Dramatic Brooklyn Co-Working Space

The individual elements of this moody co-working space may seem simple at first glance but in every corner of this space is conscious, quality design. This converted foundry comes together in a mashup of mid-century, Scandinavian, and industrial design.

The first thing that strikes you about this space is BLACK AND WHITE. Its like its saying “yeah, I know its a common color scheme but I’m going to take it to the NEXT LEVEL! AWW YISSS!!”

The next tier of texture in this space is the warm natural wood color that makes up the flooring, and super cool caned chairs (you know I love anything caned).

Adagio Armchair

Third most is brass, represented in all of the lighting. The addition of green plants in this space helps to counteract the intensity of the design and add an accent of softness and life.

Black and white, wood, brass, and live plants are the cornerstones of this design which is admittedly a fairly common concept, however in this space it is taken to a whole new level by The New Design Project. Here they took basic elements and married them together with texture, style, light, and scale which set each element at its absolute best.

Company: the New Work Project

Designers: The New Design Project

Architecture: Jam Architecture

Photography: Will Ellis

Contractors: GCNY Builders

Via: Dwell Article

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One Year Anniversary and Giveaway!

Today marks the one year anniversary of The Fig Design’s launch! Woo Hoo!! To celebrate I am putting on a giveaway of a free E-Design plan for any room in your house! Head to my instagram post to enter and hit up the E-Design Services page to learn what you’re getting! The winner will be announced on January 19th at 12am EST.

After literally years of planning, and thinking, and learning, I finally got up the courage in 2018 to start this blog. I am so glad I stopped being afraid of failing, and started failing! I could write a whole post about all the stuff I got wrong (and for that reason I have rewritten this post 3-4 times!) But there will never be a shortage of excuses in my life so I am going to instead focus on my goals for 2019!

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Now is NOT the time for me to slow down. Last year was about taking things one at a time, and not being too hard on myself because everything didn’t need to be perfect right away, yada-yada-yada. I still think that was an important goal to have for the first year and I might not have even started without it, but I accomplished it a little too well. My natural inclination is to take on way too much right away, not thinking about the personal costs, then get overwhelmed with the responsibility and shut down, so in 2018 I was intentionally noncommittal. This did result in the desired peace about my career, but it also resulted in a lack of forward momentum, lack of structure, lack of consistency, and perhaps most destructively, a severe lack of creative energy.

So with that in mind, my goals for 2019 are to:

  • Find ways to increase creative energy
  • Be more structured
  • Find a consistent design aesthetic
  • Consume more content from people I admire

The first of these goals is definitely the main one, and all of the following are secondary ways to aid the first goal.

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Creative Bankruptcy

Honesty time: 2018 finished really low in the creative energy department. Post writing feels like a chore and all my ideas seem one dimensional. Its bad. You know this quote by Stephen King “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”? well I love that quote and really believe in it, however if you never feel inspired it can be really hard to stay motivated long term and enjoy what you’re doing. I believe that inspiration isn’t something that just happens to you randomly, but rather it is something that you can chase. You can put yourself in danger of being inspired by building a community of other creative people who are feeding off of each others creativity (this is why I think instagram is so cool) In 2019 I want to manufacture situations in which I could get inspired by connecting with other creative people.

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Structure

Structure means schedules, tasks, timelines, and coffee shops. Always coffee shops. Home has too many dishes, and too much laundry for it to be a realistic place to get anything done. I want to establish a very firm routine for the posting, writing, designing, and management of The Fig Design.

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Consistency

Essentially this means committing to a style. I really, really love a lot of different styles but I am realizing how much I need to stick to one style, get good at it, and be consistent in my brand. So I’m starting to process what I feel instinctively drawn to and the only thing I can tell you for sure it will be moody, warm, and quirky. More on this to come.

