Friday, November 4, 2011

House of Fifty - Guest Suite Design

For all of you Domino readers and design lovers alike I am so excited to share with you my favorite new "e-zine" (online magazine) House Of Fifty. I couldn't resist to share this because the Holiday issue was just released this week and it is amazing! I give major props to founding editor Janell Beals from Isabella & Max Rooms for coming up with this concept for an online magazine with tons of great design and lifestyle inspiration. I love everything about it, the layout as well as the content. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!

My favorite design tips from the Holiday issue were about creating a luxurious guest suite. During the Holidays you may find yourself hosting guests for longer periods of time. Here are my top 3 favorite ideas for making their stay even more amazing:

 “Guests rooms should be comfortably chic with equal parts swanky boutique hotel and the creature comforts of home.” - Lori Graham (Interior Designer and Contributor to House of Fifty E-Zine)

1. Provide a luxurious robe & slippers!
2. Layer drapery to create a soothing and dark atmosphere where guests can rest and relax.
3. Provide baskets of tasty snacks & a tray with seasonal teas.

You will have to subscribe (for free!) to House Of Fifty to see the remaining tips to create a luxe guest suite!
A beautiful & bold guestroom. I love the glossy black floors paired with the distressed antique armoire.
Designed by Lori Graham from House of Fifty E-Zine.
A serene guestroom with a pop of brightly colored artwork. I love the unique black & white bed frame.
Designed by interior designer Lori Graham from House of Fifty E-Zine.

I love the idea of making your home feel like a boutique hotel, giving your guests a fab space to vacation.

I am officially joining Pinterest this weekend so be sure to stay tuned!
Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tourist In Seattle...

I am still unwinding from a long weekend in Seattle. We went to the Seahawks game and enjoyed some fine dining with friends at re:public bar & restaurant in the South Lake Union district as well as a delicious Italian birthday dinner for Bryan at The Pink Door , there is no sign just a lightly colored pink door on Post Alley near the Pike Place Market. I highly recommend both of these to anyone planning a trip to the Seattle area.

Aside from the amazing food and wonderful time with friends I was thinking alot about the architecture in Seattle. Our hotel was across the street from the amazing Public Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas! After watching the sunset over the peninsula from the top floor of the hotel I am even more convinced that the best place to build a house is directly on a body of water. I have always been in love with the idea of living on a house boat. Since I was little I always admired the cozy rustic houseboats on Lake Union and was surprised and excited to find a very modern approach to lakeside living. Check out this Dream Home!

The raw materials (glass, aluminum and wood) not only give this houseboat a sleek and modern look, they are easy to maintain and hold up against any harsh weather conditions from the lake.

I love how the light filters in through the translucent floor to ceiling glass windows.

A view of sail boats from the kitchen? Yes please...

This design flips a traditional home design, putting private spaces on the ground level and the public spaces are on the upper levels allowing the best views for entertaining.
A dock off the master bedroom? Why not...

A very modern approach to living on the water. For more information on this amazing and chic house boat go here:  Lake Union Floating Home, designed by Vandeventer + Carlander Architects, LLC.

 I remember when I was little we were able to walk out and see the house boats up close and personal. Most of these neighborhoods are now private, requiring professional tours to view them. However you can still get down by the water and appreciate them from afar!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy November!

I can't believe it is November! The fall is really here, the air is crisp, the leaves are changing and the sun is shining low in the sky. It is time to indulge in some Muller Apple Cider and Apple Cider Doughnuts (I have always wanted to make these!!!) and pull out the recipe books in preparation for Thanksgiving!
I hope you all had a lovely Halloween and filled up on your share of candy! I just returned from a long weekend in Seattle and will be posting tomorrow about some cool architecture from this hip Northwest City, thanks for dropping by and don't forget to stop and enjoy the brightly colored leaves!