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Color Friday is: Candy Cane!

16 Dec

I think my favorite Color Friday each year involves those iconic red and white stripes we can’t get enough of this time in late December. Last year I called it “Peppermint,” and this year it’s “Candy Cane.” Either way, you get the point. So without further ado, enjoy these red and white picks that will having you feeling seasonal in no time!

Clockwise from pillow at top: Balanced Design Hand Printed Louis Stripe Pillow, $49 (image via All Modern); Red Scallop Chandelier Shade by Stray Dog Designs, $22 (image via Stray Dog Designs); Stitch Cake Pedestal from Crate and Barrel, $24.95 (image via Crate and Barrel); Red and White Huzza Vase by Hella Jongerius, $775 (image via; Dealmere Footrest in White/Canopy Red Stripe from Ballard Designs, $270 (image via Ballard Designs); Kalon Studios Caravan Crib in Red, $$895 (image via Layla Grayce); Vivienne Westwood Candy Cane Shoes (currently unavailable and source unknown, but aren't they fabulous!?); Edible Candy Cane Mug (image via; Red and White Striped Flatware from Sabre, $85 (image via House Beautiful)


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Beyond the Edges: Five New Ways to Think About Molding!

15 Nov

Decorative molding is the hallmark of a traditional home. It’s clean, bright white, and refined in a way that exudes crispness and civility. Since we’re all used to seeing intricately carved bands of white adorn the space where ceiling meets wall (and top of the wall meets bottom and the wall, and wall meets floor…) here are a few new ways to think about molding and its wide array of uses. Some of these are great applications that you may never have though of, while others are extremely daring. Hope you enjoy each and every one of them!

1.) Molding doesn’t have to be white.

A glossy black paint can bring molding to the forefront of your design in a way that's graphic, bold, and very fresh! (image via DecorPad)

2.) Molding can be painted unconventionally and exuberantly.

Farrow and Ball advertised their new 2011 colors by showing off how they could be used to top off a room in a fabulously unexpected way. What a great paint job! (image via Farrow and Ball)

3.) Ignoring molding can make it stand out in a great way!

This wall design completely ignores the molding's presence, but somehow it amplifies the architectural detail. (image via Carpet The World)

4.) Using molding functionally, in this case as a shoe rack, is a great idea!

Evenly spaced bands of molding provide the perfect place to hang your heels. Genius! (image via Pinterest)

5.) You can use molding as wall decoration…all over the wall!

This is such a simple idea with such a powerful impact. I'm sure it's a dusting nightmare, but it's absolutely lovely! By Christopher Stevens Interiors. (image via Christopher Stevens Interiors)


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Exquisitely Unfinished and Abandoned Buildings

3 Oct

There’s something so intriguing about vacant, but still glorious, architecture. So many questions and so much mystery! From the broken windows to the neglected grounds to the unfinished bare concrete, we’ll never know what could have happened inside. Below, I’ve rounded up a few projects that never were or that expired before their time for you to see in their “undressed” splendor. Enjoy!

Hotels in the Afterlife” is an article from BLDG BLOG from 2008 that features a (then) sneak peek at a Vienna exhibit about Sinai hotels that never happened. So creepy, so sculptural, and so neat to see such details like the bed of a manmade river.

A shell in the desert. (image via BldgBlog, via Sinai Hotels, by Sabine Haubitz and Stefanie Zoche of Haubitz+Zoche)



Cuba is a place where time stands still in many respects, and architecture is one of them. I’ve heard great tales of architecture students visiting to see what would have been incredible modern structures, now in a dirt covered time warp. This Dwell feature showcasing the documentary The Unfinished Spaces of Cuba shows some images of the beautiful decay that is an unfinished national art school — just fascinating.

The Ballet portion of The National Art School, fom The Unfinished Spaces of Cuba (image via Dwell)


The Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea sat vacant and in a stage of obvious incompleteness for sixteen years from 1992-2008. Obviously, North Korea has issues more pressing and profound than impressive hospitality architecture projects, but it is just unbelievable to most people that a structure like this could sit, so exposed and useless, for so many years. Currently, the exterior work is alleged to be finished and the interior work is speculated to be complete next year. Time will tell on this one, but you can read about its past and progress here on Wikipedia.

The Ryugyong Hotel as it appeared for sixteen years. That's all concrete -- it's supposed to be glass. (image via Wikipedia Commons, source: Trip Advisor)


And on a sort of lighter note, Dark Roasted Blend is a wonderful weird website that puts together an occasional feature on abandoned buildings. This one is about Disney spaces that are no longer functioning. It’s an incredible look into the sinister side of the happiest place on earth!

A look at Disney's abandoned/unfinished Pop Century Resort. (image via Dark Roasted Blend)


I suppose this post is both in keeping with the dreary, gloomy weather we’ve been having. It’s also a good excitement builder for Halloween, right? Perhaps I’ll do a sequel in a few weeks. For now though, have a great Monday!

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Natural Light Shines Bright!

29 Aug

If you live on the east coast chances are your power is or was out this weekend. Luckily ours only flickered off for a few minutes. That said, our internet is still down so I am working from the comfort of the coffee shop across the street right now, where I pay rent in $4 coffees and instead of listening to the yawns of my cat I am listening to the incessant chatter of young 20-somethings discuss their agonizing transition from college life to leisurely internships in the big city. Le sigh.

Glass vases look stunning in a light-filled window. (image via Decor8)

If you’re doing without your lamps and sconces right now, take comfort in these images of spaces that are adorned with natural light. You may not have big bay windows or a luminescent warehouse-conversion, but you can still enjoy some blue sky and sunshine through your peepholes, however large or small they may be.

