Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Bertjan Pot's Random Light - My New Obsession
So y'all know that I've moved into a new apartment and now I'm even more obsessed with furniture and decorating than I was before. I've waxed endless poetic about my Louis Ghost Chair (Shut up already, J!) so I'm sure everyone will be glad to hear that I've developed a new obsession that will cure my bedroom lighting woes and give me that extra something I've been looking for in a light fixture: Bertjan Pot's Random Light.
Dem's probably the only one who knows this, seeing as she's my roommate and we've been running design and decorating ideas by each other, but I've run into a rut with the lighting in my bedroom. Before I had cathedral ceilings and my halogen floor lamp did a beautiful job lighting up the entire room. Sadly, now I don't have high ceilings and the halogen light is too close to the ceiling and the lighting is just not good enough anymore.
My very first idea was a large drum shade, like this lovely Regency one (My favorite time period!) or this. Or I can even buy a plain white one and cover it in my own fabric choice! I'd seen giant ones in Palomino, a local restaurant, but then I remembered I have three rice paper lanterns from way back when that are sitting in my mother's garage. Ah ha! So then I thought of hanging a cluster of said lanterns (my three white ones plus Dem gave me two purple ones) and wrap the cords in ribbon. Five lanterns should give me enough light, right? Then I thought I could hang them from a tree branch for extra interest. Oooh, right??
Then Design Within Reach announced their anniversary sale: an unprecedented 15% off just about everything and free shipping. That means the Random Light is only $518.50... Where's my credit card?!
Housewarming Party A Success!
Our housewarming party was a success! Dem and I had a blast, and it seemed like everyone else had a rockin' good time, too! Thanks to everyone who could make it and brought food/drinks/presents. There was a lot of delicious goodness (Costco-sized container of cream puffs, wOOt wOOt!) and fantastic presents (48 rolls of toilet paper will be put to good use!). I think there are some random pictures floating about on someone or another's camera/phone. I'll try to track 'em down for posting.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Louis Ghost Chair Lovers Unite!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Louis Bed to Match My Louis Chair!
Oh, the Louis-goodness never ends! I just found the perfect bed. "But Jess, I thought you already had the perfect bed?" Yeah, me too, until I saw John Reeves' Louis Bed. It's gorgeous and totally up my style alley! I'm now obsessed with owning it one day. It'll match my Louis Ghost Chair and my Rococo Noir teapot.
And look at all the other 'Louis' stuff! Obsessions are dangerous things...
Thanks to Charissa's blog via AT!
Home Sweet Home!
We're not completely unpacked yet but we've done enough for it to feel like a home so here are some pictures. We're working on putting pictures on the walls and hanging a chandelier in the living room next. Stay tuned!
This is our living room with D's totally huge and comfortable couch and my awesome mid-century chair in the corner.
That's our kitchen. Almost everything that's out here in the common areas belongs to D (although the rice cooker is mine, go figure).
This is our dining area, right next to the kitchen. My laptop is a common fixture on that table.
These doors next to the dining area lead to D's bedroom and her bathroom. Just inside her bedroom door is another door connecting her bedroom to the bathroom. (It's a double master suite flat, by the way.)
This was taken from my bedroom door. Let's be honest here: I do not make my bed. Quite frankly, I don't see the point if I'm just going to muss it up again that night. If I spent all day in my room or if I was having guests over, then yes, I would make it more neat but this is what it usually looks like anyway. I sleep with three pillows (two of which are body pillows for propping me up when I'm reading in bed) and three blankets (two of which are furry/fuzzy Korean blankets that help keep yours truly warm at night). And at the foot is my other mid-century chair. (I really need to make new covers for them; that texture and drab green is doing no favors for anyone. D thinks a deep velvet green. Opinions anyone?)
This giant shelving unit mirrors my bed. (We sure love our IKEA Expedits, don't we?) I'm not done organizing it yet so the end result may be something totally different. I used to play video games on that tiny little TV but it's getting replaced; one of my coworkers is giving me her big(ger) one and this one's going to charity.
This is the view from behind my mid-c chair, looking towards my bathroom. My closet is in the wall to the right. For you modern furniture/design lovers, you'll no doubt recognize that clear chair sitting in front of my desk. Yes, that's right, that's my very own, OWN, Louis Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck for Kartell. Isn't it beautiful?? I've loved this chair for a long time (albeit not as long as the Barcelona) and I've finally got my little mitts on one. Gotta love craigslist! And I know what you're thinking: yes, those are all books in that bookcase and no, that's not all of them. I still have 2 fairly large boxes that need to be sorted and I don't think they're all going to fit on there, even if I am putting them on both sides of the bookshelf. Makes for a handy room divider, too.
A gratuitous shot of my Louis Ghost Chair. I'm obsessed.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Gorgeous and Unique Home Items from Bestow
One of my heterosexual lifemates just turned me onto this site, Bestow, and I LOVE IT! From their website:
Bestow is a unique gift, personal accessories and decorative home boutique. We cherish and cater to the customer who is passionate about design, style and meaningful giving.The whole site has a very noir film feel, wicked, decadent and sexy. Within a minute of looking through their website, I've already picked out a half dozen items I want. Jump below for details.
Bestow has hand-selected designer and fine quality items that speak volumes by emphasizing meaning in a modern, chic and alluring way. Our collection is designed to convey everything from a simple thank you to life’s more complex emotions.
- Druggist Collection - porcelain apothecary jars in black. Also comes in white.
- Vice Canisters - comes in Dolls, Prozac, Uppers, Downers and Quaaludes.
- Etched Glassware - baroque inspired, which is totally up my alley!
- Pop-top Vase - for my love of Coke.
- Black Deck of Cards - Poker has never been so sexy.
- Gunpowder Green Tea Candle - I love the juxtaposition of the Gothic packaging and the green tea smell.
- Purity Soap Dish - a nod to my Chinese name.
- Moroccan Tea Glassware Set - one cannot have too many glasses.
- Glass Wine Decanter - "But J, you don't drink wine." "Who says I'm putting wine in it??"
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
So my sister's car is in the shop and since I was the only who could pick up the rental, it's mine for the week. They were going to give me a Dodge Calibur, as that's what the insurance company paid for but the tires were under-inflated so they gave me a free upgrade: an Infinity G37 sedan. Vroom, vroom baby! It's a sweet little ride and accelerates like a dream! It was so smooth, so easy to get to 60 that it caused a little adrenaline rush. Who says cars were only toys for boys??
Saturday, January 24, 2009
It's official: Dem and I have a new apartment!! We just signed our lease today and all we have to do now is move in, which is, of course, easier said than done. She already moved some boxes and clothes in today and some of my boxes are heading over tomorrow. We plan on spending our first night there next weekend and we are so excited!
I was going to take pictures of the empty apartment today but forgot in all the excitement, so I'll just have to make do with a floor plan of the place.
And in case anyone's wondering, I'm taking the bigger bedroom with the walk-in closet because my bed's bigger than hers.