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!

Two
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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!

Three
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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 โ€“ the centuries old, undisputed center of the worldโ€™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

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Launching Golden Owl

Hello, everyone!

Today I have some very exciting news! I have been working really hard lately to launch a new Etsy shop! The shop is called Golden Owl (By The Whale’s Endeavors) and features hand painted glassware!
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Another exciting thing about this post is that in order to kick off the shop, I’m doing my very first giveaway! One lucky winner will receive $5 off a purchase from Golden Owl!

Here’s how to enter:
Go check out the shop and leave a comment telling me which item is your favorite!
Bonus Entry!
Like the Facebook Page and tell me you did so in a separate comment!

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The winner will be announced next Saturday, Septemeber 28th on this blog, so be sure to check back!

For those of you who don’t win, no worries! Just enter the code TWEBLOG at checkout and receive 20% off for the next few weeks!

Hope you guys like it!

-The Whale

Interior Design Magazine: May

Hello, hello!

So, I know I’ve been MIA for a week or so… Life gets busy sometimes. Or maybe I just get lazy. Or maybe its a combination of both? We’ll go with that.

What is important is that I’m back, and its time for my Interior Design Magazine post for May!

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As always, I’ll start with my favorite projects from the magazine!

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First up is this fantastic mausoleum in Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis. Designed by HGA Architects & Engineers, this lovely building features a granite facade along with marble, bronze, mahogany, and onyx. I love how the rough granite texture works with the shiny gloss of the marble. Texture is one of my favorite things to play with!
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This mausoleum was built to hold up to 10,000 remains, and also has a chapel, and a lounge. To top it all off, it was built surrounded with 4 acres of beautiful landscaping!

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Next up is a temporary pop up shop for one of my favorite fashion designers Louis Vuitton! The shop was designed to feature a new line and collaboration with Japanese octogenarian multimedia artist and certified iconoclast Yayoi Kusama. Yayoi is well known for her pumpkin sculptures and polka-dot paintings, so the installment, done by Marc Fornes & the Very Many, features carbon fiber ‘pumpkins’ and water jet cut polka-dots.
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I love the unique and artisticness of this shop!

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My final favorite from this issue is the new Adobe offices! This building, located in Utah, was a design collaboration of architecture firm WRNS Studio, and interior design firm Rapt Studio. The idea was to create a space that would promote the flow of creative juices, while featuring not the Adobe products themselves, but what could be created with Adobe products.
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The structure was built with a wing going straight across an interstate! They view this as an effective advertisement solution. Genius really. Check out more information and photos of this awesome building here!

Okay, on to my highlighted products!
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One:
Emma J. Shipley with Camira Fabrics. I love this gorilla jungle upholstery fabric titled ‘Tangled’!
Two:
Aceray chairs. I an a huge fan of the new line of seating offered by Aceray! I enjoy the shapes of these chairs a whole lot.
Three:
Shaw Contract Group: Hexagon. The idea of carpet squares being anything but square is a great thing to me!

Well, I do believe that wraps it up for this month! Check out more from Interior Design Magazine here!
I promise to try to not disappear again for a while… but life is busy! :]

-The Whale

Hexagonal Upcycle

Hello, friends!

I have a new upcycle to share with you today! It’s one of my recent thrifting finds! I got this chiffon (I absolutely LOVE chiffon) button up at a Goodwill one fine afternoon. The color and nifty hexagonal pattern caught my eye. Of course the fit and the style.. well not so much.

Before:
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It came equipped with these lovely shiny cuff links as well!
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So to make this work out better for me, I took in the sides a bit, chopped off the sleeves, and then turned the cuff links into more buttons on the front. (The shirt has hidden buttons behind the strip of fabric down the front.)

After:

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Much better yes? I think so!

On another note, I recently got a Tumblr so if you would like do follow me! Also, check out my Etsy shop if you like pretty things!

Until next time,

-The Whale

Dream Catchers and Feathers.

Hello everyone!

I’ve been making a lot of necklaces lately. Just for fun. I tend to make things when I’m bored. There are three I am especially proud of that I feel the need to share with you all.

The first is a feather necklace. I’ve been rather obsessed with feathers as of late.

The second is a beaded bit. It took me some time to figure out how to put it together to achieve the results I was going for, but it was worth the effort and I’m pretty proud of it!

The last one is a dream catcher inspired piece. I had been seeing necklaces in this style around and really loved the way they looked.. so I made my own! It’s also a combination of my crochet/jewelry skills because the center of the dream catcher is crocheted!


Well that pretty much sums it up. I’m thinking of making some similar pieces for my Etsy shop. What do you think? Like them enough to buy?

-The Whale

New Etsy Items!

Hello All!

So as of late I’ve been pretty busy making jewelry for my Etsy Shop! I’ve added six new items! I’ve recently got my hands on a bunch of pretty feathers, so one of the items is a necklace featuring those. I loved it so much I had to make one for myself to keep, so I’m hoping you all will like it as well! I’ve also been really busy constructing wrap bracelets since they’ve become so popular. Check them out!

If you like what you see then take a look! Etsy Shop

-The Whale

New Items in My Etsy Shop!

Hi there everyone!

So if you remember my school project in which I made tech cases I told you about here, well the sale didn’t go so well [I’m going to blame the time slot we had to work with since not many people are about in the morning] so most of my items can now be found on my Etsy Shop. I priced these hand made items pretty decently for the time that they took to make so you should really consider checking them out! They are ideal for small phones, small cameras, ipods, or other small tech devices and are lined to prevent scratches and protect devices!

So seriously, go check it out. They could make a great Christmas gift! :]

-The Whale

I Really Like Scarves…

Hi everyone!

So I hit up my favorite thrift spot yesterday, and I didn’t really find a whole lot, except these three awesome scarves! If you read my posts about my thrifting finds you have probably noticed that I tend to purchase a lot of these. . . its true… I now own about ten ‘decorative’ scarves. I can’t help it. I just love them!

So anyways, here are the three new additions to my vast collection [and they were only $.99 each!]:

Sorry that you can’t really see the last one very well… dark scarf plus dark shirt equals not much contrast, but it has a really awesome fringe going on! Also, keep in mind that my Etsy Shop is having a 25% off sale now till the end of December! Check it out please!

-The Whale

I Made a Hat!

Hello everyone!

So I’m pretty stoked about this project! Mostly because I have finally succeeded in crocheting a hat. I have attempted and failed this ridiculous amounts… they just never turn out right for some reason. Last night, however, I managed to get it right!


I used the pattern found here and although my hat didn’t turn out quite as slouchy as the hat in the photo or as slouchy as I would have liked, I’m just excited that it turned out at all! I have been crocheting for nearly two years now and hats are just my weak point. I’m particularly proud of the band around the bottom, and I used the puff stitch for the rest of the hat [like the pattern says].

I plan on continuing to practice hat crocheting in hopes that I will one day figure out what I have been doing wrong. In the mean time, my Etsy shop is having a 25% off sale through the month of December! See my previous post about it here for details!

-The Whale