Bold Gender Neutral Nursery

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hi all, it's me Kate Cabiltes!
I came across the charming flat of London retailer Alex Eagle on Domino recently. Each room is thoughtfully designed and filled with beautiful vignettes much like one of her shops. My favorite spot is her 6 month old's nursery which is bold yet refined and can be appreciated for its design sensibilities. The paper mache animal head statement wall is adorable but the striped red and white wallpaper which lines even the built in shelves to make the stripes continuous is the best. The mid century furniture pieces that anchor the room bring help from some of the greats: Serge Mouille (the light), Fritz Hansen (the chair) and a white rounded crib from Anita's House. While the three-arm ceiling lamp she uses is amazing, a more cost effective (and colorful) alternative would be this Midcentury Chandelier from Pottery Barn Kids.

Here's how to get the look in your nursery...

Orla Red & Gold Wallpaper via Graham & Brown
Serge Mouille Three-Arm Ceiling Lamp via Design Within Reach
Elephant Crib via Oeuf NYC

Inspiration image via Domino

- Kate

Musso Design Group: Design Spotlight

Monday, June 19, 2017

Heather here . . . with our Monday Nest Studio Design Spotlight.  This week we are featuring the transformative work of Atlanta's Musso Design Group.  Musso takes their charge of inspiring clients seriously.  As evidenced by their work, Musso curates places of beauty that fundamentally lift the human spirit.  The Musso team states:

"Our deepest purpose is to help draw from within all we touch, those feelings that captivate and inspire.  Musso.  A source of wonderment.  A source of beauty.  A source of warmth.  A source of inspiration.  A view of life.  A way of life.  Our purpose is simple.  Help those we touch to live a life inspired."  

I appreciate how this firm poetically thinks and writes about design.  Their ideology seems to elevate their design work to something almost esoteric.  Their real life designs achieve a highly livable style.  Thoughtfully selected artwork, material objects, and furnishings blend together to create a cohesive interior, often with a wink and a nod with a good dose of humor.

Check out our @neststudiohardware Instagram feed this week for more work by Musso Design Group.  A sampling can be found below:

Annie Downing: Design Crush

Monday, June 12, 2017

Hi folks, Heather here with our Monday Design Crush.  This week we are featuring the sophisticated stylings of Annie Downing.  Annie's interiors are a livable luxurious combination of eclectic and bold.  Downing has an knack for timeless detailing, distinctive accessorizing and unique color combinations.  Annie also has a fashionable showroom in the 'Design District' of Austin, Texas.  Here you can see first hand her freshly curated vintage furniture collection, accessories and upholstered pieces.

Check out our @neststudiohardware Instagram feed this week for more work by Annie Downing.  A sampling of her work can be found below:

Cozy Farm Kitchen

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Hi, it's Kate Cabiltes!

I came across this home tour featured on Domino by Studio McGee and was in awe of how this Salt Lake City based firm transformed a drab 1930s kitchen to a cozy yet bold room. The open shelving on the squared (as opposed to typically rectangular) subway tiles makes for endless storage and display possibilities. The colors throughout are simple yet eye catching. The jewel toned green cabinets pop against the whites and neutrals and the brass hardware and light fixture add some yellow undertones which make the area shine. Whether you take cues from one of many of the pieces of this look, the transitional nature of this style could easily be mimicked in almost any kitchen.

Here's how to get the look in your kitchen...

Cordless Roman Shade via Pottery Barn
English Lake Scene Painting via One Kings Lane
Studio Green Paint via Farrow & Ball
Sage Sconce via Schoolhouse Electric

Inspiration image via Domino

Young Huh: Design Crush

Monday, June 5, 2017

It's Heather Kilmer here, with our Monday morning Design Crush.  This week we are featuring the impeccable work of NYC designer, Young Huh.  Known for her irreproachable attention to detail, Huh intimately layers her clients' history, personality and cultural experiences into their homes.  She states,

"A rule that I do follow is to decorate with family heirlooms even if some of them are not-very-valuable hand me downs.  They have the greatest impact when you group them together."

Like her clients, Young Huh's projects each have a unique style and point of view.

Young also brings a broad global perspective to her work and an extensive range of design styles.  Her discerning eye and design skills allow her to effortlessly work in a variety of styles from classic to transitional to modern.  Always firmly rooted in tradition, her interiors reflect her love of art, craft, materials and textures.  Beautiful fabrics, classic furnishings, and flowers are among her typical palette that create a livable luxe interior.

Check out our @neststudiohardware Instagram feed this week for more Young Huh projects.  A sampling of her work can be found below:

Trend Watch: Leather

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Heather Kilmer here . . . and this week is all about leather.  We are seeing lots of innovation in interior artisan leather these days.  From chairs to accessories to fashion, here are some of our favorite leather trends:

Ngala Trading from South Africa is one of my favorite leather artisans.  Their handcrafted Urchin Chandeliers and Shaggy Leather Chairs are meticulously constructed with hand-stripped leather and have a dramatic life-like appearance.  All their pieces make a distinctive statement in any interior.

