December 5, 2013
Working up to 9 hours a day, each snow quilt is the size of three soccer fields! How long these magnificent geometric forms survive is completely dependent on the weather. Beck redesigns the patterns as new snow falls. Sometimes he is unable to finish a piece due to overnight accumulations.
December 2, 2013
I love this table I saw on dornob.com so much I had to re-blog it here. needless to say want one!! Wonder if they would make me a sofa table version? enjoy the post…
Take a straight rectangular tabletop, add a touch of star-inspired chaos, and voila: a modular flexible-legged table design. ReflexDeco drilled some holes straight, others at angles, which is the one truly problematic piece of this idea, as the elements become less interchangeable as a result. A more-rigorous revised version requiring only four or so legs might make this a bit more practical.
“We let the stars determine the table’s design by randomly taking a section from the sky. Each hole represents a star in that section. You decide where your legs should be placed. You can either be conservative and choose four legs placed at each corner, or you can create a cluster … “
Original post and many other cool houses, furniture and interesting things at:
November 24, 2013
Squint (or pull off your readers) and anything, any view can become inspiration for a color palette, texture, arrangement or order. I look at a painting and see a living room, I look at a living (without my readers) and see a painting. I’m fascinated by color, texture, form, arrangement and balance (or imbalance) or light and dark. And as much as I love a white room, white floors and furniture, I react positivity to color too. But, I know my comfort zone.
Finding the right palette to decorate with can be a challenge for some people. Unsure of their comfort zone, or looking to branch out from a safe place, often people don’t know where to go. My first and best advice is always:
BUY WHAT YOU LOVE.
DON’T MATCH YOUR FURNITURE TO YOUR ART.
BUY THE BEST, CRY ONCE.
If you already follow those principals and need color inspiration… go look at your closet, color and pattern? Then you know how to decorate to make yourself happy… All grey? Go with what you know. My closet? See above… Khaki, Navy, Camel and dashes of other neutrals. Or, go to your favorite museum, yes get on a plane or train if you must, and seek out your favorite painting… BAM, theres your new living room. It’s that easy… really it is. Don’t stand there thinking up a thousand reasons why it won’t work, because it will. How you translate the colors, textures, weight and forms will make it adaptable to any space in and climate, anywhere. Stuck, call a decorator. But do them a favor and show them a picture of your favorite painting once you’ve had them over.
November 18, 2013
Ok, Ok… I spend more time on Instagram and Pinterest these days than I do writing blog posts. I’m sorry. In an attempt to satisfy my hunger for interior eye-candy and to share here with you I am combining in today’s post.
Here are just some of the images I pinned, or re-pinned today on Pinterest. I’m searching to a commonality, a theme and what stands out to me is a conscious “undesigned” vibe, as if these rooms just happened (they didn’t, btw). And, I think they all have a masculine vintage-modern vein to them… something old something new?
I want to label these images, most have some mid-century element but the look ranges from mid-century, 70′s loft-style, minimal, and a whole lot more. There is a spare yet eclectic aesthetic that I think I’m responding to. No pattern per-say, earth tones, it’s decorating made (to look) easy. I for one have a hard time stopping, I like to just keep adding but I have to say I aspire to less is more. Let me tell you that all these undecorated spaces were thoughtfully stylized, edited and controlled. Theres a big payoff if you can just say no to prints, and all the other bells and whistles available to us all via the design market place.
Let the furniture say what you want the room to say. Invest in quality sofas, chairs and case pieces… and by that I don’t mean expensive ( although expensive is often built well, and I wouldn’t say no to it). Buy it because it’s right, buy it because you love it.
November 14, 2013
Found on a friends Fackbook page today, the write-up on this amazing LOCAL young artist put a smile on my face… I wanted to share it with all of you. Enjoy!
14-year-old Zev from Natick, Massachusetts, has taken the photography world by storm with his surreal photo manipulations. Better known by the nickname of ‘fiddle oak’, Zev presents a highly imaginative portfolio of surreal self-portraits, which he created together with his sister Nellie (aged 17). His work seems to mirror the transition from the fairy-tale childhood worlds into those that are way more complicated and still unknown.
Please do yourself a favor and follow the link above to see the other amazing images created by this young talent.
November 13, 2013
Color today is not about the red room or the multicolored wallpaper of yesterday. Todays color is bold, bright and fresh, but it is given room to breathe. It’s surrounded by neutrality, it’s an accent not a wash of pigment. Again, rules can and should be broken but this general rule of thumb is about whats current, how color is being used today. Wanna get the look. Strive for and all neutral room and buy the big pieces (or most of them in whites, tans, greys, and/or soft earth tones.
Embellish with 5 to 10% color in the form of a pillow, a lamp shade or ottoman, hell go crazy and get all three. Add a lamp or two with color and you’re about done… Once life creeps in – books, guests, stuff, there will be more than enough color. Thats it. it sounds easy but restraint is more difficult than exuberance.
October 29, 2013
I’m in the market for a day bed. These images reminded me of one I had seen in the pages of Elle Decor. I love the high-sided coziness, the relaxed look… not quite a sofa not really a bed. You get all the guilty pleasure of being in bed, but sitting – or laying – on something that a whole lot nicer than a twin mattress with a few big pillows on it.
This day bed shown in grey and flax are available from West Elm. The upholstered Nailhead Trim Daybed comes in your choice of brushed heathered cotton and is finished with a nailhead trim.78″w x it is 41.3″d x 34.5″h. and has a solid and engineered wood frame. It is recommended for use with Twin Mattress (sold separately). I think I’m going to need a full-sized day bed so I can’t buy this one but you should. It’s great looking, buy two for a guest room / media room. Here’s the one that started this whole thing… pretty right?