Exposed Brick Walls

Recently, one of my friends moved into a loft style apartment with exposed brick walls and it got me thinking about how wonderful industrial spaces can be.  With many downtown lofts you will find that certain raw materials are left unfinished which in my opinion adds character and a sense of history to your space.  They often have high ceilings, exposed beams, and interesting wall details that can determine how you arrange your furniture and what lighting is best.  Exposed brick is one of my favorite features in these types of spaces because it adds a wonderful texture without ever having to do any work.   Whether you choose to add shelving, artwork, paint the brick, or leave the natural distressing, brick can become a focal point in any space.  
I suppose there are some drawbacks to living with old brick walls too.  In college I had a friend who lived in an old building with brick and after storms he would always have to sweep the floors because there would be a residue of sand and grit on the floor.  The air would push through and dislodge tiny particles in the wall.  Crazy right?  As with any interior that you have fallen in love with though, if you want it badly enough...then you'll make it work.  (unless there are major structural problems or a draft..then love it and leave it my friends...you don't want those problems) 


Espionage Vintage Consignment Shop

There is a new decor store that just opened on Beverly Boulevard near The Grove in Hollywood called Espionage.  I can't wait to check out some of the unique items they have there.  Unlike rummaging through a typical consignment shop, this is a curated selection of new and used items that include vintage furniture, accessories, clothing, and jewelry.  The design of the store is pretty interesting too.  I love the blue and orange combo.

images: espionage


New Business Cards

Hi everyone, sorry I've been gone for a little while.  Along with Christmas and the New Year, I have been working on my website and some other personal projects (cleaning up my place, reading, etc.).  As much as it feels good to be able to have some time set aside for other things....I really missed blogging and am glad to be back posting again.  There will be a lot of great things to cover this year and I hope that you all stick with me as this little blog of mine grows.  I would love to hear from you about what you would be interested in this year, or if there are any improvements that you think could make your experience better.  

This year is the year to get things done (Resolution #1).  I will be posting some of my other ideas later, but one of the top things on my list this year is to get a better identity for my business (heck, any identity for that matter.)  This has been one of those things for me that has been on the back burner for a while and this year is the year I stop thinking and start doing!  Below are some business cards that I'm really into.  I like having a pattern on one side and then the information on the other.  It is decorative, but can also stand out in a pile of other cards.  What do you think?