Obsessed Much: David Hicks Fabric La Fiorentina Fabric

I woke up yesterday and really needed some design inspiration.  So I packed up the bambino and we went to the Pacific Design Center to soak in all the design-liciousness.  Oddly enough, I decided to go the design center without any plan for sourcing anything.  My plan was to just look around and soak it all in while grabbing all fabrics that I thought were interesting.  By the end of the two hours (Z was not into it for much more than that), I had multiple bags of wallpaper and fabric that I got to bring home and play with. 🙂

During this short trip,  I realized that I kept coming back to the David Hicks La Fiorentina fabric.  I love the graphic nature of the pattern.  I also like that the pattern is somewhat traditional but there are different size and color variations that make the pattern more modern and fresh.

La Fiorentina fabric in the more traditional ivory and bark.

La Fiorentina fabric in the more traditional ivory and bark.

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Updated colorway in lime

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La Fiorentina in a smaller pattern in the magenta colorway. Love it…

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I’m not bold enough to put this on an entire sofa but wow…(Domino Magazine)

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This might be a perfect use in the master bedroom since I don’t have much pattern in the room. (Ashley Hicks)

Considering that I already have the Hicks pendants in my kitchen and my current obsession with his fabric and wallpapers, I’m going to spend some time studying this talented designer.  I’m hoping my budget will allow me to use this in my house.  Otherwise, some client will likely get a “strong” suggestion.  Haha.

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Here’s a Hicks knockoff that might get used if the budget doesn’t allow my initial plans.

Obsession: Wallpaper Backsplash

Wallpaper backsplash1I’ve been dying to put in a wallpaper backsplash in a kitchen for a while.  In my opinion, a tile backsplash can seem a little cold and uninteresting even when done really well unless it’s a colorful mosaic or pattern.  I think it’s just my desire to bring in a little pattern into a space that usually doesn’t have much pattern. Or bring in a touch of softness to an area with so many hard lines and surfaces. Whatever it is, I’ve been in love with a wallpaper backsplash for a while.

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Obviously, a wallpaper backsplash needs to be covered with a clear protective cover to ensure that it doesn’t get destroyed with what actually happens in the kitchen.  But I don’t mind the look of acrylic or glass on top of the wallpaper…I don’t think it takes away from it.

Wallpaper backsplash5 So now that I’m in a position to install a backsplash (and an empty wall), I’m obviously gravitating towards wallpaper.  I’ve had this idea of something very dramatic (and expensive) for a while but may be backing off this idea because the navy cabinets and brass hardware with the lighting is just so damn fabulous that I don’t know if I want to take away from it.  I’ll be deciding in the next week or so and will definitely keep you updated once I’ve made a decision.

Wallpaper backsplash3What say you? Yay or nay on wallpaper as a backsplash?

Obsessions: Pendant Lighting

Sorry to report that I still haven’t received my new camera so there will be no in progress pictures today.

I know many people do not like overhead lighting but I think every room could use a nice chandelier.  It doesn’t have to function as the main lighting in the room as there obviously needs to be additional lighting options (can lights or lamps, etc.).  I also love the ease of flipping a switch on the wall to illuminate the room.

So now I’m in a house with open ceiling junction boxes in almost every room and I’ve just begun to buy the new fixtures.  Yesterday, two of these lovely diddies arrived and I’m over the moon:

David Hicks Pendant

David Hicks Pendant

The David Hicks pendants are going above my island.  Now I need to find a complementary pendant for the space above the sink (as I thought it would be too much with another one so close).  Furthermore, the dining room is right across from the kitchen and I need a chandelier to hang from the ceiling.  The biggest issue is that I don’t want the chandelier to block our wonderful view from the dining room.  So I think the best option and decision is to look for something with glass globes similar in shape to the David Hicks pendant but clear so as to not obstruct the view.  These are the options that I’m considering:

Custom chandelier created by an Etsy artist.

Custom chandelier created by an Etsy artist.  Not in love with this version necessarily but could have it custom design to be something I love.  

Starburst 8-Light Pendant from Lamps.com

Starburst 8-Light Pendant from Lamps.com – The globes are a little much and it’s difficult to really gauge the size.  Unfortunately, they are only sold online so I wouldn’t be able to see before I buy (and considering the price…I’m a little worried).  

