Sep 28, 2011

West Hollywood Library

The new West Hollywood Library is finally opening this weekend! Seeing as though I live just a couple blocks away, I have watched this building spring out of the ground and I have been anticipating its completion for a while now. It's located right across the street from the Pacific Design Center and it definitely has some style of it's own going on. I'm already a sucker for libraries but this one looks like a good one. I wish I was back in school so I could study here! Luckily my Fiance is going back to nursing school tomorrow so I will be sure to accompany him one of these days (whether he likes it or not).

 The article in today's Los Angeles Times mentions that "along with computer terminals and shelves full of actual books, it incorporates a pair of parking garages, rooftop tennis courts, murals by the street artists Shepard Fairey and Kenny Scharf and new chambers for the West Hollywood City Council." It was designed by Steve Johnson and James Favaro and cost a whopping $35 million to complete.

Just look at how gorgeous this place is....

The above photo is the children's theater - modeled after Michaelangelo's Laurentian Library in Florence. Can't wait to take my nephew here!

Sep 22, 2011

Guest Post: Design Shuffle on Tablescapes

Once again I've managed to ignore my blog while I devote all of my attention to wedding planning (sigh). Fortunately I was recently contacted by Design Shuffle with the opportunity to have someone do a guest post for me. It couldn't have come at a better time! They even offered up the fabulous idea of highlighting wedding tablescapes - obviously a topic that is on my mind these days! Just take a look at the unique designs they found.

Thank you Susi for doing my job!

Hi, I’m Susi, a writer at Design Shuffle, a community for interior designers, home decorators and other design professionals to share ideas and projects. Sharing decorating ideas is one of my favorite things about being a guest blogger so I am thrilled to be asked to write about inspirational wedding tablescapes for Lou Lou Pear. Whether you are planning a wedding, dreaming of a future someday wedding or wanting a redo, hopefully these charming wedding tablescapes will inspire you. Enjoy!

Vintage Wedding Table Design
Having a colorway that is carried throughout the wedding to include both tablescapes and food gives the event a polished look. Love the charming vintage fabric and style of this dessert tablescape. The ribbon hung framed photos is another charming touch.

Outdoor Wedding Tablescape
Cute make your own s'mores kits as place settings are perfect for this outdoor wedding tablescape. There is a casual camp feeling with enameled cups and plate and forest inspired centerpieces.

Book Wedding Tablescape
For the book lovers or writers this tablescape by BHLDN is all about word. Love how book pages are used in clever ways to decorate this charming wedding table.

Eclectic Wedding Tablescape
Looking for outdoor dining room design ideas for a wedding? Then, start here. Inspired by the current design trend, the terrarium centerpieces on these eclectic wedding tables are very cool. Who wouldn't want to take home a cool terrarium as a wedding favor?

Outdoor Wedding Tablescape
Another outdoor tablescape inspired by the forest. Moss, feathers and bark create inspiring vignettes and centerpieces on this simple wood farmhouse table. Simple but gorgeous.

Ouiseau Bird Tablescape
Here's another charming tablescape by BHLDN called Ouiseau for its blue and white bird theme. Love the pleated paper ribbons and whimsical Victorian inspired designs.

Mason Jar Wedding Design
Mason jars are incredibly versatile and can work into so many wedding tablescapes. Love them filled with water & floating candles, wrapped in burlap for votives or flowers; or used as small glasses for classic cocktails or punch.

Candle Wedding Tablescapea
Use color inspire to decorating ideas for a stylish wedding tablescape. You could forgo flowers and centerpieces all together in favor of colorful candles that add color and light to the table.

Images [ 1 / 2 / 3 /4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 ] This guest post was designed by Design Shuffle, a social media network where Los Angeles interior designers to New York interior designers can upload their portfolios and serve as inspiration to others.

Sep 8, 2011

Two is Better than One

As a kid I grew up with a bunk bed all to myself and I absolutely loved having the extra space for friends to sleep over. I thought it was SO cool.

If I were to design a children's room today I would seriously consider having two twin beds - even if there is only one child. Not only can it look great, but it's super functional. Check out these stylish bedrooms:

Love the bright headboards with the bold striped rug.

The right way to do a canopy. 

I love the soft colors and whimsical wood antlers.

This art hanging is genius!

Bohemian Chic.

Not so mellow yellow - love it.

Can you imagine having a sleepover in this space?! Love the built-in.

Images via Pinterest