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New + Next: Custom Tabletop Design Services

A beautifully decorated table is the foundation for celebrating friends and family over delicious food and libations. Even though every meal is an opportunity to surround yourself in beauty, the holiday season is perfect for time for showcasing a sensational table.

It is as easy as commissioning me to create a custom setting.

I can create designs utilizing your dinnerware, flatware, serviceware and glassware or I can bring in a completely new ensemble with accessories customized to your casual or formal tastes.

Let’s begin the process to reserve your commissioned table design today. It’s easy, just click here. Inquire about multiple event packages.

Remember, that chef led meals and custom menus with service staff are also a part of my cultured, culinary experiences services.

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Graffiti Glam Event Recap

It was a huge success! We had glamorous people and products at the Graffiti Glam: From Urban Grit to Upscale Glam event held on October 6th hosted at Central Arizona Supply.

Thank you to all of our sponsors and participants including Central Arizona Supply, Aquabrass, Refine Rustic, Clay Zapian, Sweet Escape, Jasmine Christine Photography and break dance crew Pocket Change. Modern Luxury Interiors Scottsdale featured these products in their latest issue.

Here are some images and videos recapping the celebration of graffiti art in interior design:

NOTE: Most photographs are the copyright of Jasmine Christine Photography.

Enjoy these snippets of Pocket Change’s break dance performances:

Visit (and like) @YvetteCraddockDesigns on Facebook for behind-the-scenes stories including images and videos.

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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.

Learn More

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:

and The Powers of 10:

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