@ home in barcelona

barcelona-apartment-window seat

Hello there.  Thanks to all of you, again, for the birthday wishes.  It was a quiet one, as expected and that’s ok: I have high hopes for next year (you know, when I actually turn The New 30)!

I’m starting off the week with a look at another small apartment. This time in Barcelona where nook architects got busy and creative in this apartment measuring 620sqf/57sqm. Basically, the living room flows into the kitchen which flows into the dining area which flows into the bedroom.  My favorite use of the space may just be in the first image above.  On the way to the terrace, a step also serves as a built-in storage bench and a window seat.





[images nook architects via living magazine]

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pinterest party planning

pinterest party planning via pinterestHola and Happy Friday!

I’ll be busy all day today turning: one step closer to “The New 30″ (how is that for cryptic).  And a low key birthday it will be: The Mr is out of town so it’ll just be me and little man. But if I were having a party, I would put it together based on some of the sweet and glam ideas I’ve gathered via my Pinterest board dining & entertaining. And I hope that it would look a little something like this…

pinterest party planning via pinterest

pinterest party planning via pinterest

pinterest party planning via pinterest

Oh yes. But, for this year, it’ll probably be me, a glass of chardonnay and the Blue Jasmine DVD I’ve been holding on to for about two months now.

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@ home in cape town

cape town living1

At over 1300sq f / 123 sq m, this place is slightly larger than the Parisian studio we just looked at a few days ago.

When they moved in, the homeowners priority became making the space as bright as possible.  And they have definitely achieved their goal: each room appears more light filled than the next.

Designer and homeowner Hanlie Nell has furnished the  home with a collection of carefully selected pieces along with some items that were inherited from her grandmother.

cape town home living and dining
cape town home bedrooms
cape town home baths[images adriaan louw via house and leisure za]




lumigado lighting

I was recently contacted by Lumigado- they wanted to let me know that, based on my post (?!), they had added the Babylon Light to their inventory.  I was thrilled to hear it.  Of course, this made sure that the rabbit hole that is the internet would lead me to the Lumigado website to see what other illuminating treasures they may be carrying.

And here are some of my faves…

lumigado lighting

@ home in a small paris studio

small paris studio apartment
Hello- Happy Friday AND Happy Second Day of Spring (or so I’m told).

I am leaving you for the weekend with a question: if you had to, could you pare down your belongings to fit into a small studio? A studio, say, 16sq m/170 sq f? Well, that is what you would have to do to take up residence in this small Parisian studio.

The studio is actually part of a larger apartment.  The homeowners had the idea of converting the once master bedroom, into a small studio that they could rent out to students.  With quite a bit of ingenuity, the space is filled with form and function to boot.

small paris studio apartment
small paris studio apartment

above: The space is split into two levels. On the lower, the coffee table slides below some low cabinets, the sofa becomes the bed and the same lower hung cabinets act as a headboard.  There is also a desk/work space in this section.

below: On the raised platform, there is a kitchenette with a breakfast bar. Behind an opaque glass wall, the bath.
small paris studio apartment
small paris studio apartment

I am currently on a mission to declutter and purge (more on that in  later posts).  This space completely adds to the motivation.


get the look: modern minimal1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5


[images marie claire maison + the owner builder network | design and architecture  julie nabucetmarc baillargeon]

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the secret life of the superhero

superhero artwork by greg guillemin
Have you seen this series of pop art prints titled The Secret Life of Heros?  Artist Greg Guillemin uses his artwork to depict superheros (and their arch nemesis in some cases) doing everyday run of the mill stuff (like smoking or picking their noses). Made me smile- hope it does the same for you!

superhero artwork of greg guillemin

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green on the floor

green colored floors

Today’s post just had to involve the colour green, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Every now and then we’ll see it in walls, more often than not we’ll find it in accessories. But how fun and unexpected is it to find green on the floor? And with so many variations and treatments available, there is a green floor for everyone.  A bold move indeed. A move to make Irish and all other eyes smile.

green colored floorsa white wash keeps it toned down

green colored floorstiles for high impact

green colored floorsa bright hue for wow effect in an otherwise white/neutral space

green colored floors

a green to match/compliment wall the wall colour…

[images 1 owen and vokes and peters  |  2 celia topping photo via design sponge  |  3 marrakech design tiles  |  4 moroso construction via houzz  |  5  via better homes and gardens]

weather or not

willow and jade floral

Hello and Happy Friday!

So, on Tuesday it was nearly 60F/16C, and yesterday- back to 25F/-4. Seriously, this schizophrenic act that the weather is pulling is making me batty.  I’ve decided  to will warmer and friendlier temperatures via the blog.  I’m just going to pretend I never got the memo about how freakishly unSpring this Spring is starting out to be. Who’s with me?!

willow + jade floral arrangements

I really am ready for succulents, roses and all kinds of blooms. Ready for parties in the backyard with strings of light hanging above…ok, forget Spring. Maybe it’s Summer that I am actually ready for…

{images, design and styling willow + jade}

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@ home in east hampton


Today, a look at the home of artist Cindy Sherman in East Hampton, NY.  Once  a neglected farmhouse, she was able to breathe new life into this 19th century site with the help of designer Billy Cotton. A home where Noguchi pieces mix and mingle with antiques from the early 19th century, I’m pretty sure this is one lady who would not shy away from Radiant Orchid.





{images jason schmidt via architectural digest}

10 ways with radiant orchid

pantone radiant orchidAnd how was your weekend?  Were you also graced with warmer temps on Saturday only to have it snatched away again come Sunday? Sigh…

No doubt, by now you’ve heard that Pantone has declared Radiant Orchid (18-3224) as the colour of the year.  But have you noticed that there seem to be two versions of the hue? A more subdued one and a more vibrant one?

Well, whichever you choose to go with, here are 10 small and fun ways to add this colour to your world.

10 Ways With Radiant Orchid

1  |  lamps plus actually carries an entire line of lamps that allows you to shop based on pantone colours  |  ovo table lamp in radiant orchid $100

2  |  an easy accessory to switch out either with the change of season or just on a whim  |  jennifer paganelli erin pillow $100

3  |  always my favorite way to try out a colour trend  |  illamasqua nail varnish in grab grape magenta & jo’mina electric lilac $17

4  |  these pulls will add the radiant orchid with a touch of elegance  |  swirled geode knob $18

5  |  this duvet cover is super affordable and pretty to boot  |  lyckoax duvet cover and pillowcases $30

6  |  make any meal a happier one  with this hue on your table  | villeroy & boch anmut colour dinner plate $40

7  |  this fun(ny) print just makes me chuckle |  pantone poster $20

8  |  enjoy ‘radiant orchid’ in the truest form possible  | orchid plant

9  |  keep that smart phone on trend too  |  pantone universe iphone case $30

10 |  you could always go get yourself some pantone paint and go to town on (insert unsuspecting piece of furniture here) | see pantone for store locator

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