ARTmonday: Albert Koetsier’s X-Rayography

When he was eight years old, Dutch-born artist Albert Koetsier made his own camera using a matchbox and pair of magnifying glasses. At 16 he leased a Dalmeyer top-view camera, and finally at the time he married, go this hands on a 35mm camera, which was quite a feat. While he collected cameras and camera parts, his day job was as an x-ray technician. In 1969,

Koetsier noticed a calendar that had x-ray images of flowers on the wall of a doctor’s office, and was immediately intrigued, thinking it was unnecessary to use such pricey equipment to create them. 

Much later, living in California, Koetsier stumbled across a very old, but fully operable x-ray apparatus that he bought very cheaply. It wasn’t until 1991, years later, that Koetsier developed an x-ray that he considered art-worthy. It was a lizard had drowned in the pool, and coincidentally had a broken leg.

Today, Koetsier creates images of plants and flowers using x-ray photography, a project he calls Beyond Light. Here are some examples of his work, many of which are available as wall murals or digitally printed on canvas.

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albert-koetsier-xray-photo-pine-tree

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Sunday Bouquet: Frozen and Still

Frozen Flowers On Wintry Day

“Winter Flowers” by M. Raj

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Get the Look: Colorful Overcoats

If you were feeling inspired by yesterday’s display of street style featuring colorful coats, now’s a good time to buy one. Many coats (and winter clothing in general) are on sale. Plus, at least in Boston, temperatures are rising a tiny bit. Here are 13 coats in pretty hues, from peacock and coral to dusty rose and pinot. And let’s not forget neon yellow and mint.Get shopping.

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S H O P P I N G
1 Blue Knit Coat by DSquared2 

2 Laurant Coat by Club Monaco

3 Dust Melton Coat by Acne Studios 

4 Straight Cut Coat by Reiss

5 Rally Zip Off Coat by Rag & Bone

6 Double Cloth Tipped Coat by J.Crew

7 Textured Felt Coat by Milly

8 Street-Chic Coat by Oasap

9 Double Faced Cashmere Coat by Bottega Veneta

10 Neon Peacoat by J.Crew Collection

11 Contrast Oversized Coat by Oasap

12 Standout Straight Coat by Oasap

13 Minnie Coat by Pink Martini 

 

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Style Right Now: 22 Colorful Coats

When I was in high school, I had to, had to, have a Kelly green overcoat. I went to multiple stores to find the perfect one. I think someone once told me I looked like an old lady. Yes, that was the style. It was the 1980s. That’s all I need to say, right? I’m sure I must have spotted jewel tone overcoats in Vogue. While my friends were being all sporty Connecticut, I was wishing I lived in New York. If you spend the time scrolling through these overcoats in hues that range from cotton candy to robin’s egg blue, you will be treated with a photo I plucked out of a box last night.

These days, I don’t even wear an overcoat. Sure, I have the luscious camel one I purchased in Florence years ago, still pristine, and a black Max Mara oversize cocoon from, hell, I don’t remember. As a work-from-home writer who lives in Boston, I’m way more partial to my ankle length gray Patagonia. But if I did have reason to dress well again, and I lived somewhere a tad less chilly, I might be tempted to dip back into a pastel, neon, or candy colored overcoat. These women wear them well. Here are 22 colorful coats, street style.

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orange-coat-cobalt-trousers

navy-cape-denim

neon-green-coat-blue-clutch

sky-blue-overcoat

blush-coat-leather-skirt-graphic-tee

rust-coat-black-clutch

palest-blue-mohair-coat

colorful-coat-pink

burnt-orange-overcoat

green-cocoon-coat

clutch-blue-faux-fur-overcoat

green-coat-with-sneakers

hanneli-coral-coat

light-blue-coat-black-boots

cobalt-blue-coat-patterned-pant-fur-clutch

marigold-overcoat-jeggings

mint-green-acne-coat

hanelli-in-neon-green-acne-coat

mustard-overcoat-fur-hat

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Blake Lively, who goes bare under hers.

And, for comedic value, this is me in high school,
doing street style, or rather, backyard style, before it was a thing.
I loved that green overcoat. Yikes. Let’s not discuss the Angora beret.
It was the mid ’80s. That’s all I can say.

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Montage: Enclosed Fireplaces

I remember growing up that every house had a red brick fireplace enclosed in awful cloudy glass with brass trim. It looked just terrible, but I guess the thinking was that by containing the heat, the fire would help actually heat the room—ambience be damned. For heat, it’s probably more effective to do a wood stove type of thing (see my freestanding fireplace post); my in-laws have one in their kitchen in Connecticut and it’s so toast.

Poking around my Pinterest boards for fireplaces, I am happy to report that the glass enclosed fireplace has received a much needed update. Apparently they’re called authentic balanced flue gas fires. A balanced flue is a glass fronted gas appliance, which is completely sealed from the room into which it’s installed and vents directly to an outside wall. Air is drawn in from the outside for combustion purposes increasing its efficiency through an outer pipe, whilst the inner pipe vents the combustion gases outside. Got that?

