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This is just one of those things I think everyone should see. I suppose it would have made sense to post this 18 days ago (you know, on 10/10/10), but I’m not that clever.

See also: Powers of Ten. Based on the film by Charles and Ray Eames.

Yes, that’s really the best title I could come up with. Considering this is, what, the 37th time I’ve posted about white floors, it’s getting hard to keep the language fresh!

white floor, fruit crates
From Kjerstis Lykke (via Remodelista)

This photo is giving me allllllll kind of ideas. Like…isn’t that exactly what I should do with my fruit crates? And don’t I have an antique mirror sitting around that I can paint white? And why doesn’t my sofa have ticking-stripe cushions on it?

white floor, bird poster
From Elle Decoration UK
Photo by Petra Bindel // Styling by Emma Persson Lagerberg (via emmas designblogg)

I know it’s hard to look past the fact that the Eames LCW is assembled incorrectly (argh!), but goodness, this room is pretty. It’s also making me miss having something to play music on that isn’t an iPod dock. I still have all of my records and CDs (okay, and my cassettes…shut up), but they’re all stored out of sight and converted to MP3. Sad.

B&B Italia
From B&B Italia

Fantasy time, I know. Who designed that lamp, by the way? It’s like David Weeks meets Serge Mouille meets Gino Sarfatti by way of Gio Ponti.

ETA: The lamp is by Gunther Lambert, and is available in the US through the Conran Shop. (Thanks, JF!)

Florence kitchen
Caterina House in Florence, Italy by b-arch (via Remodelista)

I can’t even. I mean…shamone. Is this not the most amazingly perfect kitchen you’ve ever seen in your entire life? I love the diagonal floorboards (which are probably an exposed subfloor), and that poured-concrete countertop/cabinet base/backsplash. Poured concrete anything is so deceptively simple looking. Oh, and that island!

Geez. If our kitchen looked this nice, I’d let Evan keep an amp in there, just to add ambiance.

After some consternation and consideration, I decided to go ahead and paint the trim in the bedroom black, too. I’ll take some photos later (I left my camera at my mother’s house!), but here are a few photos of other mostly Victorian-era houses with black walls and black trim that are really inspiring me right now.

You know, inspiring me to paint my whole house black.

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These photos are all of interiors photographer Graham Atkins Hughes’ own home, Location78. I know. I knoooooooooow. Seriously, right? Dying. (Thank you, Jo in NZ, for bringing these photos to my attention!)

ligne roset

I’ve posted this old print ad for Ligne Roset before, and I still love the room. I love those blue shoes, too.

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All of these photos are of Gemma Ahern’s apartment outside of London. There was a great sneak peek of Gemma’s home on Design*Sponge last year, as well as a piece in the New York Times. I know this is gray rather than black (I’m fairly certain it’s Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe), but it’s close enough. Love.

AB Chao bedroom

Last but nowhere near least (though not Victorian), this is my painting hero AB Chao’s bedroom. She also used F&B’s Down Pipe. It’s amazing to compare the before and after photos—I mean, can you even believe this is the same room?


Photo by Nishi F. Saimaru, Karuizawa, Japan, Summer 1979 // Via Yoko Ono’s Flickr

And a message from Yoko Ono:

Dear Friends,

Today, October 9th, I will relight IMAGINE PEACE TOWER in Iceland in memory of my late husband John Lennon.

Please ask all your friends to join us by Tweeting your wishes to IMAGINE PEACE TOWER.

You can do this by coming to IMAGINEPEACETOWER.com where you can also watch the lighting live with us at 8pm in Reykjavík = 9pm in UK = 4pm in NY= 1pm in LA = 5am in Japan.

Tell all your friends.
Spread the word!

Let’s Tweet a million wishes for Peace for John’s birthday!

