Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Veronika's Houzz Tour

I was poking about on Houzz today, they have such amazing spaces, and fell in love with a house tour from Veronika of A Few Things From My Life.  I'm glad I found both her house tour and her blog as both are wonderful.

She has a great sense of style and her house is very light and colorful.  I look forward to seeing more.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tory Burch, Nolita Windows

I was walking by the Tory Burch boutique in Nolita and instantly fell in love with the window, and the whole storefront, actually.  The entry is bold and welcoming with the the lacquered orange door with large glass (or lucite perhaps, I didn't investigate) handles helping it stand out and attract attention.

Although I'm not one for the Tory Burch flats with the huge logos on them (I'm not at all a logo person), the logo on the awnings are nicely bold and graphic and I really enjoy the nested 'T' motif on the facade of the building.  It's quite understated but again it distinguishes the storefront from the others.  On a day when it was probably about 15 degrees or below with the wind, it's quite amazing that I stopped to even photograph this as it was unplanned.  Unfortunately the photographs aren't the greatest, you may have to enlarge them to see the details.


The window displays were quite simple but interesting.  They seemed to have borrowed the book idea and transformed it into their own and used them as a backdrop to the simple outfit and string 'light necklaces' on the mannequins.


From the looks of it, the inside of the store promises to be just as well designed.  I'll have to stop inside some day.

{photos: jeanine}

Monday, December 14, 2009

Winter At Anthropologie

Anthropologie, once again, has creative and interesting winter windows.  They vary in theme from snowy exterior scenes to snowy interior scenes to one with a white Christmas tree {I'm assuming this is what it is since it has a star on top}.

My favorite window was the most simple one with a birdhouse and tree covered in snow.

The snow scene below was constructed with stacked boxes made out of what looks like paper.

I think this car scene was one of the most creative.  If you look at the details, you can see that the car, deer crossing sign and part of the stop sign are actually upholstered.  Piles of fabric make up the snow.


Another of the windows had a house and trees made of small layered pieces of paper.  The shutters and scene in the window add a touch of realism.


Stacked chairs seem to be a popular window display concept this year.  This time, they've added a bit of snow.

{photos: jeanine}

Monday, December 7, 2009

Hello Kitty Meets Modern Architecture

Whoever said modern architecture is boring obviously hasn't visited Lever House, the Skidmore, Owings & Merrill building in Midtown Manhattan.  There is a Wind-Up Hello Kitty statue in the pedestrian space of the building.  Just the idea of this pairing makes me giggle.

(photo:  xymox/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

I love these felted leaves and acorns by Lil Fish Studios on Etsy.  They are perfect for Thanksgiving.

Hope yours is wonderful!

(photo: surrounded by lilfishstudios)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Neutral Living Room

I'm generally someone who loves color everywhere but every now and then I get on a neutral kick.  I love this living room picture. It's very serene, with a few understated colors and lots of texture.

And, though a rug that costs more than my car is out of the question until I win the lottery, I love the look of the wool and silk carpets.  They are always very elegant.

(photo: neutrals4 by alifeenchanted)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Vintage Wallpaper - An Update

Well, it turns out I was wrong about waiting for a movie set design project to use the paper in my last post,  Someone has beaten me to it.  About 2 hours after writing the post I knocked over a stack of precariously balanced magazines I haven't found time to read yet.  I found an Interior Design magazine from September and was leafing through it and what did I see but that wallpaper in 675 Bar in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan!

This picture is from their website but there is a better one on their facebook page (the one from Interior Design).   It looks like a great place for a bar, dark with lots of little rooms and secret places.  I'll forgive them for their bookshelf - where it looks like they have filled it with books purchased by the yard.

(photo: 675 bar)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Vintage Wallpaper

I stumbled across Secondhand Rose which sells vintage wallpaper at it's store in Manhattan and online.  I couldn't help but be cheered up by the patterns from the 60s and 70s.  The shop is only open on weekdays but next time I'm in the area and they are open I will be sure to check them out.  I actually can't wait.

I think I'd have design a tv or movie set (which would be amazingly fun I'm sure) to use these patterns, since I can't imagine a situation where I would use them.  I still love how they make me giggle when I look at them, it's great antidote for a rainy day.

(photos: secondhand rose)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Orange Slice Chair

his& hers, originally uploaded by kaylovesvintage.

I love mid century modern furniture. Not so much that the room looks like it is straight out of the 1950s but I love it mixed in with other styles.

I think this is why I'm drawn to this image. It's very simple, but a mix of styles and a very calming space, even with the shock of orange.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Shady Details

shady details, originally uploaded by Curtain Otaku.

I love this multi-layered shade. It's modern and has plenty of texture without being too feminine and frilly.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Hotel Realm, Canberra, Australia

I love these simple images of the Hotel Realm, a 5 star hotel in Canberra, Australia. It's clean and modern but the designers had a bit of fun with the furniture and the hanging sculpture in the lobby so it's not quite so serious.

