I’m “mom” to one totally adorable, totally pampered long-haired miniature dachshund named Chauncey. And if the tug-of-war rope, tennis ball and T-bone steak chew toy are any indications…the living room is basically his playroom at this point. Still, if there are ways I can maintain my style while spoiling him, I’m a happy human. These bright Castro Dishes from Unleashed Life are a win-win.
Finding pet accessories that aren’t either plain Jane or too cartoonish is rare. Finding pet accessories that don’t look out of place in the “mid-century modern meets California cool” mix I’ve cultivated? Almost impossible until now. The great thing about Unleashed Life is that they’ve considered all different kinds of decor, so even if these bowls aren’t your cuppa, you’re sure to find a feeding table or a pet bed that you won’t have to hide when company comes over. I’m set with the Castro set, and ready play up the wire thing on my coffee table too, with this funky Ikea fruit bowl. Hot dog!
Alright. If you missed the episode of Mid-Century Artist: Secrets From a Stylist, here’s what we got. She loves anything bold and unexpected. He loves anything straight and clean. She likes feminine and soft and white. He’s hip to functional and symmetrical. Ultimately, this couple was not too far apart…
…but their home was none of this. And i was about to make a bit design mistake. Stay tuned.
2 Looks, 2 Carpets
As a die-hard Mid-Century modern fan, I was thrilled to see these newly released house numbers.
Heath Ceramics has teamed up with House Industries to produce a line of house numbers in classic Neutra and Eames fonts. According to their site, the numbers will be available in early Spring.
Sometimes it takes two to make a blog go right. That’s the case with Jo and Kim, the self-proclaimed “design junkies” behind Desire to Inspire.
Kim and Jo met sharing images on Flickr and decided to create a blog where together they could both share inspirational photos of their search for “the perfect room.” Sounds like a design fairytale come true, right? Design lover meets like-minded design lover, they fall in love with the same mid-century modern chairs and the rest is history? Here’s the catch – the two have never met in the four years they’ve been co-blogging. Kim lives in Canada and Jo is Australian. That’s one long-distance interior design affair!
Check Out the Rest of the Fairytale
When I meet someone at a social gathering and they find out that I’m a Director of Original Programming for HGTV, they always assume I’m living in a large, highly-decorated estate. I’m HUGELY flattered, always honored and somewhat guilty to admit that my abode is no such place. I leave the big jobs to my friends Taniya Nayak, Monica Pedersen, Angelo Surmelis, etc.
My home is modest and yet what I would consider fabulous at the same time. I have a very manageable home (it’s a 2 bedrooms/2 bath ranch built in 1950) — and it’s less than 1600 square feet.
However, I’ve managed to turn it into a bit of a real-world showplace that fits my own personal taste. Nothing in it is extravagantly expensive or incredibly unique — but when I walk through my front door each day, I LOVE what I see.
So what’s my style? I love contemporary furnishings that are still somewhat affordable (www.crateandbarrel.com) with little flashy indulgences of what I call “the awesome factor” (www.mogullife.com) — this website has inspired me to no end. Put it all together, and you have a comfy, cozy, personal and very “me” home.
Bottom line, you don’t need a mansion to feel like a mogul — trust me, I’m trying to live it by example. How have you been inspired to turn your real-world home into a showplace too? I especially love to hear about stylish, smaller homes — after all size doesn’t always matter!