Category Archives: Daily Dose of Design Inspiration

Exposed Plumbing – A Good Thing?

Seeing this recent post on the real estate blog, Curbed, made me reconsider my normal peace with exposed plumbing in loft-style spaces.  You can see that this San Francisco penthouse condo (currently owned by Twitter founder Evan Williams – side note: “Evan Williams” is also the name of the economically priced Kentucky Bourbon my older brother tends to favor) is not lacking whatsoever in natural light, high ceilings and a generally open feel.  An apartment to covet on nearly every level.  However, something about the pipes is irksome.  I think it’s their size – just larger than the size of, say, a closet rod, makes me want to use them as extra places to hang my clothes.  If they were slightly larger they might have a more architectural feel.   However, I do appreciate the attempts to make them fall into the background with the same color paint as the surrounding walls.

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I noticed that someone commented on the pipes as well so I might not be completely alone in my feelings – check out the full article here.  How would you handle having these pipes exposed in your space?


Inspiration from a Modern Contemporary Home

Today the Washington Post featured a beautiful new contemporary home located nearby in Chevy Chase, MD.   The owners reluctantly replaced their cozy farmhouse with an entirely modern design after their home was destroyed by a fallen tree.  While many urban dwellers don’t have (anywhere near) this much space to work with, I think something can be learned from their design and layout.

Clean lines and lack of clutter make this already bright and open space feel even more vast.  Also notice how the colors and tones run for full lengths of each of the surfaces – providing an unbroken line.  For instance, the cabinets and wall beam are the same rich chocolate brown, floor to ceiling, and the blonde floors are not disrupted from room to room.  Think of it like wearing solid color slacks that almost brush the floor as opposed to patterned capris.  Sleek, unfussy and gorgeous!

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In the dining room you continue to see the same use of continuous surfaces.  Also, the moulding in the ceiling, dining table, floor application and windows are situated in a way that accentuates the length of the room.

Modern Dining Room

Modern Dining Room

A continuation of the same technique in the living area – solid sofas in a light oatmeal color also provide a sense of more space.

Modern Living Room

Modern Living Room

Finally, you can imagine the sense of space the solid white vertical stairway creates.  I’m not a fan of cutouts in general, especially in a seemingly random pattern, but I think given the otherwise blank canvas these walls create, it works.   In my own space I might have preferred to utilize some glass, no cutouts / one or two very large cutouts, or at least more of a rhythmic pattern.

Open Contemporary Stairway

Open Contemporary Stairway

So by using some of the techniques used here to emphasize the open look and feel of the space, we can all bring a bit more open feeling to our smaller spaces.

You can view the entire Washington Post article here.

Inspiration from cribcandy

Have you ever visited cribcandy?  Per their description:

“Cribcandy is a visual news gallery of household & interior design by

Items are hand picked by our curators, daily, with pictures and links to the best finds from all the world’s household design sites and blogs.”

How great is that?  Especially since the “curators” do a fabulous job.   For fun, here are some awesome pics from cribcandy today!  Enjoy!

In short, cribcandy is a great way to find new and interesting design blogs.

Update Your Space with this “Green Tile”

Diane at Inspired Room Design brought a great idea to mind with her article on cork tiles.   Not only do they look extremely cool but you are recycling at the same time you are decorating.  Plus, they can be treated to be used in a wide variety of applications including bathrooms and other areas that are exposed to excessive moisture.

Cork Mosaic Tile from Mod Walls

Cork Mosaic Tile from ModWalls

Very nice, right?

In addition to the cork tiles, peruse ModWall’s portfolio for inspiration for rooms throughout the home.  They carry a wide variety of beautiful tiles of different materials!  Great new source for us in our kitchen renovation!

White Webb Design

Yesterday’s studio apartment was designed by White Webb, based in New York.   I wanted to check out a bit more of their work and an online review of their portfolio displayed several interesting projects.

This is probably my favorite image of theirs – minimalist in style with texture in the ceiling, good color contrast, and an overall open feeling:

White Webb Minimalist Entryway

White Webb Minimalist Entryway

Here we can see their use of the color similar to that used in yesterday’s piece.  I know many people consider orange a bit overexposed but I think it can still be a successful accent color – and clearly this is not a basic orange they are using, making it feel fresh and unique:

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White Webb Design

White Webb California Penthouse

White Webb California Penthouse

Finally, I thought this office was a successful layout and love the accent pieces on the wall.

White Webb Office

White Webb Office

What do you think of White Webb’s work?

Attentive to Style – A Studio Apartment that Celebrates Detail

It’s examples such as this one, featured in September’s issue of Metropolitan Home, that remind you that it’s the details that matter.  The design firm of White Webb has designed a space that gingerly and thoughtfully layers on the details in such a way that brings definition to the living spaces in this 600 square foot studio apartment.

These beautiful textures layer impeccably:


I love the overall color palette of the space, which is bright without being overwhelming.  While the sofa fabric is not to my own personal taste, I love the wall panels and the Ghost side table.  This is also a good example of how a little bit of dark goes a long way in a space like this – the darker furniture pieces appear prominently in this vignette.  Perhaps partly due to the juxtaposition to the almost beachy feel of the sofa.



My favorite image and I think a very successful space – incorporating a range of tones and textures to enable a comfortable sleeping area to exist in a bright, studio dwelling.


A Unique Approach to Art Infused Design

One flu shot and a gray, rainy day have made this the perfect afternoon to virtually view inspirational interiors.  A visit to one of my favorite designer’s websites, Shawn Henderson, helped to pick me up.   Their “Uptown Residence” features neutral tones – with the exception of a bright piece of art or, in one case, books in each room.   His work is incredible and I found the way he incorporated such major doses of color inspiring.  Clearly not designed for a shrinking violet, these rooms have a sense of power and control about them that I love.

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