Friday, June 28, 2013

Natural Attraction

Yesterday, I did some granite shopping for Kelp Sushi Joint. I am always amazed by the beauty of natural products. Plus, I love taking little field trips and getting out and looking at different items. Check out these beauties!


I love the linear direction in the next two...



We ended up picking this one! It will be at the POS counter in the restaurant:

I stumbled across this slab and fell in love with it! I am dying to use it somewhere... I think I have the perfect residential project for it...


Are you a fan of natural counter tops?
xo}L





Thursday, June 27, 2013

Living Small

I just ran across these images from The Every Girl blog (if you haven't checked this blog out, you surely should!) and it instantly took me back to my days of small apartment city living. My Chicago apartment was so tiny, organization was a challenge for me. (Hey, I may be a designer, but I never said I was an organizer. It's actually one of my biggest flaws! Working on it though!!) 

The following images make small city living (or just small living in general) pretty, polished and styled perfectly, and best of all, functional! It's all about how you style it!

If shoe boxes are pretty, showcase them!

Make sunglasses easy and accessible. 
Commit a shelf to make up and jewelry so it's not scattered.


Together as a whole, it looks collected, polished and most of all pretty! I love how they have the dresses on the back of the door hooks, someone once told me to save time in the morning, put your outfit you plan to wear on the back of your bedroom door on hooks, it kind of gets you excited to start your day!

Next up: Kitchen


Average things look so much prettier when displayed. Putting them in nice canisters and jars make them easily accessible and actually might make you more creative to use them when cooking! 
Your items may not be as perfectly matched and color coordinated, but that is okay. Sometimes things look most beautiful when mismatched. However, if you aspire for a more coordinated look, it's important to find one common thread color and try to find it in each new piece (it can be as simple as white! As long as there is some kind of color thread on all the pieces, it will make visual sense!)

This photo really makes me smile. It really takes me back to my city living days. I remember feeling frustrated about the lack of kitchen storage and having the microwave and coffeepot in a weird spot. I wish I had seen these images back then, I may have felt differently. 

The coolest part? These are all done with great sturdy little wire shelves, you can get them from hardware stores and even Target has them!


I hope you feel inspired to get to work on your small space! Make it functional and styled, add a touch of whimsy with the practical stuff, layer with a piece of art or a plant. Most importantly make it you!

xo}L















Monday, June 24, 2013

Double Take

This morning  I was doing my routine coffee + pinterest browse, and this photo came up on my feed and I had to do a double take:


What really caught my attention was the colors, the oh so beautiful colors! And that rug, I can't get enough of that rug. As many of you know, I am not a huge fan of a mirror over a mantel, I truly feel like a mirror is only as good as the reflection it creates... and quite honestly, why do I want to see a reflection of a wall/ceiling? UNLESS it's some jaw dropping amazing ceiling. But I will let this mirror slide since it is a rather beautiful ceiling. ;)

So I clicked on the pic and it took me to this great blog So Haute and I got to see other photos of the room, oh how I love thee! 



This interior just keeps getting better and better. I am going wild over the colors, patterns, textures and that art, can we say wow?! It really takes the room to another level. I love the juxtaposition of modern furniture, with classic clean lined furniture then all the ornate details in the house. It's pretty amazing if you ask me. The perfect marriage of styles and items and they all coexist beautifully. Big kudos to designer Jamie Drake. This room is surely love at first sight. 



Wednesday, June 19, 2013

What I'm Loving This Wednesday: Todd Hase



I absolutely love everything from Todd Hase, I know I said that about Jonathan Adler too, but it’s true this time too! His collection includes both French inspired reproductions and antiques, all beautifully scaled. The line features upholstery, casegoods, tables, textiles and other accessories, like the beautiful blended porcelain Pas de Deux horse lamp in the picture below. Todd made a name for himself with his signature paring of streamlined French revolution pieces and glossy paint in saturated shades. 

 I really love that his home furnishing are very usable and simplified but still feature incredibly modern, beautiful design.  Because he grew up in a family of antique dealers, all of Todd knows how important quality is in home goods. All of his products are made from high quality materials and are made to last. Another thing that I love about Todd Hase is that his entire collection is made in the US. His collection of hand selected antiques was acquired from Paris and the local area near his chateau in Normandy. Wouldn’t I love to see that home! 
 
I’ve included a picture that features the elegant pieces from Todd Hase’s line, the Tuxedo club chair, the Lucy Lucite table and his Louis Xxi arm chair. These chairs and his entire collection of other chairs and sofas can be custom made with one of over 300 different upholstery options. Todd’s entire line can be viewed online at www.toddhase.com or you can always visit one of his showrooms, which are currently only in New York City, the Hamptons and LA. However, there will soon be a store opening up in Palm Beach so I am getting very excited to be able to visit that one!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Fabric Friday: Manuel Canovas

Well, the truth is out... I love fabric! However, I love fabric even more when it's bursting with color and beautiful patterns and sometimes even stories. So the other day when I was sourcing fabrics and I stumbled across this newer collection from Manuel Canovas I was more than pleased!




