blends into all decor.The_Walk_Up_Post_Meta_Tag-300x34
This Watch That Clock featuring Ideat and Anthropologie Watch: The Gilt Noir Wrap watch is somehow both fluid and geometric, offering infinite ways to display the hours. // Clock: France’s IDEAT magazine creates a charmingly eclectic pillow and print mix, anchored by an oversized clock that serves as a sculptural art piece.
The_Walk_Up_Post_Meta_Tag-300x34 This Watch That Clock featuring tench Design Studio and Betsey Johnson Clock: Stickable wall dots from tench Design Studio are vaguely reminiscent of Damien Hirst, but also cheery, simply and reusable. // Watch: The festive polka-dots of Betsey Johnson’s dotted watch are sure to put you in a happy and playful mode.
The_Walk_Up_Post_Meta_Tag-300x34 This Watch That Clock featuring Olivia Burton and The Bella Cottage Clock: A victorian inspired, uber ornate yet shabby chic beach house is festooned with crystal chandeliers, seaglass, coral, and royal seating. The historic typeface of the clock, and its sheer size, allow the object to become stylish wallpaper. // Watch: The floral, parlor watch by Olivia Burton feels antique. It arrives with a worn leather strap.
 “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” ― Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
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Mixology (31)

Tom Mora, the designer behind J.Crew’s womenswear for the Winter 2014-2015 collection, was inspired by Berlin’s Weimar Republic of the 1920 and 1930’s. Think cabarets, coffee shops, Dada-ism, red lips, drop waists, trousers, short hair and Bauhaus-styles. This period is frequently cited as one of those with the highest level of intellectual production in human history; hello Einstein.

MIXOLOGY31_JCrew_Winter and Fall 2014

This Outfit:  J. Crew Women’s Fall-Winter 2014-2015 is slightly masculine and geometric, yet keeps it girly with tinges of burgundy, blue, navy, camel and pale pink.  // That Room:   A patterned bedroom from Better Homes & Gardens is not afraid to mix things stripes with wide strips, floral with geometry, and wicker with fabric. The patterns all mesh because they follow a specific color scheme. A lesson for interiors and clothing!


Continuing my J.Crew obsession, let’s rewind to Spring 2014’s Ready-to-Wear collection that included unfussy uniforms inspired by a laid-back surfer culture.  The palette is overtly minimal: black, white, and a punch of orange. The orange brings the summer, the sun, and the light. The fabrics are cut structurally and yet remain casual and crisp. The designer explained that the theme of summer on the Venice Lido, circa the turn of the twentieth century informed much of his thinking. “Back then, going to the beach meant dressing up,” he pointed out. “It was very polished.”

J.Crew Spring 2013 Ready to Wear

This Outfit:  Look 20 from the Spring 2014 collection reminds me of what a business woman would wear to a meeting on the Italian Riviera during the height of a heatwave. The chandelier, jeweled earrings bring sophistication. But, overall the shape remains boxy with geometry pervading the shirt, the shoes, and even lining of the shorts.  // That Room:  A daring black and white striped rug centers an otherwise stark and achromatic room. The bold pillows, side stool, and wall hanging bring life the room by adding electric orange. Photograph from Bo Bedre (Live Better), a Danish magazine, that creates dreams for the Scandinavian lifestyle.


Continuing our time travels, the J. Crew Fall 2013 collection paid homage to opulent Morocco. The rich embellishments, heavy fabrics and deep hues conveyed a sense of North African royalty. The colors – burgundies and palatinates – played nice with the arabesques.  All looks were topped off with jewel details, glittery brocade and jacquard. Luxurious yet, sporty.
JCrew Fall 2013 Ready to Wear and Moroccan Interior Design
This Outfit: Look 14 from Fall 2013 combines the texture of a Kilim rug with a jacket. The moorish trellis (quatrefoil) pattern pervades the oxblood, silk shirt. The look remains athletic with tracksuit piping. The model’s vintage-inspired sunglasses are the colors of Moroccan sands.  //  That Room: A fashion designer’s oasis blends tribal artifacts with exuberant color. Liza Bruce and artist Nicholas Alvis Vega’s home near Marrakech features a 1940’s Yoruba armchair,  a carved-wood chair from Ethiopia, jewel tones, and a variety of West African accessories. The guest room, as photographed by Simin Upton for Elle Decor, features a Tuareg bed with pillows covered in silk from Uzbekistan.