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!!

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

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!

AL FRESCO

As I have mentioned many times, I love a good dinner party. Delicious food and drink mixed with loved family and friends makes for my FAVORITE time ever. With the weather being somewhat warmer yet quite enjoyable this season, it had me dreaming of dining al fresco. The window of opportunity here in Texas for dining outdoors is short as the cold seems to turn directly into HOT! So you have to be on your toes and prepared to get the party started! Of course I would need a back yard (or a boat!) to pull these off, but one can dream! Some of them are actually rather romantic which seems fitting for this national day of love.

Happy Valentine’s Day Y’all!

via pinterest

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