One of my favorite things about the 'Design Lookout' column is that I find delicious eye candy from any creative spark; it doesn't necessarily have to be graphic design. For today's column I thought I'd share more of the permanent works of art. I've always had a fascination with skin art, I personally don't have a sleeve of tattoos but I think it's such an amazing talent to have. I mean, you can't really press the delete button once you've inked... As the years progress more tattoo artist have broken out of that 'I <3 mom' stereotype and have really done stunning work. If you don't believe me just check out a few of these...
So I must admit, it's been a while since I shared some work, or at least the progress of a new project that I'm working on. Talk about slacker... Insanely enough, this moodboard took me forever and a minute to actually land on this final piece. Nothing seemed quite right when I was rearranging my thoughts and images as to what this brand could and should become... Fast forward to today and I'm super happy and excited for how this design project is going to pan out. I may say this every time, but this one is going to be a good one- Ha!
So what's the story behind this brand? Well it's based in Spain, but apart from the obvious, this project combines my love of food and tradition - how good is that?! This small, quaint tapas bar is known for its enjoyable gatherings between friends and families and what brings them together: food and drinks. The simple things are really the most enjoyable things in life; this place is living proof of it. Every inch of this bar is designed with pure Spanish culture, you can really feel it in its atmosphere. In my design thought process I want to keep those traditions, but since they attract a young crowd I want to modernize the whole branding vibe with a humorous twist. I mean, it's not the south of Spain if you don't bring humor into the everyday life. And on that note, I will let the details unravel more down the line as the project comes together...
Whenever I go to a restaurant I have this thing where I immediately perceive the space before I even dig into what they have to offer - Joey makes fun of me every time... I'm sure many designers are with me on this; you just so happen to live, breathe, and in this case eat design on a daily basis. From an outsiders point of view I'm sure it sounds exhausting, but I think it's a pretty sweet deal that you love something so much that you can't stop thinking about it; you tend to notice the smallest details that others may not even pick up on - it's so satisfying haha. Enough of me nerding out though! Do I have a space to share that is just the most delicious thing I've seen in a minute?!
I stumbled upon this croquette shop based in Spain when I was browsing a design studio from there, and I have to say I've never seen a better way to display the most mouth watering food from my home country. I mean, croquettes pretty much speak for themselves, but this added bonus of interior graphics really takes the fried goodness to a whole new level!
Since the last kitchen post you can say a lot has changed. We were in a full reno movement for a good six weeks, but then life kind of got in the way and we're beginning to slow down, which means I can online browse for some of the details we have yet to decide on...(some choices below) And although we still have a few things left to finish up for the complete transformation, I've got to say that it is already looking so fresh! Not bad for first time renovators ;)
So what do we have left you ask? I've been on the hunt for vintage scissor sconces for months, but unfortunately I've had to compromise to the choices below since the prices I've seen were not really what I was hoping for; it happens... We have yet to install new hardware on the cabinets, change the faucet, make a bad ass wine rack that will go on the left hand corner, our island still needs a serious makeover, and our pantry has a butcher shop plastic sliding cover - yikes! Hence the graphic curtain choices I've narrowed down on below ;)
But to sum up everything we have done to date...
1. painted the cabinets 2. rewired for two wall light fixtures 3. ripped out and put in new sheet rock 4. installed new countertops 5. put in a backsplash & grouted 6. built & installed floating shelves (I'm kind of in love with how the floating shelves turned out; so clean. I was going to stain the wood but I wasn't feeling it; when it doubt paint it white!) 7. installed new pendants 8. painted the walls.
Having done all of this I never realized how long everything would take :-| But such a good learning experience for our next renovation. For our final touches I will make sure to update everyone in the next home progress post; spoiler alert* one of those three rug choices will hopefully be in our near future :)
Happy Saturday everyone!
Lately, Joey and I have really gotten into woodworking. And when I say 'we' I mean I sketch the ideas and he makes the magic happen :) I've always been a fan of the natural and organic look, so any slab of wood I find with imperfections or the most beautiful swirly knots, you can count on me picking it ;)
With every project we come up with we go to our go-to's on Youtube, after all we're no pros. And although we have taken a new appreciation towards woodworking, I will always bow down to those with the remarkable talent of creating such works of art that takes us back to the heyday. So for our new found love, I've decided to share this English artist that I discovered a year ago and whose work continues to make me drool. Don't forget to support the locals :D Enjoy every knot!