Airplant Log

Hello!

I have something new to share today!

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So recently I’ve been kind of obsessed with air plants. I don’t know if you’re all familiar with what air plants are, so I’ll give you a run down. Air plants are a plant (obviously) that does not need any soil to live and thrive. You can set them anywhere, and they’re super easy to care for! There’s a decently wide variety of them, and they’re super cute!

I recently found this half hollowed out log on a walk, and thought it would be neat to put air plants in it.

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I hope you guys like it!

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-The Whale

Cacti Art Upcycle

Hey everyone!

I have a not so typical upcycle to share today!

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I found this 3Dish art piece at a thrift shop a bit ago… the fact that it was featuring cacti meant I had to buy it…. it was only $15… but I wasn’t a fan of the pinkish brown frame it came in. It made it look way too pastely, and I also felt like it needed a little something else added to it.

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After some thought, I decided I wanted to add a subtle geometric border to the piece. I picked shapes that were already in the piece, and a light silver color so it wouldn’t over power the original part.

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I then spray painted the frame white. I feel this really freshened the piece up, and kept the focus on the actual art.

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What do you think??

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I like it much better!

The Whale's Endeavors

-The Whale

Featuring: Irving Harper

Today I’m doing another featured artist post! Check out Irving Harper!
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Harper is a well known industrial designer who’s career spanned from the 1930s to 1983. You’ve probably encountered a lot of his designs without even knowing it, but I’m not here to share his career designs with you, I’m here to share his paper sculptures!

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After his retirement, Harper took to creating paper sculptures as a hobby to keep himself occupied. He has now (at 96 years old!) created around 300 of these sculptures, which are all on display in his own home.

Take a look at a few of them!

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The owl is his last completed work, and is by far my favorite! You can see a bit more as well as acquire additional information in this article.

-The Whale

Featuring: April Deacon

Hello, everyone!

I haven’t done a featured artist piece in some time. That partially has to do with the fact that I haven’t had a ton of time to look into new artist lately… but then I came across April Deacon.

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Deacon’s works captivate and inspire me. She uses (mainly) old photographs, specifically portraits, which she finds in various stores, and then ‘resurrects’ them with acrylic paints.

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She tends to use bold colors and geometric patterns in most of her work. That’s probably a lot of the reason that I love her art. Geometric is huge in my life right now!

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“I collect discarded memories, then reinvent them.” -April Deacon

I also love how she goes about gaining inspiration. Deacon comes up with stories for the photograph about the people in them. She uses these stories to create her art.

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” to be forgotten

perhaps the greatest tragedy to befall a human life
all of the joy and love, all of the pain and suffering, all of the memories, all of the contributions, all of the work
erased
as if those experiences never occurred, never meant anything to anyone
how many are there?
the forgotten certainly outnumber the remembered
terrifying
the possibility of living an entire life only to be forgotten

comforted
only in the knowledge that energy inhabits all of us
and
energy
does
not
die”

-april deacon
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Check out more of her awesome works here!

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-The Whale

Hanging Basket Planter

Hey there!

So I completed a small project over the weekend that I want to share with you guys!

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I’m pretty into houseplants. Mostly succulents and cacti. This weekend I went into ‘get stuff done mode.’ This resulted in me re-potting all my house plants and cleaning up my little cacti gardens. I’ve had this vine type plant on my windowsill pretty much ever since I moved, and I had been thinking it would make a good candidate for a hanging piece! I had picked up a small basket I enjoyed at a thrift shop a bit ago, and had been trying to decided exactly what I wanted to do with it. It worked out perfectly for this project!

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First thing I did was spray paint the basket white. I really wanted to keep the fresh, clean look of my apartment going on.

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After the paint was dry, I grabbed some of my favorite mint colored yarn, and crocheted ‘straps’ directly to the basket. If you were trying to recreate this look, but don’t know how to crochet, you could easily braid some yarn and achieve something similar.

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I crocheted a consistent loop over a doorway to my living room so that there wouldn’t be a knot on the top.

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After that all I had to do was add the plant! I kept it in a plastic pot I also painted white, so that no dirt or water would leak through the basket.

Pretty cute, yes?

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-The Whale

Interior Design Magazine February

Hello, everyone!

I haven’t done one of these in a while… I’m a bit disappointed in myself for that…. but better late than never, right?

