February 9, 2013 § 1 Comment
Last fall my boyfriend worked on a documentary in Nepal about Pushpa Basnet who is the 2012 CNN Hero of the year. Pushpa runs a children’s center that provides education, housing and medical care to children of incarcerated parents in Nepal. Without Pushpa, these children would have to live in prison with their parents.
When my boyfriend returned from Nepal he brought back a number of little things, most of them being pretty brass somethings. My favorite being a golden brass singing bowl and a beautiful brass board game called tigers and goats. My living room now has a few brass accents and it has given it an added feeling of warmth.
Brass is trendy once again, but is back in a softer form than before. Its adds an elegance that’s more understated than brass of the 80’s and 90’s. I especially like the mixture of black and brass, adding warmness to a masculine look. Brass is elegant and goes well with a number of styles, modern or traditional, feminine or masculine, and can be combined with various metals. I also love brass in a feminine room. The combination of pink, brass and white create a feeling of glam that makes a girl feel special.
January 14, 2013 § Leave a comment
A designer born in Argentina and based in Paris was a recipe for one unique and beautiful style. Alberto Pinto’s designs were luxurious with rich, bold color schemes, over scaled patterns and a Middle Eastern flair. He had an eye for mixing different patterns and styles of various eras, making for a interesting, layered design that I find so appealing. I am especially inspired by his comfort with color and his details. I love the details, in any design, and Alberto Pinto does a beautiful job, especially in the details of doors, cabinets, windows, molding and so on.
September 8, 2011 § Leave a comment
May 7, 2011 § 1 Comment
I adore this bathroom. I love and want it. Every part of it. I was thinking “feminine” as soon as I saw the pink, but I came to realize its a feminine that could be accepted by “him,” the guy in your life because of the masculine grey colors and patterns.
How To: If you must have a feminine bathroom but you have a man to share it with, this is a way to pull it off. Its is rather feminine dominant but has enough masculinity that he can survive it and even like. Choose a dusty pink, its less girly (note: most men don’t hate the color pink.) Avoid floor to ceiling pink paint by making use of a tile chair rail (the subway tile here is gender neutral in shape and color). Pair a feminine accent color with masculine color such as pink and grey or pink and navy. Use a geometric floor tile, which speaks more masculine than other patterns.
A good way to make a balance between feminine and masculine is to use a masculine print or shape in a feminine color and vice versa. In this bathroom the vanity has cabriole legs, which are feminine but the black balances it to become more gender neutral.
Remember, it doesn’t need to be 50:50. A 60:40 of feminine and masculine will do.
March 18, 2011 § Leave a comment
There are few things in life that I need to be 100% complete and happy; a clawfoot tub has made the list. What I love about clawfoot tubs is that they hold such a strong memory of the past and give a deep feeling of luxury. They can play into all different types of bathrooms brilliantly because they dont fall under any one design style. I also love how it can make a room on its own, you can take a bathroom with a simple design, add a clawfoot tub, and there you have yourself a stunning bathroom.
Whenever I think of a clawfoot tub, I immediately imagine myself with bubbles up to my chin.