Aside from learning that Apartment Therapy’s own Gillingham-Ryan family will soon have their apartment on the Oprah show (amazing news), I learned via Jonathan Lo over at AT:LA that Living Etc now has an online photo gallery. Mmmm. Almost better than cupcakes.
Here are some images that gave me an amazing boost of creativity today.
For those of you that wonder, looks like Blueprint magazine is due out mid March…
At least according to my sources there. I anticipate seeing what’s in store this time, as I thought the last issue was a bit stronger than the premiere. Let’s hope that they continue on this path and for the sake of the magazine addicts amongst us, maybe it will become a monthly because the waiting game is killing me!
(image from blueprint magazine)
I really enjoyed Top Design last night, at least the first 10 minutes of it when the designers were assigned a mystery client with only a short bio to go on. It reminded me of the projects in design school that I enjoyed so much, and watching the show encouraged me to run upstairs and drag out my very first design board because it was based on a mystery client.
The mini bio I was assigned disclosed that my clients, Sid and Darby, had an extensive art collection, were downsizing from a home to a loft space, newly retired, loved warm, rich colors and ecclectic decor, and were big on texture and hardwood flooring. Both needed a space for books, their baby grand piano, and because Sid entertains often, he would love a bar. Although the floor plan was open concept, both wanted their own ‘area’ to do the things that they enjoyed most. Neither wanted traditional bookshelves. Both craved one leather piece in the room to bring back memories of their Texan childhood. I selected the Joshua Tree Camp Chair from Ralph Lauren.
Each student in my class had their own mystery client to work on, each slip of paper had a budget, and only two slips had a “no limits”budget — guess who was assigned that one? Yes, me. I was thrilled. We also had to work within the confines of certain space limitations in regards to plumbing and such, and each student had to work off of the same floor plan (see floor plan on left side of the board).
We were given a week to complete the project, access to the design center, etc. and within that same week, the board had to be finished and presented before the class, including a complete report detailing everything about the lifestyle of the client and why certain choices were made, and of course a larger, more detailed, floor plan (forntunately for me, models or computer rendering wasn’t a requirement back then, thankfully as I only do hand rendering and only dabble in CAD).
This acrylic built-in for books was my favorite feature. I want this in my own home someday as the appearance of ‘floating’ books is quite lovely, don’t you think?
(images from holly becker for decor8)
Don’t forget… Top Design is on tonight at 10/9c (an hour earlier than last week, thank God.) Then come back here, meet me on this thread, and we’ll dish like last week. Here’s our thread from the premiere episode, if you’d like to catch up. It’s pretty funny to read through all 40 comments, here are a few that stood out…
“Alexis Arquette was in the Wedding Singer and other movies–part of the Arquette clan of actors. Famous in LA for a drag show and underground performance stuff. Weird choice… I think the Elle Decor editor was horrified.” – Anon
“I thought the Heather/Lisa room looked like a typical catalog page for World Market or Pier One or something. Boring.” – Becky
“Just wanted to say that I didn’t like the Elle Decor judge very much either…she just seemed very snobby and mean. Trying to be Nina, but in a not-cool way.” -K
“For some reason home design shows always feel outdated and tacky…I’ll keep watching and try to be open minded.” – Lena
“Hated the swing.” – Jaime
“I think this show has promise, like annon said a minute ago, it seems very “Design Star” right now.” – Cortney
“Was anyone else distraced by Todd Oldham’s Mystic Tan and overdone makeup?” – Anon
“Adler’s vases! I was distracted by those vases gracing every interview and wish they would scrap them. I cannot believe he allowed this frankly tacky display of his products.” – Casapinka
“I felt really uncomfortable with Todd Oldham. As much as I wanted to like him, he’s lacking in the excitement catagory.” – John
“Sort of sympathised with Elle Decor woman not looking very impressed with any of it as I wasn’t either. Didn’t much like her though. She is far too skinny to be involved in something as voluptuous as design and I have to say that I’ve been profoundly unimpressed with Elle Decor since I got here (compared with the UK or French editions).” – Paola
Read more comments here and after the show tonight, meet me here and let’s dish!
See you later, decorators (gulp!).