Thursday, March 31, 2011

flickr photo of the day : coffee.

"where the names were not burned along the wall" by shades of mediocrity.

for the salt fiend... myself, a potato chip necklace. I must say, it looks good enough to eat. ($25)

a baby boy

He came to me on the brightest spring afternoon
my tiny baby boy,
We have named him Reid Wyatt
and this love is gentle and kind and sweet and right.

Reid Wyatt
March 24, 2011, 2:00 pm
6 lbs 4 oz, 2902 kg

small space solution {a pretty perch}

If you have a studio and your bed doubles as a seating area or if you are looking to upgrade from a futon--the structure and styling of these draped beds are an excellent and sophisticated solution.

(via Marie Claire Maison and Chicago Home and Garden)

Dear warm weather,

via Bippity Boppity Boo

thought of the day : my sunshine.

"You make me happy when skies are grey," another fabulous print from ReStyle. I am really loving her work lately.

springtime ensembles : yellow & pink.

Ah, my two favorite colors of the season. Spring... I am mighty glad you have arrived.

Yellows: 1. Yellow Heart Confetti Crook Handle Umbrella ($30), 2. KIT Gloves in Chartreuse ($34.99), 3. Silk Linen Drape Neck Dress ($535), 4. Yellow Hunter Women's Short Boot (£56), 5. Boo and Scout Tee ($45), 6. Steven Alan Erin Short ($158), 7. Tipsy ($198), 8. Roar Badge (au$10), and 9. Gracie Bag (£59)

Pinks: 1. Tom Ford Plastic Glasses ($363), 2. Petite Light Pink Tiered Peter Pan Collar Blouse ($66), 3. Kathy the Redwood Pin ($18), 4. Coral Battenburg Shorts (£28), 5. Eyes of Mars Sandal ($94.99), 6. Date Night Ring ($55), 7. Pink Tulip Pattern Fifties Dress ($100), 8. shady side magazine tote ($255), and 9. MONK Pink Soft Lace Up Shoes ($60)

Vizcaya: the pantries

The most interesting parts of any house museum, in my opinion, are the service spaces.Vizcaya was planned primarily around the public and entertaining rooms, which leaves only awkward leftover spaces for the numerous servants which were required in this time period. Oddly enough, the kitchen is on the 2nd floor, not in the basement (but we'll get to that later!). The first of these service spaces is a cupboard off the dining room (marked passage on the plan above in blue). Functioning as a small butler's pantry, the space also worked as a hall between the dining room and tea room so had to be attractive.The ceiling has a gorgeous painted wood ceiling with painted wood gates hiding the service cupboard which houses china storage and wash-up sink. The gilded English china seen here has an interesting story which I'll talk about at the end of this post. PS: don't you just love these painted wood cabinets?Located on the opposite side of the Tea Room (seen on the plan above in green), the main butler's pantry is larger than most modern household kitchens. The room boasted the most modern of conveniences for the time period, including the electric annunciator panel above which showed where a servant was required when rung for.Another modern contraption was the master clock, seen behind the cabinets above, which controlled the time on 10 clocks throughout the house (much like many schools have today).Above you can see the painted door into the tea room. The open countertops have been converted into glassed-in display cases for the many sets of china Vizcaya posesses.
Above is the yacht china which was in Deering's yacht moored at Vizcaya. It bears the New York Yacht Club emblem as well as his own. The china is rimmed in silver to protect it from chipping on bumpy voyages.The china seen here was ordered by Deering from England for his house in Chicago and was originally brought over, unfortunately, on the Titantic. The china obviously had to be remade and was shipped over a few years later (hand gilding isn't fast!)
By this point Vizcaya had been completed so it was brought here where it remains to this day. The originally ordered china, however, still lies at the bottom of the Atlantic. No word however on whether the White Star Line covered the replacements; does anyone know? Now THATS a story!

Pale pink

A touch of pale pink...

mia christopher.

Lovely color with a charming style.

keren ann.

I can't get enough - so good.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Oh la la, j'aime...

Oh la la, j'aime this living/playing space with swings and hanging chairs. Also liking this extra large faux fur/plush textured bean bag on the floor... or the giant tic tac toe game on the wall. This would just work for me [hmm, I mean the kids... or not...] ;-)

{photo Melanie Acevedo - via Il parait que}

Heading to Market

April 2-7 is an important time for the interior design world: High Point Market in North Carolina. Comparable to the fashion shows which fill Bryant Park each season, High Point Market showcases the latest wares being offered by furniture companies such as Century, Theodore Alexander, Sligh, and Hooker Furniture who are sponsoring a number of us design bloggers to attend this years events. Let me know if you are there, I would love to say hi! See you at Market!


I've been really into repurposing lately, and Junk+tion's got an interesting take on alternate lives of everyday objects.

the brave.

Our studio is located close to an uber touristy cowboy/southwestern shopping area, chock full of all the turquoise, cowboy statues and Navajo rugs you could ever want. Most of it is just too much for me, but there's something to be said about doing the Southwestern vibe with restraint.


It may look like I'm at work at my desk at the SeeSaw studio today, but mentally I'm here, at a simple light-filled cottage in the Stockholm archipelago, as shot by Martin Löf.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

flickr photo of the day : potted.

Untitled by Belle Fleur de Lis. (See also: blog)

loving the colors...

...of this flea market scarf from Madewell. They almost look like they were painted directly on the fabric with a paintbrush. ($45)

thought of the day : apology.

"Sorry," one of the many beautiful works by Sara Wood, design & illustration extraordinaire. (See also: blog + tumblr)

Buon Viaggio!

I will be taking my first trip to Europe this spring--Italy is to be exact. I am beyond elated but am having a hard time pinning down details beyond the flight there and back--so many places to see and of course so little time. I would love any recommendations for my itinerary that you all may have! The one thing that is for sure is that I would love to spend time unwinding on a terrace just like this one...

(via brava casa)

Vizcaya: the tea room

The Tea Room (or Enclosed Loggia as it was originally known) is probably the most beautiful room in the house, if not in all of Florida! Tooting his own horn, Chalfin himself called it an 'enchanted room'. Facing the Italian gardens, the room leaves the Renaissance behind and is decorated in an early Neoclassical style from the 18th century.

The room was originally furnished with highly colored striped upholstered pieces and small tables on a highly stylized marble mosaic floor made in New York and shipped in pieces. See an older photograph of the space below.The wall paintings depict Neapolitan scenery and date to the late 18th century.
The table above is the only piece of furniture left and is original to the room.The gilded wrought-iron gates that lead into the courtyard were bought before the house was designed from the Villa Pisani in Venice.Their height required a high ceiling which was taken from the rooms above which have a raised floor level. The red Verona marble door surround is original to the Villa Pisani as well.
Despite all of this ornamentation, what really steals the show for me at least is the ceiling.

Painted creams, pinks and blues, I think the plaster ceiling resembles a piece of delicate Wedgwood. The stained glass doors look out onto the garden and feature Chalfin's favored seahorse motif.

This painted leather door leads into a butler's pantry which seperates the space from the dining room.
The arched gates into the courtyard echo the stained glass nicely. I think this is my favorite room at Vizcaya so far, what do you think?