Posts Tagged 'modern'

ISO: Whatever Floats Your Boat.

Let me introduce you to Siren. She is a rather tall and slender girl with light coloring, striking features, and contemporary tastes. Siren is looking for great friends to soak up some sunshine around the world. She loves water sports, the cinema, her jacuzzi, sleep overs and staying ahead of the competition in communication and her flair for great design. Her Burgess family is rather large and spends summers on the Mediterranean with vacations in the Caribbean come winter time. Her tastes are exquisite and lure men and women of all ages…

lounge and bar on modern design boat yacht

living room on modern design boat yacht

master bed room on modern design boat yacht

pool jacuzzi deck on modern design boat yacht

aerial view of modern design boat yacht

You can have a date with Siren for just 550,000 Euros.. per week. Any takers? Siren, if you’re lonely and need someone to talk to, I would gladly come keep you company!

Kitchen Floor Envy.

These kitchen floors started a redesign revolution. Blogger CoCoCozy has some insight into other DIY’rs who fell in love with architect Tom Newman composite tile floor design for his Hancock Park home gourmet kitchen. I love the weave pattern. Who knew a tile floor could look so cool. Look at CoCoCozy’s post to see their readers attempts to kindly copy his look! What’s the wait? Get out there and replicate!

Tom Newman's Gourmet Kitchen
Tom Newman’s Gourmet Kitchen

A Fireplace and a Flame without the Flue.

Today is the second coldest day of the 2010 Fall season, and I am already o-v-e-r it! I’m a lucky girl in that I have a nice big wood-burning fireplace. Already, it’s been used two nights in a row (even though it took me a good hour to get some wood logs burning last night. Shnighty!). However, nothing beats the lure of a roaring fire. But some of us urbanites might not be so lucky to have a log burning fire and a flue. If you don’t have the luxury of a crackling hearth or even an insert gas version, you can add some romance and a environmentally friendly spark to your home with a roaring fire that needs no tending to and requires minimal cleanup.

The TravelMate Mobile fireplace is a portable gas fireplace built into a suitcase-sized steel-and-glass enclosure.

The TravelMate Mobile fireplace is a portable gas fireplace built into a suitcase-sized steel-and-glass enclosure.

The Conmoto Roll Fire easily balances its stainless steel tank, mounted on its roller bearings

The Conmoto Roll Fire easily balances its stainless steel tank, mounted on its roller bearings

The benefits you ask?

  • You don’t have to split, stack, season, or haul logs.
  • There are no ashes to bag, no smoky smells, no chimney to clean.
  • You can start, adjust, and snuff out fires in an instant.
  • The fire needs no tending and won’t die out from neglect.
  • Your friends will be envious and vote you their favorite on Facebook. =)

So there you go. Check out these contemporary beauties that can work in your living room, dining room, bedroom, terrace or patio. An instant fireplace without a flue. C’mon baby light my fire.

The attractive Insight ventless fireplace can be viewed from both sides.

The attractive Insight ventless fireplace can be viewed from both sides.

The Zeta fireplace is a clever fusion of timber, leather and stainless steel that sits on a swivel base. A design winner!

The Zeta fireplace is a clever fusion of timber, leather and stainless steel that sits on a swivel base. A design winner!

Cast from glass fibre reinforced concrete and combined with stainless steel and glass, the MURO is the minimalist fireplace.

Cast from glass fibre reinforced concrete and combined with stainless steel and glass, the MURO is the minimalist fireplace.

The LoungeFire is a fireplace dressed as an elegant piece of furniture.

The LoungeFire is a fireplace dressed as an elegant piece of furniture.

The distictive and original Igloo fireplace features a toughened glass surround that conveys a ‘disappearing’ effect.

The distinctive and original Igloo fireplace features a toughened glass surround that conveys a ‘disappearing’ effect.

The Envision wall-hung fireplace is framed with black steel and fronted with a glass edge. Works in many different interiors.

The Envision wall-hung fireplace is framed with black steel and fronted with a glass edge. Works in many different interiors.

The portable and attractive rectangular-shaped Element is defined by its raised CaesarStone shelf,

The portable and attractive rectangular-shaped Element is defined by its raised CaesarStone shelf and perfect for a neutral space.

The Blomus Stand Alone Fireplace has a revolving design and a clean, simple and glamorous look.

