Sawyer Berson

I’m 6 days past my due date and still no baby here! I’ve been spending time resting and catching up on design inspiration to try and occupy myself. It’s easy to get burned out when you’re creative every single day so I’ve really been enjoying this down time to clear my head. I recently came across the firm Sawyer Berson out of NYC. How have I never seen their work?! They are an interdisciplinary firm specializing in architecture, interior design and landscape design and I can not get enough! Each of their projects are so unique – from South Hampton to Rodeo Drive – but they all have modern, clean lines. I could live in every one of their projects!

10E11thStreet
09E11thStreet
08Wainscott
06Wainscott
06ResSouthampton
05ResSouthampton
03Wainscott
03ResBridgehampton
02SaggPond
01Wainscott

The Safe House

I am not one to believe that there is going to be a Zombie Apocalypse any time soon, but I have to admit that this “zombie safe house” is pretty creative. Designed by KWK Promes, this modernist house provides security when it folds upon itself. The entrance and windows are covered by thick concrete “shutters” when in nap mode and it’s interiors are so beautiful, simple and modern. Kind of crazy, kind of amazing, don’t you think?

modern zombie proof house
modern zombie proof house

modern zombie proof house

Check out this blog for more photos.

 

 

Mid-Century Modern

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.

modern cape town mid century

modern cape town mid century
modern cape town mid century
modern cape town mid century
modern cape town mid century

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!

Stahl House

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.

Stahl House, Los Angeles
Stahl House, Los Angeles
Stahl House, Los Angeles
Stahl House, Los Angeles
Stahl House, Los Angeles

Stahl House, Los Angeles

Stahl House, Los Angeles
Stahl House, Los Angeles
Stahl House, Los Angeles
Stahl House, Los Angeles

design philosophies

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.

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