Beautiful Spaces: DUMBO Loft

Thursday, February 28, 2013

I came across this incredible NY Times tour of Ryan Foster and Anne Maxwell Foster's DUMBO loft transformation.  Here's to hoping my future husband can tolerate (and afford) gorgeous Lawson-Fenning chairs upholstered in a supple hot pink fabric!  The odds may be low on that one, so I'll just indulge myself by staring at these incredible photos.  I want to bathe in this first room forever and ever until the end of time.
All images via NY Times Colors to Make Dumbo Blush

Sale Alert! Modern Globes

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I've spied Globee globes around the design block and have considered getting one of their fun, modern globes to add to my collection.  They're globes of cities - Boston, LA, NY, etc., which is unique, and they're on sale at Fab today for another 2 1/2 days.  If you need an invite click here.

Currently Craving

Friday, February 15, 2013

I'm in a good place with my apartment, but as someone who is obsessed with interior design, my motto is that design is never done.  Here are some things that I'm currently craving:

I couldn't ever afford a real Saarinen table (at least not now), but this might tide me over until I do.  Right now I have WAY too many corners in my living room - there is just nothing circular at all so I'm really wanting to incorporate some round furniture.
 I love these cute little enamel mugs.  Perfect for some morning coffee.
 I can't even tell you how much I want this crazy head planter.  You can't tell me it's not incredible!
 That blue kills me.  It's so beautiful.  And it's a vintage cast iron enameled pot that would probably make all my meals cooked in it that much better.
 I'm loving this textured gold lamp and black shade.  And I know just where I'd put it.
These tiny patterned sheets would be great in my bedroom.  The small scale acts almost as a solid so they would be great for mixing patterns.
A cute gold wishbone to throw on top of some books.
Anything out there that you're dying to have?

Inspiration: Decorate

Friday, February 15, 2013

I would say that 75% of my bookshelves are filled with decor and design books that I frequently pull out to peruse for inspiration and ideas. I wanted to share with you a few images from Holly Becker's Decorate:

Stunning fireplace with hues of blue mosaic tiling and a geometric chevron brick inlay. I love the unusual height of the tiling - it's unique and makes a statement. It also fills a void that would otherwise be left by the smaller window.
Boho bedroom. I generally gravitate towards playful pattern mixing, but in the bedroom I think about distraction - I like calm serenity for sleeping. A gallery wall isn't something I would typically do in the bedroom, but I do love this particular display. The mix of patterns is cohesive in that scale, size, and texture are well balanced and the bright colors in gallery wall are grounded by the pink sheets. I love incorporating sculptural items into a gallery mix - I think it gives the collection depth. I think the other reason this works so well is the bed frame; it doesn't take up a lot of visual space, whereas if you did this with a solid headboard it would be a lot more busy.
This dining room is so graphic but in a simple way. When you look at this image it has a huge impact visually, however, a closer glance reveals the simplicity of the content in the room. You really just have a rug, planters/plants, table and chairs, and accents, but this room is so well curated; it makes a huge impact without having too many elements in the mix. The lines of the room really emphasize the grandeur: the fiddle leaf fig trees accent the tall ceilings, the bold planters and long table draw out your eye to highlight the length of the room which gives perspective. I can only hope my fiddle leaf fig grows to such heights.

Warm, textural wood here provides such needed contrast. All other elements in the room are modern, stark, and white. This beautiful rustic sliding door is such an interesting and essential juxtaposition that balances the contrasting styles and conveys a sense of authenticity. I need one of these in my future home!
Do you read design books?  What are some of your favorites?

Beautiful Spaces: Living Rooms

Saturday, February 9, 2013

It's a chilly weekend in LA, perfect weather for cozying up on the sofa and looking at these positively stunning living rooms: enjoy!
Sigh...I could look at these rooms all day!

DIY Projects

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

At all times of the day my brain is overflowing with ideas, design inspiration, to do's, wants, needs, etc.  I typically use Pinterest as a way to catalog ideas, my blog as a creative outlet to express them, and many, many handwritten lists whenever inspiration strikes.  Today I wanted to share with you DIY projects I've been wanting to try, but just haven't quite found the time to yet (read: or am to intimidated to take on by myself - my friend and I have actually talked about having a DIY Facetime date).  As always, click for source.

This campaign style Ikea rast hack is at the top of my list.  I've been yearning for a beautiful campaign chest without any luck for so long that this may just be my solution.
Sparkle tassels.  Why not?
 Oh let me just DIY myself a new dining room table or desk, nbd.
 Yup, same with a tufted headboard.
 Spunky neon makes plants look cooler.
 I think a light up 'M' would serve me well.
 The most genius solution for hiding anything unseemly but necessary on your wall (ie. thermostat, alarm, etc.)
 Hanging planter in neon pink.  I love neon pink.
Do you have any DIY's on your horizon?   

My Favorite Designers

Monday, February 4, 2013

Today I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite designers out there at the moment.

Emily Henderson is definitely my top favorite designer right now, and has been for a while.  I love her ability to seamlessly mix styles to create spaces that are beautiful AND functional.  I think one of the reasons I like her so much is that her style hits close to home - there is almost always an element in her spaces that I would want to incorporate in my own apartment.  
Amber Lewis is a newer designer out there that has been doing great things.  In my opinion she excels in patterns - she has a great boho california vibe going on in a lot of her designs and really knows how to add texture and warmth by mixing playful patterns.
Kelly Wearstler.  I mean that should be enough said, right?  She's like the design bad ass out there that excels in everything (literally, what doesn't she do?) and is so daring and unique in her designs.  She is constantly taking risks that pay off majorly with intense visual impact.
Nate Berkus' spaces are always cool and classy with an element of the unexpected or unique.  I would call his style edgy traditional cool.
Vanessa De Vargas has created some rooms recently that are fun and playful.  I love that she doesn't shy away from bold color.
Grant K. Gibson.  Maybe it's my obsession with fiddle leaf fig trees, but all of Gran'ts spaces are just down right beautiful.
Tamara Kaye-Honey is so pulled together chic it kills me.  I mean, this space below is technically for a nursery!
Schuyler Samperton is traditional style infused with funk - this space below is very mission-california but those hot pink curtains contrasting with the striped chairs really make it interesting.
Lili Diallo is just an amazing stylist/designer and always pulls together beautiful, eclectic designs.
Emily Chalmers is the queen of vintage modern and creates spaces with so much whimsy I can't help but feel inspired.
Who are some of your favorite designers out there?  If you had to define your style, what would you be?  I think right now I'm eclectic vintage chic.
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