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Music + Design

I‘m curious about what you guys are listening to. Music is such a massive part of my life. My husband composes techno and plays the piano and keyboard (hobby). I’ve written music for a few Boston bands and have a very musical family, but the only instrument I can play is my iPod. :) Okay, doesn’t count.

Music creates a definite mood in a space. It’s tightly woven in the fabric I call, “ultimate design”. After I’ve fluffed the pillows, washed the floor, straightened the art, adjusted the lighting… I carefully select CDs for the evening and load them into the stereo. That’s the final touch that a room with great design needs. Great tunes.

Music is moving, touching, it lingers… When I walk into a space and the dweller has on their favorite tunes, I can’t help but enjoy their little world even more. What do you play in your world?

Here’s what I’m listening to… (in no particular order.)

SASHA – Two CDs – Involver (I can’t stop listening to this) and Fundacion
ANGGUN – Luminescence – Import/French Pop
MADONNA – Confessions on a Dance Floor (one song rolls into another, great vibe.)
AMELIE SOUNDTRACK – Soundtrack by Yann Tiersen
ANNETT LOUISAN – Boheme – Import/German (sounds like a German Norah Jones)
FRANK SINATRA – The Very Good Years
TOP SHELF DANCE: VOLUME 1 (Electronica)
NEK – Le Cose Da Difendere – Import/Italian Pop
SADE – Lover’s Rock
MICHAEL BUBLE’ – Caught in the Act (Live CD)
THE SMITHS – The Best of the Smiths, Vol. 1

Here’s to good design + good music!
(Photo: Various artists, all linked above for your listening pleasure!)

Posted in uncategorized on January 23, 2006

Bliss

Voted “Best Boston Boutique” by Improper Boston for two years in a row, one step into Bliss and you’ll see why. They feature fun products that you’ll find in Lucky, Domino, and Daily Candy. Items range from housewares to furniture and beyond (even baby and pet items!), and everything is neatly arranged and an easy shop to navigate. They carry all the big names, Angela Adams, Jonathan Adler, Blik, Mandarina Duck, Alessi, Hable Construction, and have a great bridal registry, too. Outside of Boston? You can shop online; free shipping if you spend $100 or more.

Ready to experience a little Bliss?

(Photo: TOP RIGHT: Bliss Storefront at 121 Newbury Street, Boston. Photo from Bliss.)

Posted in uncategorized on January 23, 2006

Inhabit

Surround Yourself”, encourages Mike and Jennifer Tuttle from Inhabit. Upon viewing their collection of all things calming and very cool, you’ll want to locate your selections and enter the magic 16 digits that makes the uniformed man appear at your doorstep with shiny new boxes. Feel your body transcend as you click, “Order Confirm”. Heavenly. You’re about to surround yourself with many beautiful things, not to mention more debt, but who cares when one upping the Jones’ is to blame.

Inhabit’s website is easy to use, clean + uncluttered, and the collection flows seamlessly with no weird stuff thrown in that doesn’t fit their vibe. Inhabit features bedding, pillows, slats, bloks, placemats, coasters, and stretched wall art that matches their various collections. You’ll love Slats. They’re quite cool and all the rage right now.

With bedding that is modern and unique, and available in colors like Amber, Brown, Orange, Green, White, and Sky Blue, how can you not want to surround yourself with beautiful things from Inhabit? Shop online, locate a store that carries Inhabit, or request a catalog here. Free shipping on orders $200+
(Photos: SIDE: various product shots from Inhabit.)

Posted in uncategorized on January 23, 2006

IKEA [fresh new finds]

In the midst of sawdust, scattered tools, and very stressed out contractors stomping around my pad in dirty snow boots (shame!), I’m busy laying out paint swatches, fabrics, and cruising every website imaginable for furniture and accessories. Call me big picture.

Expectation: A tiny project of turning a three season porch into an art studio space/home office/guest bedroom would go quickly and flawlessly.

Reality: Harsh. My entire abode has morphed into a bermuda triangle of all things unclean. It’s a 24/7 construction site, with construction debris all over (I found insulation in my shower drain, of all places) and more eff words flying around than a DeNiro film. My floors are wet from snow. The sounds of hammers fill my day. There’s no end date in sight. But I’m keepin’ the faith. To quote Samuel Butler, “You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it“.

As most of us know, having faith in our space always leads to shopping, and shopping almost always leads to IKEA. You can bet that I’m dreaming of the day when I can find a Billy or a Motiv or a Nordmyra in my space instead of a construction crew.

You have to check out IKEA’s juicy finds for Spring. My personal picks are: “Nordmyra“, a pretty blue seat with birch for $34.99, the, “Bettan Blom” pillow for $7.99, “Hallaryd” art for $59.99, “Bettan Trad” curtain panel for $9.99, and a killer chair, “PS Axvall” for $89.99 (looks like something from Design Within Reach). For glasses, don’t miss the sharp little cork/glass Paroll for $2.99 (could also double as a fun pencil cup; add felt to the bottom interior of the glass and circular felt pads to the exterior bottom), the Komedit glass for $8.99 (resembles red blood cells, yes?), and the very mod little Komedit cocktail glass in orange for only $7.99.

(Photos: TOP + BOTTOM: Assorted product shots from IKEA USA. All items linked above.)

Posted in uncategorized on January 23, 2006

Books:

Some of my books...

Further editions available: Decorate published by Murdoch Books for AU/NZ, Decorar BR, Alt om indretning DK, Inspirace pro váš byt CZ, Dekorácie SK, La décoration FR, Lust auf Wohnen DE, Sisusta tyylillä FI and Sztuka aranżacji wnętrz PL.

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