Located in the Disney streets area of Dallas, this mid-century home is part retro diner, part Design Within Reach showroom.
Located in the Disney streets area of Dallas, this mid-century home is part retro diner, part Design Within Reach showroom.
let’s get tropical this week with an appropriately thematic wear this there. brought to you by le bar botanique of amsterdam, this location is sure to transport you all while you sip cocktails between its emerald-hued four walls (and roof). daydream of being fanned by palm fronds because this is a setting begging for you to put your best stylish foot forward. may we suggest playing up the textures while you playfully flirt with passersby? if not, at least allow us to give you a good book recommendation: the drunken botanist? sounds about right.
~ michaela dartois, vérité published.
wear this there: pixie market green velvet slip midi dress; ego louisa floral print ankle boot; zara bodysuit with long sleeves; Ray-Ban Clubround Sunglasses from anthropologie; chay black safe perfume fromali golden; read this there the drunken botanist by amy stewart; clare vivier flat clutch; and zara pink quilted bomber jacket.
• photos via yatzer
After purchasing an apartment in a hip Prague neighborhood in 2009, a Czech media professional kept it mostly the same. Then last year, he asked his Italian partner, who’s head of interior design firm Stag Pads, to help redesign the entire 45-square-meter (484-square-foot) space on a small budget.
Doing most of the work themselves, except electrical and plumbing, the pair were able to save money. They also mixed budget-friendly IKEA pieces with vintage finds that were fixed or reupholstered to save money while still creating a cool modern interior.
The young, but sophisticated vibe benefits from the use of a fresh color palette, that included yellow, blue, aqua, dark grey, and black.
I love the bathroom’s use of simple black and white tiles in a clean and sharp way.
Located in the inner-city suburb of Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia, this renovated apartment can be found in the historic Edwards & Co. building, one of the area’s most recognized structures. Originally a tea factory in the 1920s, it had most recently been used by an advertising agency before architect Josephine Hurley was hired to transform the 300-square-meter (approx. 3229-square-foot) space into a private, two-story residence on the top two floors.
The main level features large arched windows that give the space a distinct look while providing plenty of natural light to the interior. The understated design was thoughtfully executed to respect the building’s history, while modernizing it for everyday life.
A fairly neutral palette of warm grey, rich wood, and crisp white surfaces were used throughout for practicality.
The original brick was left untouched giving the open space character while also providing contrast to the white elements.
Hidden behind what looks like a closet door is a bathroom.
The top floor used to be the caretaker’s office, which they demolished to create a guest retreat. It’s basically its own apartment.
Behind the grey doors is a hidden kitchen letting you slide them shut when you want to keep it under wraps. Copper piping was used in a random design to create light fixtures in the main living space.
Photos by Tom Ferguson.
With a subtle palette of cool greys, nudes, and pops of red, The Nude Collection is a series of minimalist art prints by Caroline Walls. This brand new series was inspired by her studies of the simplified human form. Based in Melbourne, Australia, this set of artworks reduces the female silhouette to its simplest form. She removed excessive details and stuck to simple shapes and lines to create a powerful impact that still has life and movement. The Nude Collection is the result of her studies of the unseen—what lies within a person and makes them intriguing, with a graphic twist.
I once had a dream that I lived inside a modern art gallery which is essentially what the Room Mate Giulia Hotel in Milan is, except you don’t find yourself in a college dorm when you wake up. When Room Mate employed designer Patricia Urquiola to dress up the interiors, she took the complete creative freedom to design a different kind of hotel experience. While the hotel is only steps away from the Piazza del Duomo and the Vittorio Emanuele gallery, you don’t need to step outside your room to experience a taste of Milanese culture; it’s right inside.
The same pink marble that’s found in the Duomo of Milan can also be found in the hotel lobby.
The use of terracotta bricks in Milanese architecture is a practice also found in the hotel, except with a cool tridimensional effect. Rich shades in terracotta, blues, greens and pinks exude a warm, welcoming atmosphere. (No snobby attitudes or bland walls here!)
Cassina Contract was asked to custom make all the furniture, including made to measure beds, tables, sofas, desks, bathroom dressers, mirrors and curtains.
Throughout the hotel you can find artwork and photographs from Milanesi artists, photographers, and illustrators, a reflection of the creative culture of the city. Geometric patterns are also a reoccurring motif in the interiors.
What: Room Mate Giulia Hotel
Where: Via Silvio Pellico 4 20121 Milano, Italia
How much?: Rooms and suites start at approximately $208 per night. You can stay in any of the 85 rooms of the hotel, which are divided into four categories: Standard, Premium, Deluxe, and Junior suite.
Highlights: A modern home-away-from-home hotel that reflects the Milanese culture right outside the building
Design draw: Every inch of the hotel has been carefully considered to create an authentic experience, from the materials of the walls to the artwork on the walls.
