Category Archives: Interior Design

Dream Home – A Modern Farmhouse

Ever dream of living in a certain city, in a certain style home? Experiencing life surrounded by different things influenced by a different culture?  I am guilty of this on a daily basis. I browse hundreds of interior design and architectural images every month and drool over a vast majority of them. My mind starts to wander, I can picture my self in a London flat around the corner from the Victoria & Albert Museum. Perhaps I see images of a cozy rustic cabin, all of a sudden, I am living in the country side of Copenhagen. See what I mean? Its pretty fun, I recommend giving it a try. Its a nice escape from reality. Haha.

This beautiful abode made me imagine myself living in Napa Vally, with a few grape vines and some olive tree’s on the property. Summer would be filled with endless days of poolside parties.  This would be my modern farmhouse. No, it is not your typical farmhouse. I love the modern clean lines to the interior, and the contrast of the rustic stone that covers the exterior. Its unique, but somehow seems appropriate.

Dream Home - A modern Farmhouse

Dream Home - A modern Farmhouse

Dream Home - A modern Farmhouse

Dream Home - A modern Farmhouse

Dream Home - A modern Farmhouse

Dream Home - A modern Farmhouse

Dream Home - A modern Farmhouse

Dream Home - A modern Farmhouse

Dream Home - A modern Farmhouse

Dream Home - A modern Farmhouse

{images from Tribe Studio Architects }

Modernism Week – Park Imperial South

We had the pleasure of attending Modernism Week in Palm Springs this year. What a fantastic celebration of all things Mid Century! There are a number of different home tours you can attend during Modernism week. They all looked so wonderful. We chose to tour the iconic Park Imperial South. A resort style community built in 1961. This modern desert oasis was designed by Barry A. Berkus at the age of 25. He filled these homes with beautiful terrazzo flooring, built in appliances, mahogany shoji screens and charming little private courtyards. Then toped them with the most modern feature yet, their folded plate roofs.   All this packed into a house smaller than 1500 square feet.

Modernism Week - Park Imperial South

The owners of these homes have done well to keep the original elements of these mid century classics.  Park Imperial South has been restoring the complex through out the past ten years with the help of funding through the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation.

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Modernism Week - Park Imperial South

Seven home owners were kind enough to open their homes for us design enthusiasts to tour. They also gave us the opportunity to photograph their well designed mid century interiors.

Enjoy touring our favorite spaces from Park Imperial South. I applaud these home owners for showing such respect to the mid century classics, that are their homes.

Modernism Week - Park Imperial South

Modernism Week - Park Imperial South

Modernism Week - Park Imperial South

Modernism Week - Park Imperial South

Modernism Week - Park Imperial South

Modernism Week - Park Imperial South

Modernism Week - Park Imperial South

Modernism Week - Park Imperial South

Modernism Week - Park Imperial South

Modernism Week - Park Imperial South

{ images – Erin Conklin / Girl and the Abode}

In a Creative Rut. Part 1

We all experience moments of pure and utter “blahness”. A state that shows no hope for anything meaningful, unique, fresh or new. We may start to wonder when we will snap out of it? Or will we, because,  sometimes it lasts a bit longer than a moment. This scenario is starting to sound pretty bleak… time for some positive.

I want to share with you my experience with this over the last few months. Somewhere around the middle of January I really started to feel creatively stifled. Its not for lack of any inspiration around me. You can always find something in a time of need. But, I was just letting this rut take over me. I got lazy and stopped writing ,stopped working on creative side projects. Our business also has had a very slow past few months. So, this can obviously come on for a number of reasons. I had to stop this in its tracks! I sat down and staring jotting down ideas to get me out, started really thinking about where I want to be this time next year. I started thinking about how I really need to learn techniques that will pull me out of a creative rut in the future. When you have a creative career, or are building one, its bound to happen, the key is to know yourself and how to pull through this uninspired moment.

I created a pretty extensive list, so, I think i will break this article up into a small series. Every Wednesday over the next month I will give you ideas you can add to your bag of tricks for pulling through a creative rut.

Read Blogs. This one may seem obvious, but seeing what other people are doing in your field can be so inspiring!  A few of my go to reads are:    SFGirlByBay - Victoria Smith has great style and always gives her readers something fresh to  see. Plus, her resources page is chalked full of inspiration! I browse that page often! Diary of an Interior Novice - Doris Lee is a blogger friend of mine. I have mentioned her in past blogs here. She is a student of Interior design and writes about all she is learning along the way. Her writing style is very eloquent, and I always leave her blog feeling inspired to keep  learning more about my field. The Jealous Curator is my most favorite blog to visit for artistic inspiration. She curates some of the most interesting and beautiful art I have come across. All mediums are included in her finds, and they will just blow your mind! Blogs are an endless form of creative research. Here are a few more you an browse:

  1. Door Sixteen
  2. North Little
  3. The House that Lars Built
  4. The Owls House
  5. Meadow at Dusk

I discovered these beautiful installations through The Jealous Curator. They are photographed and created by Autumn de Wilde. Stunning huh?

