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{outside/inside} an outdoor 8... 23 Aug 2012

oh joy | outside/inside | an outdoor 8

OUTSIDE / An abandoned tricycle rounds the curve of a figure-8 on the lawn of this child-friendly home...

oh joy | outside/inside | an outdoor 8

...while INSIDE, the décor is chipper and bright! Saturated and bold hues of color with the contrast of wood, cork, and wire. Everyday items take on quirky shapes—like a camera-shaped candle or wire wound into a DIY lamp. I can imagine wall-to-wall chalkboard paint in the house, ready for on-the-fly doodling! —Joanna

{from left to right, top to bottom: lemon gumdrop pendant from Serena & Lily, caravan dresser from Branch, Hee lounge chair from A+R, coil lamp DIY kit from The Future Perfect, companions bedside table from The Future Perfect, beeswax camera candle from Branch, polka dot wall vase from Poketo, German chalk set from Terrain.}

{image by photographer Radim Peško}

{outside/inside} a tropical oasis... 9 Aug 2012

oh joy | outside/inside | tropical oasis

OUTSIDE / While away the hours in the outdoor lounge at Hotel Azucar. This palm tree-lined paradise could be filled with...

oh joy | outside/inside | tropical oasis

...an INSIDE brimming with color and metallics. Relaxing yet hip—I envision each room is filled with retro-inspired gold fixtures softened by ethnic printed textiles. Accents of curvy rattan and a galloping zebra are finishing touches. It's fun to think of who would stay here... perhaps fashion designer and all-around groovy girl Trina Turk or style guru and blogger Mrs. Lilien?  — Joanna 

{from left to right, top to bottom: joaquin pendant lamp from Anthropologie, John Robshaw quilt and shams, breakfast trays from Leif, rattan chair from Serena & Lily, zebra print from DwellStudio, Jonathan Adler's ulu convex table, bamboo throw from Nine Space, pierced bubbles chandelier from Terrain.}

{outside/inside} a quirky cloud... 26 Jul 2012

oh joy | outside/inside | cloud house

OUTSIDE / The Cloud House sits besides an inviting pool, proving that the architects at McBride Charles Ryan can balance playfulness and modernity. This house inspires...

oh joy | outside/inside | cloud house

...an INSIDE that's all fun and games, but in a very grown-up way. What could be more exciting than an overstuffed gingham chair, colorblocked rugs, and striped candles, all with hints of whimsy? I picture a budding photographer lives here; someone with a real eye for color and a passion for seeing life through the viewfinder... — Joanna 

{left to right, top to bottom: striped taper candles from Leif, colorblocked wool rug from A+R Store, ceramic clock from Woonwinkel, shuffle table from Horne, piazza gingham chair from CB2, mineral birdhouse from Terrain, blackbird fly twin lens reflex camera from Poketo, cord table lamp from The Future Perfect.} 

{Cloud House image from Arch Daily}

{outside/inside} watercolor mod... 12 Jul 2012

oh joy | outside/inside | watercolor mod

OUTSIDE / Harry Gesner's Cooper Wave House perches over the Malibu coastline, flirting with the high tide and killer waves...

oh joy | outside/inside | watercolor mod

...an INSIDE jolted with watercolor tones of citron, aqua, and tangerine. The furnishings might include a collage of materials—rope that plays against shiny gold, warm wood, and powder-coated steel. I imagine the King of Cool, Steve McQueen, might reside here while soaking up the sun surrounded by beach babes. — Joanna 

{left to right, top to bottom: lily pad armchair from Terrain, Nason Moretti dandy tumbler from Barneys,  molten spectrum knob from Anthropologie, Jonathan Adler nyx vase, liquid octagon chartreuse bowl from CB2, recycled paper lamp from Calypso, duval side table from ABC Home & Carpet, watercolor painting by So Very Happy Art.}

{Cooper Wave house image from Wallpaper}

{outside/inside} a grown-up tree house... 28 Jun 2012


OUTSIDE / The Lodge's tree house sprouts from the lush Scottish greenery creating a grown-up hideaway...


...an INSIDE that I imagine would be full of beautiful rustic pieces mingling with dark metal, raw slate, and pops of pastel. Perhaps, a retired dendrologist or the heroine of a romance novel lives here? — Joanna

{left to right, top to bottom: Moso pendant lights from Branch, John Robshaw pillow, forest canopy bed from Anthropologie, hanging rattan chair from Serena & Lily, branch pendant from ABC Home & Carpet, bow bin from Areaware, dipped slate chalkboard from Terrain.}

{tree house image via Style Me Pretty}

{outside/inside} modern pink pop... 14 Jun 2012


When I lived in Brooklyn, I'd walk by beautiful brownstones at night and see glimpses of the homes, wondering about the families that lived there, what the inside looks like, and how it's decorated. Now that I live in Silver Lake in LA, there are even more types of eclectic homes to dream about. I love the idea of imagining how a home might be decorated on the inside based on it's exterior style, so today, we're starting a new column called Outside/Inside. Joanna, who spends her days as a home designer at Anthropologie and works on food posts here on Thursdays, will now be exploring this juxtapostion of inside and out every other week. We hope you it not only stirs your curiousity about homes you see, but also inspires some design ideas for your own home...
— Joy

OUTSIDE / Pops of pink and geometric shapes on this pre-fab house photographed by Josef Schulz calls for...

...an INSIDE that's full of whimsical, modern pink with touches of warm wood and metal accents. I imagine that a fiction writer born in the 60's or a botanist from Miami might live here... — Joanna

{left to right, top to bottom: stretch chair from ABC Carpet & Homearion lamp from Dwellstudiocandle wax vase from Design Within Reachflamingo pillow from West ElmJennifer Sanchez print from 20x200color chip box from Leif, bond desk from Jonathan Adler, and ABC Home & Carpet.}


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