Happy Friday, guys! Wow am I excited for the weekend. Even though I’m planning on getting some work done, I just love the fact that we’ll be home. For all of the traveling we do I’m really quite the homebody. That’s why I’m so excited to finally have framed all of the photo prints from my shop so we can enjoy them in our living room! I also had a little graphic fun with a photo I took of the Sydney Opera House. Looks kinda like a fan, doesn’t it? The color is just the pop that we needed in here.
All perfect timing too since I just received a copy of our home feature in IKEA Malaysia’s Live magazine (!!!). We had practically just moved in so it’s nice to see what we’ve done to make it even more homey since then.
A few simple touches of gold and red around our home have really made it feel like Christmas. From framing wrapping paper to making a mock fireplace, I’m quite happy with what I put together with the little that we have and can commit to. I really thought that we’d go without a tree this year since very few natural ones are imported (and are crazy expensive) so I was happy to find a little felt one from MUJI. It may not be big enough to put presents underneath, or give off the lovely smell of pine, but I love it. And best of all, we can flatten it and take it with us wherever we go without taking up much space. Maybe one day we’ll have dedicated garage space for holiday decor but for now, we’ve gotta stick to a large shoe box ;)
How do you decorate for the holidays? Do you deck the halls or just have a few favorite pieces?
I’ve been having a lot of fun lately but it’s time to really get back to work. There are a few new ventures that I’m prepping to launch this month (fingers crossed) and that means that I’ll be spending a lot of extra time sitting at my desk. If I had the chance to decorate anew I would choose modern blacks, natural textures, and pops of inspirational colors and patterns. All three combined would make for a casually sophisticated and artful place – perfect for getting things done. What’s your workspace style?
As much as I love LA, my dream is to own a home in Palm Springs. I love the architecture, the slower pace of life, and the dry heat that makes my thick and wavy hair feel silky and flat. My home will have a fabulous backyard with a pool + lounge area and I’ll always have my fabulous friends over for fabulous cocktails. I will go absolutely nuts decorating with a mix of vintage and modern pieces, making sure to pay homage to the structure of the house while still keeping things fresh. And yes, the house will of course be one of thoseiconic single story homes with perfectly balanced asymmetrical lines and no-fuss native landscaping. It will be fab-u-lous. Shall I fix you a drink?
Last month I kicked off the new series Let’s! with a weekend escape outfit but today it’s all about the home – it’s so fun to play house! I keep finding myself gravitating to clean and interesting lines and mixing them with organic elements and pops of unexpected art. The stacked cardboard lampshade and the playful PVC place settings that resemble blobs of paint (at least they do to me) couldn’t be more different but I love them together. I’m so sad that I missed the place settings on sale via Presive.com but I’ll find another way to get my hands on them, yes I will. And how cute is that little giraffe wine cork? It’s made in South Africa which is extra special since that’s where I really fell in love with them, the most majestic animals ever. Elephants and hippos more your thang? They’ve got you and your wine bottle covered, too.
Happy friday guys! It’s been a busy week but I’m not complaining. I still haven’t done much with my office nook so when I saw this vintage + modern work setting I knew that I had found my inspiration. I already have the antique wood table (though would never think of painting it, Joe would kill me), a nice black chair has been on my list, and I do love black and white for artwork. That abstract painting is too awesome for words but the shop it’s from is currently down for a re-launch next month (such a tease). However, it did give me the idea to unpack the vintage photos I bought last year in London’s Camden Market. Do you remember the DIY wall decor I made with them? I think they’ll look great above my desk but I might try a new display method to keep things fresh. Do standby.
I hope you have great weekend finding inspiration all around ya!
It’s the weekend and I’m pretty sure that some fun chores and cleaning are in order. If I had a floor covered with these handmade tiles by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Marrakech Design then I don’t think I’d ever mind sweeping up! I got so scroll happy when I first found them several months ago via Remodelista. Well, the design blog has one-upped themselves with a new round up of modern takes on Moroccan tiles - can I have one of each in every room please?!? They are so beautiful. One day, one day…
I can’t wait to move into a new flat that we can really make our own for the next year and a half. I’ve been calling and emailing letting/renting agents all morning and it made me realize that I haven’t really posted updated photos of our current place (see move-in photos here).
Not much has changed as we are still living like college students with scarce furnishings (remember when we couldn’t get the sofa we bought into our unit?). But, with a little help from IKEA, colorful rugs, and vintage accessories, we’ve made this crash pad feel more like home despite its inherent negatives.
Recognize the vintage finds from here, here, and here? And the five minute wall decor DIY?
It seems that every time I go somewhere new I end up wanting to live there but this time I really mean it.
Spent the weekend at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs and I fell in love. Dont necessarily need to live in sleepy Palm Springs but definitely want to make a home at the little stylish utopia that is the Ace.
Formerly a run-down Howard Johnson hotel, the Ace exemplifies laid back So Cal with a vintage edge. Every detail in this place is thoughtfully executed with a cool casualness and minimalistic yet functional approach. Nothing feels overdone or under appreciated…every item throughout the hotel gets to shine on its own.
Top top things off, the design and decor not only looks good but it oozes eco-friendliness. The only trace of plastic we saw all weekend was in the cups at pool-side (no glass by the pool rule always wins) and in the spa. Everything else seems to either use wood or natural fibers; signs are hand-painted slabs of wood (hopefully reclaimed) and lawn chairs feature cotton rope suspensions (sounds strange but its super comfy). Even the room key is biodegradable paper!
The landscaping is everything you would expect in the desert and hope to see everywhere else too. Native plants, trees, and raked dirt look clean and simple and when facing west, mirror the colors of the rocky mountains in the background.
As for the accommodations: imagine scoring big at the flea market or antique shop and then getting custom carpentry done to compliment the whole look. It was a perfect cross between Americana and mid-century modern, both new and old pieces, that felt like a familiar friend welcoming you home. I would have taken photos while the room was tidy but we were too in awe when we got in (and late for the surprise massage session the boyfriend booked!).
We did more than just drool over the decor and design, too. We drooled over the food… the spa… sweet tunes blasting at the pools…and imagined what it would be like to have a big party there. The entire weekend was exactly what I needed to re-charge before upcoming work travels.
Needless to say we will be going back soon but not soon enough!