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Black Frame Windows

7th_street_residence_black window framesvia PullTab

I’ve been feeling rather drawn toward black frame windows.

It’s an industrial vibe, a warehouse look, and it’s had my attention for some time — but lately I’m noticing it more and more as it mixes traditional residential architecture with modernized interiors and it’s really impressing me and that has me thinking about my own new home.

This particular home decor trend is not adopted without some commitment to the cause. Many times the executions are impressive because they were an architectural choice at the time of installation. However, painting an otherwise normal window frame is an option for upping the aesthetic ante. Painting windows can be a real pain though, especially if you are covering up oil based paint. Many folks wouldn’t be willing to get into this without real commitment to the look.

We are trying to make that decision for ourselves now. I’m growing more and more committed each day though. It started as an quick idea that I brushed away almost as soon as I thought it. It has since evolved from that to the “Heffe would never buy it” stage to this full on campaign for his consideration. This marks the official launch of my efforts to convert the dude into a believer.

First, let’s have another look at the windows in the new hizz. There are 13 in the sunroom alone. They are lovely old french panes and they are painted blue on the outside, which is an endearing feature that made me fall head over heels for this home.

But, from the inside, you can see that blue sneaking and peeking around the edges, blurring and distorting the frames and distracting from the view beyond the jungle greenery. The addition of the screens, which we only have on the windows that open, makes for an illusory sense of color in the frames, ie, not white, but very fuzzy.

You can clearly see the illusory color effects happening in these pics. They are already imperfect — why NOT paint them black? My feeling is that the strength of the black mullions and transoms will stand up with a bit more visual strength to the sunlight and the screens, providing a more cohesive grid like effect on the windows and thus improving the view overall. I’ve photoshopped it below.

But first, join me as we journey through a world of black frame window inspiration and what got the old wheels spinning in the first place. Most of these painted frames maintain their original white window trim, so it is only the frame that should get the black treatment in our home. This is the look that I’m after. Of additional note, some of these are most definitely metal frames and some have no trim at all.

Black Window Framesvia Carter Kay

ellen-and-portiasvia Architectural Digest
Ellen & Portia’s foyer has got it going on and their black frames are definitely an architectural statement. Plus there is a large dose of Serge Mouille at play, which is another recurring trend in the images I’m pinning. I’m feeling all wanty inside.

chenault james black windowsvia Chenault James

Amber-Interiors-Black-window-panesvia Amber Interiors.
Amber’s recent client reveal showcases an impressive architectural statement with its black warehouse window wall.
Peep the before and after post to get a load of just how this feature sings agains that brilliant white.

french windows painted greyvia Rethink Design Studio
Just for fun, here is a room with the french frames painted grey.

black windows Feldman Architecturevia Feldman Architecture, Inc.

So, I put our home in its mid-renovation state into photoshop, to help us see what our little spot could look like. I’m rather loving the turnout. Let’s do it!





We did it. Here is a little look at our turnout.






The Frazada & Peruvian Woven Goods

We would be remiss not to share with you the latest in home decor that we are trying to hunt down for our own homes (and yours too if you are a TEOT ETSY fan.)

Since a trip to the Chinchero Market in Peru, South America is not in my most immediate future, I’d like to bring a bit of the Andes to me. Sarah and I are both nuts over Bolivian Frazadas.

Here’s a little looksee to get you on board with what we’re talking about.

Frazada pillows by Garza Marfa

frazadas by Garza Marfa

The pillows, blankets and rugs are popping up on boutique shops across the internets, from Australia to the UK, to the US. These lovely styled images come to us via Garza Marfa, the supplier behind the collections avaliable at Heath Ceramics, L’aviva Home, etc

Frazada stack at market

El Hummingbird is an Australian company started by a lovely couple who travel to Peru annually to connect with artisans and select one of kind woven goods to sell on their site.

Urban Outfitters FrazadaMore and more, we see brands like Urban Outfitters and these days even Target, quick to jump on trends. UO is on the ball here with their one of a kind offering of Peruvian Frazadas. The downside to volume sales for one of a kind, means you likely are dipping your hand into a pattern unknown, but really, who doesn’t love them all?

24hourbazaar_ouropenroad1The 24 Hour Bazaar by Our Open Road is the source where UO is pulling from. This company is run by a family of four that are slow traveling throughout South America and have been for some time now. They initially ran a few fundraisers and a Kickstarter to get themselves funded for the time pursuing their art on the road. They’ve since added their second child to their repertoire, as well as these 24 hour sales full of Andean woven goods. Get on the email newsletter if you want a heads up for the next sale.


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The colors are a show stopper in this minimalist application.

serape styling

The frazada’s cute little sister is the serape. It’s far easier to get your hands on, but can bring some of that similar energy into your home, with vibrant pinks and stripes of a quality that will have you pleased as punch. Be careful with the serape though, as it can leans a bit kitschy.


I can get my hands on a similar style on the cheap through this lucky stumble in the Los Angeles fashion district. This is not the quality wool version of the frazadas, handwoven from the alpacas of the Andes though. I’m thinking more along the lines of a machine made acrylic here, made to mimic the handmade designs of the Andean Mountain people.
But what fun colors,  perfect for punching up an outdoor party space.



via 100layercake
(Click over to see the radical peekaboo layer on some lovely bridesmaid dresses)



Pipe Down

There are many trends that I am absolutely, whole heartedly in support of and I’m really carrying the torch for.

