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April 2006

Books + Magazines

Cookie + Modern Seed

April 27, 2006

Have you flipped through Cookie + Modern SeedTargeted at young urban-minded couples with kids who favor modern design and an active lifestyle, Cookie is packed with excellent parenting tips, recipes, home accessories, gifts, and my favorite – the road trip, which takes you on a journey to destinations, last issue was Stockholm, this time around it’s central Oregon. I highly suggest it to parents and non-parents alike, especially since we all have friends with kids and it’s never a bad thing to educate yourself a little about their lifestyle.

In the May/June issue, there’s a really cute interview on page 96 with Keegan Pfeiffer. She’s the daughter of Melissa and Eric over at Modern Seed. Cookie was talking to her about her bedroom and when asked, “Do any of your friends have rooms you like better than yours?”, she replied a confident, “No, my room is awesome!” The confidence of children is great, isn’t it? As adults, we all need to work on our confidence; we should be so absolutely certain about our own space, just like Keegan.

How many times have your shoulders slumped when you saw a teriffic room in a magazine, wishing your home looked like that? True, it’s never okay to be satisfied with a space that is poorly designed and not being utilized to its fullest – it cannot accommodate your storage needs, color is impacting you negatively, access or egress routes are blocked, structural problems… When I hear clients express how much they hate their style, I know it’s time for me to tread carefully because if I don’t figure out why and what style they do like, a well-designed space may result, but not something that they necessarily like. You see this a lot on design shows, clients meet with people to “fix” a poorly designed room and the outcome is an amazing space with everything the client stated they wanted, shelving, new bathroom fixtures, etc. but it’s not really them and you can see it on their face. You sense that as soon as the camera crew is gone, those homeowners are ripping down that floral wallpaper and painting the walls beige again because it’s all they know, and god knows that they detest vinyl walls.

The key is to get into your own head, figure out “what” it is about your style that you do not like, create lists on paper to keep your thoughts flowing and in front of you at all times. Don’t question your gut. Don’t design based on a trend. If you truly detest wallpaper, don’t add it to your space because it’s “in” at the moment. It may not grow on you, maybe you’ll never enjoy seeing patterns on your walls from floor to ceiling. Perhaps adding some simple peel-and-stick wall decals will do the trick without hard labor. If your eye adjusts to the decals and you decide you want more pattern on the walls, then consider wallpaper, but don’t jump into something that costs time and money if you are uncertain about it. Your mother said to follow your gut about men. Apply this to your design sense, too.

List everything that you dislike about your current style, in detail, and when you are finished, try to focus on each point individually and develop ideas that could transform the negative into a positive.

For instance, you dislike your wall color, but cannot paint (you rent) and cannot move out (financially strapped). Think about what it is that you dislike about it. Could it be that you need a focal point in the room to detract the eye from the walls? Or maybe the colors you have in the space are not complementing your wall color. Maybe the art is clashing. Could be the lighting, maybe you need a few more lamps. Check your light bulbs, incandescent bulbs can change the look of your space since they are available in a variety of colors from soft white to clear or even a soft blue or pink. I recently swapped out the bulbs in my living room from soft to clear and it truly does make a difference.

Ultimately, trust your judgement and make it your goal to love your space and when asked, you’ll be able to say, “My room is awesome!”.

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coffee + cre8tive [apr 27 06]

April 27, 2006

coffee + cre8tive [apr 27 06]
Hope everyone is doing great and having a nice day so far. I wanted to tell you about a new sponsor here at decor8, Fabulous Stationery based in Philadelphia. Featured in Life & Style, Marie Claire, Better Homes & Gardens Decorating and Time Magazine (to name a few), they create snazzy personalized stationery for any occasion that is both colorful and modern. I’m very excited to have their support and wanted to let you know about them if you haven’t already noticed their box in the right column. Click here to learn more about this talented group of designers and to view their personalized note cards.

