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Friday, November 30, 2012

phone tales

I have little room left in my brain to talk about anything but project LFP

It's been all consuming and I mean that in the best way possible.

however my phone has tales of a different story..apparently x-mas happened 

Here is what my phone brain saw this week..

master bedroom hand embroidered chinoiserie Yep

fancy drapery valances..yep

the now discontinued and never to be seen again (at least on this ground) Clarence House Ocelot

the now discontinued and never to be sold from the bolt again Katana in this colorway by Kelly Weartsler

cute little chairs getting re-upholstered.

LFP is scoring MAJORLY

Then I strung some pom pom garland

 and the duck put these happy Bastards up on the lawn

Penny was elated about all of it

Till next week lovers.
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An Artist You Should Know - Laura Dro

I can't believe it took me so long to share it, but awhile back I won a beautiful print from artist Laura Dro, which I now have hanging beside my bed. I love the navy blue with the pinks and it looks perfect in my space!
Today (November 30) until December 2nd there is a great mixed artisan sale going on at Joss & Main and Laura is one of the artists being featured! I'd love it if you would check it out and show her some support! Here are a few of her amazing abstract canvases that are up for grabs:

Each piece is printed on a 16x20 gallery stretched canvas.
Wouldn't they make the perfect gift? I love how bright they are.

Quantities are limited, but you can always purchase some of her work directly from her site by clicking below!:
 Happy weekend loves!
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Favourite Furniture Fridays: Sailing the Sea of Style

Hi! Sloane from Sailing the Sea of Stylehere. I am so excited to be here on Tiffany’s blog. Her blog is my go-to interior design blog and her DIY’s are amazing!  Today, I will be sharing my favorite piece of furniture in my room.

My favorite piece is a Moroccan Pouf that I found on One KingsLane. The pale pink and gold detailing adds a fun and chic touch to my room.
I love to stack magazines, books, and little things on it. It’s also is great for extra seating, in case you are in need. Currently it sits next to a chaise lounge, but I like to move it around. Sometimes, in front of my bed, sometimes by my desk…
 Poufs come in so many different colors, and are very fun to have! Oh and by the way, they are extremely fun to sit on :)  Thank you for having me Tiffany!
You all know my love for Moroccan poufs! Such a nice touch to any room. Thanks for sharing Sloane!
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The MacGyver of Crafting

At the risk of sounding bitter, I wonder what Martha Stewart could do with a pack of rubber bands, some dryer sheets and some used chewing gum found under the kitchen table?  

Something fabulous I'm sure.  
My Mom and I were brainstorming on my neighborhood gifts this year, and she said, "I think Martha's the only person in the world who could pull off giving you manure as a gift.  She would wrap it up with this marvelous gift tag and double sided satin ribbon that read, 'Homegrown Organic compost to be used when planting your crocus and hyacinth bulbs this Spring.  Enjoy!'"  Of course, the recipient would be oohing and ahhing over it.  

And to prove my point - Exhibit A
Yelp.  Totally fabulous Christmas wreath made from coffee filters.  You go Martha! 

And no, I'm not giving manure as gifts this year!  But if I can squeeze in a couple hours after midnight between now and Christmas, I'm so making one of these. :)  Happy Weekend, everybody!  M.

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Rocq Macarons {giveaway}

Our second gift in our Holiday Giving Series is from Rocq Macarons!  As you know Macarons are one of my favorite things in the world.  Rocq Macarons are the best and make wonderful gifts, I sent them to all of my clients last year as a Thank you gift during the holidays.  They are generously offering two of our readers each a box of these amazing goodies.

For your chance to win a box of the gluten free little lovelies please visit Rocq Macarons and leave a comment below telling us about your favorites, for an additional chances to win you can tweet (easy to tweet just hit retweet at the bottom of the post), follow us here on the blog or on twitter or blog about our giveaway.  The winner will be chosen at random on December 3rd, 2012 .  
Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

  **Don't forget I have to be able to contact you...  Please leave your name and some type of contact information if you are not able to be contacted with your profile** 
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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Inspiration Profile - Katie Treggiden

This week's Inspiration Profile is Katie Treggiden, a writer obsessed (her words!) about design. She writes for several publications, including her award winning blog, Confessions of a Design Geek. I particularly enjoy her Interviews with all the cool designers (she even has one with the much admired Ilse Crawford). Enjoy this profile and happy Friday.
Katie Treggiden. Photo: Kirsten Everett.

confessions of a design geek

Name: Katie Treggiden

What do you do: I edit a blog called confessions of a design geek, which I have been doing since April 2010 and I also work as a freelance design writer, which I’ve been doing for almost a year.  

