Apothecary Jars

Sure, they might be overdone.  You see them at weddings, holiday parties, boutiques, and countless design vignettes, but I can't help but love them.  A collection of clear apothecary jars are a great design staple and perfect for decorating events.  Below are some examples I've pulled from the web.

via eBay

via eBay

I stumbled upon this lot of apothecary jars on eBay.  A great resource for groupings of jars!

A colorful display of candy in a variety of apothecary jars.  Fun to look at and even more fun to eat.

Group various items of the same color in varying hues and saturations to create a very impactful statement.

And don't forget apothecary jars and cloches can make for some visually stunning terrariums, either solo or grouped together as in this photo.

A lot of higher-end design stores sell apothecary jars, but I've found it's easiest to either thrift them (online or in stores) or buy them at big box craft stores, such as Michael's, Jo-Ann's, or Hobby Lobby.  The website save-on-crafts is also a great resource--they have dozens of options for jars, cloches, and other glass containers.

I Gave in to Pinterest

For a host of admittedly not the best reasons, I have been resistant to Pinterest.  It often felt it was solely for craft-oriented, kitschy DIY-ers, which although I do appreciate, is not my general aesthetic.  While a part of me may hold on to that belief a little bit, I've come to realize the advantages Pinterest can hold for a designer: it creates a very easy way to bookmark, collect, and essentially curate collections of items and ideas.  These collections--or "boards," to use Pinterest parlance--can be used as personal references or as inspirational images and ideas.  It would be a great place to direct new/potential clients to give them an idea of some products that you like to work with and speak to you.  It also can quickly connect you to people with similar tastes who hopefully have some of their own ideas they can share.  It seems a number of high profile designers implement Pinterest to promote not only their own designs, but a lifestyle befitting said designs.  A few of my favs to follow:

Kelly Wearstler

Jonathan Adler

Martyn Lawrence Bullard

I'm sure I'll discover some new favs in building up my own boards and hopeful Pinterest following.  I'm still in the early stages, but start to follow Matthew Berthold Design on Pinterest today!

Beds...Go Big or Go Home

Our new place in West Hollywood is quite adorable. However, in the case of our bedroom, "adorable" is no more than a euphemism for "small." The bedroom is roughly 10x12, and one wall will have to be taken up by a wardrobe solution, as there is no closet (a terrifying prospect to a clotheshorse like myself). Despite the small space, I would love to put a canopy bed in here, or an equally dramatic bed. If the proportions and design of the bed are right, the bed will fill the space without overwhelming the room. A lot of people seem to make the mistake of choosing a low platform bed if they have a small space, but the trick in pulling off a successful small space is to layer and add height when you can. This will move the eye around the room and trick you into seeing a larger visual space. That said, here's a few beds I'm interested in!

I despise the fabric headboard, but it is allegedly easily removable.  I like the simple shape with the detail at the joints and ends.

The stainless steel look is too modern for what I'm looking for, but I like the simplicity and sleekness of this bed.  It would be perfect for a more contemporary space.

It's the wooden cousin of the above Portica Bed--same great simple shape, but the warmness of the wood would be better suited to my bedroom.

Yes, this is from Pottery Barn TEEN...an often-ignored big store destination.  The design is admittedly pretty feminine, but the dark metal could easily be translated into a more masculine space.  Its dramatic shape is appealing and begs for some great lighting!

Ikea Hemnes Bed (no longer available)

Ikea Hemnes Bed (no longer available)

This bed is no longer available to buy, but it was highly touted in many a design blog a few years ago, and it is readily available on your friendly local Craigslist.  I have a good friend who has been a proud owner for a few years, and despite my love/hate relationship with Ikea, it is a good design for a great price.


Update:  I ended up going with the Ikea Hemnes, which I found on Craigslist for in insanely low price.  It looks great in the bedroom, although it definitely tests the confines of the small space.  I still have vague plans to potentially upholster the entirety of the bed, but that's not high on my list of priorities at the moment.