LOCOMOTION

I was having a quick sandwich at my desk and popped on over to 20×200 where these prints immediately caught my eye, yet again! I have always been drawn to Eadweard Muybridge’s Animal Locomotion and after a more careful look I really began to become attached to these guys and felt the need to share! I just really like the feel of these and it’s like they were meant to be on my walls.

I am quite fond of the elephant (DUH!), the man with the hat and the horse. I like the exotic cat too. I am rather torn though and am not sure which one(s) to purchase. I need to decide quickly because these limited edition prints are almost SOLD OUT!!

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!

Images VIA Pinterest

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

A General Store

I have been trying to finish up my Christmas shopping forever now but I keep stumbling upon new stores and I am just getting lost in the shuffle I guess. This one comes to us from Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY… of course. [I need to get up to Brooklyn ASAP because so many of my favorite shops are up there!]

Brook Farm General Store has a modern take on the traditional New York general store and I just really identify with it. [FYI: They have a great selection for gifts!] Hope you enjoy!

{Disclaimer: I used their awesome product descriptions because I just could not explain them any better myself!}

Savon de Marseille has been made the same way for over eight hundred years. In fact, since 1688, French law has declared that only soaps made according to specific methods may bear the mark “Savon de Marseille.” There are only a few savonneries remaining that still make their soap in this traditional manner. The mixture of pure olive and vegetable oils, alkaline ash from sea plants and Mediterranean seawater must be heated for ten days before being cut into cubes and stamped, and then set out to dry in the sun and wind. Marseille Soap is super gentle and moisturizing, and can be used to wash anything from young faces to delicate laundry items. $12

Classic French canning jars with heavy duty wire spring closures and a super strong rubber gasket. With a wide mouth to allow for easy filling, and a flat lid for stacking. $8 / $11 / $15

A large spool of 100% cotton, unbleached twine. Excellent for cooking, wrapping packages, hanging things, and many other assorted household tasks and crafts. $17

When stored in the freezer, these soapstone cubes keep your beverages cold just like ice, but since they don’t melt, they will never dilute your drink. Can also be heated in the oven to keep hot beverages warm. $29

After just one washing, these woven linen bath towels become twice as soft. After a few more washings, they become positively fluffy. Linen is the most absorbent, breathable natural fiber in the world, and the more you use these towels, the more you break down the fibers, and soon you will not be able to imagine drying off with anything else. $68

A classic black wire woven waste paper bin. Round and slightly wider at the top than the bottom. $45

A luxurious heavy cotton shawl perfect for wearing every day during fall and winter, and even far into the early days of spring. Warm and cozy, this shawl will only get softer and better the more you wear it. Woven in a gorgeous deep grey with cream banding and rich golden stripes with cream fringes. We also love to use ours as a throw blanket when cuddling in front of the fire, or after a long day after a long day playing outside. $85

The Silver Spoon cookbook is to Italy what The Joy of Cooking is to America. It is the cookbook that young married couples and people starting out on their own are given. It is the book that people inherit from their moms and grandmothers; the book that has recipes for every dish imaginable; from basic soups and salads to crostini and pizza and pasta dishes galore, to guinea fowl with truffles baked in a packet, to all sorts of yummy Italian desserts like raspberry semifredo and tiramisu. First published in Italy in 1950, The Silver Spoon contains over 2000 recipes. It includes a glossary of cooking terms, menus from famous Italian chefs, basic instructions for how to make all sorts of sauces, preserves and jellies, as well as wine pairings, cheese suggestions, and almost every other important food and eating related matter you can think of. $45