Sunday, August 30, 2009

Wall of...Frames?


I recently wrote a post about a wall of mirrors...well, how about a wall of frames? Gilded window frames, that is! An architect in Sweden is building a housing project with windows of gilded window frames. This project consists of 2 houses, both 6 stories wide, with 14 apartments (9 of them duplex apartments), glossy white enameled facade panels, with cast aluminium window frames that are gold leaf painted. This reminds me a lot of something Philippe Starck would have done - mixing modern with rococo, neo-classicism, etc.


Monday, August 24, 2009

Back to School!


Is it that time of year already? Back to school! I've seen the signs, the sales, the supplies...and since I am not out there buying back to school clothes (I wish!) nor supplies (those days were fun!) - maybe a bit of back to school furnishings?


Looks like study hall: Trig Desk from CB2 retails for just $149.


Old school desk: School Days Desk from Urban Outfitters


Stack your text books and notebooks on this bookshelf from Anthropologie.

When I think of schoolhouse style, I think of lighting:


Schoolhouse Electric sells period light fixtures both online and in their Portland & Tribeca stores.

Also, check out the Classic Schoolhouse Shades from Rejuvenation - they come in an array of colors!


And schoolhouse pendants are so pretty in a kitchen:


How many science classes did you not spend sitting on those very uncomfortable stools? This one from Crate & Barrel should definitely get you through first period chemistry:


These stools look great in the kitchen, too:




What a great place to sit and do homework - no excuse when you can store books right below the counter!

Pottery Barn sells the Schoolhouse Chair:



Time for recess!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Pretty Pool Houses


Summer may be winding down but that doesn't mean these pool houses can't inspire to use them year round! Here are some images of both pretty and architecturally inspiring pool houses!














Saturday, August 22, 2009

Barbie's Dreamhouse!


Well, apparently Barbie has hired an interior designer and it's none other than the Jonathan Adler! Have to say, I am a bit miffed that it wasn't me - I am, afterall, the one who decorated, redecorated, rearranged, decorated again, redecorated again, rearranged again and again and again...her house all throughout my *previous* years as a very young and budding decorator (I was about 6 or 7). I mean, come on, did Mr. Adler decorate Barbie's house when he was a kid? (Okay, he just may have...)

That aside, Jonathan has done a marvelous job with Barbie's chic pad - and she does deserve a designer like Jonathan Adler.

Just take a look at what he's done for her bedroom:


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Wet Wood


This company makes wood tiles that can be used in both dry & wet areas! Check out their site here.

The Boating Life


I've always been fascinated with the design of boats. I have spent my entire life around boats and have been boating since I was just a few months old. Growing up, we had a few different boats but when I was a toddler my parent's had a boat built for which we still have today. Because they had the boat built for themselves, they were able to customize a few key features. Even when working with my own clients, I often reference the unique design of boats. It's especially amazing what can fit into the smallest of spaces. Our boat has a living/dining salon, 3 bedrooms (1 stateroom, 2 cabins), 2 full bathrooms, a kitchen, a bar, a washer/dryer, & ample storage. All packed into a 42' boat. While areas are compact, they are not uncomfortable in any way. Many spaces provide multi-use, whether it be for living or storage. I think one critical element of boat design is the stability of furnishings and built-ins to withstand movement (such as the ocean).

This past week I spent vacationing on Catalina Island on our boat. If you have never been to Catalina, it's worth a visit! A small island just off the coast of Southern California.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

When Yellow Met Gray


...or what I should say, is when I met this yellow & gray pillow because I seem to keep running into it!

I was at Target the other day, when I was first introduced to the pillow:


{bad photograph courtesy of my iPhone}

Then I happen to see it again in this room:


And then I happen to run into it again here:


All in a week's time and coincidentally coming off the heels of my recent post, "Stings Like A Bee" in which I blogged about yellow + black. I'd say a little less sting but I quite like it. The paler yellow, even a bit mustard-y, with gray is softer, less intense. So here in these rooms, yellow meets gray:


Sunday, August 2, 2009

Don't forget to water your



Furniture that grows, featured here on Inhabitat!

So White Now


I am smirking at the title of my own blog post. All throughout my childhood, I was the little girl who couldn't pronounce my "r's" and endured years of speech therapy. Fortunately, I can now say my "r" words but like the blog post title, I would have sounded like I said "white now" instead of "right now." Funny story, I used to live across the street from the actor John Wayne. My mom told me one morning she looked out the front window and said, "Look Jill, there's Mr. Wayne" and I responded, "No Mr. Rain, Mr. Sunshine!" cute I was at the age of 5! Anyway! Let's get white to the subject: right rooms!