Utility lawyers' dream movie. Zing!
So this post might seem like its totally out of left field but I just have to share. There is this fine line that we get to walk as a bloggers. I get to do really cool stuff with really awesome brands but I don’t usually talk about it here. Because honestly, how do you talk about these amazing experiences without coming across as braggy or like you are just talking about something because you feel obligated? Its dang near impossible. But today I just feel like I am going to burst if I don’t finally talk.
Confession. This is so weird. Every time I go into a public restroom and I see the Kohler mark on the toilet or sink it makes me grin like a fool. Seriously, do public restrooms do that to you? If they don’t, well then chances are you haven’t been to Kohler Wisconsin.
Last October (yep, this post is almost a year in the making) I had the opportunity to attend a brand event with Kohler. You know THE Kohler. Like creator of the bathtub as we know it, Kohler. Going into it I thought that it would be like any other trip, I had no idea that it would change me the way that it did. Still, almost a year later, I think about all the time. (I actually searched the MLS listings when I got back because I want to have a little house there for during the summer. Court thinks I am delusional because “How can he run the restaurant from Wisconsin?” Sigh.)
The Village of Kohler (that’s actually what it’s called, how cute is that??!) is absolute perfection. You know the feeling that you get when you go to Disneyland? Everything is thought out and completely beautiful and feels like it was plucked from a storybook? Kohler is like Disneyland but real. The village was master planned by Fredrick Olmstead (who also designed Central Park). Every house, every tree, every trash can fits together perfectly. The factories sit right in the center of the town in beautiful ivy covered brick buildings. It’s hard to put into words, it just feels so welcoming. I cant even imagine the dreaming and foresight that had to take place for a town to feel like this still, 100+ years after its creation.
The highlight of the trip (well, one of them) was the factory tour. The tours are given by retired employees, most of whom have spent their entire lives working in the factories. Their love for this place runs so deep its contagious!
The pottery factory is full of unfinished toilets and sinks and everything inside is white and has a fine layer of dust on it. Um. and how about those windows?! Natural light for days.
The Foundry (where they do all of the iron work and casting) is dark and loud and full of huge machinery. The stark contrast between the 2 buildings is incredible, as weird as this sounds, its super picturesque. Its just exactly what you picture it being.
The thing that surprised me (though it didn’t really looking back) was the attention to detail. Even a pock mark on a sink made it unworthy for a customer. The standard for quality is unimaginably high. (Which I guess is how you stay a leader for 100 years.)
The Design Center is the heart of the city. Its a mix of a showroom and a museum (both history and art) I loved seeing the trends from the past century. There was so much, and surprisingly so little that changed.
Yep, that is a giant wall of toilets and bathtubs.
We stayed at The American Club (it was originally a place for immigrant workers to stay and save money so that they could bring their families to the US). Its full of long dark paneled hallways, stained glass, tapestries, and natural gardens. If it wasn’t for the state of the art bathrooms (because of course) you would think that you’d been transported in time.
I guess the reason that this trip in particular impacted me so much is because the feeling of community and the standard for excellence permeates every facet of this little town and this company. I am dying to go back and take Court with me. Its so easy to dream of what could be in a place that IS a dream realized.
Its incredible to me that Kohler can be on the forefront of innovation while still holding so tightly to their heritage. Maybe its just me, but its easy to get so caught up in where you are going that you forget to stop and realize the beauty of where you’ve been.
They are just so unapologetically themselves.
Its inspiring. Inspiring enough that I have a fangirl moment every time I spot a Kohler product (even if its in a public restroom!) Because I know that even if to most its just a toilet, that its not just a toilet. It was made in this tiny town practically by hand and has 100+ years of creation and innovation behind it.
Ok I’ll get off my soap (errr. toilet?) box now . I feel like I just need to move so that I can start fresh and Kohler-ify everything in my house. Sounds like a pretty great plan! I’m dying to know, have you ever visited Kohler? Did you love it as much as I did? Should we all go on a trip?
I have a serious love of tableware. My husband complains that we have way too many dishes, glasses, and bowls in different sizes, shapes, and colors. That's partially because I have collected a lot of little sets over time...and partially because a couple years ago, our cabinet that holds our dishware came crashing down leaving us with random odds and ends from my years of collecting. It's been a goal of mine to (someday) restock our cabinets with my dream tabletop collection.
