Monday, December 14, 2009

Pantone Inspiration

Pantone recently announced that 15-5519 Turquoise would be the color of the year for 2010. I personally LOVE turquoise right now!

Check out Pantone's MyColorMyIdea for more celebs and their favorite pantone colors. Here are some of my faves:

Kelly Wearstler loves this hydrangea inspired periwinkle color.

Tim Gunn loves this calming tan color inspired by architecture in Bath, England.

Costume designer (for Sex and the City movie!) Patricia Field favors this bright leafy green color which she finds to be calming.

John Barman, interior designer, calls this pinky-red his neutral.

Collierd Strong (of Project Runway fame) favors turquoise, the color of the inspiring Agean Sea.

Monday, December 7, 2009

OH Domino

I do miss Domino Magazine. I remember buying the first copy with Ruthie Sommers on it when I was a brand new design student. I remember seeing that magazine at B&N and thinking, hmm this looks like a really cool magazine- not too decoratory, not too architectural, and enough story in each article to keep it interesting. And boy, was I right! I bought every single copy of Domino until they folded in 2008 (thanks alot, economy). I LOVE this sofa.

I recently learned that this Lee Jofa upholstery fabric is newly available again (via)! Maybe I need a vintage craigslist sofa to upholster in this gorgeous fabric, complete with a tangerine colored throw pillow as an homage to Domino. Yes, I think I do. Look for a mood board inspired by this photo... coming soon.

Industrial Chic

Concrete stairs, aged metal railings, rough wooden floors paired with lots of glazing and white cabinetry equals the PERFECT canvas for worn vintage furnishings. I absolutely love this look.

Stripes on the Floor

This is one of my favorite images right now. The colors are neutral, the materials are masculine, and the bold stripe pattern is the focal point. I love it. I think I'm gravitating towards stripes, zigzags, and chevron patterns as floor coverings:

Saturday, November 21, 2009

House Love

I would love to live in this gorgeous L.A. home. It looks like one of those container homes that I love so much. At only 1500 square feet, this two story industrial chic phenomenon makes metal and wood livable.

night view of the back
The super functional exterior lighting also creates a warm inviting glow.

street view
The horizontal wood is perfect for the first floor since it's visually heavier than the light colored second floor. To be picky, I think the street view could use a palm tree or two in the front yard to add a little height.

view of the garage and back porch

The cool white interiors are clean and beautiful, but I think I would have added a little color. The low bed is perfect for the window. I think I would add a few pieces of artwork, a pair of colorful lamps for the bedside tables, and a multi-colored/patterned bedspread.

LOVE the Nelson lamps and Eames chairs in the kitchen/eating area. The grey-blue tile is a great echo of the cool color scheme throughout. I wish the gorgeous horizontal wood paneling, shown on the entryway exterior could bleed into the kitchen and warm it up a bit.

living room
I'm just as obsessed with the Cole and Sons birch tree wallpaper as everyone else. I love that this guy used it in a large area, which I don't see very often! I also love the stove.

here's the floorplan
the room labels are really hard to read, but you get the idea.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

We Heart It

I just now discovered We heart and I'm in love.

Super cute, no?

I want that dog

And that sofa.... there's something delicious about a tufted crushed velvet sofa, don't you think? I think the color works really well against that seafoam green wall color. The textural artwork above is fantastic too.

(My grandma has a sofa REALLY similar to this one in gold. As the firstborn grandchild, I have dibs on it whenever she decides to replace it. YES!)

(photo from designsponge)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Lovely Shelving

WOW. I love this shelving unit that Ascot Friday built themselves! The styling is also incredible! I like the graphic illustrations, objets d'art, and desk chair... (and HELLO! that gold velvet chair to the left is FAB!)

photos from Ascot Friday.

Apparently, they got the idea from The Brick House. This $200 DIY shelving unit is being spread around blogland and for good reason! So cool! Here are the DIY instructions straight from Brick House:

"The unit is 8'8" wide by roughly 7'6" tall and 11 1/4" deep

Supply List:
Plumbing pipe and fittings (all at 1/2")

18 - 90ยบ elbows
14 - 3-way tees
8 - Base flanges

6 - 12"
7 - 18"
1 - 32"
3 - 30" (Custom cut at home depot)
1 - 42" (Custom cut at home depot)
14 - 8"
4 - 9" (black gas pipe for the top flange wall connectors)

Wood Shelves
2 - 1" x 12" x 10' pine planks (cut down to 8'8")
2 - 1" x 12" x 6' pine planks (cut down to 4'4")

Minwax Stain
1 - Dark Walnut
1 - Walnut
(I mixed 1/2 and 1/2 to get the color I wanted)

Rustoleum Gloss Spray Paint
3 - Black

Drilled holes in the pine planks for the pipe to fit through. We used a 3/4" round drill bit to allow some wiggle room.
Clean all the grease of the pipes (dish soap will do) and spray paint all the pipes black.
Then sand and stain the wood.
After that it just all screws together.

The hard part was figuring out all the math and prepping everything. The Boy and I assembled it by ourselves pretty quickly and surprisingly easily and then secured it to the wall with some screws through the flanges. That thing is SOLID."

AMAZING JOB, Brick House!!!!!!! I could totally envision this with glossy red painted pipes and a sexy white Eames molded plastic chair with a wood base!

Photo from The Brick House.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Etsy find: Laura George

I love these illustrations by Laura George. So whimsical! Find them here.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Fur Vest How-To

ADORABLE blog PS I made this gives a how-to for this lovely faux fur vest. I reeeeeeally wanna make it. Doesn't it look like winter wear for a fashion diva? Love it.

Friday, October 16, 2009

A trip down Wisteria lane... or memory lane?

I used to get Wisteria catalogs while I was in design school. Maybe I hadn't developed enough taste of something, because I remember mentally writing them off as "too country." As I was leafing through my mother-in-law's stack of catalogs, I came across the most recent Wisteria and was blown away! I absolutely LOVE this vintage/weathered/old-but-new style! The first image of the bedroom is my favorite.

All images from