Friday, May 27, 2011

Goodbye City for the Weekend!

Have a happy and safe Memorial day weekend everyone! I am heading upstate for some open space and vast greenery. But I leave you with this amazing photo my boyfriend took last night at the new park under the Brooklyn Bridge. This is one of my favorite views of the city - and he captured it beautifully! See we have some grass and greenery here too! This will def. be framed and put somewhere in my apartment soon! You can see this photo and more of his work here.

Enjoy the weekend everyone!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cherry Blossoms!

OK so the blooming season is coming to a close for cherry blossoms - so sad to see them go. BUT they can live on in your space in many ways! These are some pictures we got two weeks ago at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Cherry Blossom exhibit. I am considering these for artwork in my bedroom redesign. What do you think?

There are so many wonderful cherry blossom elements that can be brought into a space here are but a few...
Anika Pillow - BlisslivingHOME - $65.00

Cherry Blossom Door Book - Red Lily (UK)

Kate Aspen Cherry Blossom Glass Coasters - Amazon $1.99 ea!
Corelle Cherry Blossom Canister Set - Amazon -$37.99
Lenox Bellina Collection - Macy's
Have the wonderful scent of Cherry Blossoms in your home or body!

Bath & Body Works Cherry Blossom Scent

Song Bird Pillow Cases - Urban Outfitters - $34

Here are some fun room designs featuring - yep you guessed it - cherry blossoms!
How cool is this hand cut glass tile bathroom backsplash! There must be an easier way to DIY that? Maybe by painting the tile?
Here is an installation from Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (which of course I live in NY and haven't made it to this museam yet! def. putting it on my must do right away list) Anyway this was an installation in 2006 - Love it!! -"Cherry Blossom Canapy" by David Wiseman
"Cherry Blossom Canapy" by David Wiseman
This is a really cool picture of Cherry Blossoms In Naoshima

Photo by Alex Roman
Anyone have some favorite Cherry Blossoms to share? I can never get enough.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Antique Bed FOUND!!

OK well my tenacity and Craigslist hounding finally paid off - I am sure you remember I started my search here for an Antique Iron bed  and well I just feel like the luckiest person in the world. I found pretty much exactly what I was looking for - and you will NOT believe the price!!
Last Wed I saw a post on Craiglsist for an Antique Iron Bed - $75!!! Take a look!!

I immediately emailed the post-er and shortly after she was calling me. I think she could sense my excitement on the phone as we made arrangements for me to pick it up! She was located in Fairfield, CT but I told her I would have driven to ends of the world for a bed like this! (So an hour and 10 min trip was nothing!)  I had to borrow a larger car and of course force my boyfriend to take the trip with me - but what a nice way to spend a rainy Sunday! And Fairfield is a beautiful town. The couple selling the bed had an amazing house nestled in two acres of gorgeous greenery. They were downsizing and basically selling all of their amazing finds through the years. We toured their house and admired all their antiques. We even came home with a rocking chair for my boyfriend's sister!

The owners had this bed for over 35 years, they bought at an antique shop in NY. It comes from the late 1890's during the Industrial Revolution when Mail-Order furniture first began, and company's like Montgomery Ward and Sears, Roebuck and Company started to mass produce and could ship these items all over the country. Most of them are smaller sizes - this is a full size, because well larger beds weren't around back then - but lucky for me a full size bed fits nicely in my space!

I am now moving out my old bed and getting this one placed nicely in the room - stay tuned for pictures of the final result!

SO moral of the story - hold out for what you want - and don't settle - because eventually it will come your way!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Southern Spain Design Discovered

I recently took a European trip that included an extended stay in Southern Spain. Now, as I have many travel fopahs and mishap tales from this trip, (rained everyday, many hours driving around lost, missed flights, just to mention a few) stories for some other time -but I did come home with some great pictures and the Spanish architecture/design was def. a high point of the trip!
View from the center of town in Ronda
View from a side street in Roda
The first thing to catch my eye and draw me in were the gorgeous doors on every dwelling we passed in this  little picturesque town of Ronda. Of course the rain hovered over us but there were a few points of relief and as we walked around I snapped a picture of every door we passed. Each one, more beautiful, and detailed than the one before.

I put together a collection of the shots I took of a bunch of the doors and I think blown up and framed this would made great wall art in any room!

I just love the character and detail in these doors - and these were all on just regular apartment building entrances. They entered into a foyer and inside each foyer's walls was another Spanish treat - gorgeous Spanish tile. SO of course I did the same thing and took pictures of all the tiles. SO yes maybe I had to trespass into some of these foyers but I was fast and no saw me - ha! And now you get to see them up close.

OK so maybe complied the picture is a little busy! But I am sure there is something fabulous I can do with these photos so I am still thinking - any one have any thoughts?