Homage to Mies van der Rohe

This morning as I opened my internet browser, Google promptly reminded me that Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, architectural badass extraordinaire, would have celebrated his 126th birthday today. I clicked on the Google link, which did a consequential search and I saw all of the different articles people were putting out there today in remembrance of one of the GREATEST designers that will have ever graced humankind. Seriously. He accomplished what many of us dream of but very rarely succeeds in doing. I will spare you a long and tedious background check and list of credentials for Mr. Mies van der Rohe and instead just celebrate him with images of his many contributions. Thanks for the constant inspiration.

“LESS IS MORE.” – LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE

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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!

Oh, George…

Last night I eagerly sat in front of my TV last night waiting to get a look inside George Clooney’s Studio City home on ‘Person to Person’. I just love seeing other people’s abodes since they can say so much about a person.. I adore Mr. Clooney and was pumped to see what his place had goin’ on! Would it have a ‘bachelor pad’ vibe or would I catch ‘Rat Pack’ fever as we swayed through the house?? {Alas, none of the above.} The interview was somewhat interesting, but it just seemed all over the place and had very little to do with the home itself. {Which, from my understanding, was the whole point of this show…} We got a look at a few picture frames, a bit of JKF memorabilia and a very quick glance of the surrounding spaces.

From what I could gather though, it seemed rather cozy and could handle some fun revelry. I was just left underwhelmed. Don’t get me wrong, I think the spaces were put together well and it actually looked down to earth and ‘lived in’ which is quite a pleasant surprise. I guess I was just hoping to see a little more.. character.. personality. To be fair, we really didn’t get to see that much though because the show just didn’t do it’s job. I mean, the overall structure and architecture was lovely. There was a great flow through the spaces. The beamed ceilings and outdoor areas where badass. I think my favorite part was the outdoor dining area with the wall of enclosed wine racks. I would be damn happy to live in this home (especially with Mr. Clooney!), I just wish we were given more of an inside look rather than the same old interview they could have done on a sound stage.

Warren Buffet and Jon Bon Jovi followed George later in the show and we got more out of them. [Buffet cracked me up and Bon Jovi surprised the hell outta me with his style!] So even though there wasn’t much to see (total bummer because I wanted to have a better post to share than this!), I saved a few shots from the interview (aka pictures of my TV) to share with you guys in case you were interested to see how George lives..

I STILL ADORE YOU GEORGE.

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

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.
VIA

The Tree House

I don’t think I was ever one of those kids that dreamed of a treehouse. We didn’t have any large enough trees for that sort of thing. We had A LOT of bamboo and banana trees in my backyard that my sister and I turned into mini-cities, forests or anything we really need it to be including an area sectioned off for our “house.” Thinking about it now, it was not THAT large of a ‘forest’ but to my younger self it was never-ending. It was awesome and quite hilarious.

So even though my kid-self did not desire a house off the ground, my adult-self apparently does! I really think I need a design like this included somewhere on my future property. Maybe for my future kids OR mainly for the adults.. HA! I love how the legitimacy of the structure is played off with an almost “just found this stuff lying around” interior… i.e. mason jar lighting, tree stumps as stools, antler chandelier on a rope hanging from an ol’ pulley, exposed stud wall, and what I would assume to be found ladders and reclaimed wood. I appreciate that because when we were little it was just whatever we could find to add to our natural abode. They apparently had more chic places to look for found stuff than we did in our garage/backyard! However, I do feel like there was a bit of a standard though as to what crap we would and would not use. We wanted our digs to look nice too! Oh, the memories!!

Spotted here by way of here.

Polish My Concrete

I love a nice and clean concrete floor; so you can bet your ass I will have some sort of concrete floor in my future home. The style is TBD but I can’t freaking wait! If I decide to build, I might even get them heated.. Oh the possibilities!

Concrete Floor {Source Unknown}

Casa Cristian Biehl by Daniel Rojo Arquitecto {Chile}

Union Lofts by Wisznia Architecture + Development {New Orleans}

AIA Homes Tour Showcase by Cornerstone Group Architects {Austin}

Katz Residence by Gregory Katz {South Africa}

Silvertree Residence by Secrest Architecture {Arizona}