Friday, July 3, 2015

....the PINEAPPLE express.....!!

Have you noticed how pineapples are popping up everywhere in the design world? From jewelry, to wallpaper to shoes, to cell phone covers - I mean, everywhere. But really this fun, spiky fruit has quite the long social history and has been a status symbol of wealth and hospitality and an artistic motif for centuries.

The pineapple was - and still is - a symbol of welcoming. In the United States this is especially true in the South and traces of this can be found in pediments/transoms over front doors and on front gate finials.

I rounded up a few pineapple designs that I especially love:

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1. pineapple shirt by Scotch and Soda - hipster pineapple
2. SHAG Exotica font by House Industries
3. hand screen printed wallpaper by Hygge and West. Obsessed.
4. gold pineapple necklace by Lee Renee
5. pineapple Vans for teeny feet - whats up with no adult sizing?!
6. cute + tropical key fob by Tory Burch
7. brass pineapple door knocker
8. pineapple wood + fabric fan
9. pineapple printed iPhone 6 case by Skinny Dip
10. cross-body pineapple purse by Kate Spade
11. these heels by Aquazzura that are just insane enough that I would wear them. In a heartbeat.
12. vintage pineapple mix sticks - search that on Etsy and get your Paypal finger ready.
13. outdoor pineapple towel holder
 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

a saturday CRUISE to SONOMA....!

this past weekend I got to combine a few of my favorite things......time spent with rad girlfriends, wine tasting and a 1964 Chevy Impala....oh, and that Impala? It's red - original paint. My girlfriend Nicole and I - along with her adorable daughter - ditched Karl for the day and headed North to wine country for a leisurely visit to Ram's Gate Winery. I had never been to Ram's Gate (weird) and was really excited for a new adventure....and to be a passenger in one of my favorite classic cars of all time was the cherry on top!

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rolling in

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Sonoma hills in the background

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entrance to the tasting rooms and winery 

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the grounds and winery are stunning - so many charming places to sit, unwind and sip...!

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the back of the winery opens to a serviced terrace, more quaint seating and a small, serene pond in the distance - move. me. in.

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It was such a fun and relaxing day and Ram's Gate is definitely a must stop in Sonoma.

All images by Janel Holiday Interior Design - please ask permission prior to use.....thank you! xx

Friday, May 29, 2015

what the what, Z Gallerie?!

Something really weird happened today. I got a few catalogs in the mail - including this POS - and as I was standing next to the recycle bin tossing away junk a little glimmer on the cover of Z Gallerie's catalog caught by eye. And I double checked the title....yes, Z Gallerie....huh, gotta check that out. Upon further investigation I discovered I genuinely liked dozens (yes, dozens) of items in the catalog....which then led me to do a full visual scope on their website. Guys. They have some cute shit.

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1.gold and white hatched Alexa canisters
2. brass plated metal Helios chandy - and at 30" in diameter, a great size!
3. graphic Emilia canisters
4. Hayden console table
5. gold electroplated resin deer head
6. gold plated resin coffee table - they have a console too which is amazing!
7. Rey mirror
8. lacquered Ming boxes - tons of other colors too!
9. sculptural Scoppio Spheres on stands
10. espresso finished Addison dresser
11. Empress bowls - I would fill these with succulents since they aren't food safe
12.Hayden end table

and don't worry. there is still some heinous stuff as well.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

BEFORE and AFTER shots from a SF video game company's completed project....!

I always appreciate a BEFORE and AFTER series showing the design transformation of a space. So I thought I would share just that from my latest completed project. I worked on a SF based video game developing company over the course of 5 months and the end result was something both the clients and I were super happy with.

The initial concept was to divide the large open space into specific work areas while creating spaces that felt natural, residential, interesting and timeless. While we did use some graphic wall treatments and textures we didn't want the space to feel gimmicky and for the impact of the time and money spent on the design to lend itself for the years to follow. Incorporating natural textures (like the reclaimed redwood you will see) and plants were crucial for the clients and helped to take some of the sterilized feeling of an indoor workspace away. By adding layers of light throughout the office, the employees could switch on all the decorative lighting during the day without having the overhead florescent lights on - which as most of us know, can make you feel like a zombie after spending hours in the green glow.

The front area started off with all white walls......

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and a really open floor plan:

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After developing floor plans we created three separate areas that all function for specific tasks within the company:

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BEFORE....

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and AFTER:

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The meeting room was the perfect place to make into a music/recording room - complete with these amazing acoustic tiles from BAUX and FLOR tiles to further absorb sound....BEFORE:

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and AFTER:

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more BEFORES:

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and AFTER:

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The bathrooms needed a major kick in the pants. Without spending a ton of money we landed on this fun David Hicks wallpaper - a different color in each bathroom - and a modern/rustic storage cabinet to take them from drab and sad to super fun (if you ask me):

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super scary

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super fun

The work/desk area created a challenge with it's huge backdrops of white walls....these seemed like the perfect place to wrap in reclaimed redwood and instantly added a ton of warmth and coziness to the space. We used FLOR tiles again (for color and texture) and brought in 14' tall, faux ironwood trees to add drama and ground the back part of the room.....here's a BEFORE:

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and AFTER:

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In the same work space was a pony wall dividing the kitchen. To create more storage space we added a few case pieces and repeated the wallpaper found at the front of the space. BEFORE:

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and AFTER:

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This was a really fun project. The clients were amazing and were totally game to incorporate some new and fun elements into their space. More like these, please!

all BEFORE images by Janel Holiday Interior Design....all AFTER images by Michele Lee Willson Photography. Be cool and ask for permission before using, k? Thanks.