Monday, March 29, 2010

Le Klint Pendant Lighting

I've been in love with the Le Klint pendant light for years now.


I think I used them in more than a couple of my school projects just because I could.  Though DWR's price seems to have doubled in the last few years, they aren't ridiculously expensive - and shouldn't be since they are basically made of plastic.  I have yet to purchase one since I think they are hard wire lights and I tend to move around.



 If one happened to find it's way to me I would find a way to hang it.

{photos: top -dicksonyue/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0; middle - filifjonkan, bottom -  eight double}

Saturday, March 27, 2010

French Inspired Design

There's something about French interiors that I am drawn to.  Usually they are the older or more eclectic interiors {think Amelie} as opposed to the more modern ones.

I was looking for images for the barn renovation and I found these photos of French-inspired interiors, both of which I love.  Those tile floors get me every time.



{photos: Canadian House & Home}

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Helsinki Bakery

Helsinki Bakery is a Scandinavian-style bakery located in Japan and designed by Arihiro Miyake, that is monochromatic but not at all boring.  It's very natural and clean looking with fabulous pendant lighting.  Somehow they also managed to make the interior of the bakery look like it belongs with the exterior.  I wonder if this is on purpose?  {I assume it was}




{photos: rorinabila}

Monday, March 22, 2010

The President Hotel, New York

Over the course of two days {and two different jobs} I wound up discussing two new hotels based on the same basic concept.  The first is the Ames Hotel which you can find over at Sabbespot and the second is The President Hotel in New York {which is a boutique Best Western hotel, two things I never thought went together}. The design is by New York-based firm, Stonehill and Taylor.  Both hotels are a mix of historic and more modern design.

I love the graphic nature of the designs like the elephant and donkey chairs at the bar and the abstract images of historic buildings. There are many areas of the hotel where they have updated traditional items like the Girandole mirror {my history of furniture and architecture teacher would be so proud I kind of remembered this} and even the American flag.









The guestrooms.....





The suites....




I find myself strangely fascinated with the giant "meatball" poufs in the suites.

{photos: Interior Design}

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Happy Spring!

It's officially the second day of spring and it sure feels like it.  Today seems like it will be as gorgeous as yesterday was, though perhaps not as warm.


I found this Helleobore flower {a Lenten Rose} blooming yesterday and was very excited.  My strawberry plants are also looking very green already.  I can't wait for the first ones to turn red.

{photo: jeanine}

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Set Design - Ugly Betty

I love Ugly Betty's set design {by production designer, Mark Worthington}.  It's modern, simple and so vibrant it makes me happy.  I think the biggest reason I'm drawn to the set is because I love the curves that are used throughout.  Left to my own devices, I will put curves in any office project I can.  I don't do it on purpose but somehow, they always wind up in there.


One of my favorite parts is the ever-changing corridor.








I really love this round window and the wide textured frame around it.




Even the hospital rooms are stylish.  I can't say I've ever seen a hospital this nice in my life.


Is it terrible that there are numerous shows I watch more for the set than the show {I have to actually like the show to do this but the storyline is not the main reason I watch a handful of shows}.

{photos: Ugly Betty, ABC}

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sixx Design

I know these images from self-taught decorators and serial renovators at Sixx Design have been everywhere over the last few years but I love them just the same.

 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  


I think my favorite parts are the big feather chandelier, the curtains on the porch and the orange bedroom. 

{photos: 1st dibs}

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Design Destination: Artéé

A couple of weeks ago I thought I would stop by Zimmans {not the original but their second store}.  It turns out that Zimmans has closed their Hudson store and it is now Artéé.

The fabrics are mostly traditional but they have some great basics at very good prices.  I spied a few fabrics I really liked on my visit.

I liked the white with pink graphic pattern on it {4th down from top on left}.


I also really liked the beige and orange floral below.

 
This one would be quite nice on a pillow, especially if the pattern could be centered so that only one of the squiggly parts showed up on the pillow and if it were in chocolate and red or orange and turquoise.  I actually thought about buying this one but the colors were a bit understated for what I would want it for so it stayed in the bin.




I do love the pattern though.

Although I never made it to Zimmans, I did find a great new fabric store.

{photos: jeanine}
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