Tuesday, March 31, 2009
For a good week or so, I searched and searched for an ideal desk for my office. (which is still under major renovation) Something that wasn't $3,000, yet was very chic. A desk I had to have. Something I loved. I was having little luck and feeling increasingly anxious. While driving through an area of the city that sells exceptional vintage pieces, I came across the most beautiful white tulip table sitting outside of a great little shop. Since I was about 16, I have admired them; Even tore out magazine pics and ads that I loved, featuring different tulip tables. As my Mom pointed out, why do I need to search for a desk? Why not work at a table that I have always loved and found inspirational? I bought that beautiful table (for a fraction of the original) and it proudly stands in the center of my office, with a glistening crystal chandelier above it...I'm so excited about it! It's beautiful and my inspiration—even if the rest of the space is in chaos...
Now that I am settled with a "desk", I'm just wondering about chairs.I'm thinking of purchasing this one in black, but I'm not 100% certain. To coordinate the look, the two other gray desks could be paired with the white version of this chair. Do you have any suggestions? Something comfortable to sit on yet works well with this table? /image 01 link/image 02 link/ image 03 link/image 04 link/image 05 link/image 06 link/
Sorry for lack of posts for the past few days! Life/work has been a little hectic, but I promise to keep fresh posts rolling this week...for today, I wanted to share this great company that I came across...
What's not to love about these soft, drapey pieces? They offer style and substance. Read on for some refreshing details about the brand..."If you want to add some excitement to what you wear, Erika Hendrix has what you need and want–handmade, sweatshop free, limited-edition clothes and accessories for women and men.
All of the items on their website are personally designed and handmade by Erika Hendrix, using mainly sustainable fabrics and materials. Erika Hendrix clothes and accessories would be a great addition to any woman's or men's wardrobe, and are sure to become a favorite."To check out more of her beautiful, carefree pieces, click here.
/images and quote via her site.
Friday, March 27, 2009
My office renovation and re-decoration project is well underway and my space is looking like a tornado has been through it! (chaos before beauty, I keep reminding myself) Painting, purchasing tables, rearranging pieces and finding more office storage...however, I'm having a really difficult time finding a stylish file cabinet. Help! Originally, I thought Ikea would have an inexpensive, yet chic cabinet, but no such luck. Unfortunately, the ones that I like are far too small. I need six drawers or 3 wide drawers...
If you have come across a place where I can find a fairly large yet stylish filing cabinet, please do share!
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Happy Friday! This week has flown by...has it also for you? I have a few interesting links for you to check out today...
Some great photography by Anna Kern, (above pics) who lives in Sweden. She has a keen eye for style and composition. She photographs people, interiors and food. Love the large bird cages! A trio of cages like these with candles inside would be pretty on a patio.../images via her site.
I also came across Macaroon wall decals...yes, you are reading this correctly. Macaroon lovers beware, these are very cute! To check them out, click here.
The Ghost lucite chair is amazing...and I love trends, but is this going too far? Click here to see! Have a wonderful day~
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I'm so excited that that lovely and talented Cassandra, of Coco & Kelley, has started her new design series—Design (E)scapes. I think this is such a fun idea and a great way to inspire and get readers involved! This week's intriguing series features different home office spaces. She has invited some of her guests to post about/share their office spaces, top office products/necessities, or some beautiful office images that intrigue and inspire them. (I'm loving her own creative ideas as well!) She had asked me to participate and has just featured my guest post today. It's a wonderful series, be sure to stop by and say hi, leave a comment, or just browse through these pretty offices and ideas...
Check it out here.
/image via designer's guild
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Wow. Wow. Wow! Really, this has to be one of my favorite photography collections... Each one so pretty, so romantic, so elegant, so rich in depth and form. And the dresses! The gloves! The earrings! I think it's wonderful how the background plays such a role in supporting the fashion. Simply put, I could stare at these photos forever and never tire of their qualities...
Bersa is talented photographer Anders Holmberg Gorgén, born in Stockholm in 1961. Currently, he lives in Stockholm with his wife Kattie and their two young daughters Ebba and Olga. To view additional images from Bersa's very large portfolio, please click here.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
SieMatic kitchens are a dream...For those of you who find most kitchens to be cookie— cutter in style you will totally appreciate this! It's rare that I come across a company that continually produces beautiful kitchens with such fine details. I just love their designs, particularly the first, with the build in cabinetry/gallery wall and the central table. To me, it's elegance meets casual. Comfortable, yet very chic! Click to watch the video below, it describes their BeauxArts collection in more depth. (my fav. collection)
Here's a bit more about them, their beliefs and promise: "The kitchen is not only a place in which personal taste can be celebrated to your heart´s desire in the culinary sense. Creativity also has great scope for planning and designing your living space—regardless of the space available. Those who regard the kitchen as a central living space, are looking for inspiration and individual ideas under both the functional as well as the aesthetic aspects. Just like we are. Since our company was founded in 1929, we are always keen to build exemplary kitchens, to perfect our quality, and constantly expand our repertoire of possibilities, in order to develop even more individualized solutions. What connects us to our customers is the desire for new, personal and unique creations. All across the world." These kitchens make me want to cook a beautiful, delicious dinner! /images, quotes and video via their site.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Heidi Merrick Traveling Dress
"Is it a dress? Is it a light spring coat? Is it now our favorite thing to layer over everything? Yes, yes and yes! For the latter, leave unbuttoned and throw over that old dress you wore to death, add a belt and voila! That old dress is good as new. Buttery white linen lined with silk habutai and finished off with big buttons and pockets! This is what one calls a “closet staple.” It’s not called the Traveling dress for nothing."