While I love the hodge-podge mix-and-match thing for some areas of my home, for tableware lately I just want to have a classic and chic set that goes with everything. It's like painting your walls white, having wood floors, and putting in some accents of marble or brass. Once you have that, you can add color and pattern as you wish for each occasion. As I dream about having a fresh set of these basics, I thought I'd share with you 10 of my favorite classic pieces to help create a dream tabletop set...
1. Duralex Gigogne tumbler, 2. Duralex Picrdie tumbler, 3. Anthropologie copper flatware, 4. Anthropologie gilded stemless wine glasses, 5. Doma serving set, 6. napkins by Native Organic, 7. wire bowl by Menu, 8. Dansk dinnerware, 9. Morandi pitcher, 10. bread serving tray from Leif.
P.S. See more of my favorite on my Tabletop Pinterest board.
Links: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. <--- Ugh! So many fun choices!
Hey, friends! I recently became a little obsessed with collecting enamel pins. You can see a few that I posted on my Instagram here. So I had a LOT of fun creating this little shopping guide for you. If you're looking to up your #pingame, your moment has arrived. Let's go shopping! :)
You didn't think I was going to write this whole blog post without buying at least a few, did you? Haha! Hope your week is lovely! xx- Elsie
Chris has already ordered our first cart. lol
Guest bedroom turned master bedroom? Potential nursery?
Pale pink walls is a hot new color trend for living rooms (okay just about any room) but while it's a versatile color, it's also an uncommon one. To see if your living room can handle it or see if it's the kind of color you might like to add to your home, check out these eight bold and blush pink living rooms pulling off the look perfectly.
Basement bathroom dreamz.
For most of us, it's just not practical to stash everything away in a drawer or closet. Bins and baskets are a great way to keep things handy, but also contained. Whether you're looking for an attractive way to store some toys in the living room, a place to stash your knitting project or your favorite magazines, here are fifteen stylish options that will look good in any room:
in the 80’s i was obsessed with these colors! i painted white shirts with kooky neon pastels and accessorized my apartment in full tilt new wave splendor — hey, don’t judge, it was my very first apartment! but this kitchen — this is done to perfection and not one bit as cheesy as my first place. Polished pine plywood, pastel paired with bright bold paint, with laminate counters and perforated pegboard is stunning, and so happy at the same time! designed by dries otten interior architects, you can see the full tour and more of their beautifully bold and inventive work on their website.
• photography via dries otten.
Today we are welcoming Paula Passini to the blog to share her amazing apartment with us!
"I moved to this apartment in 2011 after taking a sabbatical year to travel around the world with my boyfriend. At the time, it took me a few months to find a perfect spot to live–we wanted an old realty because their structure is better, with larger windows and high ceiling. As usual with old realty, the place was in bad shape. So we had to make a huge makeover: knocking down walls, opening up spaces and exposing the original bricks in the living room. I love the living room because it's where I host my friends, relax, listen to some music and spend most of my day. It’s also where I display the objects that I love.
"Most of my objects came from a long trip that I took with my boyfriend and that lasted almost a year. We avoided traditional tourists’ destinations and visited exotic countries such as Laos, China, Morocco, Lebanon, Mongolia… Those objects are special because they can’t be found easily, they’re unique and they remind me of those lovely places that I had the privilege to visit. I also have a family heirloom that I really love: my grandpa's record player—it reminds me of him listening to operas every Sunday morning.
"I've lived in this apartment for four years now and it definitely goes along with my inner changes. Once I moved in I started working on an Interior Designer degree, so my home kind of became a place where I could try out my ideas and see what would work and what wouldn’t. Even today my home continues to change, just like myself."
Credits// Author: Paula Passini. Photography: Igor Giroto.
Our house does not have central air, and Chicago summers are hot and humid. I was a little concerned that we would be uncomfortable as the temperatures rose, but it hasn’t been too bad. A shady porch for enjoying a breeze helps. 10′ tall ceilings inside and transom windows above the bedroom doors help. Window A/C units help. Portable fans help, and though I’d rather choose fixtures for looks alone, ceiling fans help. There are four in the house already, and we’re planning to add at least two more.
