Not many people have a cool $16M just lying around, but if you do I have just the place for you! The man behind your favorite minimalist tighty whities created the perfect minimalist beach house in Miami and it's for sale. CK has been known to be intensely private about this particular home, but now that it's on the market the home design community is all a buzz and rightfully so. This place is absolute perfection.
I love this resurgence of the 70's we've been seeing everywhere. If I had to pick a different decade to live out my prime years, the 70's would probably be it (or 80's... tough call). The platform sandals, the wide leg / high waisted pants, the messy wavy hair, and most of all VELVET.
I've wanted an emerald green velvet couch ever since I could remember and now that velvet is making a splash on the upholstery scene, my wish may just come true. Is an emerald green velvet couch a practical investment? Definitely not. Is an emerald green velvet couch pretty much the coolest thing ever? It definitely is.
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If I didn't already have a million reasons why I want to visit Australia, this 1950s Bridge House would be reason enough for me. Designed by the legendary Robin Boyd, the house got a face lift along with this article in Vogue Living.
All Photos: Vogue Living
Boyd designed two elliptical steel trusses — engineered by Bill Irwin to sit astride the old creek bed and support two longitudinal window-walls (a revolutionary system he developed with Stegbar) — to be arranged in diverging lines that both created a wedge-shaped plan and maximized internal exposure to the exterior’s established trees.- Vogue Australia
Just a little international modernism to round out the weekend.
Remember that time we went all the way to Morocco in the middle of summer with temps soaring over 115 Fahrenheit just to gawk and swoon over tile mosaics, Moorish architecture, lamb tagine, and leather goods? Oh wait... that was just me.... and my poor husband who I made come with me.
Man... it. was. hot.
The designers at Studio Ko must have gone on the same trip because this contemporary Moroccan inspired home is just about perfect. The only thing I would add is a bathroom covered in those beautiful Moroccan tiles.
All Home Photos: Studo Ko
You guys... this is me on a camel.... A CAMEL!!! That trip was so much fun.
I think my husband is realizing that when I said I wanted to revamp the apartment a bit it was really just code for asking him to hammer, hang, lift, and paint to an excessive degree. He's been pretty great about it all despite a few frustrating hurdles along the way (who knew there were steel studs behind those walls?). It was just so "boy" in our industrial loft and while I'm not looking to over-feminize the place, a happy medium will do.
The first focus has been the bedroom and while I know myself well enough to know that I'll never think something is done and there are always ways to improve, at some point it is complete enough to be share-worthy. Our bedroom went through a slow transformation process which all started with a coat of grey paint and I'm so happy with where we are today.
OK so it's not the worst I've seen, especially for a dude living on his own, but those blue walls didn't quite offer the peace and serenity that I so highly value in the room in which we sleep. We kept a few of the good basics like the rug and the bed, but the rest needed some work. The first thing we did was paint the walls grey (don't look at the edges too carefully as our painting skills leave something to be desired) and we slowly added bits and pieces over the following few months.
The cow portraits were a gift from Chip for my graduation from business school. I've been obsessed with the originals that hang in the Library Bar in the Hudson Hotel in Manhattan for years, so he found these reprints for me and I love them.
The swing light and the side table took a long time to find. Both pieces are from very small, independent designers which I think makes them so very special. The light is from a little shop called One Forty Three and the side table is by Katy Skelton who I have mentioned before in several other posts. She is so talented!
The poem which is framed on the bedside table was a gift from Chip when we were living long distance. Some guy named Tristan was just sitting on the street with a typewriter offering up poems and Chip had him write us one. Not that I know anything about poetry but I absolutely love it. It's beautiful and I think it really does capture where we were at that moment.
The framed picture of Chip is from our wedding day. We're not really picture people and we hardly have any around the apartment, but I just love this one. It reminds me of the pure happiness I felt on our wedding day and is a daily reminder of how lucky we are.
