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April 2007

Inspiration

House + Garden and Cord?lia De Castellane

April 13, 2007

The fresh, modern Paris apartment of Cord?lia De Castellane, children’s wear designer and co-creator of CdeC, is one very happy space. Bright bursts of invigorating color and pattern, introduced through pop art, fresh flowers, and funky throw pillows, creates a girly glam that oozes the charm of a young fashionista.

House + Garden and Cord?lia De Castellane
Notice how well she balances color throughout the space, a pair of hot pink IKEA side tables flank the rich chocolate sofa like delicious bites of raspberry-filled chocolate. These color combinations work so well because the warmth of the brown gives the room character and maturity, so the pink doesn’t take over and turn the space into Barbie dreamland. Also, the dark colors are kept near the floor, and the black tables are in the center of the room, so the space is anchored. The deep, rich colors are below the horizon of the room, and the bright, sunny colors lift the eye upward. I like the idea of keeping the darker tones near the floor, as this allows you to build on a solid visual foundation, layering in color and pattern as you build the space through your furnishings, accessories, art, and finally, a dramatic white crown molding and a white ceiling to maximize both the natural lighting in the space as well as the height.

House + Garden and Cord?lia De Castellane
I’m not sure I’d use three completely different sofas in one room, but because the arrangement is completely symmetrical, it works. And okay, the light fixture feels a little too high above the dining table. I don’t think it would illuminate the surface too well at night, nor be soft enough (at least 30″ from the surface as a rule, but with this ceiling height, I’d allow 40″), but in reality, my opinion doesn’t matter at all. This is Cord?lia’s space, she lives in Paris (oh-la-luckygirl!), and she is obviously very happy with it.
House + Garden and Cord?lia De CastellaneAnd she did do a bang-up job with the color, which is precisely why most of us want to move right in. I like that it’s not your typical textbook design, rather a very comfortable, casual, place that I wouldn’t mind relaxing in with a magazine and a glass of vino.
House + Garden and Cord?lia De CastellaneCare to see more and learn about the furnishings in this space? You can take a complete home tour over on the H+G website.

(images from house + garden, photographed by pascal chevallier)






Inspiration, Small Business

How do you feel about your blog?

April 12, 2007

This is such a fun topic, I just have to ‘go there’ since so many of you blog — either about design, work, to push along your business, or just personal stuff meant to share with friends, family, and the innocent bystander. Show of hands here. How many of you fell upon a blog with photos of kids, dogs, and a complete stranger dancing around in her union jack panties and thought, “I wish I could blog like that” (I dream of blogging with complete freedom and wonder how so many actually can.) So I ask you fellow bloggers, what does your blog mean to you? How does it make you feel to have one? Do you wish you could voice your REAL opinions sometimes? Or are you doing that already?

How do you feel about your blog?
JoshuaInk asked this question back in ’05 on his blog, so I’m not some amazing conversation starter, I credit JoshuaInk on this one. From his blog — “Do you get jitters, or excited before making that controversial post you know is gonna stir things up? Do you feel disappointed when a post you thought would be popular only gets a few comments? Do you have little traffic and if so what keeps you motivated? Do you have a lot of traffic, how does that affect what you write? Is your style to stick to work issues only, or do you get personal and why do you do it that way? How do you feel when someone posts a comment you’d rather delete? Or in the grand scheme of things do you really, deep down, not give a flying {bleep} about any of it? Are you really able to be honest about how you feel about your blog?

Think about it. And let me know. I’ll do the same. Meet me in the comments section below.

(image of book, No One Cares What You Had For Lunch: 100 Ideas For Your Blog)






uncategorized

Bookcase Envy from Benchmark

April 12, 2007

I am one smitten kitten. I picked up the April issue of Living Etc last night and I can’t take my eyes off of page 64. As hard as I try, I keep looking at this bookshelf… A wishin’, hopin’, plannin’, dreamin’….

Bookcase Envy from BenchmarkLiving Etc tells us that this freestanding beauty was crafted by Russel Pinch for Benchmark, using British wood, made by craftsmen in Berkshire, and retails for around $1,800. Of course, if I factor in shipping from the UK (if they even do that), I’m looking at quite an expense piece here. But I’ve got to have it. Although it seems a bit out of my reach, so now I must start my web crawl to locate something almost exactly like it here in the states. I love two-tone combos like this, especially creamy white lacquer with maple. Any leads for me? My credit card is warmed up and ready to go! :)

Bookcase Envy from Benchmark
(images from living etc, photographed by my husband, thorsten.)






Arts + Crafts, Rooms

Sarah Kaye Representation

April 12, 2007

I’m always obsessing over photography, particularly interiors, food, fashion, and still life, which is why I have such a massive collection of magazines. Being a very visual person like so many of you, I find a story in every photo, something there that just may inspire me, and it’s not always what’s shown in the photo that stirs my creativity, but what’s not shown. A certain feeling. Or even beyond that, because when I look at an image, I often edit it in my mind, adding in or subtracting parts until it looks right to me.

Sarah Kaye Representation Photos: Joanna Henderson

Recently I hit the motherload of imagery on the Sarah Kaye Representation website. Sheesh, Kaye represents a slew of a-m-a-z-i-n-g talent, one being photographer Chris Everard, who you’ll frequently find in Living Etc magazine (that’s how I learned of Chris). Once you click on Kaye’s website and start viewing the body of work there, like Joanna Henderson, Sandra Lane… You will indeed slip down the rabbit’s hole, never to return again. It’s amazing. Inspirational. Dreamy. Go ahead click here. All I can say is bye bye work day… :)

Sarah Kaye Representation Photos: Chris Everard
Sarah Kaye Representation Photos: Sandra Lane
Sarah Kaye Representation Photos: Chris Everard
Sarah Kaye Representation Photos: Chris Everard
Sarah Kaye Representation Photos: Chris Everard

(images from sarah kaye representation)






Shopping + Products, Travel

Boston Events in May

April 12, 2007

I love living in New England between May and October. The rest of the year, you can keep it. But for 6 months, it’s heaven. We have the coast, flea markets, outdoor festivals, Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, Newport and their amazing summer jazz fest, concerts at the Bank of America Pavilion (my friend Paris and I are going to see Morrissey there in June – can’t wait!) the gorgeous coast of Maine, seafood in Rhode Island, and the best Autumn season ever. Not to mention hiking the mountains in New Hampshire, we love spending the day at Bridal Veil falls, it’s a gorgeous hike.

Boston Events in MayBut May kicks it all off, and there’s nothing like attending a few outdoor events to start the season right. I always head down to Brimfield (only a few weeks away!), and then head into Boston for the opening day of the South End Open Market. If you’re in the local area, mark your calendar for both events – you won’t be sorry!

The South End Open Market opening weekend is May 19-20th (more details here) and the Brimfield show runs from May 8-13th (click here for the full scoop).

Anyone else have any local plans for May that you’d like to share? Shameless self promotion is totally allowed, so feel free to comment.

(image from the south end open market)






Inspiration

HGTV: Home Chic Home

April 12, 2007

I was quite impressed with a feature I read the other day on the HGTV website and thought I’d share it with you, it’s called Home Chic Home. See what you think…

HGTV: Home Chic HomeI actually write for HGTV, but this isn’t a plug for them or anything, so I just wanted to put that out there. I was just impressed with how writer,

HGTV: Home Chic HomeHGTV: Home Chic Home
(images from HGTV.com)






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