April 19, 2014

Highland Park Flask Bangle

hpbangle5.jpg An amazing surprise arrived today from Highland Park Whisky. Remember this Cynthia Rowley Flask Bangle that i posted on NOTCOT.org a while back? Well the awesome folks at Highland Park made a special version and sent one over! I can’t even begin to describe how curious i was when i started to open the box and saw the silver flask bangle with a subtle little H logo on it… and it’s a perfect fit. It even holds around 3 fluid ounces! Perhaps we WILL need to do a ladies’ Hero’s Chest Dinner yet… see all the details on the next page!

TO PAGE 2 of "Highland Park Flask Bangle"! ----->

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Meet the Golden Goose: The Easiest Way to Make 'Golden Eggs'


With Easter right around the corner, it's the perfect time to introduce a quirky gadget made just for eggs. With a name like Golden Goose, you would expect to find it among the pages of a children's fable or scenes of "Game of Thrones" (and really, it is pretty magical), but this appliance is destined for the kitchen.


The Golden Goose, created by Chicago firm Y Line Product Design, is a surprisingly low tech method to making your own Golden Eggs—which are 1.) actual things, and 2.) scrambled eggs that are made in-shell. Golden Eggs are considered delicacies due to a gap in the "in-shell scrambled egg" appliance market, according to the gadget's Kickstarter campaign.


By using centrifugal force and a carefully designed egg chamber, the Golden Goose shakes everything up without breaking the egg's shell. After your egg has been sufficiently rattled, you're free to eat them any way you'd like—soft boiled, fried, hard boiled, deviled, pickled; wherever your taste buds take you.

Check out the campaign video to see how it works:


April 18, 2014

Michiel Cornelissen's 3D-Printed ZooM Lampshade Expands from a Small Build Envelope


3D-print-happy designer Michiel Cornelissen is at it again. To create his clever ZooM lampshade, Cornelissen has adopted the trick we first saw Sklyar Tibbits messing around with, where you print something small and made out of interlocking pieces that can then be stretched out to occupy a greater volume. In this case, gravity does the work for you.


Created as a programmable object in generative design software, ZooM has a structure created from hundreds of repeating elements that together form a series of interlocking spirals.
3-d printing allows this pentagonal lampshade to be manufactured flat and completely assembled; folded out, it's flexible like a textile, while maintaining its form like a rigid product. The semi-transparent structure shields the bulb's glare, while transmitting light efficiently.

Cornelissen is selling them in two sizes, a 20-cm and 28-cm version. And as cool as it looks in blue, at press time it was only available in black or white.



Astronomers Reveal the Most Livable, Earth-Like Planet Ever Discovered

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In the race to find a planet besides Earth that can host life, scientists have made an incredible discovery. Astronomers recently confirmed the first ever planet similar in size to Earth at distance from its own star that would allow liquid water to pool on the surface. Every once in a while scientists come across a planet that orbits within the Goldilocks zone – the range of distance from a star that can potentially sustain life – but none of those planets have ever been very comparable in size to our own blue sphere. Dubbed Kepler-186f, it’s the the most Earth-like planet ever discovered and confirms that other habitable planets exist somewhere out there.

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Missoni Celebrates 60 Years in Business

938869-1_lItalian fashion brand Missoni is marking its 60th birthday with a range of new textile motifs for its home products collection, designed to complement the iconic zigzag pattern made famous in their 1960′s clothing line. A new gemstone pattern, alluding to the company’s diamond anniversary, and a floral pattern, are additions to the Missoni Home collectionwhile a new series of colorways are putting a fresh face to the always-popular zigzag design. The new fabrics have been applied to a suite of bedding, poufs, and furniture upholstery which, characteristically, reflect the company’s penchant for unabashed exuberance. 938855-1_l938851-1_l938877-1_l938863-1_l-1

Images: Vogue Living

happy feet...

Bonne Maison socks

Bonne Maison socks

Bonne Maison socks

...because these socks just make me smile. Have a great weekend guys!

Latin Translation: Panama’s Biomuseo, by Frank Gehry

Screen shot 2014-04-18 at 12.26.39 PMDrivers taking the Amador Causeway en route to the Panama Canal may be forgiven for taking their eyes off the road when Frank Gehry’s new Biomuseo comes into view. A raucous extravaganza of color, devoted to showcasing and preserving Panama’s rich biodiversity, Biomuseo is Gehry’s first building in Latin America, strategically located to take advantage of panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, the canal, and Panama City.

