Inspiration: Gio Ponti

Gio Ponti's body of work is vast and eclectic. I've read that curators have struggled to put together exhibitions because summing up his broad range of styles and experimentation is extremely tricky. 

The two components that do flow consistently through Ponti‚Äôs design, however, are color and geometric patterns. With this in mind, my love for Gio Ponti is a no brainer. I find Ponti's use of color and pattern endlessly inspiring.

I am in love with this muted pallete.

I am in love with this muted pallete.

Ponti also liked to design the furniture, lighting and accessories of his spaces, like these incredible plates. 

Ceramic tile is almost nauseatingly trendy at this point, but looking at Ponti's design renews my interest. The geometric shapes seem more thoughtful and the color choices refreshing. 

You can see more of my favorites here. - Em O

None of these images belong to us, sources are linked on click through. 

Inspiration: Breeze Blocks

Emily V. can attest that from the moment we began discussing fixing up a house together, I have been rambling about the possibility of incorporating breeze blocks. There is just something about them-- maybe its the geometric lines, or that they are so versatile, or that, when used thoughtfully, they continue to feel unique and special despite their recent resurgence in popularity.

I don't shy away from design elements simply because they are trendy. However, I do try my best to understand the root of the trend with the intention of incorporating it in an organic way that will hopefully have some staying power. 

Breeze blocks were all the rage in the 50's and 60's in both residential and commercial design. As with most trends, the tide turned and suddenly they were considered completely out dated and out of style. More recently, the obsession with postwar design has included the return of appreciation for breeze blocks for both the aesthetic ornamentation, as well as their functionality. 


In trying to navigate the squiggly line of passing trend vs. solid design, what helps shifts the dial for me is the functional versatility of the material. When combined, breeze blocks can create a screen that provides privacy, shade, ventilation and shelter from weather. They allow you to create walls with whatever degree of solidity or openness that you desire-- to a degree that isn't found in other materials. I should also mention that I just truly find them to be really beautiful.

I haven't figured out if or how we can incorporate breeze blocks into the exterior of our home just yet. I do know that we don't necessarily want to block any of the front facing windows of the house, which limits our options. Right now i've been tossing around the idea of creating screens to support either side of the front porch. Or perhaps a screen to cover the electrical boxes. Or maybe used as a lower fence around the front flower bed. Welcome to the hamster wheel in my head. We will sort it out, but for now, I hope you find some of these beautiful uses of breeze blocks as inspiring as I do. 


xo,Emily O

Sources: The Return of the Breeze Block, Fourth image is mine, the sources of the other images are linked on click through.

Mid-Century Modern, Eichler & Colorful 70's Design Inspiration

While we're stuck in the doldrums of foundation issues, i've been keeping myself creatively stimulated by dreaming of design possibilities. My personal aesthetic preferences are quite eclectic but I do generally tend to love mid century modern, as well as colorful 70's design. I wanted to share some of the images that have been inspiring me lately. 

The current style of our house is pretty standard 60's cottage, and I love to envision it with a more palm spring modern vibe with lots of pops of color. Bright color and mid century modern design are both huge here in Austin, as people are renovating/flipping many of the older homes. 

If we do decide to go in this direction with our house, I want to make sure that we do it thoughtfully and organically.Will we be able to pull it off? The truth is I don't know. Since this is our very first project, we are sure to make plenty of mistakes, but I do want to keep authenticity and cohesion in mind as we make design decisions. 

I've been particularly into Eichler homes lately - specifically the exteriors. Joseph Eichler was an architect who built mid-century modern tract houses in California between 1949 and 1966. As I said, our home is cottage style, but I do think if done correctly we could definitely get away with some Eichler vibes. 

Alright that's it for now, Em V. is working on a post about our foundation woes, so stay tuned to hear more about what will (hopefully) be the biggest repair project on our house.

Talk to you soon,

Em O.