Monday, March 23, 2009

pattern thoughts

Based on this post on Apartment Therapy, I will make one additional thought to everything I've said about using black and white patterns.
From far enough away, a more complex pattern will lose that detail. Very close up, the elements of line and form will capture interest. But that middle ground is where pattern can take on a hypnotic quality. At this scale, the pattern above gives me tunnel vision.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Happy 50th!

The iconic Barbie doll is turning 50 this year. Jonathan Adler designed a house for Barbie to commemorate this anniversary, but I'm not sure if this is a punishment or a reward. LAist offers the following shot of the bedroom.

Okay, this isn't a bedroom - It's a harem. It's sultry, even by Barbie standards. (And she ran for president too! shouldn't she have better taste than this?)

I showed this image to the woman I'll be sharing an apartment with next year. Her reaction was "I WANT MY BEDROOM TO LOOK LIKE THAT!" Actually, if you know her, this room pretty much describes her personality spot-on.

Friday, March 6, 2009

More ugly wallpaper

A striking design element captures your attention.

This wallpaper holds your eyeballs hostage and refuses to let them go. I keep trying to direct my gaze to the relative safety of the cabinets, but this wallpaper refuses to release its deathgrip on my retinas.
Image taken from Desire to Inspire

Monday, March 2, 2009

Wood Paneling grows up

Wood paneling without the basement rec-room feel. My unrequited love for Apartment Therapy continues with this product from B&N Industries. As far as wood paneling goes, I think that this would make an excellent choice for an accent wall, or as a great way to add texture and interest to an entryway. Just be prepared to pay a grown-up price: $600 to $1000 for the standard panels, and $1000 to $1600
I think that someone with very good Dremel skills and plenty of free time could mimic the look, so this has the potential for a DIY inspiration.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

such a thing as too bold?

Potentially. Bold and daring design has the power to take one's breath away. Usually, this comes in when you take chances that pay off well.
Sometimes, you make choices that leave a few questions unanswered.

I can appreciate painting the wall with dynamic lines. The colors, I'm not too fond of.
Image lovingly taken from Desire to Inspire

Apparently, this is the residence of the Sore Loser family