2/29/2012

A Glimpse of Shannon Wollack's World...

Today I'm in LA hanging out with my super talented friend Shannon Wollack. Shannon is a stylist and designer and the proprietress of Life.Style. She has the most impeccable taste and style I'm thrilled to announce that she'll be blogging a bit here on Knight Moves in the near future!

We're about to head out and I'm getting some shopping in before my flight home to Big D, but before we do I wanted to show some shots of her amazing home in Brentwood. Until then, here's a quick taste of Shannon's world...




Amazing, right? You can keep up with Shannon on Twitter and Pinterest and find more eye candy on ShannonWollack.com.

2/28/2012

One Kings Lane Design-Blogger Tastemaker Tag Sale - Tonight!

I'm excited to announce that One Kings Lane is hosting a Design-Blogger Tag Sale tonight and I was invited to participate! My goodies, along with those of amazing bloggers like Nicole Gibbons of So Haute, will be peddled off beginning at 6 pm PT / 9pm ET. So set a little reminder alarm now to make sure you'll get first pick! The sale will have a wide array of buyables...everything from rugs and lighting to pillows and artwork will be up for grabs.

To give you a tiny taste of what you'll find, here are two of my items that will be featured in the sale. The first is the black cut glass hurricane holding the peonies (there's actually a pair of those) and the other is the amazing lacquered turned wood table with a Calacatta marble top. My hoarding tendencies are flaring up at the thought of selling either item because I really love them both...


Anyhow, I'm thrilled to be included and can't wait for the sale to get going...hope you'll shop away!

2/27/2012

Design Destination: Hotel 1898 in Barcelona

I've not yet been to Spain and I'm definitely getting an itch to visit there...despite the fact that I speak no Spanish, and that language barrier is a bit intimidating. Nevertheless, the country's art, culture, and exquisite hotels have lured me in. 

One of those hotels is Hotel 1898 in Barcelona, which is a Núñez i Navarro Hotel. The hotel is rich in history...built in 1891, the colonial-style structure was designed by architect Josep Oriol Mestres and later served as headquarters for the Philippines Tobacco Company. Not long ago, Núñez i Navarro restored the building and focused on updating it to modern standards while preserving the historical significance. The result is Hotel 1898 and it looks pretty spectacular from a design standpoint.

Besides the high marks in design, the hotel seems to be teaming with amenities. I honed in on two in particular: free high-speed internet and completely sound-proofed rooms. Not going to lie - I love free internet at hotels, especially in Europe! They also have a pillow menu, and that sounds pretty awesome.  Finally, the Hotel 1898 has a rooftop deck and an indoor pool that are absolutely incredible. Have a look...

 




Here is the phenomenal indoor pool. According to the site, this area is the building's basement was originally a coal bunker for generating heat, then the armor-plated safe for storing Philippines Tobacco Company money, gold, and documents, and now the space has been outfitted with a pool. Quite a lineage, isn't it?







And here are some interior shots. I adore all of the bold black and white striped textiles. Plus, the light fixtures and hardware used throughout the hotel is awesome...





Masculine-chic guest rooms...




Random, but I'm crazy about these doors...





And these are scenes from their Colonial Suite's private terrace and pool...



And to wrap up, these images showcase some of the building's incredible architectural details...


Looks like a pretty nice place to stay, right? Have any of you stayed here before? Any other Barcelona hotel recommendations?

If you happen to be planning a trip to Barcelona, be sure to take a look the hotel's top 10 list of things to see and experience. Although I've never been and am therefore by no means a Barcelona expert, it seems like a nice, succinct set of things to build an itinerary around.

2/23/2012

Poppy-Colored Impulse Roses

I picked up the prettiest color of roses from the grocery store yesterday. The variety is called Impulse and they are a gorgeous, rich red/orange, poppy color. Next time I order flowers for someone, I'm definitely requesting these because they are like a fun, sassy version of a red rose...and with no romantic connotations!

I love how they look in my den. I didn't think about it until placing them in the room, but they really bring out the same shade that's in the Chiang Mai Dragon pillows and in the kantha throw draped over the arm chair. This might be my new favorite color of roses...




Aren't they pretty? I love getting fresh flowers and don't feel so guilty about the indulgence when they only cost $9/dozen. Hopefully my store will keep stocking this type/color. 

Do you have a favorite rose color? Or do you buy a different type of flower altogether? I love hydrangea and I'll also buy peonies when they are season, but unfortunately they are much more expensive and never last quite as long!

2/22/2012

Ferguson & Shamamian Architects

Thanks to Pinterest, I found my way to Ferguson & Shamamian Architects' portfolio and my jaw is on the floor. Undoubtedly, they have designed some of America's most incredible estates and homes. Ferguson & Shamamian's portfolio is full of structures and spaces that were meticulously designed and created, using the finest materials and I'm sure, the best craftsmen as well. It's clear that in F&S projects, no detail is left unnoticed and no expense is spared. These are what I call dream projects...


Photo by Simon Upton



Photo by William Waldron

Photo by William Waldron


Photo by William Waldron


Photo by William Waldron

Photo by William Waldron

Photo by William Waldron

Photo by Durston Saylor
 
Photo by Lisa Romerein

Photo by Lisa Romerein

Photo by Lisa Romerein
Photo by Lisa Romerein


Photo by Lisa Romerein


Photo by Miguel Flores-Vianna

Photo by Scott Frances
 
Photo by Scott Frances

Photo by Scott Frances

Photo by Scott Frances

Photo by Scott Frances

Photo by Scott Frances

Photo by Scott Frances

Photo by Scott Frances

Ferguson & Shamamian really seem to know what they're doing, don't they? They definitely have an impressive portfolio...most of those properties are unbelievably beautiful. Besides oogling over F&S's handiwork, it was also fun to check out their clients' art collections. Some of them are just unreal.

Do you have any favorite rooms or homes from the ones above? While it's not the most over-the-top opulent, I love the white brick LA home shot by Lisa Romerein and I just adore the kitchen and dining area from a Westport home shown in the third photo from the top.