2012 Juni : design elements


Bathrooms I Love

categories Bathroom    

la boheme, desire to inspire


Where the Magic Happens

categories Inspiration    

fantastic frank


A Dose of Inspiration

categories Houses, Inspiration, Pools    

my favorite tumblr Cabbage Rose

where my house

all things stylish


Monday Dreaming

categories Dream View, Monday dreaming, Travels    

Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel mit traumhaftem Blick auf die Amalfiküste, Italien. Einen guten Wochenstart!

Dream view from Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel, Amalfi Coast, Italy. Happy Monday!

where is the cool


Wednesday Mix

categories Wednesday Mix    

design: Michael Haverland, photo: AD France via viva full house



Burnette Residence in Arizona

categories Architecture, Houses    

Traumhaus gefunden… Design:: Wendell Burnette Architects

Dream house found… Design: Wendell Burnette Architects

photos: Wendell Burnette Architects via where is the cool


Sydney Harbour Penthouse

categories Dream View, House Tour    

Sydney Harbour Penthouse mit Blick auf das Opernhaus. Interior Design: Sarah Davison

Sydney Harbour Penthouse with a great view of the opera house. Interior Design: Sarah Davison

photos: Prue Ruscoe


Interview with Charles de Lisle

categories Designer, Interviews    

Charles de Lisle is a San Francisco-based interior designer whose work I’ve been drawn to from the first moment I saw it on Desire to Inspire 2 years ago. Charles’ experience spans the last 25 years working within the art of ceramics, metalwork, custom furniture, product design and interiors. His projects – so full of character – has been published in many magazines globally, including Architectural Digest Germany, The Wall Street Journal, Metropolitan Home, Interior Design, The New York Times Magazine, Dwell, Sunset, California Home + Design, Traditional Home. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did!

How would you describe your style?

Traditional, with a fresh perspective I think.

What inspired you to get into design?

I think it found me, I was building furniture, welding and doing ceramics when I started a job with an event-planner in San Francisco. Years prior I had torn out a House & Garden page, and one day found myself in the very room that was photographed. I was introduced to the owner and she proceeded to tell me all abut her years working with Michael Taylor, one of California’s most important interior designers… and decided that I loved the idea of making amazing experiences and telling stories through architecture, just like that room did.

How did you get your first assignment?

A friend asked me to help design and build & design a small shoe store, the budget was $600.

Looking back at your first project what decorating knowledge do you wish you had back then designing the interiors?

None. I miss having the opportunity to be naïve, just dreaming up crazy ideas and be fearless in hoping clients would consider them.

Is there a designer that has influenced you?

Francis Elkins, she brought moderne interiors and the magic of the artisinal, fully created interior to California in a fresh and interesting way.

Some designers believe that the first piece for any room is the rug or a painting that sets up the colors palette. What is your first source of inspiration?

Could be a table, or a vase, a photograph… I just designed a house where the color palette came form the bark on the redwood trees outside the front door. That being said, its easier to match the carpet to the trees at the start, then to try and find a rug to work out in the end., but that’s experience and lessons learned through trial & error, and why you hire a decorator in the first place.

How do you achieve a good scale?  Scale is a really interesting and difficult topic.

I need to work out scale in my head seeing the items in person… I’m not to good at realizing a floor plan on paper. The internet has made this difficult. All those items on white backgrounds look to be exactly the same size ~ I don’t trust them. You need to see, then assemble in person to get it on the right track.

What do you enjoy most in your work?

When mistakes turn into something new.

What do you love to do when you are not designing?


Who are your favorite artists?

Christo, Tom Sachs, John Chamberlin.

Your favorite books?

The Potters Challenge by Bernard Leach, Franny & Zoey by J.D. Salinger, In Praise of Shadows by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

What does success mean to you?

Having the opportunity to work with people I admire, hearing form clients that they trust my thoughts on a project.

My signature question – what are the most important design elements?

In life or in work? Both require good light, soft light that makes everything a bit more poetic.

photos: Charles de Lisle


Jonathan Adler’s Shelter Island Retreat

categories Architecture, Dream View, House Tour    

Das Strandhaus von Jonathan Adler und Simon Doonan in Shelter Island

A look inside the modernist home of Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan

photos: Joshua McHugh for AD


Home in South Australia

categories House Tour    

Ein Blick nach Südaustralien in diese tolle Wohnung, die ich gestern auf Design Sponge gesehen habe. Einen schönen Dienstag!

Not sure how many of you got a chance to see this charming South Australia home on Design Sponge yesterday but if you didn’t, here is a peak.

photos: Jane Cameron, Fête Magazine

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