MAD TRAVELS: THE GOODLAND HOTEL, SANTA BARBARA

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My girlfriends and I took a little getaway to Santa Barbara last week to celebrate my birthday.  Just up the coast from LA, Santa Barbara is one of my favorite places to escape to.  It's the perfect place to relax, have some girl talk, wine taste, and flirt with college boys without shame.  We stayed at the Goodland Hotel, which I had read about and insisted to my friends it was THE PLACE so basically they had no choice since I was the birthday girl.  It's in the Kimpton family of hotels, and in case you aren't familiar, Kimpton hotels are known for being cool, trendy, and young.  The Goodland did not disappoint.  It's the kind of place that makes you feel like you're visiting your very cool hipster friends with that perfectly effortless sense of style.  When you walk in, you immediately feel very comfortable - maybe a little too comfortable considering we spent about 2 hours one morning lounging on that serpentine couch sipping coffee and taking mental notes of how we could replicate the decor in our own houses.   I'm now completely obsessed with Studio Collective,  the design team responsible for The Goodland's interiors.  They perfectly executed that eclectic California bohemian surf vibe.  

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All photos by me on my iphone.  To see more photos from my trip, follow me on instagram.  I'm @ash_taggg and @meadowatdusk.  

NEW KEYCHAINS IN THE SHOP!

New car keys call for a fresh new keychain, don't you think?  I just traded in my car (always very exciting!) so I felt like it was time to add some new keychain designs to the shop.  There are 3 new designs to choose from: First up is hand-dyed indigo denim, followed by a black ikat print from Indonesia, and lastly a hand printed, vegetable dyed grey denim.  Each one has stainless steel hardware and is about 5 inches in length.  Quantities are limited so go get 'em while they're in stock!

THE LAZY SEASON

The Lazy Season is a handmade, limited edition, self watering pot, which comes with a bronze wedge-shaped prop to enable it to be placed at any angle. An internal water reservoir inside each pot is separated by a removable wicking floor designed to retain moisture, meaning there’s no need for a saucer.

There will be just 49 of these pots created in total, ever, and each is handmade at The Fortynine Studio’s Sydney workshop.  ‘The Lazy Season’ pots can be purchased from The Fortynine Studio Online Shop.

images via thedesignfiles

URBAN OUTFITTERS PICKS

Good 'ol Urban.  Ripping off great designs since the beginning.  These are all probably knockoffs from really talented independent designers and I'm probably destined for design hell for promoting this kind of thing, but sometimes ya just can't afford the real thing.  Here's a few of my picks from the new stuff over at Urban Outfitters

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 All items available at Urban Outfitters.

T-SHIRTS & CONVERSE SNEAKER THEME BIRTHDAY PARTY

My good friend turned 40 yesterday and he loves a theme party.  Since the party was going to be a surprise, I racked my brain for weeks to come up with a clever theme, but nothing was really jumping out at me. Last week I stopped by his place and it must have been laundry day because on his porch were about 15 t-shirts, all hanging on a clothesline.  I found this totally hilarious, and it hit me- that's the theme! I've also never seen him wear anything but his black Converse sneakers, so I knew that had to be a part of the decor somehow.  Voila, a t-shirt and Chucks themed 40th birthday party!

For the Converse sneakers, I used black and white foam sheets from the craft store, some white pipe cleaners for the laces, and silver jewelry rings for the eyelets.  The details were a bit trickier- since the shoe is only 2 dimensional, I needed something to define the sole and the white tip, and I discovered that black architectural tape did the trick.  It comes in a few different widths and is available at the craft store and office supply stores.  You can download the template I used for the sneakers here.

The guest of honor's favorite dessert is cheesecake, and this one turned out so well.  It was perfectly moist and had a super thick graham cracker crust.  We served it with a warm lemon and blueberry compote.  Those candles were a great find at Party City.

The gold fringe and balloons were a nice accent with all the black and white.  The t-shirts I used ended up being part of his present and the sneakers were a huge hit with the guests.  Everyone wanted to take them home with them!  

TRAY CHIC

My friends over at One Kings Lane asked me to share my personal style in my favorite "Tray Chic" moment, and I couldn't pick just one.  I love using trays in my decor because they keep the clutter under under control and they're also a fabulous accessory.  I have trays everywhere in my home and these are my favorite three: 

AT THE BAR

I love making cocktails at home and this brass tray helps keep the bottles looking tidy on my marble bar top.