Where do you live: I live in a little village in Surrey, I spent a lot of time in London and my heart is in Cornwall where I grew up. (All in England!)
What are you working on: Lots of things! I write for LivingEtc, WRAP Magazine, London Design Guide, Design Milk, We Heart and Heart Home Magazine – and I’m also working on a few new projects for my blog, so watch this space!

Interviews Volume 1 by Katie Treggiden 


Who/what inspires me: I can be inspired by absolutely anything as long as I am in the right frame of mind. To get in that frame of mind I need sleep, food, exercise, time and the great outdoors!

I work best: I’m not sure it’s a time of day thing for me – I think it’s about getting into the “flow” which has to do with the above and working on something that is both inspiring and challenging.
What I do when I’m stuck for inspiration: Change something – whether that’s getting up and going for a walk, working on a different project, or just sitting somewhere else in my studio or changing the radio station.
The best advice I have been given is: If you’re half excited and half terrified, it’s going to be one of the best things you ever do. My step-dad told me this as I set off travelling around the world on my own aged 19. I don’t think I’m as brave as I was then, but this advice has definitely stood me in good stead in all sorts of situations.
My latest discovery is: The Simple Things Magazine – absolutely love it!
From the Photos of Numbers series.

No. 2 chalked on a egg in Thailand.

Books that I get inspiration from: Any and all of them. I have just got back from a week’s holiday during which I devoured seven books, from Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, to a travelogue I picked up from the hotel’s book swap called ‘Lois on the Loose’. I learnt something from all of them.
Magazines that inspire me: Elle Decoration, LivingEtc, WRAP Magazine, Coast, The Simple Things…
Blogs that I enjoy: It’s a terrible thing to admit, but I don’t actually read that many blogs! I don’t think you have time to read blogs when you write one – if I’m on my computer, I’m usually writing rather than reading. I think in some ways that’s a good thing, because it stops me making comparisons. I do a run a networking group for design bloggers though and we have some fantastic bloggers as members – check out it out here.
My favourite room at home is: My studio at the bottom of the garden. It’s a little world away from it all that’s just mine.
My office is: …a bit of a mess at the moment! The London Design Festival sort of exploded in it and then I went on holiday and left it all! There’s also a bureau I’m halfway through renovating in the middle of it on newspaper, surrounded by paint tins and paint brushes. A tidy up is required to turn it back into the calm inspiring space it is supposed to be!
What am I looking forward to: Seeing my Dad tomorrow. My parents live in Cornwall which is such a long way away! We’ve got a fab weekend planned and I can’t wait!
Find out more about Katie and Confessions of a Design Geek on her website, on Facebook as well as Twitter.
The Royal Festival Hall, Southbank -  Katie's favourite building.

All photographs, unless specified, are by Katie Treggiden.
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coming down...

I am sorry for the sporadic and delayed posts...  it has been a whirlwind birthday week here!  I am finally on the tail end of it smiling contently!

Thank you to everyone for sweet birthday wishes!  

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AID has been working on project "LFP" over here for the past few months and it is getting near the big install day!

This is the MOST exciting part of any project becuause you finally get to see what all of your hard work and sleepless nights will finally amount to.

 Over the next 2 weeks I will try and chronicle the happenings in each room bit by bit. Its a big house and we are doing the whole damn thang you'll have plenty of eye candy

Couches, drapes, rugs, pillows, stunning "knock your socks off" artwork!!!

You will just die at the stuff these clients already had!

Anyways, here is what happened yesterday. We smashed some walls, built some banquette seating and installed some lights.




We also painted a dining room, painted a powder room, and installed more lights...
heres a little peak of this!

grotto chairs and a nice lovely shade of white- check

glossy peacock blue walls - check

brass fanciness with custom shades- check

lots going on...
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Cottage Love #5

I'm back on track with my cottage posts. I've found yet another stunner. It's not overly modest in size but the photos shown are certainly not over the top (especially for a famous actress who obviously makes gobs of money, well relatively speaking). I'm obsessed with California, bungalow style (almost) everything. I love the ease of the rooms and the large windows, the wood ceilings and the casually chic details. I also envy the fact that the sun seems to shine for most of the year. I can't move to L.A. for a slew of reasons but I can dream and infuse a bit of southern California cool into my own house. (plus I'm sure I'd miss the charm of New England if I left) These are updated shots of Amanda Peet's home, it was recently featured in Vogue. I know all my equally design crazed readers remember the pics. in Domino Magazine. Enjoy! I'm actually off to AZ for a few days. Happy Weekend! Cheers till Monday.
A great little back yard = check
wild flowers = check
gorgeous pool = check
Multi-paned windows = check
Built in seating, crisp white walls = check
0 overly matched spaces = check
Vintage Rugs = check
Black and white photos on clean white/bright walls = check (got to love her smile and laugh)

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