Archive for 2012

Wood finishes paired with clean white or black define The Brooklyn Home Company‘s signature look…fallen trees inspire hand-crafted sculptural wood furniture, countertops, barn doors, wood beams and reclaimed flooring…what a refreshing and timeless environment! More tomorrow!

ABOUT ~ “The Brooklyn Home Company is a family-run cooperative of artists and builders committed to creating world-class and innovative living spaces in Brooklyn. We provide high-quality homes that deliver the best value for our buyers. As Brooklyn locals we embrace individualism, artistic integrity, customer focus and environmental conservation as a business philosophy and integrate these qualities into each of our homes. We’re a business, a family and we’re contributing to the Brooklyn community. TBHCo design team completes all millwork, sculpture and furniture themselves in their Brooklyn Studio. We often provide post purchase design consulting and built in custom work to our customers.” ~ T.B.H.Co.

photos from The Brooklyn Home Company


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Is it possible to have a fabulous kitchen in a 400 square foot studio apartment? The answer is a resounding YES! House Beautiful’s 2012 July/August “Kitchen of the Month” is proof that small can be beautiful, functional and innovative…designers Fitzhugh Karol and Lyndsay Caleo of The Brooklyn Home Company paired timeless recessed-panel cabinetry and stainless appliances with a one-of-a-kind sculptural kitchen island crafted from fallen oak and a hand carved cherry log painted white…the island serves as an art piece, prep station, dining table, and desk all in one! Its slender form thoughtfully delineates the kitchen from the living room allowing open views from both spaces…brilliant! Another exceptional feature is the sleeping nest ~ talk about multi-tasking! The rough-hewn lathe walls, lined with white curtains, create a private cocoon while providing a decorative backdrop for art and a narrow console…inside the nook sits the “form and function” Ikea Brimnes bed…pristine white linens play off the rustic texture of the lathe while the deep drawers provide ample storage without taking up precious floor space…how wonderful!

photography by Tara Striano for House Beautiful

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london loft

I leave you this week with the London loft of British design superstar Kelly Hoppen…located on the south side of the Thames, Hoppen transformed the once 19th-century schoolhouse into a chic living space brimming with her signature touches ~ dark woods paired with pure white and soft taupes…tactile fabrics such as velvet, suede, wool, linen and cashmere…pops of vivid color (yellow!)…unexpected pieces such as the chain mail light fixture and window treatments…clean lined upholstered pieces paired with Eastern accents…the result is a luxurious and elegant loft fit for quiet meditation or a fabulous party!

How about a long soak in the Andree Putnam designed bathtub? Now that’s what I call luxury! Wishing you a very happy weekend!

photos and resources from Kelly Hoppen, Metropolitan Home and Loftenberg

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london beauty

I’m going in a million different directions today! Rather than leave you high and dry, I’ve decided to re-post one of my favorite Sunday archives featuring a light filled London home re-imagined by interior designer, and home owner, Sheila Harley. Built in the 1860s, the house retains many of its original features including fireplaces, shutters, mouldings and banisters. The only major changes were putting in a new Smallbone kitchen, adding a large family bathroom and replacing the old parquet floor with oak boards. The pale neutral palette enhances the beauty of the period architecture and creates a perfect backdrop for the designers contemporary furniture, antiques and collection of tribal art. In addition, the striped rugs and zebra ottoman add a splash of pattern and personality to this family home. A Victorian gem thoughtfully restored for a young modern family…how refreshing!

photos and resources from British Homes and Gardens, May 2005

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olympic gold

I couldn’t be happier for the US women’s gymnastics team! Watching them win gold last night is a moment I will remember forever…the “fab five”, as they have been nicknamed by NBC sports, delivered sheer perfection…having followed these gymnasts closely through Worlds, Nationals and the Olympic trials, I knew they had a fighting chance but they would need to do their best…and that’s exactly what they did…it was a brilliant coming together of mental toughness, physical strength, pure artistry and most importantly, teamwork…how wonderful! Congrats!

photography by Gregory Bull and Matt Dunham for the East Valley Tribune

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From the Lake ~ Georgia O’Keeffe

“I tried to paint what I saw…I thought someone could tell me how to paint a landscape but I never found that person…I had to just settle down and try…they could tell you how they painted their landscape but they couldn’t tell me how to paint mine” ~ Georgia O’Keeffe

Storm Cloud, Lake George ~ Georgia O’Keeffe

Lake George (formerly Reflection Seascape) ~ Georgia O’Keeffe

Black Place II ~ Georgia O’Keeffe

Lake George Barns ~ Georgia O’Keeffe

Jack in the Pulpit No.V ~ Georgia O’Keeffe

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“When I got to New Mexico, that was mine…as soon as I saw it, that was my country…I had never seen anything like it before but it fitted to me exactly…it’s something that’s in the air…it’s just different…the sky is different…the stars are different…the wind is different” ~ Georgia O’Keeffe, age 92, from a video interview taken around her home in New Mexico

July 1981 ~ Georgia O’Keeffe’s home and studio in Abiquiu, New Mexico…photography by Mary E. Nichols for Architectural Digest

Georgia O’Keeffe ~ 94 years old, July 1981

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