I just got a new camera in the mail today. I have needed one for years but, much like my desire for a sewing machine, have decided that buying new clothes, shoes and home accessories is much more important. I'm going to spend part of my day off today learning how to use it before we leave for Hawaii next week. I'm also going to take some before shots of the house. I say before, because I am planning on changing it up here pretty soon.

I have no idea what I want to write about today. I feel distracted. How about some pretty pictures I've had on my desktop for awhile.

I saw this on the back page of Dwell. I think it is so f-ing beautiful.

That whole top portion is mirrored in case you can't tell. How did someone think of this? It's awesome. I'm not normally a fan of ultra-modern exteriors but this is pretty incredible.

How about this?

In that house from above? Unexpected and pretty genius. Don't get me wrong, I love a mid century chair in any home. But it's always just a little bit better when it's NOT something so normal. It's ugly pretty. And what always bothers me in Dwell, although I love it too, is that the interiors, for the most part, generally look the same. Why can't you mix it up? Who says you can't have a modern home that is also cozy and rustic?

This is the bedroom you would expect to find in a house like this.

But what if you did this instead?

Or this?

Darker colors. More intimate feel. Just a little different.


Living Room

I struggled for a long time trying to figure out what to name this blog. I have tons of Stickies on the desktop of my Mac with all sorts of crazy design inspired words, phrases and definitions. I haven't thought about it much since then but was laying in bed this morning, blogging in my head, and the name started to bother me a little bit. I sat down with my coffee and thought. Then I did the most logical thing-I typed rustic modern into Google. This picture is the first thing that came up. Jackpot baby.

I love this. So I'm sticking with the name. Now, back to business. I have been wanting to do a massive overhaul of our living room since we moved a few months ago. I am really inspired by this room, originally published in Living, Etc.

I obviously cannot afford this amazing B&B Italia Charles sofa. Or this vintage Poul Kjaerholm coffee table. I'm not one for imitations but I found a pretty nice Charles-inspired sectional at Alchemy Collections. It is the Alison Sectional. It's pretty and the fabric quality is actually really nice. I have a pretty rad round teak coffee table that I got off of ebay a few months ago. I need some new throw pillows, and I'm thinking these from Room and Board.

When they staged the house for the shoot, there is an Artemide Castore Suspension globe hanging. It's kind of the idea I already had going in living room, except I got a Noguchi paper lantern (I was going for this look-Julianne Moore's home). I like it but I think I need something that feels a little higher end, or different.

I think if I added in a Saarinen side table in white marble and placed my Artemide Tolomeo light on it, I'd be pretty happy.


Couch surfing and online shopping

Watching the Giants in what probably is the final game of the World Series. Ponyboy is curled up on the chair behind me, and I'm on the floor. Typical. I need to take the blue nail polish off from Halloween this weekend. This is my procrastination. Sweaters.

And the Giants just won! My boyfriend, Justin, had tickets to Game Six in San Francisco so mildly disappointed but I have to say, I'm starting to think I am good luck to losing sports teams. First, the Saints. Now, the Giants. I may have to market myself better.


New Directions

I have been absent from this blog for far too long. It has been a hectic year-a new relationship, a move, starting and stopping interior classes, and...two failed design internships. My experiences have made me look at what I want to do with design. I have no shortage of ideas, just shortage of execution. I have learned that I do not want to be an interior designer. I like design because I like to look at and live with pretty things. The sheer lack of pretty things you see being a designer is uninspiring. What I do want to do is find things for people and put them together for them. But I don't want to charge them more for products simply because they are only available to the trade. And I tend to think that, honestly, most of the work that traditional interior designers do is ugly. Plain and simple. My intent from here on out is to focus on this blog and on starting an online business. I'd also like to buy a house, stage it, and flip it. Just to see if I can do it.

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