Domino knew that window treatments need not always be super private. Sometimes sheer is lovely, and the modern twist these draperies add to the room is definitely a welcome element! (image via Domino Magazine)

We all know that white is a reflective color (which enhances light) but any shiny or polished surface will have the same effect. Here, a glossy dark banquette is lit up with sunshine! (image via Lonny)

You'll always adore a beautiful stained glass window like this, but when the power goes out you'll appreciate the light AND the privacy in your bathroom! (image via Country Living)

I bet this ultra-bright room hardly ever needs artificial light during the day: the whites, the glass, and the reflective surfaces set the scene for brightness at any exposure. Just watch out for the glare! (image via Elle Decor)

A gallery of lovely hodge-podge artwork frames a beautiful, but normal-sized, window. (image via Elle Decor)

Have a great week, and wishing you a very uneventful last few days of August!

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Earthshaking Gothic-inspired Furniture Finds!

24 Aug

As you probably already know, we here in DC had an earthquake yesterday. It was “only” a 5.8, which in earthquake-speak is just a moderate event. But let me tell you: while alone, on the third floor of a just-kind-of-well-constructed residential building, in a room with glassware and precariously positioned flat screens and an eight foot tall floor mirror (that was mounted to the wall, but I kind of forgot about this in the heat of the moment), it doesn’t feel very “moderate.” It feels scary. I spent most of the 30-some-odd-seconds standing with limbs extended in my entryway, positioned like a goalie in soccer about to catch a ball, not really knowing what to do. Then I called my husband. Then I went to get my son from day care, which was a good idea because everyone was pretty shaken up; except him of course, because he slept through it while he was ON THE FLOOR. Once I returned home and turned on the news it was clear that the event, though geologically significant, thankfully didn’t make much of dent in terms of injuries or structural damage. Ahhhh…perspective!

So this brings me to the theme of my post today: the most significant damage in DC seems to be at the National Cathedral, which lost three of its pinnacles and has a central tower that appears to be leaning. The cathedral’s Neogothic architecture is unlike anything else in Washington. I find it to be stunning; the arches, the buttresses, the spires and the intricacy of the stonework are all lovely and unexpected in a city full of Classicism. When I was a kid and we would go there for Christmas Eve services at midnight, I’d spend a few hours outside miserable in the cold and surrounded by mostly boring adult conversation, but always admiring the architecture and picking out the faces in the stone with my dad.

The Cathedral, undamaged. (image via Washington National Cathedral)

Lately, I’ve been noticing a lot of furniture pieces that are inspired by Gothic architecture, and this day seems as good as any to share a few with you. Hopefully, should you choose any of these for your house, none of the details will break off  in the next “big one!” Enjoy all the spires, the arches, and the delicious quatrefoils (love them!). 

Clockwise from bed: Ferret Bed by Noir Furniture (image via NoirFurnitureLA); Gothic Hall Bench from The Antique and Artisan Center (image via FirstDibs); Quatrefoil Decorative Pillow by Lacefield (image via LaylaGrayce); Gabby Lighting Athena Chandelier (image via LaylaGrayce)


Hope you have a wonderful, uneventful day!

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A Lovely Log House!

16 Aug

I’m not much of a “rustic” person, but when I saw this Italian log house by architect Armin Blasbichler over at Design Sponge, I just had to share it. Despite the organic exterior, the interior is just about the antithesis of woodsy if you ask me.  Check out these images for some gorgeous inspiration, and head over to the link above to see more photos.

The exterior, made to look like a log stack. (image by Ingrid Heiss via DesignSponge)

A door fitted with Pantone color chips that document all of the naturally occuring colors in the surrounding environment. (image by Ingrid Heiss via DesignSponge)

The bathroom, showing how the logs that clad the exterior allow light to peek through. Very modern, very ethereal, very cool. I suspect my husband would actually agree with me that this is a great space. (image by Ingrid Heiss via DesignSponge)

Doors inside doors inside doors: for any sized person (especially the children who live here). (image by Ingrid Heiss via DesignSponge)


I adore this house, and find it to be such an unusual combination of whimsical and serious. Did you catch the gold frame in the bathroom? — Such an unexpected touch of glamour in the midst of a rather minimalist, clean space. Love the details! Another thing to file away for the “dream home…”!


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Snow Blind: Matthias Heiderich

25 Jan

I came across a profile of Matthias Heiderich, a Berlin-based artist, this weekend.  I am so glad I did.

A lone, cold tree. (image via

His “Snow Blind” series features photographs of powder-covered urban landscapes.  For me, the images inspire an overpowering sense of calm.  Not only do they capture the way that the city just seems to stop suddenly under a freshly fallen blanket of snow, but they beautifully document the way that snow changes the color of everything: what was brown in the harsh sunlight is suddenly a rich mustard color, and what was a simple shot of dingy blue or rusty orange becomes a burst of tropical brightness amidst the stark white.

Pretty service doors. (image via

I remember being a little kid and noticing how all of the houses in my neighborhood totally changed color after a new snowfall: these images are just as captivating as the magical transformation of my environment was as a nine year old. The injection of the subtlest of colors into a white background is unlike most scenes I see in my urban environment, and the way that Heiderich frames his landscapes is energetic yet understated. Another artist to add to my “When I Get Rich List” — and this time, my husband agrees with me!  Hooray!!

Bolder colors, but still effective. (image via

I can see these photographs shining in a very neutral space — lots of cream, beige, brown, textured woods and metals, and THESE.  I think that kind of environment would highlight the subtlety of his use of color even more.  …Ok, maybe throw in an orange or blue upholstered piece for good measure.

So many "whites" -- and they don't look white at all. (image via

You can see more of the “Snow Blind” series here at the artist’s website and here at his Flickr page (there are some bonus photos here!).  Heiderich is represented by the Spot Galerie in Berlin.

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