Month: October 2014

For the love of a desk

I remember when we were designing our apartment, the desk was something I spent some not insignificant time thinking about. Neither my partner nor I spend a lot of time working from home and we’re both pretty content typing away on our laptops on stools at the raised kitchen counter, but we did have an actual desktop computer that needed a home. So we decided to incorporate a desk into our multipurpose (entryway/guest overflow/linen closet) room and designed a beautiful walnut inset that would provide a nice contrast with the strong white cabinetry and give us just enough space for the desktop and a few accoutrements. So we were all set, right? About half way through the construction, our good friends at ZeroEnergy Design suggested we incorporate some workspace into the steel railing at the edge of the loft area. I could hardly imagine what they meant by this and thought it would be something we never used, but ended up going along with it because my partner liked the sound of it. Since I …

Award-winning!

It’s kind of amazing to imagine, but our loft just won an award! The Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston’s annual PRISM awards were just announced, and our loft won Gold in the Best Remodel category. This is the first time any design or architecture project I’ve been involved with has won an award and I’ll admit to having that warm, radiant feeling inside. A shout out and congratulations to ZeroEnergy Design for the collaboration that led to the finished product: a pretty fantastic space to live in. All the photos of our loft can be found here on my Pinterest page.

A touch of gorgeousness from Dinosaur Designs

Happy Friday! I love Fridays because I get to spend them with my toddler son, L, and we get to roam the city, go on trips, get up to mischief, and its usually just the two of us. While I treasure our Friday adventures, I also treasure the peace and quiet during L’s nap time, as it’s the one dedicated time during the week that I can think about all things gratifying in the visual world around me. And today, during nap time, I realized that I’d be remiss if I weren’t to share with you my favourite jewelry and home wares (online) destination: Dinosaur Designs. I’m known among friends and colleagues for my bold necklaces and much of the credit for this little fashion signature is due to these amazing, relatively unknown artists. Dinosaur Designs is an Australian retailer who started off in the late 80’s as a small trio of artists making all sorts of fimo (whoah, flashback, remember fimo?) and resin necklaces, bracelets, platters and the like, and now has a very …

A postcard from Seattle

A big hello from Seattle!  I’m here all week for a conference and darted out yesterday afternoon to take advantage of a few minutes of free time to explore the city and see what inspiration I could find on the design and architecture front. To be honest, I didn’t make it very far before succumbing to the magnetic pull of a good Sunday brunch, so my findings were limited.  So holed up in a hotel room later I thought I’d take a look at some Seattle architecture online. Firstly, a lot of the talk around local architecture here seems to focus on houseboats, who knew! There are some pretty fantastic living spaces on water to be explored; you can see a few examples here and one particularly creative houseboat here. Secondly, I wanted to share this artist’s loft with you.  The brainchild of Olson Kundig Architects, it is the conversion of an old shoe parts factory in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. There’s something about this space that I find fascinating. Those steel factory windows are a dream …