Here’s what I’ve been looking for in a fan:
simple and classic, early vintage style, or industrial-inspired
nothing too modern or so simple that it looks cheap
light kit optional (depends on the room — lamps/sconces are adequate in bedrooms)
four or five blades
no gimmicks (gyro fans, palm leaves, etc.)
black, bronze, or brass (in another house I might prefer white, but here I don’t think the color works as well)
roughly 48″ across, give or take a little
Some of these are available in several finishes, but I tried to stick to black or dark bronze for the roundup so they could be compared more readily by shape and style than by color. Many are also adaptable to house a light kit, and the down rod can often be adjusted for height.
52″ Harbor Breeze Classic Outdoor Ceiling Fan, Lowe’s, $80
42″ Progress Lighting Airpro Builder Ceiling Fan, Lowe’s, $111
52″ Sea Gull Lighting Quality Ceiling Fan, Lowe’s, $171
43″ Gemma Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan, Home Depot, $242
52″ Bistro Ceiling Fan, Restoration Hardware, $289
54″ Ainsworth Ceiling Fan, House of Antique Hardware, $310
52″ Heron No Light 4-Blade Ceiling Fan, Rejuvenation, $450
52″ Hunter Original Ceiling Fan, House of Antique Hardware, $463
52″ Progress Lighting North Park 4-Blade Ceiling Fan, Lowe’s, $214
42″ or 52″ Lapa Ceiling Fan, Barn Light Electric, $446
42″ or 52″ Machine Age Polished Copper Ceiling Fan, Barn Light Electric, $475
52″ Industry Ceiling Fan, Restoration Hardware, $499
52″ Earhart Ceiling Fan, Restoration Hardware, $579
p.s. I totally should have had two matching post titles in a row.
I need a mirror for my new office space and I’m trying to find a fun one that would add something interesting to our decor. I looked around the web for inspiration and then I thought to myself it might be easier just to buy a vintage mirror at a flea market and jazz it up a little! Here are a few ideas that have caught my eye. Do you have a favorite? –stephanie
via the design files
diy via a beautiful mess
diy via almost makes perfect
diy via sugar and cloth
from bride and wolfe
from bride and wolfe
Wallpaper can be daunting to shop for, commit to and hang. But when you do it correctly, it really MAKES a room. It not only provides a big pattern that creates impact but it actually makes the rest of the room easier to design because you have this super solid style that leads everything. So, folks, it was time to divulge our favorite wallpaper resources to you all, picking some of my personal favorites from each. Just a cool 181 different favorite patterns for you to choose from.
This has been one of my favorite sources for fun, fresh and playful patterns. They all come in a variety of color ways, and I loved her Shadowcat pattern so much that I used it the Cattery project I did last year.
1. Mountains in Red Sun | 2. Leaves in Dove Grey | 3. Foxglove in Tiki | 4. Poppy in Cottage Green | 5. Dewdrops in Citron | 6. Ditto in Julep | 7. Guatemala in Bronze | 8. Cotton Tree in Snapdragon Red | 9. Woods in Solar
They have got some fun and crazy patterns that would be great to add some serious drama to any room. I especially love their Ditto pattern.
Oh, Flo. She is a super inspiring Australian designer and her patterns are mostly from the 60’s and yet feel so incredibly fresh and just generally amazing. They aren’t cheap, but man are they special.
Hygee & West carries some of my favorite patterns that I seem to go to for inspiration each time I need a new wallpaper for a project. Check out how I used their Petal Pusher pattern which was designed by my friend Joy Cho for her living room.
I am sure that we have all seen that Frames wallpaper on one of our pinterest boards somewhere (I used it here). These guys have a little bit of everything to suit anyone’s taste levels and generally the prices are cheap.
1. Hop in Silver | 2. Betta in Warm Sand | 3. Dune in Silver Beach | 4. Cascade in Silver Rain | 5. Voyager in Candy Land | 6. Jam in Gold | 7. My House in Pink | 8. Drops in Charcoal | 9. Sandstone in Gold Rock
I could be completely satisfied with so many of their prints in my new nursery that I am designing. They are fun fresh and totally modern in a way that will stay current for years to come.
1. Hops in Rosie | 2. Birds Of Paradigm in Cario | 3. Vernon in Charcoal | 4. I See You in White | 5. Water Towers in Shadow | 6. Navajo in Pastel | 7. Bowie in Pink | 8. Migration in London | 9. Paleolith in Charcoal
Some of these are a little bit off the wall but in all the right ways (no pun intended). They have some large scale prints that really command the space as well as some darling prints like #7 that add just the right touch of whimsy.
