Monthly Archives: August 2013

16 Chic Interiors from the 1970s

Sex, Drugs,  Rock and Roll, and now interiors…ahhh. Do you ever wish you got to live in the 1970s? I know I do. These room are, as Austin likes to say, “Groovy baby, yeahh.”

I want to point out an interesting difference between design preferences in the 1970s versus now; all of these pictures show wall-to-wall carpeting installed everywhere. In a sense, wall-to-wall carpeting was a sign of luxury, and having a large amount of exposed wood flooring was not considered eloquent.  Today, however, you see hard wood floors throughout entire homes. Personally, I prefer the look of the 70s…Then again, I was born loving carpet so I might be biased…

1. A soothing design and color scheme complimented by the Les Damiers design from Stark Carpet.

A soothing design and color scheme.

Via Flickr: 33158682@N06

2. Aside from the TV, this photo looks like it is straight out of an Ikea catalog.

Aside from the TV, this photo looks like it is straight out of the Ikea catalog.

Via Flickr: 33158682@N06

3. Nothing says 1970s more than a sunken living room, but the color palette keeps it modern.

Nothing says 1970s more than a sunken living room, but the color palette keeps it modern.

Via Flickr: 33158682@N06

4. ’70s ski chalet chic?

'70s ski chalet chic?

Via designspiration.net

5. This looks like an awesome place to host a key party.

This looks like an awesome place to host a key party.

Via my-retrospace.blogspot.com

6. The mix of pieces from different decades keeps the design timeless.

The mix of pieces from different decades keeps the design timeless.

Via my-retrospace.blogspot.com

7. Minimalist design: Two acrylic hanging bubble chairs and a million dollar Warhol silk-screen.

Minimalist design: Two acrylic hanging bubble chairs and a million dollar Warhol silk-screen.

8. OK, the carpet is horrendous, clearly not a Stark, but the swing is awesome.

OK, the carpet is horrendous, but the swing is awesome.

Via Flickr: 33158682@N06

9. A nice nod to Mid-Century Modern.

A nice nod to Mid-Century Modern.

10. The monochromatic harvest gold color scheme is so bad it (almost) works.

The monochromatic harvest gold color scheme is so bad it works.

Via pinterest.com

11. Really amused by the fact that the wall graphic coordinates with the bedspread…

Really dig the fact that the wall graphic coordinates with the bedspread.

Via pinterest.com

12. The perfect spot to curl up with a good book.

The perfect spot to curl up with a good book.

Via Flickr: nadja_robot

13. Kind of forward contemporary design for the 1970s, it looks like it could be right at home on the set of Miami Vice (which I am all for).

Kind of forward contemporary design for the 1970s, it looks like it could be right at home on the set of Miami Vice (which I am all for).

Via steampunkopera.wordpress.com

14. Surprisingly the mix of Egyptian blue, burnt orange, and white work really well together.

Surprisingly the mix of Egyptian blue, burnt orange, and white work really well together.

15. Like number 6, this has a very timeless design.

Like number 6, this has a very timeless design.

Via Flickr: 33158682@N06

16. Seriously, this is an awesome bathroom. It looks like a cross between the Playboy Mansion and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Seriously, this is an awesome bathroom. It looks like a cross between the Playboy Mansion and 2001: A Space Odyssey .

Via steampunkopera.wordpress.com

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8 Spaces You’ll Be Thinking About Tomorrow

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My good friends at Arcadian Home found 8 great rooms that you will be thinking about tomorrow. Check out their guest blog post below!

Hello, everyone! It’s Mari here with a guest post from Arcadian Home blog. It’s a fantastic place to find interior design inspiration including great decorating ideas for everything from intriguing wall art to beautiful buffet lamps.

Todays guest post is all about unforgettable rooms–spaces you just might be thinking about tomorrow. Most of the eight images we’ve selected are not new to the online design community. But, for lots of different reasons, they’re simply interesting and hard to forget. By the way, back in July Chad published a post about Jamie Drakeís NYC apartment with several spaces you’re probably still thinking about. I know I am: especially his red bedroom, which just keeps running through my head.

Since each of us is not captivated by the same interior designs, here a eight intriguing rooms in different styles and color palettes. We hope you’ll find at least one space you’ll be thinking about tomorrow. Please enjoy!

~ Mari

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Designer John Saladino created this Manhattan apartment home office/guest room in deep red Maya Romanoff wallpaper and Keleen leather. How can something so beautiful be extremely functional too? The long daybed that;s just right for the office becomes a comfortable king-size bed when guests arrive.

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Months after first encountering the photo, actor Gerard Butler’s converted warehouse kitchen keeps returning to mind. Itís an unexpected mix of Old World style and today’s high-end appliances. Rather than adding a heavy wrought iron light fixture or a sleek modern pendant light, a glamorous crystal chandelier was chosen instead to hang above the center island.