And, like Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Biomuseo provides a visual counterpoint to its industrial context, as it sits overlooking the cargo ships that traverse the Panama Canal. Comprising eight galleries, an aquarium, cafe, and gift shop, Biomuseo bears Gehry’s signature typology of asymmetry and a seemingly haphazard arrangement of shapes, but is a marked departure from the gleaming, silvery metal steel cladding that distinguishes his recent projects. Instead, Biomuseo’s concrete volumes reside under a montage of vividly colored metal roofs, an obvious homage to Latin culture.Screen shot 2014-04-18 at 12.22.15 PMScreen shot 2014-04-18 at 12.25.21 PMScreen shot 2014-04-18 at 12.26.29 PMScreen shot 2014-04-18 at 12.22.23 PMScreen shot 2014-04-18 at 12.51.24 PMScreen shot 2014-04-18 at 12.51.12 PM

Images: Ambientes

EASTER 2014 - victoria johnson

These beautiful Easter style illustrations are available for licensing from Victoria Johnson and I thought they would be a great way to round off our Print & Pattern Easter Design week . Victoria is a British designer based in Rome and you can see more of her work online here and at Surtex in New York next month. Print & Pattern is off for a short Easter break and will return on Monday 28th

Kara Rosenlund: A Vignette Master

A Vignette in Interior Design is a small grouping of beautifully and carefully arrangements of items.  A vignette could be a sitting area or a table top setting assembled in a pleasant and personal way to create a desired result - aesthetically speaking.  Some people are masters at creating vignettes that are as inspiring as they are purposeful.  One of those people is Kara Rosenlund from Australia.  She creates beautiful arrangements that always carry a theme, a story or some reference.  Here are a few of the images that have caught my eye in her Instagram feed.  Enjoy!

All images from Kara Rosenlund Instagram feed.

SURTEX 2014 - call for flyers

When Print & Pattern returns after the Easter break we will start posting our annual round-up of Surtex flyers in the build up to the show. If you would like to be included simply email your flyers and any image examples to bowiestyle@hotmail.co.uk. Flyers have already started coming in and i would love to see yours and give everyone a chance of shout out in time for the show.

The Phytophiler Flower Pot System by Dossofiorito

Pots with plugins: The Phytophiler Flower Pot System by Dossofiorito includes hand-thrown terracotta pots, ready to receive numerous add-ons to enhance the houseplant experience, including mirrors, a magnifying glass, and a satellite pots array.

April 17, 2014

a little party celebrating sweet slumber...

Oh Joy for Nod Launch Party

A couple weeks ago, we held a launch party for the Oh Joy for Nod collection at the amazing Fig House space here in Los Angeles. Typically launch parties are at night and with adults only, so it was extra fun for me to have a daytime party that was made for kids to enjoy, too!

Oh Joy for Nod Launch Party

Oh Joy for Nod Launch Party

Oh Joy for Nod Launch Party

Oh Joy for Nod Launch Party

Although the Fig House (designed by the talented Emily Henderson) was intended for weddings and other evening events, it's amazing how beautiful it was in the day time, too, surrounded by all of the colorful bedding, decor, and florals by Yasmine.

Oh Joy for Nod Launch Party

Oh Joy for Nod Launch Party

Oh Joy for Nod Launch Party

There were DIY stations by Crafting Community set up for the kids to make tie-dyed bandanas and pretty string shapes.

Oh Joy for Nod Launch Party

Oh Joy for Nod Launch Party

Lunch came in the form of bite-sized and kid-friendly foods like mini corn dogs, crab cakes, mac and cheese, and PB and J sandwiches by Room Forty.

Oh Joy for Nod Launch Party

A family-friendly Flipbooth was in the courtyard for taking flip book style photos.

Oh Joy for Nod Launch Party

Oh Joy for Nod Launch Party

Oh Joy for Nod Launch Party

We also had an ice cream truck style tour bus selling some of the pillows from the collection!

Oh Joy for Nod Launch Party

Oh Joy for Nod Launch Party

Oh Joy for Nod Launch Party

Oh Joy for Nod Launch Party

Oh Joy for Nod Launch Party

Oh Joy for Nod Launch Party

And just a ton of cute smiles everywhere. It was a fun day in the sunshine for our friends and their families, and I loved seeing how excited the kids got seeing the bedding in real life!

P.S. If you're around today at 2pm PST, join me on MoveLifeStyle's Facebook page for a live chat about the collection!

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy. My dress by Kate Spade (past season), Ruby's dress by Child of the World.}

Charming Loveseat for the Garden: Dala by Dedon


The latest addition to the Dala Collection by Dedon is this charming loveseat with ample room for two to snuggle up on the patio. Or by the lake, or on the balcony, or out by the pool. Like the rest of the collection, the frame of this garden bed is built using expanded aluminum and woven with Dedon's proprietary ecological fiber, made from a mix of recycled food and drink packaging. Isn't that neat? Designed by Stephen Burks for Dedon, the collection keeps growing as its popularity soars. And it's easy to move around to take full advantage of the sun - the loveseat is set on rollerblade castors and glides almost effortlessly. And it's extremely lightweight. The removable table swivels and is perfect for holding that tall cool drink. Can't you imagine curling up on this loveseat with that special someone? Summertime, and the living is easy -- with the Dala Collection.

