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December 7th, 2010

Daniel Pontius

My bathroom wall is a little homage to Penine Hart. Things purchased from her. Butterflies from “Richter’s Butterfly Museum east Durham, NY & a photo of upstate NY taken with a Diana Camera by Christine Rodin.

A crazy lady pots plants. I mean me.
Bloom of the year.
Most of these plants came from a German lady named Mary that I met at a garage sale in Studio City next to my acupuncturist.  She said the next time I was in the area I should go by her house because she had other plants to sell. A month later, I was in the area lost and turned down a street and there was Mary in front yard working in her yard. 
I got out to say hi and I immediately stepped in a bit of dog poo. Mary noticed but didn’t acknowledge it directly. She tore off a bouquet of basil, half for her and half for me saying, “I love basil, it smells so good. People cook with it but I like to just stick it in my shirt pocket to smell it all day or I just stick it up under my nose!”

Recently I have been buying 60’s 70’s pottery so that I can re-pot the succulents at my back door. The current pots by my back door are out of scale and I want to put a stool back there so that I can sit and stare at the sky and drink coffee. 

Another plant from Mary potted as found. “Susan Arah’s” baby shoes. January 15, 1956.
A surprising bloom in the bathroom window attempts to buffer the next door view.

More blooms. I didn’t know they had flowers.

The boxes in my bedroom. I’ve covered all the pots and planters in the windows in white duck tape.

Amélie Dillemann

August 13th, 2008

Daniel Pontius

Images: Amelie Dillemann

Ethereal, earthy, ephemeral. Do you know of Amelie Dillemann? A Parisian artist and designer her work inspired me to take up my chosen craft and medium, cardboard. If you have almost every copy of World of Interiors stacked under your upstairs hall table, like my friend Ms. V who has a very discerning eye, you will find Dillemann’s work on the cover of WOI Dec. ’99 or in WOI Sept. ’95. 

The challenging part of cardboard is creating a solid structure from which to build and embellish, and if indeed all of Miss Dillemann’s work is made entirely from cardboard, as it says in WOI, I say hats off to Miss Dillemann. More pics here.

Some of my aluminum leaf cardboard frames are now being sold at my favorite NYC shop Penine Hart, Check them out and say hi to Penine for me!

Penine Hart–Chic

May 9th, 2008

Daniel Pontius

If you are looking for some fantastic furniture art & accessories check out Penine Hart. She sends out a charming newsleter from time to time called, Stylish Dictionary. From Stylish Dictionary Vol VII “Shelter From the Storm.” She quotes: Home is a place to which one is attached by myriad habits of thought and behavior–culturally acquired, of course, yet in time they become so intimately woven into everyday existence that they seem primordial and the essence of one’s
Yi-Fu Tuan, Escapism.
1. A view of Penine’s home
2. A painting by Lynn Umlauf featured in the May Vogue Index with Denise Porcaro of Flower Girl
3. Two paintings and a sculpture adorning the tastefully gorgeous country home of Darryl Carter, the cover story in May’s Elle Décor
4. A special feature on Jeanne Hedstrom’s dog portraits in the upcoming issue of House Beautiful
If you are in NYC check her out, Penine Hart Antiques & Art. Also, she’s going to have an exhibition of Jeanne Hedstrom’s dog portraits (I own one; Gidget) on Thursday, June 12 from 6 to 8 pm.