The 17 fireplaces below seem to be of the balanced flue variety, though I’m no expert. In any case, they’re all cozy and I’d love to install one into my non-working fireplaces in Boston.

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Paul Archer Design

modern-white-room-glass

Skona Hem

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Elizabeth Roberts/Ensemble Architecture

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Plus Arkkitehdit

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Photo from Linnea Press

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Photo by Helenio Barbetta for Dwell

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Bolig Magasinet

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Susanna Cotts

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Photo by Lars Kaslov for Bo Bedre

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Vt Wonen

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Paul de Ruiter Architects

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Stone panels by TotalStone

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Home of stylist Kim van Rossenberg
Photo by Ernie Enkelaar for 101 Woonideeen

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JD Ireland Interior Architecture

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Giveaway: $150 Certificate to LA Furniture Store

If you’re in the market for furniture (or even if you’re not), enter this giveaway for $150 to LA Furniture Store, a modern and contemporary furniture store with three locations in the Los Angeles area (including an outlet), as well as a Miami showroom and Brooklyn showroom. There are sofas (lots of sectionals, which are the store’s best sellers), bedroom furniture, dining tables and chairs, lighting, and home accessories. I’ve pulled together a few pieces of modern furniture below, all available online at LAFurnitureStore.com. See below for instructions on how to enter.

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Enter to win $150 gift certificate @ LA Furniture Store

To enter, post a link to a product from LA Furniture Store on the LA Furniture Facebook page.

Deadline: Thursday, January 123, 2014 at 12:00 noon ET

One StyleCarrot reader will be chosen at random to win a code for $150 off an order at LAFurnitureStore.com, which is good for one time use on any item(s) on the  LAFurnitureStore.com website.

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ARTmonday: Connecticut Collection

I spent a few days in Connecticut before fleeing the Northeast for sunny South Florida. As I may have mentioned before, my in-laws have all sorts of wonderful artwork. I took a bunch of Instagram shots of their collection. Many Cape Cod/NYC artists, who are also longtime family friends, are represented, including Budd Hopkins, Paul Resika, Selina Treif, Joan Miller, and Sidney Simon, as well as my husband’s great, great grandmother, Ina Whitney, whom I didn’t even realize was a painter.  I’ve also included a piece by James Rosenberg, which was their very first piece of art, given to them by my husband’s grandparents, and painted the year they were married. Here are the highlights of the artwork that is hanging in their home at the moment.

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Budd Hopkins

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Budd Hopkins

girl-in-pink-shirt

Gerritt Hondius

green-fields-painting

Maurice Freedman

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Herman Maril

herman-maril-farm

Herman Maril

ina-whitney-still-life

Ina Whitney

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Arthur Cohen

edwin-dickinson-nude

Edwin Dickinson

eagle-sculpture

This eagle is carved out of a single piece of wood.

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Judyth Honeycutt Katz

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Judyth Honeycutt Katz (detail)

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Keiko Minami

sidney-simon-nude

Sidney Simon

wolf-kahn-landscape

Wolf Kahn

trees-detail

Nora Speyer (detail)

man-with-cats

Paul Resika

march-avery-cat

March Avery

march-avery-woman-stripes

March Avery

selina-treif-roosters

Selina Trieff

selina-treif-bird

Selina Treiff

tropical-bird-painting

Oliver Chaffee

james-rosenberg-trees

James Rosenberg

paul-resika-trees

Paul Resika

paul-resika-purple-sailboat

Paul Resika

paul-resika-red-yellow

Paul Resika

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Joan McD Miller

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Joan McD Miller

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Elspeth Halvorsen

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Remo Farruggio

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Sunday Bouquet: Cedar Barnches & Spider Mums

Martha Stewart Winter Floral Arrangements

A mix of white vintage & contemporary vessels hold
white spider mums, seeded eucalyptus,
and blue Atlas cedar branches
lightly frosted with silver floral spray paint.
Martha Stewart

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Saturday Say It: I Do This

I Have So Much To Do Quote

 

I have so much to do that I’m going to bed.

Bobsmade

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Style Right Now: Fair Isle Street Style

If you grew up anytime in the ’80s no doubt Fair Isle sweaters remind you of the whole Preppy Handbook era. (Personally, I was hoping to forget junior high.) Or perhaps you regularly stroll the English countryside, prep school campuses, or Nordic slopes.

Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone, and other designers incorporated Fair Isle patterns into runway looks a few years ago, in Fall/Winter 2010, and Nordic knits still keep popping up. Ski styles and chunky knitwear are inevitable for winter, after all. Here’s a roundup of how they’re being worn in real life, on city streets. (Lucky for me, I’m in South Florida for another two days . . . )

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fair-isle-sunglasses-denim

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fair-isle-leggings

fair-isle-bedhead

fair-isle-rainbow

fair-isle-yellow-denim

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fair-isle-cardi-gold-oxfords

fair-isle-sweater-greg-kessler-studio

fair-isle-striped-maxi

fair-isle-wiht-high-tops

fair-isle-under-fur

fair-isle-sweater-short-sleeves

fair-isle-tights

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