Friday, April 30, 2010

DIY: Succulent Chandelier

when i get the pergola built as part of my dream back yard, i'm going to make one of these and a mason jar light.  yes, this must happen.  check out this wonderful diy succulent chandelier project over at apartment therapy!

(images by erin ever after)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Interior: Elm and Willow House

i often think about how amazing it would be to design my own home.  i'd like to think it would have a similar feel to this amazing structure by architects EAT.  the glass walls slide open to let the outside in, my favorite panton light in the kitchen and the steel and concrete structure looks like something mies van der rohe would build were he still alive today. see the rest of the interior here(via the coolist*)

(images by earl carter)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Lighting: Alahambra Lamp

the alahambra lamp is inspired by origami, crafted out of recyclable polypropylene and designed by ray power.  i think it's incredibly stunning! (via inhabitat)

Furniture: Wire Chair

i spent some quality time in the yard this weekend and have outdoor furniture on the brain.  i really love these wire outdoor chairs designed by kilian schindler

(via homedosh)

Friday, April 23, 2010

DIY: LED blanket

i love this idea...a waterproof blanket with a hard middle surface for serving and  backlit by led lights.  it's perfect for a picnic at dusk. see the step by step instructions here.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Recycled Content: Branscomb Community Center

here's the second community center i designed the interiors for at cohen carnaggio reynolds!  the first one you might have seen last year when i blogged about it here.  this is branscomb community center in tuscaloosa, alabama. the existing building (below) stayed and the roof was ripped off and the building added onto for this amazing structure.  recycling at it's best.  happy earth day.



community room

youth room & youth bathroom

(photos by Jason Hamric)

Artist: Matthew Albanese

("paprika mars" paprika, cinnamon, nutmeg, chili powder, charcoal)

all is not as it seems in these "strange worlds" by matthew albanese.  these are mock landscape created by spices and other random pieces found around the house. (via mnn)

("tornado" steel wool, cotton, ground parsley, moss)

("fields, after the storm" faux fur, cotton, sifted tile grout)

all photos by matthew albanese. above is a sneak peek on the process.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Accessory: Glass Half Bookends

love these glass half bookends over at urban outfitters.  i would totally use them as vases for flowers.  this actually makes me want to put books on my fireplace mantle...a lot!

Architect: Honogodai School

honogodai christ church school and nursery designed by takeshi hosaka architects is amazing.  the structure's shape was dictated by the existing trees on the site which created 5 courtyards to surround the trees.   it's so beautiful, transparent, modern, and lovely.  i want to go to school here.  (via spoon-tomago)

thanks monica for the link!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Finish: Newsworthy Wallpaper

love this recycled newspaper wallpaper "newsworthy" by lori weitzner.  beautiful. 

Interior: McNally Jackson Cafe

i love the interior of the mcnally jackson cafe inside mcnally jackson bookstore, one of manhattan's largest independent bookstores. this modern cafe was designed by front studio.  let's start with how beautiful the mixture of suspended lights and suspended books feels.  then, the wall of pages looks like a stone tile or even concrete block from a distance.  i love the little pull down tables and really love the tile design on the front of the checkout counter.  beautiful design.  (via contemporist)

(photos by maggie soladay)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Lighting: Pil Pendant

love these pil pendant lights by tim wigmore.  it reminds me of playing dr. mario!  
(via decordir)

Furniture: 111 Navy Chair

i met with a rep last week that was telling me about this amazing chair. the  111 navy chair by emeco is a classic design but in a new format. each chair is made from 111 recycled coke bottles.  love.  (via apartmenttherapy)

(images via emeco)

Friday, April 16, 2010

DIY: Concrete Paver Container

i've got the outdoors on my brain lately.  every morning i water all of my container plants that get full sun and every other day i water all of my newly planted landscaping.  the irises and roses just started blooming this week and it's my favorite time of the year.  this weekend i want to get the garden into the ground.  while outside, i'd love to try my hand at making a few of these concrete containers made from concrete pavers.  aren't they cool?!  what an inexpensive idea to get a modern look. (via diyideas)