Music Keeps Me Spirited: Say Something

Well that didn't take long for another "Music Keeps Me Spirited" post.  I wanted to space it out, but well, I've been crushing on Justin Timberlake's "Say Something" song since right before the Super Bowl.  It's a favorite with my boys, especially Whitt who loves to watch the video; over and over and over again.  The music video is a work of art in its' own right.  La Blogotheque, a Paris-based firm which has a collection of filmmakers, got this special project.  It was shot in a single shot with live vocals also.  No voice overs on this video.  It's a truly live experience, and it feels like it too.  It was filmed in the famous Los Angeles Bradbury Building, which was also the location for  Blade Runner.  As you'll see in the music video it has several elevators, balconies and stairs.  

The thing that I love most about the video and location is by far the elevators.  I adore buildings with history.  It was built in 1893 and obviously you don't see architecture or architectural details like this anymore.  It takes you back to a grander time when fashion was always to the nines, when there wasn't messy hair and work out clothes.  

My guess is not too many of you have elevators in your homes.  But I think the take away from these old, ornate doors is the details.  Note patterns, are they ornate or have simple geometric patterns.  I think you can pull parts from the doors and think about a pattern for floor tile or a pattern for wallpaper.  Maybe instead of going with a basic door for your powder room vanity, select a pattern and make that your door front.  I also think this is a good reminder of what great finishes look like.  You might be able to get a similar piece of furniture or lighting for less expensive than a designer piece, but most often with the lines that designers carry, their finishes far exceed what big box can do.

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Trust me, watch the "Say Something" music video.  It will blow you away. 

 I'm a sucker for art deco

I'm a sucker for art deco

 note how the ceiling mimics the elevator shaft's pattern.

note how the ceiling mimics the elevator shaft's pattern.

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 I say if you're going to go for it, go for it!  and that they did.

I say if you're going to go for it, go for it!  and that they did.

 Just look at that patina. 

Just look at that patina. 

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 another nod to art deco.

another nod to art deco.

 A perfect pattern for walls or floors.

A perfect pattern for walls or floors.

 such fine, intreciate  details.

such fine, intreciate  details.

 look at that wood pattern and stain color!

look at that wood pattern and stain color!

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 oh my gosh!  just look at the size of that!  

oh my gosh!  just look at the size of that!  

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 I'm loving the mix of the gold with the black stone.  black and gold, a classic combo.

I'm loving the mix of the gold with the black stone.  black and gold, a classic combo.

Thanks so much for reading!

Tucker

Music Keeps Me Spirited: White Room

It's been so long since I've done a "Music Keeps Me Spirited" blog post.  I've been wanting to do one for so long but I haven't been feeling a song.  Then of course two ideas came to me, but now that it's spring, I decided to start with white rooms.  You know the 1968 classic song from Cream, White Room, right?  I'm a huge Eric Clapton lover so of course that makes me a huge Cream fan.  If you don't know the song you should really listen to it below.  Although the song first starts out with "In the white room with black curtains", this post will only be about all white rooms.  But if you follow along on this blog you know I'm a big fan of the classic black and white combo.  

The thing with white rooms is they can take on many different feelings.  You can go with stark, bright white with minimal lines and you've got an ultra modern room.  Then you can get a more country feeling, with a rustic white, by adding more creamy, yellowish white mixed with some aged furniture.  Then there's the sophisticated white, that is a mix between the two.  You have layers, upon layers of many different shades of white.  It doesn't feel cold, but still is a white room.  For me personally, I think white rooms are the most difficult rooms to design.  I crave the sophisticated white, but it takes a lot of practice, and learning when and where to stop.  It's learning that balancing act and knowing how and where to add different textures.  

LIVING SPACES

 This room is very california.  It's a true, all white room but with the small touches of wood it warms the space up.  It also doesn't hurt when you have a coffered arched ceiling either.  via  jenni kayne  

This room is very california.  It's a true, all white room but with the small touches of wood it warms the space up.  It also doesn't hurt when you have a coffered arched ceiling either.  via jenni kayne 

 This is the same space, same owner as the above photo, but look how they are both white rooms, yet give different feels.  Via  One Kings Lane

This is the same space, same owner as the above photo, but look how they are both white rooms, yet give different feels.  Via One Kings Lane

 This  room  is very parisian minus all the ornate trim details and herringbone floor.  But is an inviting, feminine space.  

