Wednesday, May 26, 2010

What's Not To Like About A Sparkly Room??


I actually thought Brocade Home had disappeared, but they had a booth this year at the ICFF, and a new store I guess.  Although I like their merchandise {who can resist all that silver and white?}, I'd be nervous ordering online due their past.

I'm hoping they have pulled things together though, because I do love that wallpaper and those mirrors.

{photo: jeanine}

Monday, May 24, 2010

MyVinilo

I like the idea of wall decals as a quick and relatively painless way to add something different to a space without a ton of effort.  A lot of the decals I have seen have had warnings that they can't be repositioned or removed but these decals from MyVinilo of Barcelona can be.  If you make a mistake or change your mind and need to move it or reposition it you can.


From my chat with them, it seems as though in most circumstances the paint or surface underneath will be unaffected as well {so if you're renting a place and can't paint, things will probably be okay}, but after a long time it's possible there may be some damage or discoloration.  The ones on display at the ICFF seemed to peel right off like Colorforms.

{photo: jeanine}

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Not Design

But kind of related.


Okay not at all related but still exciting.  My strawberries are beginning to ripen and there are about 100 berries growing right now.  You can't tell here but the berries on this plant are huge.  I love spring!  {And, no, I don't believe in weeding very well, things grow best with a little competition}.

I'm off to figure out how to get rid of the 6.3 million new freckles that sprouted up on my face over the weekend.

{photo: jeanine}

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Trove

I posted about Trove wallcoverings last year {well, I posted my ICFF photos from last year when I found them in January}, but I couldn't help taking a peak at what they were showing this year.


The new wallcoverings qualify for LEED points and are rated for commercial use as well as residential.  I can't wait to have a project where I can use these.

{photo: jeanine}

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Planko Design


I think these little trophy heads made of used furniture parts, and designed by Planko Designs, are a great alternative to the animal heads that are still popping up all over.  They are vegetarian friendly too!

{photo: inhabitat}

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

b1cr

For the past couple of years at the ICFF, Bernhardt Design and George Little Management have sponsored a scholarship/competition for new furniture designers.  Last year I posted images of Joel Escalona's Dancing Table.

This year, the furniture that caught my eye was the b1cr table series designed by Viktor Skorikov.  The tables are made of powder coated aluminum tubing and are made to nest inside one another {good if you are low on space and want extra seating}.  They are simple but not at all boring with their ribbed surface and candy colors.


He has a great description of the concept behind the tables on his site.


{photo: jeanine}

Monday, May 17, 2010

Puma Headquarters

I had the opportunity to tour the Puma Headquarters located in Massachusetts last month and I forgot to post the photos I snapped of the lobby.

The office was designed by SGA, a Boston architecture & design firm.  The tour included a discussion of the design process and it was quite interesting to hear and see the thought process of the designers before seeing the finished space.  I have worked on a bunch of corporate projects so I enjoy hearing about the challenges and successes other designers have on similar projects, you never know when that knowledge will come in handy in the future.

The reception desk from above.


A view of the waiting area from above.


The "runway" in the public space, used to showcase new items and for marketing.


{photos: jeanine}

ICFF


I returned early Sunday morning from my trip to Manhattan for the ICFF.  I'm still organizing my photos and trying to figure out where a couple of photos are from, but I can't wait to post all the amazing new things I found.  I'm also interested to see what other people have found and are excited about, the show seemed twice as busy as last year and I know there is so much I missed.

{photo: jeanine}

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Whittemore House

My new favorite place to get my hair cut is Whittemore House in the West Village.  I booked an appointment here on a whim {after some research to make sure I wasn't just being impulsive} and left for Manhattan with a promise to a friend that I would be open to something a bit different.  I left the salon with the best haircut I've ever had.

I'd like to think I selected this particular place mostly because everyone on the website had great hair, but part of me knows that some portion of my decision was made because of the interiors.  The salon is in a historic 1830s mansion that was part of the underground railroad.

The best way I can think to describe the interiors is a mix of glamour and rock and roll. The more glamorous details like the venetian mirrors and nail head trimmed wainscoting in the bathroom are offset by the slightly grungy {in a good way} faux finished walls, exposed brick and the chairs spilling stuffing out their sides in the waiting area.





