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coffee + cre8tive [mar 1 ’06]

Today is March 1st. We’re on the cusp of spring. This photo inspired me today because it is hauntingly beautiful. Pink in its sweetest hues against a sea of dandelions. Her mesmerizing gaze. It’s a little unlike me to gravitate towards this style, almost goth chic with a touch of sci-fic meets Margaret Keane, but I like it. This painting, The Wish, is by artist Lori Earley. You can read her spotlight in the Area of Design, along with additional paintings.

Happy March!

(art by Lori Earley from the Area of Design website)

Posted in uncategorized on March 01, 2006

Attention West Coast Design Addicts!

CA Boom is 3 1/2 days of cutting edge contemporary design & architecture. Feast your eyes on displays from contemporary independent designers, architects & manufacturers. Tour cutting edge homes and attend a speaker’s conference whose participants are the leaders and innovators of the contemporary design community. Receive a discount code to purchase tickets. Click here for more information.

[photos + partial text from CA Boom 3]

Posted in uncategorized on March 01, 2006

ID Chicago

Just took a break and checked out little miss sponge today for my daily read (love her new site don’t you?), and she mentioned ID Chicago so I had to check them out. Yowser! Great site, thanks to Grace, of course! I just purchased the Maharam Matching Game, it’s lovely… especially for my husband and I because we like to play silly games when our friends come over, and this will not only be a good alternative to poker, but a fun and very fashionable display piece (despite that it’s in a cardboard box, the top looks quite nice). Based on the Maharam textile collection, this memory game features illustrated renditions of textiles designed by Hella Jorgerius (love her!), Paul Smith, Charles and Ray Eames, Gio Ponti, and Alexander Girard (another fave of mine). They’re printed on fine quality heavy card stock and the game includes two sets of 36 cards.

TIP: If you’re not into fun and games, maybe you can simply frame these cards. Purchase a unique frame with multiple windows for photos and place your favorite Maharam images inside instead of photos.

(photo from id chicago)

Posted in uncategorized on February 28, 2006

Graham + Brown

Individually hand painted acrylic on canvas starting at $25 can be yours at Graham & Brown. Offering an extensive range of art from artists and designers, along with thier own in-house design studio, they churn out a range of unique canvases that will add that extra pizzazz to your space. It is possible to have a creative decor on a budget. It may not be by-way-of [insert fine art gallery here], but budget shoppers need not sacrifice stylish interiors!

They also offer one-of-a-kind wallpaper that you can paint yourself (must see the Wood and Taylor ‘frames’ wallpaper), Lovely Hemingway and whimsical Kate Larsen wallpaper, $25 ceiling medallions, and nature-inspired digital murals that are oh-so-realistic!

(images are all from Graham + Brown)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Rooms on February 28, 2006


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