Sunday, April 26, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
1. BYOB: Bring your own bag! I collect cute ones from my favorite eco-friendly stores. Keep them in your trunk so you will never be caught without them at the market.
2. Go Digital: Do you REALLY need to print that email?? Think twice and then decide. If you need directions or an address; instead of writing it down, email or text it to yourself and save a sheet of paper.
3. Buy Green: This week's Target mailer was full of products that are eco-friendly or made from recycled materials. If you are going to buy a product anyway, why not buy the greener version?
4. Unplug: Unplug those chargers! I know it seems convenient to leave them plugged in all of the time, but they are still using energy. Unplug them to reduce your energy consumption, AND your electric bill.
5. Use the China: It only takes a few minutes to wash a plate or pop it in the dishwasher.Next time, skip the paper plates and use that china. Washing dishes with a full load in the dishwasher is more environmentally sound then tossing out paper plates every day.
6. Bottle it up: Show your style with a to-go water bottle and a water filter. I have a bright pink bottle that I fill up from my Brita every morning. The new bottles are so fun, there is no excuse to use and then toss plastic ones that end up in a landfill.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
- Cow hide on the ceiling (for acoustic qualities)
- Antique rug thrown casually over the sofa for a splash of color
- Layering two rugs on the floor for added visual depth
- A simple color palette that allows for seasonal change
Monday, April 13, 2009
The rest of the collection isn't half bad either (think filler pieces)... check it out.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. How did you get started as a designer?
I started designing by chance when years ago Steve Martin came to my house, loved it and asked me to help him find and design a house for him. Other people did the same and offered me to help them with their houses.
I am basically untrained except I took a course in college on textile and design, which btw, the only thing I really learned was which way the warp and weft went. I was the only one to sign up for the class and honestly did so because I was sure the teacher wasn’t going to show up… No such luck!
What is the most unique room you’ve ever designed?
I did a project for director Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forest Gump etc.) He asked me for a ‘screening crypt.’ For it, among other things, I made a coffin coffee table and when you opened it up it had bright pink satin lining. You can just image Dracula popping out… he would have been very comfortable in there!
What is the most popular decorating style you are asked to design?
Comfortable and casual. My style is English manor meets French country meets
Do you use a sketchbook, idea notebook, or inspiration board to explore new ideas?
Yes all of those, and also endless amount of photographs from my camera.
Have you ever been stuck in a “creativity rut”? How did you break out of it?
Every now and again, and I go to France and chill. Always works.
Where do you find inspiration for your incredible rooms?
All over the world. Also, where I’ve lived. I was lucky enough as a teenager to live in a Palladium Villa in the
What are the most popular colors or palettes you’re seeing this year?
I just concentrate on what I’m doing. I see what I want to see and I want to see color. My life is always full of colors.
What styles do you prefer in your own rooms?
Mixture, eclectic; a mixture of items that I love and have to have. It could be something Gustavian, French Rococo, Chippendale…or a piece of driftwood that I’ve picked up on a beach. If something has an innate quality, a beautiful quality, they all work together.
What room is giving you the biggest decorating challenge right now?
I’ve just been working on a project where we had a garage that we converted into a room. It went through many design planning incarnations; a disco, a gift shop—and now its a meditation room. It evolved after many ideas were considered.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Everyone, no matter who, struggles at times with fabric and paint color coordination. Whether it is bad lighting, difficulty perceiving the difference between one color white and another color white or for those of you out there who are just overwhelmed with the choices, Sherwin-Williams and the Robert Allen Group have come to the rescue!
In all Robert Allen/Beacon Hill showrooms they now have handy easy to use color cards with suggested palettes of fabrics and paint colors!
I think that this is a great resource and Robert Allen has the track record of 70 years in the business to prove that their fabrics, trim & hardware!
What a great idea!
Jessica Rust Designs needs all bloggers to help! Jessica wants help choosing the next city to be featured on her "Skyline" tea mugs. Everyone who suggests a city will be entered to win a set of their very own darling "Skyline" tea mugs. Just click on the link below and send them your suggestion!
Mine was Minneapolis... I just went to visit a friend this year, and loved it there! What was yours...?