I was so pleasantly surprised by this unique little sea-weathered bungalow in Venice, CA that ran today on the FvonF site belonging to Diana García and Greg Rogove. You simply must click here to see the full story, but here is tiny sneak peek below. I’m always struck by how some homes, being absolutely opposite of my personal style, still attract me so much and make me feel unbelievably cozy and at home. Do you find this occasionally too? I’m guessing specific things speak to me that are very much a part of my signature style – white walls, glass, lots of light and items collected from travels.
Greg is a musician and Diana is a both a film-maker and artist and it shows in how they live – surrounded by so many creative objects that speak to their love of story telling. I especially thought Greg’s background was so fascinating… He grew up in Amish Country in Pennsylvania, then went to India during his final year in high school, then he returned to the states, “I went back to the States for college and then to New York City. I started touring and was traveling a lot. Cuba, China, Mexico. Making a home wherever I was became second nature. But then after all that I fell in love with Los Angeles. I fell in love because of Venice. Because of Diana.” How sweet. But it gets better. When Diana first met Greg she says, “When I first saw him I knew he was my husband.” Aw, I melt. You can feel their love in their home, which I think is really what I love most about this space.
And seriously, how cute is her outfit and haircut? So cute.
PSST: If you live in southern California, look out for their new restaurant on Abbot Kinney that will be called, “Another Kind of Sunshine”.
(Photography: Ana Hop for FvonF)
Hello everyone, it’s Gudy from Eclectic Trends and I’m back with another monthly trend report. I’d like to talk today about a couple of microtrends. Let us first define what a microtrend is. Microtrends (some call these minitrends) are the new and emerging trends that will be found in all lifestyle sectors and may, or may not, convert into macro trends later on. Macro trends are globally relevant with more staying power — and can have a real impact on consumer thinking and behavior over the next 3-5 years. I have chosen Brick and Bread today in this report since I see certain common characteristics: both are humble, both have existed for a long time, they share a similar color, they are affordable and lead us back to our roots: nature and raw materials. And both are a traditional craft.
Food styling has become quite a big influence now when it comes to trendsetting, and bread is one of its most used ingredients though rarely in a leading role and more typically in a “supporting” role. That’s why Musubi Aoki’s take is so interesting because his focus puts bread front and center. Based in Tokyo, he works as a stylist in advertising and for fashion magazines. His perspective is quite imaginative!
Another very nice example of creative expression and food is shown above in Andere Monjo’s ‘Plates for Soulmates’ from the Belgium art gallery Valerie Traan. The artist wanted to redefine bread baking and its traditional craft by producing textiles, table ware and ceramics so these things were made using bread, baked, and served! Imaginative, right?
The Nicky&Max food blog based out of Berlin, Germany admits to loving to style bread the best, “Bread is one of my favorite things to photograph (up there with salads and pizzas)…it just looks good. Everyone knows bread and it’s easy to conjure up lots of heart warming, comfort and nostalgia feelings when putting bread in a picture. I love its simplicity.” You can see their blog for gorgeous food styling with bread in this recent post.
This age-old building material works in any environment for flooring and wall covering. But if you prefer an easier option, you could always go faux with wallpaper. Here are some examples of brick on walls and floors.
A home in Germany on the island of Sylt, via April and May.
via: Dorean Chaleunphonh
Brick can give a quite industrial look, it underlines a certain country character and works perfectly also in a more urban, industrial environment. Which is your style? Photo above via: Angel Welp.
Next, brick is used in a very unconventional way: moody and playful arrangements created for a photo series by Omar Sosa and Ana Dominguez again. One can think of imaginary buildings or quirky robots made by different bricks, all important and fun in their own right.
But brick advances in lifestyle design too (as usable products) such as in this fantastic 5 piece desk accessory kit called ‘Adobe’ by Ilaria Innocenti. It has been produced in different clay shades and coloured wire adding a bright and contemporary touch. A trend, to me, becomes most interesting when its material is been used in different lifestyle sectors in a new and unique way. And that’s what makes it so fascinating, right? Concrete and copper were huge last winter hitting the market with many home decor accessories. What will it be this winter? Holly and I would love to hear your thoughts about emerging micro trends. What is your favorite right now and why? – Warmly, Gudy
(text: gudy herder, editing: holly becker, images: linked to their sources above.)
Hello everyone, how is your summer so far? Today is the Fourth of July – Independence Day! And though I live in Germany now, I can’t help but to think about all of my friends and family who are in Boston today for the big 4th celebration that we all loved to visit each year. If you are American, how are you celebrating the 4th? I’m simply taking the day off to relax and get caught up on some reading, tend to my flowers, and enjoy the sunshine on my balcony. Simplicity is what I’m all about lately. Keeping stress levels low and happy levels high. :) Speaking of lowering your stress level, isn’t this palette simply gorgeous? I love these pale, chalky pastel tones because they have a hint of gray in them, which brings down their sweetness and makes them a bit more grown up. Throw in metallics like copper or gold, and deeper tones of orange (like pumpkin) or add some emerald green, and you can make pastels sophisticated and even a bit edgy.
Beautiful city views of Poznan, Poland on 79ideas.
Another gorgeous view of those chairs…
Gorgeous ice cream scoops as seen in Kinfolk magazine.
Blackberry and sage spritzers from Joylicious.
Eucalyptus leaves by Karina Manarin.
VTWonen always has nice pastels and chalky accents in their rooms. The addition of copper is perfect!
What do you think, can you get behind this color palette?
(images linked to their sources above.)