We tend to go through design phases. One minute, we’re totally hooked on collecting owls for a shelf, the next, eyeing throw pillows, vintage prints, or ceramics. It’s amazing how many things you can be totally into in the span of a single month.
If you haven’t figured out my personal style yet then you’re on the right track… I don’t really have one. Of course, I’m more attracted to some than others, but to stick to one path would bore me to tears. But that’s just me. In fact, I’ve always battled with this – not knowing how to define my tastes – thinking I was an oddball for liking everything. Same goes with my tastes in food, fashion, travel destinations, and music. I’ve finally come to terms with this, thankfully the many home design magazines (like Domino!) have helped because they feature spaces that tend to lean more towards the eclectic, too. I’m not such a weirdo afterall (but that’s open for debate, he he).
See these patterns? What a great way to build a room, literally from the ground up (or floor!). Lately, rugs are my thing. Magazines are to blame for my recent rug obsession, as there’s always a gorgeous one lounging on the floor in their spreads, looking up at the reader with big eyes almost to say, “You know you want me!”.
If you love rugs, you can find them almost anywhere these days from IKEA to Target (for bargain shoppers) all the way up to Jonathan Adler, Angela Adams, and beyond. Of course, those rugs are all brand spankin’ never-been-walked-on-new. What about antique carpets? You need not be Aladdin to befriend a lovely Persian rug.
One place I love to browse is over at Nazmiyal in New York. Their massive collection of fine antique and decorative Persian rugs and carpets are heavenly.Building an entire room extracting the colors and patterns found in a fabulous rug makes decorating a much easier process, it’s almost borderline cheating. Have you ever built a room from a single piece, like a rug?
Design 3000 is a great place to browse for hip design for the home. From clocks to storage devices and wall decals, Design 3000 delivers in a very large way. I love the wall decals from Ich + Kar, and the “Pimp My Billy” bookcase enhancer especially for the IKEA Billy bookcase. Too funny. But, with the IKEA obsession over here (34,000 people attended the grand opening of the new IKEA here at Expo Park in Hannover a few days ago), I can see why companies are designing products exclusively for IKEA products.
I love these brick lights, this gorgeous pendant from Phayvanah Halsackda (not shown), cloth key holder, a striking clock designed by Debora Jedward in black and white (not shown), and finally, some fun stick-up mirrors in fantastic shapes.
I love love love Impressionen. Loads of interior eye candy collaged on their sticky sweet pages, you can get lost and drool for hours. The site is in German so here’s a navigation tip. At the bottom of each collaged image, click on the page numbers to navigate your way through the site. They are easy to miss unless you scroll to the bottom of the collage. Then, fest your eyes!
I want everything here, especially this felt tree!
Because it’s Friday, and we’re all preparing for the weekend (we’re throwing a little party tonight in our tiny 2 rooms!), posts today will be light on text and mostly visual with inspirational photos and lots of fun links so you can click around and have some fun! :)
Let’s start today’s selection with House Doctor in Denmark. The doctor is in, baby! I love thier lanterns and throw pillows, so pretty! You can browse their catalogs online and locate your nearest dealer by clicking here.
Note: If you’re local to Hannover, you can find some of their line at Esplanade and Decorum. I already wrote about Esplanade (love it there!), but if you haven’t checked out Decorum located in Ernst August Platz next to Hauptbahnhof, make that your next stop of design finds.
As an ASID member, I receive weekly industry updates via their e-newsletter, Eye on Design. This week was of particular interest to me since it mentioned a local project (Boston) about a home built almost entirely out of recycled materials from the Big Dig. The Big Dig results in cool digs, I guess. (see above photo) Read all about it here in BusinessWeek.
Another worthy read was published in the West Magazine, from the Los Angeles Times. It reports on how LA buildings are undergoing make-overs. These born-again buildings formerly functioned to service communities as a church, water tower or grocery store. No longer being used for their intended purpose, the old American way of ripping everything down and starting over may not be the move of the future. Seems peeps are taking more of an interest in preservation, and for good reason, with a growing interest in saving our planet, saving our money, and of course, living in a non-traditional home with a story behind it. Dubbed by preservationists as “adaptive reuse”, you too can live in a water tower or whatever else strikes your fancy. Perhaps you’re fond of supermarket style? Purchase a grocery store. Imagine… Your bedroom smack in the middle of what was formerly known as the produce aisle. Read more about these cool habitats here.
And finally, Starwood Announces their First Sustainable Hotel Chain. Cool concept, one that is (shhh don’t tell anyone I said this) long overdue. The hotel chain, named “1″, will be the first luxury, eco-friendly hotel brand. Learn about planned locations and oodles more over at Forbes.com.
Happy reading and most of all, Happy Friday everyone!
(image from business week magazine)