Monthly Archives: March 2017

The Rattan Bench

Give your furniture a seasonal switch with the rattan bench.  Once spring cleaning has commenced, it’s time to refresh your furniture and textiles! Rattan benches are great for indoor and outdoor use.

Gravity Home Rattan Bench

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The Rattan Bench:  Mudroom Seating

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Botega Rattan Bench Black Legs, Natural, Harrington Galleries

If you’re an avid gardener, you’re definitely going to be frequenting the mud room.  A rattan bench is the perfect place to sit and take off your boots!  I would add a few custom pillows for a polished look.

Unique In New York

 

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Springbok Benches, Anthropologie

 

Anthropologie’s Springbok Benches would be perfect in a boho-style New York loft!  I love furniture that comes in pairs like this set.

Minimalist Kitchen

Rattan Bench, Thom Fougere

Rattan Bench, Thom Fougere Studio

It’s no surprise Thom Fougere studied architecture; it reflects directly in his work!  I would place this minimalist rattan bench in a kitchen by a sunny window.

Patio Details

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Ebony Rattan Bench, Terrain

A good bench is hard to find.  This is a great accent bench for a patio; the only thing missing are fresh flowers!

A Bedroom Bench

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Upholstered Rattan Bench, Archiproducts

I love the intricate detailing on this upholstered rattan bench!  While it would be perfect in a monochromatic design, I would also love to see this in front of a punchy accent wall!

Desk Obsession

Like a bed is the basis of a bedroom, a great desk is necessary for a chic work space!  Whether you’re outfitting your office or adding a home office, it’s time to invest in a desk.  Indulge in my desk obsession with these five gorgeous desks from 1st Dibs!

American Antiques

19th Century Oak Partners Desk

19th Century Oak Partners Desk, 1st Dibs

An antique desks speaks volumes.  This Oak Partners Desk features an unusual amount of drawers, while staying in the realm of traditional.  This desk would work perfectly in a home library as well!

A Touch of Arts Décoratifs

Art Deco Demilune Desk by Gilbert Rohde in Walnut, 1942

Art Deco Demilune Desk by Gilbert Rohde in Walnut, 1942, 1st Dibs

Art Deco design first appeared in Brussels and Paris before WW1.  Short for “Arts D√©coratifs”, Art Deco is characterized by rectangular, often blocky forms and curved ornamental elements.  I love the drawer hardware on this walnut Art Deco Demilune Desk by Gilbert Rohde!

Bauhaus Furniture

1940s Bauhaus Thonet Design Steel Tube Desk Purple Red

1940s Bauhaus Thonet Design Steel Tube Desk Purple Red, 1st Dibs

If you’re looking for something less traditional, opt for a clean, bold approach.  This 1940s Bauhaus Thonet Design Steel Tube Desk in purple red is still a fashion forward piece.

Mid Century Modern

Mid-Century Modern Free-Form Desk in Solid Walnut by Carl Bissman

Mid-Century Modern Free-Form Desk in Solid Walnut by Carl Bissman, 1st Dibs

Structure and 1950’s aesthetic are some characteristics of mid century modern design.  I love mid century modern furniture for it’s ability to integrate itself into almost any design!  How gorgeous is this Mid-Century Modern Free-Form Desk in Solid Walnut by Carl Bissman?

A Modern Take

Modern Desk with Marble Top

Modern Desk with Marble Top, 1st Dibs

Lucite, brass and a marble top make for the perfect modern desk.  This Modern Desk with Marble Top features lucite and brass pulls.  Lucite and brass have been designer favorites this past year!

Check out my Desk and Desk Accessories Pinterest board and re-pin your favorites!

5 Beautiful Benches

Give your guests the perfect place to rest by adding a bench!  Benches are versatile pieces that can adorn your entryway, bedroom, backyard and more.  Which of these 5 beautiful benches are your style?

The Dreamy DIY Bench

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Wood Log Bench, 1001 Gardens and Landscapes

Repurposing wood is not only environmentally-friendly, it’s chic!  I love this smart bench design using repurposed wood.  Take your project a step further with a custom pillow or by staining the wood a rich tone.

The Perfect Finish

Fontanne Upholstered Bench

Fontanne Upholstered Bench, West Elm

West Elm’s Fontanne Upholstered Bench gives any room the perfect finish.  Modern and on-trend without being too loud, this bench would work in a bedroom, powder room, entryway or office.  Simply put, this is a perfect example of “understated elegance”.

