Friday, February 27, 2015

When I cut my hair a couple years ago, I loved it… and still do. I’ll probably never have long hair again. I loved the cut even more after it grew out a little. Then, like I do, I had to go fuck it up. I even tried coloring the front blonde. Yup.

So, the last several months have been rough, but I’m finally in recovery. I got a simple cut again and I’m just growing it out now.

Here’s what I’ve learned…

Short Haircut / Pretty Haute Mess

Image from Hj i

Cool cuts like this one above is super hard to maintain actually. And it must be styled, you can’t just rock bead head, which is my M.O.

The key is finding a cool cut that’s versatile in both style and length. So, no matter how much effort you feel like putting in your hair on any given day, it will look ok. And also, if it grows out a little, it’s not a total mess, but rather just a longer version of what it was before.

Here are some cuts I like (the top right is what I just took to my stylist last weekend).

Short Haircuts / Pretty Haute Mess

Images from Hair RomancePinkula, Adi Barsan, Vogue UK

And for the record, this is who I want to be when I grow up…. Kate Lanphear.

 KATE LANPHEAR / Pretty Haute Mess

Image from Stockholm Street Style


Thursday, February 26, 2015

I’ve been working on my place for almost a year now, re-designing it and making a small 1-bedroom apartment look rad. Most importantly, feel like home. Toward the end of this process, I wasn’t interested in spending any more money, but I had several pieces of art that I really wanted to display. I knew if I framed them and maybe bought a couple more, I could create a gallery wall. I even had the perfect space, a long hallway with an empty wall.

Art Wall / Pretty Haute Mess

Let’s take a step back… This is my first gallery wall and I’m pretty excited about it. All through college, and even after, I’ve never really settled into a place because I never knew how long I was staying. Turns out I was right, I’ve had about 15 apartments since moving to Los Angeles in 1996.

But that’s not the only reason I’ve never had an art wall… I’ve also never had a clear enough sense of my own style to even make art purchases. So, the work I’ve done to the apartment feels especially good because it’s the result of finding my own design personality over the last few years.

Turns out, the extra money spent on framing and purchasing a couple more pieces of art, was totally worth it. It made everything else I had done throughout the apartment suddenly feel complete. The long, empty hallway made the whole place feel unfinished. I decided to not look at it as just the hallway, but as an opportunity. There’s wall space there, use it. So I did and I’m really happy with the result.

Art Wall / Pretty Haute Mess

I didn’t use any of those cool tricks, like putting up construction paper, marking spots and then nailing. Nope, that would be smart. My method was simply arranging and re-arranging the art in Photoshop. Once I was happy with it, I sent a picture to my phone and kept that nearby as I nailed. I started with the large piece in the middle and worked my way out on either side.

Don’t be fooled, while this may seem like it went smoothly, there are several holes behind some of those pieces.

Your takeaway from this post should be:

  1. Hang art on your walls.
  2. Use whatever method works for you, even if that means no method at all.

If you’re interested, here are the different sources for each piece.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Color System / Pretty Haute Mess

I’m really into a moody blue lately… When I scrolled down to this image in Instagram, I just had to stare at it for a little because the color combination is amazing.

While putting together color schemes isn’t always the easiest thing to do, I find that sometimes taking them apart is the best practice.

Image from Carlein Kieboom Instagram

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

You guys! I woke up at 1:30am, which is per usual lately (although sometimes it’s 3:30am, but I digress)… Opened up Instagram, like I do. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love the internet.

Modern Living Room - Bemz

All images by Bemz

Whether I’m finding new friends in the design world or discovering awesome new resources, I want to marry the internet. Scrolling through Instagram I found Bemz, a brilliant company that allows you to customize your upholstered Ikea furniture (and lots of other stuff in your house).

I was especially excited because the second week I bought our sofa, Miss Jolie (our cat) puked and I cleaned it so emphatically, I rubbed the black right out of the sofa cover. So then, I took off the whole chaise cover piece and took it to the cleaners. They of course completely fucked it up and the bottom corner pleats have never hung right, nor do they fall all the way to the ground anymore.

More recently, I got a dollop of white paint on top of the middle back cushion, Miss Jolie has puked a few more times and she’s destroyed the back left corner because I don’t trim her nails enough. The sofa is so comfortable and the color black successfully made it a little more modern, so I love it. But damn I wish I could get a new cover….

Pink Sofa - Bemz

Modern Kids Room - Bemz

Of course, Ikea still sells the EKTORP series and several (horrible) cover options, but no more black. I actually love it in white, but I have Miss Jolie and Sir Bishop (our dog)… so that’s a big NO. So, I can’t just buy a new black one…

UNTIL NOW, thanks to Bemz! They even have several different options in black that come in different textures and types of fabric. My current sofa cover actually looks a bit more like super dark grey or even a black’ish-blue due to the course texture, but it was the only “black” option.

Bemz even does bed skirts, bed spreads, bed frames, headboards, ottomans, poufs, drapery, cushions and chairs.

Bed Skirts - Bemz

Now, before you get all excited, there’s more. Bemz has partnered with some well known textile designers to create custom covers in really cool patterns, such as Marimekko! These are a bit more expensive, but so worth it!

Marimekko - Bemz

Monday, February 2, 2015

While I’m certain this was not Patti Smith’s intention when she wore this shirt while performing at a New Year’s Eve concert in 1977, I’m going to interpret it how I like for today…

Fuck the Clock / Pretty Haute Mess

Friday was my last day at a corporate job and today was my first day as a freelance designer. I sat at my desk at home all day thinking, “fuck the clock”.

Especially now, that I’m back after a nap and plan on working for a few more hours…

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Calendars / Pretty Haute Mess2015 is going to be a big year, I can feel it…. And organization will be key. Would it be too much, do you think, if I bought all of these calendars for a 1-bedroom apartment…?

1. Sugar Paper via Target

2. Travel the World via Urbanic

3. Calligraphy Letterpress via Bloom Letterpress

4. Toyblocks via Snug Studio

5. Gem & Minerals via Leif

6. Beaute via Rifle Paper

7. Kukkuu via Marimekko

8. Isometric Risograph via Paper Pusher

9. Stendig via Crate & Barrel

Thursday, December 4, 2014

This is the workspace of Swedish illustrator Sara N. Bergman. When your office looks like a super cool residence, you’ve officially made it. Keep that job forever.

atelier / Pretty Haute Mess

Since Bergman is a successful independent artist, I think that’s what she plans to do…

Clearly, this talented artist has interior design skills as well! I just can’t get over the tile wainscot on a brick wall! Holy shit.

atelier / Pretty Haute Mess

atelier / Pretty Haute Mess

atelier / Pretty Haute Mess

Images from Nordic Design