And, yes, I did take a picture in the bathroom.  I couldn't help myself. 

{photos: #1 - Time Out New York; #2 - Daily Candy; #3 - jeanine}

Friday, May 14, 2010

Michele Mercaldo Window Display

I was walking back to my car and I stopped in my tracks to take a picture of this window at Michele Mercaldo's jewelry studio.



Once again my pictures are not the best {I like to blame it on my 7 year old camera - I'm afraid to buy a new one and find out the bad pictures are all my fault} but the windows are a honeycomb of tubes with jewelry inside.

As I was taking the photos, a man walked by and said they always have the best windows.  I would agree!  The windows have caught my eye before but I've never had a camera handy.  There are some previous window display images on her site along with her amazing jewelry.

{photos: jeanine}

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Aunt Sadie's



I was in the South End at Aunt Sadie's recently since I hadn't been there in a while {I used to go in all the time} and I noticed this great watch display in the case.  The disembodied hands are kind of creepy but interesting and effective as well.  I certainly stopped for a closer look.

Now if only they'd have that perpetual calendar that I've been looking for forever or perhaps, perpetually - sorry.

{photo: jeanine}

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Urban Showhouse, Boston - Lisa Kreiling

The top floor and probably my favorite floor of the Urban Showhouse was designed by LTK Interiors.  There was an office and a small bedroom and bath.

The rooms weren't showroom perfect and that is what I liked about them.  Although the pieces were all purchased for the showhouse, in what I'm assuming is a small period of time, it looks like a space where the items were collected over time.


I love this carpet.




In competition for my favorite chair is this purple folding chair covered in pinkish-purple felt.





If, after seeing all these pictures you feel like you need to buy the house, it's for sale for only 2 million dollars.

{photos: jeanine}

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Urban Showhouse, Boston - Duffy Design Group

The second floor of the Urban Showhouse, a master bedroom and bathroom, was designed by Duffy Design Group.  It was simple and modern.



Love the barn door hardware on the closet and bathroom doors.



The stone wall in the master bath was amazing but Dennis certainly caused quite an uproar over the missing shades.  There were a couple of women who loved the room but couldn't get over the lack of shades on the windows.  They were very funny.



I have worked on spaces where clients have wanted uncovered windows in the bathroom so it's not unusual, but it could be something as simple as a lack of time.

{photos: jeanine}

Monday, May 10, 2010

Urban Showhouse, Boston - Andrew Terrat & Dee Elms

The entry level of the Urban Showhouse was designed by Terrat Elms Interior Design.  I am not familiar with their work but the name sounds vaguely familiar.  The design was very serene with a slightly glamorous feel without being over the top.  They had, perhaps, my favorite chairs in the whole house {I can't decide on my absolute favorite chair but I did stare at them for a while before realizing I should probably snap out of it, there were other people around}.


Here is a view of the chairs.  They were in a silvery satiny vinylish fabric - and yes, those are technical interior design terms for the fabric.  If you google it, the fabric will be on the top of the list.  {If anyone knows what the fabric actually is, please let me know.}





{photos: jeanine}

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Urban Showhouse, Boston - Jonathan Adler

Here are more photos from the Urban Showhouse, if you're in Boston, today is the last day it is open.  After 3 years of deciding not to go to the Kips Bay Showhouse, I had decided this was the year I would see what all the fuss was about.  Then I found out it was postponed.  This was a great alternative and the price wasn't so high that I felt bad only staying 20 minutes, I just thought of it as a donation to a good cause.

I'm posting the floors from the ground up, and I'm saving my favorite rooms for last.  The Jonathan Adler floor was nice, and very Jonathan Adler.










What I liked most about the room was pair of the tiny little elephant salt and pepper shakers on the table.  Super cute but I could only justify buying them if they went on sale for 75% off since I have no need for them.

{photos: jeanine}

Friday, May 7, 2010

Urban Showhouse, Boston


I had a bit of extra time and stopped into the Urban Showhouse at 44 Bradford Street in the South End of Boston.  I'll put up the rest of my pictures over the weekend, but if you're in Boston and looking for something to do I'd recommend stopping by.  The money goes to the Pine Street Inn so it's for a good cause.

Remaining Dates: May 7-9.  11-6 pm.

{photos: jeanine}
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