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Consume

Before I started this blog I used to read roughly 3-4 posts a day from other designers and brands. When my life became busy with more “important” work, like getting ahead on that weeks post writing, I stopped reading other blogs almost entirely. I am a firm believer that in order to create good content, you need to consume good content. Its like fuel. I never want to stop learning and become uninformed on current design trends, therefore I need to prioritize consuming the content of people I admire like it is a multivitamin. In 2019 consuming content will be a regular and necessary part of my writing process.

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My personal mission statement for 2019 is: To be creatively energized and make blogging a lifestyle. My hope is that structure, and consistency will provide an established framework in which to create, and that consuming the content of talented people will fuel inspiration and a “I can do that!” attitude.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway on my instagram! The winner gets one of these!

Trend Alert: Wood Cabinets

Wood Cabinets are back people! They went out during the “paint everything white” years and then during the “smokey” cabinet year and a half, and now they are coming back into kitchens with a drama all of their own. Observe:

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Wood Cabinets are veering modern AND traditional these days paired with lots of B&W, and open shelving, with a rustic/minimalist vibe. I am loving this trend because wood has so much warmth and texture to it, that it can hold its own in a minimalist setting, and still keep everything cozy.

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I admit freely that I am much more drawn to this contemporary, modern iteration of wooden cabinets, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any wood cabinet hopes for you traditional people, and I actually really really love these: 

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A common element of all of these wood cabinet kitchens is the presence of a heavy dose of B&W as well as a simplicity in all the other elements of the kitchen. The idea here is to let the wood tones be the focal point of the kitchen, without everything feeling super heavy and “decorative”  

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I would do these in my kitchen in a heart beat, which is actually saying a lot because normally I am a lot more cautions about trends, but I think this is one that will stand the test of time and will always feel classic. And if you do it in this neutral, natural tone of wood, it will go with anything! 

1 Bathroom 3 Ways

Happy Friday! Today is another installment of 1 room 3 ways, this time – a bathroom! A bathroom is a great place to do this because even though there are a lot of permanent fixtures, there are endless fun little accessories you can style with. Which means that picking just 3 combos was very very hard!

First we look at the bare bones of this bathroom:

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The Vanity: This simple midcentury modern vanity is from Rejuvenation, which has some really fabulous vanities that go with most styles! With everything included, they are customizable and a great backdrop.

The Mirror: This mirror is from Pottery Barn and is an interesting shape with the fun chain detail, but is still simple enough to go with anything.

The Pendant: This pendant is a gem from Lulu And Georgia! It is the perfect blend of unique and simple. You’re not likely to find this ziggurat style anywhere else.

I also chose a white penny tile for the floor and shower. Penny tile is probably the most versatile (ha! get it!?) tile there is.

The styling variables:

  • Sconces
  • Art
  • Rug
  • Chair
  • Basket
  • Towels

The goal is to take these variables and change them around to demonstrate how different a room can look just by changing out the cosmetics.

Global Version:

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Sconces / Art / RugChairBasket / Towels / Vase

For the global version of this bathroom a vintage kilm rug was the jumping off point. Global style is characterized by ethnic patterns, wood, and warm tones. It is a very layered style that is great for mixing in to other styles.

Wallpaper Version:

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Sconces / ArtRug / Chair / BasketVaseWallpaper

We take a hard left turn with this wallpaper, turning the bathroom whimsical, colorful, and almost childlike. There is something very colonial about this iteration but I can’t pin down a specific style. It hints at a lot of different things.

Modern Scandinavian:

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Sconce / ArtRug / ChairLadder / Towels

The Modern Scandinavian bathroom is really minimalist and simple with clean lines and warm tones. This style is similar to global in that it can be mixed with any other style effortlessly. Unlike global style it is characterized by color blocking (no pattern), simple lines, and minimalist, open spaces.

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Styling is magic! It can completely transform a room into different versions of itself. In this series I demonstrate how to restyle the same room 3 different ways and completely transform it!

Don’t miss the other posts in this series!