Bathroom Sink in a Box: Hidden by Makro


A powder room hidden in a box - what will they think of next? Hidden, by Makro of Italy, was designed by Giulio Gianturco. The box is made from thermo treated wood in Hemlock finish - both nautical and reminiscent of the travelers' trunks of times gone by. The sink basin is Corian®, the taps stainless steel. There's a light, a plug, a drawer and a mirror with a magnifier - what more could you ask for? Perfect for a make-up station or a hidden sink in the bathroom. When closed, Hidden becomes an elegant box, highlighted by the fine wood grain. Even just as a box, it's gorgeous! But imagine the surprise when your guest lifts the top and finds the perfectly contained wash station. And the best part? Closing the lid means you hide any mess - the fastest clean up in the world!

April 16, 2014

Vertty: Geometric Beach Towels

vertty00.jpg Growing up and living by the beach, my cars are never without a beach towel and flip flops. You never know when the mood might strike you! So i’ve been super intrigued by these Vertty Beach Towels since they surfaced on NOTCOT.org. Vertty just sent over a bright orange one today ~ and first impressions: awesome packaging, lightweight (1.5 lbs) , and love the unusual geometric shape with popping colors! They are “Dreamed in Australia, Born in Portugal” and handmade and eco friendly. It’s a thin 90% cotton with a terry cloth like feel that is quite nice to lay on and supposedly fast drying, and the waterproof zipper pocket is a nice detail! Take a peek at the full unboxing (and takeover by Bucky) on the next page… as well as a peek at their playful bus and business cards!

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Weld Bag by Joris de Groot

Industrially inspired: Weld Bag by Joris de Groot adapts a fold normally used to make plastic shopping bags, and synthetic fabric welding, to create a line that includes a shopping tote, sports and beach bags, and a laptop briefcase.

make a RAD pop-up card!

RAD Pop-up Card DIY / Oh Joy

RAD Pop-up Card DIY / Oh Joy

One of my favorite things as a kid were pop-up books and pop-up cards. There's something about seeing something flat become dimensional that is so fun. Even now as an adult, I still love getting pop-up cards from people.

So, today, we're showing you how to make this RAD pop-up card for anyone you think fits the description (maybe even mom for upcoming Mother's Day!). Simply watch the video, download the template below to make one, then decorate it to your heart's content!

Brought to you by Oh Joy + Target
Art Direction & Pop-Up Design by Oh Joy
Video by Jenner Brown
Still photos by Casey Brodley
Production and Craft Assistant: Julia Wester
Title Animation by Anthony Maiuri
Music is "Only One" by Johnny Stimson
My dress by Sonnet James

Print on white or colorful thick paper stock
X-Acto knife: can be found at your local arts and crafts store
Glue stick
Various decorations including washi tape, confetti, color pencils
Download the template to make this pop-up card right here.

A Reminder to Live in the Moment

This morning I received a very sad news of a mother of two beautiful girls passing away last night.  She couldn't have prevented the aneurysm and sadly there is a family heart broken today.  This kinds of events are unfortunately little reminders that life is way too short and more so when we live it always rushing, always with a what-now mentality and more often than not forgetting about living in the moment and appreciating the things we have in life.  I love the quote I posted on Sunday because it contains everything there is to be happy.  Enjoy the moment, the family and don't try to change what's unchangeable because life is too short.

April 15, 2014

Baby Feet Imprint DIY

Hello dear friends! I’ve been missing from my blog, I know, but man when you have a baby you just want to cuddle him 24/7! Nothing else seems to exist and time stops. We also had guests from London for four days which was wonderful and definitely kept us very active with the little one. It was such a great visit and made us both so happy that our friends traveled all the way to Hannover just to meet little Aidan and spend time with us (thank you Sania, Mark, Luke and Leila!). Baby Aidan had his first zoo visit (6 hours too!), first subway ride, first bus ride, first museum visit (art at the Sprengel where we caught the Michael Raedecker exhibition), first dinner out in a proper restaurant (the same one Thorsten’s family has been dining at since he was little to celebrate special occasions), and he met young children for the first time, a 7-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy (Leila and Luke) whom he just loved so much.


Little Leila played with him so nicely and helped me each time I changed his nappy and she even bottle fed him (with supervision of course) and was the perfect little nanny. I loved how she would hold his tiny hand to console him when he cried on the changing table or in his stroller and how she was by his side most of the time over the course of four days. It was lovely to see how children take so nicely to babies. On Friday night, I also had a little first for myself – my first dinner party since having Aidan! I’ve hosted cake and coffee many times since his birth but a dinner party was a big jump but I wanted to do it since it felt like the right time to start living life in a more normal way again as we did pre-baby. So myself, together with 6 adults, 2 children and little Aidan enjoyed a very nice evening in our dining room by candlelight. I can’t take all of the credit for this special time since everyone had a role which made it easier for a new mom and nicer overall for my guests because it felt like a genuine family affair. My friend Tinna cooked the shrimp and asparagus that I picked up from the farmers’ market and mixed it together with saffron risotto (she used this as the base), cream and parmesan cheese, I made a large salad, Christine brought some extra plates and cutlery since I didn’t have enough, Mark brought beer and prosecco, Sania and I set the table and Morten put together a board of his favorite cheeses and fresh baguette paired with coconut and passionfruit jam from Nicholas Vahe for dessert. We listened to French music and spent a beautiful evening together while my baby slept zzZZZzzz and he slept sooo well too.