These guys are not for the faint of heart. They are not available in the US for purchase but can be shipped over. I used their Animal pattern in Charlie’s nursery and it still makes me happy every time I walk in to the room. Their patterns are all custom made for your room so that their murals really captivate the space.
Blue Trees, Green Cacti, and anything else that your little Alice in Wonderland Heart could desire. They have a fun mix of botanicals, modern graphic prints, and well Mushrooms if that is your sorta thing.
These guys fulfill my animalistic tendencies in all the right ways. They have got some great patterns that are fun, youthful, and perfect for a kids room.
1. Cube Star in Smoke | 2. Botanical in Limestone | 3. Dandy in Blue Note | 4. Kew in Gold | 5. Great 8 in Ghost | 6. Peony in Stone | 7. Tree Tops in Silver | 8. Poppy in Viola | 9. Blossom in Renaissance Gold
Silvers, Golds, Metalics, and Flowers… what else could a girl need in her life (or in her wallpaper). Their metallics are some of my favorites as they bounce around the light of the room in just the right way without going too cheeky.
1. Grasscloth Les Brin De Bamboo in Ruby | 2. Web in Parchment | 3. Seven Sisters | 4. Lotus Flower in Smoke | 5. Trash Day in Jealousy | 6. Petite Pineapple | 7. Cones in Au Chocolat | 8. South Beach Toile in Lily Pink/Green | 9. Blast Off!
They have got some very off the wall patterns and narrative murals that are bound to make your friends, and your walls talk (literally) and if that is not your thing then you can find some beautiful geometrics and florals in their shop as well.
These guys have an extensive collection of prints, botanicals, and geometrics in a huge variety of colorways. They also have a handful of designer collections that are tailored to suit every style.
1. Climbing Orchid in Red | 2. Garden Chinoiserie | 3. Cross Grain in Neutral | 4. Glowing Pebble in Cream | 5. Textured Foil in Gold | 6. Nuvolette | 7. Blazing Poppies | 8. Smokey Rose in Grey | 9. For The Trees in Indigo
Here is my big secret…. Anthropologie sells wallpaper, and damn is it good. They really pick the creme de la creme of patterns and designers to sell online. Their patterns rotate with each season so if you find something you love snag it up before it’s gone.
These guys take abstract wallpapers to a whole new level. Some of their prints even look like they have been block printed so it really makes your walls look custom and much better than any old bland beige paint that you could slap on.
Pottok has some very fun prints. if you are looking for stripes and chinoiserie then steer clear but if you want fun, modern, playful and youthful prints then you can get lost in some of their dreamy wallpapers.
Farrow and Ball has long been the king of the best paint colors but they also carry wallpaper, and my is it beautiful. It leans more to the traditional side but I love some of their prints. I used #7 in the Bridal Suite at the fig house and it added just the perfect amount of glam.
1. Dungeness in Coach Denim | 2. Sitting Comfortably? in Snow | 3. Pet Sounds in Harvest Orange | 4. Peggy in Mustard | 5. Feathers in Chalkhill Blue | 6. P.L.U.T.O. in Washed Denim | 7. Gulls in Chalkhill Blue | 8. Festival in Red & Blue | 9. Whitby in Washed Denim
Anyone who has a wallpaper print with vintage midcentury modern chair silhouettes is bound to be on my roundup of the best wallpapers online. They have some very fun playful prints to feast your eyes on.
These guys make reproductions of some of the most beautiful antique prints. I have been keeping them a secret for quite some time so that I can cover every room in my country house (which doesn’t exist) with a different print. That Alice in Wonderland print is beyond words.
1. Changing Of The Guards At Buckingham Palace in Spring | 2. Up, Up And Away! | 3. London City Gents | 4. Jazz in Central Park 5. Festival Of Britain At Southbank | 6. Red Buses & Black Cabs | 7. The Royal Guard’s | 8. St. Paul’s | 9. Changing Of The Guards At Buckingham Palace in Autumn
For those of you that miss a little bit of class or english charm in your life, you might find it on your walls with any of these prints. They have a great collection of British inspired prints in some very fun and vibrant color ways.
1. Floral Graffiti in Vieux 2. Conté Stripe in Champignon 3. Refracted in Gris 4. Silk Scarf in Cadmium 5. Fluidity in Or 6. Outside The Box in Geranium 7. Painter’s Palette in Naples Yellow 8. En Plein Air in Gris 9. Tangled in Argent
Their wallpapers will take your room to a whole different level. Each pattern is designed after hand painted pieces which means your room will look as if the most skilled artisan came in and transformed your room.
