Monthly Archives: April 2010

Stylish movie posters

These “re-envisioned” type posters have been all over lately, and I adore them. First I saw these Nick Tassone interpretations of Stephen King novels. Then,  a couple of weeks ago, Abduzeedo featured a slew of movie posters. Above, from top to bottom, are posters by Dr. Monster, Tom Whalen and Chris Thornley. If I had a media room, that’s totally where these would go. Otherwise, heck – I’ll just put ’em anywhere.

Inspiration: Arranging art on your walls

I have this thing – some might call it an obsession – for things on my walls. I have probably ticked off many a landlord after leaving my apartment behind, dotted with pinholes and nail scars again and again. But I can’t help it. And there’s something about well-arranged art that just gets me *here*. I’ve read so many rules – about hanging at eye level, about symmetry, about matching frame colors or art types or all black and whites or all colors but the same colors – and to those, I say pish! Pish, pish, posh! Here are some of my very favorite art arrangements on walls, culled from my files.


(Practical Princess)



(Fritz Hansen via Love Nordic Design Blog)



House of Tile: The Adamson House

This place is unbelievable! The Adamson House in Malibu was built in 1930 for Rhoda Rindge Adamson and her husband, Merritt Huntley Adamson, and features ceramic tile throughout from Malibu Potteries, which was around from 1926-32. For more photos and information on the house and its artisans, visit the Adamson House website.

How to Rock Mismatched Bedside Tables

I am not a matchy-matchy person. I think the only way I could tolerate perfectly matched bedside tables, for example, would be as part of a great vintage Scandinavian platform bed frame. So in my bedroom, I have two totally dissimilar bedside tables. Why do they work? They’re both about the same height and they’re both painted the exact same color of turquoise. I’ll have to show you a picture later since we’re in the middle of moving – but here are some great examples of mismatched bedside tables that, to me, work really well.

They all have some element of symmetry. Here, it’s the identical lamps and the fact that both “tables” are somewhat leggy. (From SW Design)

Here, they’re both narrow and leggy. Plus, the room’s a bit more eclectic so they can get away with more mismatching. (From Apartment Therapy)

This is even more unorthodox – there are two bedside areas, but one is a dresser and one is a floating shelf with a stepstool beneath it. And I love it. To me, this works because of the symmetrical wall lamps on either side. (From Delight by Design)

Again – both dressers, both leggy, same height, same color, same hardware even. (From Apartment Therapy)

So now you know the rules (and also know there really are no rules when you get right down to it). Mismatch in peace!

Feedreader favorites: Week of 4/19

Wow, what a great/busy week this has been! We’re moving in just five days now, and wrapping up all the last-minute details for that. Plus, I met with the admissions rep at the interior design program I hope to start soon, so things are just moving very rapidly and in very good directions! Here’s a little capsule of the most wonderful images I found this week.

All these photos made me want to open my own shop, and immediately. I loved the black-on-black take on empty frames, here! (Amber Fischer for Simply Grove)

My deal-breaker while looking for a place to rent with J was tiled floors. But here… oh, my, here is a stunning example of tile done right. It’s as if they’re made of moving water. (Through the French Eye of Design)

I can imagine spending long lazy mornings in this bed, stepping down from the nook in the streaming noon sunshine, clutching my cup of cafe au lait and wearing flowing white garments. (Through the French Eye of Design)

I love this whole look, including the great use of pink! Not at all pastel-ly and dull. (From Hungarian magazine Otthon, via Desire to Inspire)

From a post titled, “An Eclectic Attic Looking Over Rome.” Indeed! Love the plates on the walls, the empty birdcages clustered together, the giant “G” in the corner. (Mandarine d’Italie)

This is a very nice example of color flow from one room to the other. Notice how the pink linens on the bed pick up the pink walls from the adjoining rooms. Nice! (Apartment Therapy)

“Ughhhh,” my friend A said when I sent her this link over chat. “I want to keep looking but it is making my heart hurt!” A perfect description of just how much we both love this apartment. I especially adore the window-shelf holding the plants up top! (Apartment Therapy)

I have no words. None. (House of Turquoise)

(Valentin Löllmann dresser via Design*Sponge)

New obsession: Functional initials

Feeling really lazy today! I managed to wake up somewhat early for a day off, then sat at the bookstore poring over French Marie Claire and drooling over the unbelievable photos and ideas in there (with of course no clue what was going on since I long forgot my four years worth of high school French).

Anyway! Today I want to talk about my new obsession. Alphabet-themed trinkets and whatnots have been plastered all over the place, and we all know about the initial necklaces, alphabet posters, and other adorable semi-monogrammed decorative knick knacks. Maybe it’s because I’m about to move in with the love of my life and can’t stop dreaming about adorning our home with our respective initials – C&J – but I find this trend simply charming.

But lately I’ve been craving clever personalization with more function. Here, then, are my latest finds.

Holy heck, are these not great? Designed by Studio YRA, these typographical candleholders would look so amazing in a twilight garden dinner setting. I can see buying several of these to spell out words like EAT (for the aforementioned supper usage) or LIGHT. The best part is if you can swing a whole alphabet, you can change up your decor on a whim! Just a spell a new word and you are good to go 😉

Thanks to the blog Love. Obsess. Inspire. for alerting me to these cheery paper cups, offered from UK retailer Papermash. I just love how they’re used here to spell out their contents. Wouldn’t these also be super at a child’s birthday party (heck, at my birthday party?) and used in place settings, strung across the table to spell the celebrant’s name? And on the right, these smart upcycled suit jacket pillows are offered through Hilary Cosgrove’s Etsy shop.

Oh, Britain, why do you taunt me so with your unbelievably creative furnishings? Andrew Martin offers these side tables as part of his Essentials collection – I would love to see these at either end of a couch, with one initial for one half of a couple, and the other for the other! And Anthropologie, as always, came through for me, this time on my search for alphabet hooks. I was sure these existed – and I was right! In two types, actually. These are the ceramic hooks – I would use four of these in an entry way, spelling out HELLO, or allocate one hook for each member of the household.

And finally, an amazingly clever furniture collection from Swiss company SET. Can’t understand a thing on this site, but lordy look at this great dresser! They also have bars and other great furniture settings, all made of giant-sized letters!

What great alphabet-themed items do you love for your own house?

The power of light in a room

There’s just something about the way the light from the window blankets this room that makes me feel like everything is OK.

(From Apartment Therapy)

Covet: Anthropologie sale items

While I was updating my address and requesting some new catalogs I’d fallen off the wagon with, I noticed Anthropologie was having a sale. Darnit! I’m really trying not to buy more things. But technically, if I mail ordered rather than popping into their Hyde Park shop, they would arrive post-move… Hm. 😉

Clockwise from upper left (all sale prices): Gothic Knob, $7.95; Daintree Half Apron, $14.95; Orquidea Creamer, $7.95; Inlaid Pearl Covers, $14.95; Casa Mila Bed, $999.95; Mariner’s Pendant, $199.95.

Fun with mixed media: Button crafts

I mentioned in an earlier post that I went store hopping the other day in the hopes of finding a big fat jar of vintage buttons. Buttons as in… button-down shirt, not as in “I Like Ike.”

While the trip was largely unsuccessful on that front, I am obsessed with getting my hands on the perfect button collection. I kick myself for all the great pieces I threw out that used to belong to my grandmother and grandfather. Of course, I think I kind of lost them between the ages of 8 and 13 more than “threw them out,” but I so did love playing with them.

As my button quest intensifies, I found myself on Flickr the other day, searching for “buttons.” And oh, I found some lovely things!


(Amalia Versaci)