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one nightstand

Ever since we moved into our 980 sq ft loft 3 years ago, decorating has been a work in progress. We literally sold everything we had and decided to start over. It’s a great opportunity to approach interior design in a eclectic, modern and minimalist fashion; tailored specifically to our new space. Our bedroom is the most complete, yet the nightstands are lacking lamps. We have two options in mind. What do you think?


My current nightstand from CB2!

Our top 2 lamp ideas: gun lamps by Philippe Starck and Kartell lamps by Ferruccio Laviani or maybe one of each??? I am extremely inspired by several interior design stars:

Jonathan Adler for his groovy, colorful, and funky style.

Kelly Wearstler for her enchanting take on interior design as well as fashion.

Philippe Starck for his unconventional and imaginative sleek, modern designs.
Who inspires you?

 

a standard sunday

What to do on a lazy summer Sunday afternoon in downtown LA? Hit up the rooftop pool party at The Standard Hotel! Wade and I went for the kickoff on April 1st (thanks KCRW) and had a blast. It wasn’t exactly bikini weather yet but the view was amazing, drinks were flowing, the DJ’s had the dance floor packed and there were heaters!!

Dancing amidst the LA skyline.

Freezing my butt off under a heat lamp with my mojito!

Cute poolside waterbed pods to escape the summer sun!

The pool is breathtaking, especially at sunset!

Forgot your swimsuit? No problem, there’s a vending machine!

Lots of cool lounge areas to kick back and enjoy the afternoon!

The view is spectacular!

You know how I love a photo booth! There’s one in the lobby!

We are looking forward to going back on a hot, summer Sunday and taking advantage of the pool. Perhaps we can find an excuse to stay at the hotel too!

 

 

 

 

the armstrong mansion

Wade and I were thrilled to find a historic b&b (with availability) the week we were staying in Salt Lake City. We were even more thrilled to find that it was cool not creepy when we arrived! From the fresh baked cookies at the front desk to the elaborate breakfast spread and gracious staff, we felt warm, welcomed and right at home at The Armstrong Mansion!



We woke up to snow the first morning! It was light, fluffy, beautiful and picturesque!


The Victorian architecture and decor made us feel as though we had stepped back in time. The interior is full of gorgeous, ornate woodwork carved in the early 1800’s. It was absolutely beautiful!

The Armstrong Mansion is located in the heart of historic downtown Salt Lake City and walking distance to great dining (we particularly enjoyed Cafe Trio)  and an abundance of coffee shops. One of these coffee shops, Jack Mormon Coffee Co. is so special and unique, it deserves its own post!

 

desert dreams

The recent days of unseasonably warm weather in southern California have me dreaming of the desert. Last year we made 2 trips out to the 29 Palms Inn to relax and frolic in the heat. Just a quick 2 1/2 hr. drive and we were transported to a place that can only be described as magical. Sometimes you just have to get out of town to see the stars, listen to the crickets chirp and recharge!

 

oh tokyo, i love you so!

My husband and I had an opportunity to visit Japan and had the most amazing time. The people, food, shopping and sights were unlike anywhere else in the world. I fell in love with Tokyo and its over-the-top cuteness.

Tokyo Highlights

  • Me and my crocheted mohawk hat are outside a Pachinko room. Its like a casino of slot machines that use silver balls instead of coins. Total visual overload!
  • We stayed at the Tama Hotel, a traditional Japanese Inn located in Shinjuku. The room consisted of rice paper walls, and a tatami floor on which the inn keeper would roll out a traditional futon bed roll nightly.
  • The busiest intersection in the world is Hachiko Crossing in Shibuya.

  • My buddy…one of the crazy kids hanging out on the Harajuku bridge on a Sunday afternoon.
  • A glimpse of a “sweet lolita” under an umbrella. Japan has so many niche styles!
  • Hello Kitty is everywhere!!!
  • Busy streets of one of the many Tokyo shopping districts.
  • A delicious breakfast we had two days in a row. We weren’t entirely certain of what we were eating, we just pointed at what looked good. Most restaurants have plastic food displayed outside to entice passerby’s.

  • Interactive holiday window display at Setan department store.
  • A funky, free standing fashion display in Harajuku.
  • Conveyor belt sushi was quick, fresh and inexpensive.
  • A modern Xmas tree outside a huge mall in Shibuya.

  • I love how cute this sign is, asking people to please get drunk at home and not on the subway.
  • One of our favorite areas was The Golden Gai, a micro-bar district in Shinjuku. This bar had a rugby theme as the owner was a longtime player. The entire place is shown in this photo. Some bars in the Golden Gai seat as few as 4 people and only allow local regulars.
  • We were lucky to have caught these traditionally dressed girls outside the entrance to the Meji Jingu Temple on their way to a wedding.
  • Bikes are a very popular form of transportation!
  • Shinjuku is beautiful at night with all the bright neon lights.
  • We made friends with some Japanese businessmen at a stand up restaurant in Uneo. Although we didn’t speak the same language we had no difficulty having a good time. More often then not I found this to be the case. It made Tokyo super inviting and a pleasure to explore and left me wanting more!

 

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