Archive for April, 2009

Amy Lau Design.

I’ve been following New York-based designer Amy Lau for a few weeks now. Besides her terrific design talent and creative eye for blending colors, patterns and pieces, Amy has received quite a bit of press in the last two years. Since 2001, she’s gained the confidence from a client list that includes top notch musicians and hi-end fashion designers. Just this year, Traditional Home Mag, House Beautiful, Metropolitan Home and New York times has put Amy on their top designer lists. Her talents have now filled the shelves and shops with new abstract rug designs, funky furniture, and cool ceramics. I need some inspiration from Amy Lau. Like now. Take a look…

Amy Lau Design

Amy Lau Design

Amy Lau Design

Amy Lau Design

Amy Lau Design

Milan Furniture Fair. Futuristic.

I have yet to absorb and accept the fashion forward style of some European furniture designers. Blame it on reason that I like comfort. And I like textures. I like something reminiescent of my youth. And I like beatiful things. So don’t beat me over the head when I tell you this fact:

I am not a fan of what leaked out this years Milan Furniture Fair.

I happened across todays article in New York Times about how this years featured furniture and accessory designs were more paired, down, subdued with reinterpreted classics. Looking at the slideshow that accompanies the online post, I found the items to be a bit boring, erector set and Lego-looking, and almost as if they were part of a movie set. I’m not a known critic nor have I ever created a furniture line of my own (except for the wood and glue mini picnic bench as a ten year old and million and one cool forts). However, I do understand the change in this marketplace and the need for streamlining and more multi-use functionality in what we purchase these days – for the earths sake and our life savings sake. Yes, they’re interesting to look at but I find it easier to look away. DC Design Co.op wants to know… what do you all think?

Stool and Desk Set by Magis Design

Stool and Desk Set by Magis Design

$9,000 vases by Venini

$9,000 vases by Venini

Brave New World Lamp by Freshwest

Brave New World Lamp by Freshwest

Kelly. Oh Kelly and Sferra.

She’s at it again. Kelly Wearstler gets a high-five for her growing brood of design outlets. Its now a partnership with Sferra. Bedding, pillows, throws, even napkin rings (which look a lot like some jewelry pieces I’ve seen at Eastern Market in DC). Eat, sleep and cozy up beautifully Kelly.

Check out my new carpet ride.

A perfect world consists of good music, something beautiful to look at every day, happiness. a place to call home, and a good designer to fill it with those beautiful things you’ll look at each day <wink>. Enter NIBA Rugs. The moment I reached my new favorite rug manufacturers website, I got lost in a virtual sensory exploration of some of the coolest rugs of all time. And as a designer, I come across a slew of fascinating, interesting, mind-boggling, and yes, sometimes, frightening area rugs. Not with NIBA. Founder, Beth Arrowood and her team of schooled designers, lead the way through their spin on the best yarns, the most up-to-date prints, and the widest rainbow of colors. Allow me to check off my favorites. I’d love to know yours!

  • For my love of anything animal and large prints:
Southfork | Ornamental Collection | NIBA

Southfork | Ornamental Collection | NIBA

A nod to my Greek relatives-in-laws and one of my favorite hues:

Mykonos | Ornamental | NIBA

Mykonos | Ornamental | NIBA

Missoni-esque and a perfect pastel combination:

Crossroads| Gene Meyer | NIBA

Crossroads| Gene Meyer | NIBA

Anyone who knows the “design” me knows my adoration for herringbone and chevron, Bring it!:

Stone Harbor | Linen | NIBA

Stone Harbor | Linen | NIBA

Hand tufted, a perfectly pretty unisex and square:

Visconti | Hand Tufted | NIBA

Visconti | Hand Tufted | NIBA

Visit this site again in July when the flat-weave collection is introduced. I like to use this type on those condo rentals with wall to wall carpeting. A great way to break up the expanse of rental beige. NIBA that one in the tush!

Low-Cost = High-End.

The New York Times style and Home sections used to be delivered to my home. I now access pretty much everything online (except for the other surviving home design mags that fill my mailbox each week). And I love it when I come across a quick read for a quick fix. In this case, a bit more luxurious. The NYT Home & Garden section recently ran an On the Cheap article for low cost interior design. Its a great resource and will save you so many Benjamins. Read it here.

Deep vs. Shallow Pockets.

A good friend of mine has me looking for items to furnish an outdoor patio. I love garden stools for all types of under the sun and in the shade style from traditional terrace to urban oasis. The materials, shapes, colors and embellishments run the gamut. Get ready for this.

If you want extra detail and a higher ticket, go for the Plantation Home Floral Garden Stool. Priced at $495 each, this ceramic glazed wonder might lighten your pockets and take a load off, but I found one almost exactly the same at another price concious source. Its pretty of course. But wait, there’s more.

HIGH: Plantation Home Garden Stool

HIGH: Plantation Home Garden Stool

Overstock.com is selling this reasonably priced counterpart for hundreds less. It has the same dimensions, same pretty details, and offers the same creature comforts as the higher priced piece. For just $134, get yourself two, one for your cold beverage, one for your friend who wants to hear all about your savvy shopping habits.

LOW: Overstock. com Garden Stool

LOW: Overstock. com Garden Stool

Or mine. Happy saving!

Not just blue skies.

I was pulling together room schemes for a client and came across these blue accent pieces from various way talented vendors. Babette Holland designs industrial, modern and colorful lamps and accessories. These lamps made it into my style file.

Blue, Black and Cream LampBlack, grey, blue and white lamp

I try to keep bold color to a minimum in my work, but found the theory of decorating in odd numbers, and mostly threes applies here. Those lamps have to shine on something funky am tireless on the eyes. So be it.Amanda Talley
Check out Bungalow 5’s lacquered blue cloth Parsons cocktail table. Blue cocktail table It comes in a rich red too. So shockingly cool. But this night I’m going to bed with blue skies on my mind. I’ll save the red skies for a summertime sunset.


Just a Thought.

"A person should design the way he makes a living, around how he wishes to make a life" — Charlie Byrd

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