This room is very parisian minus all the ornate trim details and herringbone floor.  But is an inviting, feminine space.  

 a sort of glammed up country space.  The rustic painted floors are giving the country feel, while the crystal chandelier is all about glamour.  

a sort of glammed up country space.  The rustic painted floors are giving the country feel, while the crystal chandelier is all about glamour.  

 Another truly  feminine space .  There's no way Brad would ever go for all these pink and purple flowers.  But remember honey, I'll take white peonies any day. 

Another truly feminine space.  There's no way Brad would ever go for all these pink and purple flowers.  But remember honey, I'll take white peonies any day. 

BEDROOMS

 There's something about metals and wood that really warm up any space, but they really work their magic in all white rooms.  Note how  this room  has many different shades of white.  There's some bright whites, but then there's the more "dingy" whites.  The more "dingy" whites help bring out the warmth of the wood pieces.  

There's something about metals and wood that really warm up any space, but they really work their magic in all white rooms.  Note how this room has many different shades of white.  There's some bright whites, but then there's the more "dingy" whites.  The more "dingy" whites help bring out the warmth of the wood pieces.  

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 There's not much to this room, but it really speaks to me.  I'm thinking it's the chandelier.  

There's not much to this room, but it really speaks to me.  I'm thinking it's the chandelier.  

 Again, another example of how wood and brass can warm up a room.  I'm really digging that simple chandelier.  via  Jenni Kayne

Again, another example of how wood and brass can warm up a room.  I'm really digging that simple chandelier.  via Jenni Kayne

 Just look at the shape of that bench at the end of the bed and that chandelier!!  Clearly I'm on a chandelier kick.  I'm thinking it has something to do with this big, vintage Brass chandelier Brad wants to get rid of.  We've moved it to 4 houses, in 3 different states and it's never been put up.  Well, it's happening in Charlotte I tell you.  And by "tell you", I really mean Brad. ;) Via  My Domaine  

Just look at the shape of that bench at the end of the bed and that chandelier!!  Clearly I'm on a chandelier kick.  I'm thinking it has something to do with this big, vintage Brass chandelier Brad wants to get rid of.  We've moved it to 4 houses, in 3 different states and it's never been put up.  Well, it's happening in Charlotte I tell you.  And by "tell you", I really mean Brad. ;) Via My Domaine 

 I like the shape of these small chairs and also the shape of the nightstands.  All this room needs is some simple window treatments and it's ready to go.   

I like the shape of these small chairs and also the shape of the nightstands.  All this room needs is some simple window treatments and it's ready to go.   

BATHROOMS

You've probably seen lots of white bathrooms and are probably keen of them.  My thinking is it's all about the feeling of being clean.  "So fresh and so clean clean".  Hello high school and Outkast.  Mother, don't worry about it.  There is beauty and a sense of calmness when you enter an all white bathroom.  All you need is candles and a glass of wine and you're set.   

 Clearly these people feel very confident in their nakedness or they're waiting on their window treatments.  Either way, I'd take it...with window treatments.  

Clearly these people feel very confident in their nakedness or they're waiting on their window treatments.  Either way, I'd take it...with window treatments.  

 This bathroom feels very collected and homey.  Via  One Kings Lane  

This bathroom feels very collected and homey.  Via One Kings Lane 

 Let's be honest, it's the funky chandelier that makes this space.  Designed by  Lilly Bunn .

Let's be honest, it's the funky chandelier that makes this space.  Designed by Lilly Bunn.

 Mirrors are such a great way to bounce light and make a room feel bigger.  add those to an all white room and you'll feel like you're in a 1,000 sq. ft. bathroom.  