All images via Manuel Canovas

Not all of the lines have Asian influence, some are paisley and other great patterns as well as some nice solids. I think it would be so fun to use this fabric in a project. What do you think?

xo}L







Thursday, June 13, 2013

Designer crush: Modern Declaration

As a designer, I often find myself buried in magazines, books and sometimes even Pinterest. Admiring the works of my peers. Yesterday, I stumbled across this photo:

Image via Modern Declaration

I was instantly charmed by the work of Daun Curry of Modern Declaration. I felt like we were long lost sisters or something! I love her style. I love when design can be timeless but playful. If given the opportunity, I always try to stick a little whimsy in my design work. I am so happy to look at her spaces and see the same and look forward to seeing much more of her talented work.

What do you think? Are you not giddy for the traditional damask print punched up a notch with the hand guns?! I AM!

xo}L

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

What I'm Loving This Wednesday: Aimee Wilder Wallpaper Collection



When it comes to wallpaper, I absolutely love Aimee Wilder. Her designs are modern, simple and beautiful. While you can use this line in just about any room or setting, I find that it works especially well in children’s rooms. You can create a playful and youthful look that is still modern and chic. This line of wallpaper features a really great array of different colors and patterns, some of which are actually going to be featured on Vans shoes in the near future. 
According to Aimee, her influences include typography, logo design, illustration, textiles, urban toy design, rock poster art. Once you see her line, you’ll definitely see these elements emerge. You can use her patterns to help create a really awesome vibe in any room. The Aimee Wilder line of wallpaper is available at lots of different retailers and online stores. You can also shop on her website, which allows you to order samples or wallpaper by the sheet or yard as well as art prints, t-shirts and pillows that feature her patterns. 



Whether you’re looking for something bright and playful or more subdued and sleek, you’re sure to find it within Aimee Wilder’s collection. Here, I am showing Birds (the teal and green pattern), CropCircles (blue and white) and Gondolas. There are so many more to choose from, and if you liked these, or have a secret passion for robots, you’ll definitely want to check out the rest of her line: http://www.aimeewilder.com.



 

Monday, June 3, 2013

It's all about the BRIGHTS

I'm pretty excited about this upcoming event, I'm actually counting the days (only 5 days!) until Tampa Bay Fashion Week's upcoming underground party: BRIGHT NIGHTS.

Well, you know me, I am always finding a way to get inspired and this time the world of fashion and interior design collide and I am thinking about bright fashion, bright interiors and beyond, I just can't get enough.

Bright colors do not only have to happen inside your home, let the brightness shine as people approach, get creative with a door color, that is a big way to say hello.


Maybe you're not bold enough to greet people with a bright hue, keeping it indoors is okay too. Give guests their own color at your dining table.


What would a post about bright colors be, without Jonathan Adler? It would be like pizza with no sauce, well wait, that does exist, but I mean seriously, how good is pizza without the sauce?? Okay, you get my point.

This is one of my all time favorite interiors by JA, I just love how he put this space together, bright, cheery and classic.


If you are feeling really bold, you will love this next image. Lacquered Apple Green walls? Sign me up!
Now after all, this post is inspired by a fashion party, so lets get to some fashion inspiration!





And we can't forget about the boys...


So are you pumped too? What will I be seeing YOU wearing?

See you Friday!
xo}L







Thursday, May 30, 2013

An evening at The Birchwood in St. Petersburg, Florida

Last night, myself and some local gals made a date to go to the new hotel hot spot in St. Petersburg, The Birchwood we've been hearing the buzz about this newly renovated space, and couldn't wait to feast our eyes on the design and the views. I am happy to say, it did not disappoint!

The ballroom was elegant and didn't distract from the beautiful view outside. 
(Also, do you recognize that wallpaper, it's the same pattern and colorway I used in Piquant Hyde Park's dining room!)

As we traveled through the space, I couldn't help but swoon over this delicious fabric covered wall, when is a fabric wall not luxurious?! Martyn Lawrence Bullard, is this your line for Schumacher?! If not, it's surely very similar.

The bedroom suites were designed very well with a nice welcoming color palette and again great textiles. 

And let's just talk about these bathrooms, these gorgeous, gorgeous bathrooms! I can't get enough of the Bordeaux feel. 

We traveled through the dining room and loved all the details that went into the design. The Sputnik Filament Chandelier looks fabulous to offset the tailored space with a modern vibe.

Cozy circular banquettes make sitting pretty easy! 

I love the details throughout the design, what a great art installation using the historic doorknobs. Simple, yet a big statement. 
We made our way up to the rooftop, and wow, those views! I could have stayed up there all day and evening!
Check out these lovely gals and their local businesses! Danielle of DIzso DesignsAmy of Strands of Sunshine, myself, and Celesta of Paper Street Market.









Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Kelp Sushi Joint - Tampa Bay Dining

You may have seen the posts on Facebook, I've been busy working on another great restaurant coming to the Tampa Bay area. Lots of planning, lots of creative energy, lots of good things! (And still in the process)


Now, the permits are pulled and construction is underway, I can finally fill you in on the details! Excited to announce, one of the newest restaurants coming to South Tampa:

Kelp Sushi Joint, will be located at 3401 W. Bay to Bay Blvd. Tampa, Florida. 
Head over and show them some love and "like" their facebook page! 

Excited to see you there in July!
xo}L