CB2 Firefly Pendant Lamp

CB2 Firefly Pendant Lamp – I don’t love that they aren’t full glass orbs but they are adjustable which is very helpful with the sloped ceiling in the dining room.  

West Elm Globe Pendant - Probably my favorite but they are sold individually and I only have one junction box in the dining room. I also would prefer if it was a brass finish.

West Elm Globe Pendant – Probably my favorite but they are sold individually and I only have one junction box in the dining room. I also would prefer if it was a brass finish.

The budget might make the decision for me but I’m still on the lookout for other options.

I hope to have a camera soon so I can take some pictures of the pendants already in place!

Master Bedroom Progress

We’ve actually made progress in many of the room in the house and I now can start thinking more about the design process.  I mentioned before that I really wanted a purple bedroom and was in the process of purchasing this purple grasscloth to get the room started.

Purple Grasscloth from Design Your Wall

But two things happened before I was able to make the purchase.  First, this amazing headboard was on a crazy sale right after Christmas.

Bristol Headboard with mirrored frame

I’ve been eyeing this bed on Pinterest and Houzz for months and when it was almost 55% off, I couldn’t pass it up.  With such an amazing headboard (it’s 7′ high!!), I decided that maybe I should simply paint the room a deep color and let the bed shine.  So I needed to rethink the design.

And second, I became obsessed with two color schemes for a room in our house.  When I finally made the choice (with the help of friends and hubby) about which color scheme would win out, I was devastated not to be able to use the other scheme in the house.  So I’ve now decided to scrap the purple and go with the losing color scheme – navy and coral/pink/red!

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Pattern play - home of @Meredith Heron

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I may tone down the use of pink and coral since the bed is feminine and will likely go a little darker on the navy blue rendering it almost black.  But I’m so excited about this change and hope to put together a board and fabrics to show you!  Plus, I’m so damn excited about the headboard that I just can’t wait to see it in a few weeks.

Tough Decisions: Wood Floors

If you follow me on Instagram (joystreetdesign) or Twitter, you likely know that we have a gorgeous chocolate labrador retriever named Nala.

She’s awesome in many ways but like all labs, she sheds like a beast.  She also has a tendency to vomit and it appears that she looks for any carpeted area (bypassing wood floors) when she does it.  All that being said, we (meaning the hubby) doesn’t want to have carpet in the new house.  So we’re looking for affordable solutions for putting hardwood floors in over 2000 square feet.

I’ve been dying for walnut floors in the new house.  However, walnut floors are terribly expensive ($8-$10/square foot) and evidently not very hard (a softer wood than most).  But aren’t they gorgeous.

So I could get a different type of wood (oak, hickory) that is stained in a walnut finish:

Hickory stained in a walnut finish

But recently, I came across a new-to-me type of wood that has similar variations and tones to walnut called Acacia.

It’s a little busier than walnut but I think it looks gorgeous once all down.  The price point is good ($4-5/square foot) and it’s a super hard-wearing wood.
What do you think?  It’s a big chunk of change and essentially no take-backs (:-)) once it’s down.  It’s on sale for the next four days so I’ll have to make a decision!
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Brass Tacks

A big trend for the last few years is the infusion of brass and gold accents back into home decor. We all remember the early days of shiny brass (likely in the houses we grew up in) and the influx of chrome and silver accents to make spaces look more modern. But now everywhere we turn great designers are using brass and gold accents in wonderful ways. (This seems to coincide with the lack of popularity of gold jewelry as well…and now it’s making a comeback too!)

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20121016-214848.jpgEmily Henderson has a self-professed love for brass.

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In designing client spaces as well as my new home, I’m trying to balance the inclusion of lovely brass fixtures and accents while also ensuring that the space stays classic in the future. It’s a very delicate balance but I’ve decided not to use brass on any of the common everyday items/hardware and bring the brass in the lighting and other wow fixtures. So the door handles and hinges will be chrome but I’m hoping the handles on the kitchen cabinets will be brass. The reason I’m making this distinction is (arbitrary :)) partially due to replacement costs and personal tastes. It’ll be easy, cheap, and maybe even rewarding for someone to come in and make the kitchen look different with new cabinet knobs. On the other hand, door knobs/levers are boring, cost 10-15 times more than a kitchen cabinet handle, and will likely be the last thing that gets changed in the house.

