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SQUARESPACE HQ- NYC

Squarespace’s new headquarters are located in the former printing-district in New York’s West Village in the 12-story 1927 Maltz Building. The project architecture firm, A+I took a hospitality approach to the redesign of the Squarespace offices. From the street, passersby’s can visibly see into the layed back offices somewhat mimicking the likes of a hotel lobby. Apparently, A+I took inspiration from Roman+Williams design of the lobby located at Manhattan’s  Ace Hotel.  Squarespace is a continually fast growing tech web platform company that wanted a strong brand identity when it came to its design. The interior is of a minimal color off-white paint, concrete floors and ebonized wood paneling. Founder and CEO Anthony Casalena says “The brand identity is very black-and-white but you’ll never see a hard black or a hard white- we varied the materials to get lots of texture. I’ve come to understand the power of design. When it comes to brand identity, if it looks clean and smooth, it has a lot more credibility.” I would absolutely love to work in a free flowing, open, modern space such as this one.

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Exterior- Maltz Building with a view of the HQ lobby

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Exterior- Maltz Building

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The lobby of the Manhattan Ace Hotel- designed by Roman + Williams

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KELLY KLEIN- FLORIDA HOME

I am currently vacationing in sunny Florida and wanted to share a little bit of good old sunshine design with you all! I have always admired photographer/ex-equestrian Kelly Klein’s home in Palm Beach and wanted to share it with you. It was featured in Architectural Digest a few years ago, its minimally designed, rich in woods and with an abundance of light.

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AERIN LAUDER- ASPEN

I know i’m a little late but…Happy New Year!!!!

On another note, today was the first real COLD day we have had here in DC. I am not a fan of being cold unless it’s for a good reason like, playing in the snow or hiking on a beautiful trail. I would say skiing but I do not know how to…I know it’s tragic. Too bad Aerin Lauder is not a close personal friend of mine because I would invite myself every year to join her at her gorgeous home in Aspen and have her give me lessons…J/K. But seriously you’ll feel the same way after you’ve seen the below pics.

1Queen of Winterland

826Simple earthy palate. Really like the wood ceilings and arched beams.

3The library has a comforting feeling with all that wood present. Wish there was a window seat though.

104712I like that this is a gender neutral children’s room. The use of wood is simply…beautiful.

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BIT OF FRANCE IN CALIFORNIA

This home is beautiful and blends-in well with it’s surroundings. It’s a home in California designed with a touch of the french country style. Its simplistic and beautifully decorated in neutral tones with rustic finishes.