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The other day I had the most fun conversation with some friends about which clothing/accessory brands we identify with most and how amazing it is when you find a brand that resonates with you to your core (we're only a little dorky...). For me that brand is Loeffler Randall and I've loved it ever since the first pair of flats that I shamelessly begged my mom to buy for me in 2007. What I love about this brand is that it's functional, but polished and the pieces have staying power ( I still have that first pair of flats!).
Recently I've seen a lot of fun articles popping up on the brand like this one on Creative Director Jessie Randall's "beauty uniform" (isn't Jessie just the cutest!?) and even more exciting, this one from Lucky Mag on the home in Park Slope she shares with her family. Not surprisingly, her home reflects many of the elements that her namesake brand does. It's the perfect combination of classic and comfortable with a bit of an edge.
"Soft textiles in neutral shades of cream and gray contrast with graphic elements, like the geometric Bec Brittain chandelier. " - Lucky Magazine
All Photos: Lucky Magazine
The bad thing about this type of obsession is that you end up wanting absolutely everything... my closet just isn't that big and neither is my budget, but here are a few pieces I am currently coveting for Fall
The blogosphere has been all a buzz about this adorable camp inspired getaway in the Catskills. Literally everyone is talking about it and looking at the website I can see why... cute, cool, and more cute. I'm keeping that one in my back pocket for a long weekend down the road.
Seeing as The Graham & Co. is getting so much attention right now, I was pretty excited when I came across a feature on the home of one of the hotel owners on design sponge (my fave). What surprised me most about this Catskills home is how incredible the bold exterior is against such a rustic setting. This place is literally inspiration overload. Somehow it's completely contemporary, yet comfy, rustic, and even a little western all at the same time.
"The sofa is a Ligne Roset Togo, I love that itâs low and you can just sink right into it in front of the fire. The wood floors are salvaged from the roofdeck of the SOHO House in Manhattan. They are unfinished, raw, matte, and absolutely beautiful. They are probably the coolest thing about the house and run throughout including the bathroom. " - Amanda Bupp for Design Sponge
"The driftwood on the stairs cutout was found on The Graham & Co. hotel property when we were renovating. It had washed up from the Esopus. I love finding things like this to drop in the house, just re-enforcing the indoor/outdoor feel." - Amanda Bupp for Design Sponge
"The bed is the first prototype design for the beds at the hotel. I have to say, I donât sleep better anywhere else but here. And when you wake up itâs like being in a treehouse, you really get the sense that you are up in the mountains." Amanda Bupp for Design Sponge
"The overall inspiration for the exterior was basically just paint it black and let the exterior elements pop. It looks great in the summer and in the winter with 2 ft. of snow. The boards were stained black and attached with the rough side out to maintain a very flat and textured look, which relates back to the woods and mountain it sits on."- Amanda Bupp for Design Sponge
All Photos: Design Sponge
If this is what the Catskills are all about sign me up for several long weekends please!
This beautiful home definitely makes me want to not only step up my souvenir game, but also sand down our hardwood floors and paint them white (do you think the landlord would mind?). My souvenirs typically consist of items that don't make the cut each time I have moved. What a waste!! Stylist and Photographer Kara Rosenlund has collected and curated a beautiful collection from her travels around the globe that effortlessly falls together in her Australian abode.
" One of the first things we did was to sand and paint the floor boards white, the dynamic of the entire house just in terms of the amount of light we had – it became very uplifting.” - Kara Rosenlund for Design Sponge
“The mantle is just an old piece of wood; I wanted something basic and traditional to display just a few favourite objects. The portrait was just recently found for a cool five bucks!”- Kara Rosenlund for Design Sponge
“This hatrack is really practical as I madly dash in and out of the house daily. A handy spot to pile up summer hats and bags… and also I love it when my eye catches this old photograph of my mother when she was a girl, taken in her fathers veggie patch not far from where we live today.” - Kara Rosenlund for Design Sponge
All photos and quotes: Design Sponge
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