I’m excited about the mix of metals and how they will interact in the house. I was able to do a little of this in the last bedroom I designed.

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As the house comes together, I’ll reassess and determine if I need more of one metal to make the look work.

Are you experimenting with bringing in different metals in your home? Wearing more gold that silver or platinum?

Obsess Much: Customized Walk-in Closet

One of the new additions to our master bedroom suite is a decent size walk-in closet. I’ve been designing the space and trying to decide if we want to go with custom closets or use a version of off the rack storage solutions from The Container Store or Ikea. I will admit to being absolutely naive to the cost of custom cabinetry for the closet but even the regular store stuff adds up to thousands of dollars for a walk-in closet! (My naiveté is actually ridiculous as there is no reason for custom cabinets to costs any less simply because I’m putting them in the closet and not the kitchen or family room…duh.). So let’s ignore the cost and let’s just look at some gorgeous closets that I’m obsessed with.

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Loving the organization:

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Renovation Crazy: Master Bedroom Suite Plans

Things finally seem to be moving in terms of starting the renovation and I’ve actually received some decent news lately.  (How sad is it that my decent news is that there isn’t asbestos in my entire ceiling:)).  Anyway, let’s ride this wave of decent news and talk about  the new plans for the master bedroom.  Here is how the master bedroom and bathroom looks now:

It might be helpful to look at the original floorplan:

And here is the new floorplan:

So we’re tearing down all the walls in the bathroom and closet.  Then we will steal about 8 inches from the bedroom portion to create a 4-piece bathroom and a true walk-in closet.  The hubby really wanted a water closet so we’ve carved out some space for it (there will actually be a pocket door there).

We worked on several different iterations on this design to try to maximize the small space while still providing a true master suite with a separate shower and tub.  The costs to create this new space is significantly more than I expected but I believe that you should focus on making the rooms that you spend the most time in work the way you want.  Also, kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, so blowing our budget in this room should reap good rewards down the line.

Unfortunately, I’m all over the map with the actual design elements of the room so I won’t have anything to share for a while.  I was obsessed with having an all-marble bathroom with gorgeous herringbone tile in the shower.  Similar to this:

But I’m rethinking that plan because I’m concerned that it will be too “white” and boring.  I think those rooms are gorgeous but I live for color and just wonder if I’ll get tired of it quickly.  So I’m back at square one with design.  I’ll be sure to add updates as I figure it out.

 

Obsess Much: Kitchen Lighting

If you follow me on Pinterest, you have probably seen a dramatic increase in the number of pins that I’ve posted related to lighting.  I’m trying to nail down some details in the rooms for the new house and have recently been fixated on making decisions on lighting.  (I’m hoping that almost every room has a ceiling junction box so that I can add chandeliers – or really modern lighting pendants as opposed to chandeliers).

The first room up for decision is the kitchen:

I’m in love with this pendant from Serena and Lily. Just not sure if it’s practical or too much for pendants over the island.

David Hicks Pendant that is all over the web right now. Love the industrial but fabulousness feel of it. Seems a little more appropriate for a kitchen but not much bling. 🙂

The last option is completely different but would infuse some more color in the room. From Ballard Designs.

So what do you think?  What would you say when you came into my kitchen and saw the brass/mirror disco ball?

I’m also obsessed with this light fixture but not sure if it’ll fit anywhere in my house:

Lotus Flower Pendant...probably too girly for the hubby to agree to this. 🙁

Let’s get this week started!

California Home and Design – Small Space Big Style Showhouse

Yesterday, I spent the morning with the fabulous Christian May of maison21 at the California Home and Design’s Small Space Big Style Showhouse.

The designs in the condo were colorful, interesting, and creative.  It was much cooler and hip than any showhouse I’ve ever visited.  Here are a few sneak peeks of my favorite rooms of the space:

Love this black and white graphic bathroom designed by Christian May. Wallpaper created by Black Crow Studios. Photo Source.

Pink and girly mezzanine level designed by Molly Luetkemeyer. Love the choice of wallpaper. Photo source.

Colorful midcentury living room designed by Christopher Kennedy. Photo source.

If you’re in LA, be sure to check out the Showhouse located in Hollywood.  You can buy tickets here.  The showhouse will be open Friday – Sunday from September 14 until November 18.