Monday, August 29, 2011

Paper Towel

Where do you store your roll of paper towel? A custom built cubby keeps it out of the way and easy to access.

photo via a life's design

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Maximize That Space

Getting creative and maximizing space. It doesn't matter what size your place is. Big or small. It's about how you use it. Here's a nice little multifunctional drop zone right at the front entry. Check the gold valence too. It runs the course of the main living space, breaking up the tall white walls. Here, however, it becomes this "liquid" hanging piece - genius.

The stairs are always a good place to utilize for storage. Here they've carved out niches and filled them up with books.

Here's an alternative to end or bedside tables. You can build out the area behind the bed creating a shelf that spans the width of the room. They even took it a step further creating cubbies and adding reading lights. This is my weekly post for Fred Flare so you can also check it on their site too.

photos via Freshome

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Overhangs. A detail you don't always see. A detail you may not really care about. Depending on the design and style, they can provide shade or add some mass. I actually look at them all the time and can appreciate the style and detail they've shown here. They catch your eye and become their own design element.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mix It Up

A mix of textures. The rough, chiseled face of the stone wall against the smooth, polished white tops. A mix of style. Clean, sharp lines give a modern vibe while warm, reclaimed wood and a vintage stove show the rustic side.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Kitchen Lines

There's not a ton of room in this kitchen but I love the overall feel with all the little details. The walls and ceiling each present opportunity to show creativity. Anytime you can carry the line of the roof you're immediately opening the space. They tied the bead board pattern of the cabinets nicely with a larger, wider look on the ceiling. The outside wall becomes and immediate design element as it also follows the line exterior design. The soft, gray tile wall showcases that barn style architecture bringing another pattern into the design as well as slightly contrasting the colors.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Intense Coffeehouse

A throwback to the 70's. This is a coffeehouse where the you may not need coffee. The design is certainly over the top but I love the creativity. The idea was to take the fabric and patterns on the walls and morph them into the furniture.

As always Thursday is my day over at Fred Flare. You can check this out over there too.

photos via Contemporist

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Rope Lighting

Crazy, cool lighting option. Check out these rope lights. They're sold in 12 foot sections. I like the way they work here in this commercial space. A little rugged, yet they provide just the right amount of balance.

They're rustic. They're industrial. They're nautical. A nice alternative that you could use in just about any space.

photos via Etsy

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

All Teak Shower

The all teak shower. This space is full of crazy, unique character and all about custom from the sloped ceiling line to the steps down into the space. It's not just the materials that make the space so fresh, it's also the layout and the balance. And when you don't get enough light from the window, they accented it with two small recessed lights just above the floor line. A genius little detail.

photo via Remodelista

Friday, August 12, 2011

Blue Top Blue Ceiling

This little kitchenette is just perfect for a suite or guest house. It's clean, crisp and has all the essentials. It's on point and it works, however, I like that they took it a step further and went with a sandblasted glass top in turquoise blue. It compliments the ceiling and takes the space to the next level. A small space a huge impact.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Fluid Sound Sofa

So I love when you can push the envelope and bring together a kickass design with some super custom craftsmanship. This is the Soundscape Sofa. It's a place where you can chill and either sample music via their inboard touch screens or plug in your own device and just kick back.

Here's the crazy make-up of the piece. It's individual pieces (66 layers if you're counting) of a product called EchoPanel. It's 100% recycled textile most commonly used in commercial design. Each panel was cut by a waterjet and stacked one by one.

Sweet detail and fluid motion. Check some shots of the layout and construction of this bad boy below. And, as always, you can also see this over at my Thursday guest home, Fred Flare.

Individual pieces all cut and spread out, ready for fabrication.

The process begins.

As they approach the finish product you can just sense the amount of time and detail that has been put forth.

photos via Contemporist

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Marble Vessel Sink

The custom cut, low profile, marble vessel is sweet here. It doesn't overpower and really compliments the colors in the glass tiles as well as the wood top.

photo via Freshome

Monday, August 8, 2011

Butt Ends

The wall of butt ends. The creation of a unique little interior separation between spaces. It's as simple as just gathering all the end cuts instead of discarding them. You've immediately defined the space and given it some sweet character. It reminded me a little bit of this.

From a distance you see how it not only adds another texture but also adds some subtle color to the space.

photos via ArchDaily

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Camper Van

A straight up classic. The VW Camper Van. Check it. Nothing too flashy and all you need to hit road.

Pristine detail both inside and out.

As always the summer is just cruising by so fast. A killer way to get out, explore and enjoy. You can also find me over at my Thursday guest home, Fred Flare.

photos via Shootfactory

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Rustic Fire Pit

Rustic and rural. Private and laid-back. This is a sweet little custom fire pit blending right in with the natural landscaping.

photo via Elle Decor

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Shallow Kitchen Sink

They took a little bit of a different approach here with this kitchen sink. It's a trough style that's both long and shallow. A very non traditional style but definitely a genius idea for prepping. They even took it a step further by customizing the sliding wood cutting boards. If you have the space and you love to cook, I think it's ideal.

photo via Remodelista

Monday, August 1, 2011

Industrial Galley Kitchen

Long and narrow. This particular space is full of volume as well. It's a galley style kitchen and they chose to go with an industrial vibe. The large window is such a bonus here, not only for the amount of light, but it helps open up the room. You don't feel so closed in. They also get some added accent lighting (washing that exterior brick wall) through the ceiling joist. Subtle, but again, visually opening the space a little.

A darker tone with a mix of textures from smooth concrete to rugged galvanized shelving.

photos via Remodelista
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