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Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Yummy Kitchens


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We love pinning our favorite kitchens to our Pinterest board, Yummy Kitchens, and the latest pin was Cameron Diaz’s  New York City apartment (interior design by Kelly Wearstler). As her chic pad goes viral after being featured in Elle Decor’s latest issue, I thought, why not jump on the bandwagon? The entire apartment has a luxe-meets-bravura modern vibe, full of rich fabrics and amazing metallic finishes, like this stunning reflective backsplash.

photo by William Abranowicz for Elle Decor

White kitchens still seem to rule and they are everywhere you look, so seeing the emerald green cabinets and unlacquered brass counters and backsplash were refreshing to see.

Jeroen van der Spek for VTWonen via The Kitchn

It’s fun to see people experimenting with metals besides stainless steel. This clever use of copper pipes adds great shine, patina and a dash of steampunk style to this kitchen.

photo by Manhattan Nest

I’m also digging the contrast of black and white and black and gray in today’s kitchens, and really love “the inky blue black” of these cabinets. This renovation on Manhattan Nest left me gobsmacked. Even more shocking, it was completed on a budget of $1230.74. That is just ridiculously inspiring, isn’t it?

All of the new tile patterns out there these days offer endless possibilities for unique backsplashes. A lack of upper cabinets and shelves allows these horizontal stripes to stun and the kitchen to appear very open and airy.

photo by Michael Graydon

It may seem tough to sacrifice upper cabinets for clear wall space or open shelving and it’s a personal choice. However, if you really pare down your china, glassware and cookware to the bare essentials, you may just find you have room (do you ever really use that “World’s Best Boss” coffee mug, or that extra set of china?). One idea I love is this plate rack. It creates an organized, beautiful and functional way to stash china within reach while keeping things open. One tip to those considering such a move or open shelving – you’re going to have to dust more, so keep that in mind.

What kind of kitchens are you finding yummy today? Please let us know in the comments section, and/or add “#yummykitchens” to your kitchen pins so that we can all find them with ease!


Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Bathrooms With Big Personality


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When it comes to remodeling a bathroom, a lot of people get caught up in worries about resale value issues and thus wind up with something quite blah. The truth is that a lot of trends come and go, and a perfectly plain and popular standard overmount sink that’s the only option available one year can be passé just a few years later when undermount sinks are all the rage; that polished nickel you loved so much and seemed like a no-brainer may fall out of fashion like brass did after the 1980s (brass is back, by the way). No matter how exquisite you found your ever-popular granite pick, the next year marble and Caesarstone could come in and kick it right out of Elle Decor forever.

Depressing, right? Nah. When it comes to remodeling a bathroom, if you’re not planning on moving within five years, go ahead and do what you love.

Go mad with marble:

photo by Roger Davies for Architectural Digest

Avant-garde design goddess Kelly Wearstler designed this gorgeous bathroom for her daughter. The walls and floor are covered in an eye-popping inlaid marble pattern.

photo by Eric Piasecki for Architectural Digest

In interior designer David Kleinberg’s own apartment he went for striped marble, down the floor, and up the vanity, backsplash, shower stall and wall.

My calculator exploded when I tried to add up how much the marble in those two bathrooms cost, but they are beautiful inspiration.

Add unique lighting:

Photos by Sean Fennessy, production–Lucy Feagins / The Design Files

In a playful nod to Magritte, these bowler hats dangle over a freestanding bathtub with modern lines.

Warm up neutrals with lots of texture:

photo by Noah Webb

Coastal Modern master Tim Clarke warmed up a neutral-colored bathroom with pebbled shower walls. They lend an outdoor shower feel to this spacious shower stall.

Add unique artwork and accent pieces:

In addition to the brightly colored patterned tile, the homeowner’s patina style dressing table, lady in bright yellow portrait and lucite stool add loads of personality to this delightful bathroom. I would never want to leave it!

Paint a vintage clawfoot tub an unexpected color:

photo by James Merrell for Living Etc.

I also love the way they’ve added this unique schoolhouse map as art. It’s something that is easy to switch out if you’re tired of the bathroom.

What would you do if money/resale/reality in general were no object in your bathroom?



Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Would You Stand Underneath a Chandelier Made of Scissors?


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Our pals over at iittala sent over this video and it gave me a nice little eye candy work break today. It’s of a group of very creative people putting together an amazing pavilion at their parent company, Fiskars. I’m not sure how long it took, but the video gives you the satisfaction of seeing it all come together in a little over two minutes.

