Ranch Renovation in the Desert

Earlier this year, while visiting the Seattle FLOR store, I had the opportunity to meet Mark and Oren, Seattle residents who had recently taken the big renovation plunge by purchasing a mid-century modern ranch in the desert of California. Their plan sounded innocuous enough – maybe a facelift here and there, some new paint, a few new pieces of furniture, a FLOR rug – you get the idea. Well, it wasn’t long before they had a full blown, down to the studs renovation on their hands. And with that comes its share of headaches. You know, like when the gas leak is detected after the new fireplace is installed and the tile work finished. Or complications with contractors that leads to pulling out and reinstalling the kitchen cabinetry.

Well, in the end their perseverance shall be richly rewarded. They’ve created an amazing retreat; a place to escape to when you think you just can’t take one more rainy, grey day; a place to entertain family & friends; a place to enjoy a poolside margarita that is two-days in the making (I’ve got to get my hands on that recipe). It’s my understanding that the phone has been ringing and the calendar of guests is filling up! After this series of before / after shots, you’ll see why and like me, you’ll probably have a hankering to get on that list.

Exterior, before & after
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Pool, before & after
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Kitchen, before & after
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And this brings us back to the beginning of the story, remember — we were at the FLOR store in Seattle. Mark & Oren are working with Wynne whose theatrical charm and exuberance at work is rivaled only by her design eye and ability. I entered the story because I couldn’t help but notice the swatches they had brought along and recognized that we must share similar design sensibility. Here are a few shots from the process and of the finished rug. Thanks to Mark & Oren for letting me share in their renovation journey from afar — I’ll send you a few dates when I could come and visit!

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Why Don’t You…?

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… create a gallery wall in your bathroom?

We know – the bathroom is quite an unlikely spot to display your favorite memories, images and souvenirs. But hear us out…

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Industrial Facility

 

Quick – what’s the most boring beauty appliance you use in the morning?  Ok – there’s not that many, and honestly, they all could use a design revamp. Luckily, the designers at Industrial Facility have done just that and no longer will be forced to make the decision of whether to keep the hair dryer on the counter, thus mucking up the lovely view, or stash it someplace hidden only to become a tangled couple with the curling iron and that weird, hybrid water-pick/straightening system someone gifted you for Christmas in 2004.

Their reinterpretation solves both the aesthetic problem AND the tangled cord issue in a stylish yet practical revamp that is sure to please.

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Even the one-note door stop has gotten the makeover treatment and with wonderful results. Simple, beautiful design?  Check!   Multi-functioning?  Check!

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One of my favorite reimagined products they have lent their design prowess too is the ubiquitous paper cup.  By creating a cup that allows one to see the contents, they have elevated what is a practical and sustainable design to one of delight, amusement and sophistication.

 

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Rounding out the product designs that most inspired me were these beautiful nesting bowls.  In the space of one dish, you can store up to five – it is the perfect solution for design conscious city dwellers the world around.

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The website is truly inspirational and I encourage you to check them out further.  Whether is is the industrial or the really mundane (office cubicle anyone?), Industrial Facility has successfully treated each with a design point-of-view that will change the way you think about all of your household items.

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images sourced: http://www.industrialfacility.co.uk/

 

 

Bright Idea: Felted Corkboards

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We love corkboards for the function they provide as perfect backdrops for endless inspiration images, magazine clippings and meaningful notes. But sometimes, we want to jazz them up just a bit. Fortunately, we’ve spotted just the solution!

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Patterned Perfection

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Pattern on pattern is a fast-growing trend in the fashion world, and we’ve certainly seen the look interpreted in home textiles like mix-and-match throw pillows, bedding and layered rugs. But tell us, have you ever considered mixing patterns on your walls or ceilings? Surely it’s not possible, right?

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