Archive for October, 2010

victorian weird curiousities bash

October 30, 2010

Even thought I don’t have any fun plans these Halloween weekend (except SPOOKtaculart AutoCAD!), I imagine my dream party to be something of a mixture of Victorian Naturalist and traveling Gypsy with all of the weird curiosities involved.

I love how these black and white wallpaper prints transform the whole room in an instant, making a regular room look like a mysterious place while the trompe l’oeil effect adds to the weirdness factor. 

The details are very important: cloches, vintage botanical/animal prints, collectibles and lots of velvets.

And the food, of course. I love these fun ideas of transforming everyday dishes into BOOtiful treats.

<images via Butterfly clip-art , old shack dining, peacock garden, bust candles, all thing weird, eggs print, fungus tart>

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fall dress code

October 28, 2010

Another busy day here so to brighten it up lets play grown-up dress up. I love all of the fall trends: neutral chiffon blouses, plaids, deep purples and burgundies, leather and metallic accents. Here’s my dream outfit this fall, a busy girl would totally be more happy to run around town all pretty like this. What do you think?

Fall 2010 Dress Code

Sheer One Button Blouse by Piperlime, Plaid Skirt by Viviene Westwood, Stiletto Booties by Charles Jourdan, Stacked Bangles by Ippolita, Jen Leather Shoulder Bag by Marc Jacobs, Haircalf Journals by Vivre.

rhode island wedding

October 27, 2010

Rhode Island was my first glimpse of America 6 years ago when I came visiting with my friends for the summer. So when I saw the coverage of this all-girls-dreamy wedding in RI, I had somewhat nostalgic feelings. With an amazing scenery of bays and ocean views, RI was THE place to be during the Gilded Age of the late 19th century. And with all of the newly born New York aristocracy flocking in, there has been some magnificent architectural pieces created which we can marvel at today.

Ocean House is the one of those and is a perfect back-drop for the most special day.

I love how stylists from TRUE Event incorporated the color palette of the building into the wedding decor, it looks so effortlessly chic and natural.  Deep turquoise and citrusy yellow are so fresh and vivid together. Click here to read the full story behind this day.

<images by Olive Juice Photography via www.stylemepretty.com>

orchid light by marc pascal

October 26, 2010

This lovely and whimsical light fixture by Australian artist Marc Pascall is so uplifting and fun. The poly carbonate orchid flower are hand-dyed by the master in multiple colorways. Available through Tabula Tua here.

<images via here and here>

press club

October 22, 2010

Warm autumn days makes me what to put my boots on and visit the countryside. So it happens that in California the countryside is most likely to include a winery or two. I love little wineries with their perfect design simplicity, stained rustic wood  and succinct decor (mostly including wine bottles only). When I came across The Press Club, San Francisco wine tasting room and shop, I gasped at how ideally BCV Architects translated all that we love about country wine tasting into urban surrounding.

Perfect Recipe:

Laconic Architecture – check

Wood (lots of wood) – check

Bottle Decor – CHECK!

The 9,000 sf venue is located within San Francisco’s Four Seasons hotel on Yerba Buena Lane. The 1,100 SF entry level shop entices the visitor inside, and then reveals a grand stair to a subterranean level tasting lounge. The palette of materials mixes warm, sustainably sourced woods with exposed structural elements, suggesting the partnership of the organic and the industrial that is the hallmark of Wine Country. Wine bottles themselves are used in innovative displays that bring color and light to the space.

<images via www.contemporist.com>

blooming Dior

October 20, 2010

If you are in a bad mood or having a hard time waking up, I highly recommend treating yourself to watching Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2010 Runway Show. Screaming with wild colors and flowing shapes, the collection is one of the most impressive ones I’ve seen in a long time. These flower bouquets fused with butterfly wings won’t leave a single soul uninspired.  Personally, I can’t get enough of it…watched it 3 times already! Speechless.

Just a few of my favorites 

Enjoy

http://www.youtube.com/v/QGXwzaD–EU?fs=1&hl=en_US&rel=0

<images via www.style.com>

ruthie sommers

October 19, 2010

Tuesday is now my official day off. After an intense week, I  decided to give myself a break and do NOTHING for a change: watch “Roman Holidays”, catch up on blog-reading and magazine-flipping. And I’ll do a LAZY post today. Since my friend scored a position of the project manager for the lovely Ruthie Sommers (Dana, I hope you are cool with me bragging on your part!) , it brought me back to Sommers’ latest project featured in the Lonny Magazine. I just loooove the richness of the green against white.

<images via www.lonnymag.com>

 

simple life

October 16, 2010

It’s gloomy in LA today but at least the weather helps to get into “get-things-done” mode. It’s so much harder with bright sun shine luring you outdoors. My to-do list made me think of the stunning Brit stylist Twig Hutchinson who made the house chores look so incredibly chic.

Which in its turn made me remember that all the real pleasures in life lay in the simple moments like this. And if you go through the day with the happy smile and appreciation for what you’ve got, it makes it so much easier. Enjoy your weekend whatever it holds in store for you.

<images via www.twighutchinson.com>

all play, no work

October 15, 2010

As I’m on my continuous streak of studying for my Thesis, it’s all work and no play here. But how fun would it be to be surrounded by play. Literary! With the Games Wallpapers from Parisian design group 5.5 Designers any room can become playground.

Can you imagine how perfect it is for the boring dentist waiting rooms or kids’ rooms! So engaging! <images via www.cinqcinqdesigners.com>

flock away

October 14, 2010

After an exhausting day yesterday of 10-hour computer staring, I have another one coming today. How exciting, right?! I wish I could flock away to the city streets in these beauties by Balenciaga. A girl can dream…

<image via November issue of Marie Claire>