Music Keeps Me Spirited: Say Something

Well that didn't take long for another "Music Keeps Me Spirited" post.  I wanted to space it out, but well, I've been crushing on Justin Timberlake's "Say Something" song since right before the Super Bowl.  It's a favorite with my boys, especially Whitt who loves to watch the video; over and over and over again.  The music video is a work of art in its' own right.  La Blogotheque, a Paris-based firm which has a collection of filmmakers, got this special project.  It was shot in a single shot with live vocals also.  No voice overs on this video.  It's a truly live experience, and it feels like it too.  It was filmed in the famous Los Angeles Bradbury Building, which was also the location for  Blade Runner.  As you'll see in the music video it has several elevators, balconies and stairs.  

The thing that I love most about the video and location is by far the elevators.  I adore buildings with history.  It was built in 1893 and obviously you don't see architecture or architectural details like this anymore.  It takes you back to a grander time when fashion was always to the nines, when there wasn't messy hair and work out clothes.  

My guess is not too many of you have elevators in your homes.  But I think the take away from these old, ornate doors is the details.  Note patterns, are they ornate or have simple geometric patterns.  I think you can pull parts from the doors and think about a pattern for floor tile or a pattern for wallpaper.  Maybe instead of going with a basic door for your powder room vanity, select a pattern and make that your door front.  I also think this is a good reminder of what great finishes look like.  You might be able to get a similar piece of furniture or lighting for less expensive than a designer piece, but most often with the lines that designers carry, their finishes far exceed what big box can do.

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Trust me, watch the "Say Something" music video.  It will blow you away. 

I'm a sucker for art deco

I'm a sucker for art deco

note how the ceiling mimics the elevator shaft's pattern.

note how the ceiling mimics the elevator shaft's pattern.

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I say if you're going to go for it, go for it!  and that they did.

I say if you're going to go for it, go for it!  and that they did.

Just look at that patina. 

Just look at that patina. 

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another nod to art deco.

another nod to art deco.

A perfect pattern for walls or floors.

A perfect pattern for walls or floors.

such fine, intreciate  details.

such fine, intreciate  details.

look at that wood pattern and stain color!

look at that wood pattern and stain color!

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oh my gosh!  just look at the size of that!  

oh my gosh!  just look at the size of that!  

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I'm loving the mix of the gold with the black stone.  black and gold, a classic combo.

I'm loving the mix of the gold with the black stone.  black and gold, a classic combo.

Thanks so much for reading!

Tucker

Music Keeps Me Spirited: Big Little Lies

Eeeeeeeek!  Did you watch the finale to Big Little Lies on Sunday?!!!  I haven't read the book but I got sucked in to this show the very first episode.  I'll be honest, I was hooked just with the opening sequence that plays at the beginning of every episode.  That song by Michael Kiwanuka is just mesmerizing.  Whitt and I are also big fans of his song Love and Hate which you should also check out.  Or in the words of Whitt, he wants "ba-da-da-da"

The music for this show is clearly the fifth main character right along side Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern.  Although Reese Witherspoon's daughter in the show, Chloe, has a big part in "playing" the music.  Think of her as a mini music executive with knowledge of every different style of music spanning at least the last 50 years.  Some of my favorites from the show were, Leon Bridges "River", Elvis' "Pocketful of Rainbows", "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac.  Then there's Janis Joplin, with her recognizable voice singing "Call on Me", Alabama Shakes with their own sound, yet always recognizable in sound with "This Feeling".  And to round out my favorite songs of the show is "Heartaches and Pain" by Charles Bradley and Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit".  They all helped play out the scene or gave for some great foreshadowing with lyrics making you question what was to be.  No matter what, the music stays with you.  

I know Mother, "I thought this was a design blog."  The setting of the show is in Monterey, California so you know the homes will be something special.  Each of the character's homes definitely tells a lot about them.  

First you have Laura Dern's character, Renata, with the house on the hill and a terrace to stand and look at everyone below her.  She's the working mom and has been financially successful, yet feels judged for being a working mom.  

Could you imagine if this was your setting every evening?

Could you imagine if this was your setting every evening?

That curved staircase and those windows.  

That curved staircase and those windows.  

