Michael Zavros

I think I was searching for horses when I stumbled upon artist, Michael Zavros’ work.  While his equine pieces are interesting, it’s the paintings of interiors that I find most compelling.  (Shocking right?)  What can I say, I like his style and I wouldn’t mind living in his world.

All pieces by Michael Zavros

My Office Nook

Minimalists, avert your eyes!  Today I’m talking about my office nook.  It’s sort of the colorful thesis statement to my boldly embellished-but-edited design essay.  But before we dive right in, let me rewind to yesterday.  Hot diggity dog!  I’m blown away by the positive response to my home.  There were literally times last night when I had to get up out of my chair and do a little jig over a particularly kind comment.  It been such a high and I just wanted to say THANK YOU to those who are leaving nice notes, spreading the word, re-posting, tweeting, facebooking, or just quietly checking me out on your own.  As I’ve been known to say, you rock like Keds and tube socks.

Ok now that we are done making out, let’s talk about this desk area.  So the obvious stuff- the wall is blue (Olympic Brilliant Blue) and the desk is hot pink (Glidden Very Bery.)  I knew my white and wood Rasts would be the perfect foil to all that color, but the original version were feeling a little flat to me.  Danika came to the rescue, providing me with her Harper O’verlays.  (Custom-sized to fit the Rast.)  Easy peasy: spray glue, spray paint, instant oomph for my drawer fronts.  I heart them.

(crooked lampshade, I want to punch you in the face.)

The foo dog lamps are from Barbara Cosgrove.  I just seem to need a little bit of Asian in each of my areas. You can quote me on that.

I gave my JC Penney stools a fancy new upholstery job using the Basset McNab floral I showed back here.  (Notice the chevron from my dining chairs is in that post too?  I totally was giving you guys hints.  Sike, I actually had no clue what I was doing with it back then.)  

Mixing red bamboo stools with a pink and blue wall… am I crazy?  What can I say, I love a good clash.

Onto the ahhhrt.  The centerpiece is a vintage Indian poster that’s 3D- made with real fabric and beads.  Me Likey.  I bought it from the Loaded Trunk and you can see a better pic of it here.  Flanking in on the left side we have the ostriches by John Murphy and naked butt guy, picked up a thrift store.  Rounding out the right side is what I presume to be a Picasso print, also a thrift store purchase, and my astrological bulls, snagged on 20×200.

The shelf is woody and rustic.  I got the idea from Nelya and actually bought it on Ebay!.  The print on the shelf is by Joan Miro and was picked up at an awesome mid-century warehouse in Fishtown. 
And that about sums up my office nook.  I don’t really use it as an office as evidenced by the fact that I don’t have a proper desk chair.  It’s where I store my record player, tools & supplies and laptop when it’s charging.

I recognize there is a WHOLE LOT going on here.  Believe it or not, I actually took a few items away during the design process (thanks, Coco Chanel) and I’m still mad I didn’t style the desk for the shoot.  I love that its super saturated but isn’t just about the color.  Layered eclectic beauty.  Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself.

Goodness that was long!  Hope that wasn’t totally boring and you enjoyed the details and sources.  I have a crazy day today and tomorrow, so I’m gonna play hooky until Thursday.  Tune in next time- I’ll be diving into the living room.  SO many bonus shots there!



If  you missed my Design Sponge Sneak Peak, you can check it out HERE.

Interior Design by Design Manifest
Photography by Courtney Apple

A wall of shelves and art

Two of my favorite design elements would be a wall of shelves and a wall of art.  So why not combine them to create something really special.  Just loving this statement wall in the home of photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

And here’s a larger shot of their duplex featuring more floor to ceiling bookshelves and a Yves Klein coffee table.  OH to be a rich bohemian New Yorker!

a bathroom and a photograph

I’m obsessed with this vanity / mirror combination by James Michael Howard.  I think it’s brilliant.  The black floating sink is bold and dramatic, yet the curved sides of the backsplash make it sweet and soft.  Ornate mirrors slay me everytime and the fact that this version is hanging from a modern rod thangy makes it even more captivating.  PS, I love floating sinks did I mention that?  
Cant Stop Staring.

Also…  This photograph of a seascape(!) by Hiroshi Sugimoto really captivates me.  Damn, I’d love a huge version of this on my wall.  It would be a peacful serenity amongst the color storm.

If you want an actual, intelligent commentary on this artist I highly recommend you read Erin of Design Crisis‘ post on him.  Cause I can’t give it to you and she can say it better.

I know these two pictures aren’t really related.  But they are just doin’ it for me today.  What is making you feel happy today?