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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Diary of an Interesting Year


Patricia Gray living room by Michelle Morelan

A Rendering of my Living Room given to me as a Christmas gift by Michelle Morelan.

2009 is a great year to reflect back on, now that it is almost over. Whew, what a turbulent year - full of challenges. I am not one to buy into the doom and gloom of the economic climate (I have weathered others through the years: early 80's, early 90's, late 90's), but this year was a year of an down economic climate that has seemed to have escaped no one in the 'world.'  There is a saying that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. It is hard to see when you are in the midst of chaos, until you have come through it.....hopefully we are through it!!! One of the benefits for me was that I kept busy and was continually looking for ways to recharge and re-inspire. I was fortunate to have four wonderful trips this year to do just that. It is very important when you are working in a creative field to be continually evolving and expanding your horizons, and travel helps me to do that. I also full filled a life long dream this year and went back to school and took two Art classes in Mixed Media Painting. I subsequently turned my garage into an Art Studio and have spent many glorious days there immersed in painting.

A trip to Palm Springs in the early Spring - where I became fascinated with and wrote a Blog posting on the Mid-Century Post Modern resurgence of 'screen block.'

Palm Springs Modern Architecture and the Use of Screen Block
Palm Springs Modern Architecture and the Use of Screen Block

A trip to the Okanagan with my Dad and a visit to the The Nk'Mip Winery and Resort in Osoyoss where I was inspired by the use of Rammed Earth in Modern Architecture.

 Rammed Earth Wall NK'MIP Winery Osoyoos
Rammed Earth Wall NK'MIP Winery Osoyoos

A trip to New York in September and another in December.  What can I say about New York, other than that it is one of the most exciting and visually stimulating cities in the world.  Being able to see the artwork of great masters at the MOMA, Georgia O'Keeffe at The Whitney, and Kandinsky at the Guggenheim - it just doesn't get better than that. I shopped for clients at the D & D Building, A & D Building, and the New York Design Center, explored Soho, Tribeca, the Meat Packing District, Canal Street, walked Central Park, 5th Avenue, tried the Subway, enjoyed live theatre, ate at wonderful restaurants, enjoyed the lights and shop windows all decorated for Christmas, met new friends, and connected with old friends.

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Kandinsky at the Guggenheim / The Meatpacking district and Highline / South Pacific at The Lincoln Center 

Mixed Media Painting Classes
at Emily Carr University of Art

Frottage 1  24" x 36" Mixed Media: Pastel, Acrylic, Gesso on Glassine

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Experimenting with Mono Prints

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Acrylic on Canvas

The Salton Sea 23" x 36" Mixed Media on Paper

Sept27 2009
West Coast Landscape 24" x 48" Acrylic & Mixed Media on Canvas  

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Triptych in My Living Room: Be Still My Bleeding Heart 72" x 36"'
Chinese Ink on Bronze & Silver Metallic

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Diptych in My Living Room: Koi Pond 16" x 16" Gold & Pearl Opalescence (right)

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My painting companion - Nicole
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I am very honored to be on the 'Board of Experts' for LoftLife Magazine in 2009, and to have an article published in BC Home Magazine

I wish you all a very Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous 2010 and may all your dreams come true!!

Patricia Gray is an award winning Interior Designer in Vancouver, Canada who blogs about WHAT'S HOT  in the world of Interior Design.
2010 © Patricia Gray | Interior Design Blog™

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ring around the rosey.

i don't have children. i want children. (not quite yet.) (but in the future.) that being said, this is what they would dress like. i would want to have girls, husband wants boys, so i'm sure we'll have boys. either way, these little outfits were too cute not to post. jolene.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

olivia wilde homestead.

olivia wilde. perfect house. take a peak. i think the closet shot takes the cake; though, i'm not quite sure how she reaches those heels. jolene.