IN THE ENTRY

This gorgeous leather tray from Canoe Goods is one of my favorite accessories.  It's perfect for keeping my keys and sunnies organized and looks pretty fab too.

ON THE VANITY

I like to switch up my scent from time to time, so I always have a few perfume bottles on my dresser.  This white lacquer tray does a great job of keeping them neat and i love how the white pops against the dark wood.  

What's your personal Tray Chic style?  If you need some inspiration head over to One Kings Lane and check out their amazing array of trays that’s updated daily with gorgeous new styles. They've also put together a cool 30 second tray video as well as a blog with some fun ideas for decorating with trays.   

MAD About: Rachel Duvall

Textile art is really having a moment right now, and I'm not bummed about it.  I came across the work of Rachel Duvall through her Instagram and immediately fell in love with the simplicity of her weavings.  Her color palette is derived from hand-dyed natural materials and each piece is mounted on a simple wood hanger.  I could hang one of these in each room of my house... maybe I just will!  Check out her website here for more info and to contact Rachel about creating custom work.

all images via Rachel Duvall.

MAD ABOUT: DESIGNA

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Through the magic of Pinterest, I've just stumbled across the online catalogue for a design company in Denmark Designa, which manufactures furniture for kitchens, bathrooms and wardrobes.  Although Designa doesn't ship to the US, their catalog is beautifully shot and definitely worth taking a gander. You can read more about Designa here, although it's in Danish, so if you don't have Google Chrome Translate you'll probably need it. (it's a lifesaver!)

images via Designa

MAD MUSIC: MARCH PLAYLIST

TRACE  //  ANTHEM FACILITY

SAY THAT  //  TORO Y MOI

DAFFODILS  //  MARK RONSON

THE WORLD ENDER  //  LORD HURON

WWW  //  HAR MAR SUPERSTAR

HERE COMES THE NIGHT TIME  //  ARCADE FIRE

TAKE IT AS IT COMES  //  J RODDY WALSTON & THE BUSINESS

HURRICANE  //  MS MR

DECEPTION  //  MONOPHONICS

LIVE YOUR LIFE  //  YUNA

TO DIE IN LA  //  LOWER DENS

ALL YOUR LOVE IS GONE

FALL UNDERNEATH  //  SNAKADAKTAL

MOONLIGHT  //  HANNI EL KHATIB

DON'T RUN  //  MR LITTLE JEANS

MY TYPE  //  SAINT MOTEL

RISE  //  WILDLIGHT

I'M IN LOVE (POOLSIDE REMIX)  //  FOOL'S GOLD

 

LISTEN TO THE PLAYLIST HERE

M.A.D. MUSIC : FEBRUARY PLAYLIST

EASY  //  MOTHXR

OH LOVE (FEAT. AYLA NEREO)  //  WILDLIGHT

LEFT ALONE  //  CHET FAKER

SAY MY NAME (FEAT. ZYRA)  -JAI WOLF REMIX  //  ODESZA

LIKE YOU USED TO  //  KIDNAP KID

I'M INTO YOU  //  CHET FAKER

WICKED GAMES  //  PARRA FOR CUVA

DRESS  //  SYLVAN ESSO

WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT  //  MARLON ROUDETTE

ALL IS FORGIVEN  //  ALEKESAM

BLACK OUT DAYS  //  PHANTOGRAM

1998  //  CHET FAKER

SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) -BADBADNOTGOOD REMIX  //  FUTURE ISLANDS

listen to the playlist HERE

CLIENT PROGRESS: FURNITURE PEEK

Furniture Delivery Day is always an exciting day for me, but it's also usually a pretty stressful day as well.  It's a lot like the day a bride goes in for her first wedding dress fitting after months and months of anticipation and "oh my god i can't remember what it looks like what if I hate it?!?" moments.  When I take my clients furniture shopping and we decide on a piece, I love that Say Yes To The Dress type of reaction, but because quality furniture usually takes several months to produce, there's always the fear that 4 to 5 months later they won't have the same response.  In this case, my clients were ecstatic with all of the furniture, so I can stop having nightmares about it. (thank god)  

Sources:  Sofa: Tribeca Sofa from Poliform  //  Black Chair: Santa Monica Armchair from Poliform  //  Chartreuse Chair:  Santa Monica Lounge Chair from Poliform  //  Rug:  Custom from Atlas Weavers

