Julien Oppenheim is an extraordinary young photographer from Paris, whose photos draw you in regardless of their subjects. They have such an aura of mystery and intrigue, which is heightened by quirkiness of many of the spaces in his portfolio. I think quirkiness is essential in design to heighten the level of interest. Makes for endearing spaces and subsequently, gorgeous photos.
Think beautiful relaxed interiors infused with a style and elegance that lifts the spirit. Think simple lines, refined colour palettes, classic pieces married with vintage finds. Think Carrier and Company. Husband and wife designers Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller create spaces that are chic and timeless. They say they create living spaces not just spaces for living. The website is overflowing with gorgeous work. You're in for a treat.
Charleston design duo Ivie Parker and Adrian "Sims" Truluck of Parker Sims start with intricate fabrics and blend them with vintage pieces, layering on texture and tie it all together with pieces that reflect the owner's personality. These are young fresh interiors with a nod to the classic but a love of the bold and fun. I'm stealing that vibrant green birdcage idea! Ivie emailed to share a link to their blog and I'm so glad she did. It's only new but already full of eyecandy and ideas as only an insider's blog can be.
There are chairs, and then there are CHAIRS. There is one chair I have wanted for quite some time, and when I got home from work Friday, there it was in a huge box on my front porch. My first ever bean bag chair! I was as giddy as a schoolgirl let me tell ya. Andrew, the founder of Sumo, had emailed a few days ago and wondered if I would be interested in receiving their Omni chair. And I am SO GLAD he did! It is the coolest thing ever. I chose platinum, which turned out to be the perfect choice. I had the thing in about a zillion positions and each one was super comfy. It's so big, you can sit and have part of it as a back rest. LOVED that. I chilled out in front of the TV on it in that position and I think it's up there in terms of comfort level with my newly constructed sofa. I can't wait to have my little niece over so she can play around on it. Speaking of which, they're made of rip-proof nylon so my 6 cats nor the niece can do damage. It comes in 10 colours (was kind of hard to choose), several different styles (a gamer, a stool, some that fit multiple people) and FREE SHIPPING!!! Also to note, they are cheaper than other brands. So go on over to their site and seriously, order one for yourselves. They are awesome. Thank you Andrew!!!
Ashe + Leandro is an architecture and interior design firm based in New York City. You may remember their design of actress Jennifer Carpenter's home that was featured in O at Home magazine last summer. The white background and furnishings made the colourful accessories they used stand out in such an extraordinary way. Eye candy that is energizing and eclectic. Their work is truly memorable.