Louisville gets a lot of Love in 2013

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Those of us who have the pleasure of living in Louisville, KY have known for years just how far our city has come. This just so happens to be the year that the rest of the world is catching on. It seems to be one positive boost after another for our lovely city. Let’s take a look back at what we’ve accomplished in just a few short months.

1. Voted top Destination for 2013

At the end of last year CNN posted an article displaying Lonely Planet’s Top 10 U.S. Destinations for 2013, and Louisville was number one. Some of the things that set this vote apart was the fact that it was the first time ever that it was unanimous. They also kindly let the world know that we were not just about the Derby; we have a booming social scene, the best bourbon, and stand-out restaurants for our foodie friends. They also called us the next Portland, OR.

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2. Louisville Shocked the World in Allstate Sugar Bowl

Oh Florida, you didn’t even see it coming, or maybe you did. Calvin Pryor made the prediction and we lived up to it without a hitch. We went on to beat Rutgers in Late November.

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3. A True Foodie Destination

Last year Zagat listed Louisville as it’s pick for “foodie destination.” They featured local favorites such as: Proof on Main, the Brown Hotel, and several of our bourbon distilleries. This year we are in the running for Southern Living’s Tastiest Town. Voting will go on until February 28 at 11:59pm.

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4. Louisville’s own Jennifer Lawrence Wins the Oscar for Best Actress

J-Law has officially become a household name. Here in Louisville we’ve known how awesome our girl was for a while. The A-List actress comes from our Indian Hills neighborhood, and winning the Oscar the other night in one of the most prestigious categories isn’t the only way she’s giving our city a great name; she radiates that Kentucky charm, loves bourbon and horses, and certainly has that Louisville sense of humor, not to mention she is drop dead gorgeous like all our Kentucky ladies. The picture below was featured in The Courier Journal and it is Jennifer celebrating with her family after the big win. She is the second youngest to ever win The Academy Award for Best Actress.

painting in Indian HillsThis couldn’t be everything, and it certainly isn’t the end for Louisville. If there are any other accomplishments over the last year that we forgot we would really love to know. Comment below and keep the Louisville pride alive.

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Amazing Airport Photography

There is something so surreal about gliding over the clouds and cruising at 30,000 feet. The allure of airplanes as something otherworldly has faded in past years as it became just another form of transportation. And while flying isn’t nearly as glamorous as it used to be, there is always room for photography, and I don’t just mean a teenager with a Nikon. I mean real photography. These photos below are of the most impressive to ever come out of an airport, so scroll and be amazed.

 

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A photographer must have taken up shop right outside of an airport, stakeout style. This photo is a one day compilation of every plane that took off. While visually stunning, you can really get a feel for how busy and awesome airports really are.

 

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What better way to catch ‘em all than with an airplane with Pikachu painted on the side? Whoever took this picture has got a great story to brag about at cocktail parties. Oh, you volunteered for two years in the Peace Corps? Well I’m the guy who took the Pikachu airplane picture…

 

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There is nothing like getting engaged. There’s really nothing like getting engaged among vintage airplanes. Really stunning photography of two stunning people.

 

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Who doesn’t love a good forced perspective photo? That’s right: no one. Above is the grandmaster of all things timing related. I bet his jokes are the bomb.

 

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Okay, this one isn’t really legit photography, but have a heart! Funny cat pictures are taken to new heights (pun definitely intended) with pilot cat. Please note that the fasten seatbelt sign is on.

A Little European Persuasion

painters in Taylorsville One of my favorite things about traveling, aside  from the food, is the architecture and the interior design.  There is something magical about foreign lands – the onion  domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral or the balconies of Casa  Batlló. It is easy to lose yourself in these lands and structures  that were long before our time, because, especially in the  United States, they are unfamiliar. Those of us with a deep interest in interior design and architecture find that inspiration comes in many different forms. Sometimes listening to Carla Bruni makes me want skinny furniture and a cappuccino, other times a movie may influence the designer in me – no matter where the inspiration comes from, there is always something about European design. To help curb your appetite I have put together some key influences from seven different countries that may help you turn your home from average to otherwordly. (Image one credit)

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Italy – Italia

Influence: Tuscany

painters in Bardstown Known as the true birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Tuscany is known for its beautiful architecture and  landscapes. Italy, in general, tends to be colorful and  romantic. To get this style in your home focus on color first –  golds and reds would be your stronger base colors and use medium greens and strong teals as your accent. The furniture is usually bulky and very detailed. Tuscan design also favors rounded arches rather than squared or pointed ones.

Tuscan Muse: We have chosen the movie Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) as the best way of bringing Italia to your home.

Design Soundtrack: Nada Malanima

France – Française

Influence: Paris

painters in Floyds Knobs The fashion capital of the world is known for their skinny  women and their skinny furniture. Everything in paris is light,  thin lines – black and white meet lavender and beige with the  occasional reds. Reds and blacks seem to be their strongest  base colors and they love accenting with white – or black,  depending on the base. The Parisians understood long before  the rest of France that less is more, but the little bit you do have  must be fabulous. This does not necessarily mean expensive. Try taking an object that reminds you of Paris and decorate around it, for instance: a photo of the Eiffel Tower, or a beret. Focus on the clean lines, the color, and what accents these.

Parisian Muse: The film Amélie (2001) depicts unique fashion and photography, as well as, contemporary Parisian style.

Design Soundtrack: An Education the Soundtrack

Poland – Polski – Polonia

Influence: Warsaw

painters in Clarksville Polish style can be very gothic, inspired by Romanian and  Russian architecture and later, baroque architecture. However,  the capital also has a very modern appeal. Poland has greatly  succeeded in mixing styles and making it look good. To get  this feel in your home, don’t be afraid to mix color and detail  with simplicity. It’s easier to do this if you make your base simple colors and objects and then accent with gothic  paintings and mirrors, or very detailed crown molding.

