Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Eiffel Stool

I took these pictures of the Eiffel stool by RS Barcelona way back in May 2011, at the ICFF, and I never got around to fixing the image and posting it.  Funny thing is, I inadvertently posted them back in January {look at the bottom left photo}.

They are some of the cutest stools I have seen.  Small, stackable and they come in paper, aluminum, painted or shiny metallic.  They would be great in a small space for extra seating since you can stack them in the corner or a closet.

Monday, February 27, 2012


I've been crazy stressed out these last few weeks.  I'm waiting on decisions and, of course, I would like the decision to be the one I want so I've been restless and wanting to do something but not actually wanting to do anything specific.  Basically it boils down to a lot of nervous energy and loose ends that need to be tied up.  Posts this week will be shortish and pulled from pictures I have floating around.  I hope you still find them interesting! 

One thing that helped was a snowy morning last Friday - even if what you see below is all that actually stuck around for more than a few seconds.

The last few months, I have found myself saving pictures of artwork I find here and there.  I have no idea the artist for any of these but I love them nonetheless.

I found this one at a Design Center showroom this summer.  I think to the right is a card with a description and the artist so I could probably track it down if I needed to.

The next two are from Dramas so some of you may recognize them.  On both of them, I love their simplicity.

These first paintings are colorful and fairly simple but looking closely they are filled with details like the shading.

I find the bowl artwork below very interesting.  It's gridwork and repetition appeals to the side of me that wants order.  

My very first drawing class was with an artist who looked like a math teacher but once he opened his mouth and started talking about art, you knew he wasn't {we spent all semester trying to get him to describe our projects as delicious, that was the ultimate complement}.  He very politely described my final project as "millions of tiny little lines" and, although he claimed it was well done, I could tell it wasn't crazy enough for him since he spent most of the semester trying to get me to see that the red brick library was really hot pink or magenta.  I'm not sure what he would have said about this one below with it's grid, simplicity, and lack of vibrant color, but I love it.

Am I the only one who saves images like this hoping one day I'll know who the artist is?

Friday, February 24, 2012

A Couple of Friday Images

I finally rescued my sofa from my parent's car and brought it inside.  I played around with the colors in the photo a bit to try to get it closer to real life but it's still a bit more washed out than it actually looks.  I still have to work on the wood and fix/restain it but that is for some time in the future when I feel up to tackling all that carved wood.

I'm really happy with the job that was done.  It's very good for a sofa someone learned how to upholster on and certainly 1,000 times better than I could have done.  The cushion still smells like latex a bit, but now that the cushion/sofa isn't wrapped in plastic the smell has gone down a lot {I'm super sensitive to smells and no one else has noticed it}.  The worst thing is that my sofa is noticeably heavier than it was due to the change in cushion type from foam to latex.  One of the things I loved about my sofa was how light it was but I will just have to stop moving it so much I guess....

I may take an indoor picture of the sofa at some point, but that will probably not be until I move and get a few more things completed.  That will hopefully sometime at the beginning of the summer.  In the meantime, I've been sanding down my cane chairs to get them finished.

Earlier this week I had to make a trip to the RMV to pay my car registration since I didn't send it in on time and on the way home I saw this:

I laughed so hard I forgot to slow down so I had to double back to take a picture.  I guess polka dots are really a big trend!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

J. Crew's DIY Window Display

I don't normally pay attention to J. Crew window displays since they are mostly just mannequins and clothing, but it looks like they are getting into the crafty window display game with these paper magazine pinwheels.  There are a million tutorials for this I'm sure, but here's one for you if you're interested.

It kind of looks like they used US magazine or some tabloid pages for it, doesn't it?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Catalog Browsing

I'm not much of a Pottery Barn shopper. They are great for beach houses and traditional things but that's not really me. Nonetheless, they dutifully send me their catalog on a regular basis. A couple of weeks ago I came across this picture.

via Pottery Barn

With all the poking around I do in thrift shops and consignment stores I don't often come across frames I like.  When I do, the carving is often broken at the corners and not something I can fix, so I was excited that I actually liked the grouping of the frames above and the detailed carving on the larger frames especially.  I looked to see how much they were and the price wasn't too terrible for a set of 5 {assuming I waited for a sale}.  Not cheap but it's Pottery Barn and they aren't cheap.  Then I realized that all they are selling are the plain very thin framed silver style which is not why I was drawn to this picture in the first place.

