Interiors: How Do I Love Thee…

May 17, 2012 § 13 Comments

Seriously obsessed over this Stockholm interior! It has all the things that dreams are made of (or at least my own home interior dreams).

Let me count the ways

  • beautifully detailed crown mouldings and extra high baseboards (I love thee to the depth and breadth and height…ha!)
  • large windows, high ceilings and spacious rooms (the trifecta of dreamy interiors)
  • striking wallpaper (this is what inspired my Elizabeth Barrett Browning poem angle… so very Victorian)
  • sleek, modern kitchen
  • sleek, modern bedroom armoire (love its weightiness in the room)
  • and my most favourite obsession right this very minute… billowy, soft sheers… so light and airy… just like a dream!

Sigh… Any of this make for dreamy obsessions on your part?


Mama Shelter + Philippe Starck = Wowza

May 10, 2012 § 12 Comments

First… Mama Shelter? What a great name for a hotel!

Second… Philippe Starck… he’s gone above and beyond. To infinity and beyond! He’s created a hotel that is warm and artsy and unique and fun and unconventional and over-the-top and detailed and expressive and inspiring and layered and exciting and AWESOME.

Yes. Awesome.

Some points of ‘AWESOME-NESS’:

  • giant chalkboard ceilings
  • giant murals of pattern and graffiti on floors
  • quirky furniture
  • live music stage
  • foosball table
  • exposed concrete walls
  • herringbone, houndstooth, plaid patterns
  • inflatable swimming tubes as décor

Would your Mama approve?

Wanting: Gubi Accessories

April 18, 2012 § 4 Comments

I couldn’t decide on which one of these would be my ‘Wednesday Want’…. I’d be over the moon with any of them.

So it’s a 3 for 1 day. :)

Interiors: Bold and Beautiful

April 17, 2012 § 9 Comments

I’m so excited to show you this interior… This row house in Brooklyn Heights, NY was completely gutted and restored to its original glory. All the mouldings and architectural detailing were documented and rebuilt. I love that.

Then, it was injected with colour and pattern. Every room makes a statement. The whole, makes a great home. I love that too.

Architect: CWB Architects; Interiors: Jennifer Eisenstadt Design & Decoration

Drawn To Drink

April 16, 2012 § 8 Comments

It was the drawings that drew me in… To Interior Design. Not drinking!

I loved all the symbols and extension lines. The line weights and the hatch patterns. The dimensions and angles of geometry. All in an effort to communicate how the object, room  or building will be made. It’s brilliant, really.

Here’s an example of a beautiful technical drawing of Baccarat‘s newest line of glassware. Not sure which I admire more…the drawing or the actual piece!

Trail Blazing

April 9, 2012 § 7 Comments

I saw this house last year and it’s never really left my mind. Designed by Swedish architect Elding Oscarson, it’s unlike any townhouse I’ve ever seen. The stark contrast between it and the rest of the street really amazed me.

It reminded me of a residential project I worked on several years back where the home owner wanted the same sort of thing: a super contemporary house in a very traditional neighbourhood. I’m not sure what the process was like for this house but my client’s neighbours were not happy neighbours! They fought him every step of the way. In the end, his house was practically designed by committee. The end result… a more traditional façade (albeit, a modern take on the traditional). Ironically, four years after the fact, several of the homes on his street have decided to go modern! I guess it’s never easy being the trail blazer.

Here’s to those who take risks, stand out from the crowd and push the envelope.

To read the architect’s notes about this house, click here.

Roaming: Barcelona

March 27, 2012 § 2 Comments

View of La Rambla from my hotel balcony

Covered patio for a tapas restaurant

A plaça in Barcelona, one of many!

A tapas restaurant in the El Born District.

Chocolatey goodness at Xocoa!

Patates Bravas!... so delish!

My first time in Barcelona… and it won’t be my last. The city is beautiful. The tapas is yummy-licious and beyond what words can express. And the architecture…. well, I wish I had my Nikon D3100 to fully capture it all back in January!

Some of my favourite things:

  • tapas
  • La Rambla
  • Carrer de Ferran
  • El Born District
  • tapas
  • dinner outdoors even in January
  • Picasso Museum
  • tapas
  • balconies and tree-lined streets
  • Catalán language (though everyone spoke English)
  • did I mention the tapas? :)

I thought I’d be able to add everything to one post but that wouldn’t really be fair. Barcelona is so much more than just one blog post! So this will be the first in a series. Hasta luego!

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