November 2, 2012
October 8, 2012
I had the privilege of being invited to a salon at the home of architect Ray Kappe and his wife last month. It was pretty exciting for me as I have worked on 2 Kappe homes and am a huge fan.
Nestled in the Santa Monica Canyon, I have driven past the home a few times. I have even stopped in the road and stared at the house in admiration a couple times wondering how many have done the same, and if the Kappe’s must think we are all nuts…
They love their house, I’m sure they understand and appreciate that we do too.
The sunken living room.
Standing in the dining room looking across the living room (middle, below) to the lounge.
Standing in the lounge looking back across to the dining room and kitchen above that.
The lounge (above), the office (below). The living room falls somewhere in between.
Master Bath. I LOVE the ladder towel racks, poured into the concrete as an architectural yet functional element.
LOVE this window seat!!!
Exterior steps leading up to the pool and rooftop deck.
August 22, 2012
I’ve been working on this mid-century architectural home and my client really wants the items we select to feel period. She is also drawn to really modern objects and furnishings.
We have approached her home with the perspective that we will be respectful of the period in which the home was built (1964), but with modern updates.
I had this gorgeous Nina Campbell wallpaper installed and it couldn’t have been more perfect. The pattern in the paper feels so 1960’s, but the hand drawn flowers outlined in black make it feel more modern and updated.
Paired with a 1960’s danish modern rocker upholstered in Knoll fabric with a cushion in a China Seas linen, a custom night table, a custom bed also in Knoll fabric and vintage lamp and you have the perfect mix of modern and vintage all in one.
It was so good, I didn’t want to leave…
July 30, 2012
I know I’m a little late in the game posting about the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. I’m sure all you hipsters out there have already been there, done that, but given its awesomeness I also know that you probably won’t mind seeing a few nice pics…
For those of you who haven’t been, the Ace is a wonderful hotel tucked into the mountains in the south end of Palm Springs. It used to be a Howard Johnson but was recently completely renovated and updated into the most hip, un-kitch mid-century oasis one could ask for. Its almost like mid-century modern hipster camp.
We usually love being out in Palm Springs, exploring architecture and all the funky consignment and vintage stores, but we didn’t even leave the grounds of the hotel once. Between the pool, restaurant and our perfect little room with private patio we couldn’t think of a reason to leave.
I highly recommend!
The view from my lounge chair at the pool.
my frosty beverage.
lounge chairs by the pool
the counter in the super yummy restaurant, I loved the tile shown here which is used generously all over the hotel.
lounging in bed, that’s the control to my son’s RC car.
July 28, 2012
My girlfriend, who is also a designer, and I were having a conversation about how much we love ombre. Something I’ve noticed when it comes to discussing ombre, is that everyone says it differently and no one really knows if they have it right. Like ikat, is it eye-cat, ee-cot? It’s ee-cot, BTW…
Anyway, I brought this up to my girlfriend because she was pronouncing ombre the way that I most hear it – hombre, like ‘man’ in spanish. I’ve always pronounced it om-bruh, with the uh almost silent. I don’t hear many say it that way though. I thought it was a french word, hence my attempt at proper pronunciation, but I wasn’t sure. So I looked it up.
Ombre is the french word meaning shades.
It is pronounced OM-burr.
June 22, 2012
I presented to a potential client yesterday. The space is a great open hangar with bow truss ceilings, concrete floors and lots of natural light. It would be an awesome project and I had so much fun putting my presentation together.
There is one image that I included in the presentation that I can’t stop thinking about. It’s perfection!
May 31, 2012
I am having a cabinet made for a client and it is going to be wallpapered. I thought it would be fun to share the process with you from start to finish.
Here is a sketch of the cabinet being made, a sample of the wallpaper that will be applied and a picture of the room where it will sit when it is complete.
Look for images of the cabinet in process next…
The cabinet will be just shy of 96 inches long and will be made of MDF. It doesn’t need to be pretty, just a smooth surface for the paper.
The paper is from Cole & Sons geometrics line.
The cabinet will sit against the black wall in the background, just beyond the 72 inch round vintage walnut dining table. The light fixture is being swapped for a spectacular off white David Weeks masterpiece. The living room in the foreground is in progress as well…