I hope the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER will give light to the strong wishes of World Peace from all corners of the planet and give encouragement, inspiration and a sense of solidarity in a world now filled with fear and confusion. Let us come together to realise a peaceful world.

love,
yoko

If you are in New York City tonight, you can attend a free screening in Central Park of LennoNYC, a documentary about the years John spent living there. Details about the event can be found here.

I have a real thing for wood chevron and herringbone floors, especially the slightly-battered, wide-plank ones you see in pictures of perfect old French apartments.

All four of the above photos are from B&B Italia. I could move in there tomorrow, no problem.

This is in Holly’s new apartment in Hannover, Germany, which she’s been blogging about over at Haus Maus.

Photo by Tia Borgsmidt. There’s a whole lot to like here aside from the herringbone floors—like those Poul Kjaerholm chairs!

From Sköna Hem.

Photo by Per Ranung.

What’s better than wood herringbone floors? Wood herringbone floors stained black. Via sfgirlbybay (I don’t know the original source, sorry—if you know, please tell me!).

Interior by Joseph Dirand Architecture. I really love the color variation in the chevron!

I saved the best (and most predictable!) room for last: Jenna Lyons’s bathroom, as seen in Domino. Interior by Levenson McDavid Architects. Ahhhhhh.

Chevron parquet by Atelier des Granges, who are welcome to come to my house anytime and install floors just like this.


Photo by Petra Niemeier

It’s Friday, I’m exhausted, everything I’ve been working on this week has been rejected, and I think my throat is feeling kind of funny and on the edge of becoming something sickish. In other words, I need to cheer myself up with some black and white interiors and objects that I’ve been hoarding photos of for inspiration.

From Ancient + Modern, via h p n f r h p y a c d n s

Candy Black design studio, via emmas designblogg

Triangle tea towel from Bookhou, via Remodelista

Y House by NOW Architecture, Helsinki

From Light Locations

Nubby Twiglet’s office

I need to take a small break from talking about my job (it’s been a looooooong week) and think about music for a bit. Album openers, specifically. I’ve always been a full album kind of gal more than one who goes for individual songs or singles (I’ve never used the “shuffle” setting on my iPod!), and there’s just something about a great opening track that’s so inspiring. The opener sets the stage for the rest of the album, fills you with anticipation, and lets you know what kind of listening experience you’re in for.


Not the album version, of course, but “Plainsong” is always my favorite concert opener for the Cure as well.

The Cure, “Plainsong”
Opening track from Disintegration (1989)


Embedding disabled, so go here to watch the incredible video, directed by Derek Jarman.

The Smiths, “The Queen is Dead”
Opening track from The Queen is Dead (1986)

Michael Jackson, “Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough”
Opening track from Off the Wall (1979)

The Psychedelic Furs, “India”
Opening track from The Psychedelic Furs (1980)

The Clash, “London Calling”
Opening track from London Calling (1979)


This pairing with clips from 2001: A Space Odyssey works quite well!

Joy Division, “Disorder”
Opening track from Unknown Pleasures (1979)

The Beatles, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
Opening track from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

N.W.A., “Straight Outta Compton”
Opening track from Straight Outta Compton (1988)

Prince, “Let’s Go Crazy”
Opening track from Purple Rain (1984)

Lou Reed, “Vicious”
Opening track from Transformer (1972)

Okay, that’s my top ten (in no particular order!). I always have a touch of regret after I name favorites of any kind, because five minutes later I remember a bunch of amazing things I forgot and get all crazy and mad at myself wishing I would have picked those other things instead and what if I can’t sleep tonight because my list is wrong and how can I ever repent for not getting it exactly right and what is wrong with me for leaving off so much awesome stuff (deep breath), but you know what? I’m just going to call this Good Enough and let it stand as-is.

Your turn! What are your favorite album openers?

I am feeling this in a deep, deep way right now. Sometimes you just have to let go of the quest for uniqueness in favor of (a) getting it DONE, and (b) doing a good job that will please the client. And that’s a-okay.

Please discuss.

(From Startup Quote, via the inimitable Nubby Twiglet.)