I'm considering this a good thing since I don't have $200 to spend on a set of wall frames right now.  Does anyone else find themselves liking the props in catalogs more than what is actually for sale in catalogs?  I find this happens to me more often than not.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, Miami

Since it feels like spring, I've been obsessed with cleaning and organizing. Currently I'm focusing on digital cleanups - I've deleted over 200 GB of duplicate files on my external hard drive and worked on organizing it, finally got my google reader subscriptions down to a manageable number, made backups of old digital photos and am now going through my half-completed blog posts and getting them posted!  This post on the Wynwood Kitchen & Bar has been sitting around since the summer so I figure it's time to hit the publish button already.

I think what I love most about this restaurant is that although the furniture used is all very well thought out but the focus is really all about the artwork.

via Interior Design

I love this mural, especially the colors.

via Interior Design

via Interior Design

I guess it's pretty obvious that Shepard Fairey was here.  His work makes regular appearances around the Boston area although last time I was in Fort Point I noticed one of his newer murals was gone.

via Interior Design

My favorite spaces are in the two images below.  I love the furniture and really like both the scrolling floral and the tiled flowers of the mural in the top image.

via Interior Design

via Interior Design

via High Snobiety

To see more artwork of the Wynwood Walls, there are a few 360° tours here {if you get rid of the ad on the bottom of the screen, you can navigate to different tours}.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Color Combination: Blue and Red

I saw this article on the New York Times blog and love this saturated color combination of blues and reds.

via New York Times {photography: Jason Schmidt}

via New York Times {photography: Jason Schmidt}

Friday, February 17, 2012

It's Here!

Or, more accurately, it's stuffed in the back of my parent's car waiting for a second pair of hands to come help carry it in {my suggestion of 5am wasn't met with as much enthusiasm as I had hoped}.  It's still wrapped in plastic, but I opened a little hole take a peek and it looks good!

As I had thought, I will probably stain the frame a bit darker, but that's for sometime in the future.  I'm in the middle of another project right now. 

Hopefully later I'll get a picture of the whole thing.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


One of the best parts of some light fixtures is the shadows they create when lit.  I've always been a bit fascinated by this but I found out how much when I stopped myself from taking a screen shot of this Robert Abbey Anemone fixture.

Robery Abbey

I already had a screen shot of it from a few years ago {I have no idea which show this was}.

And then Whitney most recently.


Very pretty.  I'm a fan of this Jeremy Cole light for the same reason.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tenbosch House, Brussels

I recently spotted a mention of Tenbosch House at From the Right Bank and decided to check out the whole hotel.

I really love the exterior of the building, especially the roofline.

via Tenbosch House {photographer: Serge Anton}

The interior is very simple as well, with lots of white and woods.

via Tenbosch House {photographer: Serge Anton}

I am in love with the large central staircase and the scattered lights hanging down through the floors.

via Tenbosch House {photographer: Serge Anton}

via Tenbosch House {photographer: Serge Anton}

via Tenbosch House {photographer: Serge Anton}

All the fixtures are mid-century Scandinavian and are mostly wood but I like that there are some spacey pieces, like the round white side table a few photos down, to break up the woods.

via Tenbosch House {photographer: Serge Anton}

via Tenbosch House {photographer: Serge Anton}

via Tenbosch House {photographer: Serge Anton}

via Tenbosch House {photographer: Serge Anton}

via Tenbosch House {photographer: Serge Anton}

These art deco doors are beautiful.  Someday I would love a house with details like this house.  Tall ceilings, huge moldings and detailed doors.

via Tenbosch House {photographer: Serge Anton}

Monday, February 13, 2012

Red & White

These pictures are from a Christmas article at Real Living Magazine but I thought they were also appropriate for Valentines Day.

via Real Living Magazine. Photography: Tony Amos. Styling: Sarah Ellison.

via Real Living Magazine. Photography: Tony Amos. Styling: Sarah Ellison.

