Saturday, December 31, 2011

a holiday week.

Happy New Year, folks! Enjoy a fabulous weekend! (above image by Kathryn Whyte)

Oh, hello and happy new year!

I am still enjoying some time off with my loved ones but wanted to stop by to say hello and more importantly to wish you a happy new year 2012. I have a good feeling about this coming year. I really do. Hope 2012 brings you everything you want and more. See you next year my dear dear reader!
Xo, Si-

Sources : left pic via - right pic via

Living Buildings

Near the Pompidou Centre in Paris is another modern building. This one is a bit more natural than metal and plastic tubing though! The men's department of the local department store BHV is housed in a building with a living or green wall. As windows aren't always condusive to a shop, I think this is a brilliant way of covering a facade without leaving a blank slate.

ten images of inspiration : new year's resolutions.

Ten great inspirational phrases/resolutions for the new year in the words and art of ten artists. Are you all ready for a clean slate? What are your resolutions for 2012?

Sources (from top to bottom): Keep Calm Gallery, Laura George, Friends of Type, Jeff Rogers, Magalerie, Spread the Love, Keep Calm Gallery, Help Ink, Groundwork, and Mary Kate McDevitt.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Pompidou Centre

I was prepared to hate the Pompidou Centre, I readily admit to that. However, coming across it while walking through the Marais, I was struck by the sense of scale created by the intricate pieces of its construction and thought "this really fits the neighborhood". Lets backtrack a bit. The Pompidou Centre (or Beaubourg as it is known) was opened in 1977, designed by famed Italian architect Renzo Piano along with Richard and Su Rogers and Gianfranco Franchini. The award winning building has been turning heads ever since.

Paris, that is central Paris, is not known for its modern architecture so the very existence of this building is surprising. The size is immense, however the scale is broken down into bits by the exposed structure and services which bring it down to a city and even human scale. Now that the colors have faded over the years (believe it or not) it blends a little easier into the charming French gray the city is known for.
Love it or hate it, the building is much beloved and locals crowd the adjacent square on weekends, many calling it "Paris's living room".

Thursday, December 29, 2011

flickr photo of the day : dotted.

"favorite blouse" by Le Portillon. (See also: portfolio & blog)

gorgeous interior shots...

...from a favorite photographer, the lovely Hallie Burton. Inspiration galore.


I have always loved owl cookie jars, but I think this one from Hello Polly takes the cake. I kinda want to hug this dapper little guy. ($45)

Happy New Year!

Thank you to all my lovely readers, fellow bloggers and the individuals that have inspired me over the past year! It has been an incredible one for me -- moving from the mountains of Jackson Hole to the windy city of Chicago and from marketing and event planning at a nonprofit to a sponge in the beautiful design studios of some very talented interior designers (that leave me in awe everyday). I thought I would end the year with some pieces that echo the celebratory elegance of the holiday...

(via bailey doesnt bark, marni, kate spade and trina turk)
Wishing you and yours a very happy new years! xoxo

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

a completely adorable home..

...from a completely adorable lady and her beau. Elsie really knows how to display her unique style and creativity. You can see more photographs/snippets of her home tours here. (See also: Red Velvet Shop)

thought of the day : winter.

"The Invincible Summer," a quote print by Matthew Kavan Brooks for Society6. (Print also available at Urban Outfitters, $15).

I'm back from the holidays. I took a little more time than expected to get myself together after the chaos of Christmas, but here I am. I hope you all had a lovely vacation/holiday and are all ready for a brand new year. Xoxo.

color pops {a fresh breath of blue}

As much as I love the holiday season it can also leave one drained. I know that I am definitely in need of recharging before the new year arrives and I am pretty sure some quality time in these serene blue rooms would be an instant fix.

(via bonesteel trout hall , plum cushion, trad home and munger interiors)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Architectural Watercolors at home

As I wrote earlier in Paris: Day 5, I was able to meet up with architectural watercolor artists Andrew Zega and Bernd Dams in their stylish Paris apartment.

Long an admirer and collector of their work, I was looking forward to meeting them and could barely contain my excitement walking up the stairs of the 17th century building to their apartment.

The building has been skillfully restored, leaving the best of the original features while bringing it up to date.

The beautiful and large apartment is obviously the home of scholars as books are the focus as opposed to the art which I expected. Built in shelves cover many of the walls while still more books are piled on numerous other surfaces. I felt right at home as I can relate to this in my own apartment!Andrew and Bernd have done a lot of reconfiguration in the apartment during their years there, such as these columns topped with urns which seperate the living room from the entry.This final configuration wasn't exactly their original plan for the space, as evidenced by this watercolor. Originally they had planned on a more architectural solution but over time they abandoned it for a lighter touch which I think makes the space feel larger.Bookshelves continue in the alcove off the living room which contains their reading desk for the hours of research they put into their pieces.
A small den off the alcove contains the tv, computer desk and their collection of architectural etchings.

Be sure to check out their fascinating blog Noted which they update weekly. You'll always learn something new!


Source: Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg

Monday, December 26, 2011

silver paper + mirrors on chains

I was just flipping through Mary Macdonald's book Interiors: The Allure of Style and these two glamorous rooms caught my eye. When I looked closer I realized the two key elements these rooms had in common. They both featured stunning mirrors hung on chains and silver paper (on the ceiling in one and all over in the other). Not to mention stunning crystal chandeliers. This could be my new "go-to" combination for over the top glamorous spaces.

Lotta Agaton Shop

The new shop by Lotta Agaton is just beautiful....Stockholm next