I’m a restless creature in many aspects of my life, and my home is no exception, if not the biggest victim/benefiter (depending on your point of view) of this side of my personality. Everything is in a constant state of flux and never quite finished. Therefore I love the idea of just showing you a few of my favorite corners of my apartment because that’s what I’m all about: perfecting little spots, rather than entirely decorating me home. Sure, I’d love for it to be entirely decorated, but that’s not the reality of the situation most of the time. Someday.
Living in LA means reaping the benefits of the sunshine, and I’m lucky enough to live in a classic old Hollywood apartment (owned by Clark Gable back in the day!) with tons of French windows, which means abundant light. Which means my love of plants has turned into a full-blown obsession. I can’t stop buying them and my boyfriend is no help as he loves them as well. It started with one plant table and has now grown to three different clusters in the apartment that get the best rays of sun. I like keeping it a little wild and full, it’s the first thing people comment on when they walk into my apartment: “Dang, plants!” Luckily our cat Wendy has zero interest in nibbling on them.
some details: kitchen posters by Reference Library, all furniture is vintage except the dining table, which is self made with hairpin legs, art above the cat + chair by William Steinman, prints on the white shelf are by Prismatic Print Shop and Carolin Loebbert, the tree poster peeking out in one of the plant photos was limited edition with Amelia’s magazine and not for sale anymore! My favorite places to buy plants in LA: on the east side – Sunset Nursery, on the west side – Lucky Plant.
Decorated with some eucalyptus.
Created my own golden menagerie.
Started reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson and could barely put it down.
Planted a kitchen window herb garden.
Bought pretty flowers for my mom on Mother’s Day.
Created some DIY neon color blocked planters for my herbs. (Similar to these.)
Accidentally did some nail art with gold spray paint.
Reacquainted myself with Banana Bread Beer.
Dined at OKC’s newest hot spot – Flint.
Did a little rearranging in the house.
Bathed Piper. Several times, much to her chagrin.
Took advantage of some blooms.
I have five tattoos, did you know that? I also have about five more that I want. Pen & Ink is a blog about tattoos and the stories behind them. Every one has a tale, kinda like scars. Pen & Ink tells them through line drawings and beautiful hand-lettering. If you’re inked and have a hankering, you can even submit yours and it just might show up on the site.
When I daydream about the perfect bar cart (which I actually maybe do), this is it. Chariot by GamFratesti has a look that’s destined to become iconic with it’s large-wheeled profile and sleek design. Bottles on top, glassware underneath! (via Plastolux)
Artist Kent Rogowski’s Everything I Wish I Could Be is an exploration of language, emotions and the desire to change and improve. Self help books run the gamet, from relationships to death and every topic in between. Rogowski’s photographs these tomes arranged by theme, creating an image of emotions and lives lived through title pages and spines.
In the artist’s own words, “I had been thinking about how people deal with moments of pain and change in their lives and knew that I wanted to explore this in my work. I started collecting self help books and realized that there was literally a book for every moment in life: from relationship advice to dealing with a midlife crisis. I liked the idea that I could create images that would represent individual moments in life using the books that were written to soothe and help with those moments.”
Lovely work that we can all identify with.
Loving these light, airy, colorful scarves from textile print designer Amy Sia! Perfect for tank tops and summer.
Ahhh, the unofficial start of summer is finally here! After months of above average high temperatures and global warming we can all sit back and rest easy. Time for less clothing, more barbecuing, and all things chilled and refreshing. To get you started here are 47 types of ice creams, gelatos, frozen yogurts, and sorbets. (I know, I’m sort of impressed too.) You can check out last summer’s ice cream roundups here and here if you’d like to add some more fuel for the fire. Click on the image to be taken to the recipe source.
All photos and recipes copyright of their respective source unless otherwise noted.
I knew one day a giveaway would come along that made me absolutely green with envy. Well friends, here it is. Not only do you have the chance to win two tickets to the HOW Design Conference next month in Boston, you’re also eligible for a $100 discount on the individual full conference rate when you use the exclusive code CRUSH*!
HOW Design Conference is happening in Boston from June 22-25, and you’re invited to be a part of the Design Revolution! You’ll get four days packed with creative inspiration, expert information on communicating with your clients, from-the-trenches advice on growing your career, cutting-edge software instruction, plus a wealth of innovative ideas and great design work. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet and mingle with some of the industry’s most revolutionary design thinkers like Chip Kidd, Joseph Duffy, Debbie Millman, David Sherwin, Armin Vit, and Christopher Simmons, just to name a few. And be sure to head to the HOW Design Conference Exhibit Hall where you’ll find leading industry suppliers with all the products, services and resources you need to stay on the cutting edge. Plus all the free samples, goodies and giveaways aren’t so shabby either! If that doesn’t get you chomping at the bit, I don’t know what will.
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This giveaway is closed. Congrats Katie O.!
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01/ Beautiful brick biotopes.
02/ Always wanted concrete walls?
03/ A great idea to add some texture to your outdoor planters.
04/ Loving this Jenga-esque DIY stacked wood table!
05/ Dreaming of a large-scale straw blown trees project!
06/ Already downloaded these to keep track of my summer reading list.
07/ Kinetic Creatures made from cardboard! Support the project.
08/ Such a smart/fun/versatile backdrop idea.
09/ Crushing hard on Sweater Letters.
10/ Deconstructing the Houses is insane!
I’m not sure I’ve ever seen clay wind chimes before, and now I can’t get enough of these pretty small disc chimes from Pigeon Toe. You even get to choose the color of the cord. I think I’d hang them inside in front of a window, couldn’t risk these beauties break in this rough Oklahoma wind!