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Furniture Fetish

There is a long list of movies with inspiring interiors but in 50 Shades of Grey the furniture stole the scenes. I found myself drooling over sconces and heart racing over sumptuous upholstery. Although the spare living area was better suited to a dance party, the individual pieces were stunning. I found my favorites from Koket design. http://www.bykoket.com/home.php

This dreamy upholstery is in Anastasia’s bedroom. A tease for the next movie might be to see this room redecorated. If there was ever an argument for reupholstery this is it. This piece by Koket is aptly named Desire.

It’s lounge chair counterpart shown in grey and silver.

The sconce that stole my breath is named Cloe.

The mirror is an edgy composition of points. Cheekily named Guilt.

And although it doesn’t appear in the film it should. I am smitten with the bands of steel in contrast finish and smoke glass. Koket titled the piece Intuition.

Seated In Satisfaction

Sometimes we need touchstones to remind ourselves that there is room in the world for every creative voice. Us “creatives” need the work and the world needs to experience what we have to give it. That’s why designing and seeing this chair realized provides such smoldering satisfaction. My intention for this chair is placing them on the front deck of the soon to be completed surf shack and restaurant on a secluded beach in Rancho Santana, Nicaragua.  A resort project I am continuing to work on.

My inspiration was one of my favorite clients and dear friends. A disarmingly laid back, cool couple who know how to find delight in their own pleasure of life. A skill perhaps only the most actualized develop.


The rocking chair captures the tranquility, fantasy and the adventure of its place of origin. The chair is executed with exorbitant attention to detail and was informed by its makers. It encapsulates the grace and vision of the resort’s founders when they rode in for miles on horseback and decided to chance on the beauty. The chair is my offering and I am bringing them into the US.

Here’s to inspiration and knowing there’s room for everyone to be seated at the creative table.

Pantry Perfection

This time of year is synonymous with fresh starts, clean slates and organization. With the very best intentions we push against the unraveling that happens over time and evitable disequilibrium. I find my mind is clear and content when organized. And take great pleasure in pursuing order and perusing others’ efforts. Sometimes much more of the later…

 

Quick Tips:

Keep Like with Like – Cans Together by Food Product, Glass Vessels and Bowls Together, Wood Platters and Cutting Boards Together, Paper Products Together

Decant from Original Packaging – Pastas, Loose Foods in Baskets, Snacks in Glass Jars, Raw Ingredients in Glass or Clear Push Top Containers

Spacing – Vary Shelves, Shelves for Cans 9-10 inches between Shelves 10-12 depth, Appliance and Bulk 16-18 between Shelves 18-24 depth, Plan for Deeper Ledge or Counter

 

Whether you are a storage phenom or a voyeur peeking into the pantry to see how other people really live. These are examples of going beyond the cupboard and creating smashing pantries.

roundhouse

Via Round House Pantries and Larders

designsponge emersonmade

Via Designsponge Emersonmade

decorpad

Via Decorpad

besthomedecorators

Via Besthomedecorators

uncovet

Via Uncovet

terracotta Properties

Via Terracotta Properties

KNOCKOUTS! Black Kitchen?

Oh yes. If these kitchens could travel they would be at Fashion Week. These powerful spaces are stunning. Making no apologies for their sleek silhouettes and striking stature. Black kitchens. This is happening.

Via World of Architecture

Via Atetier AM, Architectural Digest

Via Workstead

Via Kobenhavns Mobbelsnedkeri Design

World of Architecture

Mantels by Design as Seen on KUTV, Channel 2 Fresh Living

DSC_1197A mantel is typically focal point and is often the strongest architectural feature in the space. It should suit the space in terms of scale and design language. A few tips: allow for at least a 10 inch depth mantel and install an outlet on mantel shelf where it cannot be seen for holiday décor or lamps.

I generally prefer TVs away from the mantel on a side wall or cabinetry if it’s suitable for viewing. Generally this is best when the space is formal or when the mantel is high. Typically I suggest a TV above the mantel if the space is casual and mantel is 62 inches above the finished floor or lower. Above the mantel is also suitable if the majority of viewing is standing or lying down. I have on occasion placed TVs below a mantel where they seem to disappear.  This works best in a wide feature, where the TV is viewed from a seating position and in a room where TV isn’t the primary function. I have long ago gotten over the compulsion to hide a TV.

BeforeBefore Photo of Stone Mantel 

AfterAfter Photo of Stone Mantel 

BeforeOLD MANTEL

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Books by the Cover

In this digital age books have taken on new meaning. Using books to decorate adds interesting dimension and eclectic color to any space. Some can be to read while others just look amazing. Antique books are wonderful to use Read more →

Art of Display

Highly personal, memorable art and photo display in a great way to corral the divergence characters or interests in our lives! I personally love salon style hanging. Read more →

Boxes, Bins, Baskets, Bonkers

Our mind’s eye naturally wants to compartmentalize. We have all seen photos of rooms with perfectly coordinated and organized storage and thought, “I wish my life looked like that.” There seems to be an ever evolving art to Read more →