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Two things you should know about me: 1. I am obsessed with interior design, and 2. Give me a TV-on-DVD box set and plunk me down on a comfy sofa and I’m content for hours. Basically, I love interior and TV probably more than is healthy. Combine the two and holy bananas, I’m one haaaappy camper.
(Random aside: I, at one point, did consider going into set/stage design. But my program stopped offering the courses, so that didn’t happen.)
ANYWAY. TV + interior design in one place makes me happy. So naturally, these hand rendered floor plans of the apartments of popular TV characters makes me positively giddy. The artist, Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde, has put so much detail into each one. I’m just in awe of his attention to the smallest of details and his skill for drafting and rendering such beautiful floor plans. Wowzers. And the given: still lusting after miss Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment after all these years. Someone promptly built me her studio so I can live in it! (Hey, a girl’s gotta dream, right?)
Images via Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde, found via A Diary of Lovely
I stumbled upon this incredible book store+cafe. I don’t know much about it, but I know I love it. I cannot read the language of the blog I found it on, which is terribly depressing as I so desperately wish I knew more! I need to know more. From the images alone though, I feel pretty confident in saying this is my kinda space. It appears to be a converted church/cathedral and so is blessed with absolutely stunning inherent architectural features. Beautiful vaulted ceilings and archways, intricate paned glass windows, and the elegance and grandeur that such an historic building commands. Throw in a hint of modern architecture, a sea of books and a quaint little cafe, and I’m sold. Wherever you are in the world, amaaaazing cathedral-turned-book store+cafe, would you please reveal yourself to me, and oh, maybe let me camp out among the book stacks for a few hours/days?
Update: Thanks to Jessica for pointing out the store, Selexyz Dominicanen, located in Maastricht, Netherlands. It’s official: they have the best stuff in the Netherlands.
Images via Журнал Натали Шаталовой
Chalk this up as another “wish I was a residential architect and/or landscape architect”. Someday, guys. Someday. Until then, totally smitten with the architecture and landscaping for this property. It’s pretty incredible. I love the integration of interior and exterior spaces (remind me why I don’t live in Chile so I can live the life?). Truly inspired. Of course, what initially drew me to this home, the extensive use of white, the materials, and the architectural simplicity of its strong, geometric lines. Plus that pool! Want.
Images from 57STUDIO via The Contemporist
Well, isn’t this the most charming of charming kitchens you ever did see? As if I didn’t already have massive location lust when it comes to Paris, but they’re winning me over with adorable little kitchens like this one now too! I’m not typically one to go bananas for a kitchen either, but this one is so adorable, it makes me want to pack up and truck myself across the Atlantic ASAP, attempt to befriend the owner, and then hang out there all the time. (Unlikely, but hey, it could happen. ;) Ridiculous dreams aside though, I love this space. First and foremost, it’s positively dripping in white-goodness (cool points!), and it has a powder blue Smeg fridge (more cool points!), and then it’s filled up with the seemingly perfectest of knick knacks. It’s all in the details here, folks; that’s what’s making me crush like woah.
Images via The Kitchn
Scandinavian influenced design can be pretty hit or miss for me. I can usually take or leave it. But this space, oh boy, I will take it and I will take six, seven, and eight helpings, please and thank you very much. In two words: dream house. Just look at all that white and grey! I’m in heaven. And I really want polka dots on my bedroom walls! How cool is that? And that tiger sketch on her living room credenza? Fierce! (Literally.)
This gorgeous Scotland home belongs to a guest poster, Deborah, over on a favourite blog of mine, Emmas designblogg. Her envy-inducing space was featured in a post a few days ago and I’m swimming in the inspiration and design lust! I only wish the talented Deborah had her own blog so I could ogle more of her space. Until then, I’m eating up her Instagram‘s like an over-starved bear. So. Good. I want to transplant her house into mine. That’s possible (and totally not weird), right?
Images via emmas designblogg
First glance, this is a pretty cool looking abode. Beautiful textured materials, angular and ultra modern lines, amaaazing location, fun outdoor lighting… yup, this is one snazzy house that I can get on board with.
Upon further inspectation and a wee bit of investigation into the original source… hey, guess what guys? Computer rendered! Hard to believe, huh? It boggles my mind just how talented some people are. These are so realistic, I honestly thought they were photographs. On the one hand, holy cow, wow, hat’s off to designer Jan Wadim Sekula. You blow my mind, dude. On the other, kinda bummed this isn’t a real place… in that there’s no possible way that if I won the lottery, I couldn’t plop down a massive chunk of cash and call this place my own. Darn.
Images via Jan Wadim Sekula on Behance.
This may be incredibly dorky, but I have this mental list of different types of spaces I’d someday love to design. On said list are, 1. an ice cream/fro yo parlor, and 2. a hair salon. I’ve gushed ad nauseum about the ice cream/fro yo dealio plenty of times before. Now, it’s salon time! Why I bring this up now is that I stumbled upon just about the most amaaaazing hair salon I’ve ever seen. To sum up: WOW. This is the sort of space I can only dream my imaginary future hair salon project might look like. It’s beautiful. I really dig the natural/industrial look. It’s modern and elegant in an unconventional way. Plus I’m always interested in spaces that combine both a masculine and feminine vibe, and this one does it quite skillfully. I’d want to go there if I lived in Amsterdam.
P.S. I’m on Instragram now and I’m kinda obsessed – let’s be buddies! My username is _kristinb.
Images via Retail Design Blog