Music to my Eyes

 
 

Despite growing up in a musically-inclined household, auditory creativity has never been my forte. I’m far too impatient to take the time to learn notes and chords—I just want to know how to play a song (a sentiment that brought much annoyance to my guitar-playing father). Regardless of my musical incapabilities, growing up around music and musical instruments has made me greatly appreciate the craft as a decor element. 

 
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Musical instruments are inherently works of art, so even though they're used for function, they add style and visual interest within a space. I’m especially fond of the ole’ piano-top vignette. What better surface to style your shit upon than an antique Steinway? And guitars—don’t even get me started. For those who are unaware, guitars are the easiest way to boost the attractiveness level of both your space and yourself. It’s scientifically proven. I don’t know what else to tell you.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Image one via Lonny // two via Autumn Fever // three via Dust Jacket // four via Lonny // five via SF Girl by Bay // six via Amber Interiors // seven via Griffanie // eight via My Domaine

Apartment Envy in the Big Apple

As a millennial, this next statement could be considered blasphemous, but I'll say it anyways: I've never been one of those people with a strong desire to live in New York. Now don't get me wrongI fully appreciate the city, love visiting and I GET why people are obsessed, it's just not for me, ya know? The Pacific Ocean is my security blanket. What can I say?  I'm a big, giant Californian baby. 

That being said, I will admit that I do often get mega apartment jealousy over those quintessential New York apartments that are just oozing with charm (thanks, Carrie Bradshaw). Take this stunning Greenwich Village apartment designed by the talented Katie Martinez, for instance. If I hypothetically lived in New York, this is hypothetically how I'd do it.

Apartments are an interesting concept when it comes to design. Because they primarily serve renters, they're often viewed as transient spaces where the decor tends to give off a strong "temporary" vibe (not to mention, renovating a rental is typically frowned upon by landlords). So it's fun to see what people do with such a space when they actually own their apartment. Built-in shelving... a mounted TV... painted hardwood floors?! Oh the possibilities... 

Not too shabby, New York! Dare I say... Well done!?! Now, if only we could figure out a way to scoop this place up and airlift it to San Francisco... 

Design by Katie Martinez // Images via Katie Martinez & Lonny

A Glimpse into the Decorator's Showcase

A couple weeks ago I visited the Decorator's Showcase home over in the entirely affordable Presidio Heights neighborhood of San Francisco (Have I not mentioned I'm a secret millionaire? Must have slipped my mind...). In summary, the concept is that each room of the home is designed by a different Bay Area designer and then the home is open for paid public viewing. All the proceeds from the event (which runs for a month) go to benefit the financial aid program at a local high school. Design for a causeit doesn't get much better!

Anyways, I wrote a longer rundown of the event for Apartment 34, but I thought I'd share a few of my own snaps here.

 
Design by  Authenticity B

Design by Authenticity B

 
 
Design by   Authenticity B

Design by Authenticity B

 
 
Design by  Will Wick

Design by Will Wick

 
 
Design by   Will Wick

Design by Will Wick

 
 
Design by   Will Wick

Design by Will Wick

 
 
Design by  Tineke Triggs

Design by Tineke Triggs

 
 
Design by  Glenda Flaim

Design by Glenda Flaim

 

Design Challenge: Cement Dining Table

I've already mentioned my love for cement interiors so it should come as no surprise that I was transfixed by the idea of a concrete dining table. And since I like to keep my design skills on their toes, I gave myself the challenge of designing a space around it.

 
Image via  Domaine

Image via Domaine

 

Since the table itself is rather bulky and masculine, I balanced out the look with some more minimal and feminine pieces. I always love using a signature piece of art to define a dining room and the "retro-tropical" colors in the painting really caught my eye and screamed "My place in life is above a cement dining table!". I heard you loud and clear, painting. 

Now I'm just on the hunt to find the perfect Malibu beach house to execute on this vision. Donations are gladly accepted.