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Get in the MOOD

Its elegance, simplicity and polished gold dome certainly will capture your attention along with a luminous reflection. MOOD by Christofle is a stunning, yet enigmatic object that easily commands the center of any shelf, counter or table.

What’s in MOOD? It is an elliptical masterpiece that secretly houses a collection of gold flatware for six (dinner fork,dinner knife, tablespoon and teaspoon). Although its sophisticated style leans toward a more formal application, it can be used for more casual affairs.

France-based Christofle manufacturers home accessories, tableware, silverware, gifts, baby items and more. Since 1830, the company has manufactured the designs of numerous artists under its namesake. Their fine products are designed in traditional to contemporary styles.

As with many of their other  products, the MOOD is quite the contemporary silverware setting for table tastemaking. This flatware statement object is available in silver and rose gold globally at fine boutiques and retail establishments starting around $1,000.00

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Trending Now: Graffiti’s New Stage is in Your Bathroom

Graffiti has come a long way from its rebellious moniker peppering gritty, urban landscapes of trains and buildings. It has transcended its shady past to become the feature design element of a limited series collection by Aquabrass. The Graffiti tub is one of three free-standing, hand-painted  products under the KANVAS ™  collection. The tubs are fabricated in North America from stone resin and are all hand signed by the artist. The Pax design focuses on a zen-like ambiance. The Mosiak tub is a nod to modern art with a classic appeal.  This trio of tubs is just the beginning of a movement in home interiors that reflects all aspects of contemporary design with personalization.

Your new Graffiti tub can be accented with a coordinating custom, mosiac tile featuring graffiti art. An Italian manufacturer combines technology with art allowing clients to customize tile with a hi-res digital file as the source image. The surface is a patented polymer that is both light-weight and flexible and gives depth and dimension to each tile. You can print a variety of geometric shapes and wrap round surfaces with the tile.  The infinite color allows for processing any image that can scale both small and large.

This decor movement marks an exciting time to showcase your individuality and experiment with design options that can be placed almost everywhere in your space. Contact me for a consultation on bringing your space to life.

 

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Bedtime Stories: Children’s Furniture Trends

Let’s face it. No child wants to hear the phrase “time for bed.”  It seems to become the universal cue for extended needs; e.g., glasses of water, a pre-bed snack, sprints around the house and/or one more story. Sound familiar? Well, these new beds and space chair may be your answer to shut down the pre-bed shenanigans.

These three fantasy beds and luxurious chair with smart technology can put any mood, perhaps adults too, in a sleepy trance:

Fantasy Air Balloon – Limited Edition

Kids can dream about sleeping while floating in the sky in this luxurious limited edition bed. The bottom is fabricated from traditional basketry technique. The rest is manufactured from wood finished in white lacquer, lined with faux fur and trimmed in gold leaf. The bottom section contains drawers for storage and the bed area can be converted to a sofa, thus expanding the functional use of this fantastical furniture.  You can establish an ambiance by adjusting the lighting to reflect a mood and pipe in sounds that seduce your little one into a deep, peaceful sleep.

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Please consult your local library and book stores to select these theme relevant books as suggested bedtime reading:

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Mermaid Bed

This fiberglass rocks elevate this fiberglass shell that is created to protect your precious pearl while sleeping in its beautiful womb. It’s cushy round bed sits under a lit lid. This bed works beautifully as the centerpiece in a room of soft ocean blues, lavender, off whites and fun accents like plush rugs and over-sized accessories.

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Please consult your local library and book stores to select these theme relevant books as suggested bedtime reading:

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Bun Van Bed

Calling all hippie HENRY’s, this bed is for your child. The iconic VW bus bed symbolizes the freedom, imagination and adventure that epitomizes a child’s spirit. The fiberglass bed has chrome plated finishes and is decked out in an exotic, palisander wood. The interior contains a bed, TV, secretary, mini-bar and a sofa. Add some stuffed toys, lights, books and other keepsake items and this space is the ultimate bedtime escape.

