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Shark and Olive is curated by a Portland-based creative, painter, and art enthusiast. Shark and Olive features finds that represent a never-ending celebration of art, architecture, design objects, and furniture.

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Modern Mondays: Ezra Stoller

Ezra Stoller is by far one of the most prolific photographers of mid-century modern architecture. His images capture the sheer magnitude of Modernism, while also celebrating the industry behind this influential era of our architectural legacy. These intoxicating black and white photographs have helped define the culture behind (or cultural memory) of such iconic structures as the Seagram Building, Marin County Civic Center, and the Salk Institute. The photos included for this Modern Monday post are some of my personal favorite Stoller photographs.  

Lounging About

Cold weather and an abundance of holiday food and drinks makes it hard to get out of bed early during the week, let alone the weekend. I have compiled an eclectic mix of bedrooms that reenforce the art of lounging about, cuddling, and most of all staying cozy. Some of these bedrooms act as a backdrop to its surrounding architecture, while others showcase covet-worthy bedding and textiles, or how to incorporate dark walls perfectly. Now if only brunch could be delivered and served right to ones bedroom.

Black Accents

Black Accents whether in art, architecture, textiles, fashion, or interior design are my favorite. I have an inclination towards the bold pop black adds to its surroundings, and if it incorporates a geometric or minimalist twist, even better. Here is my round-up of current favorite black accents: 1. Love this modern interior photographed by Heidi Lerkenfeldt that showcases a variety of black accents from furniture, textiles, and a lamp.  2. The furniture object with some monochromatic punch in the Brooklyn home of Hannelore Knuts & Nicolas Provost. 3. Eames wire chair with a black leather "bikini" cushion. Perfect. 4. A black & white rug from House Doctor that features a geometric print (clearly I am a sucker for this design aesthetic). 5. Jean-Christophe Aumas' multihued Paris apartment. A perfect example to go bold and dark with wall color. The dark paint shown is from Dulux Valentine. 6. Black & white hand-woven rugs made in Sardinia and designed by Carollna Mells. Woven in the pibiones technique that creates a raised effect. 7. The black accent featured on the Cappellini Bac  chair designed by Jasper Morrison offers a nice contrast to the light wood frame.

Chair Obsessions Part Three

I’ve said it before, but to reiterate - chairs are my favorite pieces of furniture.  Ariele of Brooklyn to West did an awesome reupholstery of a classic chair silhouette with a modern geometric textile. The Leftovers Chair by Lauren Davies is a beautiful assemblage of different species of wood.  Changing mediums and materials, Nicole Franzen lifestyles photograph of mis-matched leather chairs, a stool, and upright light capture a moment and space perfectly. The style featured on the Nyahem blog showcases natural materials mixed with modern handcrafted design; and how could I leave out a Victoria Ghost Chair by Kartell.

Interior Spaces (i'd like to be in)
pia ulin | photographer

pia ulin | photographer

Continuing along my current mode of thinking - nesting while its cold outside, interiors that promote gathering, celebrating, lingering, and eventually curling up, are where I would like to be. There is nothing like a comfy couch, full dinning room, or cozy bedroom. These photographers (professional + novice alike) have captured these spaces and made the objects within almost appear tangible.

by.bak | interior & lifestyle blog

by.bak | interior & lifestyle blog

mikkel vang | photographer

mikkel vang | photographer

mikkel vang | photographer

mikkel vang | photographer

morgan satterfield | the_brick_house

morgan satterfield | the_brick_house

Home Front

Winter weather invokes more time spent at home. Comfy cabins. Warmth. Fires. Hot toddies on the couch while relaxing. Just a few of my favorite things. These photos of beautiful homes inside and out, emphasize the joys of nesting while the weather outside becomes cooler and darker- or in Portland's case continuously gray from drizzling clouds.