@ home in milan


Hello there. Hope you all enjoyed a lovely and long weekend (and for those of you not in The States, I hope your weekend felt longer than the two days allotted.)

In case you hadn’t noticed, I have a particular penchant for posting about apartment living and small spaces. Maybe because I can relate more to such spaces. Maybe because I feel like designing those spaces calls for a different kind of creativity.  One that involves getting all of your spatial needs met Today, a look at the home of Gordon Guillaumier, a product designer based out of Milan. 850 sq f/79 sq m. Beyond the basics (bed and bath) he also manages to house a living area suitable for entertaining, a library (pictured above) and galley kitchen with an eating nook.




[images andrea wyner via living magazine]

memorial day | summer kick off

summer kick off

Hello and Happy Friday!

Oh I know, we are still about a month away from the first official day of Summer.  But, around these parts, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of the season. And after the Winter we just had, I think we can go ahead and usher Summer in right about now.

I am leaving you for the weekend with a wish for your Summer. Much like the image above, I wish you: serene spaces, lots of lounging about, hammocks, lush flowers, exotic lanterns that light up your nights…and, oh yeah, Panton chairs (did you catch those?)- for a dash of the unexpected.

Hope you have a great weekend- I’ll meet you back here on Wednesday.

[image unknown via a pair & a spare]

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hairpin happy: a side table round up

Today a look at a great way to add a touch of mid-century modern without splurging on space: with a side table. They can be found in an array of styles and colors (and prices). Feeling brave? You could also buy the legs online and add them to your own surface for a personalized look.

hairpin happy: a sidetable round up

1 | just citrus and talk accent table | modcloth $150

2 | screw and pins side table | dot & bo $300

3 | pavo end table | room and board $419

4 | delta stool | horne $389

5 | neon nightstand | land of nod $179

6 | pin leg side table | west elm $329


@ home in a madrid apartment


…and how was your weekend? Ours kicked off with a deluge on Friday, but shaped up eventually.

But, here we are. Another Monday and another eye-catching home to start us off.  This Madrid apartment certainly isn’t short on character.  It is a perfect example of how, if the background is kept neutral and colors in the same hue family, different styles from different eras can play well with each other. Mid Century Modern pieces, antique furnishings and Ikea accessories- all of them mixing & mingling and coexisting in this eclectic Madrid apartment.




madrid-apartment-nook[images via nuevo estilo]

friday for kiddos: the land of nod

Hello and Happy Friday!

I just received a Land of Nod catalog this week. I have to say, I liked what I saw. Their inventory is a mix of fun items (hello jumbo knit stacker!) and more mature pieces that would stand the test of time as the little one gets all grown-up. They also tend to partner with artists, bloggers and the like for their designs. For example, currently, you can find bedding and other accessories by Joy Cho of Oh Joy!

Whats more, they’ve done a great job at styling the items to appeal the more design-minded consumer.





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wall of floating bookshelves


Is there an app or add-on of some sort that tells you what your most Pinned items are? (If so, do share!)  Based on the notes from Pinterest, the above image of a wall of floating bookshelves, has got to be one of my most rePinned Pins. It has been rePinned a total of 343 times to date.

I can see why it is popular.  A clever and entertaining way to store books while, at the same time, adding color to a wall.  It is a definite commitment and not for the faint at heart.  But, if you are interested, you can purchase these ‘concealed shelves’, inexpensively, here. You can also find a diy approach here.

[photo marja photography | hirsitalossa blog via life as a moodboard]

Ahem…an update for those of you wondering how it really works (Erin ;-).  On the left, is the ready-made shelf. You can see it has small hooks on either side of the bottom to hold the back cover in place.  On the right is the diy idea. Unfortunately, this involves sacrificing a book to be used as a base to the shelf.


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@ home in south london


Hello there- hope you all had a marvelous weekend. As a “First Mother’s Day”, I have to say yesterday made the whole weekend for me.  But honestly, somebody should do something about making breakfast in bed and flowers a mandatory Sunday thing…

Starting off the week with a look at a South London home.  While the living area (above) feels cozy enough for a cold Winter’s day, the rest of the home gives off the airy feeling that Spring and Summer call for.  It is eclectic in style and decor and features vibrant and colorful pieces against a neutral backdrop.




london-home-officeabove: fun in theme, mature in color palette, this wall covering helps this room execute its double duty of home office and family room

below: a colorful yellow paint adds a big pop of color in the kid’s attic room


get the look: kid's room

grey paint yellow paint  |  pillow cover  |  map chair  |  rug

[images Jeroen Van Der Spek via house to home]
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under the sea at anthropologie


Hello and Happy Friday!

There is something about nautical themed fashion and home decor- I’m a big fan.  Maybe it’s because it creates the illusion feeling of being on permanent holiday by the sea.

Imagine my happy surprise, on a recent trip to Anthropologie, to find that the retailer has a plethora of deep-sea themed accessories for the home.  From shower curtains to bottle openers. Anchors, mermaids (and mermen) and octopi – they are all there. So, let’s dive in (sorry, couldn’t be helped).

[pardon the image qualities as these were all taken with my mobile]


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@ home in a forestville, california studio

I had another home to post about for today, but when Rooth mentioned how amazing the room above was in Monday’s post , I decided to share the rest of that space instead.
The nook is actually located in a California studio that serves as a guest house/art studio/work space/meeting locale.  Architect Cathy Schwabe designed the multifunctional space. She says, “The room as a whole lends itself easily to the flexibility of furniture arrangements the varied group functions requires.”
The 864 sf/80 sm studio features exposed beams, hidden work stations and our favorite- polished concrete floors.
home-forestville-california-studio-exterior[images davyid wakely via houzz | oakland architects & cathy schwabe architects | quote source fine home building]
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otomi prints 5 ways


I haven’t done a 5 ways post in forever.  But what better day for one than Cinco de Mayo?!  I thought this year we could celebrate with a look at Otomi prints in interiors. Named for the Mexican Otomi Indians, these bold animal and floral graphics can be found in bright hues or neutrals. Either way, a timeless addition to any interior.





[wall art urban road | bedding unknown via muzaiki  | table runner image emily of the beetle shack | wall stencil via apartment therapy | pillows image david wakely via houzz]
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