Posts Categorized: Design

Design + Home + House + in the studio + Inspiration + Life / Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Floor treatment inspiration

My new studio space has wonderful wood flooring. Two rooms are a beautiful herringbone pattern and the other is plain vertical planking. I’m ACHING to paint on some black and white diamonds like this party scene on the plain planking and then keep the integrity of the herringbone with a wonderful stain. What do you think? Have you ever done either? Any tips?

Party scene 
Herringbone

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Artist Feature + Design + photography + Style / Wednesday, 25 Apr 2012

Drafts to Tim Walker

The final draft:

I’d like to be a bird perched on your shoulder.
Sincerely,
Brittany Watson Jepsen

The First Draft:

Dear Tim Walker,

Are you for real? Do you live on planet earth or do you create your dream world as you go? Who does your styling? How many hours go into each shoot? How do you recreate your thoughts into reality? Did you assemble a dream team? Are YOU the dream team? How many inspirations journals do you have? Are you friends with Tim Burton? Do the animals talk with you? Can I work for you? Or can I just watch what you do for a week?

Sincerely,

Brittany Watson Jepsen
______________________

(All of my favorite photos are from Mr. Walker. I didn’t even realize they were all his until I did a google search and one by one his name showed up. Past posts include balloons, yellow and many more).

Credits: here, here, here, herehere

Also, check out this interview of him and his design process and how he started. I can totally relate to not being interested in the technical part. “Photography is just a box you put between you and what you want to capture” and “my photos are so close to being kitsch.” Love it.

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Design + In the Know + Kinfolk + Life / Friday, 30 Mar 2012

Kinfolk Issue 3

Remember this teaser? Yes, I realize it appeared to be a pregnancy announcement. I mean, it would make sense. BUT, it was really to introduce this:

I was honored to be asked to contribute to the premier issue of the beautiful Kinfolk magazine and I’m even more stoked now to have written an article with my husband, Paul, for their latest issue. We were asked to do a 2 week experiment where we would eat breakfast every day together for two weeks, something we admittedly do not do (do you????) and then report about it. Hilda took our pictures, of course.

Well, it was the coolest thing because we wanted to bring meaning into it so we thought of my grandparents, Carl and Dorothy Bradshaw, who were the sweetest, most pure, angelic people you’ve ever met and thought about how they would have done it. My grandparents were really the bomb. I wish you could have known them. Like, they were cool. They raised goats in the middle of LA for  crying out loud! We interviewed my mom, aunts, and uncle to find out more about Carl and Dorothy and it was so revealing and comforting. Each one of them thinks they were angels on earth. Just hearing my aunts and uncle talk about them made them feel like they were here with me again. Smiling. My grandma used to write me letters saying, “I wish I was a little bird perched on your shoulder and could see the things that you see.” And she would mean it. I wish I would have had the chance to interview them fully while they were still here so I could learn how they do it. If anything, this experience made me want to value the relationships I have right here, right now and treasure the time that we spend together. And now that I’m getting all thoughtful with this post, I remember hearing a podcast by a lady I admire. She was talking about how when she was raising her kids she would take advantage of the time she had in the car with them, shuffling them around town and create conversation. She made those moments meaningful. Sometimes I think about that and wonder if I’m using my time well with my husband and those whom I love….Or am I instagraming?!?

I encourage you to check out the latest issue. It’s beautiful. Order here or, let’s be honest, you’re probably Anthropologie a lot, so pick one up there.

Above…we finally got our copy in the mail today (15 days to ship from the States, Mr. Postman?!? ). And the intro video is delightful.

Have a LOVELY weekend! 

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colors + Design + Home + Interiors + Style / Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012

This girl: IV

Black and white gloriousness.

Girl  |  Foyer  |  Office space 

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denmark + Design + Interiors + Scandinavia + Textiles / Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012

my Scandinavian style dilemma

So, here’s the thing. I love Scandinavian style. I do. I love the crisp white walls and natural materials. I do.
Buuuuuut…so does everyone else. And I’m speaking from what I know now, which is Denmark. For the most part a standard apartment has the white walls, white or natural floors, and beautiful modern classic Danish furniture or an inspired nod to it. Or Ikea. There are lots of neutrals and then a pop of color now and again.* If you had asked me to define my interior style prior to moving to Scandinavia I would have said a mix of French/Swedish Gustavian (read here for a short history of the style. So interesting!) and loads of color and humor. I’m learning that Gustavian hasn’t remained much in Denmark (if it ever made it’s way here? anyone know?). I’m thinking it must be strictly Swedish.** Here’s what I’m talking about when I say Gustavian:

Now, these are a little too toned down & mature for me. What I’d do is blend the two styles together to get the best of both worlds. Domino (RIP) was quite good at achieving this eclectic mix of historical and modern. This one, below, is an apartment in Malmø, Sweden, just across the water from us in Copenhagen. I’d probably add in some more historical pieces with fun colors & patterns to achieve my ideal look, but I think they did a great job modernizing an historical apartment.
I’d also take advantage of the wonderfully bright patterns and colors that Scandinavians have come to perfect like Josef Frank’s. Joanna Goddard recently showed her apartment redo and added in his fabric. I thought it was a clever way of adding color and history.
I realize that I don’t talk about Scandinavian style enough and I need to take advantage of my surroundings and focus my design eye while I’m here. I’m going to try and feature more interiors/products. If you see anything noteworthy or know of any awesome designers, let me know.
1st and 3rd photos from Emma’s Design Blogg
2nd photo from Line Klein
Gustavian entry and living room found here
Joanna Goddard’s bedroom with Josef Frank
Wallpapered

*There are exceptions. 
**Though Denmark once governed Sweden. I’ll have to check my dates. I would think there should be some overlap.

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