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

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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


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