"Heidi Merrick Aunt Judy Dress"
I love the old-Hollywood look of this beautiful dress. "Silk Chiffon never looked as good as it does in this bright blood orange hue and ruffle collar. Fun, sophisticated, classic, romantic, you are all these things, Aunt Judy! Wear over a slinky slip, or be bold and show off a pretty bra and tap pants. Did I mention the pockets? I promised magic from Heidi Merrick, and she delivered." I'll take one in orange, please~
/images and quotes via their site.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Hope you all had a terrific weekend—the very first weekend of spring. I was checking out some of my favorite blogs this weekend, and I came across a great post by Cassandra of Coco & Kelley that I thought I would share. She had posted a cozy room via Inside Out Magazine, and was suggesting some fun ways in which is make the space more spring like—check it out here. Time to say goodbye dreary, rainy days and hello spring and sunshine! I'm really looking forward to fresh flowers, breezy evenings and dinners in the courtyard. Here are a few simple tips and tricks that I use to make my space fresh and spring ready...
This makes the space more light and airy. Open your window and enjoy the whimsical look. Instantly romantic!
There's nothing like fresh, cheery flowers or green grasses to bring a bit of spring into one's home. Sticks, pine cones, and the like are great in fall but not so fresh for spring. Generally, I let nature tell me what to bring into my house for each season.
A bright colored vase, candles, lampshade, or throw can easily transform a space from calm and serene to vibrant and fun.
Clear Your Space
In general, I tend to add more accessories during the winter for a nice, cozy effect and take away clutter for the spring/summer seasons. Be it putting up your thick, heavy, velvet curtains and replacing them with linen for summer. Or maybe just subtracting a few knick knacks will do the trick. You will end up with such a fresh, new and clean appearance. It's good to change things up and circulate your accessories and your look.
Showcase Your Goods
Feel free to showcase that pretty spring purse on your shelf or hang up that gorgeous, new dress you've bought and is just hanging in your closet, waiting to be worn.
*On a side note, I have had a few people email me to let me know that unfortunately, for some reason, they are unable to view my blog. I'm trying to sort out the problem but not yet sure why it's occurring...if possible, please leave me a quick little comment or even just a simple "Hi" to let me know you can see my blog. Hope to get this fixed up a.s.a.p!
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Saturday, March 21, 2009
Do you ever watch one of those great, often chick-flick type of movies and wish you could actually visit that home or homes that they feature? I have found most often, these homes are somewhat a large part of the film and often captivate the audience even more...perhaps the entire storyline takes place there, or perhaps it is literally about the home and the relationship with those involved...I have on several occasions wanted to visit these homes, walk through, or perhaps live there! When watching the movies, I love seeing the details, the way the characters "live" in the home, and often finish the movie not only loving the storyline but also feeling inspired by the architecture and the design shown throughout.
One of my favorites is "Under the Tuscan Sun". I just melted over the Tuscan setting, the lifestyle and the culture. It was the direct relationship between the protagonist and her newfound home, as well as changes in her life, were what sold me on the entire movie and I believe, made the plot so alluring and deep. /image 01 link.
"Something's Gotta Give"
the romantic comedy starring Diane Keaton and the hilarious Jack Nicholson features such a lovely, beach-style getaway home. It set the stage for most of the movie, in fact. Most of all, I appreciated the unique layout of the home and how fresh the color scheme is...not to mention the beautiful beach just steps away! /images link.
Is another film which features not one, but two amazing places! The film begins by showing the house that Cameron Diaz lives in, a luxurious, sprawling home located in Beverly Hills. The house is very serene, isn't it? Particularly with ith it's neutrals and plush furniture...It is followed by Kate Winslet's sweet, authentic cottage, located in the countryside of somewhere in Britain, with it's beautiful stone work and it's tight, yet cozy quarters...love it! /image 01 link/image 02 link.
"Father of The Bride"
Where the house, set on the "sunny side of the street" was so perfect, idealistic really, with it's immaculate exterior and cozy, soft yellow, homey interior. It had an instant feeling of "home". Who could resist the connection the entire family, especially Annie and her father, seemed to have with the place. (pic 02 is from FOTB II)
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I find that beautiful films such as these inspire and often help me pass the time when I'm working away on my laptop or even doing something daunting, like cleaning. It sets an ideal background for working and gets me thinking and looking at the world, architecture, and people from different perspectives. Do you have a favorite???