Alphabet Wooden Bookend

Posted 2 November 2013 at 12:31 AM | Comments (0)

We’ve been back in the U.S. for four months now. We’re not settled in by any means—we’re living in my parents’ house and job hunting—but despite that, I’m in house mode. I’m always in house mode.

I love this wooden alphabet bookend from graphicspaces.com. It makes me want to fill shelves again.

Alphabet Wooden Bookend from GraphicSpaces.com

1976 House Remodel

Posted 15 April 2013 at 4:22 PM | Comments (0)

I’ve mentioned before that I’m perpetually on the lookout for design ideas for my parents’ outdated 1970s home.

I come across a lot of ideas, but none of them have struck me quite like this one. It was also built in 1976 and is also in the Pacific Northwest, and this whole remodel would just work.

The company responsible for this remodel, NW Renovations & Design Co., is based in Portland. They’re going on my watchlist.

Pacific Northwest 1976 House Remodel Front Door

Pacific Northwest 1976 House Remodel Kitchen

Pacific Northwest 1976 House Remodel Kitchen

Pacific Northwest 1976 House Remodel Bathroom

Pacific Northwest 1976 House Remodel Bathroom

Pacific Northwest 1976 House Remodel Living Room

Pacific Northwest 1976 House Remodel Living Room

Jack White Poster

Posted 22 January 2013 at 1:39 PM | Comments (3)

I just bought this Jack White concert poster from one of my favorite designer/illustrators, Tom Whalen.

Tom Whalen's Jack White Jackson, TN Concert Poster

To some, it may be odd buying a concert poster for a show I didn’t even attend, but I am so smitten with this design. I would regret it if I couldn’t look at it every day.

So now this Jack White poster is part of my collection of unframed art back in the U.S., all accented with light blue hues, waiting to be hung in some unknown home of the future, anxious to inspire my creative work every day.

Baton Rouge Dining Room Refashioned for the Holidays

Posted 22 November 2012 at 9:47 PM | Comments (2)

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

In addition to feasting on turkey today, feast your eyes on this. Lisa Davis Gilly’s Baton Rouge dining room, decorated for everyday:

Lisa Davis Gilly's Baton Rouge, Louisiana Dining Room Decorated for Every Day

And then transformed for Thanksgiving dinner:

Lisa Davis Gilly's Baton Rouge, Louisiana Dining Room Decorated for Holidays

Lisa Davis Gilly's Baton Rouge, Louisiana Dining Room Decoration Detail

How much do you love this casual-elegant space? You know I’m not generally drawn to shabby chic, but I am always drawn to simplicity and this color palette. So I could just pluck this dining room out of her home, put it in mine, and I’d be in heaven.

Or, I could just take those mirrored doors. Either way.

*Images from HGTV.com.

Home Renovations With Best Resale Value

Posted 23 September 2012 at 8:38 PM | Comments (0)

I love this elocal.com infographic, “What Renovations Have the Best Resale Value?” Not only does it include the average costs per job but the rates of return, too. So useful! (Click to enlarge.)

Home Renovations with the Best Resale Value

Continuous Blue Ikat Theme

Posted 30 July 2012 at 11:25 PM | Comments (2)

I really like how this designer, Linda Woodrum, repeated a blue ikat textile throughout the first floor of this home. Starting in the foyer:

HGTV Dream Home 2012 Front Door Foyer

HGTV Dream Home 2012 Foyer Armchair with Blue Ikat Fabric

HGTV Dream Home 2012 View From Foyer to Great Room

And then in the great room:

HGTV Dream Home 2012 Great Room High Ceilings

HGTV Dream Home 2012 Great Room Stone Walls

HGTV Dream Home 2012 Great Room Coffee Tables

HGTV Dream Home 2012 Great Room Fireplace

HGTV Dream Home 2012 Great Room Ceiling Beams

HGTV Dream Home 2012 Great Room Gingham Armchairs

HGTV Dream Home 2012 Great Room Small Ottomans Beneath Console Table

And also in the kitchen:

HGTV Dream Home 2012 Kitchen Sink and Stove

HGTV Dream Home 2012 Kitchen Cabinets and Island

HGTV Dream Home 2012 Kitchen Dining Table

HGTV Dream Home 2012 Kitchen Dining Chairs in Blue Ikat Fabric

HGTV Dream Home 2012 Kitchen Dining Table with Rocking Chairs

I love this kind of subtle continuity. I hope I can incorporate it in my own home someday.

*Images from HGTV Dream Home 2012.

1920s Hacienda Kitchen

Posted 18 July 2012 at 3:56 PM | Comments (0)

I love, love, love this remodel of Lucinda and David Schiff’s Pacific Palisades kitchen, which pays respect to the classic 1920s hacienda-style architecture of the house.

