Category Archives: interior design

ICFF 2010 Favorite: Deborah Bowness wallpaper.

   

Deborah Bowness’s Trompe l’oeil-esque hand printed wallpaper hit our chic spot. The petite Brit has been designing wallpaper for seven years. Ms. Bowness starts with a digital image,  then screen prints or digitally prints her designs, which are offered in drops or in kits — individual pieces that can be arranged to create a unique scenes on your wall. Her images evoke a modern sensibility, influenced by mid-century aesthetics. Her collections include, “Frocks” — a collage of dresses; “Utility” — selections of chairs, lamps, books, and drawers; “Flora & Fauna” — flowers, etc.; “Books” — stacks and stacks of books; and “Illusions of Grandeur” — distorted and faded patterns. We chatted briefly with designer, who informed us that she’s soon launching her Web shop, which will very much imitate her workspace. We can’t wait!!

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Get vertical: A hanging fruit basket makes for great storage!

As an apartment dweller, the phrase “A place for everything, and everything in its place” takes on a whole new meaning. And it can be exhausting trying to stay on top of maintaining closets and drawers, so I’m always looking for easy solutions. Last week I found myself searching through Real Simple‘s archives of bathroom organization. I was looking for some new ideas, something that I could throw together over a weekend. Since my bathroom is the size of a small closet with virtually no storage space, the headline “Consider the Ceiling” peaked my interest. And here’s what Real Simple suggested:

“If your quarters are tight and space is already compromised, look up. Take advantage of vertical real estate by hanging a multilevel fruit basket for additional storage. When placed in the shower, the open rungs of the three-tier hanging basket allow loofahs and bath toys to dry over the tub. Or suspend the basket in an unused corner and stock it with lotions, treatments, and scented sachets (in lieu of dust-catching potpourri).”

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(Note: This photo is from Real Simple. It is not our apartment. If we were fortunate enough to afford an apartment with such elaborate bathroom fixtures, we probably wouldn’t be storing our toiletries from a hanging fruit basket.

Brilliant! The next day, I trekked out to the hardware store and picked up a hanging fruit basket for $6.00 then headed home to get to work. Fortunately, we have a drop-ceiling, so hanging objects is as easy as lifting a ceiling panel up and tucking the hook underneath. If you’re dealing with drywall or tin, this project might be a little more complex and you’ll probably need to hang a hook first. The whole thing took all of two minutes and left me with a barren countertop just begging for clutter. But it’s not gonna happen. I’ve utilized my vertical real estate, and from now on, my toiletries call a hanging fruit basket home.

kyle bunting rugs.

Are you familiar with Kyle Bunting rugs? They’re amazing, and they’re all made out of hide. While I realize that this material doesn’t appeal to everyone, for those of us who fancy hide rugs, Kyle Bunting is a necessary extravagance. Based in Texas, the company was originally started by Kyle Bunting, who has been working exclusively with hide for 10 years now. The one man show now features a team of contributing designers, with thousands of projects under their belt. Here are a few that would at home in my apartment, although you should definitely check out the Web site to see the full range.

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the home office — three ways.

Where would you produce your best work?

Peeped at the room vote.

dollahite houseby rural theory.

Dear Rural Theory,

Do you have any future openings? We’d love to implode our rental’s bathroom and replace it with this:

Peeped at What.

costanza by luceplan.



Ryan and I stayed at the fabulous Standard Hotel in West Hollywood during our honeymoon. The hotel is an absolute dream — 24×7 room service, Eero Aarnio’s Bubble Chairs hanging in the lobby, and Andy Warhol textiles. But one of the things I fell most in love with were the lights in the guest rooms, which after careful examination I discovered are Luceplan’s Costanza, designed in 1986.

So what made the lights so great? Well, besides their beautiful design, they operate in the coolest way — by gently tapping a touch-sensitive metal rod affixed beneath the base of the light bulb. Depending on the amount of pressure you use when touching the rod, you can dim or brighten the light up to four times. Naturally, the cool technology and sleek design doesn’t come cheap, but someday I’ll fill our home with Luceplan products.

DARKROOM.

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In December 2009, DARKROOM opened its doors in London’s Bloomsbury neighborhood, and in just one month’s time it’s gained distinction for seamlessly blending high design and high fashion in a curated shop setting. But then could you expect anything less from founders Rhonda Drakeford and Lulu Roper-Caldbeck, two women with design- and fashion-heavy resumes? Drakeford attended Central St. Martins and went on to found Multistorey design consultancy with fellow classmate Harry Woodrow; while Caldbeck was instrumental in turning Camilla Staerk’s line Staerk into an internationally recognized brand — clearly, these ladies have a trained eye for style. In 2007 they partnered with illustrator Marcus James and started Themselves textiles. And just two years later Drakeford and Caldbeck formed DARKROOM.

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The concept store — a modern black and white space that comes to life through the use of carefully placed primary-colored pedestals designed by Frank of London — sells hand-selected items such as Staerk, Saskia Diez, and Moooi, alongside its own designs. In the near future, the owners plan to host bi-monthly art and sculpture exhibits.

Until you can stop in to shop, check out DARKROOM’s Web site, which represents a select offering of products available at the store but come February 2010 will be a fully operational e-boutique.