Hydrangea; different color, but just as good as in summer.
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Maapilim, a Tel Aviv-based grooming and beauty brand, was in touch earlier this year, about its male-focused, Israeli-made products, along with its art exhibit/campaign, Flowers Are Manly.
They sent a couple of samples for me to try. Maapilim Pacific Soap is delicious in the shower. It contains argan oil, rosemary oil, and sage oil, and smells like grapefruits. Maapilim Wedgewood All Purpose Oil contains jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and scotch pine oil, which helps reduce redness. Guys can use it on their beard, though it’s also meant for skin.
As for Flowers Are Manly, you can imagine my interest/ I fell head over heels for these flower-infused portraits of vulnerable manly figures. Although they are not hiding, per se, they remind me of the obscured portraits of women I love so much.
Concept & Production by Maapilim • Photos by Liron Erel • Flowers by Fiori • Grooming by Barberia • Space by Kuli Gallery • Clothes by Story
I am lucky that I get to spend summers on the Cape. Even luckier that I work from home, which means I can work at the beach, on the sofa, or if the weather is just right, on the patio.
We have a couple of really solid teak chaise lounge chairs that we bought years ago when we lived in D.C., which have held up beautifully. But the hunter green umbrella and navy cushions, never looked quite right, so I took this opportunity from Wayfair to update the outdoor patio decor.
The starting point of the new color scheme, is the new turquoise color market umbrella. Our exterior windows are actually this color (for real), so it is a really fun touch.
I swapped out the cushions on the teak chaise lounges for neutral grey ones. (There’s also an upstairs deck with an old lounge that desperately needed a cushion – we went with a pale green/blue spa color up there.)
Tired of the hard-lined geometric trellis patterned outdoor throw pillows, I opted for more organic shape patterns, as well as global-inspired patterned throw pillows.
Finally, some new planters add structure and color that ties back to the flowers along the rail. Given we’re on the Outer Cape and not California, I didn’t go for the full-on outdoor room thing, with a rug and lights. Because, seriously, thunder storms are just too frequent. It’s trouble enough to drag the cushions indoors.
The patio looks really cheerful. Now, if only the mosquitos would disappear.
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1 Nine-foot Market Umbrella
Back in February, when we really needed the sunshine, I received a review copy of this design book by photographer Tim Street-Porter. As you might imagine, Palm Springs: A Modernist Paradise by Tim Street-Porter (Rizzoli, February 2018) showcases the mid-century modern architecture of Palm Springs, a modern desert oasis.
Examples include jet-set homes designed by Richard Neutra, Albert Frey, and Paul Williams, as well as private residences by tastemakers, including fashion designer Trina Turk, who penned the book’s foreword and owns a home there.
The pages are glossy and gorgeous; it makes a good housewarming gift if you’re spending the weekend with any modernists this summer.
Palm Springs: A Modernist Paradise by Tim Street-Porter
Living room of Trina Turk’s home The Ship of the Desert. It was designed by Los Angeles architects Adrian Wilson and Earle Webster in 1936 in the architectural style is known as Streamline Moderne. The sofas are Vladimir Kagan.
The master bath of Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s Villa Grigio echoes the living room design.
This is a minimalist glass house designed by William F. Cody in 1967. It has views across the Coachella Valley. The master bedroom, complete with an Eames lounge and Mies van der Rohe Barcelona daybed, opens to the pool.
The Albert Frey House II, which the architect designed for himself on a steeply sloped lot overlooking the city of Palm Springs, 220 feet above the desert floor. It’s built right inot the rocks.