Domesticity

Last week I posted the question, “what is a home?”. In exploring this topic I’ve recently picked up a book from my shelves: “Home: A Short History of an Idea” by Witold Rybczynski. Here he describes how the concept of “comfort” and domesticity was not invented until the 18th century and makes an interesting connection between the emergence of an idea and language: “The first use of the word ‘comfort’ to signify a level of domestic amenity is not documented until the eighteenth century. People began to use the word in a different way because they needed a special word to…

Creating Personal Utopias

What is a “home”?  Is it different for each person, each culture, or are there consistent notions of what people define as “home”?  Since most of my work has been and is with residential design I can’t help but come across this conundrum every time I begin a new project, meet a new client, visit a new job site. When talking to clients I soon realize that the answer is not one dimensional. There are specific individual notions of what a “home” is based on personal experience and meaning, group notions and also collective notions. The layering of these for…

Choosing Paint Colors For Your Walls

Choosing the right color can be a bit tricky… Sometimes it’s hard to decide whether to play safe with a neutral or go bold, sometimes you don’t know what colors go well with another you already have in that space, and sometimes you just don’t know why it looked so good at the store but you can’t get it right at home!   I find, when picking colors, it always helps to have a little inspiration. It really is all about finding what colors you are naturally drawn to and then choosing the best shades for your room. First, let’s…

Nordic Style

I think residential design should be personal. Some residential interior design tends to be more about establishing status than revealing character. Formulaic interiors unfortunately seem to be the norm. Personally, I’m very tired of their superficial beauty. I’ve been following blogger Mia Linnman of Solid Frog for the past few months now. Based in Jönköping, Sweden, Mia’s posts have a purist and restrained aesthetic that I truly love. These historical shells adourned with vintage finds and an abundance of white feel like the real deal. The spaces are crisp and modern yet so romantic and believable as if they host the…

Deep Ocean Bathroom Decor

Last month I painted my downstairs guest bathroom (another post to come about that) and it made a world of a difference! Since then, I’ve really been itching to do something different with my upstairs bath as well… I wanted to introduce soothing colors that would create a nice mood so I stayed away from bright tones. After much deliberation I settled on teal. One thing led to another and the teal inspired a deep ocean theme:    

The Outdoor Room

Ahhh… can’t you just feel the breeze? This is what I want to do to my outdoor space. Sure, I may be lacking the background scenery but a girl can improvise! I love modern design but I need some rustic and ethnic touches to keep things interesting. A unique daybed like the one above is the perfect statement piece for an outdoor space. Stack numerous layers of pillows to make it a comfy lounging area. Depending on the style of your home, you  can use vintage European daybeds (I once found this beautiful distressed green French vintage one – see my Pinterest…

My New Home: THE DEN

I’ve started 2012 in a new home! We closed January 3rd, moved in January 4th and slept here for the first time on the 5th. It’s now been almost 4 weeks. Naturally, the more time passes by, the more ideas pop into my head for what the spaces can become. First of all, I realize I have completely contradictory tastes. There is the minimal modernist in me that came from my days at UM. There is this love for everything natural and vernacular from my childhood in Rio de Janeiro. There is this inexplicable love for nostalgic and old things…