Friday, August 28, 2009

Happy Kitchen

I thought these cheerful pictures were a good way to end the week. I love the artwork, especially in the middle photo.

(photos:windompark/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Art Lab Restaurant

The Art Lab Restaurant located on the third floor of the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art is quite a cheerful place. I think their website describes it best:

Through contemporary artworks, music, design, and inspired cuisine and cocktails, Art Lab provides an innovative environment for creative encounters.

It's a place I'm sure I could happily spend some time.

(photos: imedagoze/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

An Open Letter to Living Etc.

Dear Living Etc,

I have been purchasing Living Etc magazine since about 2002 on and off. One thing I would love would be an affordable subscription to the magazine (meaning the purchase price x 12, not $200 USD). It is one of the few magazines where I save every issue since I can't bring myself to tear it up.

These days I am unable to reliably purchase it at a shop since the places that sell it are out of my way by 1/2 hour or so, and some months I don't have the time to hunt the latest issue down.

I love, love, love the magazine and have for 7 years now and would love to have it show up in my mailbox every month! Plus, with US magazines disappearing left and right, I'm sure others would too! Perhaps you have plans for an affordable subscription in the works?

jeanine :)

(photo: jeanine)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ace Hotel, Palm Springs, CA

The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, CA opened in February 2009 in an old Howard Johnson's hotel. Designed by the LA firm Commune, it takes it's design cues from the area in which it is located.

It's a bit like desert camping only it's indoors with old leather furniture, rustic stone walls and deconstructed hammocks in the lobby.

Some of the rooms are quite simple with slatted walls which hold everything from the lighting to robe hooks to artwork (you can hang your own), others also have walls covered in canvas giving the rooms a more tent-like feeling. The furniture is a mixture of more modern pieces and vintage finds and, as in the Manhattan hotel some of the rooms have record players and mp3 plugs.

There are some rooms which include fireplaces and balconies which are also furnished with an eclectic mix of furniture.

Attached to the hotel are the King's Highway Restaurant and the Amigo Room Bar. I love the graphics on the signage and the menu.

King's Highway is a restaurant in a former Denny's restaurant which has been renovated. The old terrazzo floors were uncovered and polished, the booths are also original. It kind of looks like it's straight out of an old movie. The food they serve is fresh and organic though.

The Amigo Room, described by Palm Springs Life as a old ranch-hand bar, is rustic and a bit wild west-ish.

{photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8 - humain/ / CC BY-ND 2.0; 5 & 6 -gone-walkabout/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0; 9, 11 & 12 -jaredeberhardt/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0}

Monday, August 24, 2009

Anthropologie Exterior Display

I love Anthropologie's window displays but this exterior art installation at their Philadelphia store is fabulous. It's like an orange rainbow of sticks traveling through the whole store.

{photos: 29923994@N03/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0}

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Castle Hill, Ipswich, MA

Okay, so I realize this is anything but modern, but I went to Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich yesterday and it was absolutely beautiful. It was kind of an accident that I went, but I'm so glad I did. I can't believe I didn't know this place existed. I was lucky to be able to get both a behind-the-scenes tour of the estate and a landscape tour (in exchange for hard labor) both of which I would highly recommend.

The estate is an English style manor built in the early 1900s by architect David Adler (which replaced an earlier Italian Rennaisance Revival mansion). The landscaping is fabulous, most of it designed by the Olmsted Bros. and Arthur Shurcliff.

Here is the former Rose Garden.

The 1/2 mile Grand Allee leading down to the ocean is composed of 3 hills and on a clear day you can see Shoat Island (I think) perfectly centered. Plans are being debated on how to restore this area to it's original state as it's a bit overgrown and the trees are beginning to decline. It's beautiful nonetheless.

There are many smaller buildings on the property that are no less fabulous than the mansion.