I recently stumbled into these guys when I was sourcing some new inspiration and wallpaper for my new nursery (for the baby on the way) and I fell in love with #3. They have a little bit of everything and can custom make it for your room so that the pattern and mural is continuous across all your walls.
If geometrics are your thing, then you definitely will not get sick of what Clever Spaces has to offer.
Her wallpapers are a co-collaboration between herself and her talented son who draws a lot of the fun and whimsical patterns which she uses. I used her ships pattern in one of my projects and it was such a fun addition to the room.
1. Bungalow in Aura | 2. Akimbo 10 | 3. Grasscloth Banda in Midnight | 4. Paw Paw in Flare | 5. Head Hunter in Dew | 6. Dynasty in Indigo | 7. Akimbo 5 in Greyscale | 8. Peilungua Peaks in Mulberry | 9. Omaha Kinship in Breeze
These guys have a lot of tribal and watercolor inspired prints which if that’s your thing would be perfect to add to any of your walls.
1. Pas De Trois in Gold | 2. Cle Elum in Denim | 3. Sisters Of The Sun in Gold & Navy | 4. Big Moon in Silver | 5. The Sou’Wester in Copper & Patina | 6. After Chinterwink in Sunset | 7. Indian Summer in Lilac & Charcoal | 8. A View Of The Woods in Mint & Cream | 9. Salad Days in Straw & Orange
Juju wallpapers are local to Portland and we all know how much I love a small business, especially a small business in Portland that puts out some lovely patterns for your walls.
Flamingos, Waves, Trees, Poppies, Fish and Parrots… these guys have it all, and I love their saturated but not crazy prints. Their patterns are classics and feel painstakingly hand-drawn by artists.
1. Animal House in Blue Lagoon | 2. Floria | 3. Buggie in Flashy Cadet | 4. Mr. Blow in Bone Thugs & Harmony | 5. A Beautiful Mind in American Beauty | 6. Gossip in Eden | 7. Holden in Captain Nemo | 8. Spot in Prince | 9. Lobby in Royale
These guys are exactly what they say they are; a little bit abnormal and a little bit amazing. I hung quite a handful of these in my office for our opening party and everyone couldn’t get enough of them.
There you have it folks over 200 of my favorite wallpapers. Now get out there and wallpaper your life.
Guys, I love crème brûlée. It's just awesome. You probably guessed this based on the fact that we already have four different crème brûlée recipes and one creme brûlée donut post on this site. It's probably overkill.
With that said, guys, I made crème brûlée cinnamon rolls. And overkill or not, they are so yummy that I just had to share. :)
What do I mean by crème brûlée cinnamon rolls? Well, these are the classic topped with a thin layer of eggy custard that gets a brûlée shell just before serving. So they are basically crème brûlée topped cinnamon rolls. You know, dessert topped with more dessert. Normal stuff.
For the rolls:
1/2 cup butter
1 cup milk (I used whole milk)
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon yeast (instant dry)
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
3 1/3 cups flour (all-purpose)
For the insides:
3 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
For the custard:
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon corn starch
2-3 tablespoons baker's sugar (or regular granulated is OK too)
In a saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Once melted, remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the milk and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Pour in the yeast and give that a good stir (it does not need to dissolve). Allow that to sit for 6-8 minutes to allow the yeast to start working.
Mix together the flour and salt. Pour the yeast mixture into the flour and stir to combine. Stir in the eggs. Knead for 3-4 minutes. Place the dough ball in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and allow to rise in a cool, dry place for 2 hours (or until doubled in size).
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface so that it's about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Brush the butter all over the surface. Sprinkle on the sugar and cinnamon. Roll the dough up and slice into 2 to 2 1/2 inch thick pieces. Place in a well-buttered baking dish.
To make the custard batter, simply whisk together the egg yolks, heavy cream, sugar, vanilla and corn starch. Pour into the wells. You may not need all the custard batter, but it'll probably be close.
Bake at 350°F for 28-30 minutes. The dough should begin to look brown on top while the custard will have likely moved around some, but the deeper parts will still have some jiggle. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.
I decided to add a little glaze, made by whisking together 1/4 cup powdered sugar and a tablespoon or two of water. You don't need a ton of glaze since these rolls around have a fun topping. :)
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.