Thursday, December 9, 2010

Furniture That Inspires

This week I was unable to photograph any furniture. However, I did find several photos online of furniture that made me think and were appealing to the eye. They also had a sense of whimsy that I found to be very fun.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Inspiration Location

Last week I visited the Japanese Gardens at the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens and I was in love. It was so beautiful and peaceful, with vivid reds and oranges. I was just in awe of the beauty of the place. Here are some shots I took while I was there:

Friday, November 26, 2010

Coffee Shop Field Report

For the field report, I visited InHouse coffee shop outside of Nordstrom. Inside, the serving area was set up as a galley style kitchen, with snack bar attachment. Therefore, customers were able to stand in line while still having space to move around in. They can either start at the snack bar or at the register and then eventually move to the serving bar. Employees are friendly and helpful, while being able to move in a straight line quickly and efficiently. A negative aspect is that there isn't any sitting room inside the shop, one must sit outside in the courtyard. Another is that lines aren't very easy to figure out, as the layout is essentially a giant rectangle. However, the cork ceilings, glass tiles, and warm paint colors create an open and friendly space that makes a person want to settle in.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Project Spotlight

This week as I was going through pictures trying to find a project that inspires me, I remembered Philippe Starck's "Mama Shelter" hotel in Paris. I love this hotel's vibe and aesthetics. The monochromatic color scheme with splashes of color here and there is really cool. I also love the unique bed side lamps.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Improvement on Design

Although this design is good in essence, I think it could be improved upon:

For starters,the overall color scheme is too dark. Although they tried to lighten the space up by leaving the ceilings and ballisters white, the overall effect is still gloomy. I also think it could use touches of warm colors such as orange or red.On the whole it's a good design, it just needs some pick me ups here and there.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Cool Kitchens

In browsing for interesting pictures, I ran across loads of funky, fun kitchens. I thought these were all aesthetically appealing.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


This week, I've been inspired by Florence + The Machine. For those who don't know who that is, it's a band consisting of Florence Welch and an ever changing backing band. Their first album is called "Lungs" and I've been listening to it all week. The songs are full of emotional depth and they remind me of open, bright spaces. Here's some pictures of the areas the music reminds me of and the album art.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Possible Career

Several careers are possible with interior design. The one I'm most interested in, though, is green or sustainable design.
Sustainable design is creating spaces that are healthy and eco-friendly while still remaining stylish.Green designers make any where from $32,000 to $64,000 depending on their skill level.Since I have so many allergies and am prone to get sick easily, this is a career I'm highly interested in. I'd love to be able to help people like myself live a in a healthier environment.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Residential Inspiration

This week I found these ultra modern town homes in Keller that I found to be incredibly interesting. Although I'd be happier if there were some kind of front lawn involved.

I loved these fountains. I like that in the middle of all the houses is this peaceful courtyard area.

I am particularly fond of having to climb the staircase to get to the front door. I feel like if a flood occurs, I'd be safe.
I really love the color of the stucco.

I also really love the open courtyard. The slanted rooves make for an interesting perspective.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Blog Inspiration

In searching for a blog to be inspired by, I ran across a few that caught my interest. The first one, PadStyle, has some pretty cool looking furniture and design ideas for small spaces. Here's the link:

Here are a few others that really peaked my interest: blog for modernists fresh, sustainable ideas new design trends


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Modern-Contemporary Inspirations, Part I

While in Keller the other day, I stumbled upon a group of apartments called "Arthouse". I took a liking to them immediately and took pictures. I love the clean lines but fun, interesting colours that go with them. To me it just gives me a desire to create something sustainable and fun while remaining hip and chic

An extra note: all of the apartments are located above local shops and restaurants. All of it evokes a modern, downtown SoHo, NY feel.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Philippe Starck

Yesterday in intro to ID, we were given our first project which is all about one famous interior designer. I was able to have the wonderful opportunity to learn about Philippe Starck, someone I had never heard of before but whose work I am now in love with. Here are a few examples of his work he's done in New York and London:

St Martins Lane, London

Hudson Hotel, New York:

He's definitely now in my top five favourite designers!