Friday, April 27, 2012

Happy Weekend!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!  It has been such a crazy week and I'll be working through this weekend which is both bad and good.

This guy at the subway station make me so happy to see in the morning.  He always looks so annoyed.

I couldn't figure out how to crop this image {it kept getting teeny when I did it} so the cat's out of the bag that I totally wear sneakers to commute to work.  In my defense, they have purple laces with white polka dots.  My feet get really angry when I wear my cute flats for any serious walking so I've learned my lesson on that one the hard way {many times}.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fashion Star Window Display

I have been walking past this window for a couple of months now. It says it's for a program called Fashion Show. I haven't heard of it, is anyone watching it?

I liked the simplicity of the window and the criss-crossing threads. I feel like I've seen something similar before {I'll have to check my photos} but I still enjoy it.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Shimmery Cork Flooring

Beware!  If you leave me alone with your samples, I might not steal them but I may rearrange everything to put together some things that I like.

Cork isn't a fancy material but with this white pearl finish, it's much more upscale.  I kind of want to use it everywhere.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tiny Living Spaces

I really like small spaces and their potential for so much.  Tommy Smythe's 180 sf {former} apartment packs a whole lot inside.

via Canadian House & Home

via Canadian House & Home

via Canadian House & Home

I'm not sure if I could live without an actual dining table, but if it had a nice porch or outdoor space of some sort I think I could make it work.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Cosas Minimas

No too long ago, I treated myself to a couple of illustrations from the Cosas Minimas shop by Blanca Gomez on Etsy.  I love these simple and colorful drawings and have had the vespa image as my desktop image for months while I was waiting to purchase it.

clockwise from top left: Vespa Print; In The Neighborhood Print; Parisienne Print; Present Print

Someday I hope that this illustration {below} is available to buy as a print.

I found it on her website as a past project and it doesn't look like it was ever made into more than a card, but it's waiting on my desktop just in case.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Louis Vuitton Arrow Window Display

I love the vibrant colors and pattern of this Louis Vuitton window display.

I wish I was able to get other photos without so much glare but will add more if I can.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Hair Dilemma

I'm long overdue for a haircut {by about 7 months} and my hair is starting to look like it.

I used to go to Whittemore House but my stylist left and I now have no place to go - I could try another person there but I've done that before where I got an appointment at the same salon but a new stylist.  Once with a new person I asked for natural looking highlights but wound up with bright yellow streaks and she just kept telling me how good they looked {I have super dark hair so it was pretty tacky} so I told her I had to go and ran out of the chair with my hair wet before she could take scissors out for the cut I had originally wanted.  I had to call the owner and have her fix that.  Another time I asked for long layers and I wound up with a bob that had long layers underneath {sounds like a mullet but it wasn't actually one thankfully}.  I wore my hair in a ponytail for a whole year before I got up the courage to cut my hair again.

The problem is, I find myself wanting to choose a salon based on the interior of the place.  Is that bad?  It worked the last time but I'm afraid to push my luck.  But what if the place looked like Takamichi Hair does?  Modern and clean with mid-century furniture and great art.

via Vogue

 I'm totally in love with the artwork in the above right image.

via Takamichi Hair

And what if they had half price hair cuts with their junior stylists on Sunday?  I'm still not totally sold on it, but I'm seriously debating going here.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Peninsula Hotel - Tokyo

After a long weekend {Monday was a holiday in Boston} that was extraordinarily productive, I find myself intrigued by the serenity of this hotel in Tokyo.  With the woven ceiling pattern, the wooden slatted screen behind the bed and the textured wallcovering and pendant it's both complicated and relaxing.  The only thing I don't actually enjoy are the little "cameras" on each side of the bed.  I know they are reading lights but they make me feel like someone is watching the bed. 

via UggBoy

I find the repetition of lights in the lobby to be mesmerizing.

via UggBoy

It's way out of my price range, but if I ever win the lottery I would stay here when I visit Tokyo.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Crewcuts Window Display :: April Showers

I find it very interesting to see which window displays are similar each season.  I know they take a while to design and then roll out but I can't help wonder if there is ever some behind the scenes mischief or drama with one store stealing another store's window design concept.  A few years ago, Anthropologie and ABC Carpet & Home both had piles of furniture in their displays, chairs to be specific.  There is another example of this rattling around in my brain but I can't figure out what it is.

The reason I'm rambling about similar window displays is due to this.

This cute and fluffy cartoonish cloud is mighty similar to this Jack Spade window I posted about at the beginning of March. I like both displays, but I think I like the crazy eyebrows on the Jack Spade cloud and the square rain better.  This one is perfect for Crewcuts and little kids and the Jack Spade display is a bit edgier, for the big kids that would shop there.

