Wall of Antlers

I am in the mist of putting together a collection of antlers for a wall gallery in my apartment. Being on a tight budget proves difficult sometimes but the collection is slowly growing. I have three pieces as of now and they all are part of the deer family. I picked up a huge rack this past weekend at a flea market here in Austin for a steal! I want to expand my collection to different mounts though. Gazelle, antelope, moose, steer, elk.. I could go on forever baby (Home Alone 2 reference) I have quite a bit of photo inspiration and I thought I would share some to help showcase my expectations for the completed look. I know it grosses some people out but I love it. I grew up around taxidermy mounts so for me it’s a bit of home. Also I just think it’s badass and adds a sense of masculinity, nature and history that I quite enjoy!

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Spring Retreat

So you know how you feel after the holidays.. exhausted, full of oh-so-good-but-bad-for-you food and mostly ready to get back to your daily routine? For me, all the traveling around seeing family and friends and going to parties and get togethers for 2 months can get a bit overwhelming and after the first of the year passes I am ready to get back to work, get some structure back in my day, have ‘normal’ eating habits and basically just stay put for one second! Well now that the end of February is almost here, I feel like I have caught my breath and wish I had a place like all the following photos combined to retreat to for an “Adult Spring Break”! [yeah sounds kinda scandalous, I know, but it’s not! I promise…] Anyway, I came across m. elle design via desire to inspire and damn if I didn’t fall head over heels. Each room has its own personality but inevitably answers to an overall design aesthetic that I adore. I just think it’s all rather brilliant! Perfect for a spring retreat!

Man Cave

Ever since I started looking for a new place, I have been debating on whether or not to add another room to the floor plan. I have guests every once in awhile but not as much to where I really “need” a guest room. [I am out of town on the weekends more than I stay in town.] Although… maybe if I had a guest room, my apartment might be more viable choice for visiting folks.

I also want my own studio/work space. I’m an architect-in-training but I also like designing shoes and other crap so it would be really helpful to have a whole room JUST for that too! Hmmm, I might just have to join the two ideas.

My thinking couch could double as the guest bed. I would ideally like to have a desk AND a drafting table but that would fill a room quick! [I would use a desk more but I love the nostalgia of the drafting table.] I love floor-to-ceiling shelving, dark paint, wood, metal and leather. I sort of want it to feel like a “Man Cave”… like a modern industrial studio meets 1920-30s British library sort of Man Cave. Or I could just give Roman & Williams a call and have them do the whole damn thing for me!

ORIGINAL INSPIRATION

FURTHER INSPIRATION

All photos are Roman & Williams

OTHER INSPIRATION

THINGS

KIVIK Sofa Bed – IKEA

Kensington Leather Chair – Restoration Hardware

Hand-Knotted Baluchi Tribal Rug – Three Potato Four

Pipe Shelving – The Brick House

1920s Drafting Table – Restoration Hardware

Toledo Stool – 1stdibs

Who wants to visit now?!

Shall we dine?

I am moving to a new place in about 5 months and I could not be more excited. [I know 5 months seems a bit far away but I have to do ALL this on my own and I need to be prepared because I have a bunch of crap!] I am sticking with an apartment [for now] but adding more SQ. FT. The three contending apartments are not too shabby but are all rather commercial and lack a bit of character. [I guess I will have to bring that with me when I move.] I would love to have a place with historical and architectural importance but even if I did find that perfect place, I am sure it would be out of my price range or an hour from work. [Now I’m just rationalizing..]

So over the next few months I will be narrowing down my choices and getting ready for the move. Although the location of my new place has yet to be officially decided, I know that it will have a dining space, which my current layout lacks. I have never owned or had space for a dining table. EVER! And if you know me at all, you would know I LOVE to throw parties, especially dinner parties, which I have never been able to do. [I want a table that can seat AT LEAST 8 comfortably when expanded.]

