I’m ceramic-obsessed and you should be too. There are so many amazing ceramists at work in just about every major city. This is a round up dedicated specifically to home goods - but I highly recommend you browse each of these ceramicists tableware as well. It’s fantastic! I often wish I had the room in my home for all the dishes that I want to own.
Is there anything more necessary in a kitchen than a big, deep, unobtrusive sink? I think not.
At my new Boston pad, I have the most glorious single basin, deeper than deep, undermount, stainless steel sink. It’s fantastic and I do not know how I’ve lived my whole life with dinky little sinks. Never Again!
If you have the space, go as wide as you can like with the 44” Kohler down there. The image I’m showing of it with the optional wood cutting boards in place illustrates a new way to think of the sink space in that it can double as more countertop space.
I’m also only showing undermounted and apron fronts because I would never specify a top mounted sink for my clients, so I won’t recommend one to you.
If anyone buys that 44 incher, please let me know!
Jess Davis here with another round up. Now that we have a pool at the #hotlantamidmod I've been on the hunt for cool beach towels. We have a bunch that I purchased in previous years at Ikea and Target but I'm realizing a few things.
1) you need exponentially more beach towels when you own a pool
2) a towel with a white background gets dirty very quickly especially when you have a dog
I want to get a whole bunch of towels that all work together and that I can have rolled up in a basket poolside or just inside the door (we will see how long this actually lasts - it sounds nice but I'm no Marie Kondo). I also have a pretty strict budget so finding quality towels that fit the bill: cheap, cool looking, good quality, not a white background - has been challenging. Here are some that I found that were cool. Not all of them fit the "Cheap" bill but I thought I'd share anyways. And what do you think of the Turkish flat weave towels? I could certainly fit more in a basket!
Clockwise from Top Left: Anthropologie Stripe Dyed Beach Towel :: Slowtide Duvall Bath Towel :: DWR Dusen Dusen Towel :: Swan Comfort Turkish Beach Towels :: Jonathan Adler Versailles Studs Beach Towel :: Target Checkered Stripe Beach Towel :: Better Homes and Gardens Sculpted Seaside Beach Towel :: Poketo Dusen Dusen Bath Towel
I’m finally living in a place with gorgeous big south-facing (cathedral) windows. That means that this gal who always assumed she had a black thumb is finally making her mom proud and raising a bunch of new plant babies. Finding gorgeous planters that fit my minimal yet eclectic aesthetic was a big deal for me. I’m not one to typically like the kind with holes in the bottom (except now that I’ve found the dipped clay pot and stand below from Anthro!) But I’m finding that if you plant them correctly OR you keep the plants in a separate container inside of the planter - then you are good to go. It’s been close to 6 months with all my plant babies and they are thriving.
P.S. if anyone can figure out how the heck to keep herbs alive, please lmk asap. (Basil, I’m looking at you!)
Now that we have a pool, I've been in the process of furnishing it. While we had outdoor furniture before, the style doesn't really fit our new mid-century home and we needed some additional pieces, namely pool lounge chairs. I wanted something with a clean mid-century feel that didn't feel cheap but that ultimately was cheap because I had to purchase four of them and have a lot of other items in my house budget. I was torn between fabric cushions and mesh. While both are great, in the end we decided on mesh which dries faster and can be hosed down (having dealt with muddy dog paws on our previous outdoor cushions). I also decided on powder coated aluminum. I love what wood brings to an outdoor space but figured this could be a maintenance nightmare. Here are some of the options I was considering:
Clockwise from top left: West Elm Halden Chaise Lounge :: CB2 Lodi Sun Lounger :: Overstock VidaXL Sun Lounger :: West Elm Portside Lounger :: Amazonia Garopaba Lounger :: Christopher Knight Modesta Lounger (this is the one we ended up purchasing)
Stay tuned for my next round up of beach towels to use with our poolside loungers!
Jessica Davis here again.
I've been on the hunt for a pair of fun stools for the end of our kitchen island at the #hotlantamidmod. Luckily for me there are lots of counter height stools out there on the market now. However, I think a lot of people still get confused about what size stool to buy for a kitchen. Here are a few guidelines:
A typical chair is about 18" high and it sits at a table that is about 30" high so usually the amount of space you have to tuck your legs under is somewhere around a foot or so (and tables and counters often have a 3-4" apron hanging below).
So a typical kitchen counter is about 36". Using that same math, a counter stool would be about 24-26" If you buy a 30" stool your legs will be squished under the counter (or won't fit at all)
Similarly bar height is another 6" taller at 42". So you want a 30" stool here. If you got a counter height stool for an actual bar height counter you would be sitting with your chin on the counter.
Size aside, I also like stools to be wipeable and lots of times I prefer backless so I can slide into the bar without moving the stool far out from the counter. Here are my faves right now.
I’ve had three recent projects that called for dark blue area rugs, so I thought it only appropriate to do a round up of some of them that are super great, but didn’t make it into my client’s home.
Today Jessica Davis, founder and creative director of Nest Studio, is bringing you a thorough round-up of gorgeous and affordable bedside sconces.
Recently I've spent a lot of time looking at bedside sconces for our master bedroom and also for the kids' rooms. I really love a sconce at the bed. It offers directional lighting so one person can sleep while the other reads and it keeps our nightstand surface uncluttered which is key if you have a small nightstand. Here are a few of my favorite bedside sconces right now (so many great affordable options).
If you are child of the 90’s like I am, you are probably familiar with Memphis-inspired design, from your trapper keeper to your attire in first grade. Or how about Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and Saved by the Bell? These wacky brightly colored, shape-filled motifs were everywhere when I was a kid, so it might seem weird to see nods to them now, nearly 30 years later.
While I don’t have time to get into a total history lesson here, please note that Memphis-style actually began in Milan in 1981 spearheaded by Ettore Sottsass. You can learn a lot more here and here on your own time.
But I am really digging this new Memphis-inspired style that seems more appropriate for my minimalist loving contemporary designs. I think the key here is to do it subtly, that’s why I decided to do a low-key Memphis-inspired round up for this week. One thing that you can add anywhere, which I’m sure you know is very on-trend right now is terrazzo. This was a major inspiration of the Memphis movement, as it was once an unfashionable flooring material which they began using in furniture pieces such as tables. Terrazzo seems to be everywhere these days, and likely warrants a round up all of its own.
I think I’m much more enjoying this current re-boot of Memphis style as the focus is generally more on the shapes and the colors are more toned down that what they were in the 80’s and 90’s.
Dusen Dusen is a major player in this revival, with collaborations with West Elm a few years back, and currently Keds and Uniqlo. I’m loving everything they are doing, and yes, I just bought a pair of their Keds from the last place I could find them in my size, thanks ban.do!
Today’s post comes from an old colleague of mine from my first design job in LA nearly a decade ago. Jessica was a project manager at Wilson Associates in 2009 when I started. I often talk about how lucky I was to have found ANY job in the design and architecture world in 2009 and am so grateful to have not only had a paying job, but to work with some of the very best people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Since then, Jessica has made major moves, literally and professionally. I’m delighted to share her fun round up on my blog today.
Jessica Davis is the Owner and Creative Director of Nest Studio - a boutique design firm specializing in luxury hardware, and residential and hospitality interiors. Jessica is based in Atlanta, Georgia and South Orange, New Jersey. Take it away, Jessica.
I've been noticing a lot of Henri Matisse inspired items of late. I think it's sort of the more organic reaction to all of the colorful yet structured Memphis modern stuff going on. In any case, I'm digging it and here are a few of my favorite iterations.