Mondays, Maggie Muses: Moroccan Trends

Hi, I’m Maggie. My husband (Legh) and I own re-souL. I like to “muse” about things that inspire me. Especially on Mondays.

Moroccan design is by no means new.  However, it does seem to be having a resurgence and a strong influence on interior design, clothing and accessories as of late.  Bold rich colors, deep metallic finishes, repetition of patterns and symmetrical prints make it  an irresistible trend especially for warmer climates.  It is especially fresh when designers mix the traditional elements of moroccan design in a new modern way.

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A moroccan lounge via Pinterest, Kelly Wearstler dress, moroccan purple nook

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Living room with geometric tiles, bronze pendant lamp, Louise Gray dress detail

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Royal Mansour Hotel in Marrakech, Cordani wedge, Rebecca Taylor dress

Mondays, Maggie Muses: A Real Living Room

Hi, I’m Maggie. My husband (Legh) and I own re-souL.   I like to “muse” about things that inspire me.  Especially on Mondays.

As I stare into what technically is supposed to be our living room, I get overwhelmed on how to change it into my dream space.  Right now its just a couple of nice armchairs and smack in the middle, a pup tent leftover from my son’s birthday party.  Did I mention that his birthday was months ago? I dare not move it, as he has turned it into his own personal library/reading room.  Anything that encourages “reading” in my book is a good thing, pun intended.

However, if I ever get inspired to change our situation, these are the living rooms that I would aspire to have:

Modern yet Elegant


Open and Clean


Retro Inspired


Eclectic and Comfortable


Artfully Curated


Hmm, I am starting to see a trend here. Oh well, guess I have to live with the pup tent a bit longer.  All images via Pinterest.

Mondays, Maggie Muses: Modern Open Coastal Homes

Hi, I’m Maggie. My husband (Legh) and I own re-souL.   I like to “muse” about things that inspire me.  Especially on Mondays.

When it is spring and our weather continues to be a persistent drippy mess, I muse about warmer climates, sunnier destinations and ocean waves.  I am after all a southern Cal gal by heart.   So I can’t help but look at pretty pictures of modern beach houses.

Take this house house from Architects EAT, the Elm and Willow House.  You would expect a house made of concrete, steel and glass to render itself cold, but this house has quite the opposite effect.  Its open floor plan around the trees on the property make it a very welcoming place.


This Southern House by Fergus Scott Architects has stunning vistas that  sweeps through 270 degrees of coastal landscape. It has a protected courtyard and an outdoor fireplace than can be enjoyed all year round.


This lovely “Timms’ Bach”  by Herbst Architects is an example of living in the open air. This “bach” or “beach home” walls open up to the outdoors. I love the dining room space, perfect for eating and entertaining al fresco.



To view and read more about these gorgeous homes please click on these links:

> Elm and Willow House
> Southern House
> Timms’ Bach House

Mondays, Maggie Muses: Art and 3D Printing

Hi, I’m Maggie. My husband (Legh) and I own re-souL.   I like to “muse” about things that inspire me.  Especially on Mondays.

I am easily amazed by artists and designers who can creatively use technology. The more I learn about 3D printing, I am blown away by the sheer potential of it.  It has already transformed the work of engineers and architects, it helps in research and science and I’ve read so many things about how 3D printing will radically alter our future. However, when this emerging technology is put to use creatively, there is a potential for art to be taken to new levels.

Early examples are these lamps by Nervous System. They’re beautiful as well as functional.  “Drawing inspiration from natural phenomena, we write computer programs based on processes and patterns found in nature and use those programs to create unique and affordable art, jewelry, and housewares.”

Hyphae Lamps by Nervous System

Hyphae Lamps by Nervous System

 

Nuala O’Donavan is a ceramist originally from Cork City, Ireland.  She painstakingly assembles her sculptures by hand using individual pieces made by a 3D printer. Some take weeks or even months to finish.  “The viewer engages with the piece by allowing their own visual experiences to influence their view of the outcome of the form and its future possibilities. I hope that this aspect of my work also evokes the transitory quality of living organisms, combining traces of history, the present and the future, in the patterns that make up their surfaces and forms.”

