Wall of…frames?

Posted By Jill-LA | Aug 30, 2009 | 6 Comments | Category: Home Exteriors, Walls, Windows

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I recently wrote a post about a wall of mirrors…well, how about a wall of frames?  Gilded window frames, that is!  An architect in Sweden is building a housing project with windows of gilded window frames.  This project consists of 2 houses, both 6 stories wide, with 14 apartments (9 of them duplex apartments), glossy white enameled facade panels, with cast aluminium window frames that are gold leaf painted.  This reminds me a lot of something Philippe Starck would have done – mixing modern with rococo, neo-classicism, etc.

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Wall of Mirrors

Posted By Jill-LA | Aug 26, 2009 | 10 Comments | Category: Decorating, Design Inspiration, Walls

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Mirror, mirror, on the wall…

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Is it that time of year already?  Back to school!  I’ve seen the signs, the sales, the supplies…and since I am not out there buying back to school clothes (I wish!) nor supplies (those days were fun!) – maybe a bit of back to school furnishings?

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Looks like study hall: Trig Desk from CB2 retails for just $149.

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Old school desk:  School Days Desk from Urban Outfitters

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Stack your text books and notebooks on this bookshelf from Anthropologie.

When I think of schoolhouse style, I think of lighting:

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Schoolhouse Electric sells period light fixtures both online and in their Portland & Tribeca stores.

Also, check out the Classic Schoolhouse Shades from Rejuvenation – they come in an array of colors!

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And schoolhouse pendants are so pretty in a kitchen:

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How many science classes did you not spend sitting on those very uncomfortable stools?  This one from Crate & Barrel should definitely get you through first period chemistry:

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These stools look great in the kitchen, too:

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What a great place to sit and do homework – no excuse when you can store books right below the counter!

Pottery Barn sells the Schoolhouse Chair:

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Time for recess!





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Pretty Pool Houses

Posted By Jill-LA | Aug 23, 2009 | 8 Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Home Exteriors

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Summer may be winding down but that doesn’t mean these pool houses can’t inspire to use them year round!  Here are some images of both pretty and architecturally inspiring pool houses!

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Well, apparently Barbie has hired an interior designer and it’s none other than the Jonathan Adler!  Have to say, I am a bit miffed that it wasn’t me – I am, afterall, the one who decorated, redecorated, rearranged, decorated again, redecorated again, rearranged again and again and again…her house all throughout my *previous* years as a very young and budding decorator (I was about 6 or 7).  I mean, come on, did Mr. Adler decorate Barbie’s house when he was a kid?  (Okay, he just may have…)

That aside, Jonathan has done a marvelous job with Barbie’s chic pad – and she does deserve a designer like Jonathan Adler.

Just take a look at what he’s done for her bedroom:

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Barbie is living it up – so glam, so chic!  Love the area rug, the headboard, the bench, the screen, the pillow with her initial!

Jonathan even customized a few key pieces for her, like this love seat:

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It can be purchased here and includes the pillows and throw!

There is also this entire set:

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Love the side table, the table lamp, the vases! And an outfit to match!

Barbie just seems to have it all, doesn’t she!  The wardrobe, the car, the house, the decorator…is she still with Ken?  I’ve lost track after all these years!





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Wet Wood

Posted By Jill-LA | Aug 16, 2009 | 8 Comments | Category: Floors, Walls

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This company makes wood tiles that can be used in both dry & wet areas! Check out their site here.





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The Boating Life

Posted By Jill-LA | Aug 16, 2009 | 4 Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Designers

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I’ve always been fascinated with the design of boats.  I have spent my entire life around boats and have been boating since I was just a few month’s old.  Growing up, we had a few different boats but when I was a toddler my parent’s had a boat built for which we still have today. Because they had the boat built for themselves, they were able to customize a few key features.  Even when working with my own clients, I often reference the unique design of boats.  It’s especially amazing what can fit into the smallest of spaces. Our boat has a living/dining salon, 3 bedrooms (1 stateroom, 2 cabins), 2 full bathrooms, a kitchen, a bar, a washer/dryer, & ample storage.  All packed into a 42′ boat.  While areas are compact, they are not uncomfortable in any way.  Many spaces provide multi-use, whether it be for living or storage.  I think one critical element of boat design is the stability of furnishings and built-ins to withstand movement (such as the ocean).

This past week I spent vacationing on Catalina Island on our boat.  If you have never been to Catalina, it’s worth a visit!  A small island just off the coast of Southern California.

Here are a few highlights from my trip along with some pictures of the boat’s interior:

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Arriving in Avalon, after making the 2+ hour crossing the channel from Newport Beach. (Avalon is the main town on the island.)

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View of the Casino from our mooring, the historic landmark at the entrance to the harbor.

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The main salon on the boat, which doubles/triples as a living/dining/sleeping area (the coffee table can be raised on it’s pedestal and the table has hinges that fold out to make larger).  The built-in seating can be expanded for sleeping.  Drawers underneath provide ample storage in this u-shaped seating area.

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The bar area houses an extra sink & an ice maker (below) with a pull out  (just above the bar stools) for more surface space. Teak wood known for it’s durability to withstand the elements is used throughout the boat.

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The kitchen is compact but still holds all the amenities and storage.

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My bedroom on the boat.  Two twin beds & a nightstand with storage in the middle.  Don’t be fooled by the storage under the bed, though – those slide open to reveal plumbing – that coming from the toilets in the bathroom!  Not the most desired spot to be sleeping above!

Of course, the more luxurious yachts have interiors that you would hardly think you were on a boat:

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Aside from a little input on the interiors of our boat, I’ve never really designed the interior of a boat or yacht.  I would love to some day, though!  Kelly Wearstler had the opportunity to do the interior design of her own yacht, the Kordura.

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Another renowned designer who has designed yacht interiors is Philippe Starck:

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Ahhh, to be boating on one of these yachts…Happy Boating!





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When Yellow Met Gray

Posted By Jill-LA | Aug 05, 2009 | 14 Comments | Category: Color, Design Inspiration

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…or what I should say, is when I met this yellow & gray pillow because I seem to keep running into it!

I was at Target the other day, when I was first introduced to the pillow:

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Then I happen to see it again in this room:

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And then I happen to run into it again here:

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All in a week’s time and coincidentally coming off the heels of my recent post, “Stings Like A Bee” in which I blogged about yellow + black.  I’d say a little less sting but  I quite like it. The paler yellow, even a bit mustard-y, with gray is softer, less intense.  So here in these rooms, yellow meets gray:

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So White Now

Posted By Jill-LA | Aug 01, 2009 | 2 Comments | Category: Color, Design Inspiration

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I am smirking at the title of my own blog post.  All throughout my childhood, I was the little girl who couldn’t pronounce my “r’s” and endured years of speech therapy.  Fortunately, I can now say my “r” words but like the blog post title, I would have sounded like I said “white now” instead of “right now.”  Funny story, I used to live across the street from the actor John Wayne. My mom told me one morning she looked out the front window and said, “Look Jill, there’s Mr. Wayne” and I responded, “No Mr. Rain, Mr. Sunshine!”  Ahhh…how cute I was at the age of 5!  Anyway!  Let’s get white to the subject:  right rooms!

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Don’t forget to water your

Posted By Jill-LA | Aug 01, 2009 | 3 Comments | Category: Furniture

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Furniture that grows, featured here on Inhabitat!

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