Book it: Visit Room Mate
Photos by Ricardo Labougle
Architect turned professional LEGO artist (my dream job!) David Hughes builds wall mosaics and figurative sculptures from everyone’s favorite childhood toy, LEGO bricks. His colorful wall pieces bring the playfulness of childhood to contemporary subjects to result in visually dynamic pieces of modern art. With his three-dimensional pieces, Hughes manages to transform the idea of rigid, plastic blocks into graceful works that evoke movement. Take a look:
You can purchase his pieces on Etsy.
With no sign of slowing down, marble still remains one of the most popular materials in design. While applying marble to the walls seems like a farfetched (and expensive) idea outside of the bathroom and kitchen, Murals Wallpaper offers a much more practical alternative by way of wallpaper. The brand just released their Marble Collection that will add an elegant effect with limited effort.
Each of the custom-sized, made-to-order wallpapers are captured through HD photography which is then turned into marble prints for your walls.
Spain-based creative agency Masquespacio recently completed designing the interiors of the Valencia Lounge Hostel, a bright, graphic hostel that has the look of a modern hotel but the coziness of a home. Situated in the old town of Valencia, Spain, the 11-room hostel was designed to specifically cater to different travelers with different tastes, lifestyles, and preferences. How? Each room has a different theme to fit different personalities, like surfing, music, and ethnic trends.
The reoccurring motif of graphics patterns can be found throughout the hostel.
To maintain the uniqueness of the hostel, custom made lamps, tables, and decorative elements were all designed exclusively by Masquespacio (with the exception of chairs/armchairs). While the hostel has a mostly contemporary look, authentic elements specific to Valencian homes of the 20th century were retained, such as vintage cement tiles and ceilings decorated with plaster molds.
From Ana Milena Hernández Palacios, creative director of Masquespacio:
We wanted to recreate the feeling for the guests that they were staying in a home, but one that makes them dream, disconnect and live a new experience, while they are enjoying holidays.
What: Valencia Lounge Hostel
Where: Calle Cadirers, 11 – 46001 Valencia, Spain
How much? Rooms start at approximately $41 dollars per night
Highlights: The Valencia Lounge Hostel literally caters to your personality and tastes with its thematically-designed rooms. The hostel was designed to have the look of a modern hotel but coziness of a home.
Design draw: Bold graphics, colorful artwork, and custom decor brighten up every room. Even with the modern interiors, each room is still homey enough so that you can truly enjoying being away from home while feeling at home.
Book it: Visit Valencia Lounge Hostel.
Photos by Luis Beltran.
Researchers now have ‘moderate’ certainty that infants should be given potential allergens from four months to help prevent severe reactions
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we’re having a rock n’ roll moment for a second while we introduce you to this week’s wear this there. sketch is london’s cotton candy dining (and high-tea) experience that is all types of british eccentric, and we’re diving right in -— pinkies up! it’s truly 50 shades of pink everywhere you look, from the booths to your boots. a punk rock floral frock, paired with that killer leather jacket, there’s no rules when it comes to dressing, or decorating. think of this as an ode to those fearless brits that paved the way.
~ michaela d’Artois, vérité published.
wear this there: pixie market tallulah floral maxi dress; ego pink patent ankle boot; prism sonic boom sunglasses; zara long leather effect jacket; zara faux fur minaudiere; credo olio e osso tinted lip balm; and lizzie fortunato blush fringe earrings.
• photography via sketch.
My homegirl Han bought a house with her heartmate in Highland Park two years ago. She snatched it at the perfect time because Highland Park is definitely happening and real estate has soured in just a short amount of time. Her home features a guest house in the back which she wanted to turn into a studio or rental. After two years of settling in, she's finally ready to give it a complete makeover. She asked me for some help with the layout design which is one of my favorite things to do. I also included some colors she might be interested in working with. We both gravitate towards yellow so we were sold on a putting a yellow sofa in. It was a fun collaboration as I gave her styling tips from New Orleans and she pretty much ran wild with it.
Han's guest house is small as you can see below. It's narrow so it was definitely a challenge to bring in all three — lounging, dining, and sleeping — areas into one space. Here's a the layout I created and we stayed true to the plan.
When they bought the house, it had this offensive carpeting so they ripped it out and added wood laminate flooring.
We added some wood shelving above the stove for storage and also to create a nice vignette in that blank space. We chose a round dining table as they work best in small spaces. It could also function as a desk.
We repurposed Han's headboard by wrapping it with a jungalicious blanket we found from Target.
The tripod lamp might be one of my favorite piece from Target. It's so affordable and versatile!
Han installed custom bamboo blinds for all the windows, especially one for above the bed. It looks like it once housed an AC unit and then got patched up with a border around it. It's just odd so we covered it up to create an illusion of a larger window.
Design + Photography by Dabito
Styled by Han Le
Name: J. & Stephanie Stack, & Baby Leo
Location: Pilsen — Chicago, Illinois
Size: 5,000 square feet
Years lived in: 1-1/2 years; Owned
Calm, cool and collected…these are the feelings you get as you step through the front door of J and Stephanie's home. I am sure, however, the couple probably wasn't feeling calm cool or collected during the 15 month process that they embarked on to rebuild a home from the ground up. I'm sure the feelings were probably more like blood, sweat and tears! They turned an old and dark building into a made-to-measure, modernist, Chicago walkup, where their first son, Leo, would spend his first years. And what a payoff it was, because this hidden gem of a home at the end of the block is a stunner.
