Monday, May 25, 2020

Aele House by Nameless Architecture

Barbie would love to know that everyone is exactly on the path they are meant to be, however she also knows this isn’t the case for many. She also knows that they will learn this lesson in time on their own or continue to cycle through familiar mistakes until they do. Nonetheless it is wonderful when a dreamhouse is quite different from others and on its own.

Aele House by Nameless Architecture 

Located in South Korea, the architecture and design of this home was determined by its location in the landscape. Three of the plot edges are surrounded by forest, evocative of a primitive, native land. To reflect this aesthetic the building elements were made with in-situ concrete to capture the essence, this included leaving mars in the construction, as commentary of the nature and the evolution of a space.The interior space connects organically, without a corridor. Each of the rooms is sized at 3.6 meters by 3.6 meters; excluding the bathroom and kitchen, all rooms can be used flexibly — adaptable to the needs of the inhabitants.

Would you want to find your path in this dreamhouse? 
Barbie would!
Kisses, m. 

Monday, March 2, 2020

Hiatus House by Tongue & Groove

Barbie loves to get away from it all but rarely does she get a real hiatus. She loves that her favorite Ken and Dolls can keep themselves occupied while she’s preoccupied. Here’s a dream house made for going on hiatus... 

The Hiatus House by Tongue & Groove

This minimalist gem design by Tongue & Groove boats an open floor plan that utilizes space and is aesthetic  beautiful. The space can easily accommodate up to four people for entertaining and is fully furnished with a living room that converts for sleeping, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. 

Would you go on hiatus in this home?
Barbie would!
Kisses, m.  

Wednesday, February 26, 2020


Hiatus. Taking a break or pressing pause on one part of your life means you are on hiatus. Once I forced myself to take a year off from blogging but did not stop writing, photographing or drawing. There is probably still more unpublished work in that year than anything I had written prior.

Currently, I am still creative but I have put blogging on pause and intermittently been using social media. It has been a long unplanned pause. It definitely was unplanned. Let us get this in the open: I did not take a break, hit pause or go on hiatus for mental or physical health issues. I am all right and did not step back intentionally. However, my life required that I prioritize my daily responsibilities differently to deal with circumstances beyond my control.

This has kept me away from friends, sometimes checking in with friends and oh, so many things I was accustomed to being a part of my routine. I take many blessings for granted that I am involved with and there are many people that I miss seeing. Sometimes you have to accept that the universe has other plans and let it all happen… so I let go and paused. There was no force, it was just quiet and felt completely natural to focus on other things.

This has all been weird because it is hard to be restrictive with my life. Typically, I am transparent with myself; I reach out, pester and cannot help myself when it comes to people in my life.

Tbh, I cannot say I will or will not be posting regularly again, but I am not on a hiatus and the plan is just to go with the flow. It has been very Zen. Highly recommend taking breaks from all the unnecessary things you think you need to do. 

Do you ever take social media breaks? On purpose? Here is an old story that is a bit dark from the D Men about a person that wanted to get away from his life and someone gave him exactly what he wanted. 



Kisses, m.




Jackson Slater you’re an irrelevant bastard. You are going straight to hell. And no one will notice you’re gone.” says Haller Thomson.

Those are the final words Haller has chosen before we leave the shore. I keep telling myself this isn’t happening but that doesn’t change the circumstances at all. I can’t quite place the location of the boat with my eyes blindfolded. But north of the docks is as good as any guess.

What you have to understand is that I pretty much deserve to be in this position. A position that I created for myself. Although I wouldn’t have admitted it before now. Which is about 15 minutes after I should have admitted it.

I wasn’t particularly a great man or a man of character. On the whole I was a terribly shallow man with a talent for avoiding the obvious. Avoiding was a brilliant art that I mastered; especially when it came to people.  People can be so incredibly co-dependent that you might say avoiding them helps them. One might say I wrote the chapter on avoidance and I would have corrected them by handing them an autographed copy of the book.

My own sense of vanity ran deeper than any river. The great Jackson Slater renowned for his looks. And I was. My personal routine involved several hours a day before many mirrors in a grooming ritual that would make a cat’s look amateur. For the most part I had lived my entire life pretending that nothing was happening around me. I hadn’t worried about such things.

And I couldn’t be more wrong. There was plenty happening all around me, I just didn’t care about it. Besides everything went away if you threw enough money at the problem.  And if it didn’t, ignoring it often worked for me.

Jackson, I want you to know this isn’t about the money. It’s a matter of my word. My integrity. I promised to come through on my end of things.” Haller tells me softly as the boat shimmies a little faster.

