It’s a lamp…Wait, It’s a table…

Apparently I like writing about new styles of lamps. This new lamp and night table combo was designed by A43 and combines two essential elements of a bedroom. This product is perfect for someone who wants as little clutter in a room as possible (you don’t have to deal with a clunky lamp on the surface).

My only complaint about this table is that there are no drawers. I’m not sure I could use this as a night table if it didn’t have any drawers. Also some objects might look creepy being lit from the bottom – like some kind of horror movie lighting. Nonetheless, it’s a beautiful table, and beautiful design.




Built in 2013, this gorgeous modern home is in a tree-filled area of Washington State and was designed and built by Elemental Design. What’s interested about this modern home is that it includes diagonal lines on the outside architecture instead of the standard straight lines paired with 90 degree angles.

The deep wood panels on the outside also evoke a warmer feel than most modern homes. The interior design also makes use of this rich wood in the floors, refrigerator paneling and uses nice, natural stone on the fireplace. I like that this modern home uses more natural elements than stainless steel. It actually feels like a home and not a sterile environment.


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Geometric Paradise

This amazing townhouse in Chicago, owned by Jennifer and Jerry Oppenheimer, makes great use of bold geometric patterns. Many home-owners might be too intimidated to use large patterns in such big areas in their home, but the Oppenheimers show us that it is possible to do without being overwhelming.

First, we see a subtle addition of geometric pillows and carpeting in the blue library.

Next, the couple gets a more brave and has wallpapered an entire bathroom with a big gold, and blue hexagonal pattern and a study sports a gold and blue chain-style wallpaper on the ceiling.

The purple and brown sitting room has a carpet similar in style to the bathroom wallpaper, and the octagon pattern on the entry way floor adds depth to the space.

Having a geometric theme throughout the residence ties everything together and makes everything seem not as bold as one element by itself.







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Mushroom Lamps

Brooklyn-based Danielle Trofe has created a way to turn mushroom-based materials into fully-functional, bio-degradable lamps. Called Mush Lumes, these lamps combines mushroom mycelium with other agricultural biproducts like corn stalks to create the mushroom-shaped lamp shades.

Trofe wanted to create a product that didn’t require any new materials like plastics which aren’t biodegradable. Their playful and sleek lines would look good in a number of spaces.

More mushroom products to come, and they’re not all lamps!!


Heavenly Home

This gorgeous home in Portland was originally a church. And as an added bonus it’s for sale! So, go snatch it up.

A reminder of it’s church roots, the house boasts light-filled cathedral ceilings illuminated by sky lights. As an added bonus, there’s a Japanese style steam room in the basement.

The natural colored tiles and white walls keep the house light and airy and the windows perfectly frame the Oregon greenery outside.

My favorite part of this house is how it looks on the outside. The bright red door pops against the white and grey exterior while the wrought-iron framed windows give the house structure and an almost industrial feel. While the house looks symmetrical and almost sterile on the outside, the warm inside provides a good balance.


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Raw Elegance

The Raw Elegance collection by Hirsch features exquisitely colored and patterned glass tiles suitable for a wide range of interior designs – they would create a mesmerizing accent wall in an office, or an exciting back splash in a renovated kitchen.

For 22 years, Hirsch Glass Corporation has fused colors into glass panels and tiles in bright and amazing ways. The Raw Elegance collection adds a little something more though. There’s something about the color combinations that really cultivate a sumptuous look and feel.

Check out some tile examples below:


Find more of Hirsch’s work here.


Fashion designer Dana Barnes has turned her SoHo loft into a felted dream fueled by her new found obsession with felting and creating her own textiles. This new decorating idea came when she and her young daughter into a new apartment and didn’t know how to furnish it. 

Now these giant blocks of hand made felt rugs, and ottomans dot the loft. The upstairs of the living space works as a textiles laboratory for Ms. Barnes and her assistants. She says her felt creations are inspired by the Afghan rugs she made with her mother and grandmother growing up in Atlanta.

Even the kitchen area is decorated with a felted tapestry that serves as the back drop of the space. Every where you turn, there is some kind of felted creation that makes the loft appear to be a heavenly, cuddly, and impossibly inviting.


For more details, check out this NYT article.


I recently discovered the wonderful cottages that dot the landscape of Carmel-By-The-Sea, California. I can’t get enough of the fairy tale architecture and design.

Instead of numbers, every house has a name or is described by it’s distinctive appearance. Even postal workers hand deliver mail without the use of the usual street addresses. Carmel cottages reflect the English-Village style houses built in the area by architect Hugh Comstock during the 1920’s. Twenty one of the original Comstock houses remain in the area today.

Before Comstock, most of the residences in the area were rustic looking cabins. But once Comstock began added fairy-tale designs to the area, the people enjoyed the look so much, the style caught on to the hole area.

All of Comstock’s houses look like something out of Disney World except that they’re actually real life abodes you can buy and live in – if you can afford them that is. Most houses in Carmel run at about 1 million with Comstock’s original designs selling for much more.

Some of his magical designs:


Here are some other Carmel cottages designed by other architects: