Friday, July 29, 2011


When my father was growing up in Brooklyn, he had chickens that lived on the fire escape.  Being a chicken in Brooklyn now means you can have an actual modern coop your own bed, a picture window and a solar powered fan for those hot days.  

I was assured that the chickens would like it in there and I can't say I would argue about that.  Coop by Raad Studio.

{photo: jeanine}

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pavement Coffee

I've made no secret about my love for coffee and since it's my birthday week I figure I should post about something I really, really love. One of my favorite Boston coffee shops is Pavement Coffee in the Back Bay, designed by Brookline-based Lana Kirby. I found it a couple of months after it opened {last fall} when I was taking a class in the area and looked forward to visiting weekly before class.  Unlike some of my other favorite coffee shops, I also like the design of this space.


Man Seeking Coffee

What I like most is the lighting and the upholstered furniture which looks very comfortable.


I'll admit I've never actually stayed and had my coffee in the shop.  Being in Boston, it's right around the corner from about 65 colleges so it's always packed, usually by Berkeley College students.


City Rover Media

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Contra Forma

This puzzle rug by Contra Forma is a bit different than your ordinary rug. You can customize it and choose your colors. I love the idea of using it in a kids room and they could even help put it together.

The only thing that concerns me about this rug is the material, it is made of polypropylene but I wish it was felt. I bought a rug of polypropylene a while ago and had it for about a year or two {I got it because it was cheap, it was $60 CDN so maybe $45 USD at that point} it was like having a giant fleece jacket on my floor. I swear it was sucking any piece of lint or cat hair in the whole house to it and it stuck no matter how hard I vacuumed or cleaned it.  I finally had to throw it away because even steam cleaning it didn't make it look clean {so I couldn't even leave it at Goodwill}.

This was about 5 years ago or more so perhaps polypropylene has come a long way since then....I know it's pretty common in rugs.

{photo: jeanine}

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

No Sign Is The New Black

Earlier this spring, I went on what I thought was going to be a lecture and a tour of the Ames Hotel.  They had apparently rented out all the rooms so there was really no tour {disappointing} but I saw a bit of the common areas.

One thing I was thankfully warned of was the the fact that they have no obvious sign on the building, you have to know where it is or know exactly where on the building the word Ames is carved.  This is becoming increasingly common in Boston - places you have to know exactly where they are to enter - I'm assuming it is common in other places too.

The Exterior.  Now if you go, you can find it.

Ames Hotel, Boston


Checking in...

Rockwell Group via Arch Daily

The lobby.

Ames Lobby

The lobby sculpture with mosaic tiles original to the building.

Stainless Steel Sculpture, Ames Hotel, Boston, USA

The original stairwell. Love the stairwell.

down the rabbit hole

The restaurant.

via Fast Company

via Fast Company

 The guestrooms.  The bathrooms are separated from the guestrooms by a wall of glass.  There is a curtain but it's on the guestroom side, I don't have a photo of this but perhaps on the website you can see.

via Contemporan

via Inferno10

In the guestroom corridor elevator lobbies there is a surprise in the mirror that you might miss if you aren't looking.

{photos: if no source listed, click photo to be taken directly to source}

Monday, July 25, 2011

Rapture And Wright

Rapture and Wright is a great line of fabrics and wallpapers that is graphic but in a soft sort of way {I don't know exactly how to describe it but that is the word that comes to mind}.  They are all hand printed and can be made with custom colors which is helpful.  Sometimes it's so disappointing to have a fabric you love not available in the colors you need.

{photo: jeanine}

Friday, July 22, 2011

Phillip Jeffries Ltd

Phillip Jeffries wallcoverings are one of those things that are always in the office but I don't know that I've ever used.  I do really love grasscloth though, especially the trellis pattern which also made an appearance here and I really want a reason to use a metallic grasscloth for myself.  Perhaps someday.

Speaking of metallics, last night at a design event I saw some really cool wood flooring with metallic paints on top pulling out the grain.  They are hard to explain but I will try to find a link and a picture.  It's way too early and too hot right now.

{photo: jeanine}

Thursday, July 21, 2011

What Happens When

Perhaps it's my love of floor plans {to me they are equivalent to shiny objects to a crow} that draws me to this now closed restaurant.  It is a pretty simple concept, basic, monochromatic and all built on the floor plans drawn right on the floors, walls and ceiling.

The ceiling display changed monthly with each new concept and menu.  I believe this is February.

For more information on the concept you can read this article or this one.  

Funny thing is, without even realizing it, I was taking pictures of the building it was in back in May.  My great grandmother and great uncle lived on that block back in the 1940s and '50s and I was taking pictures for my father to look at to see if he could identify the buildings still.  Had I only known, I would have tried to visit the restaurant in person.

{photos: Interior Design}

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


I mentioned 3-Form last week, and I am actually kind of excited about their new lighting.  It could be really great in the right office.

And the striped panels could be an amazing counter in a lunch room or restaurant or perhaps it would be nice as shelving?  It's plastic but it's made of 100% post-consumer plastic bottles so you don't have to feel guilty using it like I did when I bought my IKEA plastic coated lateral files {in my defense, I didn't realize the insides of the drawers were plastic until I was putting it together or I would have thought about them for at least another year before buying them}.