Unlike most people I was hardly the kind of fellow to be drawn in. As a matter of my own personal character I felt it was my duty to be exactly the opposite. I’m the type of man who would fervently deny that a building was on fire to save myself the trouble of becoming involved. It meant caring and that would not do. People want a piece of you and then that is one less piece you have for yourself.

And lack of involvement is exactly where I find myself this windy April evening.  Somewhere in the bay I’m free of the mask and looking at the man…

Haller Thomson came into my life exactly the same way a freight train mows down your car when the engine stalls on the tracks. With the fury of an uncontainable beast, Haller came forth. And it wasn’t something I could have seen coming before it happened. It wasn’t money that he was after when he came. It was so much more.

A man with an offer only a shallow man wouldn’t refuse…

If you help me, I will help you. Give a little of this for a little of that. And I went along for it. Including the part where I had planned to double-cross the man. Because I only thought of what he could offer me.  

Except it never works out the way we plan.

Plan? I bet the great Jackson Slater wants to know. Don’t you? Well, Jack I don’t have a plan. Except for tying you up and gagging you. That. That’s a plan. Don’t struggle. We’re almost there.”

Haller wanted someone to help with a situation. It was a matter of vanity; as any man can attest to his own level of vanity. Haller was a bit different. He was concerned and wanted no more than a bit of help becoming more involved with others despite his own shortcomings.

You see, Haller wasn’t a good looking man. In fact, you might call him unattractive after he’s left the room. And for what it’s worth, I thought I did him a favor after I pocketed most of his money. At the time I thought there was nothing I could have done to draw flies to that level of hideous. But I did what I thought worked best… for me.

Haller took a new name, a new lifestyle, and a new set of bills thanks to me. He lived and breathed my routine of shallow and I gladly introduced him to the right people at the right places. And with a little less than luck he fell right into it. Haller took to it like a fish takes to toxic waste waters and grows a third eye. It wasn’t a gradual mutation either. Overnight there was a new fresh uninvolved man and it wasn’t me.

Haller began to see me, the great Jackson Slater as direct competition to his new persona. A person with an agenda that no longer matched his own. You have to wonder where the struggle began. Exactly right after he decided that he could do it without me. And for a lot cheaper. Once he realized I was taking him for a pretty penny, Haller Thomson decided that it was time to fulfill his end of things.

An eye for an eye.

And what was my request? I was tired of all that was happening around me. I wanted to escape from all of it; being Jackson Slater with the people, their nonsense, and their involvement. I simply asked this man to help to put me in a place where I would never have to deal with these kinds of situations ever again. And now much to my dismay, Haller is holding up his end of the arrangement.

Jackson, it’s been fun. Now… get off my boat.” With the bottom of his boot, Haller shoves me out into the dark water. Despite what I expect, I don’t sink. As his tiny boat moves away from me, I watch without control as the cold water splashes against me.

This isn’t exactly the escape I’d hope for but I didn’t specify when I asked. I only wanted out.

Now I am.

Completely out. Out to sea. Adrift. Letting the waves wash over me.

Careful what you ask for. Even now as I sink slowly and my eyes watch the emergency buoy float further away from me I know that pretending that nothing else exists will be the thing that seals my fate. Because not one person will notice. I was so busy avoiding it all that it wouldn’t make any difference.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Barbie’s Malibu Dream House by Airbnb

Barbie loves all things Barbie and her favorite is her Malibu dreamhouse... someone brought the magical doll’s dreamhouse to life. This Fall the people at Airbnb created a fashionable IRL version of Barbie’s quintessential Malibu dream home and invited everyone to see... 

Barbie’s Malibu Dream House by Airbnb

The Barbie Malibu Dreamhouse was available for a two-night-stay to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the doll, which was created by Mattel in 1959. The listing was written as if Barbie herself wrote and included features of the hillside property such as outdoor terraces, infinity pool and cinema room. The interior decor matches perfectly with Barbie’s aesthetic of pink and kitsch.

Would you love to stay in Barbie’s Malibu Dream House by Airbnb?

Barbie would!
Kisses, m. 

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Passion House M5 by Arhitect 11

People trying to convince you that something has passion are usually the ones that are faking it. Have a great passion for living and all that you do will be authentic including your love affairs. Here’s a passionate dreamhouse...

Passion House M5 by Arhitekt 11

Part of a series this sustainable home was designed as an independent home like a summer cottage with sauna.

Do you fancy this passion project?
Barbie does!
Kisses, m.