Ceramic Sculptures by Nuala O'Donovan via thejealouscurator.com

Ceramic Sculptures by Nuala O’Donovan via thejealouscurator.com

 

Iris van Herpen collaborates with artists and architects to explore new ways to create garments.  Her 11 piece Voltage Collection was recently shown during Paris Fashion Week.  Drawing on the idea of movement, the flexible 3D printed dresses are a revolution,  a result of collaborations with MIT Media Lab, Stratasys and Materialise.

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A dress from the Voltage Collection

 

Shapeways is a 3D printing company which allows you to upload your design and they will print and send the finished item to you.  Your ideas are made real by choosing plastic, metal or glass for your end product.  Think of the possibilities!

3D silver ring by shapeways.com

3D silver ring by shapeways.com

 

Mondays, Maggie Muses: Copenhagen

Hi, I’m Maggie. My husband (Legh) and I own re-souL.   I like to “muse” about things that inspire me.  Especially on Mondays.

I love Copenhagen.  I would love to go back.  I had been fortunate in years pasts to visit this lovely city from time to time.  But it was never for more than 24 hours.  It was always an evening layover on my way back from Europe to Seattle.  I would be so excited about arriving and then a little disappointed when I had to leave.  Of course the highlight for me was staying at the SAS Raddison Royal (designed by Arne Jacobsen).  It was across the street from Tivoli Gardens and with-in walking distance to the city center.  At the time, the Royal was newly renovated back to it’s glorious mid-century modern look.  My room at the hotel looked similar to this.

 Just getting a taste of the city always left me wanting to see more.  If I ever get back to Copenhagen, here are some of the places I would like to visit for the first time and others I would like to discover anew.

First I would go for a walk here.

Amegertorv, Copenhagen

And walk further till I got to here.

Nyhaven, Copenhagen

I would like to have a coffee here.

Hotel Central and Cafe image via Flair Magazine

And though I love the Raddison Royal, I would like to stay here.

I would have to shop here.

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Hay House via Remodelista

And shop here.

Nag Store image via Line Klein

I would have to have an open-face sandwich here.

And last but certainly not least, eat dinner here.

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NOMA, Copenhagen

Wow, that 24 hours went by quick!  What to do for the next?

Mondays, Maggie Muses: A Place to Sleep

Hi, I’m Maggie. My husband (Legh) and I own re-souL.   I like to “muse” about things that inspire me.  Especially on Mondays.

Maybe it’s the jet lag from our recent buy trip, or the spring forward thing, but all I seem to be musing about is sleep!  Which has me obsessed with beds, sleep and the beautiful living spaces of where people sleep.  Did I mention sleep? I would love to crawl into any of these bedrooms shown here.

The grey tones of this room call to me to sleep.

The grey tones of this room call to me to sleep.


My inner bohemian would love a nap here.

My inner bohemian would love a nap here.


Once I was in this cozy space I don’t think you could get me to leave.

Once I was in this cozy space I don’t think you could get me to leave.


I love the shades of white in this room, I can dream can’t I?

I love the shades of white in this room, I can dream can’t I?


 

Sleep is a beautiful thing. All images via Pinterest.

Mondays, Maggie Muses: The Geo Trend

Hi, I’m Maggie. My husband (Legh) and I own re-souL.   I like to “muse” about things that inspire me.  Especially on Mondays.

The influence of geometry has taken a strong hold over art, fashion, interiors, and quite frankly design in general.  Just take a look at these images and you’ll see its pretty hard to avoid identifying this trend.  I heart it! I love the strong lines and the colors.  the patterns and shapes speak to my modernist sensibilities.  Here are some of my favorite geo-things.

 

spring 2013 dresses at Issey Miyaki via fashionista

 

society6 iPhone5 case via designmilk

 

decorative modular wall system “loco”  by ixxi

 

big rock candy mountain by Amy Joy Watson

 

geometric pattern book by kapitza via swiss miss

 

caddo quilt by Meg Callahan

 

geo rings by a merry mishap