Thursday, August 29, 2013

Beautiful New York City Brownstone

I. love. this. house.

I am kinda picky when it comes to homes. Sure there are many beautifully designed homes where the owners have spent thousands and thousands of dollars. But that's NOT my taste and you will not see me publish that here because I don't support materialism...

What caught my eye with this house was the clean whites mixed with mainly with wood or neutral colors. It's easy to live in and to mix up with colorful art or textiles. To me, the base design has beautiful bones.

I discovered this house from Design Sponge (GREAT design source if you aren't already following). They interviewed the owners, Fitzhugh Karol and Lyndsay Caleo, and honestly I can't say it better than the interviewer about how their house came together. Below each photo I will copy and paste what the owners shared with Design Sponge...

"photo above: We discovered the structural beams during demolition. Fitzhugh made the white, wood sculpture above the fireplace, the built-in bookcases, coffee table as well as the bar stools. Lyndsay found the Indian daybed at a salvage yard."
"photo above: The library ladder leads to one of the "guest-rooms." The large cage lights above the kitchen island were salvaged off of a freighter ship from India. Lyndsay and Fitzhugh made the dining table together from a fallen beech tree. The bookshelves house various collections which are constantly growing and being rearranged."
"photo above: Another angle of the dining table. The turned wood mirror was made by Lyndsay's father. The large ceramic form is by Toshiko Takaezu, for whom Fitzhugh was apprentice."
"photo above: Lyndsay searched ebay for weeks for a barn door to lead into the bathroom, and ended up finding one in the sheep run of Fitzhugh's family's farm in NH. After giving it some major TLC it found a new purpose."
"photo above: Natural light floods the bathroom through a floor to ceiling panel of sandblasted glass.  After looking at every bathroom light on earth, Lyndsay found 2 picture lights that were perfect."
"photo above: We put a 9 foot extension on the garden and parlor floor and relocated the kitchen to the back of the house. The wall of double hung windows was sourced from a storefront window manufacturer. The vintage American Standard farm sink came from Northampton MA via Ebay. Fitzhugh made the Sapele island countertop with a slit for kitchen knives - an idea that Lyndsay got from a photograph of Terence Conran's kitchen. Olive the Norfolk Terrier is not usually allowed on the counter."
"photo above: We were lucky to have our property lined with trees including Magnolia, Dogwood and a huge Cherry tree. The reclaimed shelving came from a mill in Canandaigua, NY."
"photo above: Lyndsay originally had her studio on the garden level, but soon outgrew the space. We turned the parlor floor coat closet into the stairway and added a bathroom, a guest bedroom, storage, personal workspaces and a family room on the garden level.  Fitzhugh made the Sapele stair treads.  Above is a reclaimed beam that Fitzhugh sculpted into a Christmas present for Lyndsay."
"photo above: In the foyer is Lyndsay's carved wood and concrete table.  The leather chairs are from American Leather. The opening to the right of the front door is where the parlor coat closet used to be and is now the stairway to the garden level. The floorboards were painted with a hard wearing floor paint."
"photo above: Fitzhugh carved the four poster bed from a Beech tree.  The tall carved mirror is from the Wendell Castle Collection.  The fireplace is original."
"photo above: Lyndsay got inspiration for the new guest-room from the inside of a ship's cabin. Fitzhugh made the built-in storage beneath the bed and the small side table. The new full guest bathroom is in the background. For bathroom fixtures, great deals can be found on floor models."
"photo above: The windows look out to the back garden. We made the couch platform from reclaimed brownstone beams and twin mattresses to accommodate for more guests. Linen mattress covers can be removed and cleaned easily. The "Cloud" chair is from the Wendell Castle Collection. The wood sculptures and tables were made by Fitzhugh. Olive strikes a pose."

*Discovered on Design Sponge


Awesome Spaces

Treehouses scare me. In case you didn't know, trees are ALIVE and grow and move. So building a stationary unflexible structure high up off the ground that weighs A LOT doesn't seem like the brightest idea. 

But they do look pretty cool.

Adam Brimer
Architecture Digest

The tree goes through the house! Architecture Digest

LOVE the windows! Architecture Digest

*Discovered by Honestly WTF

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Russian Ice Caves

You win a million points if you knew what this was without reading the title.

This ice cave was miraculously formed at the bottom of a volcano located in the far eastern corner of Russia. They say it is a half-mile long and was formed by a stream running through a glacial field. "Thanks" to global warming, there has been light snowfall this year and warmer temperatures, causing the cave to open up and be reachable by explorers.

I'm becoming kind of strangely obsessed with Russia. For good reason, right?

*Discovered by The Huffington Post

Old School Bus Converted to Mobile Home

I love people who think out of the box! Hank Butitta is just my kinda guy. Look at this beauty that he envisioned and built in 14 weeks!

They are now touring the country, Hank and his brother and a friend. SO COOL.

*Discovered from This is Colossal

Monday, August 26, 2013

Hilda Hellström

Who ever know that dyed Jesmonite (non-toxic plaster) could be so beautiful.

Hilda Hellström, a Swedish designer, is behind these amazing creations.

I love these more practical coasters too.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Blogger/Photographer in Africa, Anton Crone

I follow a lot of blogs spanning a variety of topics. You could say I'm somewhat an introvert... :)

One of my favorite photography blogs is called Bright Continent by Anton Crone. 

His pictures always stop me and make me take them in.

I'm posting a few from his most recent post in Namibi just as a teaser. But I really recommend that you go to his website and subscribe to his posts (only about once a week or less). His views of Africa are marvelous.