Tuesday, May 31, 2011
…this time luring me with the display-top sawhorse desk and charming porch arrangement. Would you ever guess either of these spaces were filled with Ikea goods? No. Me neither.
How was everyone’s weekend? It was cold and rainy here most of the time, but yesterday’s sun-filled heat wave made up for it. Sorry for not posting yesterday, but I was out enjoying some classic American BBQ, cold beer, and a few games of Bags and Catch Phrase with friends.
Summer. Has. Begun.
Photo source: 1, 2
Friday, May 27, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
The talented letterer and designer Jessica Hische is at it again, this time designing the covers of six classic novels. The leatherbound collection, sold by Barnes and Noble, includes Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Dracula, Huckleberry Finn, Wuthering Heights, and The Picture of Dorian Gray. The pages are all edge-painted, they have marbled endpapers, and all include a ribbon pageholder. For $63, they make a great gift for the bookworm or graphic artist in your life.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
I am always so impressed when someone manages to pull together a room without any use of color – yet alone an entire house. The living spaces in this home are layered and interesting, with every shade of neutral in the mix. But it doesn’t feel boring or stark. The collection of antique accents mixed with more contemporary furniture give the home character and keep the eye interested in the details hidden around the room. For example, did you notice there were two clocks in the kitchen? Or a magic eight ball nestled on a shelf? It’s like a fun eye-spy game, with all of the tiny pieces working together to complete the overall, more complex picture.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
The May/June issue of Chicago Home and Garden magazine features this three-level treehouse nestled on the grounds of Sugar Creek Township in Wisconsin. A group of local artists and designers joined efforts to create the spacious cabin in the sky. My favorite details include the oversized chandelier made of antlers that had been shed on the property and the bell jar lights hanging above the outside table. But the vintage furniture and art and the sleeping lofts make this space charming and practical. What a fun place to hide out for an afternoon or evening. How fun would it be to drink wine and play cards under the stars with some friends? Or grab a book on a rainy day and cozy up in the library loft? I think more grown-ups could use a treehouse in their lives.
Friday, May 20, 2011
You have $98. Which would you buy?
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Have you read the new Collected magazine? It’s another online lifestyle magazine that launched last week, and I must say, I am quite impressed with the debut issue. It has its own look, a distinct style that can be described as sleek, minimalist, and refined. The well-edited content comes in at a manageable 85 pages, so readers aren’t overwhelmed by incessant page flipping through home tours that seem to blend together and one too many product round-ups. While the homes featured might not be considered innovative or revolutionary in terms of design, they are lovely and perhaps more importantly for readers, quite attainable.
But perhaps my favorite aspect of the new publication is their homage to graphic design. The editorial layouts are beautiful and clean, with simple yet sophisticated font choices and no shortage of white space (a favorite graphic element of mine). The editors also plan on featuring graphic design in their articles, something we haven’t really seen in other online publications. Even the pure, attractive design of their homepage caught my eye as straightforward and uncomplicated, enticing me to delve further into the magazine’s pages.
All in all, I encourage LCY readers to check out Collected. I promise you’ll enjoy it. And hats off to the founders Krista Schrock and Jessica Comingore on creating a beautiful publication. I look forward to future issues!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Plain white walls can often times make a room feel bare or unfinished, like you haven’t gotten around to painting yet. But the white rooms above feel rich, layered, and complete. In addition to the eye-catching furniture pieces and bursts of color throughout the spaces, what really makes the walls stand out are the architectural details. Wood paneling, cove moldings, arched doorways, high ceilings, and oversized windows add interest to what could seem like bare walls. The rooms are bright and airy, and the items in the room really stand out against the blank canvas. My recommendation to those looking to try a white room: choose the room that offers the best architectural interest. Perhaps the ugly wood-paneled den that could use a face lift or the living room with the bay windows.
Obviously, us apartment-dwellers and most anyone living in a home built in the 70s or later might be a little skim on the architectural accents. If that’s the case, and you really want an all-white room, it seems that a single oversized piece of art is the way to go. The large scale of it will add drama and give the impressive sense of being in an art gallery versus a boxy high-rise apartment.
Do any of you have white walls? Do you feel like the room is unfinished or do you like the clean, bright look of it?
Photo sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Monday, May 16, 2011
How great is this lady?