Wednesday, October 18, 2017

If you’re new to this blog or you just forgot because I’ve been MIA for a year, I was an interior designer before I was a graphic designer. Even though I left ID several years ago, I still love interiors! Whether I worked in the field or not, I believe interiors, fashion, art and design are all one in the same.

That being said, I love it when two or three of them get thrown in the mix together… Like these kitchens! Books (graphic arts) and fine art take them to the next level. Not to say these kitchens wouldn’t be awesome with just a blender on the counter.

Images: 1, 2, 3, 4

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

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Have I mentioned how much I love Instagram, I think I have. What I try to tell people who don’t understand why I’m on my phone all the time (mostly my mom), is that the amazingness of your feed is all in who you follow.

Here’s a few of my current favorites in the lifestyle category…


1. Hannah Bronfman

2. Kelli Lamb

3. Local Milk

4. UniqFind

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Irene Kopelman_PrettyHauteMess

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I took an amazing trip to Mexico City in early December. I haven’t posted about it yet for two reasons… First, I haven’t blogged about ANYTHING since November. But mostly, I’ve been trying to figure out how to blog about my trip and whether I wanted to do one big post or a few smaller ones. I decided one post was too much pressure, there’s no way I could share everything I wanted in a blog post. Maybe a book, but not one blog post.

So here is the first of a few posts about my Mexico City trip. Let’s start with one of the galleries I visited called Labor. It was right across the street from Casa Barragan, which I’ll be sharing over on Design Milk!

Irene Kopelman_PrettyHauteMess

Irene Kopelman_PrettyHauteMess

The current exhibit was of Argentinean artist Irene Kopelman, On Glaciers and Avalanches. The art is a result of her research and collaboration with scientists in Switzerland who better helped her understand the complexity of the behavior of glaciers as they relate to avalanches.

These art pieces are her interpretation of that relationship. What appears to be simple water colors are actually an expression of the “ephemeral landscapes” she grew to respect and appreciate.

Irene Kopelman_PrettyHauteMess

The gallery itself was also something to note… It could have been a dream residence, with its lush patios and open space interiors full of natural light. It had me at the turquoise door…

Irene Kopelman_PrettyHauteMess

Irene Kopelman_PrettyHauteMess

All images are my own

Friday, October 30, 2015

Monster Cupcake_Oh Happy Day

Love these printable mini-monster cupcakes holders! I might download them and wrap them around little planters with mini succulents… Since cupcakes don’t last long in my home. To be honest, neither do plants, but at least longer than food.

***You can download the prints and see the DIY over on Oh Happy Day, along with SO MANY more Halloween ideas for food, costumes and decor.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Ok, my title was a bit corny, but so appropriate right…?

I have somehow collected a ton of stairway inspiration while living in a 1-bedroom apartment. Dreaming, one might say, but take a look…

White Spiral Staircase

Source: Planete Deco

It’s not just the stairs that are brilliant in this all-white home. Those dark floors! That skylight! I can’t imagine a more perfect studio space.

Black Stairs Inspiration

Sources: Archi Lovers, Dering Hall

How about going bold with a black staircase or awesome pattern…

One is so simple and the other so loud, yet both are classically cool.

Modern Staircases

Sources: Arch Daily, Dezeen, Tree Hugger

Concrete and wood is a favorite pair of mine.

I’m also enjoying these two examples of pale wood staircases. The one of the left is so wide and I love the sitting area at the landing in front of those huge windows. Take a look at the one on the right, how about a garden under the stairs…?!