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Friday, March 21st, 2014

Mooning Over Miami

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If you are one of the few who follow us on Instagram, you may have noticed a few Miami pictures showing up in our feed this month. Before, all I ever knew of this city was terrible experiences at the airport en route to places further south, Crockett and Tubbs, and, of course, this:

I’m so glad I got past the pushed-up suit sleeves, Real Housewives from hell and David Caruso stereotypes. What a gorgeous city Miami is. We stayed in South Beach at this small-ish swanky joint, The Gale, and were surrounded by fun vintage photos in our room and crisp, shall we say “space-saving” design.

I just love the lettering and the art decor curves and details on this building, from the sign to those bars across the doors to the the terrazzo underfoot:

That marble on the walls is not marble though, it’s some sort of brilliant faux painting:

Inside, the place is full of fun vintage photos from the era:

Up on the roof, there was a fabulous view of The Delano, one of the many art deco icons in South Beach:

Check out the way the facade folds, with the angled windows. The view the other way looked like this:

This level had this fabulous green wall. Yup, it was fake, but it looked great:

Even the graffiti in South Beach has it’s own unique flavor:

And the James Hotel provided plenty of playful parrot and dolphin fun on its facade:

I’ll share a few more photos with you in a post next week when I get them organized; there’s more great art deco to share.

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Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

5 Ideas To Perk Up Your Outdoor Space

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It’s the perfect time of year to perk up your patio, deck, balcony or other outdoor space. Whether it needs a good sweep from all that pollen, you’re sprucing up your furniture with a new coat of paint or hitting the nursery for some new plants, here are a few photos to inspire you with your patio plans. Also, we’d LOVE to see your patio; please shoot us a link to a picture of it in the Comments section if you would like to share off your hard patio work!

By Clark and Zook Architects in Atlanta

Create a not so hard hardscape: It’s amazing what a few well-placed stepping stones and gravel can do. I just love this simple patio from Clark and Zook Architects. Border plantings are enhanced by potted plants. This is a great strategy when you want a little rosemary, mint or basil near the kitchen so you can run out and pick it while you’re cooking especially if you don’t have the space or time for a full kitchen garden.

via flickr member Karol Franks, by designer Corianne Bright

Reuse something unconventional: Usually when we think of plumbing fixtures out in the yard, we think cars up on blocks and old refrigerators can’t be far away, but that is simply not the case with this cast iron claw foot tub full of beautiful plants. I especially love the way they cascade over the sides.  Another favorite planter choice of mine is a big galvanized paint bucket or trough you can pick up for a song at home improvement stores.

via skona hem

Repetition and simplicity makes it modern: If you are starting with a blank slate on your deck or patio, think about doing something very simple. Evenly spaced planters with the same simple shrub or small tree will lend your outdoor space a modern look.

by Vuong Interior Design

Treat your outdoor space like a living room: With the availability of outdoor fabrics and rugs (I have one made from recycled plastic straws myself), there’s no excuse not to get super-comfy in your outdoor space. This Barcelona roofdeck is more inviting than most living rooms thanks to soft fabrics and well-placed accessories.

by Supon Phornirunlit

Light up your outdoor space for nighttime use: My pal Supon Phornirunlit (the brains behind Naked Decor) came up with this gorgeous reflecting pool for his D.C. deck after seeing one like it in a hotel lobby in Thailand.  He added inexpensive chairs, candles set right in the water, elephants with parasols and globe lights to turn up the drama at night. Whether you place hurricanes, floating candles or simple holiday lights around, getting the mood right with your lighting will make your outdoor space inviting for evening gatherings and getting your Zen on.

If you’re ready to do some shopping, check out all the great outdoor products our curators have selected.

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