Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Clocktower Hour

These images are from a $25 million dollar loft in Brooklyn at the top of the Clocktower Building (how fitting, right?). It has four working clocks as windows, and I was just astonished at how neat these pictures were. It is probably the most unique thing I have ever seen in interior design. The best part of it is that the clocks are a product of the natural architecture of the building and not something that an interior designer cooked up. The clocks give the owner a 360 degree view of New York, which is an added bonus for the lucky owner of this FANTASTIC apartment. 

High Society Wine

I found some more fantastic wine labels! I love these! The images fit the wine name so well. I can't think of anything that depicts society better than a bow tie. I also love the minimalism of the labels, all the white space and the beautiful typography. The choices of the bow ties also work very well with the wine bottle colors. Great design inspiration!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Book Bookshelves

Found this bookshelf idea on I think it is such a fantastic idea and a great way to make your space more interesting. I've posted before about how much I love old book spines and this is a great way to display some really beautiful books. All you need are some brackets and old books and voila!

Thursday, June 23, 2011


I have a soft spot for letters or words incorporated into interior design because of my natural love for typography. This wallpaper is no exception. I think the way the metallics catch the light is fabulous. I also love the calm color scheme of the wallpaper. It keeps the letters from being too distracting. It is such an interesting twist on traditional wallpaper!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Artful Birthday Fun

For my birthday, I went to the Columbus Museum of Art with my husband and this was one of my favorite exhibits! I am not always impressed with installation pieces, but this was so cool! It is composed of glass boat-shaped pieces hanging from the ceiling on clear thread. Each "boat" had a different color and design. The exhibit was hanging in a room all by itself and it had such a dramatic impact when entering the room. Each of the glass pieces was beautifully illuminated by the track lighting above. The shape the glass pieces make reminds me of waves or a flock of birds. It is such an organic pattern and I LOVE it! 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


I think these posters by Blanca Gomez are so fun! They really capture the essence of each city captured! I love the texture of the colors in the pictures. I think one of the neatest things about these posters is that you cannot tell when they were created. They have a classic quality about them that looks like they could have been created in the 1920's or today. They really are fantastic and would be great prints to hang on display.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Notorious Napkins

So I found this picture of a napkin with a tie on it and I would have to say that I kind of love this idea. It transforms the traditional napkin into a conversation piece. If you think about it, napkins could be so much more fun! Maybe you also make them with necklaces, ascots, scarves? The possibilities for this one are endless and that is why I love this idea so much.

Matted Moss

I thought this bath mat was the most interesting one I had ever seen! It is made out of live moss! That sounds half enjoyable and half really messy, but it appears to work really well in the pictures. I really would like to try it out because I have so many unanswered questions! How does it feel on your feet? Do you need to water it? Does the moss die if soap gets on it? Do your feet get dirtier by stepping on the mat? If not, how does the moss survive without dirt? This has me so intrigued, I guess I will have to do my research!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tea Shirts

I love the design of these tea bags. So interesting! It makes me wonder why people don't get more creative with simple things like this. This opens up the door for so many interesting packaging designs. I like how, even though hanger tea bags are clever in themselves, the design and color choice is still very modern and visually pleasing. I also really love how the box is clear to sport this great design.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Typography of Maps

These pieces are from the collection of Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, created between 1880 and 1920. I think the typography on them is AMAZING! It's hard to believe that such advanced and detailed type was even possible that long ago. When you look at pieces like this, it almost seems as if we have taken a step backwards in typography. If you click on the link above, there are so many different cities that they created these pages for and they are all beautiful. These were two of my favorites.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Hi My Name is Nicole and I Judge Books By Their Covers

Being a visual person, I find no shame in judging a book by its cover. If the cover art is uninteresting to me, or outdated, I just assume the book is outdated. I realize that is not completely fair, but I can't help it! I'm sure I miss out on so many great books because of it! I also usually prefer a certain feel to book covers. I love the art on both of these and I realized that they are both really similar. They are both minimalistic, warm and inviting. They also have simple, visually pleasing typography. I think with book covers, it is important to portray simplicity because no one wants to read something complex, even if it is a textbook.  

Typographic Trickery

This video is so fantastic! It really shows the mind games that perspective can play on your eyes. It also opens up so many possibilities for great outdoor advertising. Personally, I think the first example is better than the second, but you can see for yourself! 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Medical Chic

I would never guess that people would want to use medical inspiration in their rooms since hospitals are usually cold and uninviting. Oddly, I have seen eye charts a lot in interior design lately. Sometimes the letters spell words, other times they are just a traditional eye chart, either hanging on a wall or ironed on a pillow. I actually am a fan of this trend and think it is the start of a "medical chic" movement. Below is another example of medical chic from Emily Henderson's blog. I like this use of the red cross flag for this trend too. I think both of these design examples are great statement pieces and add some personality to a space. Somehow, they are both warm and inviting to me as well and not at all hospital-like. I think the key to pulling off this look is to make the item your main statement piece. Too many eye-catchy items meshed with a medical chic piece would make this look unsuccessful.

