Thursday, November 13, 2014

Skandicrush / Pretty Haute Mess

Well, this post is a little delayed. I posted on Instagram when I received my first Skandicrush subscription box and intended to post what was inside soon after. The last couple weeks, I’ve been wrapped up in making some fun changes to my apartment. And then there’s the day job of course.

But finally, here’s what was inside my Scandinavian subscription box…

Skandicrush / Pretty Haute Mess

Admittedly, I was a little disappointed to see only two items, but once I saw what they were I was completely satisfied. The cost of the box was way under the value of the two items. They’re also perfect because I needed a couple pretty details for the kitchen.

So, the first item is a set of stylish bottle grinders. The ceramic design is smooth and pretty (perfect colors for me), but it’s also smart design. The grinder is at the top, so no mess. I’ll probably use them for pepper and sea salt, but they can be used for all types of spices.

Skandicrush / Pretty Haute Mess

The other item was a set of dish towels, which I was actually in the market for. I can’t express how perfect these are in regards to color and pattern. I love them.

I haven’t unfolded them yet, I’m saving them for a photo shoot in my home that’s coming up soon…

Skandicrush / Pretty Haute Mess

If you love Scandinavian design, I highly recommend subscribing. There’s also the option to just purchase one box if you prefer.

Top image via Skandicrush


Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween everyone!

In honor of this dark holiday, I rounded up some cool products for the home. Although, they aren’t so much about this holiday, as they are just awesome home decor for the whole year.

dark decor / Pretty Haute Mess

1. Skull Towel Set / Williams-Sonoma

2. Skull Candle / Williams-Sonoma

3. Hanging Raven / Story North

4. Black Candelabra / ZGallerie

5. Wild Dog Print / Society6

6. “We’re All Mad” Pillow /Society6

7. Black Picture Frame / ModCloth

8. Black Crow Doormat / World Market

Inspiration image via A White Carousel

Thursday, October 30, 2014

instagram / Pretty Haute Mess

1. There’s a new Joan’s On Third in Studio City, which opened about a month ago. I’m really excited about it since the other one is in mid-city on 3rd street and it’s impossible to get to it because of parking. Plus it’s just a lot farther for me now that I live in Sherman Oaks. This cafe/market is somewhere I can see myself making a second office when I’m no longer working full time. There’s yummy food and desserts, but most importantly great design and atmosphere.

2. Not sure what all of you are doing for Halloween tomorrow, but I’ll be watching Gremlins with the kids (my cat and dog). Lamont will probably end up at a party since he likes people.

3. The weather in L.A. is not as cool as I would like it, but it’s definitely cooler and it’s helping me get out of the office more for lunch. Even if I just run a couple errands, it’s nice to get out since my office doesn’t have any windows.

4. I’m so excited for the little re-design going on in our apartment. We’re making some changes in our shared office and if all goes as planned, it’s going to be awesome. Little hint: large white desk! However, currently I want to pull my hair out with the mess that exists in our entryway and office (which share the same wall). I gave my niece our white console table, but haven’t found (or built) the shelving I want for the entryway yet.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I love the eye trend… Stylistically, it just looks cool. But, if you want to get deep about it (which I usually do), for me they eye symbolizes insight and clarity. Both of which I could use more of lately.

Well, if I can’t have clarity in life, at least my socks can…

Eyes / Pretty Haute Mess

1. Eye Print via Etsy

2. Leather Pouch via ASOS

3. Gold Ring via Etsy

4. iPhone Case via Urban Outfitters

5. Socks via Oki-Ni

6. Kicks via Bergdorf Goodman

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Office Ideas / Pretty Haute Mess

You guys, I’m obsessed with this pendant light. And I have been for a long time. One day I will have it…

I’m also in love with this application. What an amazing office space, designed by Meritxell Ribe. The entire home is super cool, you should check it out over on Rum Hemma.

I considered splurging and getting this pendant for our apartment, but it just won’t work. And the last thing I want is a GREAT pendant light that looks wrong. Every time I’ve seen it in a home or office, it’s a space with high ceilings. I just don’t think the pendant will look right in our apartment which has normal-height ceilings, therefore making the splurge not really worth it…YET. Stay tuned…

Just for fun, since I’m currently working on my own home office that I share with my writer-husband, I decided to break down this cool space

Office Ideas / Pretty Haute Mess

I definitely need a new office chair, but I don’t know if I have the balls to get a red one, even though it looks ah-mazing.