CLIENT PROGRESS: GUEST BATH SNEAK PEEK

Without giving too much away, here's a tiny look at the progress of the almost finished guest bath.  This room got a total transformation, much like the rest of the house.  The old bathroom had plenty of laminate cabinets and puddy-colored porcelain tiles, so everything had to be demo'ed so we could start from scratch.   My client really wanted white subway tiles, so we started with these, and I gave them a more modern touch by using 2"x8" tiles instead of the traditional size subways.  I used chrome fixtures, which was a real tough decision- black or chrome?! - but ultimately I love the way the Brizo faucets look against the white tiles.  I'm a little obsessed with these chevron tiles, which totally make the room in my opinion.  All that's left for this room is window treatments, towel bars, and accessories.

Sources:  Mirror: Infinity Round Mirror from Room and Board  //  Pendant Lights:  Cedar & Moss Fiord Rod Pendants (Spraypainted black)  //  Subway Tile:  2"x8" Bianca Tiles from Stone Source  //  Faucet: Odin Series by Brizo  //  Marble:  Gioia Venatino from Stone Source  //  Walnut Vanity:  Custom  //  Hardware:  Lews Hardware Bar Pull Collection  //  Chevron Tile:  Mews Collection by Stone Source

CLIENT PROGRESS: FIREPLACE

This fireplace may look simple, but let me assure you folks, it was anything but.  When my clients moved in, the old fireplace was totally unusable, not up to code, and worst of all it was ugly.  Not only was it covered in hideous "Spanish tiles", but it was about 3 times bigger in scale than it should have been.  A classic example of bigger does not always mean better.  I knew right away the entire thing had to go, the problem was finding a replacement gas fireplace unit that met our specifications on size, ventilation, and allowable distance from the television above for heat safety.  No one wants their TV to melt.

We went round and round on the design, considering everything from fancy tiles to floor-to-ceiling stone, but ultimately we decided to keep it simple to match the architecture of the house.  The floating ledge is made of the same Basalt stone we used on the countertops in the kitchen and it turned out beautifully, despite making my contractor want to strangle me. Apparently making a very heavy piece of stone float without visible brackets is tough or something.  

Sources: Fireplace Unit:  Mezzo Series from Heat n Glo  //   Ledge: Basaltina slab from Stone Source  //  TV: Sony 4K

CLIENT PROGRESS: KITCHEN SNEAK PEEK

I've been working on a design project in Los Angeles for the past 7 months and things are finally progressing to the point where I can start posting pictures of something other than bare floors and naked studs.  When I first met this kitchen, it was a sad, confused little room that made me want to take a sledgehammer to every surface.  The architecture of the house is mid-century, but some genius decided to give it a sorry pseudo-Mediterranean makeover in the 90's, and that's just a crime.  So naturally we took the whole house down to the studs and have built it back up in the true style she was meant to be.  In this kitchen sneaky-peak you can see the basalt stone countertops, custom built cabinets, walnut floating shelves, and stainless steel fixtures, but the real showstopper is that marble backsplash.  I know it looks like tiles, but believe it or not, it actually comes in slab form.   It's made up of post industrial recycled marble that's been drylayed into layers and fused with resin...  blah blah, basically it's super eco-friendly and better yet, it's really really pretty.  

Sources-  Countertops:  Basalt Stone Basaltina from Stone Source //  Backsplash:  Bianco Carrera Lithoverde collection by Stone Source  //  Cabinets: Custom  //  Cabinet Handles: Lew's Hardware Bar Pulls in Matte Black  //  Faucet: Brizo Solona Series faucet with Smartouch  //  Floating Shelves: Custom  //  Cooktop: Wolf 36" 5-burner Gas Cooktop

MAD ABOUT: ADNET MIRROR FROM GUBI

Uh, how sexy is this mirror?!  Let me introduce you to the Adnet Mirror from Gubi.  Designed by French modernist designer Jaques Adnet, and just added to Gubi's "Adnet Circulaire" collection, she's all dressed up in a full-grain leather rim accented by square oxidized brass studs.  *Sigh.  These gorgeous pieces come in either black or tan leather and a range of sizes.  Why didn't Santa know to bring one of these down my chimney this year?  Damn!