12.31.2011

PARTY TIME!

Alright ladies (and guys too!)--its just about that time!  

Pick out that perfectly fierce, sensationally stunning, sayonara 2011 outfit...



Grab a glass and prepare to toast,

And of coarse the perfect shoes...

And get ready for everything the night has to offer!


I wish everyone a fabulous New Year's Eve!  2011 has simply flown by. It was chalk-full of as many ups as downs, but never lacked inspiration.  Thank you to all the friends, family, and fellow bloggers who have made this one unforgettable year!  You have all touched my heart in ways you may never know.  Big Hugs to you all and wishes for a safe night and Happy New Year!

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DESIGN. INSPIRE. REPEAT.

12.30.2011

CLARK LITTLE

It was not a typically artist's journey for Clark Little, who is now considered the number one surf photographer of our time, arguably of all time.  Clark Little's passion for photography began after his wife requested a piece of art for their family living room.  Lucky enough to live in Hawaii, Little thought there was no better art than his beautiful surroundings.  What began as a home improvement project, has since become a full-time job for Little.  In order to capture this magnificent shots, Little stands in the water as long as possible and quickly snaps as many shots as he can manage before nearly being crushed by the waves.  Here are a few of his favorites from his latest collection...










Passion and inspiration can be found anywhere---and sometimes its even right in your backyard.  Remember to keep your eyes open to the unexpected inspirations of everyday life.


Images courtesy Clark Little Photography


DESIGN.INSPIRE.REPEAT.

12.24.2011

A TIME FOR...

Family.





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12.23.2011

MODERN SNOW WHITE

I have a feeling that the modern day Snow White would feel right at home in this crisp white home with its lush surroundings.  Far from cobble stone, this walkway sets the perfect mood and draws you closer.  


Sometimes allowing the landscaping to be the backdrop is the smartest move a designer can make.

The warm accents accentuate the clean finishes and symmetry of the design.  


Concrete and white...what could go wrong?  Especially with the addition of these stairs.  Simple and elegant, just the way it should be. 


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12.19.2011

DELICIOUS DESIGN...

So, as a resident of San Francisco, I must admit that I'm a little partial to Ghiradelli Chocolate, but the design for the Godiva store in Harajuku is so fun that I couldn't resist sharing it with you.  It is literally dripping with chocolatey goodness with fun design twists at every turn!

I can't decide what I like better--the floating stair affect or the unusual wainscoting.  I love how the wood grain continues through the gooey drips of chocolate--such an unexpected addition that totally makes this milk white walkway that much better.

And I absolutely love the detail on the stair landing! 

I feel like this little Godiva delight would fit right in with its surroundings.


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Chocolate via [1,2,3]


DESIGN. INSPIRE.REPEAT.

12.18.2011

A VIEW

Grace Hotel :: Santorini, Greece

Greece, in my opinion, boasts some of the most unique and breathtaking scenery in Europe.  Characterized by a crisp white wash and bright pops of super saturated colors, Grecian design stands apart from many of its more subdued European counterparts.  The Grace Hotel in Santorini exemplifies the traditional colors of Grecian design with touches of modernity that create a truly unique atmosphere.  The view isn't so bad either...


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DESIGN. INSPIRE. REPEAT.

12.07.2011

GAME FACE

Tom Ford :: Autumn/Winter 2011

This chick definitely means business, and for that matter, so do I!  I think I'll be chanelling her [and Tom Ford] for the next few weeks as my schedule beat me up and slowly swallows me whole.  Time to kick some you know what!  Stay inspired...Be back soon with lots of goodies to share.

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12.03.2011

BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE

Beautiful People :: Wonderwall Inc.
Aoyama, Tokyo

With the holidays quickly approaching, the competition between retail establishments to create the most intriguing window displays is well underway.  And for many of the big box stores, this holiday frenzy has been puking red and green since July.  For a little taste of elegance, I recommend the seductive retail design of Wonderwall, Inc. for the Beautiful People Shop in Aoyama, Tokyo.     

Wonderwall Inc., established by Masamichi Katayama in 2000 is well known in the industry for their commercial spaces, most notably retail and hospitality. Self described as a "total concept" firm, Katamaya[Wonderwall] is convinced that pushing the boundaries of the unknown is the only way to tap into the subconscious of the occupant, and in the case of retail design, the consumer.

Simple, yet deliberate use of typical design elements are at work in all of Wonderwall's designs.  Here, the careful coordination of lighting and interplay of materiality give the illusion that these pieces of clothing are frozen in time.

The feature wall, consisting of over 10, 000 monochromatic artificial flowers, softens the otherwise minimal design sense, but also contributes to the unusual sense of balance that embodies the entire store.  

Moments of warmth and color like these exposed filament bulbs indicate key areas and act as a sense of way finding to the occupants.


And at the end of the day, good 'ole light, shade, and shadow really bring this design to the next level--something that can be valued year round.  So, what did we learn?  Stick with the classics, but avoid the typical--advice thats valuable in more than just design.

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