So that’s what I’ve been up to for the past week or so, how about you? Are you doing well? Today I want to share a mini project that I started with Sania, Leila and Aidan on Monday and continued and finished today – it’s a little baby feet (or in this case, foot!) DIY project that you may want to try with your sweet little bundle of cuteness.


I remember before Aidan’s birth, I asked my husband if German hospitals do finger and foot prints when a child is born because I had mine done at birth, in black, but he said he didn’t think so. When Aidan came, they definitely didn’t do it (I am still so disappointed!) so I have been wanting to do hand and foot prints ever since. It’s been 9 weeks and I finally decided that I would do it before he hit the double digits. The perfect time seemed to be when Sania and her sweet daughter Leila were with me and we were looking for some crafty projects to do together for our girl’s day yesterday. I figured it would also make for a nice memory – I’d always remember that we made this little footprint together. We waited until little Aidan was semi-relaxed and not crying and removed his pants leaving on only his onesie and nappy. I made sure the kitchen was warm and that we did this little project near the sink so we could quickly wash his feet clean. We used black acrylic paint, which we first tested on Leila (Sania’s idea, a very good one!) to make sure it easily came off, and with a paint brush, I held Aidan in a comfortable position and Sania painted the bottom of his right foot. We were laughing the entire time as he squirmed, it was seriously the cutest thing. I pressed his right foot onto the right side of a 18 x 25 cm sheet of Canson acid-free, archival quality watercolor paper (300 gram) and the first footprint was perfect. We were lucky! We then quickly rinsed his foot under warm water with a little soap and he loved it – so there was zero crying – which was a big relief! My son loves water (he never cries during bath time) but I wasn’t so sure he’d love being part of our craft project — but he actually did just fine. We were really proud of him.


We then tried his left foot but weren’t as successful. It seemed he caught on to what we were doing so he tried to resist with each little imprint we tried to make. About 12 rounds later (yes really!), we still couldn’t get a good impression because he kept curling his toes the minute foot met paper, so we decided to just be happy with the one footprint and give him a break. We could tell her was getting a bit cranky after 5 minutes of crafting, so we left the good print out to air dry and this morning, I decided to finish the project since Sania and her family flew back to London last night. I took the little print, tore the paper very roughly on all four sides reducing the size significantly, and started to think of how to display this in his nursery in the best way. I thought that on a canvas would be nice, versus framed, and that I could add linen to the frame to somehow make it look more handmade and add that tactile quality and a little warmth that I love so much.


I had this linen pocket I’d been saving and it happened to be the perfect size, so I glued it to the canvas. Easy. You could do the same but simply cutting a piece of nubby linen to size. Then I busted out my rubber stamps and a black ink pad, other crafty bits, and here is what I came up with below. I really like it because I was able to hide the left footprint that was a bit smeared, but still nice, inside of the pocket — it wasn’t nice enough to display but still gives us a record of the special day and his left foot! I also stamped his first name (Sania gave me the idea to incorporate my rubber stamps), added a little star, and how many weeks old he was when this was made… I was going to date it but I preferred just stamping “9 weeks”.  I glued everything to the canvas, added a little ribbon and a button, tucked it inside of the gray Ferm Living shadow box above his changing table, and here is the result…



I really hope you like this little DIY. The only word of caution I would like to add is PLEASE make sure you use either kid’s halloween face paint or normal acrylic paint that you’ve tested first (apply, rinse off, see how well it rinses off) before applying it to your infant and MAKE SURE you do not do this alone – have your friends help you so that your baby feels comfortable, safe and his body is supported when you are doing it. I recommend making the prints in the kitchen on the counter, next to the sink, and to wash the feet (or hands) as soon as you get a good print. Use a very soft paint brush on the feet and mix the paint with a little water so it’s not too thick. If you do handprints (which we didn’t, his are still too clenched into little fists given his age), do not allow the hands near the face or mouth. Really. It’s not worth hurting your little baby for the sake of an art project!

Sania and Leila thank you for helping me stamp his little feet and Thorsten, thank you for holding him today while I took the photos above for this post! xo

So now I have a question… Have you ever made HAND prints for your baby? I want to do them for his little keepsake book. At what age do they stop making fists and have hands that are open and relaxed enough to try this???