*images via instyle*
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Wrapping up 2009

I always revel in the week between Christmas and New Year as a time diverge from routine, and welcome the New Year in with a change in what I usually read throughout the year, which are books on Interior Design. One of the ways I make a choices on what I want to read, is to leaf through several books and read the jacket covers or page through the book randomly to see if anything speaks to me. That is how I choose, What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell. I had previously read his book, Tipping Point, and then saw him interviewed on a talk show on his third book - Outliers. While paging through his most current book, What the Dog Saw, I was immediately hooked on his article entitled: The Ketchup Conundrum. This book, What the Dog Saw, contains Malcolm Gladwell's favourite pieces that he has written over the last several years for the pages of The New Yorker. "Good writing," Gladwell says in his preface, "does not succeed or fail on the strength of its ability to persuade. It succeeds or fails on the strength of its ability to engage you, to make you think, to give you a glimpse into someone else's head."  It is a fascinating read.

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Another favourite way to choose a book is to ask people what is their favorite book they have read. Usually they are so enthusiastic in recounting the highlights of the book that it gets me excited to read it. The outcome of my most recent enquiry was - the New York Times Bestseller by Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog. This book is set in Paris, which immediately attracted me, but the real focus of the book is about a woman who is a concierge at a bourgeois building in a posh Parisian neighborhood. She (Renee) has a secret: she is a ferocious autodidact who furtively devours art, philosophy, music, and Japanese culture. Renee hides her true talents and her finest qualities from a world that she suspects cannot or will not appreciate them. It is a story about living out her life in obscurity to hide this fact about herself, and how she reconciles herself to owning her brilliance. 

Last night on Charlie Rose I watched a fascinating interview with the brilliant Orhan Pamuk, a Turkish novelist and winner of 2006 The Nobel Prize in Literature, on his new book: The Museum of Innocence. The story, which takes place in Istanbul between 1975 and today, is about obsessive passion and the great question: What is love, really?, as well as a look into the minds and culture of the Turkish society. I am off to purchase this book tomorrow to wrap up my reading for these last few day left of 2009.

What is your favourite book that you have read lately?
Please leave a comment here, and let me know.

Patricia Gray is an award winning Interior Designer in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada who blogs about "WHAT'S HOT"
in the world of Interior Design: New and Emerging Trends, Contemporary Design, Modern Architecture and Travel,
as well as how your surroundings can enhance the world around you.
© Patricia Gray | Interior Design Blog™ 2009

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paint the trim.

this past week i became obsessed with white walls and painted trim. all it takes is one inspiration photo (this time it was the salmon colored, small photo below), and my mind goes crazy. i love being able to archive these images for future projects, and what better way than in the blogging world? each mood image has it's own feel, but they each get a pop of color and excitement with painted trim. jolene.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

kitchen color options

i hope everyone had a very merry holiday this past week/end. i feel, like always, these days are going by so quickly. husband and i enjoyed a relaxing 4 day weekend with friends, family, and gifts. while i was home so much i started to really get the itch to complete the kitchen...the last part of the condo i need to finalize. the other rooms need some detail, but the kitchen is a really start-from-scratch kind of renovation. that being said, i went back and forth with husband about paint colors. i think we are going to definitely paint the cabinets and go with marble countertops. i have been using some past life resources with this, and it's been an incredible experience, thus far. then paint colors come into play. i always wanted a darker kitchen with white marble countertops (lower photo), but the more husband convinced me, i think i'm swaying toward the white. our place is small, and white just makes more sense visually when walking in the door. it will truly open up our floor plan. i also have to be thinking about resale. i know the market isn't there yet, but eventually we will want a bigger place. by making this a little larger and more neutral, i think it's the way to go. what do you think? jolene.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Greeting



I got this from a friend, and I thought it might also get you in the Christmas Spirit...... Enjoy the spirit of Christmas, wherever you may be, and whoever you may be with!!! Patricia

P.S. And I add greetings to all the "beautiful men of this world."

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happy holidays

happy holidays to you all. thank you for your loving support and viewership through out this past year. we are planning for a very exciting 2010 with new products (we promise to have them ready for next years christmas list) in the works and some exciting new project work to share with you all in the new year!! amanda & jolene
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009



i was doing a little research for jolene on african beads; we see strands and strands of them at the flea markets every time we go. as i was researching i came across these beautiful woven african baskets. my theme this week week has morphed into "things that are handmade, eco, and woven" by accident. the patterns on these baskets are amazing and intricate. most of thesme were made in the late 20th century and range in price from $20.00 to $900.00. any of these baskets would enhance any interior modern or traditional. more info here.










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