recent musings

October 27, 2010 § 1 Comment

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I’ve always been a person with contrasting tastes and interests…

I love the sleek lines of modern design and go gaga over Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier but at the same time, dream of Victorian country houses and candle-lit libraries filled with leather bound books; Its the decision of whether to paint the bedroom walls stark white or a moody grey; Its the Barcelona day-bed versus the antique Louis the XIV chest.

However, over time I’ve grown to appreciate this variation in style. I think it’d be rather boring to only identify yourself by designs that were either ALL modern or ALL traditional etc.

So here’s to a celebration of different styles and some new inspiration!

Lulu DK’s bedroom as featured in Lonny

I love the: symmetry and horizontal lines, antique chest of drawers, color palette of cream, coral and blue- this bedroom looks so warm and inviting!

Color Collective‘s take on Romantic irish color palettes

As someone who takes great pride in their Irish heritage, it is no surprise that the book Romantic Irish Interiors quickly has become one of my favorites. The colors in the palette (pictured above) all have such a beautiful richness to them- they’re bright, but without being too in-your-face.

Jonathan Adler‘s Bond Collection

I’ve recently become obsessed with burled wood furniture, especially when paired with lucite as seen in this console.I think I’m drawn to them mainly because of their uniqueness- they possess a certain sleekness which you don’t often find in pieces of typical wood grain

Sputnik Chandelier

There’s something so whimsical about Sputnik chandeliers. It’s mid-century meets the Jetson’s and I absolutely love it! This one was found online at ZGallerie for under $250 dollars. A great bargain indeed.

Tara Bernerd interior

I stumbled upon this interior a couple of days ago and literally spent HOURS trying to find it today! Thank goodness I did! This interior brings the look of the English clubhouse into the 21st century- the leather chairs are oversized and not to fussy, the tufting has been taken down a notch, and there is hardly any excess ornamentation. I truly admire this fresh approach on an English country interior.

Billy Baldwin

A pioneer in American decorating, Billy Baldwin, was both a classicist and a modernist- a master of color, scale and proportion. His designs were clean, crisp and tailored but his use of color, fabric, and texture was bold and eclectic. Before Baldwin, interiors were dictated by  European trends and styles; Baldwin countered this notion and in essence reshaped the American aesthetic toward interiors and decorating.

Here are some items of Baldwin inspiration found on Design Sponge:

For more information on Billy Baldwin check out this article from Architectural Digest!

And last but not least, I’ve had a growing fascination with old photography. I always like to imagine the lives of the people pictured- what their stories are, where they came from, what they’re thinking of- it’s the mystery that truly captivates me.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Please feel free to leave any comments or feed-back.

Have a great day!


an unlikely medium

October 23, 2010 § 2 Comments

*I’ve recently come across an artist by the name of Mark Khaisman

His choice of medium you might wonder?Packing tape

Khaisman layers two inch  pieces of packing tape on plexi-glass to create differing layers of contrast. The plexi-glass panels are then lit from behind to create a beautiful effect. He considers his works to be “conversations with light”, and if tape is his paint brush, then light is his blending medium.



series heads

the stooge studies_3

industrial era influence

October 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa I have been completely enveloped in a world of industrial labor, progressive politics, and defiant culture.

I’m speaking of the 1920s of course- a period of American history which I am currently studying. During lectures I always find my mind wandering off to images of New York City tenements bustling with immigrants- smoke rising through chimneys of industrial factories- women dressed in “risque” fashion- and Model-T lined streets outside of Central Park. If I could go back one time in history this would be it.

Here are some of my favorite industrial finds:

stainless steel desk – love the sleek design

exposed bulb chandelier

Salvage One

industrial United States Postal Service mail box

industrial meets Art Deco bed frame


vintage horse-racing photographs

task lamp

perforated wood and metal industrial cart – such a unique piece! wonder what I could use this for…

three potato four

reinforced wood and iron strongbox

absolutely adore this workers chair

industrial pendent light – classic

Urban Remains

this is actually a British Colonial sideboard from the early 1900s; while it technically may not be a piece of the industrial age, I feel that it’s contrasting wood tones and brass handles are characteristics that could be identified with pieces of the industrial era

1st Dibs

stairs for storage?

October 16, 2010 § Leave a comment

There’s something about London and transforming staircases from boring to extraordinary

(see “Framed” in London Design Festival 2010 post)

While most of us view staircases simply for their architectural purpose, these London home-owners have used their staircase as an opportunity for some amazing storage. The look, both bold and creative, has inspired me to look at staircases in a whole new way.

Who would’ve thought a flight of stairs could become one’s personal library?


[pictures: Apartment Therapy]

looking up

October 12, 2010 § 1 Comment

As a child I laid in bed looking up at the mural of a sunny day’s sky.

While I admit it is time for an update, I could never go back to having just plain-white ceilings. Often ingored, your ceiling should be viewed as a fifth wall- a place to display creativity and implement some good design. One look that I absolutely adore is tin ceilings. They truly can be used to complement any style!


shabby chic meets western




glam-ed up traditional


flea market / vintage style
[picture & info from apartment therapy]

well hello!

October 7, 2010 § 1 Comment

Dear Readers,

Because I am fairly new to the blog scene, I would LOVE any feed back or suggestions you have!

I created this poll because I’m curious to see which one of my posts you’ve enjoyed the most so far.

Thank you for all your support!

-the modern day atelier

first impressions

October 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

We’ve been brought up to believe that first impressions are what count the most, so your home shouldn’t be treated any differently.

An entryway can say so much about a home and it’s owner- with just one step pass the threshold, your lifestyle, your design sense, and your personality are all being judged… This is why it’s so important that your entryway says as much about you and your design style as the rest of your house does. When it comes to entryways, if you’ve got it, flaunt it,  and make your first impression count!


These eclectic entryways all do a fabulous job at balancing the clean & simple lines of modern design with more antique elements. The use of bold colors and metallics adds whimsy and personality.

refined traditional

A play on neutrals,contrast, and texture are the key things to remember when designing an entryway with a traditional style in mind. While the second example might seem pretty bold with it’s loud wallpaper pattern, elements such as the molding and antique dresser and chairs make this entryway traditional-with a twist.

dark & exotic

The black walls, of the first entryway, lined with paintings, photographs, and unique antique finds create a mood that is somewhat dark yet still inviting . In the second picture, Ann Getty’s use of chinoiserie antiques and a collection of bird sculptures lend to the exotic and worldly feel of the space.

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