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Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

09.27.2009 Joshua Tree, California

Check out this great before and after at Alma Allen’s via Commune Design. Love the simplicity of the tile, wood and cement in this nice unfussy shower. Check out their rad Design Log, some great inspiring stuff.

Now you can take home a little bit of Commune (well, for some major $$$) at the new shop.

My favorite thing is these Commune Crates.

(The Ace Hotel)

At $1600 a pop these are way more DIY than purchase friendly, but nevertheless Commune still remains one of my favorite design houses. Delicious.

Exterior Wood Siding

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

There is a section of the ugly exterior
back patio that I want to cover with horizontal slats of wood. Like this guy did via the LA Times.

Good to know:

1. Use quality, stain-grade redwood
2. Use the proper kind of nail (zinc oxide, to prevent corrosion)
3. Drill a starter hole before tapping in each nail (to avoid splitting the wood)

I think we can do this after learning how to float furring strips on our concrete bricks in the guest bedroom.

Guest Bedroom – Three Ways

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Fantasizing about decorating the guest bedroom is much more fun than dealing with the reality of cash and space limitations (BTW, the bedroom is only 12′ x 12′).

I hit up good old 1st Dibs to drool over dream pieces that would fulfill the list of items required to furnish the bedroom comfortably.

The List:
1. Chandelier

2. Pendant light (pair)

3. Headboard/bed frame

4. Nightstand (pair)
5. Rug

6. Chair

7. Bench

8. Credenza
9. Pillows

Below are my three imaginary mood boards that would be options for the bedroom if money and space were unlimited. These boards, even though they aren’t really options – still give me an idea about the direction (texture, mood and palette) I’d like to try and go for…as much as it’s realistically possible.

Option 1:

1. Italian 1970’s Star Ceiling Light / $1,424
2. Pottery Ceiling Lite / $1,800

3. Harvey Probber rosewood headboard / Sold

4. Warren Platner Knoll Marble Side Tables / Sold

5. Shaggy Tribal Moroccan Marmoucha Rug / $3,975

6. Arne Norell leather chairs / $8,900

7. Dunbar Bench / $2,200

8. George Nelson credenza / $2,800
9. Mongolian Fur Pillows / $225

Option 2:


1. Stilnovo 1950’s Flush Floral Bouquet Chandelier / $3,800
2. French Ceiling Lights in Orange and White / $2,512

3. Headboard by George Nakashima / contact dealer

4. Decagonal Side Tables by Harvey Probber / $3,200

5. Vintage North African Rug / contact dealer

6. Sloped Steel Lounge Chair By Kipp Stewart / $4,800

7. Les Arcs Bench / $3,200

Knoll Rosewood cabinet / $5,200
9. Coyote Fur Pillow / $450

Option 3:

1. Italian Five-Arm Brass Chandelier / contact dealer
2. Beat Shade Stout by Tom Dixon / $1,140

3. Geometric Chrome King Headboard / Sold

4. Walnut & Ceramic Side Tables by Jon Van Koert for Drexel / contact dealer
5. Cow Hide Rug / $750

6. Papa Bear Chairs with Ottoman by Hans Wegner / Sold

7. 1970`s Chrome Bench / Sold

8. Burl Olivewood Credenza by Milo Baughman / $8,500
9. Vintage Fabric Pillows / $425

Delicious. Expensive. Impossible.

And hey, we didn’t even go into the bed linen’s, wall color or window coverings…well I guess with a budget this unlimited we would redo the closets, put in new floors, add a guest bathroom or just move to a completely different house in a vibrant and culturally exciting city (that obviously isn’t located in the Inland Empire).