Thursday, July 30, 2009


I just received my new issue of Dwell and there was a fantastic deli inside, the Taylor Deli in DC. It's very modern and rustic with boards used as both a wall treatment and counter material.

Then the search led to the Story Deli in London which is a different sort of rustic modern design and has stools made of repurposed cardboard packing boxes which I absolutely love! (This picture is hard to see, but a better one is here.)

I can't imagine the boxes would be comfy to sit on long term but for a slice of pizza they would probably be fine.

{top photo: jsmjr, bottom photo: Marco Cadena}

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Cool Places

It has been ridiculously hot and humid for the last week or so in the Northeastern US so when I came across these photo of this Majorca hotel restaurant, I immediately was drawn to them.

With the marble, dark woods and the low lighting it feels like a cool space. And I really love the inset graphics in the tables and backlit wall with the slats.

Sign me up for a drink!


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Ish & Chi's Studio

Speaking of artwork and DIY projects....

I found images of this studio, by Viv of Ish & Chi, browsing on Flickr, which led to finding her posts on renovating the studio on her blog and was instantly in love. The studio was created out of a portion of her basement and is used for her artwork. You can see a more extensive description of the process and space here.

Blue happens to be a color I can't stay away from, so I think that might be part of the reason I initially loved the space. But the mix of the modern and traditional furniture is perfect.

I am a huge fan of secret pretty things like wallpaper or shelf paper in drawers, behind shelves and in closets. Something that will make people smile when they look inside, and this sideboard certainly does that.

The butterfly mobile is fabulous. I saw a great image in Living Etc last year sometime with butterflies like this all over the wall of a nursery, and this mobile creates the same kind of feel (without all the DIY work).

Viv pays attention to the smallest detail, she even covered her clip boards with fabric before hanging them.

The best way to store fabrics, I have found, is to hang them on hangers and here is the perfect example of how well that works. It makes it so much easier to browse what you have and when you are done browsing you don't really have to straighten like you do with stacks of fabric.

Viv uses these fabrics to create fabric art pieces, like the one below, which she sells in her Etsy shop.

I think that this is one of the more fabulous studios I have seen lately. It has really inspired me to start to tackle all the projects I have been putting off.

Great job, Viv!

{photo: ishandchi}

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Rainshower Waterfall

I came across this amazing water feature in an office and retail building at an undisclosed location in Boston. I was in the process of getting a good picture but was stopped by security. Apparently this is top secret.

The water is a bit difficult to see but it comes out the ring in the top near the lights....

....and lands about 100 feet below on the tile in the middle of a huge atrium.

My partner-in-crime and I were in the process of debating whether or not we could stand in the middle of the drain and not get wet when we found out about the no pictures rule. I figure there probably is a 'no standing in the middle of the waterfall' rule as well.

I guess that will have to remain a mystery for now.

{photo: jeanine}

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Anthropologie Window Display - Fun With Books

I love to look at what Anthropologie has done for window displays.  When I worked in retail during grad school I used to be responsible for the window display but was rarely allowed to hang things from the ceiling or be quite as creative about things, though I asked repeatedly {much to my boss' dismay}.

{photos: squid!}

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Happy Valley - Essentials

My favorite store for stationery and accessories in western MA is Essentials. They have a tiny store in Amherst which sells some accessories and lots of baby stuff, but the one in Northampton, MA is larger and has much more variety. It's one of those stores that you don't really NEED anything they sell but if you're looking for something unique, and perhaps French or Japanese it's your place. You may not need their stuff but when you go in you will probably want a lot of it.

The people who work there are extremely nice. I think once, years ago, they let a friend and I hang out on the sofa and chat for over an hour and drink our coffee, just because. They also carry furniture by Lee Industries (I don't think you can get away with non-earth friendly furniture in the Happy Valley without a protest).

I stopped in a few weeks ago when I was in the area and was disappointed to see that the Amherst store didn't carry the Barbapapas like I had hoped. They had some great stuff though.

(Barbapapa photo: D-Kav)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Vanilla Restaurant, Bangkok

I love the design of this restaurant with it's graphic floor patterns and walls and it's more traditional furniture and lighting.