I'm still waiting for some April showers around these parts, there have been lots of clouds but the rain seems to be getting stuck up in the clouds.  I'll probably regret saying I'm waiting for a good shower when I get stuck outside in a downpour, but until then I'm waiting!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Red & White Bedroom

This bedroom from Anthony Barratta {formerly Diamond Barratta Design} makes me smile.From the marshmallow sofa inspired headboard, to the Paul Carruthers prints on either side of the bed, to the brightly colored bedding and monogrammed pillows, nothing about this room is restrained.

via New York Times Style Magazine

So, while my bedrooms are generally more subdued, I can't help but enjoy this one.  Especially that artwork.  It would be fun to do at home with those office store stickers too.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Lately, I've been watching a drama called Style.  While it's not the greatest I've seen, and it's definitely not reminiscent of the Devil Wears Prada as the description promised, I want to know what happens.  I also like this restaurant in the show.  It looks like it's in a conservatory but has neutral, modern furnishings that allow the plants to be the star of the space.

blurry screen shot via Drama Fever

I haven't done a furniture board on this blog in a while and, though this only has a few items, {the others have been much more comprehensive} I thought it would be fun. Plus, I do love my Photoshop!

Clockwise from top left:
Classic White Tablecloth - Crate and Barrel
Aurora Pendant in Effervescent - Niche Modern
F2 Square Outdoor Table - CB2
Victoria Ghost Chair - Kartell via DWR

Monday, April 9, 2012

Bemz & Designer's Guild

I have to admit that I prefer shopping at IKEA for accessories and I don't own any IKEA furniture other than a wicker rocker {that has turned into the world's largest cat scratcher} and a flat file {which crumbled as I attempted to assemble it}.  I'd much rather save and buy something that is made well or buy something used and fix it up so it lasts forever.

Now that that is out of the way, I have to say that I love the Bemz and Designer's Guild slip cover collaboration.  Designer's Guild is one of my favorite fabric destinations and Tricia Guild's books are worth the price - they have some of the most inspiring photos in them. 

Some of the slipcovers come in fairly subdued patterns and colors.

via Bemz

via Bemz

But this brightly striped slipcover would certainly make your IKEA sofa stand apart from your friend's IKEA sofa.

via Bemz

Friday, April 6, 2012


I spotted this pendant fixture and immediately saw the similarity between these two lights.  One new and one vintage.

The new fixture, from Schoolhouse Electric:

It has a bit of a kit of parts feel, and is a bit more industrial - although I hesitate to use that word.

The vintage fixture from Lightolier:

I like the top fixture, I keep picturing it in a restaurant.  However, I still like the chrome fixture better.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Rugby Meets Fromental

This window is a strange mix of classic American clothing crossed with modern British wallpaper with a southern twist.

I love the wallpaper they have knocked off for this window display, I'm not sure it goes with the moss/hay on the ground and the Nantucket meets the Hamptons vibe the clothing and furniture in the window gives off but I definitely give them credit for putting the tree in there.  I'm thinking the branches attached to the ceiling and hanging down give it a Spanish moss sort of feel.

I have been in love with this Fromental wallpaper for AGES.  I used to go look at it whenever I needed to visit the Webster showroom for work.  It never had a name or a price so it took a while for me to figure out what it was but I do still love it even if I assume that the only way I'm getting some of this wallpaper is to paint it myself.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Capital Kitchen Melbourne

Because I am supposed to be doing my taxes, not blogging, I'm putting up photos of the Capital Kitchen restaurant in Melbourne {designed by Mim Design} without my usual rambling.  I have no idea where I first saw this restaurant but I really do love it.

via Remodelista

Pictures like this one and also this one from the Friends of Mine Cafe in Melbourne appeal to the side of me that always wants to be super organized. I can't say I'm always this successful keeping my own stuff this organized.

via Remodelista

via Remodelista

via Remodelista

Monday, April 2, 2012

Thrifting :: Consignment Edition

Over the weekend I stopped in one of my favorite consignment shops. I was able to walk out the door empty handed but it was a bit difficult.

These pint-sized Thonet chairs are adorable. They were priced a bit high for their condition {in my opinion} but cute nonetheless.

I liked this set of vintage nightstands that had a matching dresser - I love the little ring pull especially.  They would be cute as end tables as well.

I really want this mirror to come home with me someday.  Perhaps for my birthday or if it's still there when the price drops as low as possible.  I play that game all the time and in thrift and consignment shops and I generally lose.  It's just a mirror though.

I thought these were cute with lucite being so popular these days.  It's lucite that's acceptable for boys {and also little girls who love cars}!  Each piece that has a car actually rotates so there are a bunch of configurations, someone just happened to have pushed them all together.  Perhaps a small child who was bored and trying to figure out how to liberate the cars.

Has anyone else stumbled upon a great thrifted find lately?
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