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From a unique celebrity kitchen, we turn to a contemporary home office in an Australian development display suite. So different from the previous space, but just as captivating in its own way. It’s a beautiful light-filled space.

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Jean Louis Deniot designed this not soon forgotten small jewel of a dining room. An eclectic space with wonderful metallic-striped wallpaper (by Callidus Guild) hung horizontally and spotted gray rug refuses to go away.  

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Totally contemporary and infused with artistic color, this loft living room with massive over-scale artwork is at once quirky and sophisticated, and quite memorable.

Stunning Spaces

With a floating Cloud of a modern pendant lighting fixture from Apparatus and walls covered in Strata wallpaper from Zak + Fox, this stunning dining room cannot be easily forgotten. It’s the result of a perfect meeting of design minds.

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Going in an entirely different direction, the living room of a modern bachelor pad is unexpectedly appealing. From the shaggy blue faux fur pillows on industrial looking contemporary chairs to the mysterious large-scale masks on the wall, this one is rustic and altogether memorable.

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In the same home as the living room above and with the same color palette, the rustic yet modern bedroom also has that same hard to define unforgettable quality.

Which space might you be thinking about tomorrow? Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

What do you think of these spaces? Leave us your thoughts and come by our blog for more home decor, pendant lighting, and wonderful interior designs!

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Ultimate California Bachelor Pad

It has always been somewhat of a dream of mine to move to California. The weather is great, and people are relaxed, and the beaches are beautiful. The house in this article was Esquire Magazine’s 2010 Ultimate Bachelor Pad, and I couldn’t agree with them more.

Each year since 2003, Esquire Magazine has taken a house and turned it into a design showcase. They call it their “Ultimate Bachelor Pad” but it really does serve a higher purpose: The remodeled space is used to host some of the season’s biggest charity and celebrity events. And the house for sale winds up getting a lot of terrific exposure.

2010’s esquire Ultimate Bachelor Pad is located in Doheny Estates in Hollywood Hills. The 9,000-square-foot house was completely rebuilt from the ground up and newly outfitted under the design guidance of Elaine Culotti of Porta Bella. The remodeled home now boasts of 11 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, an infinity pool, two-story pool house, hot tub and gym. Add to this a $500,000 music studio complete with state-of-the-art recording equipment, a one-of-a-kind $200,000 flight simulator that responds to body movements and an interactive 65-inch multi-touch video wall from Obscura Digital featuring Hard Rock memorabilia and you realize why they call it the “Ultimate Bachelor Pad”. The home is listed at $18.9 million.

Some of the top designers who contributed to making this property include, Mark Cutler, who did the study; Annette English who designed the master bedroom; Lonni Paul on the gym; and Ron Boren did the landscaping.

The house will made its world debut on October 15th 2010 with a benefit for the International Medical Corps, a global humanitarian relief organization. There are a number of events lined up for the Esquire House. What is more, for the first time this year, there will be a cable TV show on the re-making of the Esquire House. The DIY Network has scheduled it to air in January, hosted by Amy Matthews.

The Esquire House will host a season of red-carpet galas and events to benefit very worthy charity partners, including City of Hope, FasterCures, International Medical Corps, Oceana, and Oxfam. The famous hospitality of the Esquire House is enhanced by contributions from Absolut, DonQ, Glenfiddich, Heineken, and Woodford Reserve; cigars from Montecristo; and bounteous steak from Robinson’s Prime Reserve.

With its 2010 return to Los Angeles, the Esquire House continues its tradition of re-invention, and bringing the Esquire tagline, “Man at His Best,” vibrantly to life.

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5 Great Home Improvements available through Service Runner

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It took me about 3 months from the time I moved into my NYC apartment until I felt like it was my home. If only ServiceRunner.com existed back then…

The recent upswing of visually pleasing technologies like Houzz and Pinterest prove that we all spend a good amount of time finding beautiful home interiors that we wish could be our own. A common misconception is that these renovations are too costly, but the fact is it can be done! This is why one of my good friends is working with ServiceRunner.com: a website that can turn your home improvement dreams into reality affordably. The site is a marketplace that matches qualified contractors ( ie “Pros”) to dreamers like me and you across the NY tri-state area, making sure you’re getting the best price for any job.

Here’s are five great home improvements that you can book through Service Runner to make your home look more luxurious without breaking the bank:

1.     An antique TV frame adds simple elegance:

Antique TV Frame

A handyman will be happy to help you with this project

2.     A modest, organic kitchen area:

Rustic Kitchen

A handyman will be happy to help you build your own rustic kitchen

  1. 3.     A minimalist table:

Minimalist Table

Have a carpenter bring some understated aesthetics to your home

  1. 4.     A little outside stonery:

Stone Path

Have a landscaping Pro come enhance your greenery with stones

  1. 5.     A built-in shower shelf will make your life easier (and fancier)

Built-In Shower Shelf

A windows & walls expert will carve a cubby for your bath shower needs

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