Since I have yet to pin down my thoughts from the ALT summit (all the creativity is still swirling and mixing) I thought I’d set the stage a bit by sharing this video done by Tiger in a Jar, on the mood of ALT 2012. Enjoy! (and psssst, who is that in the mirror at 1:58?)
What Alt Summit feels like. from ALT Summit on Vimeo.
A big thank you to a Twitter contact of mine, Brandi, for helping me discover this fantastic Etsy seller, Infusion Natural Fibers.
Moments after clicking the link in Brandi’s tweet, I was face-to-face, err…zipper, with a herringbone and leather pencil pouch that was demanding I order it immediately. I’d been on the lookout for the perfect pencil case for more than a year now and I had a feeling this was it. As I browsed Infusion’s other wares, I fell in love over and over again. Along the way, sparking to a shocking-turquoise zipper on a cotton canvas case. I made what felt to me at the time like a risky request, for the artist to pair the turquoise zipper with the herringbone fabric for my pencil case (insert dramatic music and beams of sun, only joking). I still hope I didn’t offend Infusion’s design sensibilities… lo and behold my case arrived and it’s just what I’d been hunting for!
The two pics below, via Infusion, are of some of the other items I’m eyeing… what is your favorite piece?
I’m playing a bit with what hue the bathroom walls will end up. An informal poll via Twitter is favoring charcoal… but I may go even darker – a bit toward a navy… or possibly chalkboard black.
Taking inspiration from the latest issue of Anthology magazine’s cover, the House Beautiful Color app on my iPad and a favorite towel set that I’m certain I want to continue to use in the space.
Decisions, decisions… well the snow is really coming down outside so better head to the paint store and make a choice, I can always paint it again if it’s not quite right. And of course I’ll share pics of the results either way.
What are your go-to colors for your walls? Or a favorite accent for a piece of furniture or small space?
I’ve decided that heavy remodeling is like travel abroad. When you’re in it, it’s thrilling but exhausting and at times stressful, but six months later you’re all starry eyed and want to go back, or are at least only telling the good stories.
After being in our otherwise largely move-in-ready 1949 cape cod for five years with a typically pastel yellow (or other color) with black trimmed bathroom, it was time. Since we live small and this house is typical to its decade, a Jack-and-Jill bedrooms with a bath in between layout, this is our only full bathroom. That’s right suburbanites, we have only one full bath and a tiny one at that. (gasp!)
As an aside, this photo was from the prior owner, I was at least limping along a bit better than this reflects.
We planned, loosely, consulted my family who are notorious for thoughtful “a-ha” solutions and priced various materials. Then we just put a hammer through a wall, and so it began…
We spent two days demo’ing, two more hanging cement and green board for the new walls, solving problems along the way, and a day was spent on wiring, plumbing changes and so on. On the following morning we went out for breakfast… and hired someone to finish the tile.
Lots of fun design choices and functional changes have really improved the obviously tiny space.
- replacing the yellow and black nonsense is ahhhhh-inducing white 2/3rd-scale subway tile with gray grout (hello no staining!)
- beautifully veined marble for the floors replaced poorly installed
- mini tiles and icky worn white grout
- inset soap shelf, marble lined to match the floors (goodbye janky shower head rack!)
- rounded shower curtain bar increased elbow room
- old three handle shower converted to single handle
- mod sink with single handle faucet, deep bowl for bathing tiny ones & pets, actual ledges for soap and such—even has hooks for holding blow dryer and flat irons and a super cute makeup tray that tucks into the medicine cabinet perfectly
- storage cabinet instead of pedestal
- ceramic bowls tuck into each cabinet opening hiding even more necessities
- much larger, though not inset, medicine cabinet—mirrored on the sides, front, inside of the door AND the back of it—glam’o'rus
- secret pass through (not shown, still needs trim and cabinet door) to adjacent hall closet gives access to towels and TP from inside this room
- hooks for towels replace a dated black vinyl wrapped bar, making space for multiple towels to hang dry
- nevermind the small things like a vent fan, quiet-close toilet seat (seriously how have I lived without this before!)
To Do Yet: Paint color for the walls, suggestions for shower curtains also welcome. White by default at this moment.
It’s my first time heading to Alt Summit so I’ve been devouring everyone’s packing list and first-timer tips, like Making It Lovely and Yuppie Love, and don’t forget Design Crush’s packing planner template.
My usual travel-light-or-bust concept is out the window for this style-focused trip. However, I must contain my excitement to two carry-on sized suitcases. One will be checked (thanks Delta medallion status) and the Orla will come with me.
These are just a few things I’ll be tucking into my bag – what am I forgetting? More importantly – what are YOU bringing and can we swap?
business cards • statement jewelry • suitcase • iPad 2 • fun heels • day dress
Why are each of these so critical to conference success? I do travel a lot and have figured out through trial and error, mostly painful error, a few things.
1) Cards are still critical. Especially in a design focused sphere. Everyone loves paper, to see the personality expressed through stock, color, size, shape and embellishment choices.
2) Jewelry. It’s far easier to pack 5 necklaces and 2 basics than it is to pack 3 dresses, 2 shirts and so on. A statement necklace or earrings can change the most basic dress or sweater into something special.
3) Light luggage. Regardless of how much volume you think you need, remember you have to lug that damn (excuse) thing around. Not only is this roller from Orla Kiely cute enough to cheer up any flight delay, it’s light as a feather compared to my last roller. Makes a much faster “grunt and shove” into an overhead bin, pleasing everyone with your grace and efficiency.
4) Lighten your tech too. iPad, iPhone, camera, MacAir, plus all the cords… shall I go on? Packing a bluetooth keyboard that connects wirelessly to your smart phone makes long emails (or posts) a breeze and will make you question why you lug that brick of a laptop anywhere at all.
5) Small shoes. Comfy shoes are the key to a good trip – anywhere. I pack patent flats and then a cute pair of heels that compress easily into a big bag. Wedges and platforms are comfy but they add weight to your carry on, and to your day bag, when you’re out racking up experiences.
6) Neutral day dress. Getting dressed with one piece of clothing, rather than five (think: cami, button down, cardi, belt, skirt) lowers stress, no more forgotten pieces and less laundry when you get home. Just drop off all your dresses at the dry cleaner and throw the tights/leggings into a delicates bag. Poof you’re done!
Would welcome other light traveling tips – what have you vowed to never repeat?