I also love the curved wall. I have found that I automatically put a curved wall in all of the commercial work I do, I'm not sure why and I'm not always conscious of doing it but at least one makes it's way into every project. It certainly breaks up long, straight corridors.

{photos: stevebaty/ / CC BY 2.0}

Friday, October 30, 2009

Modern Rustic Renovation

I found this modern rustic (or modern country) house in Los Gatos, California by Mark English Architects. I love the yellow color found in the entryway and the kitchen, it's very cheery and welcoming. I think that the whole house is fabulously sparse but still quite warm.

I really wish there was a better image of the circular lighting(?) kind of seen through the front window. I would love to see what it is.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Girl's Bedroom

If I was a teenager now, this is what I would want for my bedroom. I think when I was actually a teenager, I could never make up my mind about what I wanted.

It's obviously for someone young but not too childish.

(living etc. bedroom, originally uploaded by frillie designs)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Recycled Bottle Chandelier

I am a huge fan of environmental designer, Michelle Brand's, products. She makes beautiful chandeliers (and though I don't see them on her website, I believe screens) out of the bottoms of plastic bottles. She cuts the bottoms off, sands them and fastens them into these beautiful forms. It's recycling done right.

The chandelier above is one of her creations. It's 5' high and 2' in diameter and quite beautiful I think. It's available in the U.S. at Neiman Marcus' Christmas Book. And while it's way out of my price range, I can still dream.....

(photo: Neiman Marcus)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Floral Vignette

Sometimes a little flower is all you need to brighten up a space. This flower and this paper are a wonderful combination. I love how the pattern on the paper looks through the vase.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Barneys Window Displays

Perhaps it's obvious, due to my mulitple postings of Anthropologie store windows, but I love store front window designs. I knew who Simon Doonan was before I had ever stepped foot in a Barneys and I love seeing what has been done for the window display more than I actually like shopping.

Displays can be so creative and completely outrageous or more serious and elegant. I was responsible for a store window as part of my job during grad school and would love to do more of them.

A couple of my favorites from Barneys:

A small army of Mister Potato Heads.

A tree made out of metal coat hangers.

I'm planning a Manhattan trip in early December to check out the holiday displays and I can't wait to see what they have installed this year.

(photos: top - ourhero/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0; bottom - cbcastro/ / CC BY-NC 2.0)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Warm Modern Living Room

I found this fabulous ad for carpet from the Anji Mountain Bamboo Rug Company. Their rugs are made of 80% bamboo which, in my experience, is incredibly soft and dries very quickly. I'm not sure why bamboo dries so quickly but for towels it's a great feature.

I love the feeling of this warm modern living room. Although there is no color, the wood tones, the plush rug, and the curved shape of the coffee table, along with the sunlight streaming through the window, give the space this warm feeling. I also like that the curves on the coffee table allow those who are accident prone *ahem* to walk around without fear and, for that reason, it would also be great for kids.

(photo: re-modern/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Rose Street Market

I've been cooped up sick all week. I'm sad that I couldn't meet a friend for coffee since I have a sore throat still. Equally sad is that Rose Street Market in Australia so far away. This would be the perfect place to meet for Sunday coffee.

With it's mix of colors it even looks cheerful on a rainy day.

(photos: spin_spin/ / CC BY-ND 2.0)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Sofa Upgrade - On The Cheap

When I get bored of my living room I usually just change the pillows (or pillow covers) since it's cheap and I'm fairly happy with my furniture. I can also sew a bit so when I saw these pillows that have been made from Anthropologie placemats I was in love.

I usually just get fabric or pre-made covers so I don't have to get new pillow forms and the covers fold and store nicely in case I want to change back. Recently I bought a box of stuffing when I was making soft blocks as baby presents so I have plenty of that to make any sized pillow I need, I was thinking of some bolsters. I guess I wouldn't need placemats for that!

It's something to think about. First I have to get my sofa reupholstered!

(photo: 28408249@N07/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Standard Hotel Lobby Chandelier

I know at one point I said I don't usually like lights with exposed light sources. This is one example of a fixture where I don't mind it at all. The light is the Taraxacum 88 by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos.

Found in the Standard Hotel, LA.

{photo: nevercoolinschool/ / CC BY-NC 2.0}

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Organic Fabrics, Fabulous Tea Towels & Modern Baby Toys

I occasionally go on searches for fabulous new organic fabrics. Sometimes I'm successful, sometimes not, but I always seem to find the most amazingly modern and organic fabrics printed in Australia. They appear to be ahead of everyone else on this effort.

My latest fabulous find is from spin spin handmade's Etsy shop!! The fabrics are a mixture of hemp and organic cotton and they are printed with water-based inks.

She makes some great tea towels which are almost too pretty to use....

....and stuffed alphabet elephants too!! They are the most adorable kid toys.

(photos: spin_spin/ / CC BY-ND 2.0)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Design For A Rainy Sunday

It's a bit rainy today although there are birds chirping so I'm hopeful we will see the sun before nightfall. These images from Finely Inc. on Flickr make me feel both relaxed and happy. It's the perfect mood for a rainy Sunday.

(photos: 31120243@N07/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
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