The Blomus Stand Alone Fireplace has a revolving design and a clean, simple and glamorous look.

This small fire hotpot provides soft light and a warm atmosphere in the tiniest of abodes and tables.

This small fire hotpot provides soft light and a warm atmosphere in the tiniest of abodes and tables.

Room to Grow.

My client (and grade school friend) asked me if I could redesign her five year old son’s bedroom. Her vision included modern furnishings and accessories that were colorful and somewhat gender neutral – she wanted everything to have a timeless quality and look just as good and age appropriate for her son now as it could for a twelve year old. She also needed this within a day. The challenge was on. I think I passed the test with a funky fresh approach that stands the test of time. Scroll to see my vertical story board. What do you think? =)

Abacus Wall Decor

Abacus Wall Decor

Ceiling Light Pendant Fixture

Ceiling Light Pendant Fixture

Accent Chair

Accent Chair

A colorful and graphic area rug.

A colorful and graphic area rug.

Modern Twin Bed

Modern Twin Bed

Very cool kids bedding

Very cool kids bedding

Mohair Throw Blanket in Blue-Grey or Orange

Mohair Throw Blanket in Blue

Geometric Ceramic Table Lamp

Geometric Ceramic Table Lamp

European Oak Shelving Unit

European Oak Shelving Unit

A globe with animals imprinted on it.

A globe with animals imprinted on it.

Roomy mod dresser

Roomy mod dresser

Wooden wall clock

Wooden wall clock

Floor Cushion

Floor Cushion

Simple But Grand Surrounds Stockholm.

On many occasions, I stumble upon websites of various designers that I immediately bookmark for later investigation (my so-called BFLI). This morning, I was sucking on my last drop of a ritualistic Vanilla Soy Coffee, and I found out about the young Swedish architecture firm Arkitekstudio Widjedal Racki Bergerhoff (say that ten times fast!). And also known as WRB. Founded by Natascha Racki, this studio in Stockholm focuses on smaller thoroughly designed homes. I love the blend of nature versus nurture… there is a very linear simplistic look and feel within the twelve projects shown in WRB’s portfolio. Enjoy it stateside!

The H-House in Stockholm:

The H-House explores the border inside and outside.

The H-House explores the border inside and outside.

The H-shape creates intimate and protected courtyards.

The H-shape creates intimate and protected courtyards.

Completed in '06, materials blended with light gain focus and create atmosphere.

Completed in '06, materials blended with light gain focus and create atmosphere.

Goldfinger Retreat – sketch for a summerhouse on Island of Storholmen:

Goldfinger Retreat is a summer house made for parties and gatherings.

Goldfinger Retreat is a summer house made for parties and gatherings.

An elevated sofa wraps a fireplace and offers vistas to ocean and sky.

An elevated sofa wraps a fireplace and offers vistas to ocean and sky.

Island House in Archipelago of Stockholm:

Island House rests between rocks, 500 year old oaks and pines

Island House rests between rocks, 500 year old oaks and pines

It sits slightly back and elevated from the water with a freestanding core.

It sits slightly back and elevated from the water with a freestanding core.

It faces the ocean with a large area for entertaining and gathering.

Linear views are amazing and restful.

It has a large outdoor area for gathering and entertaining.

It has a large outdoor area for gathering and entertaining.

Casa Barone, a private villa east of Stockholm:

Dug into a hill, Casa Barone is an inspiration for a painter and his family.

Dug into a hill, Casa Barone is an inspiration for a painter and his family.

Lots of views to the outside keep it light and airy.

Lots of views to the outside keep it light and airy.

DC Baby oh-boy-tique.

The Washington Post’s popular Express on-the-go free color newspaper featured Nursery Cool in todays Lookout Home section. For you DC urban moms and dads, they gave us a good list of local Washington, DC baby boutiques for those parents seeking modern baby furniture, accessories, and toys. Goodbye Winnie the Poo and Barney, hello mod baby room decor.

Of course, if you outside of the DC area, contact me and I give you some excellent online resources to find cool baby furniture and decor. Happy hunting!

Dwell in this Playroom.

Dwell Magazine is featuring a fantastic slideshow (slthough very brief) on interior design and its beautiful and very functionally modern take on the playroom for kids. I love the outdoor teepee! Check it out!

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Just a Thought.

"A person should design the way he makes a living, around how he wishes to make a life" — Charlie Byrd

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