Interior Design: French Quarter Haven

I took my first trip ever to New Orleans this past January and those of you that have been before understand – wow. That’s the only word I can use to describe the vibrant and lively French Quarter. Not only is the neighborhood unlike anywhere else in the world for nightlife, but the immense amount of history is breathtaking. The blocks and homes look like they’ve been frozen in time and have this wonderful Spanish feel. And don’t even get me started on the colors! From pastel pink to mint green, you could find a condo in your favorite shade, no problem.

Obviously, as my friend and I walked through the neighborhoods (drink in hand, because you can do that there), we wondered how people lived there and what their homes were like. So when I stumbled across this home tour, I was so excited to find that the homes (at least this one) are exactly how I imagined them to be – intensely colorful and full of life, just like the city itself.

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Interior Design: Industrial Work Space with Soft Touches

I love creative work spaces, especially if you work in the creative field. I don’t think any type of artistic person can work at their best capacity in little grey cubicles with fluorescent lighting. Maybe that’s just me, or maybe it stems from the highly visual world we live in, but it’s obvious that modern offices are striving to attain style, not just function.

Let’s face it, in today’s fast-paced world, we all basically live in our offices. Even if you’re not putting in any overtime, it sometimes feels like you spend more time at your desk than anywhere else. If you’re spending so much time in one place, it’s only naturally that you would want it to be visually appealing and tranquil. This office space for Bitium manages to do just that. It obviously has sectioned off areas for desks and a conference room, but each room flow into each other and the industrial elements are combined with soft touches to make the entire space feel more homey.


This work space tour is so great and give me immediate office space jealousy.  Not only because the people who get to work here are extremely lucky, but also because this space combines everything I love — industrial with natural, rustic elements.

I love how the natural wood, plants, and organic prints were incorporated throughout the office to soften up the unique industrial look of the space itself. Although, I love the industrial elements for offices and gyms, sometimes it can be a little overwhelming. Then you’re not working in a super sweet office, you’re working in a factory. No one wants that when you’re staring at a computer screen for 8 hours on end.

Just look how cozy this meeting space is. I could definitely sit here and plan the future of the company for hours.

The conference room design is minimal, probably to avoid distractions. I know I quickly loose interest in meetings, so it would be a good thing that there aren’t a lot of pretty things to look at.

For a creative, up-and-coming tech company, this is exactly what I would imagine as far as work spaces are concerned.

How does this compare to your office/work space?

Check out the full office tour on Apartment Therapy

Interior Design: A European Style, New York Castle

Holy opulence, Batman. This triplex in the meat packing district of New York is mind blowing. It’s a picture of antique grandeur. The building was originally built in 1847 as a townhouse and converted into a general store in the late 1800s. From there it became a sausage factory until 1992, then a mother and daughter fell in love with the abandoned space and bought it to turn into their dream home. They tried to preserve the original, vintage elements wherever possible. Old floorboards were cleaned, treated, and reused and they even rubbed coloring into the re-done fireplace to make it look time-worn. And what a project of love, huh?

 
As always, I was pulled my the exposed walls, wrought iron staircase, and exposed beams. The very industrial finish to the space is exactly what I love about warehouse renovations as well. However, what really ties everything into the design of the space is the juxtaposition of the grand, opulent furniture and home accessories. Every piece of antique furniture in this home reminds me of any time I’ve visited an old European castle. The French, Marie-Antoinette-Era details take this space from a simple industrial renovation to a gorgeous vintage dream space.

And now that I’m done making that paragraph sound meaningful, I just need to get out one SQUEEEEEEEE for this open floor plan. Think about this, you walk into your home, which is flooded with light, and look up to see the night’s sky painted on a ceiling three stories up. I’m in love. I am so in love.

The antique day bed is just one of the many examples within the design of the home of an overwhelming love of antique opulence. Can’t you just imagine this is the boudoir of the queen?

Originally listed on Douglas Elliman about a month ago, I think it’s since been snatched up. Not surprising, if I had the money, I would be moving to New York right now. 

If you had an enormous space like this to decorate, what would you do with it?

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Monday Design: The Makers

I love studio tours. Seeing how creative people have crafted the space that they work in give me odd amounts of joy. I think mostly because it give me the opportunity to dream up what my ideal work space will look like one day. That’s why I was so happy to discover The Makers. I really can’t believe in all my internet hunting I didn’t discover this site before, but it’s sole purpose is to showcase (beautifully) the work spaces of creative people! There is so much studio envy happening in me right now.

These are just some examples of the different kinds of studio spaces you can find.  I particularly fell in love with this florists studio space I saw featured on 79 Ideas, which is also how I discovered the Maker Project. Of course, being a floral designer’s space you would expect it to be gorgeous and it definitely does not disappoint. I want this to be my jeweler’s studio, dry flowers on the wall included please. I mean, could you ever not be inspired with flowers all around all the time? 

I now have a new mission for decorating my walls. I think this could be DIYed with some dried flowers and nails, no?

And, of course, look at those walls! I am the biggest super for exposed brick and big windows. It’s a kill combination for design in any space.

I love all the vintage and rustic vases stored around the space to use for quick floral styling.

Would you ever need a work space? What does your ideal space look like?

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Monday Design: OMG That Courtyard!

I adore spaces that have were once created from something else turned into homes like church renovations and warehouse renovations, so this home would have caught my eye either way. BUT, what totally stood out to me was that courtyard. I mean holy entrance!

I just can’t stop thinking about lounging on a warm summer night in this  little space. The brick, wood, and trees (and of course the mood lighting) make the space seem utterly peaceful while still being about to snoop on what’s going on indoors. I love it. 

Of course, the rest of the house is gorgeous as well. The open floor plan, high would beams, and exposed brick floor is just what one would want out of a warehouse rehab. The only thing that’s missing is the giant steel door. The giant open space and how the rooms flow into each other is one of the main reasons I love catching warehouse conversions and this one does it so organically.

Another selling point on this house are the floors. These beautiful brick floors remind me of homes in the south of France and as a francophile, there’s nothing I want more than to be reminded of being in France (that is, if I can’t actually be there myself). It also is a new take on my exposed brick obsession and I love new things (I love new things!).

I normally don’t post floor plans, but since the layout of the space is really interesting, I thought I’d share. Have you fallen in love with this home too? Well pull out your checkbook. It’ll only set you back a cool 2.2 million. Only.

What does your dream courtyard look like?

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