Category Archives: design & style

Color (Old Cannery Door)

bluehousewooddoor Old Cannery Door in Port Townsend, Washington. Just for the colors – love the deep blues, earthy browns and yellows.

Design Love: Otherworldly Sink

Today’s design love comes via Dezeen, which highlighted this stainless steel bit of gorgeousness from Canadian studio The Practice of Everyday Design.

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“The idea was to give it a sense of time, as if someone had sat there every day scrubbing the surface until it was so clean it became a mirror,” says Antoine Morris. “The final effect is also almost as if the sink is covered in condensation and someone wiped just one area clean to see themselves.”

The effect is one of ethereal, haunting beauty, as if someone drew back a curtain to reveal a window into another world. Love.

Caffeinated Links: Grand Central Station House Installation, Whole Foods’ Mock “Healthy” Food, Emma Approved

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This is amazing. Target builds life-size house installation in Grand Central Station to promote its Threshold home decor. RT

The Onion delivers as always. “Noting with evident resentment how he just breezes through life, local sources told reporters Monday that Howard Preston, 33, seemingly coasts by solely on his good looks, tireless work ethic, and extensive real estate law expertise.” RT

The Daily Beast on the minor difference between pseudo science and pseudo religion, and Whole Foods’ lack of verified food science. “Well, no—there isn’t really much difference, if the promulgation of pseudoscience in the public sphere is, strictly speaking, the only issue at play. By the total lack of outrage over Whole Foods’ existence, and by the total saturation of outrage over the Creation Museum, it’s clear that strict scientific accuracy in the public sphere isn’t quite as important to many of us as we might believe. Just ask all those scientists in the aisles of my local Whole Foods.” RT

The latest episode of Emma Approved, the webseries loosely based on Austen’s Emma, is unusually adorable. RT

A recurring character arc has been announced for Doctor Who, with Samuel Anderson playing a teacher at Clara’s school who gets sucked up in TARDIS business. RT

Love

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I love this room to a scary degree, because it combines both my love of rustic, woodsy simplicity and my love of rich boho colors and ethnic textiles. Adore. (There’s also a Greco-Roman look underlying, with its stone walls and ceiling, wooden door, and floor candles).

Interior Love

What do you think of this Michael Bastian interior? Oddly enough, I’d never personally go for the look of pictures and paintings covering the walls, but I always enjoy it when I see other people do it. This richly decorated Victorian-esque room gracefully balances on the line between overly ornate and coherent. I particularly love the colors.

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12 Rules For Men by Mindy Kaling

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Mindy KalingThe Office actress and author of “Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me?”, lists these 12 rules for guys on how to succeed at manhood. I find them surprisingly true.

Guys Need To Do Almost Nothing To Be Great

Being a Guy is so easy. A little Kiehl’s a little Bumble and Bumble, a peacoat, a pair of Chuck Taylors, and you’re hot. Here’s my incredibly presumptuous guide to being an awesome guy, inside and out (mostly out, for who am I to instruct you on inner improvement?). (Let me say here that if you’re some kind of iconoclastic dude who goes by the beat of your own drummer, you will find this insufferable. I totally respect that.  I would never want you to stop wearing your skinny jeans and straw hat. I mean it!)

1. Buy a well-fitting peacoat from J.Crew. Or wait until Christ-mas sales are raging and buy a designer one, like Varvatos or something. Black looks good on everyone (Obvious Cops) and matches everything (Duh Police), but charcoal gray is good too. You can always look like a put-together Obama speech-writer with a classy peacoat. Oh! and get it cleaned once a year. Sounds prissy, but a good cleaning can return a peacoat to its true black luster, and make you look as snappy as the first day you wore it.

2. Have a signature drink like James Bond. it’s silly, but I’m always so impressed if a guy has a cool go-to drink. Obviously, if it has a ton of fancy ingredients like puréed berries or whatever, you can look a little bit like a high-maintenance weirdo, so don’t do that. If you like scotch, have a favorite brand. it makes you look all actualized and grown-up. (You don’t have to say your drink order with the theatrical panache of James Bond. That’s for close-ups.)

3. Own several pairs of dark wash straight-leg jeans. Don’t get bootcut, don’t get skinny, just a nice pair of levis without any embellishments on the pockets. No embellishments anywhere. At all. Nothing. Oh my god.

4. Wait until all the women have gotten on or off an elevator before you get on or off. Look, I’m not some chivalry nut or anything, but this small act of politeness is very visual and memorable.