 

Polish Muse: Poland is known for their cinema, one of their famous films, The Double Life of Veronica (1991) is known for it’s fantastical plot and beautiful cinematography.

Design Soundtrack: Justyna Steczkowska

Spain – España

Influence: Barcelona

painters in Borden Spanish and Italian architecture/design are actually very  similar, especially when it comes to color and detail. The style  of Barcelona tends to be a bit more busy than that of Tuscany  and the slight difference lies in it’s edgy, rugged undertones.  Reds and golds are the primary colors here and the details  have a menacing appeal about them, almost gothic. The  furniture is heavy and more is built around these bulky pieces  rather than around one object acting more as an accent.

 

Spanish Muse: The film Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) nicely portrays scenic Barcelona.

Design Soundtrack: Vicky Cristina Barcelona the Soundtrack

Netherlands – Nederland

Influence: Amsterdam

painters in NULU The great thing about Amsterdam is that it has a Venetian  feel, so you can have fun mixing both. The major area of  design here is lighting, which is something we haven’t  discussed much. Both Venice and Amsterdam have the canals  and they light the way with string lights, this creates a very unique  atmosphere. A great way to choose your colors is by looking at  Van Gogh’s Starry Night, the blues and yellows are perfect to  create the mood of Amsterdam. To make sure you have more of an Amsterdam feel rather than a Venetian one, try using reds as an accent, it gives that little bit of edgy passion that deciphers the two.

Dutch Muse: Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Antonia’s Line (1995) tells the story of a dutch feminist.

Design Soundtrack: Gem

United Kingdom – Britain

Influence: London

painters in Phoenix Hill London has a very unique style, everything tends to be boxy  and tight. The colors are usually low key – beige, black, and  white. The strongest color ever used is usually a very agreeable  blue. The furniture is fairly modern but with a bit more  character luxury than we are used to in the states. This is also  true for the design of their flats: they have clean lines but these  lines are very close together making it more interesting.

 

British Muse: The film Love Actually (2003) shows many different style based on classes that are very interesting to analyze.

Design Soundtrack: The Beatles

Russia – Rossiyskaya

Influence: Moscow

painters in Clifton When I think of Russia I think of St. Basil’s Cathedral, and  then I think of Arabian Nights. The decor here is that of  “inside the genie lamp”, it is strange and colorful. The fun  thing here is that you can be very colorful, mixing pretty much  whatever you want. Also, colorful paintings, satin pillows,  sharp corners and lines. The lighting here is also important,  not necessarily string lights but enough light to make the array  of colors brighter, mirrors can help with this. There is a darker side of Moscow, to get this, tone down the colors and focus more on reds and blacks.

Russian Muse: The film Anastatia (1997), though animated, is a wonderful tale that takes place in Russia and France.

Design Soundtrack: Anna Sedokova



The Wonders Of The Modern World

To follow our post last week on the Seven Wonders Of The Old World, we wanted to check out the wonders of the new world. This list was put together by New7Wonders Organization and announced in 2007. The Great Pyramid of Giza is listed as an honorary, or to some the eighth world wonder – the pyramid is featured on both lists.

Great Wall of China

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Petra

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Christ the Redeemer

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Machu Picchu

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Chichen Itza

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Colosseum

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Taj Mahal

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Great Pyramid of Giza

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The Original Seven Wonders Of The World

There are many wonders of the world and the key word to remember here is: wonder. So many forms of art are very psychological – what was the artist feeling when he painted this? How do I feel when I look at it? Very rarely do we as onlookers question the mathematics or the science behind the masterpiece. The following seven wonders of the world come from one of the original lists by historian Herodotus and scholar Callimachus. The list has been updated over the years but let’s take a look into the past, the worlds we have never known, and the brilliance many of us will never fully understand.

Great Pyramid Of Giza

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Hanging Gardens Of Babylon

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Statue Of Zeus At Olympia

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Temple Of Artemis At Ephesus

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Mausoleum Of Maussollos At Halicarnassus

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Colossus Of Rhodes

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Lighthouse Of Alexandria

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Coolest Airports In The World

There is something intoxicating about airports – so many people dressed up, the smell of coffee, passports rustling, monstrous planes taking off through panoramic windows. The airport is, literally, where you go to fly far, far away. These eight magnificent works of architectural art only add to the experience of traveling. It is pretty outstanding when you are just as interested in seeing the airport as the place you are visiting.

1~ San Fransisco (SFO)

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2~ New Tokyo International Airport

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3~ O’Hare

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4~ Detroit Airport

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5~ Berlin Airport Tempelhof

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6~ Sea-tac Airport

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7~ Aeroporto dos Guararapes, Brasil

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8~ Frankfurt International Airport

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Somewhere Under The Rainbow: 10 Most Colorful Towns

We did a previous post that was similar to this but just couldn’t get enough, so if you feel you may be getting bored with beige, black, and white – take a moment to appreciate these towns that aren’t afraid of a little color. From the San Fransisco Bay, to the heart of China, these photos will wake up your travel bug and brighten your day.

1~ Charleston, SC

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2~ Buenos Aires, Argentina

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3~ San Fransisco, CA

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4~ County Cork, Ireland

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5~ Guatape, Colombia

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6~ Salvador, Brazil

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7~ Copenhagen, Denmark

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8~ Shanghai, China

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9~ Bo-Kaap, South Africa

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10~ Cyclades Islands, Greece

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