Monday, December 27, 2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Loafing Cafe, London

I love the design, and the name, of this cafe in Victoria Park, London. You can see more photographs here.

What I love most is that the materials are, for the most part, reclaimed. It's a rustic sort of space but the chandelier and the white walls and brick keep it from looking like a barn.

{photo: everydaylifemodern}

Monday, December 20, 2010

Hotel de la Sorbonne

I found love the liberal use of color and pattern in the Hotel de la Sorbonne in Paris and I wanted to take time from my crazy schedule to put up some photos.  I think the pictures do the hotel more justice than any words I would write about them so I will let the images speak for themselves.

The Lobby

The Breakfast Room

The Guestroom Corridors

Their guestrooms are named by color.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sunshine Lucy's

Sunshine Lucy's popped up near Davis Square some time last year when I wasn't paying attention.  I was walking to work last spring and I first noticed it.

The furniture is more expensive than your typical entry level furniture, IKEA and the like - but it's real wood so it will hopefully last longer.  Last week, when I was on an emergency coffee run to Davis Square I spotted these - there were nailheads everywhere.

I don't have any experience purchasing anything here so I can't vouch for them but they seem to be worth considering.

{photos: jeanine}

Monday, December 6, 2010

Happy Photos for Monday Morning

From an exhibit at a local art museum.

Brightly colored chairs, sparkly bags on a dizzy wall.  I have no idea who it was or the reasoning behind it but it did make me happy while I had my coffee.

{photos: jeanine}

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Wright Restaurant

The Wright - David Heald

I love the design of The Wright Restaurant at the Guggenheim in NYC.  The sculpture on the wall reminds me of the lights from traffic you will find zooming by on the street.  It was meant to mimic the horizon as it's title is actually, The horizon produced by a factory once it had stopped producing views (2009).

Whatever the intent, it is a great space. 

{photo: click on photo to go to Flickr source}

Friday, November 26, 2010

Peter Pennoyer, Park Ave Foyer

I've had this image kicking around in my downloads folder {I have no idea where I found it}.  When I see it I giggle since the name of the photo rhymes.  With all the talk about the book by Peter Pennoyer Architects I thought I'd finally post it. 

I haven't read or seen the book, but I love the design of this foyer with the pattern on the doors and especially the metal work on the door.

{photo: unknown, if you know please help}

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Oversized Floral Chairs

I came across these chairs last month and I love that this floral pattern from Osborne & Little is like a giant chintz.  It would be at home in the right modern place as well as a traditional home.

{photo: jeanine}

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Orange & Brown

The past couple of weeks have been absolutely nutty for me.  I have been working on many very different projects - a school, a couple of hotels and I even babysat an apartment while they filmed a pilot for a design show.  I'm hoping things are back to normal and I will have time each day to relax and maybe to get more than 6 hours of sleep, but in the meantime I thought I'd put up a bunch of inspiration photos of the color scheme I used in a recent hotel: orange and brown.

I proposed a houndstooth carpet in one of the projects, we'll see what they say about that....

{via decorpad}

{via decorpad}

{via Elle Decor}

{via A Few Things From My Life}

{via Domino}

{via Lonny}

{via Lonny}

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Barneys Holiday Window Sneak Peek

Yesterday the New York Times unveiled a sneak peek of Barneys holiday window.

It's made of tin foil and coffee cans!  I like this much, much better than last year's window - which was a bit creepy.  I hope to get down there some time in December to check the actual windows out and see what else Simon Doonan has in store.
{photo: New York Times}

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

From me and my sorry attempt at making a ghost lantern, D-I-whY project.  I just don't think it's scary if the ghost has a five-head, the dandelion is probably scarier.

{photo: jeanine}

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Design Refuge is having an October challenge to represent yourself and style in a post.  I've decided to enter {fairly last minute} with my photos.

My style is probably best described as cheerful, colorful and modern but classic without taking itself too seriously.  The Kate Spade shop on 5th Ave is the best representation I can think of.

{photos: 1 & 2 - Kate Spade; 3 & 4 - Lonny}


While walking on Newbury Street recently I saw this curtain panel in the window of Madura.  I love the colors and the pattern of the fabric, but I'm not totally in love with the way the top of the panel is constructed.  Or at least that's what I tell myself - I usually just assume I can't afford anything in this store anyway.

I have to figure out where the fabric is from though, I know I've seen it before...

{photo: jeanine}

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pet Photography...

...of the most amazing sort by Tim Flach

For the last 10 years I have been waiting to adopt a puli.  It's hard to rent with a dog in and around Boston, so as soon as I own a home I'm going to put myself on a Puli rescue list.  I'm assuming it will probably take another 10 years to actually adopt a dog since there is one rescue group in the whole country. 

Until then I have a very cute cat.  I don't have to walk her, so she's a keeper even if she does empty my bookshelves when she gets bored.

{photo: Tim Flach via Swiss Miss}

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pattern of the Week

Okay, so I don't have the prettiest pictures of this, and it's a bit hard to see, but while I was watching Community {which I watched by accident and found it was actually funny}, I spotted this pattern on the cement building on either side of the frame.

And here it is, blown up and distorted in Photoshop.

It's nothing fancy, but sometimes simple and modern does the trick.

{photo: Community on Hulu}

Monday, October 25, 2010

Oscar de la Renta

The last time I was in the design center, this window display caught my eye.

Oscar de La Renta has designed a line of fabrics for the home that is sold through Lee Jofa.  I love that the upholstery fabric is displayed as clothing.  The skirts are being auctioned off for the next month or so if you find that you must have one {here}.

My favorite fabric is the pleated dot {dotted pleat?}.

{photos: top - jeanine; bottom - Lee Jofa}
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