Let’s talk paint!

How do you tackle paint colors for a room? Do you tape a few swatches on the wall or do you actually paint patches of colors next to each other, let them dry, and then decide? I was browsing through the April issue of Elle Decor and saw this advertisement for Farrow & Ball (above) and thought, now that's interesting… quite brilliant actually. They have taken each of their new Spring 2011 wall colors and painted them onto objects to illustrate various color schemes for each featured color. They went as far as dying fabrics to reiterate the idea, adding a new dimension to the vignette – which I love of course. What a refreshing way to visualize just how each color interacts with one another. 

And then I had a flashback… an idea from the March issue of Livingetc (below) where they also used a Farrow & Ball wall color (Brassica No. 271) for a bedroom. What I found intriguing was that they actually left the top as is, combining two very different aesthetics together – an unfinished look of abstract brushstrokes with a perfectly tailored bed – what do you think?

{ images: top / Elle Decor April 2011; 1 – 3 / Farrow & Ball; 4 / Livingetc March 2011, photography by Katya De Grunwald }

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The trailer dream…

Can you imagine living out the nomadic trailer dream? I have to admit, I've given this thought more than once or twice. Purchasing an Airstream and just take off, up the Pacific Coast Highway then cross country? That would be the day… and I'm not saying it sarcastically, I do think it could happen, I mean, why not right? Especially seeing these photographs. How could you not dream a little? Everything thing about it is so warm and cozy. Potted plant on the windowsill, patchwork quilts… Notice how the trailer is decorated with mix and match fabrics – from the curtains to the wall AND ceiling coverings. The floral silk curtain is actually quite a nice touch. Let me tell you, I'm eyeing that pendant lamp in the bedroom, those intricate folds, just gorgeous. Not too shabby of a trailer really, I spotted two Vitra pieces: the turquoise chair by the trailer door (shown below) and the coffee table in the bedroom. And a few fun Liberty fabric prints sprinkled around add to the eclectic vibe. But you know what I yearn most about living the trailer dream? Keeping everything down to minimal, bringing with me just the absolute bare essentials…

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Checking in: Hotel Lautner…

Let me prefix this by saying I had waited three years for this – we were one of the lucky few who got to stay at the Hotel Lautner this past weekend when they had a soft opening. Originally built in 1947 and known as The John Lautner’s Desert Hot Springs Motel, this hidden gem was, and still is, quite a place. The property was purchased back in 2008 by Los Angeles based interior designer Tracy Beckmann and furniture designer Ryan Trowbridge. After a long three-year renovation by Tracy and Ryan, Hotel Lautner is finally resurfacing. A combination of redwood beams, smooth concrete, tall glass windows, and orange-red steel supports are part of the characteristics of this four-unit (yes, four!) desert retreat. Plans are in place to build a clubhouse and outdoor lounge on the adjacent property as well. Even though the hotel is still under construction, you can already feel you are in your own private oasis, especially with the additional wall that was built around the entire site. What I also love are all the personal touches by the owners. Tracy and Ryan shop for all the decor and furniture pieces to give each room its own personality. When I heard Miles Davis playing in the background as we stepped into our room, I knew straightaway that we are going to enjoy our stay there. The best part? Lying under the stars in our own succulent garden/patio, it was truly a magical experience…

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Entertaining at the Chinati…

The Chinati Foundation is a contemporary art museum established by minimalist artist Donald Judd (such a big fan of his!). Located on the former site of Fort D.A. Russell in Marfa, Texas, this museum houses large-scale installations across its vast 340 acres of land. A very limited number of artists exhibits here and each artist's work is installed in separate buildings on the museum's grounds – including old artillery sheds and army barracks – how cool is that? What really caught my eye was this former horse arena (shown above) which currently serves as a dining hall. I would love, love, love to throw a party at this space, complete with Judd's ultra simple and modern pine tables and chairs. Now that would be a designer's dream come true, mine for sure! Sigh…

… an outdoor grill designed by Judd himself. Love the simplicity of it all.

Partying aside – as an endnote, I would like to share this quote by Judd with you: "It takes a great deal of time and thought to install work carefully. This should not always be thrown away. Most art is fragile and some should be placed and never moved again. Somewhere a portion of contemporary art has to exist as an example of what the art and its context were meant to be. Somewhere, just as the platinum iridium meter guarantees the tape measure, a strict measure must exist for the art of this time and place." unquote.

{ all images scanned from Great Parties: The Best of Martha Stewart Living, photography by Todd Eberle }

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La Ricarda…

A Catalonian house designed by Antonio Bonet Castellana. Discovered this beautiful home while flipping through the latest catalogue pages of TOAST. Built between 1953 and 1963, this architectural gem is tucked away in a pine forest outside of Barcelona. Castellana worked closely with the owners, Ricardo Gomis and his wife Inés Bertrand Mata to making this into a family home. With vaulted roofs that look like rolling waves, it's really an oasis all on its own. Not to mention the gorgeous light that streams through these glass panels…

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