bits of inspiration – #100.

Valentine’s Day is coming up next week and if you don’t have any special plans (or even if you do) you should check out the Handmade Valentine Exchange project. The exchange encourages people from all over the world to participate in creating and sending handmade valentines to strangers across the globe. The project was started by photographer and art director, Julia Parris, in 2011 and has been going strong since. I love a good craft project and I also really love the nostalgia of creating and receiving valentines like grade-school children (an aside: do kids still do this?). This would be a perfect girls’ night or snow day activity. Some of my favorite featured valentines are below. Enjoy!

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rooms with herringbone floors.

My latest interiors obsession is herringbone patterned floor design. This design element compliments both contemporary and traditional spaces and adds a dimension of texture and movement to every room it occupies. I think my favorite examples are those in hardwood flooring where the tone of floor boards vary throughout (see the first example below). That being said, herringbone patterns have also been popping up in tile and brick flooring and the results are really impressive.

Below I’ve compiled some of my favorite examples of rooms with herringbone flooring. Happy Friday and enjoy!

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my unfinished home


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apartment therapy


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Bo Bedre


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Carla Aston


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desire to inspire


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Design Meet Style


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Emily Henderson


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Fashion Squad


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Gravity Home


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Honestly WTF


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My Domaine


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My Domaine


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Small Design Ideas

bits of inspiration – #99.

I’m very fortunate to work for a company with a lot of employee benefits – including free daily lunch. For this reason I rarely feel any pangs of jealousy when hearing about other company’s office perks. However, seeing photos from DropBox’s San Fransisco headquarters and their beautiful cafeteria, I have to say, made me a little bit envious of the people that get to enjoy that space every day. The 5,000 sq. ft dining hall was designed by NYC firm, AvroKo. Here’s what they have to say about the project:

“Taking inspiration from one of the company’s mottos, ‘sweat the details,’ the design focuses on small features and individually crafted furniture and lighting to transform moods and create a flexible space.”

Check out some of my favorite images below.

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Photography by Garrett Rowland


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Photography by Garrett Rowland

bits of inspiration – #96.

Sharing a slightly different kind of home tour today.. A cookie company in London has created what is arguably the most incredible gingerbread house of all time. The gingerbread architects as Biscuiteers Baking Company spent 500 hours creating  this 6ft-tall edible mansion, inspired by the the real-life Waddesdon Manor in the U.K. Watch the video below to see some of the work that went into this project, along with some really remarkable comparisons to the actual mansion.


video courtesy of Biscuiteers Baking Company


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photo via @biscuiteersltd


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photo via @biscuiteersltd

a few of my favorite things – Etsy gift guide.

You know it’s officially the pre-holiday season when Etsy releases their annual gift guides. These lists can be super helpful but also a little overwhelming because they have sooooo many sub-categories. It’s really easy to go deep into the rabbit hole of looking through suggested list after list around this time of year. From tea towels to tech accessories, these Etsy collections literally include something for everyone on your list. Below I’ve selected some of my favorite items. Hope you enjoy!

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Gold Rimmed Agate Coasters
$115.00

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Kitchen Towels, set of 3
$34.00

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Letter Necklaces, set of 3
$20.50

notebooks
Minimalist Marble Notebook
11.43

popcorn
Gourmet popcorn and seasoning kit
$30.00

bath
Eucalyptus Bath Bombs
$5.00

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iPad mini leather folio
$123.00+

bits of inspiration – #90.

Another project from the architects at Gensler, this time in Boston’s Fort Point area. General Electric Co. announced about a year ago that they would be relocating their headquarters from Fairfield, Connecticut to the Boston area. Gensler’s building designs were published this week, revealing that G.E’s new campus would be located at the former site of the Necco candy manufacturing facilities. The building will face the water, with direct access to Boston’s Harborwalk. Check out some of the renderings below.

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image courtesy of Gensler


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image courtesy of Gensler


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image courtesy of Gensler


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image courtesy of Gensler