5. When you think a girl looks pretty, say it, but don’t reference the thing that might reveal you are aware of the backstage process. e.g., say, “You look gorgeous tonight,” not “I like how you did your makeup tonight.” Also, a compliment means less if you compliment the thing and not the way the girl is carrying it off. so, say, “You look so sexy in those boots,” rather than “Those boots are really cool.” I didn’t make the boots! I don’t care if you like the boots’ design! We are magic to you: You have no idea how we got to look as good as we do.

6. Avoid asking if someone needs help in a kitchen or at a party, just start helping. Same goes with dishes. (Actually, if you don’t
want to help, you should ask them if they need help. No self respecting host or hostess will say yes to this question.)

7. Have one great cologne that’s not from the drugstore. Just one. Wear very little of it, all the time. I cannot tell you how sexy it is to be enveloped in a hug by a man whose smell you remember. Then anytime I smell that cologne, I think of you. Way to invade my psyche, guy! Shivers-down-spine central!

8. Your girlfriend’s sibling or parents might be totally nuts but always defend them. Always. all a girl wants to do is to get along with her family, and if you are on the side of making it easy, you will be loved eternally. It might be easier to condemn them— after all, she’s doing that already—but, honestly, even if they are serial murderers, there is nothing more traumatic than hearing your boyfriend trash your family.

9. Kiehl’s for your skin, Bumble and Bumble for your hair. Maybe a comb. That is all you need. and when girls look in your medicine cabinet (which they will obviously do within the first five minutes of them coming to your place), you look all classily self restrained because you only have two beauty products. You’re basically a cowboy.

10. I really think guys only need two pairs of shoes. a nice pair of black shoes and a pair of Chuck Taylors. The key, of course, is that you need to replace your Chuck Taylors every single year. You cannot be lax about this. Those shoes start to stink like hell. They cost $40. You can afford a new pair every year.

11. Bring wine or chocolate to everything. People love when guys do that. not just because of the gift, but because it is endearing to imagine you standing in line at Trader Joe’s before the party.

12. Get a little jealous now and again, even if you’re not, strictly, a jealous guy. Too much and it’s creepy and horrible, but a possessive hand on her back at a party when your girlfriend looks super hot is awesome.

Read more excerpts from the novel at Republic of Brown

Interior Love

Some interiors from Furbish Studio caught my eye today.

Cute waiting room and/or living room, all patterned pillows and pastel colors – I’m especially in love with that raspberry armchair.

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This is a fairly ordinary kitchen, but I love the boho rug and the plants that brighten it up.

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This eclectic interior has bold background accents – velvet red wall, blue and white curtains – balacned out by plain tan furniture – and a vaguely colonial air, with its leopard-print pillow, zebra table, and spotted rug.

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I’ve seen some displays of starburst mirrors that I liked, but this one is hogging all the space and attention and I’m just not a fan of the elongated look of the room in general

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Design Love: All of the Lights

I have an obsession with lights. The warm muted glow of a lamp, the bright definitive statement of a ceiling light, the throwback vintage of a wall sconce, the magic-carpet-ride of Christmas lights or string lights, the slight oriental touch of a globe lamp or paper lantern, the bold designer statement of hanging lights, the luxuriousness of a chandelier.

This industrial chandelier from Uncovet is one of the most gorgeous of its kind I’ve seen – and I already think that all industrial lighting is stunning. 18 lights, stained ebony wood, black wire, and hardware in antique silver and antique gold.

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It’s really hard for me to handle the perfection of these minimalist wood hanging lights from Masahiro Minami design studio, appropriately titled ‘glory.’

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Curated: New Design Magazine

One of my very favorite design bloggers, Priya Iyer of Once Upon a Tea Time, has created her own magazine of carefully-curated interior and design inspiration. It is a treasure trove of bright fabrics, unusual decor, and interviews with creatives and Renaissance women. I’ve always particularly enjoyed Priya’s blog (and now magazine) because she often highlights Indian designers, and while Indian design tends to be vibrant and unique, bursting with color and bold patterns, it can often be overlooked in mainstream design publications and discussions.

Read “Curated” here

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Interior Love: Cabin in the Woods

Via Est, this cabin interior is one of the most breathtaking I’ve ever seen, such a perfect blend of boho colors and patterns with the pillows, minimal rugs and sheets, and modern streamlined lamps and bedstands. interior

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