History Lesson: Kasteel van Mesen- Lede, Belgium

Kastell van Mesen (Castle of Mesen) dates back to 1628. The structure and gardens include a Gothic Revival chapel and had many lives including a royal residence, a gin distillery, a sugar refinery, a tobacco factory, and a boarding school for girls funded by Belgian aristocracy. After the school closed, the Ministry of Defense took over the castle and it sat vacant and deteriorating for years. For decades it remained an architectural ghost of its past, and one of the most impressive abandoned castles in Europe. Sadly, despite conservationist efforts, the castle was demolished in 2010.

(Images via Urban Ghosts)

Weekly Wrap Up: Royal System, Dots & Stripes, & Luli Sanchez

Monday’s History Lesson: Royal System
Wednesday’s Design Meets Fashion: Dots & Stripes
Friday’s Destination: Brooklyn, NY- Luli Sanchez

Destination: Brooklyn, NY- Luli Sanchez

Luli (Lourdes) Sanchez is a Cuban-born textile designer who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She spent 18 years working in the fashion industry and in 2004 started doing art full time. She specializes in watercolor abstracts including animal prints, florals, and gorgeous geometry. She has collaborated with many large retailers designing textiles, and currently has a few great rugs at West Elm.

(Images via Luli Sanchez, West Elm)

Design Meets Fashion: Dots & Stripes

From streamlined masculine patterns to more tribal and playful designs, dots and stripes are a cool way to add print and texture while staying true to a minimalist aesthetic. Perfect for gender neutral decorating!

(Images via West Elm & Rachel Comey skirt via Creatures of Comfort.)

History Lesson: Royal System

The Royal System was designed in 1948 by Danish designer Poul Cadovius. The award-winning design is a beautiful example of midcentury modular shelving. The versatile system was recently reintroduced for the modern household by dk3, and pieces are sold separately so you can design a desk and storage system completely tailored to your needs. It’s available from Design Within Reach in oak and walnut with brass or stainless steel hardware.

(Images via dk3)

Weekly Wrap Up: Barboy, Poolside, & the de Young

Monday’s History Lesson: Barboy
Wednesday’s Design Meets Fashion: Poolside
Friday’s Destination: The de Young Museum, San Francisco

Destination: The de Young Museum, San Francisco

San Francisco’s de Young Museum has a deeply rooted history that includes numerous locations and architectural styles. It debuted in 1894 in Golden Gate Park for the California Midwinter International Exposition, and in October 2005 a fully redesigned de Young opened its doors to the public. It was designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron, and captures the essence of its surroundings perfectly. The gardens are beautiful and appropriate for the park, and the exterior of the museum is copper which over time will oxidize gracefully to a natural green. The museum also features an incredible observation tower that offers 360° views of the city, the park, and the bridge. Go for the art, the architecture, and the views!

(Images via weburbanist, Lost SF)

Design Meets Fashion: Poolside

Pool season is upon us, and there isn’t anything quite as spectacular as the bright yet calming blue color of a swimming pool, especially on a hot day. And you can bring that poolside feel to your wardrobe with light blue and turquoise pieces, like this sweet one piece. Happy summer!

(Images via IMGFave & Pinterest.)

History Lesson: Barboy

Verner Panton designed Barboy in 1963, intrigued by building furniture that would be easy to move. This mobile bar trolley looks just as beautiful in the modern home as it would have in his own home. It features 3 swing-out compartments and tabletop, and sits on casters for easy mobility. It’s roomy enough to store bottles, glasses, and bar accessories, and closes up easily when not in use. Barboy is made in Denmark and is available in black and white.

(Images via DWR, Verpan)

Weekly Wrap Up: Jielde, Palm Tree Prints, & Nick van Woert

Monday’s History Lesson: Jielde
Wednesday’s Design Meets Fashion: Palm Tree Prints
Friday’s Destination: Brooklyn- Nick van Woert