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Shark and Olive is curated by a Portland-based creative, painter, and art enthusiast. Shark and Olive features finds that represent a never-ending celebration of art, architecture, design objects, and furniture.

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Bright Like Neon

With summer transforming into fall, I find myself gravitating towards one last infusion of bright colors through neons and metals. Pentagono Estudio from Mexico created the Nodo - a dynamic piece of furniture that reinterprets a classical form. If the neon shade of yellow is too overwhelming for your space (or taste) is also comes in a more subdued red shade and black.  If neon furniture is too much of a commitment for you, the AVF Acrylic Fearless Trays are a must. They are trays- so you can use them in your home in a variety of ways. Even if you just want to add color to your space. However, the AVF Brilliant Acrylic Console Table in red is the perfect infusion of bright color. Its simple form blends into almost any space. Moving from neon to medal...The LUXX mirrors by Samuel Accoceberry are decorative steel mirrors in tinted gold, bronze, and dark grey. They are arranged parallelograms, hexagons, and diamond, resulting in asymmetrical or symmetrical shapes.  The Copper Shade Floor lamp by Tom Dixon is a must. Copper is not neon, but this metal lamp sure infuses its surrounding space with a beautiful glow. 

Storage Needed

Storage is a huge. During a recent move I realized this more than ever, and it put me on the look-out for storage options other than closets. Bring on the shelving, consoles, desks, and more. Bradley Bowers created a beautiful geometric storage system that pushes the boundaries of traditional shelving for storage and display. Now, I am a lover of boxes in all shapes, sizes, and colors for storing odds and ends.I especially love incorporating the boxes into displays, or tucking them away into a console for extra tidy storage. If you need office storage, the Little Mountain Whale desk by Kevin Michael Burns is a mid-century modern gem remixed with a contemporary flare (and color). However, one can never go wrong with a traditional vintage bookshelf for displaying your treasures.

  

Furniture Objects Part Two

I have been looking for some new furniture pieces that are a blend of industrial and organic elements. I like incorporating furniture objects that bring contrast to simple pared down interiors. The first piece I have recently found is a pink powder coated steel wire side table from Iacoli & McAllister. It is geometric, light, and colorful - perfection. The Coffee One table by Thought Wood uses black walnut with a pinch of bold color, creating a modern yet organic piece perfect for urban surroundings. Along those organic lines is the stumps collection by Sharon Sides. She etches tree ring patterns into her designs. The result is metal furniture transformed into individual beautiful pieces. Signs by Jeremy Murier are stunning metal and ceramic (art) objects that I need to have in my home. Finishing my recent findings is the charred commode by Moran Woodworked Furniture. It is the perfect representation of a modern take on traditional furniture.

  

Chair Obsessions Part Three

I’ve said it before, but to reiterate - chairs are my favorite pieces of furniture.  Ariele of Brooklyn to West did an awesome reupholstery of a classic chair silhouette with a modern geometric textile. The Leftovers Chair by Lauren Davies is a beautiful assemblage of different species of wood.  Changing mediums and materials, Nicole Franzen lifestyles photograph of mis-matched leather chairs, a stool, and upright light capture a moment and space perfectly. The style featured on the Nyahem blog showcases natural materials mixed with modern handcrafted design; and how could I leave out a Victoria Ghost Chair by Kartell.

Geometry Remixed

I love geometric patterns on furniture, tile, textiles, art, just about everything. Post-Office created a clever glass wall for Dezeen's office.The glass wall framed in various square shapes adds depth and character to the ultra simple design. Another delicious offering from Milan 2013, Austerity Edible Furniture by Lanzavecchia + Wai. The Apartment always has lush looking textiles, and this black + white moroccan rug is one of them. If you prefer tile, architect Nataniel Fuster enhanced and designed new tiles to augment traditional isleno titles. And to add a pop of beautiful color and geometry to your living room, the fishbone table collection by Patricia Urquioa for Moroso is divine.

  

Black + White

I am a lover of color as a way to add depth and texture into a space. However, it can also be done using a monochromatic scheme. And one can never go wrong with black + white in design, art, architecture, the list goes on.  The Italian brand Slamp teamed with Zaha Hadid for lighting, and the results are fantastic. More on lights, love the Tom Dixon lamps featured in Martin Lodby's photograph for Fashionable Living by Maja Munthe  Tokujin Yoshioka's Sparkle for Kartell is a great play on crystal. Although not black or white- I couldn't resist including a butterfly chair from brick house. Enjoy!