(images: holly becker for decor8)


swoon: we found spring’s prettiest blush for your table at kate spade saturday


If you follow fashion trends at all, you know that blush pink is the color to wear this spring. Feminine yet earthy, it’s one of those tones that makes everyone look like they’re keeping a secret. In home decorating, the trend continues, which means pastels aren’t just for Easter. We spotted this lovely earthenware over at Kate Spade Saturday and thought it’s the perfect way to update your tabletop in the new hue. With clean lines and sturdy curves they’re a pink that even your male guests won’t mind clutching. Mix and match with other tones, such as celadon or grey and you’ll have a spread that’s worthy of magazine cover of its own. Glazed mugs, plates, and bowls start at $10 a piece at Saturday.com.

Apiece Apart: Spring Summer 2014

Apiece Apart is a Fashion line designed by Laura Cramer and Starr Hout of elevated basics.  Mostly produced in New York City, the line carries clothing of a subtle femininity with sculptural, clean lines and beautiful prints as seen in their Spring Summer 2014 collection.  I especially love the asymmetrical printed skirt.  Enjoy!

Top three images from the line's Instagram account, rest from website.

April 14, 2014

KI·RA and the Edible Tower Picnic Kit by Kostantia Manthou

Eat after use: KI·RA and the Edible Tower Kitchen Utensils by Kostantia Manthou is everything you need to create edible bread containers for mobile meals; ceramic baking dish, dough comb and recipe, and a tablecloth to wrap it all up in.

currently snacking on...

mini pies

Last week, I picked up these mini pies from Michael Mina's new Bourbon Steak restaurant that opened here in the Glendale area of Los Angeles. And because mini pies are my favorite kind of pie, I had to find some recipes to try and recreate them. Here are a few if you want to join me... apple rasberry pie, chocolate thin mint pie, and my own mini frozen key lime pie.

Any other mini pie recipes you know and love?

{Photo by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

Jenna Lyons Brooklyn Brownstone After

I'm sure everybody who reads Interior Design blogs have seen Jenna Lyon's Brooklyn Brownstone.  Jenna is J Crew’s Creative Director and her Brooklyn Heights apartment is probably the most blogged about ever.  It graced the cover of Domino Magazine more than once and the yellow sofa over the Moroccan rug and the black bedroom were one of the few unique design elements in Jenna's home that kept many yearning for more.  The apartment was put up for sale soon after Jenna's divorce leading to a bidding war probably due to the Brownstone popularity.  The couple winning the bid was Tracy Martin and Vince Clarke, both in the music industry.  The new owners seeked help from Interior Design firm Roman and Williams to create a home that reflects their own lifestyle and aesthetics.  The result is a maximalist brownstone that seems to be there for a long time. 

In the top image is Jenna Lyons living room.  Below is how it is today after Tracy Martin and Vince Clarke put their touches.

Above, Jenna Lyons dining room is spare and more modern while the new decor below is more maximilist.  Notice that the crown moldings were darkened making them more noticeable.

Jenna's bedroom had black walls.  The current walls now are still dark but in a lighter plum color. 

In the bathroom the bare concrete back wall was kept intact but the floor seems to have gotten a make-over and painted darker. 

In the kitchen glass door cabinets were installed.

Below, more images of the new decorated Brownstone.

All photos via The New York Times.

April 13, 2014

Sunday Quotes and Black and White

via Darling be Daring

Joseph Dirand

Gabriel Robert Flores

April 11, 2014

petit collage...

Petite Collage book

Petite Collage book

Petite Collage book

The queen of collage, Lorena Siminovich, has a new book called Petit Collage: 25 Easy Craft and Décor Projects for a Playful Home. Using lots of recycled papers, Lorena shares a ton of kid-friendly projects that are so colorful and fun. And you have to see her super cute book trailer below! Congrats Lorena!

{Photos and video by Thayer Allyson Gowdy}

happy friday + work in progress...

Oh Joy / Chloe Fleury

Oh Joy / Chloe Fleury

TGIF, friends! Are you looking forward to the weekend as much as I am? This week, I've been reminded—both personally and professionally—that no dream is achieved without some minor set-backs. But once you get through it, a sea of possibilities still lies ahead.

Above is a tiny peek of a video I'm working on with paper artist Chloé Fleury for the next Oh Joy for Target summer collection coming out at the end of May. If you look really close, you can see some tiny paper versions of some of the summer pieces! Oh, and the spring collection is only in stores for a few more weeks - so get them while you can!

Have a great weekend!

{Photos above by Chloé Fleury}

would you makeover a kitchen designed by jcrew’s jenna lyons?


