The Eames House

On a recent trip to LA I made it a point to visit the Eames House in Pacific Palisades. I’m not sure why it took me so long to visit this design mecca, but it was more than worth the wait and it was overwhelmingly inspiring. My love of design, before even working in interior design, began with mid-century architecture and furniture. I didn’t know who or what anything was at the time, I just knew I was drawn to the lifestyle that mid-century architecture dictated and I loved the look of the furniture. I owe a lot of my found passion to people like Charles and Ray Eames. I am still constantly inspired by their curiosity and creativity that touched so many different arenas of design.

It was a calm morning when I visited and I walked quietly along the road that led up to the Case Study No. 8 house. Upon entering the property, I took a deep breath and just stood there, very still. I had seen many photos of the house interior and exterior, but not very many of the meadow where this house sits. The rolling grassy meadow is dotted with eucalyptus trees and overlooks the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. It’s quite breathtaking when you see it in person.

Interior visits are not allowed, so I peeked through the windows to investigate every nook and cranny possible. To have this little window into the lives of Charles and Ray made me a little teary-eyed because not only did they have a beautifully designed home inside and out, but they also had a life where work was play and play was work and they did it all together. This work-life-balance-lifestyle is something my husband and I are constantly striving for and to see it realized by such an iconic couple was very inspiring. So that’s why I cried a little.

Something Charles said deeply resonated within me and helped reaffirm why I love designing spaces for other people.

“We agreed that the house must make no insistent demands for itself, but rather aid as a background for life in work. This house acts as a reorientator and shock absorber and should provide the needed relaxations from the daily complications arising within problems.”

When I first started getting into “designing” my own space (post college), I was very into the iconic mid-century pieces, like the Eames lounge chair and ottoman (which is currently sitting in the basement), or the Eames molded plywood chair, and always questioned whether I should get a Noguchi table (I never did). I loved the minimal look of mid-century design, but as the years have passed my design style has evolved into a more eclectic look. My knowledge of different design styles has grown vastly, mostly due to the varied clientele I worked with through the firm, and that’s probably why my personal preference for design is a mix and match of anything and everything.

I loved seeing the transformation of the Eames’ interior from minimal Japanese goza mats to very layered where all the hard edged things are obscured by all the collages of objects. All the greenery must also get a nod because the presence of nature adds to the coziness of what would otherwise be a cold shell. And the layered seating areas have given me quite a few ideas to transform my own sofa.

If you’re a design nerd like me, I highly recommend visiting the Eames house if you haven’t already. I plan to come back with the hubs when we’re down south again.

“Container of your life can be simple but your life doesn’t have to be simple.”

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Bodega Bay

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One of the many reasons why I love living in SF is the accessibility to explore so many places outside the city. Whether it be a day trip or a long weekend trip, there are quite a few places to visit and I’m trying to cross as many as possible off my list. Some friends and I (and Greta the “service dog”) spent a relaxing weekend in Bodega Bay which is about an hour and  a half north of the city. We rented the cutest little cottage…

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Ate breakfast on the deck overlooking Salmon Creek

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Wandered around the neighborhood to admire all the houses (and the slow life)

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Did a little antiquing in Duncan Mills

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Hiked at Bodega Head

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Rewarded ourselves with some chowda at The Birds Cafe

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Explored the town of Bodega, which happened to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’

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And had the loveliest weekend. I highly recommend visiting this sleepy town if you’re looking for a little r&r.

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Trying to hold on to the last bit of summer with these baby blue painted brick walls and woven furniture.

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Curacao

Finally getting around to posting a few photos from my honeymoon in the Caribbean. Andreas and I took off right after the wedding (which I highly recommend if you’re getting married) to the island of Curacao and it was the most relaxing week ever. The goal was to “vacation” and not “travel” and I have to say I’m really into vacationing now! The need to constantly be doing or seeing something was easily avoided because there wasn’t a ton to do on this island, unless you were crazy into diving, so a lot of lying around happened.

Although, we aren’t really resort people, we decided to make it easy on ourselves and stay at the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort because there was a beach and golf there. Seriously, the easiest vacation I have ever planned. This was our view every morning and the pool was just a few minutes away.

Although it was in the high 80s, Andreas braved it onto the golf course a few times. I came one day, too, to fulfill my dream of driving a golf cart.

I took an obligatory photo in front of the Curacao sign, and then we found a “Dushi” sign, which we never figured out what it stood for, but I wanted a photo in between my initials.

And because Andreas likes to make me do silly things, I took a photo on this iguana’s tail.

I fell in love with all the colorful homes throughout the island. There are no beige houses here…

The days that we didn’t feel like exploring the many other beaches or driving into town, we just popped a squat under a tree at the resort’s beach. I saw a crazy fast white crab one day. Easy peasy. Honeymoons are going to become an annual thing :p

Bikini Island

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Modular furniture has been around for quite a while, but never has such furniture functioned as well as the Bikini Island from Studio Aisslinger. Bikini Island is a modular cluster of sofas and tables that support a variety of activities from watching tv, meditation to answering emails. Sofas have generally been one directional, basically designed so that we can all stare at our tvs. Nowadays, people inhabit their spaces in many different ways, and these islands help create more human interaction while also making lazying around a lot more comfortable. The pieces that make up the Bikini Islands are all movable, swivel-able, and free to live as part of the bunch or used solo. The modularity of the design is fun (love the color blocking effect!), modern and pretty much a godsend for studio dwellers.

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More Moorish

moorish: an architectural style that originated in medieval Spain and North Africa, distinguished by scalloped arches, filigreed stucco and ornate details

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Moroccan Modern

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Love at first sight…that’s what I felt when I flipped through September’s Elle Decor and saw this beauty of a home. Only 1000 square feet, this charming 1930s bungalow is located in Marrakech, Morocco and is home to Samuel and Caitlin Dowe-Sandes (along with their daughter and black labrador). The mix of flea market finds and touches of European design meld together seamlessly, while the wall colors and patterned cement tiles from the couple’s own tile company, Popham Design,  go hand in hand. This home is the perfect example of living in a small space, going crazy with pattern and color, and having it feel totally cohesive. Lesson to be learned? Don’t be afraid of pattern and color people.

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