Yesterday, I was buzzing through the DVR because I had a stockpile of stuff to watch (while feeding the babe of course) and I came across a oprah rerun that showed Nate Berkus's pad in Chi-town. Right after I finished watching the segment, I felt so inspired and wanted to start seriously designing the spaces in my home + figure out what direction to go in for each room. We bought our town home a few months ago, and I have done things here and there, but haven't quite completed a room yet. So... I am going to get cracking on some idea boards of what I want to do - perhaps I will share some next week, stay tuned. (I do have a thing for Pottery Barn + Restoration Hardware but I don't want my home to feel like it is out of their catalog like the Friends episode with Rachel + Phoebe + the Apothecary table.)
I love the way Nate blends modern + eclectic elements in his homes. The way he creates spaces of warmth + uses personal objects + items that have meaning to make a statement.
This is his Chicago home:
I love this photo wall in his bedroom - it looks so unplanned + cool.
These beautiful lights are awesome, they float up in the sky for a light show that will oooh and ahhh I think just about anyone. I know that you can find them at wishes in the sky and Oh Happy Day had a great resource in the US. Thought they would be a great wedding idea for my cousin Crystal. Not sure about fire hazards though. Reminds me of the Chinese Lanterns that I loved so much during the Forth of July! found via Oh Happy Day and Domino Blog.
These little wooden dolls by Alexander Girard are quite folky + modern. They are colorful, bright and playful and remind me of where I have just been in the Carribean. I saw them at Unica home - which I frequent online often, it is a great store for all things with a little modern edge.
*going through my inbox (289) *listening to Hyacinths & Thistles by the 6ths. *watching Vienna find and rip up a magazine ( ahh! don't put it in your mouth.... ) *drinking the rest of my breakfast - mango, strawberry smoothie *contemplating sorting the 3,000 + photos I took during my trip. *thinking of a new logo idea for a client *wondering about the long work day tomorrow + my babysitter being out of town *staring at my laundry pile, wishing I had Samantha's powers
"To know what to leave out and what to put in, just where & just how, ah, that is to have been educated in the knowledge of simplicity." - Frank Lloyd Wright
1: moleskin book : to scribble, sketch, write thoughts etc. 2: camera : for all those shutterbug quick moments I love my little pocket elph. 3: sunscreen : I'm going to try kiehl's this time. 4: video ipod with tons of podcasts/movies loaded : 24, the office, etc.. 5: eye mask + ear plugs: a given. 6: a good book : this trip I am going to read Franny & Zooey 7: hand sanitizer: this has saved me more times then I can count. 8: toothpaste : I love marvin's in the mini tubes. fresh breath has no boundaries. 9: cell/phone pda: oooh, love at first sight. (too bad I'm on a different plan) 10: travel guide: other people's advice and experiences are helpful.
After much thought and consideration, and purchasing three sets of luggage to see which ones I liked best, the classic side of me won out. I decided to go with black luggage again, because well... black and me just get along. Why ruin the great relationship? I got the luggage below in 'all black' and I will snazz it up with cool luggage tags to identify them in a crowd.
I am leaving this Saturday on a vaca and my luggage has had it. Ten years of traveling - time for them to retire, it has been well-used, and I don't think that it would be able to withhold another journey. I love the shop flight 001 - they have great travel gear. If I didn't have to worry about a budget, I think that I would consider these.
My last luggage pieces were black. Don't get me wrong, I love, love black but it seems that as I am waiting for it to come off the carousel, all I see is piece after piece of black luggage. But, is it good to blend in, so people don't get curious and steal your bag?
I tend to like classic luggage pieces that match, but lately, I've kind of been in a bold and abstract mood. I've seen these around, and I think they are kind of funky chic. this has aqua inside, and it is from Diane von Furstenberg.
Many things inspired me to purchase a Gocco press, including the last post of the beautiful sugarloop prints. So finally, this weekend I received mine! Needless to say, I have been printing up a storm this weekend. Printing some lovely wedding invitations I've been working on for my cousin.
Owen + Vokes creates such amazing modern architectural works. I am always impressed and intrigued by such talented designers and architects from the land down under, because they have a certain style + grace + edgy sensibility that is hard to sum up in words. Although so called 'modern architectural style' has evolved over the years, to me, modern design feels clean, functional, fresh + hip.