Friday, November 17, 2017

Whether you’re talking about fashion, interiors or fine art I would argue that you’ve always gotta have a “wow” factor. It could be an object, a color or even just a vibe. Let’s focus on interiors today though… There are so many talented staircases designers out there opening up the possibilities for a BIG statement. More than ever, now I want a loft home…

staircases design

Image via Trendier

If you live in a big city like I do, you might think you don’t have the space for adding stylish architecture, but you do! Staircases for small houses just take a bit more planning, but great design comes from problem solving, so go for it. Just take a look at this space above!

Besides the Scandinavian-style interior, I’m in love with that white spiral staircase. It so smoothly blends in with the rest of the space. The combination of a spiral design and a white metal finish almost makes it look like sculpture art in the corner. This home has a great mix of materials and considers details very well.

staircases design

Image via TRNK

I just love how light and airy this staircase design is. The space is large enough to not have to worry about space saving, but open and empty space should always be a priority. It allows for a more relaxing existence.

Clutter is not just about hoarding ‘stuff’, it’s also an architectural hazard. You can fill a room with unnecessary elements if you’re not careful. For example, I only love a beautiful molding when there are high ceilings. Otherwise, keep all your corners clean and simple. Don’t create any unnecessary shadows with architectural elements if you don’t have to, no matter the size of your space.

staircase design

Image via  Dezeen

Did you think because you have a small and rustic, cottage-style interior that you can’t have a dope, modern staircase design?… You thought wrong.

I would love to call this home in France my Summer home, but I cannot. My only concern is the bad luck that might come with resting your head under stairs every night. Am I insane? Who’s with me?

Besides nailing the architectural design, this bedroom has utilized color as a secondary ‘wow’ statement. I like the idea of adding a little color to such cool tones found throughout the interior architecture.

Sometimes I love a 1-story home, but after finding these inspiring images I’m no longer sure again… Good thing my husband and I are NOWHERE near ready for home buying just yet. Now, a condo… That actually is in our near future so stay tuned in 2018!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Vintage Signage

Vintage Signage

Vintage Signage

Vintage Signage

Vintage Signage

Images from: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Grand Park LA

While I had the unpleasant calling of jury duty today, it allowed me the opportunity to spend the day downtown.

Grand Park LA is right behind the courthouse so that’s where I spent lunch…

Grand Park / Pretty Haute Mess

Grand Park is a Los Angeles County park open to the public. It features cool seating, food trucks, a water fountain and an events calendar that includes yoga. The best part, in my opinion, is all the beautiful surrounding architecture.

Grand Park LA

All photos are my own

Friday, November 20, 2015

Rocha Apartment / Pretty Haute Mess

All photography by Roberto Ruiz for Arch Daily

Uh guys, I’m not even fully into super modern spaces but I’ve put all that craziness aside and now I want to live here! In Barcelona, Spain. Kthanks.

Rocha Apartment / Pretty Haute Mess

Rocha Apartment / Pretty Haute Mess

Wait for it….. my favorite corner in this home.

Rocha Apartment / Pretty Haute Mess

Rocha Apartment / Pretty Haute Mess

Rocha Apartment / Pretty Haute Mess

Also, now I want to create line drawings of all my favorite spaces… Look for it in every interiors post from now on. Maybe. But how cool is this….?

Rocha Apartment / Pretty Haute Mess

Monday, November 16, 2015

Yesterday I had a great day with my mom… We did a driving tour of beautiful Craftsman-style homes in Pasadena, California (where I discovered how much I LOVE my nav system). My mother loves design as much as I do. In fact, she studied to be an interior designer, but opt’d for teaching instead because it was more secure.

I’m presenting these photos in black and white so that you’re able to appreciate the architecture without any distraction from colors.

Craftsman House_Pasadena

This is my mom above (in the Birks), the most impatient person on the planet, patiently waiting to get a history of the first house on our tour.

