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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Bell Jars and Cloches

Display from Dosa 818, Los Angeles.

French glass cloches from Restoration Hardware, USA.

From West Elm, USA.
I wrote about 'glass domes' the other week and about how much I liked them (read it here). Since then, the great Remodelista has put up a posting - and I have learnt that these 'glass domes' are called Bell Jars and Cloches. It seems there is a huge trend to have these in your decor and you can just about display anything in them...
Photographs via Remodelista.
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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween!

A few inspiring images from Good Housekeeping to start off a spooktacular weekend!!!

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Shipping Container Homes

Last year I found myself in the middle of a conversation between my Dad and older brother, Mark, about creating a hunting camp out of a couple of shipping container boxes.  These are the containers semi-trucks carry on the interstate as they ship cargo across the country.  

Now, my Dad and brother are huge hunters and love the idea of staying in the woods for days in what they call a "hunting camp."  This is code for a "big boy fort" with no girls allowed and is fine by me [after all, I married a golfer].  Yet, during this discussion, I realized I was grimacing as they described how they would build this camp.  

But, I came home and did some research and actually found that Mark was not so off base on his scheme.  Although I doubt he had these structures in mind, they really made me reconsider how I approach new ideas on building design and green living.  I think these are amazingly cool. 

Always keep an open mind. These pictures are evidence that with an imagination, you can create something interesting. 

Have a safe and wonderful Halloween weekend.  We are celebrating with a block party and lots of fun friends.  Hope you do the same. 

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Adios Amigos!

Ok, so this time I really am taking a blogging break. I am headed to Mexico (you have to say it like Alex Trebec would) for a good friend's wedding.

Here is my date...

Kenny Powers

How many of you had one of these?

When I return, I am going to single handedly bring back the Pancho.

While I am there, I also promise to listen to you Dave.

by Dave Matthews

So I don't Pokipsy myself...

Adios Amigos!
(Too bad I took French in high school.)

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

B60 Sloop by John Pawson

The B60 sloop designed by John Pawson and Luca Brenta.

Looking amazing on the water.

Aerial view.

The ultimate recreational day racing yacht.

The exquiste minimal boat interiors - the signature of John Pawson.

Simple white gloss finishes make the interior more spacious.

Dining table and looking towards kitchen.

Dining area and kitchen.

To carry on the sophisicated interior design theme - here is another piece by the much admired minimalism architect, John Pawson. This time, it is a B60 sloop in collaboration with naval architect, Luca Brenta. The brief was to design and build a new 60 foot day sailing boat. It was built in Kiel, Germany and you can see other stunning images, scheme details, boat models, specifications and construction images here. 
I know my Dad, a future boat-builder, will be jealous of this beauty.
Photographs via Dezeen.
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Say What You Mean!

We all live with preconceived notions, and interior design is no exception.  As an interior designer, it's my job to help clients visualize a space.  You can't expect someone to get what you have worked out in your mind for a particular room.  It takes pictures and samples of everything to allow the client to see the big picture.   Let me give you an example of what I mean.

If I told you I wanted you to consider animal print for your space, would you think of this?

or would this come to mind?

  If I told you I really wanted to include a fresh arrangement of carnations [which, by the way, is my least favorite flower on the planet], would you think of this? 

Or would this come to mind?

And, if I suggested we include a "shot of mod" to freshen up the space, would you think of this?

Or something more along these lines?

"Show me" is way more important than "tell me" in the world of interior design.

"Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. 
No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognize them."
Edward R. Murrow

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The Red Party

Tonight is The Red Party a masquerade at the Old Charleston Jail in downtown Charleston benefiting the American College of the Building Arts, a school dedicated to educating the next generation of building artisans. I had such a blast last year! And if you go, be sure to bid on a design consultation from yours truly in the silent auction. Click here for more information!

Red Party Invite1
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As the weather has slowly been getting cooler, I have become more and more drawn to warm, GORGEOUS jewel tones.  These wool acorns I blogged about a few weeks ago really sealed the deal on my recent jewel tone love affair!


While I love all of the below rooms, I'm not quite sure if I am bold enough to try something similar in my own home.  ALTHOUGH, I would definitely bejewel a little girls room. This Jonathan Adler bedroom is absolutely adorable, and pretty much perfect for a creative and hyper little diva named Rael (my daughter!).

{Jonathan Adler via Elle Decor}

 {Cottage Living}

 {Muriel Brandolini}


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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Decorganizing Wednesday: Some Really Cool Sh*t

Pardon the language but there is just no other way to say it! These organizers are beyond cool.

Inspired from an antique well pulley, these office organizers hold it all. Made of zinc and recycled sheet metal with a weathered surface, they will hold pens, pencils, standard sized magazines and envelopes plus more.

Old looking war crate, screen printed in French and translates in English to "Constructed during the War". Great for storage of kid’s shoes, balls, or just all that stuff you want to contain.

Inspired from industrial laundry carts. Each item will come with a different number chosen at random.

Organize it all with this set of crates in three different sizes.

If you are interested in any of the above, let me know. I am taking orders!

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