In a Creative Rut Part 1

In a Creative Rut Part 1

In a Creative Rut Part 1

In a Creative Rut Part 1

 Lightings, Layers & Reflections. {All images via AutumnDeWilde.tumblr.com}

Learn a new skill. I am a lifer when it comes to my education. Not in the formal sense of the idea though. I do not and will not have multiple degrees behind my name. What I mean by keep learning, is find something that interests you, even if it has nothing to do with your career at the moment. I recently purchased a loom so I could learn how to weave. I did this because I was interested, and because I want my brain to be stimulated by something other than blogging and interior design. This point is very very important. As creatives, we need to find inspiration outside of our box. This can open us up to many unique and creative thoughts. I also love that online learning has become so prevalent. Check out SkillShare.com, it is a site where you can learn many different skills from your creative colleagues for a very small fee.

Exercise & Diet. This is a big one for me. I am a runner. When I have weeks of little or no physical activity, my brain suffers. I find exercise is key for keeping my anxiety levels down and keeping my brain clear. I have a few exercise routines to keep me focused, and have found things I like to do. Its finding an activity that makes you feel strong and ready to accomplish anything that is the key. I also like hiking and taking yoga to help me with this.  Diet is another factor that can effect or thinking. I make sure to avoid sugar, and any refined products. I always try to eat fresh and cook at home. This is a good way to avoid unnecessary fat or sodium that can consume restaurant food. Check out 101cookbooks.com.  It is a wonderful resource for healthy cooking. They also have gluten free and vegetarian recipes that look delicious. You can also follow my healthy living board on Pinterest here.

Thats enough for today. Let me know if any of this helps, or what your techniques for inspiring creativity are. Have a wonderful week. I am striving to post an article two days a week. So I hope to see you back here soon.

 

Parisian Perfection

I was browsing through Share Design Inspiration Blog and came across this stunning Parisian apartment.  It is the home to a design power couple, Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier. They converted this 19th century apartment into a classic, yet contemporary space. They complimented the bones of this beautiful apartment with their minimalistic approach to the decor. I love how monochromatic it is, and yet so many interesting aspects to their design approach. The oversized art leaning against the walls are so wonderful. You don’t often see this done with such grace. Enjoy browsing this lovely home….

parisian perfection

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{ images from ShareDesign.com }

G&A Travel Guide – Höst Copenhagen

While we were just recently in Copenhagen we had the pleasure of eating at Höst, one of a handful of restaurants owned by Cofoco, a Danish restauranteurs company.  Besides the food being pretty fantastic, the interior design was absolutely stunning. I love the minimalistic approach to Scandinavian style they chose to use. It really compliments the nordic style menu they have created here at Höst. The modern, rustic, Scandinavian interiors that make up Höst were designed by Norm Architects and Menu. These two companies are definitely leaders in Scandinavian design. I found so much inspiration within these walls.  The rustic textures of the walls and ceilings adds so much warmth, plus all the great pottery and plants scattered about really draws you into the space. Serious kudos to the designers behind Höst. I’m kinda in love, is it too obvious?! HA!

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G&A Travel Guide - Höst Copenhagen

G&A Travel Guide - Höst Copenhagen G&A Travel Guide - Höst Copenhagen G&A Travel Guide - Höst Copenhagen G&A Travel Guide - Höst Copenhagen G&A Travel Guide - Höst Copenhagen G&A Travel Guide - Höst CopenhagenYou can find all the gorgeous New Norm dinnerware featured here and loads more of beautiful minimalistic items featured with their designers in Menu’s latest catalogG&A Travel Guide -  Höst Copenhagen

G&A Travel Guide -  Höst Copenhagen

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Interior Restaurant Design Crush - Höst

G&A Travel Guide -  Höst Copenhagen Its not surprising that Höst won “The World’s Best Designed Restaurant” award by the Bar & Restaurant Design Awards in London in September of this year. What did surprise me is this would be the first time ever a Danish restaurant received the award. We visited a handful of restaurants in Copenhagen alone ( including Noma) that I felt were just beautiful, and better than some I have seen anywhere.  But, I am partial to Nordic / Scandinavian style. I want to close this post with a quote from New Norm’s thoughts on Höst. Höst is “the exquisite result of clashes : romantic, yet modern, urban yet simplistic. It holds a very special place in people’s hearts because of its multiple stories, mixed inspirations and materials.” Could not have said it better myself. So, what do you think of this restaurant? Do you love Nordic style interiors? Have you ever been here? Would love to hear your thoughts / opinions on this design. Have a great weekend!

{images – Norm Architects Copenhagen, Menu, Bar & Restaurant Design Awards}

 

 

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