Beautiful Thoughts

Some days are easy going and good and somehow we arrive at the end of it a little wiser, happier, or maybe the same but unscathed.  Then there are days we question our very worth and sometimes we don’t even know or understand why we derailed off the happy train. It’s those days that we need the extra kindness of friends and strangers, a smile, an acknowledgement that you are seen and even valued. We need a beautiful sight, a flower, a tree, a child, a beautiful human, something funny, the water or the forest, or at least the memory of such.

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We need to give our smile to someone else because they may be feeling the same and need a little confirmation, a little love, too.  You can never know the complete affect your little act of kindness can have on the world. So today, as easy or as confusing as it may be, I choose to let the universe flow through me as a confirmation that life is beautiful. And,  I vow to let the people I love and the strangers I make eye contact with, feel valued and seen, and acknowledged. So I ask you to just smile at someone, make eye contact and say hi, you just never know!  Let’s be better humans!

Photo taken somewhere on Puget Sound between Kitsap and Seattle

Beautiful Amazing Kindergarten

Today, I present one of those projects that takes your breath away. It is designed by Emmanuelle Moreaux and it’s a beautiful kindergarten full of color, a stimulating environment where kids can let their imagination run free. Every child should be so lucky to go to school to attend a learning environment like this.

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I love the use of color, a common feature that runs throughout the space. The school, Creche Ropponmatsu, is located in a residential area in Fukuoka, Japan. Emmanuele Moreaux designed this crazy, whimsical project – color is common theme throughout many of her projects. The result is amazing. Emmanuelle designed the architecture, interior space, logos and graphical signage, with a vision to open a new kindergarten where children can grow up freely in mind and body. Running behind the colorful grove, this kindergarten gives opportunity for children to raise rich sensibility by feeling many colors wherever they are.

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THREE-DIMENSIONAL COLORS AND ELEMENTS
Color is apparent in every corner of the space. 22 colors were used in the 63m height trees on the façade. The branches appear to wrap the entire building, protecting it, perhaps, from the less colorful world outside. Collections of color jump out at one glance. On the facade, there are 22 colors used in 63 multi-colored trees of 4 m in height extend the branches rhythmically and wrap the building. While giving full-sized glass with a feeling of openness, by wrapping it with colorful trees, gives a sense of distance to the outside. Inside, 200 colorful boxes in 25 colors are lined up on the wall, where each one of them belongs to every child to stock their personal goods. Every time children use their own tools or get changed, they find and pick up the box of their color.

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The stairs which connect the 4 floors is also full of colors, 18 different tones in fact. This creates an environment where kids are surrounded by diversity inside, outside and in common zones. Stimulation with colors and shapes is crucial for kids at this age – experts claim that color helps kids to develop their sensitivity and individuality.

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DETAILS IN THE LOGO
Colorful trees on the façade have been also included in the logo, a perfect representation.

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Learn more about her colorful projects here 

Beautiful Colorful Interiors

Check out this crazy wonderful colorful home, full of painted walls, bold rugs, and inspirational details. It features a stairwell with with a color clash of blue and lilac pink walls, and loads of art. But it’s that gold panel detail that really sets it apart. It’s all a wonderful way of mixing old with new while maintaining the original architecture and charm.

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One major detail to note in this home is the use of black instead of white to ground all the colorful choices and also bring a sense of drama to the space. The gorgeous herringbone wood floors, and quite a few furnishings are in the black or dark grey realm. It’s so rare to see black used with loads of color in a home – it’s refreshing.

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The blue continues into this sitting room where modern lighting gets swapped for antique venetian chandeliers. There really are no design rules in this home – it’s very much a case of the ‘buy what you love, and it will work theory.

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While the stairwell reigns supreme, this happy pink kitchen with geometric aqua tile is definitely a close second. The clean design keeps the pink from feeling to precious. The cubbies are a nice alternative to open shelving, and the sleek lighting on either side of the window is perfect.

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Beautiful Kitchen Design

I am loving this little kitchen with dark grey and black cabinets. Love the sleek new black stainless steel, fingerprint-resistant appliances with a rich, matter look.

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The great thing about black and dark grey is how dramatic it is, and how it helps make everything else around it pop. And adding black appliances to the mix gives things a seriously seamless look!

