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April 2007

Inspiration

Back on Tuesday (So I leave you with Yvestown)

April 8, 2007

Today is a good time for reflection. And baking yummy things. :) Stores are closed, the pace has slowed, and despite that it’s still 40F degrees and snowy here, there’s a bit of hope in the air and it tells me that daffodils will blossom soon, so no worries.

Back on Tuesday (So I leave you with Yvestown)
Have you visited the Flickr set of Yvestown? Yvonne Eijkenduijn lives in southern Netherlands, and her photos remind us all of what’s important – gathering with friends, good food, fresh flowers, and a home that reflects the personality and lifestyle of those living in it. Welcome to her world… (Yvonne has an amazing blog too – a total must-see!)

Back on Tuesday (So I leave you with Yvestown)Back on Tuesday (So I leave you with Yvestown)Back on Tuesday (So I leave you with Yvestown)Back on Tuesday (So I leave you with Yvestown)
I’ll return from a mini vacation on Tuesday, April 10th – See you soon!

(images from yvestown)






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Design Within Reach Chairs (Under $400)

April 6, 2007
I’m nuts about chairs and find these from DWR of particular interest because I haven’t seen them in every single design magazine out there (yet). And they are affordable (most shown are under $260 each, but all are under $400).

Design Within Reach Chairs (Under $400)I’d gladly adopt all of them, although I have no clue where they’d fit in my tiny abode.

Design Within Reach Chairs (Under $400) A little interesting factoid to share: Did you know that aside from the automobile, the chair is the most designed, studied, written about (ahem!), and celebrated artefact of the modern era? I pulled that straight from one of my favorite books, 1000 Chairs.

Design Within Reach Chairs (Under $400) These Selene chairs are only $175 each and are available in crystal clear (shown), red (below), and white.

Design Within Reach Chairs (Under $400)
Design Within Reach Chairs (Under $400)Here are the Marais AC chairs again. We just spotted these yesterday in Martha Angus’ guest house. Available in red or yellow at DWR for $188 each, or select the metal version for $198. Seeing them in yellow is exciting, I’d love to pair either the red or yellow chairs with a white or glass top dining table and the fabulous Imperial Trellis wallpaper from KWID shown below.

Design Within Reach Chairs (Under $400)I know, don’t remind me… The trellis is everywhere, but for good reason, it’s crazy beautiful. I can’t seem to shake it, and then last weekend I saw it in green while shipping helene m., a new clothing boutique, in Portsmouth, NH. It’s jaw dropping in a retail setting, and they used it only on the back wall. The scale, the pattern, everything – mind blowing. Seeing it in a New Hampshire boutique gave me chills, New Englanders can be so conservative! But, after learning that the owner of helene m. is actually a New Yorker, I smiled. Explains everything. We need more wild and wacky transplants up here.

(images from dwr and domino)






Rooms

Domestic – Vinyl Decals for the Floor?

April 6, 2007

And you thought vinyl stickers, aka wall decals, were limited only to walls. Huh. Think again. Domestic, the French decal giant, dishes them out for the floor, too. Shall we dance?

Domestic - Vinyl Decals for the Floor?
Some are a bit too bold for my taste, but the shadows, pebbles, roots, and tango are brilliant. You can shop for yours either directly at Domestic, or hop on over to Made In Design. Both ship worldwide (yay!), so for me, it’s just a matter of seeing who charges less for shipping (wink).

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And of course, I can’t blog about Domestic and not show off some of their great stickers for the wall. A great alternative to paint and wallpaper if you’re limited by your budget or a picky landlord. This one (below) is my favorite, I absolutely adore everything about this room, but that bold graphic takes center stage for me. Delish!

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(images from domestic)






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Knoll in Paris – Film Screens That Lure

April 6, 2007

Have you heard about the Knoll flagship store in Paris? They’ve made a few cosmetic changes to their exterior, but not in the usual way of paint or signage, and certainly nothing permanent. For the next few weeks, they’re going a bit Hollywood with two giant movie screens that feature a film about the courtship of the Knoll founders to both lure and entertain while promoting their latest furniture line. Genius!

