Sunday, December 26, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Hope you've all had a wonderful holiday.  It's been snowing for two days here which is highly unusual for the Christmas, much less, the south.  Here's a shot I took of the house this morning while walking the icy roads with one of the pups.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Interior: Maison ROLY

Maison ROLY by AABE Erpicum & Partners created a beautiful addition to this old amazing structure.  It is now a bed and breakfast, which I would love to stay in. (via reflexdeco)

(Photos © Jean-Luc Laloux)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Furniture: Amarant

Amarant for LEF! furniture design is a side table that doubles as a decorative way to display magazines.  (via notcot)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Interior: House in Brixton

There's something very comfortable about this House in Brixton by A Small Studio.  I think it's that it looks lived in and has a simple palette on the walls with lots of accents of color in art and furniture.  I love that black and white checked entry floor too.  (via design/milk

(images Manuel Vasquez)

Lighting: Ta-rae Lamps

Monday, December 13, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

DIY: Marshmallows

I saw this video on diy homemade marshmallows by lauren and derek a few years ago on design*sponge and have been making them every Christmas since.  I made my first batch of the year last night.  I've also got the goodies to make homemade hot cocoa which will make great gifts for friends this year.  Yum.  I never knew it could be so easy.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Monday, December 06, 2010

Lighting: Miss Maple

I would love to have this Miss Maple Pendant Lamp, by Elisa Strozyk, over my dining table.  The lampshade which flexible and made of tiny triangles of wood looks more like a sculpture when not lit.  (via contemporist)

(Images:  Sebastian Neeb)

Furniture: Neorustica

neorustica furniture collection by jahara studio.  the collection is made from scrap wood found in brazil.  (via designboom)

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Finish: IdeaPaint

IdeaPaint Dry-Erase Board Paint is pretty cool.  I've seen versions that are clear glazes that can go over any wall color which I think is a cool idea too, but I like the simplicity and cleanliness of the white all-in-one paint.  Can't you think of a million applications for this?!  (via angieburr)

Thanks for the link, Monica!

Architecture: Monk Cell Project

the 'monk cell project' by thai architect suriya umpansiriratana is a formal structure of a monk’s cell articulating their daily routine supporting his practice of buddhist teachings. it is designed to create an atmosphere conducive to the monk’s practice of noble conduct. the circular form allows for continuous walking meditation, but also functions as a symbol of the 24-hour cycle of the practice schedule:

- the first period, from 04:00 to 12:00: after waking up, during chanting, meditation,
and the daily meal, a single wall to the east shields the monk from the morning sun.

- the second period, from 12:00 to 20:00: during the time for studying the buddha’s teachings, the simple roof overhead shields the monk from the daytime sun.

- third period, from 20:00 to 04:00: chanting and meditation takes place in a space exposed to the elements, and the monk then sleeps under the hanging mosquito net umbrella.

the daily routine is expressed naturally by the design of the building. the circular form allows for precise directional siting of the building. the primary structural material is steel, and the color follows that of the monk’s robes.  (via designboom)