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Inspired By Lula

Lula is a multi-disciplinary art and design studio in Sweden that I discovered just this past weekend. On the site you can find styling, graphic design, patterns, photography and illustration from well known Swedish designers like Elisabeth Dunker (the other half of Studio Violet) along with Karolina Eriksson, Moa Edlund, Anders Söderberg, Albert Sjöstam, Fredrik Simson, Åsa Dahlbäck, Hanna Backman, Sara Blohmé and Pernilla Andersson. I spent at least an hour on this site looking through all of the portfolios, love it!

Since Elisabeth is a personal favorite of mine, I’ve focused on some of her styling work and designs here. Her patterns and colors make me happy!

(images from lula)

Posted in designers on April 06, 2009

Kate Holt: Flower Wild

I just came across this Los Angeles-based floral designer, Kate Holt of Flower Wild, based in Los Angeles via a tweet from Sunset magazine (I heart Twitter so much!). Now I’ve found yet another floral designer online to admire and save for future reference. I have a file of favorite florists that I maintain for personal and professional use, usually 1-3 per major city, so now I can add Kate to my L.A. file. Just look at those peonies and pretty jeweled combs — can one take a bad photo of a flower? They are the most lovely subjects to photograph in my opinion…

Flower Wild

Flower Wild

This is a site any flower lover will truly enjoy so please take some time to enjoy Flower Wild today if you can. Kate has a blog, too. Swoon!

Speaking of flowers, I’m going out to pick up a few bouquets and photograph some birds for a project I’m working on, so I’ll see you tomorrow friends. :)

(image copyright flower wild/kate holt)

Posted in designers on March 31, 2009

Home Office & Living Room Redesign

Ready to see a fresh, modern home office space? How about a living room with lots of pattern for a busy family with pets? Interior Designer Vanessa De Vargas who owns Turquoise, a Los Angeles-based furniture and interior design business wrote in to share a recent project with us and after viewing the space, I thought I’d ask her a few questions and share her answers here today as it’s always fun to get inside the mind of a designer. Let’s check out this office and living space, shall we?

First of all, what inspired this fab office space? First let me say that before I started to decorate the room it was very dark. The walls were dark brown, the desk was dark and there was a dark brown mirror that hung above the desk. When I first met with my client she basically said to me, “Please, I don’t want any dark colors — I want pink accents, a mirrored cabinet, and a Venetian mirror, can we do that?”, and I thought hey, if that’s what you want, lets decorate it that way!

How did you decide on the wallpaper given that there are thousands to choose from on the market these days? I researched tons of papers and when I came across the silver and white circular one, I knew that was it. I honestly didn’t even show her any other wallpapers. So to answer your question my client was the inspiration, she told me what she wanted and based on her wants I then took my design expertise and made the office come to life!

Where did you find a majority of your furnishings and accessories? The desk she already had so that was a newer purchase including the custom cabinet we had made at a local furniture store and the desk chair. The lamp and accessories are from Jonathan Adler and the desk lamp, Moroccan table and bamboo chair (with the Lulu DK Chant fabric) were all re-vamped vintage pieces. The rug was from West Elm.

Is the silhouette on the wall of anyone in particular? No that’s actually a vintage silhouette that she purchased from me.

Where is that amazing task chair from? The chair is a reproduction Eames task chair that we had reupholstered in outdoor paisley fabric from Sunbrella.

Next up, the living room:

In the living room, what made you go with a neutral, darker palette? The living room is also the TV room. My clients have 3 kids and 2 dogs so I made sure the furniture pieces where either dark in color, had a pattern or were upholstered in outdoor fabrics. They also loved the color royal blue so we incorporated that in the custom tufted chair, custom benches and accent pillows. I also thought that having a nice neutral background (meaning the walls) was a great way to have the furniture pieces pop.

There’s a lot of pattern but it’s subtle, any tips on how to use a lot of pattern in a space without going overboard? That is a good question Holly, this was really the first time I used many different patterns under one space. I think that if you stay in the same size family of each of the patterns and stay consistent in the colors palette, you can use a few patterns at once. I noticed that when I pulled other patterns that were bigger in size they either over powered the look or made it look too busy.

What in this space belongs to the client that you were able to keep in the mix?The only thing that was there was the built in TV unit. Everything was new that we brought in. Including all the accessories on the shelves and the trays in the rooms.

Thanks Vanessa for the show and tell!

Psst: If you’re in the Los Angeles area and would like to network with designers and other creatives, Vanessa leads a popular design pow wow called Designers Networking Group (DNG) which is held monthly giving all a chance to network, enjoy some eats and drinks, and best of all — no charge! Just attend, bring those business cards and enjoy an evening out. More information here.

If you have a questions for Vanessa, please comment below and she’ll stop by to answer, thanks!

(images: vanessa de vargas)

Posted in designers, workspace on March 16, 2009

Happy Weekend! {and video}

It’s Friday afternoon and time to wrap up and go about our weekend activities but I discovered something over at Pia’s blog that cannot be missed! InFrame TV is a video channel for creative types worldwide and they produce short videos in Melbourne, Australia profiling, “original and arresting Australian and international talent working in arts, design and culture.” Their goal is to, “provide unprecedented access to the thoughts, insights, and inspirations of people who create”.

One of their videos that I particularly loved spotlights decorator, shop owner, and collector Lyn Gardner. If you recall, I showed you a glimpse of how Lyn lives here. I’m a huge fan of her work so seeing her live, touring viewers of her lovely shop, really inspired me today and I know you’ll love to watch this 4 minute video below.

I’m taking Monday (Presidents Day) off, so I’ll meet you here on Tuesday, February 17th. Enjoy your long and loving weekend. hubba hubba. (image from living and more magazine, germany)

Posted in designers, inspiration on February 13, 2009

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