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I really liked the February issue! It was pretty hard to pick my favorite projects out of this one, but here’s what I finally decided!

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This is the PanAtlantic Exploration Company designed by Mayfield and Ragni Studio in Houston, TX. The thing I loved the most about this project is the combination of the organic stump furniture and artwork with the clean, white, contemporary design. The reception desk is meant to mimic a geode rock. The organic components really add a wonderful texture and variation to the space.
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I also love the way the art was selected to add some color to the space, without being overpowering. The ceiling is a fantastic feature as well. The wavy ‘fins’ cover a series of power efficient LEDs. The idea was to give the feeling of being under the ocean, which adds to the organic nature theme of the space.

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Another of my favorite featured projects is the The Chronicles of Catalonia. I can’t get over the way the pool is so seamlessly integrated into the house, and also how the whole set up seems so natural. It belongs in that forest just as much as the trees do! The whole design was done by Sausriballonch Architects, and is located in Santa Pau, Spain. When the homeowners purchased the home, it was a small lava stone structure. The architects dug out under it to add the dinning room and pool.

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One of my favorite things about this house (besides the whole being part of nature thing) is the lighting! Maybe I’m slighting partial to it because I work in a lighting store, but that is beside the point! I’ve always felt the Artemide Castores looked a bit alien, but the way they’ve been used in this house is wonderful! They contrast the natural wood and stone finishes, but in the best way possible.

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I love how the guest bathroom’s shower is completely made up of concrete. It has a great texture! (I’m a big fan of mixing textures if you didn’t notice…)

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One thing that was important to the homeowners was that the architect’s keep the original home’s lava stonewalls in tact. This feature is then seamlessly incorporated into the building’s new design. Once again, I love the natural, organic attribute this adds to the space…. And also the texture! (oh surprise!)

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Alrighty, my final favorite pick for this issue is the Andaz Maui resort in Hawaii by Rockwell Group. I can’t get enough of this staircase! The curve and wood grain are just phenomenal….

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A factor that was important when designing this resort was to make it feel like… well…. Hawaii. What better way to do that than by including a lounge area with sand?? I would love to sit there with my feet in the sand while sipping something tropical. I also enjoy the walnut beams on the ceiling, and all the vertical elements that were included in the design.

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This image is of one of the villas. I really like the textures added with the wool rug and the lighting fixture over the table!

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The pendants in the business center are amazing….

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So are the ones over the kitchen islands in the event center. I also love the large wood grain in the cabinets!

Okay, moving onto my favorite new products!

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1Chiaozzo’s Geometric Shelving:
I’ve been pretty big on geometric patterns lately. I love these shelves! They’re made up of different kinds of painted wood, and come in such fun colors!

2. Restoration Hardware’s Spartan Daybed:
I would like nothing better than sit by the pool all day with a good book in one of these….

3. Tai Ping’s new Chroma Collection:
I’ve been pretty into watercolors lately. I love how messy and abstract they can be while still feeling so light. These rugs are just wonderful.

Well, there you have it! Be sure to check out Interior Design Magazine’s website for more information on any of the things I talked about in this post!

On a completely unrelated note, The Whale’s Endeavor’s has been featured on the wonderful Jillian’s blog, ReFashionista, as a Reader Refash! Her blog was a huge inspiration for me, so I suggest you check her out!

-The Whale

Refreshing My Portfolio

Hello!

So lately I’ve been working a bit on re-branding myself. At least from a professional standpoint. I just felt that it was time to freshen things up. I wanted my new look to be cleaner and less cluttered, while still being me and being fun.

Refreshing My Portfolio

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I’m pretty fond of how it turned out. It was a somewhat long process with a lot development from where I started. I did get some help from my graphic design friend Matt Tout. For serious he’s awesome.

But anyways. Check out my new portfolio and give me your thoughts!

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-The Whale

Bench Refashion

Oh hello.

I have a new project to share with everyone!
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I came across this cute little bench at a flea market over the summer for only $8! For months it sat in my parent’s garage as I waited to find the time to make it into what I had envisioned.
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Finally I found some time, so I proceeded to paint the bench a nice off-white. I planed on putting the bench in my kitchen, and I wanted it to be neat and fresh. After the paint was applied and the bench was transported to my kitchen, it was buried under odds and ends and mail as I waited to find the time to sew up some appropriate cushions. I had the perfect fabric already…
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Lovely vintage fabric! I love the color and the print!
So a month or two after being moved to my kitchen, I have finally completed it all!
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I really love the result! No more acting as a storage table; the bench now serves as a quiet little sitting area by my window. It’s a rather nice place for coffee and a bagel in the morning!

