Tag Archive | Design

Making a Designer Boutique Out of a Closet

I’ve loved all my walk in closets.

Many women (and men!) do, I suppose.  But how do you turn something nice into something spectacular?  Give it some bling.

But not just any bling:  organized bling.

Turning your closet into a designer boutique can be as simple as adding some adjustable shelves and rods, plus a set of drawers and a few directional spotlights.  Or, you could hire a closet designer.

Check out some of the benefits a designer can provide in this video where Forbes reporter Morgan Brennan interviews Lisa Adams, the founder and CEO of L.A. Closet Design:

Hello Gorgeous: the Fanny Brice Estate

Fanny Brice was a comedienne and Ziegfeld Follies star that was played by Barbara Streisand in Funny Girl.  Brice lived in a home on North Faring Road in Hollywood from the time it was built in 1938 until her death in 1959.  The home has been featured on multiple covers of Architectural Digest.

In 2001, Laura and Richard King bought the property.  They wanted to rehab it, redesigning the interior layout to better fit their family, and expand the footprint about 30 percent.  They were quite keen on keeping the original integrity of the building intact.

When it came time to renovate, they discovered that the rehab would mean removing almost the entire structure.  However, they were able to keep the front facade intact, and build the remaining exterior with windows and bricks that matched the original 1930s structure.

The renovation took five and a half years.

But after living there for about seven years, the Kings put the house up for sale.  They were asking $65 million.

Fanny Brice estate in Hollywood

Fanny Brice estate in Hollywood

Fanny Brice estate in Hollywood

Fanny Brice estate in Hollywood

Read more and see more photos at Forbes.

Landscape Children’s Dinner Plate Set

Doiy Childrens Landscape Dinner Set

I think this house-shaped dinner plate set would be loved by all kids.

But not just kids, also the architect, designer, or real estate agent (etc.)  in all of us!

The sun-cup, house-plate, cloud-bowl, and tree-utensils are removable, but also fit snuggly into the landscaped background to keep your Little One’s meal all in one place.

See it at DOIY Design.

New Architecture and Design Books

If you’re a fan of architecture and design, you should take a look at these new books, coming in out this fall.

 Journey:  The Life and Times of an American Architect by Alan Wanzenberg, is part biography and part portfolio:

Journey:  The Life and Times of an American Architect by Alan Wanzenberg

From the Land:  The Architecture of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger is a portfolio of rustic buildings, from restaurants to residences, made with natural elements by this California firm:

From the Land:  The Architecture of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger

Le Cabinet de Curiosities by Thierry W. Despont, documents the New York City exhibit that was curated by the author and featured works by Despont, Manolo Valdés, and the late Claudio Bravo as well as 18th- and 19th- century furniture:

Le Cabinet de Curiosities by Thierry W. Despont

See more books at Architectural Digest.

Lutz Residence Combines Modern Architecture and Lush Landscaping

This custom Lutz, FL home was designed by TOTeMS Architecture.

It’s on a large lake and near wetlands, which gives it the feel of a tropical oasis.  The house itself contains many large expanses of glass, allowing residents to fully experience the beautiful natural setting, even when inside.

The exterior of the house includes cypress lap siding inspired by local cypress trees and a roof made of anodized stainless steel shingles.  The cypress theme carries into the interior of the home with cypress beams.

The U-shape of the home allows for 6,000 sq. ft. of living without removing any of the significant trees that were on the lot.  And the landscaping is pristine, like something straight out of a magazine.

Here are some of my favorite photos of the house and gardens:

exterior of modern lutz home with landscaping

covered patio and gardens

pool with windows surrounded by trees

lush tropical gardens with walkway

tropical gardens with fountain

wooden walkway through cypress trees

bedroom windows and veranda looking out to trees and lake

picture window

See more photos and floorplan at Home DSGN.

And this home, unfortunately, is not on the market, but you can search for your dream home at RosemarySellsTampa.com!

Minecraft Furniture?

piccadilly boca do lobo furniture

Well, I saw this armoire and all of my preconceived notions of furniture suddenly exploded.

This limited edition piece is the Piccadilly Cabinet from Boca do Lobo.  The designers celebrate how they played with architecture, perspective and impossible spaces to create this phenomenon and its “dichotomy between modernity and tradition, just like the famous Piccadilly Circus, in London.”

My first impression, though, was that it resembled an 8-bit video game.

I found myself pulled in by the combinations of emerald green and bright gold.  By the movement of the piece.  It’s a spectacular accomplishment to create a piece like this that is so alive, and yet so functional, too.

But I don’t know if I’d be able to put it in my home.  Honestly, I think I’d be disappointed every time I opened it and didn’t find Narnia behind the doors.

Or at least Mario and a few mushrooms.

See the specs at Interior Design.

Kohler Kitchen Sinks in Bold Colors

The sight of this sink made me drool…..

Well, not literally.  Emotionally.  Emotional drool.

I have an affinity for light blue decor and when I saw this Palermo Blue sink, my subconscious shouted, “I must have this in my kitchen!”

How about you?  Would you love to have one of these enameled cast iron Jonathan Adler kitchen and bathroom sinks in your home?  Would you put it in the kitchen or bath?  Would you ever put your dirty dishes in it or would you just stare at it for inappropriately long periods of time?

Not a fan of Palermo Blue?  That’s okay.  The sinks are also available in Greenwich Green, Piccadilly Yellow, and Annapolis Navy.

Check out the other colors at Interior Design.