The yearly event is organized by the Pasadena Heritage organization. It’s actually a three-day event with lectures and home tours, but we only attended the home tour on the last day. It’s great because you drive around to each home on your own schedule. There were six homes on the tour, so of course we stopped for lunch at Mi Piace in Old Town Pasadena after home TWO.

I found it very interesting to see the interior of homes and try to figure out what type of person(s) or family lived there. Like, what they did for profession, etc. Turns out, I’m really good at this game. I knew this home belonged to a single guy who was a designer. Luckily the owner was out back and open to chat, he is single, lived there for 15 years and he’s an art director! BOOM

Craftsman House_Pasadena

This house was not actually on the tour, but there are SO MANY beautiful homes in Pasadena (most of which are Craftsman) it was like a tour within a tour.

I had to take a picture of this one because while I love the architecture of Craftsman homes, both inside and out, I typically don’t like the color palettes. Most of the exteriors are green or brown, sometimes with deep red window frames. This home above was done in black finish with white trim windows! I am super on board with this palette, although the real Craftsman lovers would most likely slap me.

Now, when we buy a home one day and I notify my husband that I’m going to paint it black, he can visualize it and not freak out.

Craftsman House_Pasadena

This was the largest home on the tour, there was actually a foyer which is not common in Craftsman homes. I figured out very quickly that it was a family and the father was a lawyer. Toys hidden behind the sofa with political books and legal reference books in the library that, “the father built for himself”.

All six of the homes we saw were about 100 years old, built around 1910! They were all constructed for between $1,500 and $6,000! They’re now valued between $800K and $1Mill. How loud can you scream ‘appreciation’? Most of the owners who commissioned the builds were transplants from the East Coast looking for a more comfortable way of life with larger homes and more land. Some were built just to rent out as vacation homes during the Winter.

I highly recommend this tour if you have the chance…

Friday, November 13, 2015

I have a really exciting announcement! I’m taking my first big trip in a very long time… I’m traveling to Mexico City next month! I’m taking my mom with me because my husband is super busy with multiple writing projects. But it’s also something special to do with my mother, who is from Mexico City, and spend some time with her.

Travel_Mexico City

Photography: Rodrigo Cruz for the New York Times

I used to travel to Mexico City every summer during high school (it’s the only other country I’ve ever been to). At that time, I just wanted to smoke and drink and go to clubs, so my plans for this trip are a little different. The last time I was there was fifteen years ago, when my grandmother passed away. For many years I did not want to go back because I missed her. But then, I developed a whole other reason for not wanting to go back, or travel anywhere for that matter…

Since traveling is essentially the act of being lost and wandering, I had no desire to feel more lost than I already did in my own life, at home in Los Angeles.

It was in my early 30’s that I developed a serious wanderlust, but it’s been hard to find the right combination of time and money. They’ve been hard to sync up.

All that being said, I’m so excited to finally be traveling, and I love that Mexico City is the first destination. Stay tuned for some fun traveling posts…!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Apartment in Rome_Est-Magazine

Source: All images from Est Magazine

Announcement… I’m moving to Italy. My husband doesn’t know yet.

Specifically to this apartment. The simplicity and the elegance is to die for, but then there’s also a modern element which just about rounds out all my favorites.

Apartment in Rome_Est-Magazine

Apartment in Rome_Est-Magazine

The architectural details are just so good… the balcony doors, archways and wood floors. The interior design is beautiful with the pairing of modern furniture and classic pieces. I have no words for that shelving…!

But no matter how great the interior design is, it’s the architectural details that really are so much more than “details” in any home or apartment. This Italian apartment wears both beautifully.

Apartment in Rome_Est-Magazine

I like it when kitchens look like just another room in the house, not the “kitchen”. Check out that sconce in the dining room…!

My jaw is still dropped by the flooring details…

Apartment in Rome_Est-Magazine


I will pretty much buy anything that has that stairway to the roof.

Apartment in Rome_Est-Magazine

Did you think all of that was it?

Nope, check out that view…