the horse in the room

May 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

What happens when you mix beautiful Victorian architecture, a stylish designer, and a farm animal or two?

The beautiful home of German designer Dorothee Schumacher

I recently came across her German estate on The Selby and was instantly won over by her closet… I then began to browse the rest of the photographs and fell in love with the whole place. Colorful, eclectic, and full of life (quite literally) Schumacher’s home is inspiring in every way.



the river

April 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

the river – joekaare residential tower 

located in: City of Tartu, Estonia [Emajogi River]

designed by: Atelier Thomas Pucher in collaboration with Bramberger architects

Back in the U.S.S.R.

April 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

U.S.S.R & the C.C.C.P.

If any of you have picked up the May issue of Architectural Digest you know that it hast some incredible features this month.

One of my favorites was the highlight of Frédéric Chaubin’s new book, Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed. Must be the Ukranian in me…

The architecture is absolutely unreal- I truly have never seen anything like it. The buildings seem like they would be more fit to be located on Mars than on planet Earth.

Holocaust Memorial

The Georgian Ministry of Highways

Dostoyevsky Theater of Dramatic Arts

The Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences

The Poplakov Cafe

Dombai Winter Sports Resort

The Palace of Ceremonies

The Chisinau Circus

So unlike the architecture here in the United States, but I guess that what makes it so interesting.

On another note, Sorry it’s been forever since my last post. These last couple of weeks have been rather hectic. I’m hoping though that with summer being around the corner I will be able to be blogging more often!

Arley Hall & Gardens

March 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

English Manor homes are quite a favorite of mine and I just happened to stumble upon Arley Hall located in Chesire, England.

Built in an Elizabethan style, this Victorian country house has the most magnificent architecture and beautiful gardens.

Arley Hall

* Unfortunately there were not a lot of usable pictures portraying the interiors but you can view a virtual tour of Arley Hall HERE

In an era of concrete & pre-fab houses, it sure is nice to see the beauty and architectural integrity of a 15th century country home

Erin Go Bragh

March 17, 2011 § 1 Comment


With it being St. Patrick’s Day, I thought it’d be appropriate to pay some tribute to my Irish heritage.

My Grandma Kathleen was an American immigrant from Ireland and passed down her love of Ireland to my father. My dad in turn made sure to teach me the importance of our Irish heritage – much to the annoyance of my Italian mother… who once even got into an argument with my dad over his constant reassurance that leprechauns were in fact REAL! My dad enlisted me in Irish dance lessons and forced me to listen to the Irish Tenors every day on the way to school. While I found it annoying at the time, I look back now and am so thankful I have a family who appreciates its roots.

So hats off to St. Patrick and to Ireland! Here are a couple of my favorite Irish inspired interiors:

Miles Redd’s 40 shades of Green bedroom for Oscar de la Renta Home – featured in Lonny Mag

Simon Brown Photography- Romantic Irish Homes

Library at Trinity College, Dublin

Hope you all enjoyed some of my Irish favorites! If you’re ever planning on traveling to Ireland check out this shopping guide just posted by Apartment Therapy.

Have a GREAT St. Patrick’s Day

middle aged inspiration

March 15, 2011 § 1 Comment


I was recently just assigned a project in which Medieval Gothic style was to be my inspiration

Although an avid fan of Sword in the Stone, King Arthur, and Robin Hood, I never thought I would consider my design sense stylistically similar to the Middle Ages

However after some research, I found myself swooning over Medieval cathedrals, gargoyles, and illuminated manuscripts

Below are some of my favorite findings:

These are all figures that were carved into a single cathedral exterior. Such extreme detail considering the variety of expressions, poses, and sizes


I love how all the support beams of this cathedral ceiling create a web-like effect

The corridor of the Gloucester Cathedral

How stunningly beautiful are those ceilings?! I can’t even imagine how much time and hard work was put into this. I hope to be able to visit this cathedral one day. I would live in this corridor if I could!

Again, LOVE all the support beams and the positive/negative space interaction. So glad to see some color incorporated too! Now if only all ceilings could be like this…

I wish all books could have illuminations. With every turn of a page you are looking at a new work of art. One of my favorite examples of illuminated manuscripts is The Book of Kells (pictured below). The Book of Kells is one of Ireland’s greatest treasures! Truly stunning in all its intricacy!

Click HERE for an informational video on the Book of Kells from msnbc

if only

December 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

In the midst of exams it’s often quite easy to find myself distracted

Because seriously, what sounds more fun-Pretending I have a million dollars to spend on 1st Dibs OR Writing a Research paper?

so here’s to all of my wishful thinking that’s keeping me away from Twain and Pudd’nhead Wilson

If onlyI could live in a brownstone like this,

Whether it be in Brooklyn or Boston,I hope to one day to be lucky enough to live in a brownstone. I find them absolutely beautiful. I especially love the sense of history, old architectural detailing,the multitude of windows, and stately entrance.

with windows like this,

Found on AT, these lucky homeowners reside in a renovated Flemish chapel in Belgium and were able to salvage these incredible windows. Being someone who loves natural light and old European architecture, I could not think of anything more beautiful.

and an interior like this…

Here are the elements of a living room which I designed for a class in the ID department. I wanted to create a living environment that didn’t take itself too seriously and blended the best of mid-century modern, art deco, and industrial designs. My favorites include the Milo Baughman chairs and coffee table, the Rust colored mohair and mahogany sofa by Dunbar, and the Pair of Amber Rock Crystal Lamps. All pieces (with the exception of Mark Khaisman artwork, Behr paint sample, Anthropologie window treatments, and Oak flooring) were found on 1st Dibs.

Let me know if you have any questions regarding specific pieces!

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

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