Friday, January 4, 2008

WAY TO GO, METRO!

Well, well well! I am very happy to say that Metropolitan Home is starting off the New Year right. I had my worries in the past. I have to say that last year, things really stated to turn around, and this year is looking to be a bright one! There are still a few of the uber-contemporary glass box houses, but there is definitely a mix of bright, happy, whimsical, as well as sophisticated, "collected", unique interiors to whet any appetite.

The two bedroom Miami Apartment of Rite Motta and her husband Michael Perez is a knock out! They transformed a typical white box into a treasure box with DIY custom pillows and chandeliers, flea market finds as well as higher end furniture. This place allows those of us with not much cash, but a creative bug to dream big! Rita made the red chandelier in the photo above as well as the ink blot pillow. Love-em.

Rita's brother. Ricardo Motta, created the bedside lamp. OK people, if you have creative talent in the family, USE THEM! Don't be shy. See where it got Rita? Another great room where the nightstand is flea market, and pillows sewn by Rita. And, yes, a little Anthropologie thrown in never hurt (sheets). Take a look at METHOME for some more really great shots of this happy place!

And there is the, be still my heart, home of David Cruz of Blackman Cruz in LA. Can you believe the stuff this guy finds? And the custom furniture designs of Blackman Cruz are anything but boring. He had a bit of help with the design of the home's bones from designer Jane Hallworth (see the article for the fab kitchen and baths!) , but you can tell the furnishings are pure Cruz.

Here is that "collected" look I was talking about in the Dining Room: Blackman Cruz Workshop Dining Table, early 20th century Japanese screen, 1940's oak sofa from France, 1930's Italian light fixture and 1930's French armchairs. Sigh...I am going to have to go hunting soon!

The day of New Years Eve, I had about five magazines thunk onto the floor through my front door mail slot. Metropolitan Home...you got my vote for best of the lot this time!

15 comments:

Neutral Dwelling said...

I just received my Metro the other day and some of my favorites rooms were the Blackman Cruz ones. They are just beautiful!

annechovie said...

Katie~
Thanks for showing these great rooms from MH. I don't get that mag and need to check it out when I am at the bookstore. Happy New Year and thanks so much for being a true source of design inspiration!

katiedid said...

Hi Neutral! I really love the Balckman Cruz house too. That mix he creates is wonderful and very personal. I think that is what really makes a home interesting.

katiedid said...

Hi Anne!
Well worth checking out. There are many more fabulous pictures of these two homes and others to sigh over!

Alkemie said...

I totally agree with your assessment of Met Home lapsing before and they really have turned around. I was totally drooling over that red chandelier in the first photo as well!

katiedid said...

Alkemie! Thank you for the visit! I agree! And the red chandelier, there is a close-up photo in the magazine that really shows Rita's creativity and craftsmanship. Love it!

Cote de Texas said...

Look at the dining table - is there anything more beautiful! And that screen - to die for, this feature was awe inspiring - original, classic, and fabulous - all at once!

robyn said...

Very cool post, love the rooms. : )

All Things Bright and Beautiful... said...

Dear Katie ! Fab post, those David Cruz chairs are a work of art in themselves - look a that wood detailing - inlay and carving I've never seen anything quite like them !

katiedid said...

Hi Joni!
Yes, some people just have "it", don't they? I love that table too!

katiedid said...

Hi Robyn and All things! Aren't those chairs amazing! :)

SGM said...

Color? In Met Home? I may have to subscribe again!

Things That Inspire said...

Uusally I bypass Met Home because it is a bit too stark and contemporary for me. I like what you have shown!

Bhavna said...

Oh...isn't the blue wall just gorgeous!! Love the color!

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

Oh my, I want to make a red chandelier, too! Katie, you are clever - how do you think she did that?

PS Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog.