Having spent over a year immersed in a ginormous "restaurant" design project to graduate with my master's, I find myself looking at restaurants in a new light. What type of lighting? How are they defining the space? How successful is the table arrangement? What is the traffic flow pattern? How do diners understand what the restaurant is all about? I just cannot help it!
I recently visited Local 147 in Southie with a dear friend, and was happy to be sitting facing this colorful and fun collection of antique inspired soda bottles. I loved the playful colors and they way the were casually laid out.
I'm someone who doesn't like airports. Sure- taking a trip is more than a little exciting, but is anyone ever really thrilled to be crammed into a tin can next to a stranger for hours on end? I feel like a lot of airports are the forgotten child of architecture- often inefficient and sterile. I did however find this one quite nice!
Elements that contributed to its success:
Texture wood ceiling
Local materials and motifs
We have a few projects going on right now where clients are looking to maximize the sleeping capacity in their vacation homes. What better way to creatively host house guests than to create a bunk room. Who wouldn't wait to spend a few nights in a creative space like this?
It's always around this time of year that I start to get really REALLY excited about summer. Spring is wonderful here in New England, but it jumps starts my longing for warm sunny days. Here are some images that are inspiring me lately.
When I was younger, my best friend's mother was my greatest design inspiration. Her home was her sanctuary. The walls were white, the upholstery was white, the floors were dark, the picture frames were gold, and the beds were iron. It was beautiful. I quite possibly could have been the only 14 year old who asked for an antique iron bed for her birthday- but Mom and Dad delivered! Thanks, guys!
It was heartbreaking to leave it behind when G and I moved to Boston, but now that we have the space, it is back under my roof - much to the dismay of my brother who had claimed it for himself in the interim. Is it too much to ask that G and I downgrade from our queen to a full size bed so we can have it in our room? I thought as much, so I've been enjoying researching for one!
One thing I found is that queen size antique beds are hard to come by. People snuggled into fulls and didn't think twice about wanting anything larger. There are kits out there to fit a full size head and footboard onto a queen sized mattress, but if you ask me, I can't imagine this looking right.
I am waiting for this trend to really come into light, but I think it's well on its way! Call me old fashioned but I couldn't care less:)
I remember when planning our wedding, my mom kept telling me I had to come up with a theme. I always cringed at the idea of having to label my ideas and having to conform to the restrictions of a phrase or word. Needless to say, our theme was "pretty"and that was fine by me!
Now that I am forced to think more about pieces, patterns, and finishes on a grander scale, it do admit that it is helpful to have a connecting thread or element to carry through the design- thank you thesis! Most of the time, this "theme" is never uttered, and exists only in the creative space of my brain. Words are better left to the writers, not the designers, in my book!
But, I had an ah ha moment when I read a design article that encompassed all that I wanted our new home to encapsulate. Beach modern!