All posts tagged: color

Tile with Spark: 10 Sources for Bold and Modern Tile

A big hello from somewhere up in the sky over the middle of continental U.S.! I’m headed to California to visit two of my bestest friends and I can’t wait. Even though the reason for the trip is principally work-related, I’m taking a few days on each side of the work to spend time with my friends and to also do a little work on the house. I love a good renovation and I love all the creativity, I really do, but there seems to come a point in each renovation when I’m a bit worn out, when decisions don’t come as easily, and my to-do list just seems to spiral out of control. The chance to escape the cold (and craziness) of home/work in Boston and be productive in a warmer (and quieter) climate is something I’m really looking forward to. The big item on my house to-do list right now is the tile. I’ve been searching high and low for the “right” tile for weeks now and, due to an abundance of options and a little fear of …

Dressing up your sofa (or table, or chair, or…)

Right now we are smack in the middle of a year-long spell of temporary living, somewhere between the designed-it-myself happiness of our old loft in the city and the excitement of a big, new house in the quasi suburbs. We’re in an apartment, decently sized for city-living standards, and located in an awesome neighborhood we knew nothing about, but at the end of the day, it just doesn’t feel like home. I’ve spent some time trying to fix that, adding curtains here and there, making sure all our artwork is on the wall, insisting on using our rugs even when rooms have carpet (much to my partner’s chagrin)… and little by little we are creating a space that feels less like a hold-over and more like an enjoyable space. But between you and me, if you care at all about design, living in a temporary space isn’t really all that appealing. It’s frustrating because the spaces aren’t designed the way I would like them to be, there’s no overhead lighting, the walls are this bizarre almost-but-not-quite …

A New Room for Little L

Textured Modern has been filled with kid-related posts recently, which goes a little against what I was hoping to create in this space. The thing is, we’re tossing around some ideas to liven up some of our spaces and have been industriously engaged in some pretty full on home reorganization, and out of all of this has come a lot of kid-related reflection. To those of you without kids, please bear with me through this a-b-c, 1-2-3 time, I promise lots of good adult-focused content in the coming weeks. I want to share what I’ve been working on for the revitalization of Little L’s room. I love his room now, I really do, and those of you know me are aware of how meticulously considered his first room was. After all, we didn’t anticipate a lot of kid things seeping out into the main living area (and other than the playroom under the stairs, we were pretty spot on) and so I wanted to create a space for him that would be full of things he …

Qué hace de una casa un hogar?

I’m traveling in Monterrey this week, and have spent a good amount of time with the smart, ambitious and fascinating leadership team at Universidad Regiomontana. They’re in the process of rethinking university education from top to bottom, from eliminating hierarchy to creating a brand new student experience facilitated by learning coaches (not professors), mixed-use open learning spaces, practicum and placement-based learning, the list goes on. It’s really impressive what they’re trying to do… but that’s a story for another time when I’m not exhausted after a seemingly endless series of (albeit fantastic) meetings. Walking by this ballpit smack in the middle of one of the high-traffic areas of the university, the ball I first picked up, and which immediately caught my attention was this one. Qué hace de una casa un hogar? Or in English, what makes a house a home? It seems so à propos doesn’t it? Funny the little things you come across in daily life…. This one definitely made me smile. Postscript: what’s a ballpit doing in the middle of a university? Turns out that the administration is …

Those little gingerbread houses on Pinterest

I succumbed to the pressure of Pinterest this weekend and decided to make those little ginger bread houses that have been showing up in everyone’s Pinterest feed. I thought that since they’re really graham cracker houses that it would be a pretty straightforward project for me and the kid to try while we had four days of fun without the husband.  It certainly wasn’t as straightforward as I anticipated (boiling sugar syrup isn’t exactly super toddler friendly) but on balance it was really enjoyable and an entirely worthwhile project. We ended up making a whole village, but alas I only have two of the houses left to share with you since a large furry natural disaster (read: our big friendly Akita) made a meal of the rest of the village when our backs were turned. Anyway, as I created gummy bear wall patterns and tiled roofs with twizzlers, it dawned on me that with a little imagination I could have been making modern masterpieces à la Dwell Magazine. I’m pretty excited about the prospect and while it might just …

A beautiful skyscraper in São Paulo. Wait, what?

While in São Paulo recently, I was lucky enough to spend some time in the new pad of one of my very close friends. They live in this amazing new building that’s been designed to take advantage of it’s hillside location and to give each apartment a wonderfully open, yet sheltered outdoor living area almost as big as the apartments themselves. Take a look at the clever use of space and the original design, it’s really something. Of course it wouldn’t work in temperate climates, but if we lived in the middle of a hugely dense, urban city with a pleasurable climate I think I might just want to live in something precisely like this. And yes, that gorgeously bold yellow walkway is real and is the path by which you enter the building once inside the security fence. Oh and it has a gorgeous lap pool, indoor/outdoor kids play area (with an eames elephant no less), and gym. You know, just to top it all off.

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 …