Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Quote Of The Day

Be the architect instead of the bystander of your life.

 Although I seek daily inspiration from clever and famous quotes, it's been awhile since I've posted one.  I found this particularly fitting for those of us in the design world, but it's a good reminder for all. 

It begs the question...are you the architect or the bystander of your life? 

Have a great Wednesday.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Enhancing Practical Things

I'm such a sucker for good design, wherever it is.  But when practical everyday items are enhanced with a little embellishment or are designed in a way that disguises their purpose even for just a moment, I'm all in.  

Recently I was struck by some otherwise plain, or in some cases eyesores, that were made a little or a lot more attractive. 

Take for instance utility boxes.  We have an ugly-but-utilitarian one in our neighborhood - plain green and an eyesore.  My kids used to play on it when they were little and dubbed it "the green monster."  With a little imagination and paint it could have looked so much better.  Look at how a few boxes were enhanced, I'm guessing by the city. 

What about trash bins?  They definitely are an eyesore, but so necessary.

This one really takes the cake - no?  I loved the brass & copper fruit lying on top.

Outdoor patio heaters - utilitarian, but why not give it some style.

Street signs don't have to be boring.

And then there's the drinking fountain...I think this one is so much more attractive than the standard model.

Don't you?

 And did you notice the trash bin in the background? 

The environment can be so much more pleasant when those necessary evils are made to be more attractive with a little bit of whimsy, artistry, or ingenuity. 

We are in the middle of Artoberfest here in Chico, are you?  It just fits in with the theme, don't you think?
Until next time...


Friday, October 17, 2014

Using Plants To Your Advantage

As we head into the colder months here in the northern hemisphere and into the warmer months in the south, we can all benefit from a little "plantsperation" as we head into the weekend.

Succulents are all the rage - grouping them together in a container creates interest and importance as opposed to placing one here and there around the room.

I love how these plants soften the hard edges of the tiled wall while not detracting from its design.

Lifts and levels are always a plus, whether its indoors or out mixing the heights of the plants adds interest to the 'landscape' of the design.

Whatever your weekend brings, take time to do something you enjoy...and perhaps put a little greenery into your environment.

Until next time


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What A Food Truck

Coffee Cart by day...Grilled Cheese Sandwich truck by night - what a concept!

This darling was parked in the outdoor mall promenade in Adelaide and I couldn't resist snapping a couple of pics. First of all I've never seen a food truck like this in the states - usually they are much like the truck seen on the movie "Chef". I wrote about it here

Judging from the crowds, it was a popular spot. 

Have you spotted any unique food trucks?  I would love to hear.

Until next time.


Monday, October 13, 2014

A Design Tour of the Surry Hills

I know, I know...I've been stuck on the topic of my vacation travels for awhile now, so today I'm going to combine my love for design with my travelogue.

We were traveling with another couple that don't appreciate nosing around in design shops as much as I do (my husband is a sweetie and puts up with my obsession), so I only had a few hours to dedicate to this experience.  

Thanks to Mel Of Armoire, Pegs and Casserole I was definitely pointed in the right direction. Her suggestions as to what to see and do in and around Sydney were spot on.  I can't thank her enough. In case you missed it, you can go here and here to see how we spent the rest of our time in this great city.
I wasn't able to spend much time in any one store but I managed to take some photos from the street.

Wall Candy Wallpaper had such a French inspired window display and cute porch - how about that windmill paper sampler?  

These shiny bags drew me into Paper2.  A little shop on Crown Street that I could have stayed in for hours.  It's filled with stationery, pens, papers, stamps, crafts and so much more.   

The window displays at The Cook, His Wife and Her Shoes shop did their job.  Shoes, shoes, shoes...and what creative styling.  My husband had to hold me back.

La Maison is a fine furniture store with plenty of eye candy.  This would be a frequent stop of mine if I lived in Sydney.  Plenty of inspiration here.

Elements I Love is a darling store filled with antiques and one-of-a-kind finds from France and India.  What a unique and fun store indeed.  

A trip to Surry Hills could not be complete without a stop into the uber popular Bourke Street Bakery.  Yum, Yum.  We had to stand in this long line to get our goodies and let me tell you, it was worth it!  We took our pastries and coffee across the street to a little park and were happy campers indeed.

Our last stop was just up the street and down a small lane.  Ici et La has a large selection of early 20th Century French furniture, garden furniture and objet d'art. This was a very fun store in which to poke around.  Look at all of those sling back and director chairs.  There was a plethora of canvas inside to choose for your very own unique chair.

Just look inside this warehouse.

Seriously, I needed much, much more time to appreciate the Surry Hills area. I was definitely in heaven and my husband was so patient with me as I hobbled (my ankle wasn't cooperating too well) up and down the streets peering in windows, snapping photos and taking quick spins through a few of the shops.

I hope you enjoyed this little design tour as much as I did.

Until next time...

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