This post is not about those, this is about my distaste for pipe furniture.

I think I’ve had my fill of furniture built from pipes. There are other ways in which we can express our love of modern, industrial style. Those ways are not as obvious as metal piping and while I’m at it… factory cart wheels.

Instead, let’s explore a mix of light fixtures, upholstery, furniture and accessories that embody the industrial age — without screaming it. Let’s avoid being Captain Obvious, in decorating, and in life.

Some examples of pipe furniture that should take the long nap, take the final exit, buy the farm, push daisies, fall off the perch…  and some examples of the industrial vibe that we can dig!


Round Iron Mirror with Leather Strap  |  Nautical mini-pendant  | Rustic Industrial Coffee Table  |  Wire Baskets  |  Reclaimed Wood Tray  |  Pauchard Stool


Trends: Leafy Greens

Whether in high contrast photography, watercolor or flattened graphic illustration, the botanical prints I’ve been seeing around lately are exciting. It’s a welcoming way to bring some of that SoCal sunshine aesthetic into homes all across the nation, don’t ya think?

Sarah M Dorsey Designs framed-leaf-print-7

A few weekend posts ago, I hollered at Sarah M Dorsey Designs for her DIY leafy greens print.
Will you give it a shot yourself? I snapped one or two of my fiddle leaf fig, and shared via Instagram.


The Aestate, a favorite in the design blog community, peddle their leafy wares on Society6.
As a result we can reap the advantages of the extended product offering there, like this wall tapestry!
(They also offer leggings, which I’m thinking about testing out.)

Leo’s Oyster Bar in San Francisco

M and S Home Leafy Botanical Upholstery

Check out this luxe use of botanical prints on upholstery. Source unknown.

 Peter Dunham Fabric Pillow

I’m enjoying the Peter Dunham Fig Leaf pattern more at this moment than I was when it first started popping up on everything. A design classic choice for sure, and in my opinion – used sparingly and well mixed, is an alright idea. Frankly, I couldn’t leave it out of this round up, you know?

Nicolette Mason’s living room by Emily Henderson

 House of Hackney InfernoRecently, someone told me that this practice of covering walls, shades, curtains and soft upholstery in thematic matching patterns, a ubiquitous practice in the 60s, might be making its comeback. That was hard to imagine until I saw it done by the masterful stylists of the House of Hackney.

What did I miss? Share yours with me!


I was just cruising the ever-inspiring Justina’s Instagram and she’s created a fun new hashtag. In the spirit of yesterday’s post, let’s explore #plantsonpink.

Instagram funsies hosted by Justina Blakeney of The Jungalow

Trends: Persian Rugs

My most recent fascination with persian rugs snuck up on me, and suddenly I’m all about ’em.

Are you guys on top of this already?

I articulated my fascination through an image that I snapped on one of the house tours I was on. You may have seen it already. I’ve since used it for several graphics here on the blogo. Since I kept going back to this, I decided to start my own hunt.


It’s hard to call the Persian rug a “trend” when it is such a classic and traditional choice, but below I’ve gathered a few examples that we feel are a super hot modern application. Ones that make us feel all wanty for our own persian rug!

They look so inviting in a hallway, unexpected in a kitchen, and sophisticated in a nursery!

I’ve come across so many different patterns in my pursuit, all hand knotted by tribes from different regions of Iran. My understanding is that it is this provenance that makes them a true Persian. Turkish rugs can be quite similar in style and design and I imagine that we are all fans of the now ubiquitous Turkish kilim. All of these rugs fall under the category of Oriental Rug – which I suppose is a broad enough term to aid you in your search.

I like digging through the piles and keeping my eye out for the rusty earthy oranges, the fiery crimson reds and the berry pink bases mixed with blues. As soon as I realized that this was a real obsession I started digging through Craigslist until I found my guy (and I even got one for my dollhouse project).

I recently read that VISS rugs are a rare find to keep your eye out for. They have nomadic patterns that are typified by a single hexagonal shape in the middle, bordered all along the edge. Their overall aesthetic leans more geometric than floral, which sounds appealing to me. That also sounds similar to the rug that I found on Craigslist, pictured here. But, I’m about 99% sure that what I scored from Craigslist is actually vintage Ikea. I’m pleased to find that it does appear to be hand-knotted. Ikea carried a lovely oriental option for awhile, called the Persisk, but if you compare the UK Ikea offering to the current US Ikea rug offering, you’ll see we’re not as lucky here in the states.

Here are few that I’ve been peaking at.


Ikea once had a nice collection of persian inspired rugs. Here is one that I found online in the UK.


From Etsy Seller UniqueRugStore
I’d look into this one. The seller is in Istanbul and I believe that would make this less Persian, and more Turkish. But I’ve had some luck with ordering specialty items from Istanbul based Etsy shops.

Persian-Rug-Love-by-The-Estate-of-ThingsBordered Cross Rug – from Target
This machine-made option is priced right for those of you that want the look for easy access. It looks great in this photo, but at that price point I can’t help wonder if it’s not a better idea to dig a bit deeper and find a deal on a hand-knotted option, like the one from Etsy.


Here is a more geometric pattern – a feature of the rugs woven in VISS.