Entries Tagged as 'design'
If I ever had a summer home in a warmer climate, this home in Cape Town is what it would look like. Ever since I visited the Stahl house last month, I’ve had mid-century modern design on the brain! This is the perfect way to mix new and vintage furniture, and to incorporate feminine and masculine pieces. I absolutely love white kitchens (they always look so clean!) and Ryan is obsessed with warm woods, and vintage grasshopper chairs. (He is always talking about these vintage inspired chairs I used for an office project!)
What is your perfect fantasy home? Mine almost always include a comfy sectional to take a cat nap with my crazy kittens.
All photos by Warren Heath via escapade.
p.s. My future cabin will look like this, this or this. :)
p.s.s This is my dream home… with update interiors, of course!
Tags:architecture·cape town·interior design·mid-century·modern·south africa
The last four days were spent in a city we fell in love with instantly… San Francisco. Unfortunately Ryan and I both caught a nasty cold the entire time we were here, but we made the best out of it. We stayed at this swanky hotel called The Clift designed by Philippe Stark. It was really minimal, but probably the most homey hotel I’ve ever stayed in. The ceilings were probably 12′ in the rooms, and the window treatments made it feel less like a hotel but more like your master bedroom.
We checked out each neighborhood and we were surprised how much like Manhattan the city felt like. Although it was more beautiful, clean, and friendly. ;) And all the food was so fresh! We loved walking on Pier 39, which felt like home because we always love going to boardwalks at the Jersey Shore. I also really loved Sausolito, a quaint little city right across from the Golden Gate Bridge. Ryan’s number one thing he wanted to do was see the Redwood trees. (There’s a reason why his friend calls him “Ry Dry the nature guy”..) It was unbelievable to see how BIG they are!
The last night we were there, we went to an outdoor food festival called Off the Grid. There were about 30 food trucks, a few wine trucks, and a few local brewery trucks. We ate the best tacos ever (seriously) listening to live music and drinking cocktails. The entire trip was huge inspiration for my cooking, and I can’t wait to try their pulled pork tacos. I had chipotle shrimp tacos with pico de gaillo but scarfed it down before I could take a picture. It was that good!
All in all, our trip to California was really fun. It was the perfect mix of adventure, relaxation, and romance. :)
Ryan and I took a trip to California for our anniversary a few weeks ago and I’d love to share some photos! We originally started planning this trip because we won a few nights at an amazing 5 star resort in Santa Barbara (more on that later!) so we decided to extend the trip. We flew into LA, stayed for a few nights, drove up the coast to Santa Barbara, stayed a few nights, drove up the coast a little more to San Francisco where we ended our trip. Our first stop (quite literally) was going to the Stahl House, and to say I was excited was an understatement! I’m sure you’ve seen the infamous photographs by Julius Shuhlmann. I mean… they are so beautiful. During our tour, they told us that the photo of the two women chatting were actually assistants to the photographer and it was an organic shot in the moment. Isn’t that interesting? I always imagined it being a formal cocktail party and they were women chatting about their husbands.
The home is very simply laid out in the Hollywood hills and has the most breathtaking view of the city. It is a “L” shape with the kitchen, living room, and dining room one one side, and the master bedroom, bathroom, and children’s bedroom on the other. While beautiful, it wasn’t the most practical for family life today. They had one TV, in the master bedroom, and the family all watched together in their room. Also, three children shared one bedroom and in order to get to their bedroom you had to walk through the parents bedroom. The house is still owned by the children, and even one of the sons was there to chat with us.
We arrived for the tour around 6:30pm and stayed for about two hours to watch the sunset. We took photos, experienced the space during different lighting, and chatted with some fun people from all across the country. You see those glass panels in the living room? They are actually sliding doors. We sat there chatting about our trip while the most perfect breeze swept through the house and it made me giddy. Giddy to be in California, giddy to be celebrating another year with Ryan, and giddy that I feel fortunate to be designer who gets this excited by design.
Tags:architecture·california·interior design·stahl house·travel
January 23rd, 2013 · design
Typically I’m not a fan of materials pretending to be something that they’re not, but this tile may have change my mind. I was shopping for a kitchen back splash and some bathroom tiles this week and spotted this porcelain tile in the showroom. It is the most beautiful greyish brown color and actually looks like wood. Weird. I’m just waiting to use this in a basement or bathroom renovation!
I just got some progress photos from my vendor of the black walnut slab table that we’re installing in my office project! The base is going to be black powder coated metal and the top is going to be three tree slabs seamed together. I cannot tell you how excited I am to see this in the space!
Tags:conference table·interior design·projects·slab table
In any industry, it’s important to be inspired by the work of your peers. Since starting my career in interior design, I’ve always been fascinated by the work of Roman and Williams. Each space they create is unique, thoughtful and inspired. I recently came across this wonderful short documentary about their design philosophy and design and just love the way it was shot.
Roman & Williams from The Scout on Vimeo.
Tags:architecture·interior design·roman and williams
February 3rd, 2012 · design
I typically don’t send out Valentine’s Day cards, but I saw a card in a magazine recently and got inspired to design my own. I’ve had blank 5×7″ cards leftover from other projects, so it was the perfect excuse to use them!
I sent them to my nephews with 10 things I love most about them. I got a call last night from my nephew thanking me for making him feel special. How cute is that? I hope he’ll always think I’m this cool.
