Wishlist Wednesday: December 10, 2014

This week’s wishlist is a quickie  – mainly because I’m too distracted by Christmas decoration prep, editing my photos from Alaska (which is where we spent all of the week of Thanksgiving) and because I don’t want to distract from the awesomeness that is this item.

Today someone shared Buzzfeed’s 22 Pictures That Prove That 2014 Is The Damn Future. It’s pretty incredible, what we’ve managed to accomplish. But what really caught my eye is #10, this amazing futuristic door that puts all sliding barn door ideas to shame:

future 2014 door shifting Source: Youtube

The door, which also has an industrial-chic version made of solid steel, is the brainchild of Klemens Torggler, an Austrian artist. Also referred to as a “kinetic door”, it’s based on rotating squares that fold and pivot. From what I can tell, there’s no way to lock these so it’s not exactly practical to want one for a main door, but I think it’d make a beautiful interior door.

The best part is, Torggler custom-creates these according to the client’s style, so even if you don’t have a place with a really modern aesthetic, this could still work.

Here’s the steel door, for example.

Maybe I’ll put this on my Christmas list for next year.

Pebble Beach sunset twilight

Monterey Musings and Hotel Inspirations

I spent last week at an anti-fraud conference in Monterey, and the location couldn’t have been nicer. I stayed at the Hyatt Regency Monterey, which is a lovely resort-style hotel, with plenty of wood tones in its exterior and spread across a few buildings restricted to a couple of floors. In the crazy schedule of the conference, I wasn’t able to get good photos of the exterior, but I did capture a few things I liked about my room. I’ve stayed in many hotels before but I especially liked how things were laid out in this one, particularly in the bathroom.

Monterey Hyatt vanity

To the right of the sink is counter space for soaps, etc., but as you can tell by the orange and wood ottoman, the space also doubles as a vanity. The large mirror spans that entire wall, and the light is built in behind the frosted glass frame. I love that touch, and it’s something I’m filing away for when we get our own place.

Frosted glass light frame mirror

That hotel was so nice, they even provided toothpaste! That never happens anymore.

The room, like the bathroom, was a soothing palette of neutrals with the warm wood tones grounding everything together.

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The wood paneling and shelves are also in my inspiration pile, though a mounted TV would be better. There was another “pop” of color (like the orange ottoman in the bathroom) in the form of a random teal pillow.

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As much as I love orange and teal, they did feel a little random in this space so I wasn’t really a fan. Rather, I liked how color was incorporated without it being random and stark, in the paintings above the headboard.

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There was also lighting built in behind the headboard, but I wasn’t able to get a good picture of it. Overall the space was soothing and it flowed between the room and the bathroom without any wasted space or unnecessary embellishments, but it also avoided being too minimalistic.

I was able to take my camera along on one of the evenings to a dinner event, which happened to be right on Pebble Beach. The weather was beautiful that day, and the location was gorgeous, so I’m really glad I did!

Pebble Beach field flowers   pebble beach surfing surf

Pebble Beach sunset twilight

My vacation time started after the end of this conference, so I’m actually writing this from India where I’m visiting family. When Matt gets here I hope to go out to some of the beautiful old buildings here that are being restored, and I’ll be posting about them soon enough.

xo Rucha