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Please consult your local library and book stores to select these theme relevant books as suggested bedtime reading:

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Rocky Rocket – The Rocket Man Chair

What is it about our spectacular, awe-inspiring galaxy that incessantly captures our imaginations? The challenge and intrigue of other worlds is fantastic fodder for daydreaming and dreams. This fiberglass rocket chair is a statement piece of furniture for your future astronaut. It is lined in red velvet with a secret stair compartment and shelves in the side engines. This chair connects to a mobile app to control the lighting, sound and sleep time tones.  Set the total galactic experience with a coordinating moon rug. All materials are non-toxic.

 

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Please consult your local library and book stores to select these theme relevant books as suggested bedtime reading:

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If you are interested in any of these special items, click here for more information.

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Trending Now: Organic Shaped Bathroom Hardware

Most artists pay homage to nature as their ultimate design influence and inspiration source. As a lover of all things originating in nature; organic shapes, textures and patterns always excite my spirit. These attributes are the core of this new collection of bathroom hardware grabbed that brings the outside in with elegance and simplicity.

These knobs follow the form of smooth and etched rocks as well geometric shaped rough gemstones.  The collections come in two versatile finishes, burnished brass or nickel, to accommodate contemporary tastes.  If this is you,  visit Waterworks for more information.

 

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A Summer Superfood Indulgence

Summer heat seems to increase our appetite for treats such as ice cream, yogurt and other sometime unhealthy tastes.  I am a proponent of eating food that both fuels and nourishes you with as much guilt-free, satisfying taste.  If you share this philosophy, then you probably consume superfoods often.  Superfoods are nutritionally dense foods that include some nuts, fruit and meat.

Recently, I stumbled upon the following really easy recipe for a delicious and exquisitely beautiful summer superfood treat:

~Crack open a few coconuts into halves with a hammer.

~Freeze them while you prepare the ingredients.

~Select from a range of toppings. This recipe has  chai seeds, strawberries, kiwi,  homemade granola, hemp seeds and coconut flakes.

~Sprinkle edible flowers as a finish.

~Dig in with a spoon.

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Modern + Sustainable Wood Floors

Floors establish the comfort, functionality and style in a space. They can serve as the unifying back drop or the focal point of a room. Ultimately, we desire our floors to look beautiful, feel comfortable and perform for the long-term.

Over the past few years, the flooring industry has expanded past tile and carpet to manufacture hybrid options such as tiles that look like wood along with a new generation of laminated wood. These new designs underscore consumers appetite for wood flooring options. The trajectory for wood flooring is moving to more advanced and authentic manufactured hardwood floors to salvaged century-old barn wood. There are two flooring companies specializing in wood products that have caught my interest. Their artisan-designed wood floors answer consumer’s thirst for premium aesthetically pleasing styles with long-term performance and made with a sustainable core.

One collection is by a US-based company that manufactures engineered tongue-in-groove hardware with a natural oil finish; a finish that becomes more beautiful over time. These FSC®-Certified hardwood floors are available in a variety of sizes with proprietary stains. Cork and bamboo options are also options. These narrow to wide planks are applicable for both floor and wall installations in residential and commercial spaces.  If you need a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) solution, you can receive points with this flooring.

My second recent favorite is from Canada via Belgium. Salvaged barn wood is refinished in a variety of colors and styles, including their absolutely elegant metallic finishes such as the one in gold below. Their wood contains all the beauty and charm of aged wood that is applicable for modern to traditional design and construction.

If your home needs a flooring update and you want to explore the styles and options available to you, just reach out here. We can discuss how these gorgeous floors with timeless appeal and modern performance can work for you.

 

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A Tour: Eames Case Study House #8

We all have a concept of our life. An idea of how we would like to live. The concept of this idea is how the Eames Case Study House #8 came into existence.

Before we chat about the house, let’s acknowledge the designers and inhabitants. The Eames are undeniably one of the most powerful design influences of modern time. Charles and Ray Eames constructed their lives around design where play, discovery, adventure all intersected to spawn game-changing design. Their pursuit of and declaration of design spanned decades in furniture, architecture and film.