Mirrors are such a great way to bounce light and make a room feel bigger.  add those to an all white room and you'll feel like you're in a 1,000 sq. ft. bathroom.  

 i had no idea so many people were so confident in their bodies.  

i had no idea so many people were so confident in their bodies.  

 another great way to warm up and give an all white room CHARACTER is by adding a vintage rug.  the colors, age, and pattern will add so much to the room.  Via  Amber Interior Design

another great way to warm up and give an all white room CHARACTER is by adding a vintage rug.  the colors, age, and pattern will add so much to the room.  Via Amber Interior Design

 look at that ceiling detail! via  Better Homes and Garden

look at that ceiling detail! via Better Homes and Garden

 gold you say?  Oh i'm always in for that!!  more the merrier.  I think I've even gotten Brad to not hate it anymore.  I wouldn't say he loves it, but he's open to it nowadays.  He's always said "gold is for old ladies."  I know, I know.  Stick with me babe, and i'll teach you.  via  Mandarina Studio

gold you say?  Oh i'm always in for that!!  more the merrier.  I think I've even gotten Brad to not hate it anymore.  I wouldn't say he loves it, but he's open to it nowadays.  He's always said "gold is for old ladies."  I know, I know.  Stick with me babe, and i'll teach you.  via Mandarina Studio

Thanks so much for reading.  I'm sorry I didn't post last week.  I was busy soaking up spring break with my boys.  

Tucker 

Trough Sink

You know when you see something you know you won't forget it because you liked it so much.  Well, that was me years and years ago when I opened a Pottery Barn Kids catalog.  I saw the below image, or something very similar to it.  It was a painted trough sink for a kid's bathroom.  I've always had that image filed away in the "if you ever get to design your kid's bathroom" folder.  Well, now that we're moving, I'm hoping to find a home where I can put our, ok, my stamp on it.  I tend to always do something for the boys first so I've really been thinking of their bathroom.

 The pottery barn kids catalog that started my love of trough sinks.  pottery barn kids really does make the cutest things for little kids.

The pottery barn kids catalog that started my love of trough sinks.  pottery barn kids really does make the cutest things for little kids.

As much as I do adore a painted trough sink I don't think they are a good option for every bathroom though.  I need more storage, so for a master bathroom I probably wouldn't select it.  And, well, for girls, they have so much hair and make up stuff there is no way a medicine cabinet would fill all their stuff.  But boys, oh sweet boys.  They're normally simple with just a toothbrush and comb.  So a trough sink for a boy's bathroom I think would be perfect.  Imagine if you painted the under side of the sink a royal blue and did royal blue and white penny tiles in the bathroom?  Classic, yet so fun.

Keep scrolling for more inspiration and let me know if you would do this.  Also, wouldn't a trough sink be perfect in a laundry room or mud room?  Where function meets style in the unexpected.  

COLORFUL SINKS

 Oh this is a great shot, I just wish they had taken down their shower caddy rack because all I see is Barbasol shaving cream and garnier fructis shampoo instead of the  Hygge and West's Daydream wallpaper .  But this is still a great bathroom.  

Oh this is a great shot, I just wish they had taken down their shower caddy rack because all I see is Barbasol shaving cream and garnier fructis shampoo instead of the Hygge and West's Daydream wallpaper.  But this is still a great bathroom.  

 I'm really digging the window size and shape for this room. 

I'm really digging the window size and shape for this room. 

 The unexpected lime green but with a classic black and white floor.  Have some fun with it.  Go with a classic floor but try a pop of color for the sink.  When they grow out of the lime green, paint it black or white.  

The unexpected lime green but with a classic black and white floor.  Have some fun with it.  Go with a classic floor but try a pop of color for the sink.  When they grow out of the lime green, paint it black or white.  

 Remember, that  post  I did a few weeks ago about taupe making a come back?  Why not bring the color into your bathroom?

Remember, that post I did a few weeks ago about taupe making a come back?  Why not bring the color into your bathroom?

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 A simple nautical bathroom with a pale avocado paint color for the underside of the sink.  via  Traditional Home  

A simple nautical bathroom with a pale avocado paint color for the underside of the sink.  via Traditional Home 

 another subtle nautical bathroom.  I'm really digging the rope mirror and lights.  

another subtle nautical bathroom.  I'm really digging the rope mirror and lights.  

 I can't handle how cute kids look just standing at this sink!  

I can't handle how cute kids look just standing at this sink!  

 Oh my goodness!  Again, could you imagine 3 little ones standing here?  They even have low mirrors for them!  I'm going to have to stop looking at these it's giving me baby fever!