If It’s Not Baroque

Fabulous and Baroque

Baroque Bench, Fabulous and Baroque

I love bold design choices, especially when they’re jewel tones!  I would love to see this deep midnight blue bench juxtaposed with a tall glass top table for a modern finish.

A Contemporary Connecticut Home

Greenough Upholstered Bench

Greenough Upholstered Bench, Birch Lane

This Greenough Upholstered Bench from Birch Lane is a perfect entryway accent, or mudroom addition!

Bohemian Rhapsody

Barrington Blue Bench

Benches, Barringron Blue

I love distinct furniture with a cool edge.  Barrington Blue‘s benches are upholstered with unique prints and fun footing.

Find more beautiful benches on my Pinterest board here.

Desk Accents

Stay inspired with a curated desk.  Who says a beautiful desk doesn’t increase productivity?  Give your workspace a personal touch with desk accents!

Desk Accents Decorista

A trendy and chic home office via Decorista

Necessary Accessories

You’re chic, and your desk should be too!  Combine function and aesthetic when shopping for desk details to stay on trend and on point.

Kate Spade New York

Kate Spade New York

Poppin

Poppin

Purchasing a set of desk accessories is a great way to keep your desk uniform and organized.  Kate Spade’s acrylic desk accessories follow the recent trend with acrylic furniture, while Poppin allows you to stay monotone and classy.

Stay Organized

Nagwa Seif Interior Design

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Casimira Desk Accessories Anthropologie

Casimira Desk Accessories, Anthropologie

My desk is an array of textile samples, paint swatches and paperwork.  If you’re anything like me, you know that organization is key!  It’s easy to stay organized when everything has a place.  I love the idea of keeping your desk accessories on a tray, and a paper organizer is a must-have!

Desk Details

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Snail Letter Opener Anthropologie

Snail Mail Letter Opener, Anthropologie

Once you have a uniform base for your desk design, it’s easy to see what you need!  I love unique pieces like this Cat Head Mouse Pad made of 100% virgin merino wool, or Anthropologie’s Snail Mail Letter Opener.  Items that are made-to-order, like this Agate Clock help to make a work space stay inspiring.

Go Green

Half Moon Planter, Urban Outfitters

Half Moon Planter, Urban Outfitters

Air Plant Gold Dipped Quartz Crystal

Air Plant Gold Dipped Quartz Crystal, Etsy

A pop of green is exactly what your desk needs!  Succulents are great, low-maintenance desk plants.  These Air Plant Gold Dipped Quartz Crystal Desk Accessories are so pretty, and would also make for a cute co-worker gift!

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Check out more desk accents and work space inspiration here.

The Petersen Automotive Museum

On my recent trip to Los Angeles, California I made sure to add a trip to the Petersen Automotive Museum to my itinerary.  The Petersen Automotive Museum features three levels, each detailing the history, industry and artistry of cars!

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via The Petersen Car Museum

The evolution of automobiles ties directly into art and design, which piqued my interest.  From the groundbreaking motor-car to the rise of private automobile ownership, there was so much to explore on the History floor!  Seeing the transition from 1930’s mobility to the glamour of 1960’s cars was a designer’s dream.  The color palette of classic cars was one of my favorite aspects!

1931 Ford Model A Station Wagon

Leather interior of the 1931 Ford Model A Station Wagon

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via Petersen Automotive Museum

After exploring the History level, we made our way to the Industry level.  The Industry level detailed how inventors, mechanics and drivers come together to push the boundaries of automotive design for everyday life.  This fusion of collective ideas to create beautiful, quality cars was mesmerizing.   There was so much that inspired me during my visit!  Everything I do or see is potential inspiration for my design work.

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via The Petersen Automotive Museum

via The Peterson Car Museum

Details!

Lastly, we delved into the Artistry section, which may have been my favorite!  Form and aesthetic are key when designing a car; I love that different components can alter the general feeling a car can provide.  

DeLorean

Back to the Future’s DeLorean via The Petersen Automotive Museum

Speed Racer Car

The “Speed Racer” Car via The Petersen Automotive Museum

I definitely recommend taking a tour through the museum if you are in the Los Angeles area; for a quick peek to see what exhibits are currently on display, click here.