Knoll in Paris - Film Screens That Lure
Of course, the average boutique doesn’t have the funds to go to such great lengths for a storefront, but Knoll isn’t exactly average. It makes me think of the payback though. Sure, they’ve invested a ton of cash on this installation, but look at the return. Lots of media attention. Remember our recent Shop Girl discussion on foot traffic? Perhaps this is a great teaching example for small storefront owners. Go dramatic, do something that shakes the foundation a little bit, grab media attention with a creative display of your own storefront for a few weeks. Of course, if you rent, you’ll have to clear things by the landlord and neighbors, I’m sure there’s lots of red tape, but if you could somehow contain your display inside the store, using the window space to attract attention, it may be a bit easier for you to pull it off. It’s so easy to fall into display ruts, but visual merchandising, or window dressing, can be as wild ‘n crazy as you’d like it to be. Just look at the extravagant windows that Simon Doonan pulls off at Barney’s around the holidays. The man is unstoppable. While film screens are a bit over the top (unless you’re in Paris), you can accomplish something great on a budget for your own shop. Think grand instead of bland.

Knoll in Paris - Film Screens That Lure

If you’ll be in Paris between now and April 15th (don’t we wish), you can catch their evening show at 268 Boulevard Saint-Germain. Learn more and see more here.






Designers + Stylists

Martha Angus Interior Design

April 5, 2007

I was so excited to see Interior Designer Martha Angus’ St. Helena, California guest house (not sure if it was her house or a client project), appear in this month’s Western Interiors magazine. Here’s a glimpse…

Martha Angus Interior DesignAngus here went with an analogous palette (adjacent colors on the color wheel) resulting in a harmonious, fresh design. Green takes center stage in this space, with bright bursts of orange and yellow, giving the space energy and a youthful, modern glow. She slipcovered a Crate + Barrel sofa in a green Sunbrella fabric and then added art to bring in strong graphics, orange, and green. The art, by Santa Monica artist John Baldessari, is unique because it marries photography with paint for a strong visual punch. And now onto my favorite space… The dining area.

Martha Angus Interior DesignUsing white as the base, Angus again goes with an analogous color scheme using an almost kelly green with a light powder blue. The DWR Le Corbusier table has an airy feel, very little visual weight, and with a glass top that almost looks at if it’s floating off the base, the table is as much a functional piece as it is a beautiful to look upon. Plus, the glass reflects all the natural light in this room, giving an even lighter feel to the space. I really like its light blue base, and of course those gorgeously green metal chairs, that Angus acquired at a flea market in France, complete the “old with new” look she was going for quite perfectly, don’t you think?

Martha Angus Interior DesignIf you’d like something similiar in your home and you won’t be over in France anytime soon, try these chairs from the Sundance catalog and paint them a bright kelly green. If you can’t afford a Le Corbusier table, you can achieve the look on a budget with the Silverado – a $299 CB2 find. Sure, it doesn’t have the powder blue base, but paint can change that in a single afternoon. Or you can leave it as is, as long as the chairs are bright green and you pull in the blue another way, perhaps with a light blue rug, you can accomplish a similiar look.

Martha Angus Interior DesignAngus has such a huge following, and it’s no surprise, her strong portfolio speaks volumes about the talent she shares with homeowners from California to New York and even as far as Paris. She is one that I admire because she can mix periods so well, you almost have to stop and pay attention that a 19th century chippendale chair is sharing the same space with a 70’s lacquered parsons table and a massive contemporary painting. The simple fact that she then can throw in vintage metal letters or an orange rocket sculpture and make it all work, well it boggles the mind.
Martha Angus Interior Design
(top two images: by Mathew Millman, courtesy of Western Interiors and Design magazine. third image: sundance catalog. all others from martha angus design.)






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Ana Carucci of Bam Bam Ink

April 5, 2007

I’m forever on an illustration high, especially since blogging makes me so much more aware of what’s out there. I can’t believe the amount of work I find, or that finds me, in the span of a few days. If you blog or write for a living, you must feel exactly the same way. It’s so exhilarating, isn’t it? I just received word from Ana Carucci, an Illustrator that I blogged about last September, that her website is officially up and running. I just had to post it so you can click over and enjoy. More drawings to love everyone… Just look!

Ana Carucci of Bam Bam InkCarucci is from Buenos Aires, Argentina and like so many of us, ultimately found her career path through the wonderful world of exploring a ton of others. It’s often a painful process, but we all take the journey, have a lot of fun along the way, run into tons of frustration, but through it all, we get there eventually.

Ana Carucci of Bam Bam InkAnd like most of us, she’s been involved in the arts her whole life in one form or another. From photography to cinema, and then onto costume design, but it was drawing that eventually won her over. Illustration makes her the happiest, and judging from her online portfolio, she has indeed found her true calling.

Ana Carucci of Bam Bam InkThank you so much Ana for the email, and when you open your online store, please let us know so we can go shopping for beautiful Carucci things to frame and enjoy.

(images from ana carucci)






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