September 19, 2007

Wood Fabric


Oops, it seems I published this post before it was even ready! So lame. All it had was a title all day. (Nice work there, Meg.)

What I meant to tell you was that I saw this wood fabric on Tortoise, one of my favorite shops on Abbot Kinney in Venice. I love the zebrawood. The fabric is made by Play Mountain: Landscape Products Co. in Japan. I saw on their website they've made the fabric into pillows. Cute.

August 16, 2007

Kitchen Reno

We're getting ready for a kitchen reno over here, or at least we think we are. The problem right now is finding a style we like within our budget when our budget is pretty much dictating that we get an Ikea kitchen. Don't get me wrong, I love Ikea. But practically everything in my house that's from Ikea feels like it's just a placeholder until we can afford to get the thing we really want. I don't want to feel that way about a kitchen especially when it does come with a considerable price tag of around $3K. That's an expensive placeholder. They do have some decent styles and some definite stuff that looks like it came from a Nokia parts facility: so sleek, shiny, and cell phoney. So anyway, I'm trying to find that article in Domino about Ikea kitchens to get myself a little more excited about the prospect of using them.

I really like the simplicity of this kitchen, especially it's delicate legs that make it seem like it's floating. The kitchen is from the 1957 Opdahl house (by Edward Killingsworth) in Long Beach which was featured in the July/August issue of Dwell magazine.


April 09, 2007

Chairs with hoofs, feet, socks...


Interesting trend in chairs: chairs with white bodies and natural wood feet/hoofs/socks (whatever you want to call them). The above image is from The Conran Shop. It's called the Czech Sidechair. If it didn't have the partial paint job, I don't think I'd like it as much. Though I like the curvature of the chair and how the feet taper, for me the main draw of the chair is really how it's painted.

Spotted in a magazine (Elle Decoration UK) via Happy Mundane:

Spotted in a magazine via decor8:

Here's Anthropologie's take on it called the "Neptune Chair":

And because the best part of the chair (for me) is the paint job, I think it would make a good DIY project--perhaps make something less attractive look better. I have these stools that I didn't like too much (the previous homeowners left them)--they look like less sophisticated versions of the Czech chair with chunky feet. Maybe with a white-paint-and-exposed-wood-feet makeover, they won't be such eyesores anymore. Wish me luck!

February 14, 2007


Number #158 on the list of projects to do in my home is stenciling. I think I'm going to start off by applying a stencil to a large black steel file cabinet in my office. And depending on how successful that is, next is a wall in my bedroom. Unfortunately, my ambition to start projects usually far outstrips my resources (namely time, and sometimes money) to do any of them. (sigh)

Here are three stencil projects that inspire me...

From Apartment Therapy:


From Style at Home Magazine (via Poppytalk):


From Wary Meyers:


October 19, 2006

What to hang on the wall...

At chez Ilasco, we've got a couple blank walls that are in desperate need of decoration. So these ideas have been on my mind:

From Domino, these large scale branches are so dramatic...

Saw this in the Room & Board catalog. Baskets give it texture and dimension too.

Spotted this on lena's blog. We've amassed a mini collection of wall clocks, so this is a possibility.

And of course, plates. I like the linear arrangement. (This is from Living,etc.)

July 19, 2006

Using Mirrors


I like mirrors for the opportunities they create--an opportunity to frame and capture a reflected image or scene. It can strengthen the overall design rigor you put into a space. In the above image, the mirror is reflecting a fireplace scene and another similar mirror--you have the scene and frame repeating into infinity.

Here, a mirror duplicates a piece of art on an opposite wall plus it's used as a framing device. The position of the artwork informs the position of the mirror (or vice versa). Talk about the interconnectivity of items in a room!

This set of 3 mirrors captures interesting fisheye perspective shots of the room in small, medium, and large.

I like the way that the sconces flanking the mirror are equidistant from the pendant lamp viewed through the mirror. So you can use an element inside the mirror's frame to speak to elements outside of it to create a cool composition.

June 26, 2006

A Perfect Cover for an Imperfect Chair


There is a certain thrill you get when you buy thrift store relics: the excitement of owning a piece of nostalgia on the cheap. But as with everything, there is a trade off. Vintage pieces comes in various stages of working order, livability, or cleanliness. Sometimes the time or money it takes to bring some relics up to standard negates any of sort of savings.

Still, I accumulate vintage goods...promising to upholster, stain, or sew--like an ersatz remake of a Jacobsen Egg Chair I bought several years ago for $10. Really ersatz: it's covered in some fake leather action and it's a bit poofy. Still for $10, I figured I'd could have it reupholstered and de-poofed. Of course, the chair looks exactly the same as it did on the day we bought it. I'm still determined to make it somewhat more likeable until the day comes that I actually can afford to reupholster it.

So when I saw this image in Blueprint, I thought that using a sleepskin shearling throw (for $20 at Ikea) would be a great idea for covering up the flaws of a less-than-perfect chair. Plus it's a great way to add texture, warmth and intimacy to the room. I'll be making a trip to Ikea this week.

April 27, 2006

Knoll Wallpaper


Letterforms, both handwritten and computer generated, have long been a source of inspiration for me. (If I ever go to grad school for Design, typography would be high on my list of elective classes to take. {Sigh.}) So when I spotted Abbott Miller's (of famed Pentagram) wall coverings for Knoll in ID Mag, it was one of those what-a-great-idea-wish-I-thought-of-that moments. Miller created three patterns called Merge, Filter, and Switch which are apart of a collection called Grammar, which "features overlapping typographic forms to create a rich, textural field." Indeed. My favorite is Merge.

If you like the Grammar collection, you'll also enjoy 2x4's design for Knoll called "Pause" which uses punctuation (see below).