Sometimes there are big projects to do and you expend so much mental energy trying to wrap your mind around those. Meanwhile, there are little projects to do that, the longer you wait, start to weigh on you as much as the big ones. That was our situation until this month when we knocked out not one, not two, but three little things that, when completed, instantly made me feel so good, so satisfied and so happy. (A new mattress will do that!) Sometimes, it’s just the little things.
Happy Fri-yay and happy three-day Presidents Day weekend! This Friday Faves has something for your eyes and ears and wallet, oh my! Let’s dive in.
Way back when, I introduced you to a new client project I’m working on, a full renovation and design of a condo near Lincoln Center in Manhattan. The couple moved from L.A. to NYC with no furniture, bought a one-bedroom apartment and have been having it renovated to turn it into a two-bedroom apartment to use the second bedroom as an office/guest room. The client, who I have dubbed #LivingLaLincolnCenter, has a good eye for design, a strong perspective and knows exactly what she wants. She enlisted me to help with the decor of the master bedroom, office, dining room and living room. Months ago, I introduced you to the living room, which you can see here and here. The renovation of the apartment is near complete and it’s all coming together so well. I can’t wait to be able to share the final home with you. BUT! I realized I never introduced you to the rest of the apartment and design ideas, so here is an introduction to the dining room.
Happy Friday, folks! I wanted to talk about something that is near and dear to me. No, not Black History Month. Representation. When I first started exploring design (fashion, interior, etc.) on social media platforms, I noticed fairly quickly how monotone designers were. Of the influencers and designers who seemed to fill my social media feeds, come up in my searches, and be profiled on design sites, magazines and television shows, very few were people of color. Even though I am no influencer and am just a burgeoning designer, I decided then that I needed to represent myself and my culture more to show that there are different kinds of people who are interested in design and who work in design. Thanks to Black History Month, I am sharing with you two important projects that answer the need for more representation in design.
Am I the only one who feels like every week in January has been dragging? Now that it’s February and it’s the shortest month of the year, we are thismuch closer to being done with winter when I won’t care as much that the days are longer. But it’s Fri-YAY finally and I’m back with this week’s Friday Faves, starting off with news about Ikea, then sharing updates from one of my favorite interior designers, and then talking about a new food documentary worth watching.
I recently talked about my 2018 plans for the cozy cottage, client projects and the blog. One of those plans is a new series in which I showcase my favorite designers, their work and, hopefully get to talk to them about what makes them tick. I’m calling this new series Designer Spotlight and I’m so excited to share the first in this series with you today. Liz Kamarul is an inventive, creative and talented designer whose ideas and work I admire. Whiling perusing the internets, I spotted a kitchen with a rug on the ceiling instead of the typical ceiling medallion, and I just knew I needed to start paying attention to the designer behind that idea. I have been in awe of Liz’s work ever since. Not only is she creative AF, she’s also super nice and agreed to do this Q&A. How lucky am I?!
I have so many things I’m loving this week, from some really cool design stories to reading about just how much psychology plays into home design. Also, thanks to some post-cooking research, I found out I don’t suck at making souffles after all! I’m sharing this all with you in this week’s Friday Faves.
Hey, guys, I don’t mean to brag or anything, but I just made one of my grandmother’s recipes and I actually did a pretty good job! The recipe is for souffle au fromage, aka cheese souffle. It involves cheese and eggs and milk and, get this, even my very picky dad who fondly remembers this recipe from his mom’s cooking approved of what I made. I mean, WHAT?! All the hand clap emojis for me! Do you want to impress your hard-to-please Haitian dad or just cook something good? Read on.
In case you don’t obsessively read about design and trends like I do (I feel like I haven’t read a book in ages…I should get on that!), then you may not be up on what are expected to be the design trends for 2018. But guess what? I am and I’m here to share with you what you can expect to see (and perhaps see too much of) on the interwebs, namely Pinterest, over the next 12 months.
Really the only thing on my mind all week has been Oprah’s Golden Globes speech and the entire Time’s Up movement but that has nothing to do with interior design and food so…have no fear as I still have plenty of relevant stories to share with you for this week. Today’s Friday Faves is all about the details.