I know it’s Friday and the last thing many of us want to do is to think about the office but trust me when I tell you that the offices I have featured below are worth your time (and stares). While they are quite different in style an aesthetic, each office is pleasing because of the minimalist (and complimentary) colour schemes, interesting textures and forms, and unique architectural details.
I’m taking you to office spaces around the world today beginning with a room of contrasts which includes the sleek Air Desk from Chicago-based Casa Spazio. Next is the minimalist black and white office area designed by Morpho Studio in Poland. The final three spaces, created by Brazilian designer Maristela Gorayeb, showcase amazing collections of books and artifacts in a pleasing and inviting way.
apartment in Krakow, Poland; designed by Morpho Studio
Six months ago my parents began a renovation of their main floor kitchen, laundry room, and powder room. You may have read about the progress here and here. I’m happy to report that the kitchen is (almost) complete. Here are five views of their new space.
What’s left to do? Well, my parents are currently dealing with a kitchen table DIY and the hunt is back on for the perfect set of chairs. It’s almost the end!
Today is all about play time!
DIY play space via Country Living
via Dekris Design
While the five play spaces featured here are designed for kids, I do think that it wouldn’t hurt to have a slide or super cool reading nook in an adult space – just for those days when you want to feel like a carefree kid!
Have a wonderful (and playful) weekend!
p.s. Don’t forget to submit your photos of whiteness to me at whitecabana [at] gmail [dot] com for our new series White Out. I’m curious to know what gorgeous whiteness surrounds you!
Which do you prefer?
narcissistic restroom via Trend Hunter
Double Trouble (a.k.a. my cute little nephews) are in town this week. In honour of their visit, here are two twin beds that I just adore.
p.s. Happy July 4th to all our American readers!
Who doesn’t love Sarah Richardson?
She’s a favourite among many designers, bloggers, and TV watchers. Her home transformations are gorgeous and appeal to so many viewers and DIYers. Sarah’s got a TV show for everyone! Have you seen Sarah’s house, Sarah’s cottage, or her recent installation at the Interior Design Show?
I like Sarah because she seems friendly, she’s got an awesome sidekick (hello Tommy Smythe) and she also looks a whole lot like a good friend of mine. Oh – and she wore Smythe jackets long before the Duchess of Cambridge did.
Here are some of the white rooms she has designed.
(all photos via Sarah Richardson porfolio)
Like the other designers I am featuring today, Sarah has also worked on some beautiful product lines (honestly – where do these people find time to do all of these things?). In partnership with PARA Paints, Sarah has created a designer paint palette of 75 colours. In addition to this colourful endeavor, Sarah has a beautiful collection of indoor and outdoor furniture.
Click here to find out where to buy these and other Sarah Richardson products.
Read Sarah’s short diary entries here.
We’ve been talking about getting organized this year and there are some seriously sweet shelves at West Elm to get that home or office project started.
We also really like these mirror-backed box shelves:
And more clean lines..
Images and snazzy shelves from West Elm.
Happy New Year!
This New Year, I’m making a resolution to live life better. In essence, I aim to truly manifest my father’s wisdom: “Work smarter, not harder.”
This motto can be applied to many facets of living: by working smarter, energy is focused on producing quality and time is valued as precious and limited. When working smarter, not harder, you actually free up hours in the day for what’s important in life. It’s a kind of de-cluttering; it’s definitely a philosophy.
Luxurious living is about enjoying the best in life and that doesn’t necessarily mean spending a lot of money or effort. It’s about thinking and planning smarter and simpler, not harder.
Treating yourself to luxuries such as a bubble bath, a cozy throw, or de-cluttering the kitchen and office are some of the easiest ways to make small positive changes to brighten your daily life.
Wishing you luxuries big and small this 2011! I’m looking forward to hearing about how you’ll be working smarter, not harder, this year!
Love the open ceiling, the curtain puddles, the soft furry rug, the comfortable chair, and the warm floor. When can I move in?
p.s. I also love the crisp white walls, the beautiful heavy doors, and the simply framed work of art.
Image via The Zhush.
A beautiful Friday Five if I do say so myself:
What do you look for in a nightstand? Personally, I need a drawer or two and a good size surface area for a lamp, books, alarm clock, and a select crystal or silver accessory. Here are five nightstands that fit my requirements:
1. This affordable nightstand from Ikea has a good size drawer and the shelf is perfect for holding stacks of magazines or books.
2. Ikea’s MALM nightstand is clean and simple. Clutter stays hidden with this piece.
3. This West Elm nightstand is almost an exact replica of one of my vintage nightstands. The drawer is large, there’s a good size surface area and the closed off shelf means your books and things won’t fall onto the floor.
4. I adore these vintage oval nightstands. I love the shape, simplicity, and uniqueness of these pieces.
5. I’m saving the best for last. Aren’t these vintage Lucite nightstands gorgeous? They fit all of my requirements and would definitely add interest to any bedroom.
What do you look for in a nightstand?
To browse a wide selection of traditional and modern nightstands click here.
I just love these two stools, great for everything from piling up the newspaper as you leaf through it on a Saturday to being that extra seat when the loveseat’s taken at the party.
Images courtesy of Elte.
Today’s Friday Five – a mix of bedrooms.
With two little (yet growing) boys, my sister seems to be constantly thinking about the design of their bedroom (which also means that I am thinking about their bedroom!). I love these clean poster beds and the striking letters on the wall. The colour scheme is soothing and the linens look so soft. Thoughts?
Photo courtesy of Haute Design.