December 18, 2012
I have been crushing on Design Within Reach lately… I love the crisp sharp classic designs they produce and carry. I am careful to not over do it with their product, a few pieces mixed with traditional upholstery or antiques give a room an interesting mix, an eclectic blend of modern, mid-century modern and early 20th century is the dream mix for me. The price points vary, they are pretty good for the most part, there are deals and there are some pretty ouchy price points too but for the most part when you compare design and construction it’s really “within reach” and worth the price. These pieces are classic, many have already stood the test of time and the quality is incomparable to IKEA (IKEA really is down and dirty, but so not worth the build it yourself or the cheap construction). The sales team in Boston – Tremont Street – couldn’t be nicer, or more professional and they know their stuff. Hip, Hip, Hooray! …for Design Within Reach.
December 15, 2012
I need one, so I’m guessing that there’s a guy in your life that needs one too. I think the Swedish Ary splinter camouflage is interesting and the pop of the orange contrast bottom makes a statement. Not sure how long I’d want to carry a tote that looks like this (there’s that bag again) but a travel dob-kit is the perfect thing to take some liberties on. Jack Spade is the mastermind behind this design, click over and take a look at all the cool things they are offering up.
December 14, 2012
There’s a sort of macabre thread that they masterfully weave into beautiful and cerebral design.
December 12, 2012
Yes, in fact I do like color. Just because I prefer a white kitchen and a beige living room doesn’t mean I can’t embrace a little (or a lot) of color in my own home and in clients homes. I actually do more colorful interiors than I do somber, neutral palettes. My “bread and butter” are second homes near the coast so I do a fair share of Coastal sophisticated, Cottage and Summer Home type looks. Often folks want strong fun happy colors, a departure from their regular homes, colors that can stand up to the summer sun. The influence I have is that the right amount of color is used, and it the right combinations.I suggest using color in places like stair wells because its a place that you pass through vs spend time in. Another favorite place for strong color is the back of bookcases. Your collectibles, trinkets, mic-nacks and yes… even your books will look more important and POP against a strong color background. Window treatments and rugs are other good spots for strong color, rugs because they are on a horizontal plane and there for not as obvious as say the walls or sofa. Window treatments because they are typically up/open so it’s a small amount actually showing and because it’s a fairly easy change out when/if you grow tired of them.
Serious crush on these bunk beds! I love the soft colors on the horizontal boards… this room says a cool kid lives here. In fact I want an adult sized version of this set up in my guest house, when I get one… make that when I get one on the beach at my second home. Until then, the colored boards could become an accent wall, or a backsplash, or a cute second bath.
Color can be subtle, soft and tonal too. Look at this pretty bottle display, popping with spring blossoms forced indoors for a happy moment of color. The color of these bottles is a color that always makes me happy… Almost teal, more green than blue, hints of turquoise. This special color is a cool color that feels good in a home often surrounded by the heat of summer. If you want to use it for your year-round mix it with gold flourishes to warm it up and create a more glam look.
Groovy right? Funny to me that this palette can go from the “hippy” striped accents in this bedroom to high fashion color blocked outfits and shoes found on the runway, but it does and it works high-brow and low-brow. My opinion is that strong color works best when surrounded by neutral (white). The lesson: Strong color should be served up like a condiment. It’s the ketchup, mayo and/or relish… it’s not the hot dog, bun or plate. Use thoughtfully and sparingly.
December 9, 2012
MMMM… I love this image. I look at it and I can imagine the rest of the house, how it’s furnished and how much I’d like to live in it. The images that follow are not this structures interiors, but rather my interpretation of the colors, textures and feeling I’d finish this space with. The warm wood ceilings of the first glass house would warm the exposed concrete shell and the heavy and thick walls make for a perfect juxtaposition with walls of glass. Forrest or beach this structure wants to settle into its surroundings but split and grow from the earth like an outcropping of rocks.
I would keep things low and clean. Straight lines and simple forms honor the clean architecture. Over-scaled art will make an even stronger impact with its surroundings left spare. No patterns to distract. Earthy colors. The lightness of legless side tables and vanities plays well with the heavy walls. I love a wall of subway tile.. floor to ceiling, wall to wall… Simple but textural. Frameless glass walls in the bathrooms is an obvious choice, but interior walls of glass with curtains to provide privacy when necessary would be very cool. I like the occasional Bauhaus piece, I imagine a sunken living room with deep built-in sofas and a giant fireplace. Leather and linen seem to be a good fit here.
The porthole in the showers glass echos the architecture and a built-in teak shower pan is the perfect foil to create a warm spa-like vibe in a hard, grey and cold environment. And who doesn’t love a Saarinen table?
December 8, 2012
It’s ALL about open shelves in today’s kitchen. Modern or traditional… both benefit from easily accessed and visually “light” shelves.
Try a floating box if your look is modern, brackets if your so inclined.
Paint the insides to match the walls for a seemless look or an accent color if you like color.
December 7, 2012
Crushing on, and might have to treat myself to, a pice or two from Ramblers Way – available through Cuddle down, an amazing resource for all things Cuddly – 100% American made wool comfortwear. This earth friendly and sustainable company is second major eco-friendly venture from the folks that spent nearly 40 years building Tom’s of Maine. You owe it to yourself (and maybe a few lucky people on your list) to experience these revolutionary lightweight, luxuriously soft, wool garments. I just love the look and feel of them and knowing that they are American made and sustainable, is icing on the cake.