(photos: jeanine)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Ace Hotel, NYC

I saw a mention of the Ace Hotel in an email from Wallpaper Magazine and went looking for images to get a better look. I remembered seeing pictures when the NYC hotel opened but wanted to take a look at all 4 hotels. The designs are all different and slightly sparse but one thing is for sure, all are a departure from what you might expect from a hotel. All of the hotels are located in renovated buildings, not new construction, and their former incarnations are places like a flop-house and a former hotel.

The Ace Hotel in Manhattan is the first I will take a look at as it is the most recent one to open in May 2009. It was designed by the New York firm Roman and Williams, and is stuffed with all sorts of antiques and vintage objects that lend it a turn-of-the-century feel. There are stuffed animals in glass cages and you sort of expect to see a cabinet of curiosities in the lobby.

I really like the graphics and artwork like the giant A over the stairwell and the walls covered with graffiti and pages from books.

The rooms are a bit spare compared to the lobby but there is a wide variety of rooms. If you want to go cheap you can stay in the 'cheap' room or one with bunk beds. If you want to do it up, there is an 825 sq. ft. studio with wood floors. I love the idea of wood floors in a hotel. Somehow it just seems cleaner and fancier than carpet.

Although the photos I have access to don't show, the rooms also have some fantastic original artwork.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Modern White Kitchen

I love this modern kitchen, I originally thought it was in a showroom or a test kitchen since it has two islands. IT is actually in a house (which was recently listed for sale) in the Santa Ynez Valley in California. It's also nice that even though it's a mostly monochromatic kitchen, the artwork on the wall gives it some color and makes it cheery.

The rest of the home is just as beautiful, but I think I love the bathroom the most.

(photo: / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Today I Would Like To Be Here

This little stone house in Modena, Italy is exactly where I would love to be today. It's not modern but it's certainly fabulous.

(photo: / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Retro Lake House Renovation

This is a great little lake house renovation in Upstate New York I found on Etsy's Handmade blog.

Strangely enough, I most like the linoleum carpet she has but I've never before heard of such a thing. I love the smell of linoleum, the real stuff not the vinyl flooring that is also called linoleum, and keep trying to find a way to use it in a project of some sort. I fell at times as if I am one of the only people in the world who likes it. Perhaps it will find it's way into my own home when I have one.

Hope you enjoy the video too!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Owls Make Me Happy

On a trip to Amherst I found this new store (new to me but I haven't made the trip out in a couple of years), Scandihoovians. They sell mostly jewelery and pottery.

What really made me happy were the owls I found peeking out of the window at me.

They look like they are right out of a 70s house and they're so cutely hippy-ish, which is very appropriate for the Happy Valley.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Blue & Orange Color Inspiration

I've long been a fan of the blue & orange color combination. My living room is proof of that, but here are some other blue/orange images.

{photos: arne boell}

Monday, August 10, 2009

Spiegel Kantine, Hamburg, Germany

I was enjoying some architectural photography on Flickr when I came across images of Verner Panton's Spiegel Kantine in Hamburg, Germany. Every time I see photos of this lunchroom in an office building it makes me happy. Could you imagine working here?

Built in 1969, it's still in existence. And still as fabulously spacey.

{photos: arne boell}

Sunday, August 9, 2009

A Forkin' Great Deal at Fish's Eddy

I love this sign, and so did the people you can kind of see on the right. I cut them out so they weren't on the internet without knowing, but they both had HUGE grins on their faces. :)

Fishs Eddy in Manhattan is a fabulous place to go if you're shopping for anything from well-priced basics, including inexpensive silverware and glassware, to expensive things you don't really need but just plain want - like the Brooklyn line of plates that I'm kind of in love with.

{photos: jeanine}

Friday, August 7, 2009

Hotel Colorful, Shinjuko, Japan

I love that the windows on Hotel Colorful P&A in Japan are filled with color changing LEDs. I just wonder what it would be like to stay in a room here overnight.

{photos: jhmostyn}
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