I love area rugs that both look great and hide any cat puke that will inevitably happen.

Besides this pendant light, I have a general (slight) obsession with chairs. I need this Eames rocking chair. Correction, I want this Eames rocking chair.

1. Framed Art / Z Gallerie

2. Pendant Light / Bodie & Fou

3. Red Task Chair / Zoetico

4. Task Light / Y Lighting

5. Desk / Hive

6. Area Rug / Urban Outfitters

7. Eames Rocking Chair / DWR

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I’m doing a little work on our apartment, like buying all of H&M’s home decor. I’m also making some actual design changes to our office. I want to add shelving on the wall between the office and the living room. I’m tired of the white console table we have there (which is actually a desk).

Shelving / Pretty Haute Mess

Image from Petra Bindel

We recently turned our dining room into a shared office, which gave the neighboring space a duel-purpose between the office and the living room. We currently have my old white desk there, playing the role of a console table, but I think shelving will look much better and accommodate both spaces better than a console does. Plus, I just want to get rid of that extra desk and get our books off the floor in the hallway.

I like this idea of stacked boxes above, especially the mixed natural wood and white finish. It’s also versatile enough to fit in any space and edit when we move, but it just doesn’t have the linear aesthetic that I want. Since our shelving will have a low profile, I think longer shelves would work better. To me, the boxes seem like a better idea for a vertical design.

Shelving / Pretty Haute Mess

Image from NY Times

I also just love a classic bookcase, stuffed with books and some home decor on top. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t be able to include any cool framed art above because of a huge window on our wall, but maybe at our next place…

Not only will our new shelving serve the office and living room, but it will also be right near our front door, so I plan on keeping a table lamp and bowl for keys up there too. Although, technically, our official entryway features a vintage hope chest and a hang-all, which I love.

Shelving / Pretty Haute Mess

Image from Barefoot Styling

I really want open shelving, but I had to save this image because I love it. These Ikea cabinets are perfect for a studio, but since our shelving will need to accommodate a living room and entryway in addition to the office, I’ll stick with the open shelving concept. I think it works better for all the different roles it needs to fill.

One thing I love about this shelving above is that it’s large and white… So I’m excited that we’re transforming our big, dark wood table into a white one! We’re adding the two 18″ leaves that came with the table and working with someone to turn it into a white table for us. (Apparently it’s not as easy as sanding it down and just painting because of the finish that’s already on it and the finish that we’ll want on top of the new white paint.)

We’re working with the same woodwork guy to do our shelving, which I have attempted to draw up…

I have a background in interior design, but I worked in the FF&E department, not the CAD department, so my drawings and math are far from perfect. What I’m trying to say is, please don’t take the time to do the math and find my errors. It’s not much of a challenge and you’ll only be wasting your time.

Custom Shelving / Pretty Haute Mess

After looking around for inspiration, I keep coming back to the custom shelving in Victoria Smith’s San Francisco home. I love the combination of the naked wood with black sliding doors on the bottom. I also just like how open it is, the shelves aren’t too think or close together. Lastly, she included books, decor and art, but didn’t stuff the shelves full. The negative space in some places is nice.

However, our space is much different so I drew up something that I think will work well under our window and easily fit somewhere in our next home…

Shelving / Pretty Haute Mess

Stay tuned for some sneak peaks along the way and the final project sometime in January….

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dream Big / Pretty Haute Mess

Today is a big day in the Magee house.

Lamont has been a paid writer for several years now, working from home, coffee shops, etc. Along the way he’s had several crappy jobs, some worse than others. But everything changed Friday evening when he got a call from his agent…

He received his first staff writing job offer for a TV show. It starts today. He will finally get to sit in his first writer’s room.

In the Hollywood world, this is huge. Aside from finally getting paid what he deserves, this job will most likely lead to more dream writing gigs.

There’s really no way to express how proud I am, besides writing it out in this post. He got his first Final Draft software about seventeen years ago. He never went to film school, but rather taught himself how to write screenplays. He’s constantly ignored people, mostly family, telling him he’s wasting his time and should get a real job.

He taught me by example how to ignore everyone and just fucking do what you want. Eventually the hard work and perseverance will pay off.

For him, it finally has.