i coveteth

July 30, 2010

An hermes blankie for myself, delish.

the orange would be just fine…

but I really love it in the green and blue as shown in this Kelly Wearstler designed room

Something you should know about me, I like my dinnerware and my bedding white.  So lately I have surprised myself by falling for all sorts of color when it comes to these items.

Particularly dinnerware, here’s a few that caught my eye…

this one appeals to my love of graffiti, splattered paint yum

the simplicity of white without being drab and dull

This is the pattern I grew up with, I thought it was so ugly, now I kind of like it.

the shape is so organic and the colors so soft

pure luxury

mmmmm birds…

these latte bowls are so good and so cheap

you always need a little jonathan adler cheekiness!

I started working on a house in the valley just about a year ago.  It’s a treehouse, built in 1964 by Los Angeles architect Ray Kappe.  Originally named the Strimmling House for the family who commissioned the project, it boasts many of the qualities that Kappe is known for.  A beautiful flow between indoors and out, the use of redwood galore, walls of windows from floor to ceiling…and it had not been properly cared for over the past 15 years.

Over the past year I have spoken to Mr. Kappe himself, worked with his lovely and sweet structural engineer who was the original engineer for the house back in the early 60’s (and yes, at over 80 years old, he got down on his hands and knees and was crawling around under the house with me checking out the foundations), dealt with the Getty  museum attempting to get a copy of Mr. Kappe’s final plans for the house which now reside there, jacked up decks, had a baby, landscaped, put in footings and new posts and beams and have basically done everything that was needed to restore the house to some resemblance of what Mr. Kappe had intended it to be.

Honestly, when I began working on the project the owner told me he believed someone would most likely want to bulldoze the house.  I could see that all the house needed was a little love and someone who believed it was worth saving and that’s exactly what I set out to do.

Sometimes a house or a project can look a lot scarier than it really is and this was definitely that house.  It still has a long way to go, I didn’t do a full restoration, my job was to get it presentable for sale, basically my job was to get the house into a state that didn’t scare people away and then stage it.

I’ll let you judge for yourself, but I think I accomplished my mission…

gray(grey)

July 20, 2010

My favorite color is gray.  I could happily live in a world of gray in a variety of textures and hues with a few accents of color here and there.  Or not.

There is something so calming and sophisticated about gray.  It’s not only easy on the eye, but on the emotions.  Just about every color works with gray, and it becomes such a lovely back ground for strong pops of color such as fuschia and yellow and cobalt blue.

For some beige is their neutral, but for me…it’s gray.

summer yum

July 18, 2010

What are some of your favorite summer decor items???  Please post your favorites in the comments, and leave a link or website to find them!

An SRID favorite is the Knotted Melati Hanging Chair from Anthropologie…

F O N T

July 14, 2010

I appreciate a good font.  Fine handwriting.  Letters.

Here are a few font inspired items of decor…enjoy!

MAHARAM letters by Gunnar Aagaard Andersen

Helvetica wall panels from B+N Industries

Chris Labrooy’s lorem ipsum lamp

Letters bookshelf by Pieter de Leeuw

Antique letters used as decor

Flocked letter cushion by Bev Hisey

Font coasters through Carolina Cottage

alphabet wall art by Bookhou

banksy

July 12, 2010

I love graffiti.

I’ve posted about it before.  In my post I included an image by BANKSY, a London graffiti artist who has become more and more well known over the years.  BANKSY has been growing in popularity and seems to be getting a lot of interest from the masses.

You can find out all you need to know about who BANKSY is or isn’t by googling him and reading his wikipedia page…what I love about BANKSY is how he is taking areas, buildings and other urban environments and turning them into works of art.  I love that his art can’t be bought or sold, and that it appears randomly for all to see and enjoy.