STORNÄS Table

1900s Boulangerie Dining Table

I have been saving inspiration from the web and searching through magazines but I just can’t make up my mind. I think I have come to an answer for the table itself but the decision of which chairs has left me reeling! I just can’t make up my mind! I guess the reason would be that I would love to have a few different sets of chairs for different occasions and moods. [My mood seems to be always changing..] Of course, that would work better if I had a house or somewhere to store the chairs not currently in use. [Alright I am rambling now…]

Leather? Metal? Wood? Wicker? OH MY!

Eames Wire Chair??

IKEA Chairs

Randoms VIA Pinterest

A VERSION OF A TOLIX CHAIR??

RESTORATION HARDWARE

Unexpected Findings

Sometimes I have a really hard time focusing when searching the interweb. I start in search of outdoor furniture and somewhere along all the clicks I end up reading a hip/hop blog. I guess that is my love/hate relationship with the internet. Although today, my final destination did not fall far from my initial search of wood flooring. I am still not sure how I ended up at Dinesen but I am glad I did. Not only do I dig the wide plank floors (my original search), I totally love the rooms they occupy. Some of the spaces are just a tad TOO white for my taste, but it’s almost like a blank canvas in my mind and I want to fill it with all my favorite things!

Just look at all those lovely lines.

You can live and party all in the same space!! Open floor plan For The Win!

Incorporating some of my favorite older world charm.

Panton S chairs at a long dining table make for great conversation.

Obsessed with this space and want it for my studio.

I just bought a vintage marble chess set at auction for my coffee table and my name starts with an ‘A’. Coincidence?

I’m a Rolling Stone and I really want to paint these walls black.

All photos from Dinesen

Coco Chanel

Back in 2009 I made a trip to New York to stay with a friend and one night we went to the Paris Theater to see Coco Before Chanel. I freaking ADORED this movie and everything about it. It just created a deeper interest in Coco and her history. So it’s no surprise that when The Coveteur did a piece on the apartment of Coco Chanel, I was ALL over it! I just find it so interesting to see how different people, whether they be icons or not, lived and the spaces they created for themselves. Mademoiselle Chanel definitely created a glamorous space and it was very interesting to see all the little nuances throughout the apartment. Pretty cool… Now I think I’ll go snuggle up on my couch and re-watch Coco Before Chanel.

ALL PHOTOS VIA The Coveteur

My Ideal

When I come across a home that holds a few of my favorite design elements I get happy. When I come across a home that is pretty close as a whole to my aesthetic I get excited. When I come across a home that looks + feels as if I was the one who designed the whole damn thing I get effin’ psyched!! Well today I am effin’ psyched!! This home belongs to Jenna Lyons, J.Crew president and creative director. Knowing this, I would expect nothing but for me to fall completely in love with this place! I mean, I am verging on obsessed here! I don’t think I have ever come across a place that relates everything I want in my own home as much as this place does. It is a mix of my loves for neutral, natural, modern, vintage/historical with a touch of glam. It’s like I have these ideas and then all of a sudden I just saw them come to life! (i.e. the collection of antlers, for starters) So basically what I am telling you is that this place is my ideal in almost every way. (I have listed a few of my favorite things below..)

black doors against a lovely historic white facade

black doors and white walls/ceiling mirrored in the banister and railings

gold framing + badass chandelier + fur + leather + natural wood + open floor plan

collection of antlers + long table + fireplace + phenomenal lighting + dark floors + plaster cornices

perfect for the morning

dark island against white surroundings + exposed ductwork + open shelving

black walls (I credit this to J.Define where I saw them first) + white bed + fireplace + natural light + TV (for real!)

crazy awesome archway + chevron(herringbone) flooring + concrete wall (I think..)

shoe/clothing show off + fireplace + lighting + antlers

linear + neutral + natural buffering

gorgeous landscape + concrete walk pads + simple stair + herringbone brick

tolix chairs/stools + structural oversized lattice-work + horizontal paneled fence

TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY, MY IDEAL.
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