Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Being a Taurus, I just love bulls. For the most part I have let my facination not get the better of me---having been horrified by my Godmother's pig collection---but recently I have been drawn again and again to Johnathan Adler's beautiful stoneware pottery, particularly this very masculine Bull with a ring in his nose. Johnathan also has some wonderful and playful vases with faces (and other unmentionables) and delightful teapots, pitchers and bowls. I love the whimsical and simple addition that any of this pottery would add to your bookshelf or entry table!
Monday, January 26, 2009
I have been very interested in adding to my budding art collection and so attended the artLA show at Barker Hanger this weekend and although I was generally very disappointed overall, there were some gems to be had. Amazingly one of my favorite pieces was positioned just as you walked in, tucked to the side that one could very easily miss it. Thankfully the traffic of people stopped me just in time!
James Nares has a very singular style which I think one would either love or hate. Born in England in the early 50s, he has lived in New York since he was 21. His work can be seen at The Museum of Modern Art in NYC and the Whitney Museum of American Art to name just two of many and he has shown all over the world. I wont bore you with his bio, as you can read it as well as see his work online.
The singular stroke, the vibrant use of color and the sense of calligraphy---it is so simple. Perfect. I love modern art for the very simple reason that it tells everyone a different story, reflecting back at them their own story in a way. Amazingly, when I returned to the office this morning I discovered that I had pulled out a page from Elle Decor about a year ago which featured a piece of his work. I am hoping to some day purchase a piece. In the meantime, I might try to escape the office for NYC to see his most recent show at the Paul Kasmin Gallery where he has a number of new and very different looking pieces.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Well tomorrow is Australia Day, and while I am on the other side of the planet in Los Angeles, I still recognise it as something to celebrate. The country has proven itself time and time again to be anything but provincial. The work in the design field is consistently fresh with a unique point of view that blends a casual elegance with a chic sense of style and place.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I have always been a fan of Showcase Houses (groups of designers come together and decorate a house for a charity, usually doing one room each). I think that they provide the general public a great opportunity to see good design in person, instead of just in magazines. For the designers. it is a chance to try out some fresh ideas without the added pressure of a client.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Sometimes you come across collections that defy definition. The Tony Duquette collection at Baker is one of those. The genius of this designer is undeniable, but the question arises, can this collection succeed? The price point is pretty high, and thankfully so is the quality, but still a single piece would go a long way.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
My favorite combination of woods is the Walnut & Platnum but depending on your space the Birch or White Woods would work beautifully as well! The wire baskets and shelves can be customized to suit your exact organizational tendancies with lots of great add ons and certainly this is a place with lots of baskets and boxes look fab!
I really love these natural grass braided baskets from West Elm for chunkier items and storage and for shoes, there is nothing better than these clear drop front tweed boxes to keep things in order without having to move boxes all the time as I did for years with the box from the department store!
Finally, every gal (and guy, although most won't admit it!) needs a little place to sit down, add a zing of color and with casters, you can move it around or tuck it away!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Ok. So these lights that I just found on Unica.com are my new favorite things in the world. They feel so retro chic, but fresh and new at the same time, they are just terrific. Now if only we could do something about the cost!!! I am working on a new project in Malibu and I am looking for something just like this, but was planning to do a cluster of four. These would be absolutely ideal, but at over $3000.00 each I will need to find something a little more affordable,,,,,but don't be surprised if I find a way to sneak a single one in. :)
So my suggestion for all of you who love a quirky wallpaper pattern, but don't want to commit... frame a few pieces and hang it as art! It is a charming, chic and creative way to spruce up a bare wall... and still get that security deposit back when you move out. :)
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Like most things in your life, things fall in and out of favor, well its the same for me in my business life. I am not sure quite what it is, but lately I have wanted nothing more than to paint the world pink.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Lighten Up! Dark sinks, toilets, and tubs can make a great statement in a large bath, but induce claustrophobia in a small one. Go with classic white and add touches of style and sensibility with fixtures.
Make a Change…Trade a standard door for a sliding pocket door. Bi-fold doors (doors that fold up like a screen) can also save space and add interest.
Go Brighter…Small baths call for ample lighting to make the space feel larger. (It's also helpful when shaving and applying make-up.) So don't skimp on lighting! Instead, use both wall-mounted sconces and ceiling-hung fixtures. Lastly, windows provide natural light, which is a "green", easy and inexpensive to open things up.
Stand Alone…A pedestal sink is a great way to open up a small bath because it eliminates the space-hogging vanity.
Glass is Great!Glass shelves increase the room's sense of space because they can sometimes appear invisible. Items on them seem to hover, and this feels much lighter than heavy cabinetry.
Last but not least… In a small bath, get rid of the clutter!! On the counter-top or shelving, store things you use every day, and put everything else out of sight in bins or baskets.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I have been looking lately for a small book case (well calling it a book case may be overstating the need) but somewhere to stack books in my daughters nursery. As you can tell Orange is pretty much my only accent color, so trying to find just the right thing, can prove to be a bit of a challenge.
Monday, January 12, 2009
I have always liked using collections as displays. One of my favorites is the Alphabet. Firstly, you know the minute you look at it that it is complete, somehow that gives me a sense of calm, and secondly, it is always familiar, but as is the example here, not always childlike. I bought this collection on a trip to London, I had in mind a children's playroom, but when I got back, had it framed and hung, I realized that it had a somewhat dark side. Each of the letters shows a fairly macabre scene. For instance, here on the letter Y is a poor Rabbit loosing his life to a Hawk.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
It's very tough to find great looking office furniture, everything seems to look much the same, and then I came across this series by Antoine Proulx I think its very chic indeed. I especially like the large two piece metal hardware on the front. I am thinking of using this for a home office that I am working on....it has a ver residential kind of scale.
Living in Los Angeles, I have been inundated with the “Loft Trend” these last couple of years. Just a drive through downtown and you can see once commercial buildings that have been transformed into fabulous spaces housing floors of trendy lofts. So naturally, that is what I thought of when I got this link from one of our resident trend-setting Senior Designers.
The Swedish company Asko has dubbed the line “Designer Laundry” and what a perfect name! Imagine designing a fantastic modern loft and not having to worry about where to put the unsightly washer and dryer… I love it!
Sometimes you come across things that are soooo close to being terrific, if only it was taller, shorter, made of metal, or..... given a quick coat of paint. This mirror falls into that category. It is by one of my favorite accessory lines...Roost. Unfortunately its a trade-only resource, but you can get this and the rest of the line from Velocity Art and Design. In the plain wood its a bit too serious I think, but imagine it in a great color,,, I think a rosy pink would be great (very palm beach) or a dirty funky blue...
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I love to go to all of the trade shows I can ( I am dying for a trip to Maison Objet in Paris), especially the Furniture and Gift Shows. My favorite presentations are not the major ones though, but the quirky little ones that are shoved to the side.