In our dusty pile of beloved magazines from years gone by is a collection of Domino magazines. And the most dog-eared issue among them is the one that featured Jenna Lyons, now JCrew president and style icon to many, and her Brooklyn townhouse on the cover. The interior was sleek yet cozy, featuring dark slate walls, smooth marble surfaces, fuzzy tufts of lambskin and pops of bright yellow. Fast forward a decade or so and The New York Times home section has done a feature on the new fortunate owners of the property, Tracy Martin and her husband, Vince Clark (a founding member of Depeche Mode – cue ’80s teen swoon!). The space has been redone by designers Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, who are known for their Steam-punk-ish interiors. Gone is the slickness and its place is a punky-romantic vibe, that embraces nature (both living and dead) and the sensual (lots of leather and grainy wood). The space is still the stuff that real-estate fantasies are made of, but one interesting change is the new kitchen. As much as we love Lyons’ aesthetic, open shelving in a kitchen is not the least bit practical. Martin has now equipped the garden-side cooking nook with rich cabinets and schoolhouse lighting.


One space, two radically different kitchens: Which do you prefer?

Joseph Dirand at Home

Joseph Dirand's home in the Seventh Arrondissement in Paris was recently renovated by the sought-after Architect and the result is a minimalist apartment with perfectly restored traditional French details.  The furniture in Dirand's home is all form and substance.  In the living room, sofa and side chairs are Pierre Jeanneret, in the kitchen the family eats at a Ettore Sottsass table, in the bedroom an Oscar Niemeyer chair looks graciously at the bed.  As most French, Joseph Dirand relies on excellent craftsmanship to restore the neglected into its past glory.  For his home, Joseph decided on simple stucco walls, Versailles parquet floors and simple wall moldings inspired by 17th century Interior Architecture.

April 10, 2014

{oh joy eats} pine and crane...

Pine and Crane / Los Angeles

Pine and Crane / Los Angeles

Pine and Crane / Los Angeles

Pine & Crane is my newest go-to spot. I've been there four times in the last ten days. It's a casual, quick, and super tasty Taiwanese-Chinese restaurant in Silver Lake. I almost don't want to tell you about it in fear that it will get too busy, but you guys know I want you to eat well, too ;)

Pine and Crane / Los Angeles

Pine and Crane / Los Angeles

Pine and Crane / Los Angeles

Most of the produce is sourced from the owner's family farm, so everything is super fresh and local. Some of my favorites include the spicy shrimp wontons, the trumpet mushrooms, and the scallion pancake. Oh, they also have boba milk tea which is a rare find in Silver Lake!

Pine and Crane / Los Angeles

And by the way, it's super kid-friendly. I've gone with Ruby every time I've been there and our crew of friends that consists of both toddlers and tiny babies. Pine and Crane just feels like a spot you can just show up to and get an authentic and delicious Chinese meal. 

Pine and Crane | 1521 Griffith Park Blvd. | Los Angeles, CA 90026 | 323.668.1128

6 Modern Canopy Beds

The design of Modern Canopy Beds now a days is a far cry from the times of its origins.  Back then, the design of the Four Poster beds was heavily carved dark wood and always enclosed with heave curtains.  As life got easier and lighter with times so did the Canopy Bed hence their posters are slimmer with cleaner lines.  They are easier to decorate with than many people think due to their unique dual design advantages.  Surprisingly a four-poster bed can make a small room look taller and bigger while they also can complement beautifully bigger and higher ceiling bedrooms.  Enjoy this round-up of 6 Modern Canopy Beds in case you are in the hunt for one.

Left to right, Louisa Metal Canopy Bed        Portica Canopy Bed.

April 09, 2014

all cats go to heaven...(part 2)


Sorry for the radio silence this morning, guys. Last night, our sweet cat Lucy passed away. She laid on the floor next to Bob's feet while we were eating dinner, let out a couple little growls, and went off to cat heaven. It was an unexpected and sad moment, but we were glad that we could be there with her as it happened. She was the cat that turned me into a cat person 14 years ago and allowed me to embrace the joy that animals can bring us.

I didn't really plan to share the news of another cat passing here my blog, since it wasn't too long ago that we said goodbye to our cat Bruce. But the difference this time is that Ruby was aware of Lucy. She knew that Lucy wasn't feeling well, and that I had taken her to the vet earlier that day. And Ruby was happy to see Lucy back at home and kept asking her, "Are you still sick, Lucy? Aw...you'll be okay." So when Lucy passed soon after we brought her home, we decided to tell Ruby about it and acknowledge that Lucy wouldn't be with us anymore. It all happened so fast that we didn't really know what to say except that "Lucy was really old and sick, and she's going to go play up in the clouds in cat heaven." Ruby hasn't heard the word "death" or "heaven" before so anything we said probably didn't make a whole lot of sense. She's been asking me all day, "I'm sad, mama. Where's Lucy? I want to see her..."

Because we've never had to introduce our toddler to this concept, I would love any tips from you guys on what you've told your children and how you explain the passing of a family member (pet or human). How real do you really get when they are so little?

Giveaway: 10 Copies of Decorate With Flowers, Enter Today!