Lucinda and David Schiff's Pacific Palisades 1920s Hacienda Kitchen

Lucinda and David Schiff's Pacific Palisades 1920s Hacienda Kitchen Cabinets

Lucinda and David Schiff's Pacific Palisades 1920s Hacienda Kitchen Window Seat

*Images from the L.A. Times.

Clean, Modern Kitchen Fit for a Farmhouse

Posted 4 May 2012 at 9:10 PM | Comments (2)

Hmm. Interesting. It seems I’m particularly drawn to these clean, modern kitchens that also have a bit of warmth and friendliness. This one, in particular, has a great balance between reflective surfaces and natural textures. I could see it in an urban loft or a renovated farmhouse.

A Clean Modern Kitchen That's Still Fit for a Farmhouse

I copied this image from a very useful article just published in the Chicago Tribune about kitchen island trends. Here are excerpts from the article worth noting when planning a kitchen remodel:

The National Kitchen and Bath Association (nkba.org) recommends at least 42 inches of aisle space surrounding an island, and 48 if there are multiple cooks. As for the island itself, the minimum surface work area is about 3 feet by 4 feet. Anything less and you’re defeating the purpose. There are also reasons not to get too big.

“I don’t like to make an island larger than 48 inches because then the reach becomes too large for cleaning,” [Mick] De Giulio says. “Five feet or wider exceeds the ergonomics of cleaning.”

Samantha Emmerling, a senior editor at House Beautiful who covers kitchens and baths, says that the trend is toward smaller islands…

De Guilio says he’s not seeing any scaling back on the popularity of islands. People aren’t foregoing the island just because of budget; they see the kitchen as a place to do it right and do it long term. So an island—one piece of furniture that offers a dependable return on a homeowner’s investment—makes financial as well as practical sense.

Modern Beach House Kitchen

Posted 3 May 2012 at 11:29 AM | Comments (2)

My heart always flutters at the sight of kitchen cabinets in my favorite color, light blue. But I’ve wondered if I could actually live with them. In this L.A. beach house, there’s a perfect compromise: light blue cabinetry below, all-white open shelving above.

Modern L.A. Beach Kitchen with Light Blue Cabinets by Rachel Allen

“The kitchen features architect Rachel Allen’s favorite combination of Mercedes blue cabinets, white Heath subway tile and CaesarStone countertops. Allen prefers sparkling color of the quartz counters because the ‘light makes it jump.’” —Los Angeles Times

Sauvie Island Tiny House

Posted 1 May 2012 at 4:51 PM | Comments (2)

I’ve alluded to my love for small living spaces. We’re a family of four living in 700 square-feet, which keeps all of us in constant, close proximity, and I love it. It’s intimate, and it feels appropriate for raising small children; plus, it’s manageable (we have to keep it clean, after all).

This tiny house on Sauvie Island, designed by Portland interior designer, Jessica Helgerson, is even smaller (540 square-feet) and uses nearly all reclaimed materials.

Jessica Helgerson Sauvie Island Tiny House Kitchen and Dining Room

Kitchen and dining room.

Jessica Helgerson Sauvie Island Tiny House Living Room

The living room features built-in sofas that double as beds for guests, pull-out drawers for storage, and a wall of shelving for books and more.

Jessica Helgerson Sauvie Island Tiny House Parents' Sleeping Loft

The parents’ sleeping loft is accessible by a walnut ladder.

Jessica Helgerson Sauvie Island Tiny House Children's Room

The children’s room features two bunk beds and a pull-out closet that makes maximum use of the narrow space near the bunk beds.

Jessica Helgerson Sauvie Island Tiny House Bath Tub

Bath with wood-block-foot tub.

Jessica Helgerson Sauvie Island Tiny House Bathroom

Bathroom.

Jessica Helgerson Sauvie Island Tiny House Front Door from Kitchen

Front door from the kitchen.

Jessica Helgerson Sauvie Island Tiny House Front Porch

Front porch.

Jessica Helgerson Sauvie Island Tiny House Exterior

Exterior with green roof.

Jessica Helgerson Sauvie Island Tiny House Family Vegetable Garden

Family vegetable garden.

Jessica Helgerson Sauvie Island Tiny House Outdoor Summer Dining

Setting for a summer dinner party.

Jessica Helgerson Sauvie Island Tiny House Hoop House

Migrating the Hoop House on the property.

Jessica Helgerson Sauvie Island Tiny House Hoop House in Snow

Hoop House in Winter.

Jessica Helgerson Sauvie Island Tiny House Chicken House

Chicken house.

Admittedly, this style—what would you call it? Shabby eclectic? Shabby minimalism?—isn’t my thing, because I like my home to be a little more, for lack of a better word, fashiony. Yet from both a visual and spatial standpoint I can definitely appreciate it. I love this house.