{photos: jeanine}

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mandarin Oriental - Las Vegas

Okay so really this is a post on a wall {with a picture of a restaurant thrown in} not a full hotel.  The design of this wall at the Mandarin Oriental is amazing though and worthy of a post.  As you can see in the top photo the scale is enormous, it is Vegas after all.

via Interior Design {photography: George Apostolidis}

via Tomostyle

The restaurant is also designed on a grand scale with the action concentrated above in the lighting {both the pendants and the pattern of the downlights in the ceiling} and the amazing stone and artwork.

via Tomostyle

via Tomostyle

Monday, July 18, 2011

Chilewich - Glitter Curtains

In grad school, I worked at a job where I had to show up at an assigned time.  When I was late, I used to tell my boss that I had seen something shiny on the way and had to stop. It never actually worked as well as I thought as an excuse, but I used it over and over nonetheless {much to my poor boss's dismay}.

I may have been stretching the truth a bit back then but I certainly stopped for these Chilewich fabric panels - if you look closely you can see they have a bit of shimmer to them where the light shines through.  They would look amazing in a restaurant or hotel.

{photo: jeanine}

Friday, July 15, 2011

Jonathan Adler

This is sort of a nonsense post. I love the wallpaper and the shape of the sofa so I didn't want this photo to get lost somewhere in the depths of my giant hard drive.  It's Jonathan Adler, of course.

{photo: jeanine}

Thursday, July 14, 2011

More or Less {For Even Less}

I was looking through the newest issue of Boston Home Magazine and I stumbled upon the newest article of high/low vignettes {I think Met Home used to do this too}.

The lower priced room is $5,500 and as much as I'd like to say I would drop $5,000 on a room without a second thought, I couldn't, and I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one.  It sounded like a challenge to me, so here are two options that cost even less.

1. Mason Glass Top Desk - William Sonoma Home. $1,250
2. Dip Cup - Gretel Home. $32
3. Robert Abbey Genie Table Lamp - Lamps Plus. $168
4. Hippo - AMradio, Etsy. $34
5. Maskros Pendant Light - IKEA. $50
6. La Plume Fabric in Jade - Dwell Studios for Robert Allen Home.  $70/yard
7. Peacock Blue Recycled Glass Vase - Pier 1. $40
8. Medallion Jewelry Box - West Elm. $80
9. Madison 3 Drawer Dresser - West Elm. $400
10. La Marie Chair - Y Lighting.  $319
11. Chenille Mat - Pottery Barn. $299
12. Turquoise Garden Stool - Salon of Fine Things.  $367

The total is just about $3,100.

Or an even lower priced option...

1. Josephine Desk - World Market. $200
2. Pencil Cup - SusyJack. $10
3. Turquoise Glass Lamp - Pier 1. $75
4. Vintage Brass Snail - Etsy.  $9
5. Paper Lantern - Luna Bazaar. $3.50
6. Amsterdam in True Turquoise -  $7.50/yard
7. SALONG Vases - IKEA. $18 for pair
8. Letter Box - The Container Store. $10
9. Malm Dresser - IKEA. $70
10. TOBIAS Chair - IKEA.  $100
11. Hand-woven Chaitali Sisal Rug - Overstock. $183
12. Yellow Lattice Garden Stool - Overstock.  $96

Or just about $800.

Obviously for an even cheaper look you can use or redo what you have, comb Homegoods, Craigslist and consignment shops for furniture and Goodwill for accessories and lighting.  You can buy an inexpensive lamp or furniture piece with a good shape and spray paint it the color you need.  A can of paint can be your most important tool.  A can or old glass and some decorative paper can be a new pencil holder {I recently saw some at the Dollar Spot at Target}.

If you prefer to buy new furniture certain items, like the garden stool, will be marked down dramatically toward the middle of the season.  I purchased a garden stool about 4 or 5 years ago for $19 in July as they were setting up the fall furniture.  Some shops rotate out furniture styles on a regular basis.

For a desk along the same lines but a bit different you can get some desk legs and add a top.  A piece of plywood in a high-gloss paint would be inexpensive or for a bit of an upgrade, you can use a piece of 3-Form from their Reclaim site.  The selection, price and size changes quite a bit depending on the availability so this could take some patience to find what you need.

It can be done, it just takes patience and planning.

{images: #1 & #2 - Boston Home Summer 2011; #3 & #4 - jeanine; individual items from the linked pages}

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Luke Irwin Carpet

I'm always on the lookout for interesting carpets and Luke Irwin Carpets has quite a few that caught my eye.

My favorites are the African Crescent and the Hittite carpets {not pictured above}.

{photos: jeanine}

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Lords South Beach

When I saw Design*Sponge's post on Lords South Beach hotel I realized I haven't posted a new hotel in a million years - not only that but I didn't have a sidebar button for hotel design like I do for pretty much everything else.  I'm adding the sidebar button soon and I'm also going to try to post a new hotel every Tuesday.  That way, if you're having a rough week, you can plan a vacation for the next weekend.

I try not to repost too much but this hotel is totally worth it and I added a couple of extra photos.  The hotel, design by BH+DM, is bright, colorful and a bold mixture of pattern and graphic artwork {along with a few very gold walls and furniture}

{photos: Lords South Beach originally found via Design Sponge}

Monday, July 11, 2011


It's too hot to do much of anything today outside of air conditioning.  I did manage to venture out long enough to pick a few cups of berries {blue, black, raspberry & black raspberry} and then I hurried right back inside.

{photo: jeanine, fabric}

Friday, July 8, 2011

Palm Springs Real Estate

I happened to find pictures of this Palm Springs, CA house totally by accident and I love it. If only I was looking to move to the other coast {and live in the desert} I'd buy it.

The pictures look like they were taken for a magazine shoot rather than a real estate listing but even without the furniture this place is amazing.

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