Oh my goodness!  Again, could you imagine 3 little ones standing here?  They even have low mirrors for them!  I'm going to have to stop looking at these it's giving me baby fever!

BLACK AND WHITE

 OH THAT'S MORE LIKE IT.  AN ADULT LOOKING SPACE.  I GOT A LITTLE TOO INTO THOSE KID SINKS IF YOU GET WHAT I MEAN.  VIA  CEMENT TILE SHOP .  

OH THAT'S MORE LIKE IT.  AN ADULT LOOKING SPACE.  I GOT A LITTLE TOO INTO THOSE KID SINKS IF YOU GET WHAT I MEAN.  VIA CEMENT TILE SHOP.  

 ANOTHER FUN FLOOR!  BUT IS IT BAD THAT I THINK THESE PATTERNED FLOORS WILL BE OUT SOON?  OR RATHER, WILL JUST SHOW Around WHAT YEAR YOU DID YOUr BATHROOM?

ANOTHER FUN FLOOR!  BUT IS IT BAD THAT I THINK THESE PATTERNED FLOORS WILL BE OUT SOON?  OR RATHER, WILL JUST SHOW Around WHAT YEAR YOU DID YOUr BATHROOM?

 I'M A BIG FAN OF PAYING FOR THE UPCHARGE SO YOU CAN GET A BRASS TRAP IF YOUR HARDWARE IS ALSO BRASS.  ESPECIALLY IF IT BUTS UP TO BLACK.  

I'M A BIG FAN OF PAYING FOR THE UPCHARGE SO YOU CAN GET A BRASS TRAP IF YOUR HARDWARE IS ALSO BRASS.  ESPECIALLY IF IT BUTS UP TO BLACK.  

 CLEAN AND FRESH.  JUST LOOK AT ALL THAT STORAGE IN THE MIRROR!

CLEAN AND FRESH.  JUST LOOK AT ALL THAT STORAGE IN THE MIRROR!

 THIS IS  JILLIAN HARRIS ', OF  LOVE IT OR LIST IT TOO , NEW SPARE BATHROOM.  ANOTHER CLASSIC COLOR COMBO, WITH THE TAUPE COLOR THAT I'M TELLING YOU IS COMING BACK.  

THIS IS JILLIAN HARRIS', OF LOVE IT OR LIST IT TOO, NEW SPARE BATHROOM.  ANOTHER CLASSIC COLOR COMBO, WITH THE TAUPE COLOR THAT I'M TELLING YOU IS COMING BACK.  

 This is not subtle nautical, but I do really like it.  And those mirrors!!!

This is not subtle nautical, but I do really like it.  And those mirrors!!!

 Oh, my favorite color, black.  It too is really coming back in the form of black tiles for bathrooms.  For now, I'd stick to white toilets though.  via  Pop Sugar

Oh, my favorite color, black.  It too is really coming back in the form of black tiles for bathrooms.  For now, I'd stick to white toilets though.  via Pop Sugar

 You should see the rest of this kid space for 4 kids.  Via  Architectural Digest  

You should see the rest of this kid space for 4 kids.  Via Architectural Digest 

 Oh my those sconces!!  Via  Domino  

Oh my those sconces!!  Via Domino 

 This whole house is perfection.  It's a nod to nautical, but doesn't shout it out to you.  Trust me, go see the rest of this house at  House Beautiful . (Mother, that means click the underlined House Beautiful and you can see the whole house.) ;)

This whole house is perfection.  It's a nod to nautical, but doesn't shout it out to you.  Trust me, go see the rest of this house at House Beautiful. (Mother, that means click the underlined House Beautiful and you can see the whole house.) ;)

 Check out the rest of this Kevin O'Sullivan + Associates home  here  

Check out the rest of this Kevin O'Sullivan + Associates home here 

 White penny tiles with black grout?!!  uhhhh, yes please!

White penny tiles with black grout?!!  uhhhh, yes please!

 another black and white classic by  Rafterhouse .

another black and white classic by Rafterhouse.

 Oh my!  How cute are those animal photos? 

Oh my!  How cute are those animal photos? 

Thanks so much for reading!

Tucker