Another one of those LED-word signs {also seen here and here}.  Maybe this is the new neon?

via Real Living Magazine. Photography: Tony Amos. Styling: Sarah Ellison.

{originally found via Poppytalk}

Friday, February 10, 2012


On Monday afternoon, after a meeting I had in the middle of nowhere {if the person you are meeting admits it is the middle of nowhere, it really is}, I decided to take a trip to a thrift shop that was sort of close by.  I had heard rumors about this place and wanted to see what was there.

They actually had some good furniture there if you have some skill at restoration.  This Art Deco piece definitely needed some love on it's veneered wood drawers but they all worked and the piece was nicely made.

I really loved this dresser and it could probably be polished and have the two gouges fixed and live for a while like that but would be beautiful refinished.  Probably the biggest problem was that the bottom drawer wouldn't push in.  I didn't check it out closely since I didn't want to sit on the floor and look.  Plus I don't need a dresser so I'll let someone else figure it out.

I have to say that being there was a bit depressing because while there were these nice pieces for sale {at super cheap prices} there were two people eager to buy an old particle board tv cabinet that was probably from Walmart or Target and was wobbly.  Better for me I guess.  At least the good things will stick around...

That bit aside, this was the cleanest thrift shop I've ever been to.  I felt a bit grimy after I left {as usual} but it was still very clean and brightly lit.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Anthropologie Window Display - Inspired by Abstract Impressionism....

....and a whole lot of partially used paint they needed to get rid of....

The most recent Anthropologie windows are full of abstract art.  I like the effort that went into this first window, it reminds me a bit of Michelle Armas's work.  I took this photo last month right after the holidays and the store I usually walk by.

This past weekend I had to make an emergency run to J. Crew to pick something up and found myself in Dedham {I call it Day of the Dedham since the first time I was there I was lost for hours and couldn't get out and the second time I was dropping off a friend and her dog - a giant poodle - tried to eat me.  I think those both qualify as horror movie worthy}.  I was intrigued by the fact that this was an outdoor mall of sorts and it was packed with people out and about on a Friday night with temperatures down in the 20s.  More interesting was that people seemed to be wandering around more than going in the shops but I never did figure it out.  I poked around a bit since I had driven a long way, and I found myself some new windows.  They are simpler than the others and sort of reminiscent of this table display from last fall.

This one must have been fun to paint.

A closeup of the paint cans.  I wish it was more in focus but I was shivering.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Blue Velvet

I know, I know, enough velvet already....but I just can't resist.

via Style by Emily Henderson {photographer: Tery Lyn Fisher}

I have a bunch of meetings this week and one the end of last week so I spent all last week working, working, working.  I wish my chair was this comfortable but instead I have this one.  I love it and it's comfortable but it's not a cushy arm chair, and I still have to redo the red vinyl fabric {that's on my someday list}.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Red Velvet Sofa

I'm like a kid at Christmas these days.  On this coming Tuesday, it will have been 8 weeks since I dropped my sofa off at the prison and I can't wait to get it back.  I literally check my email every single hour.  Don't get me wrong, I'm happy with the chocolate brown velvet I chose.  However, when I saw Daphne Guinness's sofa, I couldn't help but think how great my sofa would have looked in a red velvet.

via Architectural Digest {photographer: Thomas Loof}

Oh, and if you have $14 million you can buy this apartment, it's for sale.  Perhaps I should start checking the curb in case the sofa is left there during the move??

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


I found this old picture taken in the Flower Shop at the 5th Avenue Takashimaya.  I loved the wrought iron railing with the butterflies but I'm pretty sure it is gone since Forever 21 moved in.

I was sitting on the bench like a sad, drowned rat {we had gotten caught in a downpour with no umbrella} and literally lifted my camera from my lap and took the picture without looking and it was my best photo of the day considering.  My favorite part is how the cove lighting glows such a surreal bright yellow.
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