Friday, June 10, 2011

3D Chess

This is the most unique chess board I have ever seen!! Those themed sets have nothing on this one! I love playing chess and it would be so cool to play on a board like this. I'm not even sure how it would work or how difficult it would be, but just trying would make my day! I think it is so fantastic how the king and queen are at the highest point. It kind of gives them the respect they deserve since they are such important pieces in the game!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Windowology from Anthropologie

If I could sit outside one store window for the rest of my life, it would be Anthropologie. There are not more beautiful window displays than the ones they put together. I've never seen plastic bottles look so good (seriously, they've done that multiple times). I realize I went a little overboard with the number of pictures I chose but, once I started google imaging,  it was like an obsession that came over me and I could not stop picking up images. So here are the beautiful results of my search:

Wine and Dine Candlesticks

I recently took on a little project and made some candleholders out of old wine bottles. I was pretty happy with the result! They have a nice rustic feel and the shades of green added some color to my room. I was totally tempted to make more, but I didn't have any more bottles on hand. It seems like this project works best with slightly different shapes and colors of bottles too. It makes for a more interesting design. I basically bought some candlesticks and carved out the bottom of them with a vegetable peeler, so that they fit in the wine bottle top and voila! It's hard to tell from this picture, but the melted wax builds up in a really cool way on the bottles. These would be great for a kitchen table since the wine bottles have a dining feeling to them already!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Bike Brigade

I took this picture in Mackinac Island. It was so neat how these pink bikes were all lined up on the dock with one black bike. You can't take cars on the island, so bikes are everywhere, which makes for some fantastic pictures. I also love how there is a bird sitting on one of the bikes. Such a lucky shot!!

Money Money Money Money

Money does not grow on trees, but apparently it grows on bushes! The image above is a picture of the money plant, also known as silver dollar plant and lunaria annua. This is actually a picture that I took in my apartment. I never knew the name of it until recently. This has to be one of my favorite plants. Obviously this is a fake version, because each little coin looks all too perfect, but I love it just the same. I think the shimmery translucent quality to all the little "coins" is beautiful. It works great if you are looking for something that is sleek and elegant, but still natural and organic. 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Rainbow Connection

I found this artwork on the Etsy shop twoems. I think the colorful collage quality to these prints is so neat and unique. I love how the prints look distressed too. They remind me of something you would see on a sixties vintage poster. The color choices are fantastic and work together so well, without getting rainbowy. Normally, I am not a fan of super abstract pieces, but for some reason I am pulled to these, I think because they have a lightheartedness to them. 


I am a HUGE Dr. Seuss fan, obsessed actually, and I never knew that he did ads until recently! This only makes me more intrigued by his work because he had such an influence on the world and channeled his artwork through so many different outlets. His ads are so interesting because they are, of course, nothing like the ads of today. I love the artistic quality of them though, the beautiful illustrations and the hand-done lettering. It is so funny because you can still tell that this is his work and I think that is something only a true artist can achieve. What a visionary!

P.S. This is my 50th blog post!! Yay! 
Happy over-the-hill blogsday to me!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Dreamy Design

I love this design spread done by Emily Henderson. I've mentioned her before on my blog but, just to remind you, she has a show on HGTV call "Secrets from a Stylist." I absolutely love her show and I love the work she does. If you look through her portfolio, she has some really unique and beautiful compositions. I especially love the one above because it is so calming and serene. I like how elegant, yet unexpected the submarine art print is. I also love the neat twig in the jar. The color scheme is so organic, everything about it is just great!!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Chocoholism At Its Best

I think the packaging design for these chocolates is phenomenal! It is so creative how every chocolate is labeled with a different number. It makes the different flavors so much easier to remember for the fans of this brand. The numbering system and colors remind me of the periodic table of elements, which also ads a scientific-cool twist to this already awesome design. I also love how fresh the color choices are and how they all work together. Great 
inspirational material!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Cufflinked In

I just bought this adorable bracelet on Etsy from the shop princefarm. It is made out of antique cufflinks and I thought it was so creative, I had to get it! I love how each cufflink looks different, but they all look like they could belong on the same suit. I can't wait until I get it in the mail so I can get a closer look! I know I say this again and again, but you will never find more unique items than on Etsy. That website takes jewelry to a whole new level. I also really loved the bracelet below from the same shop! Similar concepts, but yet each has a different feel. What they have in common, besides being from the same shop, is that I LOVE them both!