I love the chandelier made of Fiskars orange-handled scissors; it’s so clever and beautiful, but adds tension to the space. Which begs the question, how comfortable would you be standing underneath it? I think I would be a bit nervous, yet I would want to see the view from directly beneath it.

The pavilion opened in May of this year at Fiskars Group headquarters in Arabia, Helsinki. Pentagon Design created the installations  from various products from their brands, including Iittala, Fiskars, Gerber, Arabia and Hackman.

The installation includes Ateenan aamu (Morning in Athens) glass pendants and Kastehelmi votives designed by the likes of Kaj Franck and Oiva Toikka creating a pixilated art piece that lets the light through.

Toikka also designed the many beautiful iittala birds I’m constantly coveting. Right now my favorite is the Whooper Swan in Gray, but tomorrow it will probably be the owl or the magpie!

Have you ever seen a really cool installation made of something unexpected? One that sticks out in my mind was a lampshade made of aviator sunglasses at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair years back.


Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

A Little Moroccan Inspiration


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As I perused a Moroccan style house last night, it got me thinking about what a wealth of inspiration this far-off land has to offer. I thought I’d share a few ways Morocco’s style can inspire you at home.

One of the very first design blogs I ever started following was My Marrakesh, and it’s been such a joy to watch its creator, Maryam Montague, touted by major trendsetters and media outlets. While Moroccan inspiration has been a style influence around the world for a long time, I believe she was a major factor in making it so popular for the past few years.It’s also been exciting to see Maryam land her book deal. If you want a tome of Moroccan inspiration, pick up Marrakesh By Design stat!

It’s also been fun to follow her and her architect husband build their boutique hotel, Peacock Pavilions:

Peacock Pavilions, Morocco

Use bold colors and layers of textiles. Moroccan details you may pick up for your own home are the rich textures of kilim textiles and Beni Ouarain and groups of perforated hammered metal lanterns. Exuberant colors stand out against white walls, and one can never have too many layers of rugs, pillows and other textiles.

Borrow Morocco’s deep and electric blue. When I think of Morocco, it’s all about Yves for me. Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge bought his Moorish villa from French painter Jacques Majorelle. To learn more about the joint, Jardin Majorelle, I recommend this excellent post, Chic in Morocco, over at Habitually Chic. This electric shade of blue is seen in many images of Morocco.

3. Make your courtyard a peaceful retreat. While gardens as lush as those at Jardin Majorelle are rare, Morocco is full of gorgeous outdoor spaces. Many houses are riads, which have interior courtyards. While some are full of intricate tile and fountains, others, like Riad Tarabel (another private guest house where you can stay), are more subdued.

Another iconic Moroccan image is of original sixties boho queen Talitha Getty (taken by Patrick Lichfield). Minarets are a common sight from Morocco’s rooftops.

4. Stop with all that boring white and tan tile and go bold. Life is shore. Handcrafted tiles in bold color combinations and intricate patterns are the way to go sometimes.

5. You can never have too many layers of textiles, or throw and floor pillows. Just ask Yves.


Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

What Are You Pinning These Days?


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So peeps, are you on Pinterest? What do you like to pin? Are you planning out renovations by pinning inspirational ideas to one board for each room? Do you like to pin fashion style? Inspirational quotations? National Geographic wonders? Cats playing the piano? I find I like it all and have a little bit of everything. I also get to contribute to our Design Public Pinboards sometimes, so when you see something weird on there, it probably came from me, like this:

So whomever I pinned it from says it’s the “Waiotapu Thermal Reserve, Rotorua, New Zealand.” The thing is with Pinterest that you just have to hope that’s true and be grateful that anyone left any sort of note whatsoever. If there’s one problem with Pinterest, it’s their crediting proecss. Luckily, this one linked to a conscientious Tumbler user who linked it to the original picture taken by lengkiong on Flickr.

Other boards we’ve been having fun with as summer approaches are I Want To Go To There, full of bucket-list worthy destinations with a disproportionate amount of them in Greece.

We’re also having fun grabbing up pictures for a Treehouse pinboard. Is it because it makes us feel like kids? Probably!

Of course, we’re loving Outdoor Spaces and Vertical Gardens for spring and summer, and have been stashing up photos during our winter hibernation!

The possibilities are really endless; what are you guys pinning these days? Is there anything you’d like to see us gathering? I so appreciated it when a reader requested that we start to collect Modern Basement Renovations – it was a great idea I had not thought of. Please dont be shy, shoot us a comment and let us know what you’d like to see from Design Public’s Pinterest Page!