Get Outside

The hint of spring weather turning to summer Portland teased me with last weekend has me excited to get outdoors to do some serious lounging. I love Jaime Hayon's Gardenias Garden chairs and how dramatic, yet simple they are. Mal 1956 furniture remind me of what Don + Roger would sit in by the pool. Speaking of pools the splash of color from the Rosenbaum home in San Paolo is perfect against the bright aqua tile. However, if I could hop over to Greece to lounge about at the San Giorgio Boutique Hotel - I certainly would. And, I couldn't resist the romantic charm of the Lovelane Caravans. They are perfect for a fantastic rural retreat. It's time to get outside

Furniture Objects

Spring is right around the corner, and I have been in spring cleaning mode, which means more rearranging, refreshing, and purchasing than actual cleaning. I have got all my textiles covered (can always use more pillow cases though), but I have found that I need to mix up my furniture and introduce a few new elements: side tables and stools. These type of furniture objects are great for extra storage or seating, and some stools can double as both. Side tables and stools are great accent pieces that can introduce more playful and daring sides to your design, and ways that I like to tie in different materials into a room.  I love how the objects above are examples of beautiful tactile and geometric surface elements. Or a Nod to the simplicity of form found in Danish furniture design of the mid-century modern era. Altogether, these furniture objects are absolutely fabulous.

A Gathering, Dining Rooms

What we love to do: eat and drink and laugh together. Dining rooms are one of my favorite spaces in a home. They can be incredibly formal, informal, or a perfect mixture of both depending on personal preference. Regardless, they are spaces for gathering and enjoying  company, food, and drink. On top of it all they incorporate some of my most favorite things: fabulous family and friends, food, and a table and chairs. I love mix-matched chairs, dramatic walls, or the refined statement of mid-century modern design for a space to gather and share and celebrate. 

Wood Matters Part Two: Refresh Your Office

I love the versatility of wood for both interiors and exteriors. Depending upon the type of wood, if its finished or left untreated, its intended use, the structure, furniture, or product composed it comes to be, wood is one of my favorite materials. And, its a great medium to bring warmth and texture to office design and architecture. Along those lines, plywood has been of special interest recently. I enjoy how for such an informal type of material it can be transformed and dressed up from storage, full wall sliding doors, to exterior siding

Interior Spaces (i'd like to be in)
pia ulin | photographer

pia ulin | photographer

Continuing along my current mode of thinking - nesting while its cold outside, interiors that promote gathering, celebrating, lingering, and eventually curling up, are where I would like to be. There is nothing like a comfy couch, full dinning room, or cozy bedroom. These photographers (professional + novice alike) have captured these spaces and made the objects within almost appear tangible.

by.bak | interior & lifestyle blog

by.bak | interior & lifestyle blog

mikkel vang | photographer

mikkel vang | photographer

mikkel vang | photographer

mikkel vang | photographer

morgan satterfield | the_brick_house

morgan satterfield | the_brick_house

Chair Obsessions Part Two

Where to begin. Chairs are probably my favorite types of furniture. I love the various ways in which they are created, and all the possible outcomes. Wood chairs are my absolute favorite. I love plastic, metal, and upholstered chairs, but wood chairs always come out victorious. Throw in some leather or a geometric pattern with the wood based chair, and I'm even happier. Enjoy these beautiful crafted and architectural gems of furniture.

Cozy
Oppenheim

Oppenheim

Having a calm and collected bedroom to escape to is one treat you should always try and give yourself. All of these bedrooms are spaces that I would love to cozy up in for some relaxation. 

Russet and Empire interiors

Russet and Empire interiors

Blood and Champage

Blood and Champage

The Brick House

The Brick House

Little Boxes

One of my favorite shapes, if not my favorite, are squares. There are endless possibilities of creating forms from this simple shape. Storage is one of my favorite ways to introduce squares in box or cube form into a space. (Alright I cheated with the last image- they're stairs, but too beautiful not to include.)

Wood Matters

From dinning, to dressing, to sitting and storing i love all of these examples of handmade wood pieces of furniture. An added bonus - geometric patterns for an aesthetic punch of awesome.