NYC Adventures

Posted on: May 17th, 2013 by rebecca

Hello, small space dwellers! This weekend I am heading off to NYC to soak in the design energy and style of the 25th ICFF. This is my first time visiting the show and I can’t wait to discover the latest design inspirations from around the world. I’ll be tweeting and instagramming using #ICFF2013 so if you are interested in checking out some design goodness, click here and here to follow along. While there, I am also planning on visiting a few new shops that have opened since I lived in the Big Apple as well as enjoying my fave dining spots and visiting with friends. Enjoy your weekend and check back in on the blog for a full recap of ICFF style.

 

(Images by loving. living. small. – Soho, HighLine, Chelsea Market)

small space style: 1stdibs hearts the great gatsby

Posted on: May 10th, 2013 by rebecca

The long-awaited dazzling and theatrical release of The Great Gatsby is gracing the silver screen this weekend and I can’t wait. While the story, music and the uber-talented, Baz Luhrmann, are sure to be over the top, the production design is what I am most looking forward to seeing.  Art decor inspirations – gold, brass and glass style – will certainly be interweaved throughout the fantastical set design.

I am completely inspired by the modern art deco designs so when the fine folks over at 1stdibs contacted me about doing a Great Gatsby-themed post, I jumped at the chance. The site is literally 0f fully of incredible design from all eras (and our beloved American Art Deco). I roundup up 8 lovely pieces that Daisy would approve of too. My personal fave, the black glass and gilded mirror and the brass magazine rack – love!

1.  A Pair of 1930s American Modernist Art Deco Brass Table Lamps

2.  Vintage Italian Pair of Art Deco Style of Black Glass and Gilt Mirrors

3.  Art Deco Chairs

4.  Walter Von Nessen American Art Deco Coffee Set for Chase 

5.  Art Deco French Carpet

6.  Bernhard Rhone for Mastercraft Trifoliate Occasional Tables

7.  Kurt Versen Cork and Copper American Art Deco Table Lamp 

8.  Revere American Art Deco Wood or Magazine Holder

Want more art deco love? Click here to check out the full array over on 1stdibs site. Yes!

(Images via 1stdibs)

Pack your Bags, Louis Vuitton Style

Posted on: April 30th, 2013 by rebecca

It’s no surprise that I am a huge fan of Louis Vuitton. *See dedicated pin board, trip to the LV exhibit @ Les Decoratifs in Paris last year and more love here and here. Aside from the luxury brand’s items – handbags, accessories, clothes and overall style, LV has one serious and amazing digital presence. If you haven’t checked out their site lately, I urge you to go and virtually enjoy some curated goodness, like their celeb collaborators, as well as short films that stretch to the the coast of Italy. Another one of their latest content pieces – The Art of Packing – which features four LV vignettes that encourage you to pack your very own LV bag (hi, Keepall) and imagine boarding a plane to some exotic locale. Dare to dream, small space dwellers, dare to dream.

 

 

Which one of these bags are you going to travel with?

 

(Images via Louis Vuitton)

flower power

Posted on: April 15th, 2013 by rebecca

Spring is alive and well on the east coast. Cherry blossoms, tulips and daffodils are everywhere and I cannot stop snapping pics of them. (cue my Instagram feed) Morning and evening walks showcase the blooms in different colors and it’s all inspiring. Check out a few of my photos below and my fave design decor tip – pick up fallen leaves & flowers and enjoy. Yes!

 

 

(Images by loving. living. small.)

 

10 Instagrammers That Will Change Your Life

Posted on: April 12th, 2013 by rebecca

Life changing, huh? Now how’s that for a title. I can’t get over the creativity out there. It’s super inspiring to me. With so many awesome outlets for sharing, it’s no wonder I get stuck to my phone for hours on end. My personal fave these days – Instagram.

Maybe it’s because I am more of a visual person that I have latched onto this fantastic app. Why do I love it so and how has it changed my life? Because I get to see how people around the world are capturing their day. Their life. Their point-of-view. And it’s inspired me to Go. Do. Live.

While I follow over 400 folks, there are a handful that I am super loyal to. I love seeing how their stories are unfolding every day. From travels to lights to flowers to dining experiences to architecture, the authentic and quite stunning stories are dreamy and fun. So on that note – here are 10 of my faves. Check out my recap per Instagrammer below and click on the circle to be taken away to their dream worlds.

 

 

NATH PARIS. Nathalie’s daily expose of Paris will have you dreaming of boarding a flight, sipping champagne and whisking away to the City of Lights. I can’t get over her images of Paris lifelife that offer glimpses of city streets, architecture and, of course, the Eiffel Tower.

BERGDORFS. The department store mecca – that is literally it’s own brand of all things high-end and fabulous fashion – has a killer Instagram feed. I love how they make this huge store feel like a my own personal shopping valet. Shots of clothes, accessories and jewels are seamlessly mixed with shot of HQ NYC and various rad destinations that also happens to be the backdrop for their next campaign. Cool. Stylin. Totally Lustworthy.

CAMILE VALENTINE. Always light, always earth tones, Camile’s Instagram feed is pure stunning moments. She somehow turns a simple tree or flower or barn into the loveliest vignette. Totally artistic and just calm style.

FROM ME TO YOU. Can you tell this is my FAVE Instagram feed? (see above) I simply love the world that Jamie Beck shares daily through her Instagram stream. And you know what, it’s totally her real life (A girl can dream) A fabulously talented photographer, Jamie captures fashion + lifestyle through her lens, creating fantastical editorial collections as well as her infamous Cinemagraphs.  (Click and thank me later) The best part – she shares all of this and so much more through her iphone, often including photos of her that were shot by her hubby and partner, Kevin.