The Objets Nomades collection by Louis Vuitton uses leather to celebrate the Art of Travel.  From intricate morph-able interior screens to portable furniture leather is fastened, cut, woven and reimagined in visually stunning ways.

I am in awe of Una Burke's complex skillful leather constructions.  Ranging from art to fashion to accessories, her handcrafted pieces are made using vegetable tanned leathers and solid brass fittings.

Nest Studio likes leather so much we are adding it to our hardware collection.  Here is a sneak peak of our soon to be launched Mod Series prototypes with a customizable leather option.

Classic Kids Bedroom Retreat

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hey there, it's Kate Cabiltes!

This kids bedroom by Shannon Wollack of LA design firm Studio Life.Style is the ultimate kids retreat. The space features built in bunk beds coated in a custom paint by Soho House and outfitted in neutral hued sheets and mud cloth pillows. While the space reads fresh and minimalist, fun outdoorsy details like the Pendleton blanket and rope handles keep it playful. The blue palette carries through in the ombre drapery and textured baskets. This is a room that is tasteful and can be enjoyed as a child continues to grow and I'm sure some adults such as myself would be completely happy relaxing in this !

Here's how to get the look in your kids bedroom...

White African Mud Cloth Lumbar Pillow via Chairish
An Inky Navy Paint via Farrow & Ball
Reversible Letter Throw Pillow via Jonathan Adler
Huntington Baskets via Serena & Lily
Glacier National Park Blanket via Pendleton USA
Pliant Rope Handle via Anthropologie

Inspiration image via Lonny

Lina Bo Bardi: Design Spotlight

Monday, May 22, 2017

Happy Monday, it's Heather Kilmer with this week's Nest Studio Design Spotlight.  This week we are spotlighting one of the most important 20th century architects, editors, illustrators, furniture designers and curators, Lina Bo Bardi.  Her bold, distinctive and prolific work successfully integrates the values of the modern movement with popular culture.  Living the majority of her professional life in Brazil, Bo Bardi designed an astonishing variety and number of projects ranging from private homes, museums, office buildings, theaters, churches and cultural centers.  Her buildings are vibrant when inhabited and come to life with the energy, diversity and creativity of the people who occupy them.

In 1951, Lina designed her private home in Sao Paulo.  Here, nature, art, handmade crafts, toys, collections and chairs--from peasant stools to Eames and Le Corbusier chaise lounges--all co-exist in playful harmony.  Of her residence, Lina Bo Bardi writes:

No decorative or compositional effect was sought in this house, as the aim was to intensify its connection with nature, using the simplest means possible, in order to have the minimum impact on the landscape.  The problem was to create an environment that was physically sheltered, i.e. that offered protection from the wind and the rain, but at the same time remained open to everything that is poetic and ethical, even the wildest of storms . . . . This house represents an attempt to achieve a communion between natures and the natural order of things.

In 1957 Lina Bo Bardi constructed the modern iconic Museum of Art Sao Paulo (MASP).   The above ground museum component is a floating glass volume supported by two red monumental concrete beams.  Visitors approach the building through a public area underneath the main structure known as "free span" on grade with the surrounding pedestrian sidewalk.  The museum vertically connects its underground space with the floating museum through a glass elevator.  Lina' intent was to create a portal between sidewalk and artwork, interior and exterior, challenging the notion that art is should be inaccessible.

Design intent is also evident in MASP's interior.  To reinforce its transparency, there are no solid partitions in the main exhibition space.  All artwork is displayed in an open area, held by glass and concrete easels designed by Bo Bardi and centrally places artwork rather then relegating it to the museum's perimeter.

Bo Bardi's SESC Pompeia cultural complex in Sao Paulo is revered for its tectonics as well as its democratization of space.  Built on a derelict factory site, Bo Bardi kept the old complex brick buildings, preserving its industrial memory, but removed interior partition walls to create a fluid space.  On the remaining plot of land in the industrial village, Bo Bardi erected a shockingly Brutalist complex of two high towers and a tall chimney all built in raw concrete.  In contrast to the old factory space, this complex enters into open competition with the urban environment and responds to it contextually.  The compact tower houses a swimming pool and showers and the larger volume houses stacked gymnasiums.  The two towers are interconnected by either Y- or V-shaped open-weather bridges and gangways.  The architecture's own playfulness becomes evident by virtue of its circulation, form and the use of vibrant color juxtaposed with its gray building mass.

SESC Pompiea was conceived with a capacity of up to 15,000 multigenerational visitors per day.  Its program houses soccer, swimming, theater, ceramics, photography, dance, art, and concerts.  Old men play chess, people read newspapers and children play with building blocks, you can sunbathe on a boardwalk called "the beach" or simply sit and watch the passing scene.  The complex accommodates an evolving sprawl of planned and spontaneous activities.  It is extraordinary how physically unchanged spaces have the flexibility to completely change in atmosphere and quality depending on the time of day, event and use.

Check out our @neststudiohardware Instagram feed this week for more of Lina Bo Bardi's work.