Monday, December 26, 2011

A Little Holiday Cheer

Nothing makes for a better party then a good old inspiration board. While this years New Years party was canceled due to exciting life circumstances I still thought it was worth sharing lovely Gillian's board...

Who wouldn't want to go to that party? While I'm at it here are a few other inspiring holiday pics.

The photo above killed me! Oh Martha Stewart you've still got it as far as I'm concerned. So clever!

Holiday Dress inspiration

A few weeks back I was on the hunt for the perfect holiday dress. I wanted something with bows and sashes, vintage or even vintage inspired would do but the bottom line was it had to be over the top AMAZING! I even gave myself permission to spend a bit more then I normally would because if you find something truly beautiful you'll find excuses to wear it thus making the investment justifiable. Then a funny thing happened, I scoured all my favorite spots but nothing quite stood up to the image in my head. On a whim I went to Kate Spades website and found these images:

Now that I could do! Lord knows I have a million little black dresses and as luck would have it I also own red stockings! Whats that you say? An excuse to buy more costume jewlery? Dont mind if i do!

So I suppose the moral of this silly story is that often its not a new dress you need but rather a new perspective on what you have...

PS I wore my fancy getup to the Flickr holiday party at photobooth where they took these fun tin type photos!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Craft Hotel

Buenos Aires has been at the top of my list of great cities I need to visit for some time now. Found via 
Have You Met Miss Jones this seems to be the perfect place to stay.  The Craft Hotel, located in Palermo Soho is calling out to me, "Come stay here, now!"

Photos via Craft Hotel

Friday, November 25, 2011

Colors to Love

photographs by Ditte Isager for Ochre

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Karen Knorr

The New York Times did a great profile of English photographer Karen Knorr. Her portraits of exotic animals in stunning, and very man made settings, blew me away.

Doesn't he look like he's daring you to come closer. Or maybe he's pleading something along the lines of "I promise I won't eat you. I just want to cuddle."

More proof that I have got to get my tail to India and soon. How's a girl to resist such beautiful vivid color and architecture.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Open showers

I have long made it a standing point of only posting things that inspire me but in truth sometimes you have to define what it is you DON'T like in order to better understand what you DO like. So with that said, there is nothing I'm more turned off by then an open shower!

I'm all for open airy spaces but there is a time and a place for everything! When I'm in the shower I want to feel safe and enclosed not exposed! This picture below just kills me! Just finish up the glass wall people!

Sorry for all the exclamation marks. Clearly I'm getting all riled up, so I'll do what I normally do and post something I love.

I know, I know, it still LOOKS empty but in fact there is indeed a shower door which means I can bask in the steam from my shower. Now was that so hard of an addition?

Friday, October 28, 2011

Three little bees

With Halloween on the horizon I couldn't help but post these cute little bees. The photo was actually taken by Bill Cunningham. Which is surprising since most of his stuff is people on the street and everything about this shot screams fine art. In any case, if you haven't seen the documentary about him strongly suggest it. The man is the true embodiment of following your bliss and doing what you love.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Mad about stripes!

I just couldn't resist posting this delightful bar! Stripes took a hold of me at a young age and make me smile anytime I see them in decor. On a recent trip to LA my best friend teased me for buying yet another stripped T-shirt. I didn't tell her that not only was it ANOTHER stripped T, I actually owned the same one in another color. What can I say? I know what I like.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Statement Chair

Comfort? Not so much. Attitude? Definitely! 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Guest Blogger : Susi from Arcadian Lighting "Rustic in the City"

A Furnished Life is happy to have our first ever guest blogger. Thanks for putting this together Susi!

Hi all, I'm Susi, a writer for Arcadian Lighting, a site that specializes in quality lighting fixtures. I love visiting design blogs like A Furnished Light to do guest posts. Rustic in the city sounds like an oxymoron. In reality, this is a design trend that pairs rustic elements with modern design to create a perfect style for the city. Mixing in rustic elements, and even a few farmhouse designs, into a mostly modern or contemporary space is a great way to add character. Here are some of my favorite examples of the rustic modern city style.

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What Wilson Wants

This incredible staircase is a great example of mixing modern (the space) with rustic (the wood of the stairs) into a style that is perfect for the city. Loft style combines rustic elements, like exposed beams and brick, with modern lines in furniture and accessories.

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Apartment Therapy

Mixing rustic and modern works well for a dining room in the city. A large table made from reclaimed wood surrounded by modern chairs makes for a stylish combination.

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School house style lighting creates a modern feeling space even when set against a more rustic table. Love all the texture and character in the table against the smooth lines of the pendant lights.

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Apartment Therapy

This console table is made from reclaimed wood and steel. The materials are rustic yet the style is decidedly modern. Perfect for an entry hall in a city apartment or loft.

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What Wilson Wants

Weathered and aged surfaces paired with sleek, clean lines is a great way to create city style with modern and rustic pieces. An aged painted piece of furniture with tons of patina looks amazing when combined with contemporary piece of furniture or light fixture.

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Censtational Girl

Rustic paired with white, black or neutral colors puts the emphasis on line and form. This rustic island in black, with an industrial pendant light overhead, becomes the focal point of the kitchen.

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Marjam Elamaa

Rustic wood adds tons of texture to a minimalist modern space. It creates a great contrast for the smooth surfaces and lines of modern furniture.

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Censtational Girl

Love the barn wood wall that divides the living space and sleeping area in this studio apartment. Reclaimed wood adds nice warmth and character to any space. Such an interesting mix of styles in the ceiling light, chairs and benches.


What do you think of the rustic yet modern style? Comments are welcome! Come check out Arcadian Lighting to get some lighting fixtures for your city style!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Cool Concept

Louise Roe pillows pillows found via  Trumpet and Kool and Kreativ

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Take a Peek...

 Photographer Paul Barbera's blog has been published in a book of the same name, Where They Create.  He has kept a visual diary of designers and artists' spaces via his travels while photographing spaces around the globe.  These spaces are deeply personel to those that inhabit them, inspirational, functional, and oh so inviting.


9 Rosalyn St. Studio, Sydney

The Monkeys, Agency Sydney

Printink Textile printers, Sydney