Light & Bright

How much natural light a room gets is usually the first thing I notice when walking into a space. It has such a positive effect on my mood and can instantly dictate how I’ll go about designing the room. The more natural light the better and this space is full of it! The decor is minimal yet it still has some warmth and I love the personality of the space shown from all the quirky, little objects. And isn’t that a cheeky way to display a rug?? I’m already getting ideas of rug designs with some colored electrical tape. Happy Monday!

Natural Light

Swoon

I believe Richard Neutra to be one of the great architects and I really do swoon over this style of architecture. Call me old fashion, but I don’t think there will ever be a time in my life that I tire of post and beam construction, the almost invisible line between the indoor and the outdoor, and the simplicity of these architectural lines. I’ve been catchin’ up with my blog reading and saw this Neutra post over at Apartment Therapy. I’ll be spending the rest of my day daydreaming about what life would be like in one of these homes…enjoy!
 
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The Anna Sten-Franke House, Santa Monica, Ca

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VDL Research House II

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The Neutra House, Los Angeles, Ca

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VDL Research House or The Neutra House…I’ve been here sitting in their exact position

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VDL Research House or The Neutra House

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Pescher House, Wuppertal, Germany

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Lovell Health House

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Miller House, Palm Springs, Ca

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Miller House, Palm Springs, Ca

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The Josef Kun House, Los Angeles, Ca

 

 

 

Hearst Castle

How many people can say they spent their b-day in a castle?!? That’s where I spent my special day on the way home from camping in Big Sur and it was an awesome escape from reality. I’ve always heard of this Hearst Castle located on top of a hill along the central coast of California, but never knew much about it. The mansion belonged to William Randolph Hearst, a newspaper magnate, and took about 28 years to build (from initial conception with architect Julia Morgan). Along with the tour, there is a short film about the history and process of building Heart Castle, and I’ll admit my eyes welled up a few times during the movie…what can I say…I love design and the thought of building something out of nothing always gets to me. I didn’t feel like such a dork later when I found out my friends also shed a tear or two during the film ;p
An invitation to Hearst Castle was highly coveted and was only given to the Hollywood and political elite (i.e. Charlie Chaplin, Cary Grant, Joan Crawford, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill just to name drop a few). And walking the grounds and house make it easy to imagine all the shenanigans that took place at this hilltop getaway.
I highly recommend making a pit stop here if you’re driving along the coast. If you’re lucky, you might see some zebras along the way!
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Real Estate Heaven

Well, it’s my kind of real estate heaven anyways (I love me some post and beam). The Mitchell Residence, designed by architect Calvin Straub of Case Study firm Buff, Straub and Hensman (Saul Bass, Case Study #20), recently came on the market and looks to be in tip top shape. This jewel is tucked away in the canyons of Rolling Hills Estates and is a great example of architecture that seamlessly blends the indoors and outdoors. If I was in the market for a new home (and could actually afford this place), I would give the walls a fresh new coat of paint to brighten up the interiors, maybe paint the kitchen cabinets an unexpected lacquered color, and of course add wallpaper wherever possible. I would definitely keep to the original architecture as much as possible and mix in different styles of furniture (I am a hardcore lover of mid-century furniture, but I don’t want to feel like I’m living in a museum). Looks like I’m buying a Mega Millions lottery ticket tonight!

Dreamy Steamy

I’ve never been to Steamboat, Colorado because every time my BF travels there, girls, apparently, are not allowed. It’s a dude soup fest and I’ll admit, I’m kinda jealous. The house of occupancy there is an architectural marvel (from the looks of these photos) built in the 1970s by an unknown architect. The interior is a total throwback, fit with an all-wood soaker tub (with an amazingly gorge view) and tons of woodwork. I’d love to get my hands on this house and give it a little update, but definitely keep the cozy, retro feel. Maybe one day I’ll be invited to this lovely cabin that’s tucked into the rock cliffs…I’m talking to a certain someone and you know who you are ;P I make a damn good chili that will make my invite worthwhile!

The Breslin

I stopped in at the Breslin during my last visit to NY and I loved loved loved the interior. The Breslin is the restaurant inside the Ace Hotel, alongside Stumptown Coffee, both of which I am also a fan. All the interior work was done by Roman and Williams, a comprehensive design firm based in New York City, and I’ll just say they are very good at their job. The restaurant design is very dark, masculine, and campy, all of which made my mac ‘n cheese even more enjoyable. And you gotta love all the lacquered woodwork! The surrounding neighborhood is a little dodgy, but I suggest stopping into this diamond in the rough.

The High Road

During my last visit to NYC, I had a laundry list of things to do, see, eat (as I always do when I’m there), but very high up on the list was to check out the High Line. My BF was in the city last summer and had the opportunity to scope out the newly opened parkway and advised me it was not to be missed. I have to say, the High Line is one of the most architecturally significant works I’ve experienced to date.

A little history…originally, the High Line was an elevated rail line that opened in 1934 to transport freight around the West Chelsea district. It’s usefulness declined as road transport took over and parts were demolished in the 1960s, and about 10 years ago, the rest of the line was just waiting to be demolished. Luckily, there was a group of residents, now known as Friends of the High Line, that banded together to save the railway. Friends of the High Line and the City of New York held a design competition in search of the best architects, landscape architects, horticulturists, and engineers to transform the space. I think they chose well.

Walking along the High Line is probably one of the loveliest strolls I’ve ever taken. You have the river to one side and the busy city streets to the other…what more can you ask for? Once a disused elevated railway, it now gives people another way to view the city. Can’t wait to visit again, hopefully, next time with some gelato in hand!

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A Single House

Although it was not nominated for best movie, Tom Ford’s A Single Man did nab one Oscar nomination for Best Actor: Colin Firth. Not sure how many of you have seen the movie, and if you have, please let me know what you think…but story and acting aside, I was in love with George Falconer’s (Firth) house. I was melting over all the wood paneled walls, brick, glass, concrete…and all those wood slats…forgetaboutit! The house I’m speaking of is of course John Lautner’s Schaffer House.

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In complete contrast to Falconer’s modernist and minimalist home, I was also dying over Charlotte’s (Moore) interiors. I’m still a fan Hollywood Regency…
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This was probably one of the most visually orgasmic films I’ve seen…from the vintage mercedes, Falconer’s perfectly tailored wardrobe, Charlotte’s hair, make-up and dress…style over substance? I’ll let you be the judge. I say, not bad Mr. Ford.

Opdahl Residence in LBC

Are you in the market for a mid-century masterpiece? Or maybe you’re just like me, and have a great appreciation for such historical monuments. I stopped by the Opdahl Residence designed by Edward Killingsworth, recently listed on the market, and yeah, I’m still a big fan of his dramatic entryways. Killingsworth’s tall entry doors, use of water and atriums have always made me drool, and the entrance to this house is no exception. I hope this house finds a new owner that will give it as much love as the previous owner. Bonus: if you’re interested in purchasing this house, you get to work with Nate, the cutie in the last photo.

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