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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

We are happy to announce....

 We are happy to announce that our work has appeared in another publication.

This time it is the work we did at the 2012 Pasadena Showcase House of Design. We designed the Guest Casita, and it has been published in a book zine, House Colors.

I particularly like this project as it represented a bit of a break for us from our usual more subdued tones. It was splashes of bright color, and even a turquoise floor!

Look for it on Newsstands now!

Monday, December 3, 2012

An App For Booklovers

It's no secret that I am a big book hoarder. Of all sorts, topics, ages it doesn't matter. print or digital. I have finally come across the perfect catologing tool!

The Bookcase is a new app that will help you keeop track of books you have, want, borrowed or lent. With the ability to input data using a barcode, it is simple and straightforward enough that even I would use it.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas is around the corner!

Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is just around the corner. So my Christmas tree went up on Sunday and we are getting ready for the blitz! I have to say this is the first year that my ornaments have out numbered the space on the tree, so I have been in the process of trying to trim down the group.

It seems that over the year there have been certain types of ornaments that have taken my fancy. One of those groups is furniture pieces, so i thought I would post a couple that are available now.

Adirondack Chair

Felt Club Chair

Wire Frame Chair

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Sometimes its just the strangest things that get my attention

I am fascinated by the idea of man made Islands, I guess as a child I always wanted my own private Island, and I thought at the time that all the land was used up, so I would have to make one! I know, I was not the smartest kid on the block.

Well today I wanted to show two man made island projects.

The first is in the Caspian sea off the coast of Azerbaijan, and it's called Neft Dashlari. It may not be the first man made island project , but it caught my interest. It is actually a whole series of olil rigs taht are linked together by roads and platforms. It was built in the 50's by Stalin, and featured in a James Bond film.

The other is a lot more well known, and are the Palm Jumeirah Islands. At first I saw this project with horror, now I am kind of warmed up to it. It's intersting to see how Western the actual streetscape is, it kind of looks like parts of Orange County....go figure!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Post Election Map

It seems only yesterday that we were all poring over maps as the election drew near. Red states, Blue states, it was all a matter of great anxiety.

Well I came across this map that I thought was cool. I think it gives you some perspective about how big this country really is.

This map shows the individual states, but the names are replaced with the names of the countries that have equivalent GDP's.

Take a look, I hope that you find it as interesting as I do :)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

My New Obsession

I got an email the other day by Authentic Provence, a great resource from Florida.

The thing that caught my eye was this great sink, made out of a boulder. I think its terribly chic, and cant wait for a contemporary project that this would work for.....What do you think?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Book Review- Charlotte Moss, A visual Life

Let me just start by saying "what a peculiar book". I do not mean this in a bad way either. When I first got this book I was a bit taken aback. I was looking forward to seeing some of the work of Charlotte Moss, someone who I have admired for a very long time. Instead I got a book that had very little text and page after page of what at first glance is visual chaos.
Do not let this first impression stop you! I put the book down for more than a week, and then curiosity drew me back and I spent more time with it. What I found was a gateway not to her work, but to the workings of her mind!

As it turns out Ms. Moss has been a collager for years and uses the medium as a visual record of her life and inspirations. When viewed through that lens these images become meaningful tributes to her life and clients. Now, I am not convinced this is the way I would record the world, but that is precisely why I keep coming back to this book. I love to see the world through the eyes of someone who sees it differently from me.

Published by Rizzoli, it is another book that I am pleased to have in my Library. With winter coming up, its the perfect comfy chair by the fire piece.