Archive for March, 2009

Storm King Wavefield.

You have to check out Maya Lin’s new project, the “Storm King Wavefield”.

"Storm King Wavefield". photograph by Jerry L. Thompson

"Storm King Wavefield". photograph by Jerry L. Thompson

Geometry. Book it now.

I came across a post on Design Milk’s blog about an abstract hardcover book called Geometric. Published by Verlag Hermann Schmidt Mainz, The book is a unique pattern resource book for graphic art and pattern fonts with 264 colorful and monochrome pattern illustrations. It has an embossed cover and comes with a CD containing 100 pattern fonts so you can create your own! Get that creative juice running again! Buy one for your inner designer – on sale here.

Geometric Book Cover

Geometric Book Cover

Various page spreads

Various page spreads

Happy Birthday Girlfriend!

A shout out to my neice on her first birthday today! It seems so long ago that awesome Washington DC area photographer Brett Cordeau snapped this lovely black and white photo of her at just two weeks old. Precious, sweet, beautiful, adorable, lovely, blessed! Kisses and birthday wishes princess!

Lou Lou… oohhh baby.

In 2008, the famed Phillipe Starck introduced the Lou Lou Ghost Chair – a smaller pint sized mini version of the durable and successful Louis Ghost Chair. The Lou Lou has been written up by numerous design articles … and I just HAD to have it. In fact, I bought the translucent pink one for my niece’s first birthday (tomorrow!). She loved it. Her feet may not touch the ground, but she looks like a princess. And kids love see-thru stuff. It measures 15.75″ w x 14.5″ d x 24.75″ h and will last a lifetime. Happy Birthday stylish JuJu C!

Lou Lou

Deep vs. Shallow Pockets.

As a Design Consultant, I often come across design finds that are very similar in style but lean far left and far right on the price scale. One example is this lovely side table from Inside Avenue (manufactured by trade-only Global Views). I first caught glimpse of the Modern Side Table with its deco and mid-century lines.

Modern Side Table

High! Modern Side Table

It’s priced at $1,047 each for deeper pockets!

But then a few months back, I was flipping through a Pottery Barn catalog and WHAM! This one is so similar and priced. Calling all shallow pockets! At only $399, the Monroe Side Table is a fine alternative. And I’m actually quite fond of the white Carrara marble top and hand hammered steel base.

Low! Monroe Side Table

Low! Monroe Side Table

Grab it by the horn.

Many of you “furniture-philes” have at one point touched, admired, blogged, or possibly loathe horn accessories and furniture pieces. Retailers, both box- and thimble-sized are selling these products serving so many purposes. As green as I am sslloowwllyy becoming, horn pieces still have a spot in my heart. I recently came across these case-goods sold at Distant Origin in New York City. I love the use of lacquer and horn… in fact so glamorously-earthy. 

 

Lacquer and Horn Shelving

Lacquer and Horn Shelving

I just put up a rectangle horn mirror from Roost in a friends master bath. Its looks fantastic and quite masculine. I do however hope to place this cocktail table in my next home – I can’t resist the detail on the top surface. 

 

Lacquer and Horn Cocktail Table

Lacquer and Horn Cocktail Table

 

Lacquer and Horn Console

Lacquer and Horn Console

And my favorite is this white lacquered cabinet with the horn detail handles. So chic and perfect as that cool touch to a living room or dining room. I’d want it used so that the doos remain closed – the two peices of horn side by side make it so much more of a beast.

White Lacquer and Horn Cabinet

White Lacquer and Horn Cabinet

Sticking with the Classics.

I was looking through my thousands of favorite saved images and came across a picture of the classic, pretty and oh-so-cult-favorite Guerlain’s Meteorites Powder Pearls.  It’s the packaging that intrigues me. It screams Paris in the Springtime and I want some Paris in DC – so there. The container was inspired by Marie Antoinette’s jewelry box. Once hailed as the secret to a perfect complexion and topping famous complexions of today and yesteryear, the pastel multi-colored powder spheres tucked inside instantly brighten and even skin tone. So ladylike. But so girly. I know.

Guerlain Meteorite Powder Pearls

Guerlain Meteorite Powder Pearls

 And to top of that lovely complexion of yours, Guerlain sells this miracle alongside two hard to choose from brushes. Attractive enough to leave out on the countertop. 

Pink Hair Powder Brush

Pink Hair Powder Brush

Gorgeous Gold Powder Brush

Gorgeous Gold Powder Brush

Almost entertaining time.

I cam across this Simrin Raja Tray at Velocity Art & Design (as I am ALWAYS looking for interesting items for the home). This simple exotic elephant is quite cute and I have been wanted to incorporate some yellow into some rooms – this tray would be perfect on a turquoise trimmed outdoor upholstered ottoman. How cute would a lemonade or blue martini look being served on this!

Simrin Tray

Simrin Tray

Oh sugar Blossom.

It’s now blooming cupcakes. Hello Cupcake in Dupont Circle, Washington DC, has a cupcake called the Cherry Blossom on it’s dessert racks. How ironic alongside yesterdays post. This cherry jelly-filled cupcake (a.k.a. work of art) was topped with a Lucky Charm’s-tasting sugar pink cherry blossom flower with edible seed pearl dots. If you’re in the area, you have to stop in and give one a bite. Thanks Rusty. There went my start for a healthy week – and I have to be in a bikini in 7 days!

Cherry Blossom Cupcake
Cherry Blossom Cupcake
Todays Flavors

Todays Flavors

Pretty as a Picture

Pretty as a Picture

Springtime is Cherry!

The start of Spring typically hails the beginning blooms of the Washington DC’s Cherry Blossom trees. Swarms of tourists pack the nations capitol in early April to catch the Tidal Basin’s famous tree’s in peak bloom, but my recollection of recent years is that of rainy days and watered down pink petals covering the ground. Hopefully this year we’ll get some decent photos of not-so-naked-trees.

I came across this furniture created for an outdoor cherry blossom party in Tokyo. Klein Dytham Architecture designed abstract shaped blocks mimicking the famous Cherry Blossom flower. Check out this perspective and how the piece looks after production! Very refreshing!

Perspective of Cherry Blossom Party

Perspective of Cherry Blossom Party

Benches shaped for good back support!

Benches shaped for good back support!

While some of us like something large and functional such as above, others choose something more colorful, personal, and permanent. I may have only been inked once (and interestingly enough, have a similar flower), but this Cherry Blossom tattoo is quite popular in Japan. Put it where you want, but make sure it’s not the Plum Blossom (the Cherry version has a V notched into the tip of the petal).

Cherry Blossom Tattoo Design

Cherry Blossom Tattoo Design

And if you need something to help convince yourself that a tattoo is a good idea or even to take away the pain of getting inked, stir up this pink concoction and celebrate wherever and however you like.

Cherry Blossom Cocktail

  • 1.5 oz Brandy
  • .5 oz Cherry Liqueur
  • 1.5 tsp Grenadine
  • 2 tsp Lemon juice
  • 1.5 tsp Triple Sec

Moisten rim of cocktail glass with cherry brandy and rub rim in powdered sugar. Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a sugar rimed glass. . Top with the cherry and serve….

Lastly, happy Spring to you! I hope to see you in Washington DC. Visit the official Cherry Blossom Festival website at www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org or click on the official 2009 festival artwork shown below (penciled by Carol Tomasik). Bring your camera and don’t forget a rain jacket – I have a feeling its going to be a wet one.

2009 Cherry Blossom Festival Artwork

2009 Cherry Blossom Festival Artwork


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