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What a lovely title to find in my inbox, eh?  This Timeout story is from a Timeout.com update that I get weekly .. and is so fun, I just had to share.  Here’s to turning something ‘unused’ to something enlightening!

Photos here are via @lewismillerdesign Instagram, and Irina Arakas from the Timeout story link above:  

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“Mysterious, gorgeous flower designs have been showing up unannounced around the city, only to be stumbled upon by New Yorkers delighted by their arrival. Slowly, the flowers are picked off by passersby until the city streets return to themselves, barely a trace of the abundant blossoms remaining.

The creative team behind the phenomenon known as the Flower Flash is Lewis Miller Design, a floral and event design group led by Lewis Miller. Miller first came up with the idea last year after searching for a way to feel more deeply connected to his craft, says Irini Arakas, the firm’s director of special projects. After many long, therapy-like discussions, Arakas noted that no one had ever done guerrilla or street art with flowers. Soon after, five members from Lewis’ team were up at 5am to make it to Central Park before dawn, flowers in hand. They reused dahlias and carnations from a previous event to create a psychedelic halo around the mosaic that reads “Imagine” at the John Lennon memorial. Soon, the internet erupted with joy, and the Miller team has been Flower Flashing us ever since.  The project appeals to Miller because it’s a “random act of kindness,” Arakas says. “It’s about designing on the fly, which is the exact opposite of what he does [at work].” Arakas scouts the locations, looking for a spot with plenty of texture to blend in with lush of the florals. “I’m a native New Yorker, and I do find [city streets] gritty, but Lewis has this unbelievable way of looking at the city because he’s from Northern California,” she says. “A sidewalk littered with bubblegum, he calls them polka dots, or the crosswalks, he refers to them as zebra stripes. He has a very romantic lens with which he looks at he city. I’ve adopted that mindset.”  

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This museum of design is a favorite of mine, and I love that the kids got to visit during a more ‘interactive weekend’ when they could use a special pen throughout the exhibits.

There was a show on how patterns can be made via computer programs (in the Immersion Room), some info on how Pixar movie animation is done, a lovely blue room of birdcages (my fave) and Thom Brown Selects  room of reflective shoes and mirrors.  If you come to NYC – this museum housed in the previous mansion of the Carnegie family is definitely worth the trek uptown.

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Ezra and another museum goer have a pattern-off

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the end result appears on the walls!

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the blue birdcage room was soothing

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yeah I’ll take 2 please..

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spinny chairs in the basement

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Thom Browne selects

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My dad has been unwell, and things have been stressful. I had to leave “my littles” behind in NYC and go ahead to Boston for a few days. Coincidentally an old friend lives nearby and offered me a room to stay in. Her company and her inspiring house kept my mind off of hospital stress; offering a reprieve from it all.

Efharis Alepedis is an old friend and a phenomenal jewelry designer. Her sister Betty Alepedis-Stoukides makes gorgeous paintings and leather jewelry from Greece – where she lives fulltime. And Effy curates all these amazing things in her home in such a sunny way, I had to photograph it all. I do love her ongoing collection of jewelry by new designers… so inspiring! The cut leather necklaces and paintings on the wall are Betty’s. The sea urchins and silk worm cocoons are Effy’s favorite materials to work with. And all the other pieces labeled with pencil on the wall (and cut wood necklaces and bee/honeycomb ring on the table) are work by young designers that Effy and Betty find and enjoy. One of my all time favorites is the white china plate that she hangs in her kitchen. With perfect disks cut out of it, the resulting necklace hangs next to it.

I couldn’t help but include a shot of the streets and houses around her home… so ‘New England’ .. I felt like a kid in my old neighborhood again.

See some of Effy’s beautiful finished pieces here

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We found a great car show at Sotheby’s Auction house … where Ezra fell into shock over the prices. The Bugatti estimated auction price is 8 million and the Ferrari racing car is estimated at 12 million. Yowza! But look how beautiful the lines of these cars are – before cars were designed with computer aided drafting systems. I can’t blame him for wanting to pose with each car (and there’s even a sweet tiny yellow one for Zoe!) By the way the staff was super sweet and accommodating to kids ..

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Instagram shot by Ben Blair.

— Oh how I want to be Betty. I need to take the kids to Paris soon.

— YUM hot chocolate made with coconut milk!

— Have you seen these fireflies in Japan?

— E and Z’s dad deserves this great new mag for dads.

— I tried to design something like this in college but it didn’t turn out nearly as great.

— Get ready for valentine’s day – send some love in a box.

My stylist friend from Martha Stewart taught me that grey and white are great in kids’ rooms (or anywhere else). Here’s a great example.

Living small is a virtue.

— More beautiful bird nests.

— Something new I learned about this week: vertical gardens.

— Can I live here please? And Ezra will take the car.

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I must confess… we still haven’t seen Lion King the Broadway Show. I know – it’s crazy. But Zoe is too small and Ezra has a fear of shows/movies that have anything to do with a parent dying (so that rules out most all Disney films for us, sadly.) Anyhow we were pleased to hear that there was going to be a pop-up exhibit “Inside The Lion King,” adjacent to Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan from December 1-16. This show not only highlights the costume designs of Julie Taymor, but allows guests a chance to get behind the scenes of the popular stage production. The display includes almost 100 items – animal shadow puppets, masks, costumes, and props – that have been used on stage in the show or will be used in future productions. Visitors can see details (like the beading on Simba’s costume or the hand painted capes for example) that are normally not possible to see or touch from theater seats.

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