Next you have Celeste cast by Nicole Kidman.  I don't know if I've ever seen Nicole do such a skin baring show or movie before.  I wasn't quite sure if she was going to be able to pull off some of "those" scenes but she did great.  Wait, that sounds kinda bad.  Let's just say if you've seen the show you know what I'm talking about.  

Her house is somewhat of a treehouse.  Think of it as far up, hidden from branches and watching eyes because she has a secret.  As with every marriage, no matter if it's on HBO or your next door neighbor, nothing is as it seems from the outside looking in.  Actually that's kinda what the entire show is about, outside appearances.  

I could go for this wrap around deck

I could go for this wrap around deck

This is good example of how you can have some children's things in your family room without it looking too childish.  She has a kid table and chairs that match the colors of her own adult furniture.  So before you buy that bright lime green chair for your family room, think about if it's the right color for your current setting.  Or maybe the lime green might be a better fit in the playroom.  

This is good example of how you can have some children's things in your family room without it looking too childish.  She has a kid table and chairs that match the colors of her own adult furniture.  So before you buy that bright lime green chair for your family room, think about if it's the right color for your current setting.  Or maybe the lime green might be a better fit in the playroom.  

Lastly there's Reese Witherspoon's character, Madeline.  My cousin texted me a few weeks ago telling me he was watching the show and for some reason her "character reminds me of you for some reason".  I told him it's because she curses a lot and doesn't take shit.  She too of course has this outward appearance that everything is perfect in her home, but of course nothing is perfect.  

Her home is the most traditional of all the houses.  This house and it's interior could be in any town and would fit right in.  Her house sits on the beach and clearly the waves and the ocean play a part of every person who lives in it.  The waves seem to soak you, digging deep into your soul and pulling all your deepest thoughts out.  

Classic will never go out style.  A farmhouse sink, glass lanterns, white cabinets, you just can't go wrong when selecting those items for a kitchen.  It will look great for years and years to come.  

Classic will never go out style.  A farmhouse sink, glass lanterns, white cabinets, you just can't go wrong when selecting those items for a kitchen.  It will look great for years and years to come.  

I'm sure Chloe is playing music right now in this scene.

I'm sure Chloe is playing music right now in this scene.

Thank you so much for reading!  If the show doesn't seem like something you'd enjoy you should still listen to the soundtrack.  It will take you on a journey.  I'm a big fan of red wine, music, and taking a musical ride.  

Tucker 

Music Keeps Me Spirited: Every Picture Tells a Story

There is something about a photo that can either evoke a feeling or take you back to an exact moment.  It's wonderful how just looking at one photo can just swell the heart.  So my blog post today is all about Rod Stewart's song "Every Picture Tells a Story" because it's just so so true.  It's all about oversized, giant photos in the home.  

I think having supersized photos of your children in the playroom would be so fun.  Whether it's a photo of them jumping in a pond, on a beach, or just an expression it will evoke a response from anyone who enters the room.  But I'm sure who will enjoy the photo the most will be the child or children in the photo.  You know how children are, they can't stop looking at pictures or videos of them on your phone.  So imagine that magnified! 

A safe way to achieve this, especially if you're concerned about the colors in the photo that you want to have blown up is to make the picture black and white.  Not to mention, I feel like black and white has such a realness to it.  There's such honesty to a monochromatic photo of a person.

I'm loving the 70's feel with the vintage polaroid 

I'm loving the 70's feel with the vintage polaroid 

So you don't have kids?  No fret, either steal one of your friends kids to take their picture or put a gigantic photo of a horse in your home.  I don't think you have to be a huge horse lover to even have a large photo of one in your home.  There's something innocent and American about a horse.

do you not just want to pet this gorgeous animal?

do you not just want to pet this gorgeous animal?

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via houzz

Horses aren't your thing?  Any cute animal will work. 

a magnetic bunny board via  groovy magnets  

a magnetic bunny board via groovy magnets 

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grumpy cat might have some competition via  groovy magnets

grumpy cat might have some competition via groovy magnets

Of course, if you can't pick just one photo, why not pick all your favorites?!!    

something like  this  should be at Instagram's headquarters

something like this should be at Instagram's headquarters

And of course I'm always trying to get people to love music as much as me, or to try a different style of music, so I've included two Rod Stewart videos.  And for a great laugh you have to watch Rod's carpool karaoke with The Late Late Show's James Corden.

Thanks so much for reading!

Tucker