I hope everyone has a fantastic long weekend! Do things that you don't normally have time to do. Go biking, grill outside, have a yummy cocktail and just relax. I'm going to make a point to enjoy the outdoors this weekend. I hope to have some awesome photos to share with you next week. Be safe and eat some barbecue for me!
Ok guys, this post is for you! I hope I haven't neglected you too much. :) I love the feel of this masculine interior that was featured in an Apartment Therapy House Tour. Not only is it filled with amazing art and furnishings but it's only 550 square feet! This shows you there's no excuse. Even a small space can be designed well. Jarrett offers tons of great tips from using light dimmers and having your art custom framed to the idea that every piece of furniture should have a function. I hope this post gives you some cool ideas. Now it's time to take that man cave or bachelor pad to the next level!
Name: Jarrett Mason - Music Supervisor at TBWA\Media Arts Lab Location: Echo Park - Los Angeles, California Size: 550 square feet, one bed one bath Years lived in: 8 months
We're so excited that Jarrett has opened up his house to us again (his place was recently in the Small Cool contest). He lives in a duplex owned by an architect, so even though his home is small, the floor plan is carefully laid out and packed with modern elements. Keep reading to see more of Jarrett's place and a video of him grooving to his records (yes really)!
One of my favorite elements in Jarrett's home is the Edison style ceiling lights. Some of his friends are not too keen on the lights, saying it looks like a circus, but I say "the circus effect" is pretty darn cool! The lights carry through the house into every room except the bedroom and bathroom.
Inspiration: Overall I love the functionality of smaller spaces, so I'm inspired by great design that serves a purpose. California Mid-century Modernism does this best. Pop art is also a big inspiration.
Favorite Element: The Edison light bulbs on the ceiling and the large skewed white box separating the living area and kitchen are probably my favorite physical features of the apartment. In terms of decorating I'm proud of the collection of artwork. I've always thought owning art shouldn't cost a lot of money. Many of the pieces in the apartment are inexpensive posters in custom frames, but each has a great memory associated with it. Like the Basquiat poster in the hallway was from a visit to the Pompidou in Paris; the poster in the kitchen is from the Bauhaus museum in Berlin.
I've also collected a few original pieces by emerging artists — the black buddha baby painting in the bedroom is by a Thai artist; I bought it in a flea market in Bangkok. The Liberation Beats piece is by Guinean/Senegalese artist Aly Kourouma (DJ Ndebele) who lives here in L.A. The sketch by the front door is of my father, drawn by a friend of his in the 70s.
Biggest Challenge: I think when New Yorkers move to Los Angeles we totally go crazy with having space. After four years on the West Coast I had acquired a lot of "stuff," just because I could. So the challenge definitely has been downsizing to 550 square feet with one closet. But it's been great practice in owning only what I need; everything has to have a function. It doesn't matter if it's from DWR or Ikea as long as it's offering some kind of space solution.
What Friends Say: People often comment that the apartment is very neat and uncluttered. I'm drawn to furniture made of light weight materials that can be easily moved — probably a side effect of moving 15 times in 20 years. I've also been a music collector since the age of 14, so I'm used to having vinyl records and CD's literally taking over the places I live. Thanks to technology, I'm very happy not to move a room full of records all over the country. I'm not super old-school in that way — give me a terabyte hard drive and save me the back pain.
Biggest Embarrassment: It's not hard to tell I'm a fan of the Eames/Herman Miller aesthetic. When I had the space it was easier to mix and match design styles and spread out the Mid-Century pieces into different rooms. Living here, I'm a bit self-conscious the apartment is kind of an Eames explosion! I promise I like other styles too.
Proudest DIY: The sheer curtain wall. WIth the help of a friend I measured and bought the sheer fabric downtown and had a seamstress cut it into two panels. It took a couple of tries to make sure the bottom hem that would run along the floor was straight. A hospital track acts as the base on the ceiling. The roller clips (painted white) are from Ikea.
Biggest Indulgence: The sound system in every room. I always have music going — while cooking in the kitchen, relaxing in the living room, folding laundry in the bedroom or even taking a shower. I realize it's overkill to have speakers in every room of such a small apartment, but this way I don't have to inch the volume up and disturb my neighbor (also my landlord). I can play music wirelessly (with two Apple airports) throughout the apartment in different zones, all controlled by my laptop, iPhone or iPad.
Received: A friend turned me on to the genius of lighting dimmers.
Given: Find a good, cheap art framer.
Dream Sources: If I could drop a lot of cash I'd do it at a store called Desiron on Wooster Street in NY. Mash Studios here in L.A. also makes awesome stuff. Lastly there's a designer out of Alexandria, VA, Daniel Donnelly, amazing stuff.
We got a small taste of Fall here in Texas over the last week. It actually reached 68 degrees! The Spring and Fall have always been my favorite times of the year. For me it's always been a time for positive transformation. Well I've decided that I've become too consumed by TV, my computer and work. So I've turned off the cable, bought a bike and loaded tons of books onto my Kindle. I'm only two weeks in but I am loving the change. I'm spending more time outside, when I come home from work I turn on some music instead of the TV and before I fall asleep, I enjoy an hour of reading. I haven't been this relaxed all year! The Fall is a time for dropping bad habits and making changes for the better. What changes are you making to start 'living' again?