Are you ready to win a copy of our new book? We are giving away 10 copies no matter where you live worldwide! But first, hello everyone! I’m a little embarrassed, but I totally forgot that yesterday the new book that Leslie Shewring and I wrote, Decorate With Flowers, released in North America! The wonderful Joy Cho over at Oh Joy! wrote about it on our launch date too, which was such a treat. I’ve been so busy with our baby boy that things just escape my mind at the moment – I’ve been in a baby fog for two months – in fact, today he turned 2 months old and he is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful in every way. I love being a mother sooo much, it’s wayyy better than I imagined. In fact, had I known it would be this good, I would have done this years ago. I digress… Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 1.27.53 PM

Anyway, to celebrate the launch of our book, I want to offer everyone no matter where you live, a chance to win a copy of Decorate With Flowers. My London publisher, Jacqui Small, is giving away copies of the UK edition and our American publisher, Chronicle Books, will also join our giveaway with copies of the American edition. The only big difference is of course, the English – one being British and the other American, and then the book cover/jacket is different along with the end papers and flap. In the UK, the end papers are a geometric pattern that Leslie hand painted and the flaps are acid yellow. In the US version, the end papers are lime green. The first FIVE winners get their choice of which edition they want, the rest of our lucky winners will get their choice on a first come, first serve basis. We will have 10 lovely winners!





By the way, the gorgeous lifestyle photos above, showing Tina Fussell reading our book, were taken by her husband and are just so beautiful and are part of a book review she did for Decorate With Flowers on her blog. Tina will co-teach Blogging Your Way with me, our online class that kicks off Friday, April 18, so if you like her work and want to produce the kind of posts that she does then definitely sign up for it (more info here).

To win a copy of our book, please enter on our Decorate With Flowers website HERE (comments here are closed since the contest is on our book website). Good luck everyone!


(images: screenshot/traveling mama/leslie shewring)

New York is the Best Idea: Through the Lens of Jane-Kim

One of the things I miss about New York is its wide avenues with synchronized traffic lights during rush hour.  Its over sized sidewalks where sophisticated and practical New Yorkers know how to stay on the right side.  As a matter of fact I once read that happy cities have in common wide and walkable sidewalks which makes perfect sense to me to whom walking is so enjoyable and relaxing notably in a City where most of the things you look at are beautiful and inspiring.  That's one of the reasons I love Jane-Kim’s Instagram Acct.  It's full of New York City photographs so artistic and beautiful that it brings me inspiration wherever I am.  Enjoy!  

All photos via @_janekim

April 08, 2014

decorate with flowers...

Decorate with Flowers book

Decorate with Flowers book

Decorate with Flowers book

There are so many beautiful new books coming out right now. I love the newest book by Holly Becker from Decor8 and Leslie Shewring, called Decorate with Flowers. Flowers are probably one of my favorite things in the world, and the inspiration and DIY's in this book are beautiful and inspiring. Congrats Holly and Leslie on another beautiful book!

Accessorizing Chic: Hermès Collier de Chien Bracelet

Hermès accessories are perhaps the chicest that can be in jewelry accessories. Collier De Chien bracelet and cuff come in one size with different leather and hardware options.  It's one staple of almost every Fashion blogger and is coveted by all women who never neglect accessorizing.  Those chic ladies who understand that a jewelry accessory can complement or even make an outfit.  Enjoy!

April 07, 2014

ruby's big girl room...

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

The last time you guys saw Ruby's room was over 2 years ago. She was only 4 months old and so, so tiny! She's now a smart and sassy toddler ready for a big girl room of her very own. See our video at the very end to see the transformation from a baby room to a big girl room and Ruby's reaction when she saw it all... 

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

We switched out her crib for a twin size bed that sits pretty low to the ground. It's safe to say Ruby's been pretty obsessed with her bed ever since and sometimes asks for a "time out" just so she can go lay in her bed.

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

We kept all the original storage we got for the room when she was a baby including Oeuf's Mini Library and those vintage dressers I got from Craig's List. We just updated her storage bins a bit and added some Oh Joy lamps to light the way.

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

She was pretty excited to play in her room and roll around on the rug. I swear, add a teepee into any kid's room, and they go crazy for it!

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

We also updated her windows with more streamlined darkening shades that you switch from light to dark in minutes and makes the transition from nap time to awake time so much better.

Oh Joy for Nod / Ruby's Room

I'd say Ruby was pretty happy with the whole thing, and we're excited to have a room she'll love for years to come...

Brought to you by Oh Joy + Land of Nod
Photos by Sasha Gulish for The Land of Nod
Video by Casey Brodley
Music is "Blink of an Eye" by Frances England
Honeycomb Window Shades from DecorView
My dress by Sonnet James
Ruby's romper by Duchess & Lion

A Stunning Home Decorated in Black and White

In my pursuit for images of Black and White Interiors I remembered this stunning home decorated in this timeless elegant hue combination.  The owners love black and white decor hence their Architect design a home with the stunning backdrop of white walls, high lacquered black floors, black curtains bedecked with splashes of gold, gray and dark brown.  The choice of a black-and-white palette for the decor of this house enhances the architecture while the mixture of modern and classic furniture brings in a touch of classic modernism.

