it’s been a while since i went daydreaming about where i might like to live. i very often have fantasies about living in new york city — a stylish NY loft-like space would suit my fancy quite nicely, thank you very much. i imagine it to be an eclectic mix of sleek modern meets vintage-inspired. lots of black, white and neutrals. in my dreams, i live here: new york city.
i love the idea of some simple but stylish and space-saving barstools at the kitchen counter. also – a sweet little coffee station is a must. the dining room will have floor to ceiling book cases and an ultra modern and fantastic light fixture. eames arm chairs will look smashing around a simple polished black marble dining table. and naturally, i’ll have a fantastic view from my kitchen + dining area of the manhattan skyline.
in the hallway from dining room to living room, i’ll have a little modern art gallery of my very own, shared in a grouped collection on one big white wall. the living room will be nice and cosy with a natural sisal rug, soft sheepskin throws over a low slouchy sofa and modernist chaise lounge by the fireplace to mix things up a little.
i’ll keep my bedroom open and airy with a large geroge nelson bubble lamp to enhance the tall ceilings. to add a bit of charm i’ll share my sentimental but somewhat kitschy collection of new york city souvenirs. and lastly, my bathroom will be a pretty little sanctuary from the big bad city — peaceful and filled with lovely light. okay — i think i’m ready! NYC here i come.
this is one stunning and dramatic space. located in The Hague in the Netherlands, these apartment dwellers went to the dark side when selecting paint colors for their walls. but there’s so much great light and colorful, quirky accessorizing here that it still looks bright and cheerful. the different tones of gray and black matte paint look so pretty on those tall ceilings and just beautiful in direct contrast to the ornate white crown molding, giving this home a really modern, stylish feel, especially when paired with a mix of vintage and contemporary furnishings. love this dark beauty!
Top to bottom, left to right:
1. Settle into the soft, comfortable floor seating of this Spanish living room.
2. Form and function achieve harmony with the Kaico enamelware collection.
3. miCO. architects transform and extend a house in Tokyo’s dense residential landscape.
4. This outdoor fireplace is the perfect place to cozy up as summer transitions to fall.
5. Naoto Fukasawa’s Wire Ware egg crate is both ordinary and ingenious.
whatcha reading these days? any good recommendations for us? sometimes i haven’t the luxury of time to read an entire novel (as much as I’d love to!), but i do like a good picture book, and cookbooks are my weakness. such pretty photographs to be inspired by. there’s been a few books on my ‘wanted’ list, and a few new favorite reads i’ve recently discovered, so i thought i’d share a few today. but, please — do tell what’s on your coffee table these days? i always enjoy a good book or magazine recommendation!
after spending the last couple of weeks in los angeles, this book looks pretty interesting — Los Angeles: Portrait of a City. A pictorial history of the City of Angels; it’s Rise and sprawl or how Los Angeles came to be.
i am utterly in love with cooking journal, cherry bombe. have you ever read it? it’s got the most unexpected and lovely stories about food and the people who love it. and the photographs are stunning. this is my favorite must-read.
i’ll bet this is a good read — based on the documentary about her, this is one eccentric and brilliant woman. i’m ordering a copy of diana vreeland memos, filled with her personal memos to friends and colleagues. juicy, i’ll bet.
i’ve heard wonderful things about this cookbook, ceviche peruvian kitchen. i love ceviche and would love some variations on my usual go-to recipe. ordered. check.
how about taschen’s Cabins? i think i could really get into this book — the ultimate quiet escape to a cabin in the woods. i think there’s some extraordinary cabins featured here.
it’s so awfully nice to have an area at home all our very own to work from. but quite often the question is not ‘why not?’, but ‘where will we find the space?’. since laptops are quite the norm these days, not much space is necessary for a quiet little corner to ourselves — you can carve a niche for yourself just about anywhere. here’s a decorating dozen ideas for small desks and work stations. from desks that fold out from the wall, to desk nooks under loft bunks here’s a few small, but inspirational work spaces i love.