Ummm… Yes. On the rocks.
I liked this perspective of the building tops with palm fronds & pale sky colors. Tropical & beachy colors are a constant inspiration.
A stunning 25 foot chandelier at the Barbara Mann Performing Arts Theatre.
Fort Myers post office,1933, was named Whitehurst Federal Building, now home to the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center.
Edison State College- fountain of youth or “An investment in knowledge…”
Now black may be back, but these worldly colors will inject your space with a sense of adventure! Living in Seattle, I grow weary of grays and blacks, but used with intention, in moderation, the stormy colors can exude a sense of safety and comfort.
Keeping the walls a subtle neutral will allow for fun updates on a whim. So boost your roost with energetic colors! Try a patterned wallpaper as an accent feature in your room. Change out lampshades to reflect a punchy color. Or paint old artwork frames a bold hue! And if you need a little help getting inspired, I’m available for hourly consultations. Go Explore. Just Experiment. Get Excited!
Check out all four of the 2014 color trends at http://www.sherwin-williams.com/architects-specifiers-designers/inspiration/color-forecast/
Places That Transport #2: Oddfellows on Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA is inviting all year ‘round, welcoming you in out of the cold or to enjoy your espresso el fresco. From the sidewalk seating to the extremely tall interior ceilings, this 100+ year old piece of history is pure Americana.
Oddfellows offers a low-key atmosphere encouraging you to linger. Owner and restauranteur extraordinaire, Linda Derschang, used vintage and repurposed elements (from Kirk Albert’s boutique – check him out in Georgetown) in a fresh and understated way, respecting and enhancing the century old architecture. Church pews strategically placed became a natural division accommodating a huge parsons table for large gatherings, while old photos pay homage to the founders.
And for a fun tour of the Pike/Pine corridor and to learn more about the architecture and history of Capitol Hill: http://www.seattlearchitecture.org/tour_pike.html
*Photo courtesy of Oddfellows cafe website.
Kitchen accoutrements & office necessities. Try displaying ordinary elements with style. A tray houses oils & spices used on a daily basis. Why not show off a favorite bowl by storing fruit & veggies on the counter? I love this vintage blue scalloped dish.
And I adore this old shoe form! It’s perfect for holding my biz cards & a favorite pen, both of which are always at the ready.
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I’m starting a series called “Places That Transport”. This will encapsulate environments that exude good design, uplift ones soul, & that literally whisk you away to some foreign land.
These little enclaves are dotted around Seattle. I have some faves to start out, such as Curtis Steiner’s boutique in Ballard. Curtis’ boutique is something one must experience. If you’ve never been- Go. From the ancient to the everyday, his treasures will excite & delight you.
On a side note, I’m in love with the baby blue painted trim juxtaposing the heavy stonework & all the bright red & orange ivy carpeting the facade was breathtaking that crisp fall morning I went waltzing through the Farmer’s Market.
I’m very much looking forward to discovering other places & spaces that evoke closeness, conversation, & creativity. If you have a favorite retreat, I welcome you to share it.
Remodelista is an excellent resource for inspiration and research alike. This Chelsea live/work loft put to use every possible square inch. Clever fold outs, hide-aways, and multi-functional spaces are key to the success of this design. Experience all the bells and whistles for yourself at: http://www.remodelista.com/posts/the-architect-is-in-a-loft-transformed-by-studio-garneau
I took advantage of a gorgeous Seattle day & toured the Whittaker Residence (built in 1956 by architect Arnold Gangnes), a great example of Northwest Modern architecture.
I mostly appreciated the respect the current homeowners have for the history of the home & its architecture. They carefully analyzed their needs & desired aesthetics to determine how they would update the home while maintaining, as well as enhancing, the interior features & exterior landscaping plan. (Note the custom bookshelves that stay consistent with the home’s original features, while the concrete fireplace has been elegantly incorporated into the entire landscape design.) Their strategic execution showcases the fine balance between vintage & modern elements.
Because living with vintage is sooo very modern, if you love the look, then check out the owner’s collection of fab vintage finds on easy.com/shop/teakandteal
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