Design by Lee Ledbetter via AD.

April 06, 2014

Sunday Quotes and Coffee in Bed


April 05, 2014

Friday eye candy: Chambray style

Weather you call it stylish, casual or chic, the best definition for Chambray style is Classic.  It's one fashion style that never goes out of style and it goes well with almost every piece of clothing you prefer to pair it with.  I love it how Alexa Chung wears her chambray shirt with a sequined mini skirt in the lower picture.  Another way of wearing a Chambray top these days is with more denim, Denim on denim is one of the latest trends in jeans right now.

April 04, 2014

Helle Flou Designs Kopenhagen Fur Office

The Kopenhagen Fur office designed by Helle Flou is an example of how well the clean lines of modern furniture work inside old Interior Architecture.  The Kopenhagen Fur building dates back to 1835 hence so many neoclassical features.  Gilded french doors, delicate wall moldings and beautifully ornate crown molding are some of the old design details Helle preserved.   The choice of black and dark mahogany wood furniture contrasts ideally with the rest of the bright space.  

All images via Dpages.

April 03, 2014

Bohemian Rhapsody

If there is a design style that truly reveals its owner's sense of fashion then it is the Boho style.  Be it in Interiors or Fashion.  The reason that Bohemian style is so genuine is because it portrays a sensitivity of freedom in an unpretentious way, but only showing a well-lived life.  Of course the aesthetic result goes both ways.  The worst being a disaster if the person living the Boho lifestyle hasn't lived a very stylish life.  But when the outcome is a positive one the result is that sublime balance between chic and comfort that once you step a foot in, you won’t want to leave.  Enjoy!


Socks with Sandals Invade the Street Style

Don't sleep on the thought that wearing socks and sandals is only for the preschooler crowd or you may wake up with identity crisis when you hit the streets and see grown up and very stylish women wearing socks with her high heeled sandals.  It's been a while that this has beeen happening now and there are actually even official terms for the trend, depending on the kind of shoes you are wearing, for pointed stilettos they call it “Socks and Spikes” for the open sandals version is well, just “Socks and Sandals”.  I like it for many reasons, one because it gives you the chance to wear your sandals even if the weather is not so cooperative and second because sometimes I'm just too lazy to go for a pedicure.  Enjoy!

socks and spike
socks and spikes
socks and spikes

April 02, 2014

Diane Von Furstenberg Climbing Leopard Rug

I posted about the beautiful Climbing Leopard Rug by Diane Von Furstenberg for the Rug Company over two years ago.  Like most of Diane’s designs, this climbing leopard rug has a femininity allure that would complement any feminine space.  I love it in a hallway like the first image.  Enjoy.

 Leticia Martinez via Nuevo Estilo

1 and 4 image via The Rug Company, 3 via Studio25

A Monochromatic Apartment Designed by Julie Hillman

I appreciate Interior Designers like Julie Hillman with a strong sense of individualism and distinctiveness in their work.  This monochromatic apartment in NYC’s Meatpacking District reflects an aesthetic of subtle colors with an aura of glamour without being overly flashy.  The combination of dark rustic wood on the floor, Lindsey Adelman branching bubble Chandelier with softer touches as the shaggy rug and clear white curtains make the design on the living room, top image, very soothing.  I try for the interior design work I post in Belle Vivir to be authentic and unique as possible.  For what is a well designed home if not a division of one life and experiences.  Enjoy!

Love the proportion of this mirrored vanity above.  Also love the fact that it has an industrial side to it.

Gold and white marble in the bathroom contrasting the brownish built-in.

The golden sunburst mirror in the entryway is pure beauty.

Below, more of Julie Hillman work.

All images via Julie Hillman's website.

Only You Hotel in Madrid Designed by Lazaro Rosa-Violan

Lazaro Rosa-Violan is probably one of the Interior Designers most posted about in blogs.  His design style is so globally chic that appeals to almost everyone who lays their eyes on one of his Interior projects.  One thing I love about his interiors is how Lazaro is able to mix different styles effortlessly.  One of Rosa-Violan's constant design elements I've seen in his projects is the use of grand scale architectural focal points combined with vintage-looking pieces and ethnic-influenced pieces and accessories.  A bit of rusticality, in forms of chunky unpainted wood, is frequently found in his work as well.  I think it is a very smart way to tone down the allure side in his fantastic projects. For those who didn't know Lazaro has sells through 1stdibs
Weather Lazaro is designing residences or commercial spaces he seems to always think big, injecting a magnificent atmosphere to his design spaces.  The Only You Hotel in Madrid is no different.  Here Lozaro designed a wall in the entryway covered in Azulejos tiles that tidies up the rest of the navy blue and white palette found throughout the rest of the Hotel.  Floor to ceiling mirrored walls and eye-catching lighting fixtures are some of the marvelous details found in the Only You Hotel in Madrid.