RUSSEL SAMUEL. Oh la la, another stunning landscape Instagrammer. Russel’s images have amazing composition and totally perfect light. Seriously, you have to see his feed as a full board. I don’t know these creative folks do it but they are creating serious inspiring vignettes. 

WINTER SESSION. Run by partners, Roy Katz and Tanya Fleisher, this feed features their storefront workshop brilliantly called Winter Session. Photos of the shop + handmade products and cool design. Yes! Aside from “I have to have that” items, they also Instagram their day to day lives and fun moments, like checking out live music and entertaining with friends.

HEATHER BULLARD. So, yea, I kinda wish I knew Heather because she literally goes to the neatest flea markets to scour goodies for her work  as a stylist and prop specialist. She produces awesome style for magazines and her own blog and Instgrams her way through it all. Love this feed and you will too.

LOUISE LJ. Like most people, I also have a love affair with Scandinavian style and interiors. Thankfully, there are people like Louise out there who just captures the essence of this beloved style. Living in Stockholm, she shares photos of everyday life that raises the bar to complete style. She makes a coffee cup look incredible.

THIS IS GLAMOROUS. I’ve been reading Roseline’s blog of the same name for many years and her Instagrm feed is just as fab. Always sharing poignant and pretty pics, you just want to fall into her Instagram feed to experience the style.

REICCK. This Instagrammer out of Japan captures totally mundane objects and elevates them to pure beauty. A line of flags couldn’t look better. A walkway in town is now art. Follow this person just to see the pretty light filters that get applied to every photo – a pattern in it’s own right.

Oh, and, check out my own feed right here >> Instagram.com/LovingLivingSmall.

What are your favorite Instagrammers? I am always looking for new inspiring folks to follow.

Get Inspired By Graphic Materials

Posted on: March 27th, 2013 by rebecca

Don’t you get inspiration overload sometimes? I certainly do (thankfully THIS is available for those times) and I wanted to share some fab inspiration by way of pattern, color and material. I was flipping through the French Architectural Digest’s Design Collection and spotted an array of style that would work wonders in a small space. I think the neatest thing was how the patterns and colors were interpreted through different materials – hello, leather! Check out a few of my faves below. Would you recover a side chair in red leather flowers? ABSOLUTELY!

 

LEATHER

WOOD

 

SILK

FABRIC

 

(All images via AD Collection)

 

 

crystal style | the chandelier bar

Posted on: November 20th, 2012 by rebecca

 

I love checking out hotel design. From the architecture to the lobbies to the rooms, there’s always design moments to enjoy and to reinterpret in my own small space. Recently I headed over to one of my fave bars and wanted to share it with you  – The Chandelier Bar at Cosmopolitan LV. Deemed the “largest chandelier in the world”, this Rockwell designed bar spans 3 stories and hangs high over 2 pretty bars and seating spaces. Aside from the impressive design, I love the crystals. The design and reflective vibe create depth and dimension – perfect design accents for small space dwellers, right? What do you think of this interesting bar?

(Images via loving. living. small.)

 

 

 

fall inspiration | color

Posted on: October 25th, 2012 by rebecca

 

Fall is my favorite season for many reasons but the main one – COLOR! There is so much color style blooming during this season, I love it! I snapped these pics above during my afternoon walk today – how pretty is the COLOR?! Embrace new colors in your life – I promise, you’ll love it! Click below for some COLOR inspiration of your own:

*COLOR COMBO: Red & Wood

*SMALL SPACE COLOR PALETTE

*COLOR WATCH: Turquoise

*BLUE & RED

*OLIVE GREEN

 

(Images via loving. living. small.)

 

 

 

a peek inside the design vibe of Satellite Room

Posted on: October 24th, 2012 by rebecca

I love checking out new spots that have edge and style so when I was turned onto the 2 week old Satellite Room in DC, I was game. My husband and I stopped into the new bar for cocktails and dinner before the Kimbra show at the 9:30 Club. We’ve been loving Kimbra since way earlier in the year and listened to her during our European honeymoon in May.

When we walked into the large space, I immediately felt a cool LA-vibe. In DC? Yes. The style, decor and design reminded me of many-an-LA spot with concrete, color and good design vibes. I was immediately in love with the large neon sign (Yes, my love for neon know no bounds) and I also enjoyed spotted the use of tile (an awesome decor accent that, in my opinion, is not used nearly enough) It was a great spot and an awesome place to enjoy pre or post concert. Plus the food is grubby and good, especially the tater tots.

(Images via Eater DC)

design preview: Target & Neiman’s Holiday Collaboration

Posted on: October 17th, 2012 by rebecca

 

Oh la la – this is a serious sneak peek, small space dwellers. A few months ago, Target + Neimans shared that they would be collaborating on a design effort for Holiday 2012. Working with super highend designers, an array of home and fashion decor (50 items!) will be avail at both brand stores starting December 1st for people to enjoy. And now, the lookbook has been revealed so you (and I) can get an early start on that holiday list. (like those Marc Jacobs metallic pouches and the Altuzarra tray and cocktail shaker set). Above check out my 10 fave items from the group and you can click here for the full list of goodies – fun!

1. Tracy Reece Dessert Plates   2. Caroline Herrera notepad + pencil set 3. Judith Leiber mirrored compacts 4. Caroline Herrera pouches 5. Alturazza tray + cocktail set 6. Marc Jacobs pouches 7. Diane Von Furstenberg trinket box 8. Brian Atwood studded gloves 9. Oscar de la Renta tote 10. Alice + Oliva bike