Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Baldwin Hills & Office Design

Located in Culver City, Baldwin Hills are part of California state parks, with breathtaking views of Los Angeles below.
The hike I took today left me amazingly re-charged afterwards. There is something in the air that energizes the lungs and the mind. Could it be the eucalyptus scent? Or is it the fragrance of the sage bushes? I felt inspired.
This is what this blog is about: discovering natural design and bringing it back home.

What do you do with inspiration? How do you channel it?
Somehow and design-wise, what comes to (my clearer) mind after a walk there is Office Space design. 
Sitting at a desk, in a beautified office, one would want to write, reflect, let the imagination sore and capture the inspiration and the motivation.

Here is #1 Office scenario, which brings in the blue sky and the happy bush sunflowers.

Carson table lamp (Rejuvenation)
Gas Task armchair (Design Within Reach)

Modu-licious #4 (Blu Dot) / Reed Laplant Dunlin desk (Rejuvenation)

Here is #2 Office scenario, which includes the shimmer of California white sage shrubs, some splashes of yellow still, and the earthy texture of a local gastropod.

Cherner Task chair (Design Within Reach) / Modern Pencil holder (Rejuvenation)
Single Unit desk (YLiving)

Rook Lamp (Blu Dot)

Medina Rug (Design Within Reach)

Here is #3 Office scenario, which now let us imagine the fragrance of the eucalyptus trees and enjoy the pale yellow dune primrose.

Carson amp (Rejuvenation)

 Artwood Desk / Beckett Shelf  (Crate & Barrel)

Saarinen Executive armchair (Design Within Reach)

Mystic rug (YLiving)

Finally #4 Office scenario that offers the expansive whiteness of clouds, and of the datura flowers.

Ross Lovegrove Rectangular table (Knoll)
Gigi Swivel chair (Design Within Reach)

Modu-licious #1 (Blu Dot)

Salome Charcoal Grey Rug (Crate and Barrel)                                                     AJ Table Lamp (Design Within Reach)

The White Sage is cooling and also sacred. It has been used by Native American Indians for healing and  purification (Sage is from the Mint family.) When the dried leaves are burnt, their anti-bacterial properties and earthy aroma clear the atmosphere. I just love their fragrance 🙏 

The beautiful Eucalyptus trees come from Australia. Their odorous foliage invigorates the air we breathe.
A great way to enjoy these natural scents in your interior spaces is by diffusing them as essential oils.
Diffuser by Artnaturals

Stadler Form Mia Diffuser (Bed Bath & Beyond)

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Magical Jacaranda Trees

I recently moved to Los Angeles, and everything is brand new.

This blog is about taking the time to enjoy nature, and discover ways to bring pieces of it inside, in our living spaces.
It fascinates me how colors exist together in the natural world, and I practice letting myself be inspired by nature.

In Southern California right now, there is this explosion of purple blossoms that bring so   much light and joy. It’s from the Jacaranda Trees.  Their purple canopies are truly uplifting.
Can we bring it home...please??

It makes me want to lie down so that I can stare at this soft purple and get dreaming...

A purple ceiling might not be so practical, but what about some purple light fixtures, which when you look up remind us of the purple blossoms.

I love these light fixtures:
Mantra Lighting 2776 Misc 3 Light Pendant (Wayfair) 

AF Lighting 8526 5 Light Mini Chandelier from Angelo Home Collection (Build.com)
Dreaming... on a comfy sofa with my head on a pillow...
Velvet Pied-A-Terre Sofa Wilcox (Anthropologie)

Jack Tuxedo Sofa (Houzz)

Bright Purple Paisley Chair Cushion (Tara Design)

                        Or lying down on a purple cloud...
World Menagerie Aanya hand knotted rug (Wayfair)

Safavieh Milan Shag Purple Rug (Overstock) 
                                                                                                                 ...while sipping a cup of tea :)
Konitz China Mugs (JC Penney)
Lenox French Pearl Violet Mug
           Cast Iron Teapot Hanabi            (Real Recreation USA)

What if we painted the door, so that it opens into... a purple world?

Anything that will make those beautiful blossoms linger, and spring to stay!

The color purple is the combination of blue and red. It is associated with imagination and inspiration. In the body, it corresponds to the 7th chakra, or energy center, located at the crown of the head. This center connects us to the universal source.
Amethyst is a violet crystal quartz whose properties can heal, protect, and neutralize negative energies.
It can be worn or placed in your home, as a reminder of universal benevolent protection and guidance - as it catches the sunlight.

Sophie Castro offers Interior Design services in Los Angeles, CA and Honolulu, HI.She can be reached at: sophiecastrointeriors@gmail.com

All nature photographs were taken by author.

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