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Check out Whirlpool’s newest line of black appliances here

 

Beautiful Bedroom Retreat

CREATING A BEDROOM HAVEN WITH WHITE WALLS + WARM NEUTRALS

Planning a white bedroom but don’t want it to feel sterile? The white walls can feel a little boring and stale –  inject a bit more warmth. Fabrics, such a linen headboard can make a big difference to the space, injecting texture and contrast. Team white with neutral elements such as warm wood and linen bedding, especially lovely when the sun is streaming in through windows. These beautiful bedrooms and retreats provide some great ideas for creating a neutral bedroom haven all year round.

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A dreamy sun-filled bedroom via Uniqwa Furniture

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Layers of linen and a touch of velvet make for a cozy combo
Styling by Balthaz Interior | Photography by Elisabeth Daly for Wrede

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The beautiful home of Danish designer Caroline Feiffer
Photographed by Katrine Rohrberg via Remodelista

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A lovely Spanish home by Gordana Golubovic
Photographed by Lauren Moore via Est

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A tranquil bedroom in the home of Swedish interior stylist Denice Lindell, via My Scandinavian Home 

To finish, here are some some favorite design pieces to further inspire a neutral bedroom with warm, textural elements.
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Sally waffle weave blanket from TRNK
Olive art print by Ekatarina Koroliva from The Poster Club
Cultiver Pinstripe linen duvet set
Armadillo & Co Braid Weave rug from The Ivy House
Fenton Bed by Tim Webber Design
Jo Malone English Oak & Redcurrant Cologne
Sans [ceuticals] Palm Comb
Sans [ceuticals] Boabab Regenerative Body Cream
Vitra Akari 1 ad light by Isumu Noguchi
Citta Silky Cushion from Paper Plane
Vitra Wiggle stool by Frank O. Gehry 

Beautiful Gallery Walls For Kids

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Gallery walls look great and they’re a quick way to update a room that needs a bit of life or to change the look for a new season. Gallery walls can be made up of art in frames or frame-less art taped to the wall. The art can be hung up in an organized manner or in an eclectic, random manner. But it doesn’t stop at art. In a kid’s room, you can use toys, decorations, clothes and lots more to make your wall unique to your kid. There are so many ways to create an interesting gallery wall, it just depends on your personality and style.

Here are some more fun ways to create a gallery wall in your kid’s room:

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If you prefer a more streamlined look, a gallery wall like the one above is the one for you. The key is to pick prints that are similar in style and in color tones. All the prints above are very similar to the type of art and the colors are in similar tones too.  This creates a stylish and interesting look.

For a playful and very creative take on a gallery wall, you don’t need any art at all. Instead, we love how they’ve used just the frame and placed some little toys that act as 3D art.  And the addition of other toys, clothes, and decorations adds to the charm of this very fun wall.

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Kids create a ton of art so why not turn their art into their very own art gallery? We’re loving the informality of simply taping all the art to the wall and also we love how the whole wall is covered. So fun and colorful. The mix of the child’s art and shop bought art, works really well too.  This kind of gallery wall is so personal and can be changed up in minutes, as often as you like.

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Beautiful Googie Architecture

Union 76 Gas Station

The dramatic upward-curving roof is one of the most iconic examples
of Googie architecture that still stands today.

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What looks like a flying carpet anchored to the ground with pillars at
the intersection of Crescent Drive and Little Santa Monica Boulevard in
Los Angeles is actually a functional gas station. It’s also one of the most
iconic examples of Googie architecture in the world.

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The dramatic upward-curved canopy decorated with red square tiles was
originally designed in the 1960s by architect Gin Wong to be a part of the
city’s airport, but when that plan was changed, it ended up as a Union 76
gas station. When the fluorescent lights that follow the curve are turned on,
Jack Colker’s 76 station, as it is commonly known, goes from flying carpet
to embellished spaceship.

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It was completed in 1965, right around the time when the eye-catching
Googie style was extremely popular in California. Inspired by the SpaceAge,
fast cars, and jets, Googie style buildings contain steel, plastic, and neon,
twisted into crazy shapes and designs. Several of these whimsical creations
were demolished in the decades that followed but there are still handful of
them scattered around the Golden State.

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