I used a background image found on pinterest, but I can’t remember where. If you know the source, please let me know so I can credit the right person!
If you’re interested in making you’re own, I’d be happy to send you the file.
When I was little, my father (who is a graphic designer) would always say “Presentation is everything”. Even the way he cut up a cantaloupe was thoughtful and beautiful. Maybe it was his philosophy on design or my innate love for beautiful things, but I’ve always gotten more excited by packaging than the gift inside. As a child, I think there’s a photo of me every year on Christmas laying inside the boxes, rather than playing with the toys.
Some things never change, and last week I came home to this beautiful package after a busy day in the office. My wedding photographer, and now good friend, mailed me an additional copy of our wedding photos on DVD. I didn’t lay inside the box this time, but was so touched that he went through all this trouble to make my afternoon a little bit more special. A huge thank you to John DeFiora for this thoughtful gift!
p.s. Check out his website for this interesting cinematography that he shot. Can you spot the mermaid from the Geico commercial? :)
I’m always drawn to furniture that incorporates leather into the design. This leather pull is a great DIY to make a retail piece of furniture look more custom. Such a great idea for all my leftover leather samples!
(via the improvised life.)
July 13th, 2011 · design
One thing I’ve never had designated storage for is wrapping paper because it takes up such awkward space. This is such a great idea because it can be used for so many different holidays and you only need to hold onto one roll!
(Wordless Paper via lake jane.)
June 27th, 2011 · design
I just bought this book and am so excited to get it in the mail! I’ve always been fascinated with homes in NYC, especially when it comes to outdoor spaces for living. Having any outdoor space in Manhattan is such a luxury, so why not create a beautiful garden to spend cool summer nights drinking cocktails?
On a side note, Ryan and I are moving to a bigger house in the ‘burbs that actually has an garden and this book is going to provide huge inspiration for us! This next month is going to be crazy (and sweaty) but we’re so excited to start a new project to get our hands dirty. I’m hoping to take lots of pictures tonight to show the “before”. I can’t wait to share them with you!
(photos via desire to inspire.)
Tags:new york·outdoor·rooftop gardens
I look at furniture and design all day, every day. And now that I need to buy furniture for myself, I can’t decide on a single piece that I actually want to purchase. That is until I saw this Luna Credenza from White Furniture for only $900. I was always a fan of the original Lake Credenza by BDDW, but what twenty something interior designer has $10k to spend on a credenza? I sure don’t. I thought by showing Ryan both options and what a “bargain” the $900 White option is compared to the BDDW option, he may consider it. But his response was, “What about that furniture I saw on craigslist for free, or that other credenza for $50?”. Mmm Hmm. This one’s going to be a challenge, but I’m eventually going to own this beauty.
Tags:credenza·white on white
This hammock puts together two things that I love: hammocks and wine. Using the curve of the wine barrels, this hammock looks like it hugs your body and makes you feel almost as cozy as a glass of Pinot.
(via apartment therapy.)
March 7th, 2011 · design
After designing numerous New York apartments, there’s one thing that everyone wants. Storage, storage and more storage. Living in an active city, this bike rack serves double duty as a beautiful shelf!
Okay. I love these toothbrushes. And that’s a sentence I never thought I’d say. Ryan has this annoying buzzing toothbrush that 9 of 10 dentists recommend but I just can’t bring myself to use it. I’d much prefer this graphic bamboo set!
February 6th, 2011 · design
I’ve been looking for new blogs for inspiration, so I was so excited to hear that Kelly Wearstler now has one! I love that her interiors have an unusual direction and even though each space is unique, it has a distinct look of Kelly. I love that her first post invites you into her studio, allowing us to see how each project is organized in project trays. Being an interior designer myself, I love seeing how other designers work. I’m looking forward to see what else she shares!
Tags:interior design·kelly wearstler
I am absolutely in love with white on white’s furniture line! Within the past year, they’ve added many new interesting quality pieces that I will definitely be buying for my next place. Check out there site here.
Luna Credenza, $750
Cincinnati B, $880
Palermo Dining Table/Desk, $750
Kensington Chair, $260
Montana Chair, $240
Praying Mantis Floor Lamp, $380
Jacob Desk Lamp, $175
all images via white on white
Tags:furniture·white on white
January 18th, 2011 · design
When Ryan and I go camping with his brother in law, we all play our newest songs on our iPhone and use our hand or a plastic cup as an amplifier. Don’t you think this is a more beautiful option?
Made of solid wood this koostik accoustically amplifies sound using the iPhone’s built in speaker. Go here to watch the video and to learn more.
January 17th, 2011 · design
How adorable are these thank you notes from ampersandity?! The scalloped edge and fabric kite are just so sweet!
January 17th, 2011 · design
I think most people use their cell phone as their main contact phone number, but because our door bell is hooked up to a land line we need to have one. (lame.) Ryan recently bought the ooma to hook up to our existing phone and I’m really impressed with the service and quality of phone calls. The initial cost for the unit is more expensive than I would have like to have spent, but we won’t have a monthly phone bill ever again. Click here to learn more about it.
May 12th, 2010 · design
When I saw these photos, I literally got butterflies. I’ll never forget the feeling I had going up in that elevator.
(dress design decor.)