On a recent trek to Los Angeles, I made it a point to visit the Eames Case Study House in the gorgeous Pacific Palisades.  The house exists because of Arts and Architecture magazine publisher John Entenza. In the 1940’s, he launched The Case Study House Project in which 24 houses were designed and built with the magazine as the client. Each home was to showcase how modern man would live. Charles and Ray submitted their design concept, #8, for a structured on a beautiful meadow with ocean views in the charming Pacific Palisades. The property is in a premium Los Angeles area that perfectly blends the woods with ocean views that speak to your soul. According to the Eames, the land beckoned a home design that conformed to the area with minimal intrusion or interruption. Their other caveat was for a married, childless couple to inhabit the home. Their plan extended to include the couple’s profession that would allow them to work in an adjacent structure. In 1949,  the Eames moved into Case Study House #8, comprised of two pre-fab structures, where they would live for the remainder of their lives. The exterior and interior have been preserved as they had arranged.

The house is on the National Historic Landmark’s list. It’s a serene excursion that is simple, authentic and inquisitive. If you pay close attention, you’ll notice the nuances of their design, their use of scale, repetition and playfulness.

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The house )including delays, change of plans and other details), including visits and tours, click here.

Read what the New York Times has to say, click here.

To learn more about them, watch Eames: The Architect and the Painter:

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Meeting the Design Icon: Chapter II with Vladimir Kagan

We met during life transitions. Vladimir Kagan was officially retired and delving into some collaborative design arrangements in a different industry sector such as the one he had with my boss giorgio. At that time, I was contemplating leaving my cush Fortune 500 life to honor the creative side of my being. This is when our paths converged in High Point, North Carolina from our respective homes in New York and Los Angeles.  At that time, I had no idea how prolific this man’s influence had been in the design world and that his business had hit a bid of a slump which led to his stint in High Point. End Chapter I.

Skip a few years and Chapter II picks up in Southern California. Every February, Palm Springs Modernism Week is full of incredible people and events. It is a week that I look forward to attending to meet new people, hear inspirational stories, swoon over the impeccable designs. This year, it was all about reconnecting with Vladimir Kagan. Elle Decor coordinated an evening of intimate conversation with Mr. Kagan featuring a slideshow presentation accompanied by stories of his career highlights from the past to the present. The evening was capped under the clear starlit, desert skies with food, libations, design enthusiasts and book signings by Mr. Kagan.

During the evening, I thought how amazing life is when it comes full circle. This year, I am still in the early stages of beginning another transition. I have returned to the interior/furniture design industry from my brand/marketing/ad industry days. Mr. Kagan is enjoying the fruitages of his return to his core business.  In his late eighties, he continues to see his brand grow with expanded international popularity and demand for his products. His innovative genius is an influence for the best-of-the-best in design across multiple disciplines.

Sometimes life provides you an opportunity to cross the same person’s path a few times. I’m grateful that Vladimir Kagan has passed my path a few times. This time with an autographed copy of his book (with a hug and kiss to boot) and memories of his delightful charm. What an inspiration for a beautiful life. His visit reminds me to keep designing, keep dreaming and continue to hold gratitude close to your heart. Everything is possible.

 

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10 Interior Design Trends for 2016

Every year I read several publications’ annual predictions for the interior and fashion industries. This year, I decided to compile my own list of 10 design considerations that mimic cultural shifts plus ones that I would like to move forward.

Pastel Palettes

Pantone named two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity, for the 2016 Color of the Year – an unprecedented move on the color giant’s part.  These colors are the exact opposite of last year’s Marsala, a deep burgundy hue.  In my opinion, these softer tones reflect the fragile, uncertain  state of humanity. The gemstone rose quartz is a symbol of love and blue is the anthem for calm. These two patels beckon a call to calmer, quieter times. In times of extreme violence and uncertainty, people seek peaceful environments and engage in more stress releasing activities such as yoga. Decorating with these colors will bring a soothing energy to your space.

Warm Metals

Rose gold emerged as the top metallic color of 2015.  Some think that its trend patina will fade, however; it, along with brass and copper, are showing staying power. In fact, metallic colors are becoming the new neutrals.  Black and gold are still popular, timeless options. This year, I believe that we will see more matte metallic finishes plus the mixing of metals in tone and finish (matte to shiny). Super shiny finishes, especially in silver,  for furniture and accessories will decline. Matte black kitchen appliances, like cars,  will spike on the trend radar.