(image copyright 2006 fabulous stationery)

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The Dock Downtown: Grand Re-Opening April 29 + 30 in LA

April 27, 2006

The Dock Downtown: Grand Re-Opening April 29 + 30 in LA
If you’re in the LA area, join The Dock Downtown to celebrate their grand re-opening party, complete with a free bbq and sofa raffle (valued at $950). They’ve expanded their retail space and now offer over 20,000 sq ft of designer home furnishings and decorative accessories at up to 80% off retail. Visa, Mastercard and cash only. Delivery available. And yes, by all means, bring a friend.

Rave reviews for The Dock Downtown include:

“High-end furnishings at sexy prices.” – LA Weekly
“Gorgeous Goods.” – Budget Living
“Why should your closet have all the fun?” – Daily Candy

Where: 1481 East 4th Street, downtown LA. Free parking.
When: Saturday, April 29th from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 30th from noon – 5:00 p.m.

Contact: 323.446.0281 x 201 for details.

thanks for the tip, Michelle!

(images from the dock downtown)

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Branch "Live" Event: San Francisco April 29 + 30

April 27, 2006

Branch "Live" Event: San Francisco April 29 + 30
Can I get a woot! woot! This came in from Paul and Tracy over at at Branch. This weekend, they are having their first brick and mortar retail event. Branch carries beautifully designed sustainable products online, but for two days only, April 29th and 30th, they’ll have a “flash store” event selling most of what they offer online as well as additional lines including Heath Ceramics and, believe it or not, sustainable bath towels constructed using beech wood fiber! There will also be some other surprises as well. Please spread the word about this event and if you’re in the Bay Area, drop by between 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on both days to say hello.

Here’s the address and additional details:

Where: 1684 15th Street (between Valencia and Mission) in San Francisco, right around the corner from Jack Hanley Gallery. Here’s a map.

When: Saturday and Sunday, April 29 – 30. Hours are 1pm – 8pm both days.

Other: Credit cards cheerfully accepted (Visa, MC, Amex, Discover).

Questions? Feel free to contact them at info [at] branchhome [dot] com or 415-341-1824.

(images from branch)

Objects

Design Within Reach – 50 New Items!

April 27, 2006

Fresh finds from Design Within Reach! DWR just introduced the gorgeous Brazilian Juliana Armchair ($598) by Aristeu Pires along with 50+ additional brand spanking new items available in stores or online. This armchair can’t be described as simple or cold, but rather comfortable and curvaceous, oozing with warmth and style. Everything from its classic form and solid wood back and armrests are quintessential design elements from Brazil, connecting it back to its Scandinavian roots.

Design Within Reach - 50 New Items!
I also found affordable new lighting at DWR, too. The Eclipse Lamp ($98) almost resembles a nautilus (at least to me), designed by Mauricio Klabin. I’m also loving their new Drop 1 + 2 Pendants ($198) from Peter Bowles. What do you think? Yes or No?

Design Within Reach - 50 New Items!
More of my fresh picks from DWR include the Space Cube ($198) from designer Flemming Busk and the Chilewich Looped Mat ($248) from designer Sandy Chilewich.

Design Within Reach - 50 New Items!

(images from DWR)

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coffee + cre8tive [apr 26 06]

April 26, 2006

coffee + cre8tive [apr 26 06]
‘Tis the season for nuptials. I was asked to pull together content for a bridal piece I’m writing, and in the process, I’ve found some of the most stunning eye candy from place settings to jewelry. Mostly flowers, so sweet you can smell them from the monitor. I couldn’t resist sharing some of my favorites with you. Taking my inspiration from uber-bride Joy, along with my research, here’s my take on wedded bliss.

[Thank you for your emails and I apologize for neglecting you guys today. With an ill husband running a very high fever, I think I slept maybe 3 hours last night. I had a client this morning and a few articles due this afternoon that I needed to edit, so I’ve been on my toes.]

(images from brides.com)

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