-The Whale

Interior Design Magazine: September

Hey, everyone!

So, I’ve been slacking a lot with this lately… I know I’ve missed a month or so of my Interior Design Magazine series… I know… I need to step it up a notch! Well, here goes.

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As usual I’ll start with my favorite projects featured in the magazine!
One
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Aesop is a high end skin care line started by hair stylist Dennis Paphitis in 1987. Paphitis then hired Giovanni Lepori as a general manager. Each Aesop store is unique. Lepori likes to choose architects early in their career to design new stores. All the stores focus on using raw materials and center around a sink with running water so that customers can wash their hands and try out the products!
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I’m a huge fan of the curved, wood ceiling and creative, geometric shelving designs!

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This next one is the loft space of Eric and Julie Ronning by Ghislaine Vinas Interior Design. The whole place is animal themed starting with the swallow wallpaper featured in the entry hall.
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I absolutely love the wood look of the trompe l’oeil wallpaper for the back splash in the kitchen!

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This last of my favorites is… well my overall favorite! This is the Midtown headquarters of the advertising firm McCann Erikson. The new headquarters were a design collaboration between Gensler, a top 100 design firm, and Tom Dixon, a company focused on lighting and furniture. (I’ve mentioned my love for Tom Dixon Lighting before in a previous design post!)
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I really love the stools sound the bar area, and I LOVE all the Tom Dixon lighting installations, as well as the chevron rug!
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Like seriously… the lighting… I can’t get over it. The copper lighting cluster above the lounge area blows my mind! It’s amazing how much lighting can make or break a space.

So now onto products I love!
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1. Pelle Soap Stones:
“The Soap Stones are handcrafted glycerine soap intended for both use and display. Consisting of all natural, vegetable-based soap ingredients, the Soap Stones are made and hand cut in our Brooklyn studio.”
2. CX Design:
“CX Design is the creation of Italian-born designer Monica Missio and British-born entrepreneur Richard Cleves. Established in 1990, it offers the only complete lighting collection individually hand-crafted by master Italian glass blowers on Murano, an island just north of Venice – the centuries old, undisputed center of the world’s most treasured glass. ” I love how the pendants and chandeliers can come on chains!
3. Erica Rosenfeld Capsule Light:
Handblown glass table and floor lamps that resemble pill capsules. I like the variety of colors and sizes these come in!

Well, that’s about it for my Interior Design Magazine September post! Check out their website for more information on any of the projects I talked about!

-The Whale

Fuji Instax Mini Collage

Hello, hello!

Today I have another small project I did for my apartment! A while back I shared some information about my Fuji Instax Mini camera. At that point I was trying to figure out what exactly I wanted to do with my growing stack of photos taken with the camera. I really love the look of these photos and I certainly didn’t want to stash them away somewhere. I wanted them to be on display!

Well, as you can imagine, I finally figured out how I wanted to accomplish this!

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I eventually settled on making a collage I could display out of the photos. At first I decided I wanted to aim for a circle shape. I taped the photos I currently had together into a circle and hung it about my tv.
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This didn’t really work out for me…. It was fine for a bit, but I had a hard time getting the photos to lay flat, and I also felt it was missing some sort of ‘wow factor.’ It definitely needed something. Also, I wanted to be able to easily add more photos to the collage as I took them.

At this point I decided that some sort of backing would for sure help out with making the photos lay flat better, so I thought, why not make a big circle, place the photos I have right now in the center, and then add to the outside as I go? Sounded good to me!

I cut out a big circle from a cardboard box and taped my current photo circle in the middle. I then made the decision to construct a grid around those existing photos to place any new photos in.
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When I began, I felt like I wanted the grid to be a series of color blocks, so I started out going with that… After maybe a fourth of the circle was complete, however, I felt that I wasn’t super into how it was turning out. I decided instead to opt for an entire gold background and a simple black grid. I didn’t wan to take away the focus from the photos with all of those colors!

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I’m now quite pleased with the results! It definitely is a nice way to showcase my little Instax Mini photos in my living room!

-The Whale