Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Art of Restraint

When the master painter took brushes to the desert the "Art of Restraint" was born... Nowhere else can one hear the silence more amplified.
My friend Linda's (RMS mom of a german shorthair) desert home showcases this beautifully. Linda's interiors echo the sheer beauty of nature. Take notice of how carefully she has edited her kitchen. The art of restraint at it's very best.

When the "Art of Restraint" is not utilized, the results are not visually pleasing, as is the case of this next kitchen. Though it belongs to one of America's wealthiest couples, with the resources to hire the most sought after designers... they somehow missed the mark. A classic case of the "Art of Restraint" ignored... What do you think?


18 comments:

  1. I've always loved Linda's home. You're right about the 2nd kitchen. The tile is way to busy! It could have been stunning. ☺

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  2. Linda/ "Mom..."February 27, 2009 at 4:33 AM

    Good Morning, Vicky~ I am truly humbled, & I thank you! (And thank you also to my friend ,Diane, of Four Paws and Co.)... What an honor! Love, Linda

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  3. I like allot of stuff less and less. Maybe the 2nd kitchen is a bit older...we certainly liked that cluttered look more in the 90s.

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  4. michelle, that is a great point and one that I did not even think about... you gals are so smart. That being said , however, I still stand by my less is more concept. When one uses the art of restraint it becomes so much easier to update. Thanks

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  5. Mom's home is beautiful... which reminds me, I need to email her... LOL Anyway, the last one is just u.g.l.y. in my opinion, but you know what they say about those ;)

    love,
    rue

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  6. Ahhhhh, Mom's kitchen was always
    'one of my favourites' that were posted on RMS as well as the lady herself.

    As my 'old as dirt' memory fails me at the moment, who are the owners of the second one? :) Though quality and functional I presume; like yourself it just doesn't appeal to me either.

    HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

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  7. Brenda, the 2nd kitchen belongs to Ted Turner. Do you think it has tile over load or what...

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  8. How apropos your observation, my dear Vicky. You’ve made an absolutely astute summation of our friend’s home. There’s a seamless harmony between her inside and outside spaces featuring stone and wood as its unifier. I’d call it restraint, but in all its splender.

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  9. Vicky, How did I miss the fact that you have a blog? As usual, I'm asleep at the keyboard. Twizzis just let me know that you are over here. I'm adding you to my favorites. I'll be back. Linda's kitchen has always been one of my favorites. Okay, I'm off to explore your blog!
    Carol

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  10. Carol, I am so happy that you found me, I have been waiting for you !

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  11. Ummmm and this is strange coming from me (Restraint NOT being my strong point *winks*)...but I agree. That kitchen just isn't hitting the mark. And Linda has a fabulous kitchen and house! V

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  12. Yep! You're right about Mom's kitchen, one of the best that I have seen and the last one about being too busy...Christine

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  13. I love the harmony that I feel exists in MOGS kitchen, while I can feel the nails on the blackboard of my senses in Mr. Turner's kitchen.

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  14. Vicky: Do you mean THE Ted Turner, Yankee Media Proprietor who was married to Jane Fonda?
    IF so, regardless of all that beautiful tile I would bet...IT, THE KITCHEN....was not the top priority on her Divorce Settlement list. :)

    Have a great Sunday!!! {{Brenda}}
    (Gee you are just so smart. You're just one little Einstein. Thanks for enlightening me.)

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  15. Brenda, that would be the one... you make me laugh!

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  17. You have a nerve criticizing the house of a public figure!

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  18. That last one's a joke...right?

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