Organic Shapes

The influence of more organic, geometric and curved shapes and materials (from the woods to the water) will continue to surface and become a preference over generic, linear lines. More reclaimed wood furniture will appear on the luxury end of the spectrum as will sustainable textiles. This trend correlates closely to the first one in regards to our pursuit of tranquility and comfort through the grounding and healing effect of nature.

Layered Patterns

One way for people to quickly change the look of their space is through patterned accessories. Pattern mixing is either a rhythmic composition of melodic playfulness and/or a harmonic juxtaposition of shapes, colors, scale and texture.  With some risk-taking artistry, you can create a big wow factor with a monochromatic palette, a metallic mix of matte to satin or a complex color/pattern combo to create vivid design stories.

The ’70’s

My favorite era, the lost days of disco, retains its staying power.  The furniture and design from this period was often bright, uniquely shaped and comprised of bold and daring patterns.  Sound familiar? We continue our lust for this high-voltage period with new interpretations of popular pieces and limited edition designs . The prices for furniture from this area continue to climb.  The innovation from this period continues to inform the world’s contemporary designers.

Custom Combos

In an effort to break free  from cookie-cutter decor, as well as lifestyles, an increasing number of people will embrace life with boldness.  This means, seeking high-style across all price points and combining styles, colors, textures that relate to their distinct personalities. I also see more people taking risks with their homes, owned or rented, to personalize their space. Another portion of this trend is the continuing thirst for unusual architecture which is driving desire, and pricing, for mid-century modern homes as well as furniture.  Although the catalog look is still popular, people are putting their own spins on the pages of their space by mixing design genres and styles to create their own.

Fashion Infusion

The latest fashion directions are finally exciting again.  Sculptured designs are strong in shape yet  graceful when interpreted in pastels.  A broad selection of color is laying the foundation for original patterns in complicated, visually riveting combinations These influences are slowly seeping into interior design.  I am seeing more independent designers reimagining pieces with the eye of  fashion designer through their selection of patterns, colors and finishing details.

Multifunctional

A new generation of microdwellings are fueling ideas for multifunctional space usage and furniture design.  Some of these terrific ideas are so enticing that they are being adapted to suit larger spaces.

Made in…

Although China has dominated global manufacturing for decades, there is a continuing resurgence to return manufacturing to the United States or explore opportunities in Mexico and India. The made in and by story is emerging in importance. Stay tuned to these developments.

Quality vs. Quantity

People seek more artisan decor for uniqueness and quality of craftsmanship.  This mindset is always driving more people to purge the junk in order to splurge on one coveted, special item.  People want engaging and exciting shopping experiences and in return will pay for quality merchandise. As their appetite for poor to mediocre mass merchandise decreases, we will continue to see larger retail chains decline and a resurgence in shopping in locally-owned boutiques and continued patronage to specialty online purveyors. Remember, the story and experience are the keys to success.

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14 Modern Fireplaces for Your Space

It’s an ideal remedy for a chilly climate, melancholy mood and romantic rendezvous. A fire serves as a necessary and desirable feature in our lives from the moments on the beach to huddling around a hearth in sub zero temperatures.  Fireplaces as a home feature vary according to regions, environment (wood-burning bans), design styles and property value. Today’s technology and architectural designs allow for options beyond traditional wall, wood-burning units to include electric and ventless options.

A traditional fireplace has a few consistent features such as a hearth and mantle which are continually being redefined through design in modern interiors. You can mount a fireplace to your wall, incorporate glass and other materials around it (depending on construction) and center it in the middle of a room.

If you are considering a home with a fireplace, remodeling your existing one or building a custom space, here are a few globally-inspired design options that can define your space and bring you joyful flames.

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Fireplaces, especially wood-burning units, require ongoing maintenance for functional and safety reasons. It is important to make sure that everything is in working order prior to fireplace season beginning.  This document provides safety tips for your review.