Tuesday, June 16, 2009

It's personal

Architecture draws you in, but how we furnish our spaces encourages us to stay, and it get's personal.

Two rooms with very similar architectural elements.

To me, this makes sense. It looks warm and inviting, casual.

This, not so much. It feels forced and awkward, I love combining modern and rustic elements, but those chairs and table on that floor, it's cold.

I really cannot wrap my head around these. Though back in the 80's I vaguely recall using them in a high school interior design project. One maybe, but two?

Similar space, with modern pieces, but this feel's like a home. As a stylist you do what you need to do to get the shot and illustrate the story. Sell the lifestyle.

How about living a life styled personally for you and your family?

Monday, June 15, 2009

"The movement you need...

I read this book.

I'd rather sleep here,

then there.

I've spent more years living 5 minutes away from this bridge,

but feel much more at home living 5 minutes from this bridge.

Na, na na, na na na, na na na...

Monday, June 1, 2009

Who says good design has to be expensive?

Have you stopped to notice how often people start their sentences with "in this economy..." It's become such a common occurrence that me and my friends have started a little game where you can use the economy as a scapegoat for any occasion. Jokes aside, I'd like to add one more to the list: "In this economy, you can't afford not to travel in style."

The hospitality sector is finally catching on to the notion that you don't have to spend a fortune to make a space stylish. Travel and Leisure put out a great article this month about some of the beautiful budget hotels popping up around the world. This all points to what I think will be one of the many lessons our country can learn from economic hardship: good design often takes place when we are faced with budgetary obstacles and are forced to be creative.

The Standard Hotel in downtown LA.

The Jane in New York

Mama Casa in Paris

The Ace Hotel in Portland

The Ace Hotel in Palms Springs

Summer in San Francisco