Name: Dana Leviston, Mahlie (9) Leon (8)
Location: Yarraville, Melbourne, Australia
Size: Approximately 700 square metres
Years lived in: 11 Years, Rental
i really love ‘big impact’ artwork. i used to be more of a ‘gallery kinda girl’ but lately, i just love the simplicity of one great big piece of art that makes a bold statement. i have a large print over my sofa from kiki & polly, and another large photograph by laure joliet in my dining area. there are so many wonderful sources for art these days — we’re really fortunate to have places like etsy and chairish for vintage art, and emerging artists’ work from online galleries like tappan collective, deb carlos, 20×200, mammoth & co. and minted art where art is affordable and very accessible. there’s also parabo press and artifact uprising where you can easily upload and print your very own instagram and smart phone photos. the art world is your oyster these days — and if you’d like still more helpful sources for art, check out my gallery pinboard.
marc jacobs home via architectural digest.
Kimberley Dhollander Dreamy Houses Art Print, at urban outfitters.
I recently got a new computer (my first Mac – can you believe I’ve held off this long?!). I’m all kinds of in love with it. It’s like my third baby. Running my online biz is such a big part of my life, and my computer is the hub of that… so what’s a girl to do? Obviously I want that little machine to look gooood. So I proceeded to lose several hours down the Etsy rabbit hole and came up with some gorgeous laptop skins. Kinda like wallpaper for your computer.
Here are the ones that made the cut – my 12 fave skins. Is it just me, or is it weird that they are called “skins”… kinda gross sounding, right? Anyway, they are all vinyl adhesives, meaning you can just peel them off your computer if you tire of the look with no residue or damage.
The one that you see across a gazillion instagram pics: Classic marble. I ADORE this. It was what I originally searched for, and it’s probably the one I’ll buy. [Grab it here]
But as I kept looking, I kept finding other goodies. Like this “Rose All Day”? Yes, please. [Grab it here]
Can’t decide between white and black marble? How about this two-tone beaut? [Grab it here]
If marble ain’t your thing but you still want that stone look, how amazing is this agate one? I love the veining. [Grab it here]
Pink and pineapples. So cute. [Grab it here]
Coconuts more your jam? How cute is this?? I might just have to get this one instead of the marble. Decisions, decisions. [Grab it here]
I love the geometric pattern, colour scheme, and polka dots in this guy. [Grab it here]
This watercolor cactus skin is so pretty, hey? [Grab it here]
This aqua and lemons pattern is super cheery. [Grab it here]
And how pretty are these succulents? I love love love this one. [Grab it here]
And these ferns? Like straight out of an English garden or something. [Grab it here]
Go grab one of these for yourself to give your laptop a little makeover! Or give as a gift to an entrepreneur, college student, or someone starting a new job. Makes such a cute gift idea, hey?
Which one gets your vote? Got a fave?
Faulk trolling Republicans.
Never been to Jasmine Thai!
i was born and raised in the midwest where summertime means roadside stands filled with fresh berries, tomatoes and sweet corn. i find frozen corn to be completely uninspiring and almost never eat it but fresh corn is a completely different story which is why i’m only going to recommend making this soup in the summer time when you can use fresh corn on the cob! it makes all the difference. what have you been making and loving this summer? i’d love to know, i’m always looking for new ideas. i find that my enthusiasm for cooking goes down in the warmer months so i’ve been focusing on simple meals that require little effort and work as leftovers as well. i just made this chicken salad from the NYtimes last night and really enjoyed it. – joanie
what you’ll need:
• 4 ears of corn, remove the corn from the cob
• 2 jalapeños
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 white onion diced
• 2 sprigs fresh marjoram
• 1 32 ounces box of vegtable broth
• 1 teaspoon cumin
• 1 teaspoons salt
• 2 limes
• garnish and serve with tortilla chips, queso fresco (feta would be good too!), sliced avocado and spicy salsa.
• heat the olive oil and add the onion. chop the jalapeños (remove the seeds if you don’t like it too spicy) and add to the onion. add the cumin, salt, marjoram and corn and mix until incorporated. add the vegetable broth and let simmer on low for 15 minutes. remove the sprigs of marjoram. the idea is to barely cook the corn so that it stays really crisp and fresh.
• ladle into four bowls and top with fresh avocado, queso fresco, and the juice of half a lime. serve with tortilla chips and a spicy red salsa (which you can add to the soup if you want more of a kick!)
styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis
photos by: ivan solis
Love the white, gold, blue/green color palette. Makes me wish - even just briefly - that the wood trim at our place was white.
Name: Alyssa Valentine
Location: Echo Park — Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,414 square feet
Years lived in: Owned 7 years
Alyssa works in real estate and it's no surprise she's staged her share of interiors. Her natural knack for tastefully blending a variety of styles to give rooms a unique personality is hard to match. Her bright and cheery home, which she shares with her husband and two children, feels both comfortable and refined, with a touch of whimsy.