Thursday, April 30, 2009

A little kitchen love

I have kitchens on the brain right now. In our house hunting adventures we are really hoping to find a house that has a horrible kitchen so we can re-do it to our tastes. I hate cookie cutter, big-box store cabinets and generic granite counter tops. They look beautiful but have no personality, so now I am indulging in a little kitchen porn to get ideas and inspiration!

This kitchen was featured in House Beautiful and it is by far one of the best kitchens I have ever seen. I fell in love instantly. The wooden cabinet was imported from France, it was originally a display cabinet in a French store.

I like the look of this kitchen, it has a sort of rustic but modern feel to it...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Rust Designs

Get a tattoo without the pain, permanence, and explaining to your parents! The Tattoo Collection from Rust Designs is genius, and adorable!

I'm in love with the Love Bug Collection, this would make a great wedding gift (hint, hint friends who read this blog!)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Friday, April 24, 2009

A little Craftsman love...

No I'm not talking about the power tools! I'm talking about the Craftsman style home.

I have always had a love affair with Craftsman style homes. I LOVE the detail, the architecture, the wood work and the built-ins galore! The big front porch with the ceiling fans and porch swing.

Mike and I are house hunting and the Arts and Crafts movement was big in Florida in the 1920's and 30's and a lot of the old historic neighborhoods are filled with these styles of homes. They refer to them as "Florida Bungalows", whatever they call them here, I love them so here is an ode to beautiful Craftsman style homes and the workmanship that went into them...

Travel by Design - Argos in Cappadocia

After finding this week's Travel by Design, I almost booked a ticket to Turkey right away! This place looks AMAZING!  

Argos in Cappadocia is located in the ancient village of Uçhisar.  The hotel is situated on the ruins of old houses, caves, and an ancient monestary.  If I could, I would have included every photo from the website, the hotel and the village are absolutely breathtaking!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Eco Chic - Iannone Design

Going green is important to me but unfortunately, "green" design isn't always beautiful...functional but not fabulous. Think compact fluorescent light bulbs! In the newest feature on my blog, Eco Chic, I will be bringing you "green" design and fashion that is not only good for the planet but also good for your aesthetic.

This week's feature is on the company, Iannone Design. Iannone Design's furniture is built using materials specifically chosen for their eco-friendly properties. These include locally sourced, Forest Stewardship council, formaldehyde free plywoods, and sustainable materials such as bamboo. In the company's quest for eco-friendly furniture, they certainly don't forgo style. Each piece is modern and unique.

Inspired by...

Photography by Madelyn Mulvaney

Friday, April 17, 2009

Jacqleen Bleu

I love the french and vintage inspired jewelry from Jacqleen Bleu. Her jewelry has such a romantic and whimsical feel to it. I want every piece in her shop!

Travel by Design - Nu Hotel Brooklyn

This week's Travel by Design is located in one of my favorite neighborhoods, Brooklyn!

It would be a mistake to visit New York City and never make it to Brooklyn which has become a haven for emerging fashion designers, great restaurants, and fun and funky home stores. The Nu Hotel is located on popular Smith Street and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.

The hotel design was inspired by artist lofts and has a hip and modern vibe, much like Brooklyn itself. Found objects from old local landmarks and quotes from famous Brooklynites are scattered throughout.

There are three styles of rooms to choose from, The Nu Urban Suite, the Nu Standard, and the Nu Friends Suite which has bunk beds in addition to a queen sized bed, perfect for the weekend escape with friends or kids!

The environment was carefully taken into consideration with the design of the hotel which has many eco-friendly features such as sustainable cork flooring and organic bedding. Some other fun features of the rooms include chalkboard walls in the bathrooms, "jack packs" for docking audio, video, and computer electronics, and slate and glass showers with rain head fixtures!