It is wonderful when a renovation can incorporate inspired details
from around our beautiful world — in this case, from Venice, Italy.
Our Delancey Place client shared a favorite image (above) of the mosaic floors
at St. Mark's Basilica with the project's design team.
A lovely collaboration began
between client, architects, ourselves and tile vendors,
with the goal of recreating this mosaic on the home's entry vestibule floor.
Seeing St. Mark's mosaics up close and in person this summer got me even more inspired!
The talented folks at Joanne Hudson and New Ravenna Mosaics have been working on samples
to get the colors, proportions, shapes and finishes just right.
We gathered recently at Joanne Hudson's Philly showroom to finalize selections,
with an eye to recreating the patina of age.
Even through the shiny protective layer of plastic, one can see beauty emerging in these design samples.
Soon, this mosaic will provide a warm, memorable welcome to our client's friends and family for years to come.
Grazie for my own memories, Venezia!
Today, I am thinking about the beauty of white space...
white space on a page...
in an image...
in a room...
in one's life.
It is the negative space that gives more meaning and power to the positive space.
It is unmarked, uncluttered, clean, light.
It is the relief for one's eye as it views the horizon.
It is the breathing room as you walk through a courtyard.
It is the rest for one's soul as we move through our day.
When we try to cram so much on a page, all is diluted.
When we try to cram so much in our schedule, life loses meaning.
So, today, as I was adding a bit of white space into my website, I resolved to fit more white space into my life.
May you enjoy a little more white space in yours.
This post is dedicated to my beloved daughter, Fia... a source of great joy in the white spaces of my life.
These are some of the beautiful images taken by her this summer,
when I had the pleasure of working with her on a couple of photo shoots.
Thank you for the gift of you, Fia.
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