Marilyn Monroe in her Beverly Hills abode.
Elvis Presley sitting at his Memphis, Tennessee, mansion Graceland on a 15′ sofa, in the 1960′s.
Even the celebrities among us share in the common thread of homemaking. Architectural Digest this month shared a peek into some famous folks private spaces. I found it interesting to see the styles of decor, and the element of privacy and comfort we all need from time to time. The colors and styles of midcentury design is present across the board, but each space is uniquely personalized to reflect the individual style of the homeowner. I enjoyed this peek into the private spaces of these very public figures, and their reflection on ‘home’.
Asian art picked up on worldwide travels is tacked to a wall of actor John Wayne’s living room in the San Fernando Valley.
Joan Crawford and her fourth and final husband, Pepsi-Cola CEO Alfred N. Steele, relax on the plastic-covered sofas of their 18-room New York City duplex penthouse in the 1950s.
Images sourced at Architectural Digest
May 15, 2013
Don’t you just love the extraordinary? Yes! In every facet of design, people are creating extraordinary goodness to share with the world. Enter…the very ordinary garage door. I personally believe that unless you are in the market to buy or house or you are literally redoing your garage door then this piece of home property rarely enters the mind. But what if it was elevated to an extraordinary status. I think I have found one that meets these standards – the polka dot garage door.
A Dutch firm – MVRVD – was commissioned to create a spectacular home, full of whimsy, color, and style. The muse – a barcode. Yes, a barcode that is consistently found on products. So here is the garage – can you imagine what the entire house looks like? Click here to find out.
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May 14, 2013
Admittedly, I’m not the best at DIY projects. I get impatient and stop measuring and then all the sudden there’s a pile of shredded fabric and dripping paint all over the room. Yet this smart dresser transformation from Elisabeth Dunker seems like it might be doable – even for me, yes?
May 13, 2013
I recently moved a bunch of my “stuff” around in my small house to recreate a new design layout that felt a bit better, bigger and more comfortable. I also made a chair into a cool side table in our guest room. I looked around and realized that my items, things and “stuff” in my home are often used in many different ways and embracing this has turned my small home into one that feels just right.
Defining how your furniture and decor work for you can make your small space can certainly make it feel big and comfy. This image is a great example of how to do just this. A chair doesn’t have to be just that. Think of it as a functional item – it’s a chair or a side table or a step stool or storage opportunity. It’s all about creating a comfortable vibe that works for you. Do you reimagine your furniture and decor in new ways?
May 13, 2013
I am a huge fan of displaying everyday objects in our living spaces. This creative, colorful and stunning presentation of colored pencils is Art. Organized in gradation of hue, the color blocking paired with the linear and repetitive nature of the material creates a unique and useful focal point for the room. Easy to make and install, and one less thing to store in the closet. An all around great idea.
Image sourced at Designspiration.