I like the idea of a sofa in a restaurant but am confused about how a person would get into the seat without serious contortions. I also wouldn't want to be the one to have to clean under the cushions.

The artwork mainly consist of portraits some of which are very graphic and fabulous.

(photos: StreetFly JZ)

Brimfield Antique Show

Yesterday I visited the Brimfield Antique Show since I love going and I don't think I have been able to go for the past few years. I usually go on Sunday to get the best bargains, the free parking and, as you can see from the sign below, free hugs.

They had tons of interesting things for sale from antiques to jewelery to junk but I found myself drawn, as usual, to the colorful displays. The fiesta pottery booth was so cheerful I stopped on by even though I don't collect it.

I purchased a vintage table runner from a vintage textile booth but the people there weren't the friendliest bunch. The vendor I enjoyed the most was Nifty Thrifty Dry Goods. Susan Gower sells vintage and new ribbons, buttons, pincushions, beads and more and her displays and selection were amazing. To top it off, she is really sweet. I only wish the pictures I had taken were better quality.

I'm not really a stellar sewer but I do make things from time to time so this is a nice resource to have since her items are unique. Her show inventory seems to be much more expansive than her online inventory so I would recommend checking out her at a show if possible.

Brimfield is a good place to find both bargains and priceless antiques, and is fun to just wander even when you don't have anything to buy. I think it's possible to spend days there and still not see everything.

{photos: jeanine}

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Indoor Forest

I was at the Natick Mall the other day on a mission and I was wandering through the birch forest that was created in the new wing. I love this new addition by Beyer Blinder Belle since a lot of mall design in the area is particularly boring or horrendously ADD inducing and cluttered {I'm not much of a mall person}.

I have to say one of the best things about this wing of the mall is that it is quiet. Part of that may be the carpet on the upper level which dampens sound, and another part of that may be the price tags on the shops in this section.

There is plenty of seating so you don't have to share a hard bench with anyone if you don't want, you can grab an ottoman under the trees. Kids also like to 'skate' on these things I've heard.

And though the birch tree thing has been done many times, the added silver 'planters' and cascading lines of 'leaves' makes it both beautiful and different.

{photos: jeanine}

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Coffee Cup Mural

The Marilyn Monroe mural on the wall in Perth, Australia is made entirely of different brown-toned coffee mugs. When you look at it closely you can see the handles all pointing to the upper left.

It's sort of a large scale modern interpretation of a pointillist painting where the tiny dots are replaced with large mugs.

{photo: julieheron100}

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Circa Vintage Wear, New Bedford

I was in New Bedford last weekend to check out a demolition and salvage shop and inside was the cutest little vintage shop called Circa. The shop sells all sorts of vintage clothing at reasonable prices but what I really loved was the wall of hatboxes in the back.

It's a great place to check out if you're in the area, even just for inspiration.

{photo: jeanine}

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Nam Hai, Vietnam

I thought I was through with my hotel kick until I saw these photos from The Nam Hai in Hoi An, Vietnam. Now I'm back on it, sorry, but this hotel is absolutely beautiful.

There are 40 pool villas that are located right on China Beach and the views are stunning.

Even the trash bins are beautifully detailed.

I think the bench with the corner supports is fabulous. No one will ever sit in the middle seat so making both ends that comfortable is a great idea.

All throughout the hotel it is modern and very clean looking but with amazingly detailed screens appearing on the ceilings and as partitions.

The guest villas are just as fabulous as the public areas. I don't think I could ever leave.

{photos: imedagoze}

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Baiyoke Boutique Hotel, Bangkok

This hotel in Thailand has a cheerful vibe. From the colorful awning outside to the similar runner in the lobby leading you to the reception desk. It is light, colorful and modern.

The benches with planters in them are a great piece of furniture and the greenery keeps the lobby from being too white.

I love the clock behind the reception desk showing all the different time zone clocks inside the larger circle, it's a nice departure from the multiple clocks usually seen. The clock and the artwork that follows are probably my favorite things about the hotel.

The concierge area and internet room have a different, darker feel but still remain very graphic.

Even the elevator doors are filled with colorful waves and camouflage.

A selection of the hotel's artwork. Most of the pieces contain the same cheery color palette.

{photo: StreetFly JZ}
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