What is in the water in Britain? There have been so many talented singers coming out of the UK these days. My new favorite, Lianne La Havas, is among that list. Her music is soulful and full of emotion. Her debut album Is Your Love Big Enough?has been released to outstanding reviews. Starting in October, she'll on tour with John Legend in the States. Now that will be a concert to see!
I'm so excited to have my good friend, Gina of banafritdécor as a guest blogger. I vicariously live through Gina and her adventures traveling around the world. I thought it would be great to have her share some of her travels with my followers. You are going to love her stories and fabulous photos! She is the most cosmopolitan chica I've ever met and I hope to be like her when I grow up. :) Enjoy!
Hi Guys! I’m Gina, the creator and owner of banafritdécor. Banafrit is an Egyptian name meaning “beautiful soul” and through banafritdécor I specialize in gifts and social events. To me it's not just an event or a gift: it's a reflection of you. I enjoy adding a personal touch to ensure one's "beautiful soul" is exemplified and I use my travel experiences as inspiration. Over the Summer I was able to spend some time in Europe. I was so excited to hang out with my good friend, Belén, who lives in Madrid. The time I spent there was amazing! Here are some sights and tastes I experienced. Enjoy…
After I arrived Belén and her sweetheart, Carlos, and I started out with dinner. It was excellent! We walked through various spots of the city and had a few drinks at Del Diego Cocktail Bar. Props to the mixologists! Check out our fun camera phone photos!
The next day Belén’s mother treated us to authentic paella de marisco (seafood paella). Looking at these photos always makes me hungry. Let’s hope (and pray) that after a few or many attempts, I can eventually come close to how good hers was.
On Sunday Carlos took me to el Rastro, Madrid’s largest flea market. The market is open every Sunday and on some public holidays. I saw a variety of items, such as jewelry, vintage cameras and unique mortar and pestles. I was really drawn to the indoor specialty shops and Del Gallo was one of my favorites. Carlos said that many shop owners in the area are friends and swap items to create or sell a product they've refurbished or repurposed. I loved the way some vintage items were updated with modern fabrics, prints and colors.
Mercado de San Miguel is a huge covered market in Madrid and was definitely worth the visit. Tapas, sangria, desserts and beyond can be found here. I was very adventurous by trying some "percebes", an expensive delicacy in Spain, which are goose barnacles boiled in sea or salt water. Of course, the Louisiana girl in me had to dip them in hot sauce first!
I hope you've enjoyed my stories and photos from Madrid. If you haven't been there, you should definitely add it to the list. I'll be back with more of my travel adventures very soon.
As of late, I've been on this super girly, vintage modern, old hollywood glam kick. Well, no one combines all of these styles better than designer, Kelly Wearstler. Her style is bold, theatrical and all about glam. Her portfolio spans from private residences to such commercial projects as the Viceroy Santa Monica hotel and BG Restaurant at Bergdorf Goodman in Manhattan.
Kelly doesn't stop at interiors, she also designs home furnishings, textiles, rugs and as of Fall 2011 an accessories and ready-to-wear clothing line. These varied collections can now be found at her flagship boutique on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Kelly Wearstler is one of the hardest working designers out there! She lives to create and I am head over heels for her creations.
Also, shop Kelly's three books, Modern Glamour: The Art of Unexpected Style, Domicilium Decoratus and HUE here
I saw the documentary film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry this weekend. The film follows the Chinese artist and activist as he prepares for some major museum exhibitions. It was fascinating to see someone who is so clear of their purpose, even when it could mean the lose of freedom. The film was so moving. Quite honestly, it made me realize all the things that I and most Americans take for granted. I left the theater wondering how can I do my part to change the world for the better? Ai Weiwei is a true inspiration and the great thing is that his story is not over. I didn't know much about him before this film but now I'm very glad I do. I highly recommend this film.
“The world is not changing if you don’t shoulder the burden of responsibility.” Ai Weiwei
Essence.com’s fashion editor Celia L. Smith is the epitome of Global Chic in this African inspired ensemble. Global Chic or Global/Ethnic Design is all the rave right now and you can find it everywhere from the runways to interiors. Global Chic is a style that incorporates textiles, patterns and artifacts from cultures of a particular region. A Global Chic interior is warm, inviting and reflects a well-travelled individual.
I think the best way to do this style well is to start with a neutral space and add punches of color with global accessories. It is very easy to go too far with this style. There is a fine line between global chic and global chaos! Remember, too many patterns and textures can overwhelm a space. Minimize the clutter and choose your pieces wisely. When I travel, I always purchase one special piece to incorporate into my interior. It's makes my space more personal and is a great conversation starter for guests. Have fun with this style! There are no rules, you can choose one particular culture or a combination of a few.
Enjoy surrounding yourself with fabulous finds from around the world!
I'm a big believer in buying original art and supporting fine artists...but that can become a huge investment. When it's not in the budget to buy an original piece, you can use these creative ideas to decorate your walls. The vinyl placemats are my favorite! That's just ingenious!! Enjoy!