1 Bedroom 3 Ways, 1 Living Room 3 Ways, 1 Nursery 3 Ways

Best Art Sources

Happy Friday! Today’s post is about the best art sources out there! If you know anything about me, you know art is one of my favorite things to source for interiors. Right above chairs and right below lighting (in more ways then one! Ha!)

Art is so important for any room, as important as seating and lighting! Without it the room can often feel flat and boring, with almost no personality. Today I want to show you some of the common places I source from for art that aren’t generic or too cutesy.

My #1 rule when I look for art is quirk. I love to see art contrast the room that it is in. If Its a small room, do big art, if its a colorful room, do some monochrome art. If its a really serious dramatic room put up a photograph of a black and white dog making a silly face. Art loves contradiction.

The second thing I look for is customizability. I want to get that piece in any size conceivable and if they have a framing option, even better.

Most of these sources check both boxes:

Chairish:

OB-Chairish Art

(1)Bergundy Beret; (2)Blue Garrulus Caronatus; (3)Abstract Expressionist; (4)Harriet Stanton Intaglio; (5)Sometimes; (6)Painting Study Tomatoes; (7)Unspoken; (8)Vintage Marc Chagall Lithograph

Chairish is one of my favorite places to go for art because most of the pieces are one-of-a-kind and have a strong character. The Chairish print shop has recently opened which I am so excited about! Now you can customize your print to many different shapes. This is a great place to go for quirky art.

Minted:

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(1) Patience; (2) Late Harvest; (3) Angkor Hallway; (4) Abstract Botanical; (5) Golden Illumination; (6) Southern Cotton; (7) City Squares 2(8) Real Reflections(9) I Remember; (10) Folded Lines;

Minted is probably the art site that you’ve heard about. There are thousands of contributors and everything is customizable. I haven’t found one piece of art on here that I dislike. I have found that a small piece of framed art makes an awesome gift.

Artfully Walls:

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(1) Yellow Bowl; (2) Black Glitter Etching; (3) Soren(4) Street Art-4(5) Lovers In Florence; (6) Time Stands Still; (7) Wintertime VIII; (8) Vintage Portrait; (9) Perfumes in Tokyo; (10) Wrestling; (11) Blue Paeonia #6;

Artfully walls is the higher-end version of Minted. Their frames are all very customizable, and their selection is fantastic. You can search by style, category, color, price, you name it!

Little Paper Planes Shop:

OB-Little Paper Planes Art

(1)Black and White Flower Study; (2)Somebody’s idea of a good time; (3)Salt Rock 1; (4)Landmarks; (5)Stack V; (6)A Law That Is Implied Without Being Said;

The coolest photographs can be found here. Little Paper Planes Shop walks the line between serious and quirky and they really take their art seriously. In addition to art they have super cute jewelry!

Serena and Lily:

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(1)Mid Century Fashion; (2)Summer Poem; (3)At The Mouth of the Russian River; (4)Source of Light; (5)”Sun” by Rob Delamater; (6)”Joy” by Vesela Baker; (7)Father Holding His Child(8)Rainbows V(9)Yellow Ochre Cloth;

Serena and Lily is not a site dedicated solely to art, they have so many other amazing products that I highly recommend, but unlike a lot of other full service home goods companies, they do art super well! They carry a lot of vintage inspired pieces, with a healthy amount of modern.

Society6:

OB-Society6 Art

(1)Books Art; (2) Minimal line drawing of woman’s folded arms; (3)Corpsica 6; (4)Cat with ball; (5)The Office Poster; (6)Marfa; (7)Corgi Poster;

Society6 is the best. They are particularly known for their quirky graphics and as you can imagine, they have me hooked. If you are a bold and eclectic person, this is the place for art. A lot of their prints are also in pillow form!

Obviously these sources are geared toward the more affordable end of the spectrum. I have an array of favorite fine artists with large original works of art (*AhemDavidMichaelSlonim) and they will have their own post some day.

What are some of your favorite places to buy art? I am always looking for new sources!