Archive for October, 2009



Double Duty on the Outside.

Mayfair Sconce, $150 | Pottery BarnMayfair Sconce, $150 | Pottery Barn

I just found this outdoor wall sconce on Pottery Barn.com. Its very cute, very reasonably priced, very classic, and very innovative. Why not have your house number well lit under the lamp?! Goodbye flimsy lantern lamp and hammered numbers. Hello simple and sweet.

Chillin’ Filicia Style.

As part of this year’s Designer Visions: Cinema Style, Tom Filicia, designer and Style Network host, created a showhouse apartment inspired by the movie The Big Chill. Each room is obviously full of smart and creative ideas from this top interior designer. Here are a few of the shots from the gallery at House Beautiful that I’d love to share with you. Rolling!

The entrance. I love the Phillip Jeffries grass wallpaper for texture and lux.

The entrance. I love the Phillip Jeffries grass wallpaper for texture and lux.

This is gorgeous! Look at the off center striped runner and thick knotted rope.

This is gorgeous! Look at the off center striped runner and thick knotted rope.

This unique chair is nestled against the Ironies Escada table.

This unique chair is nestled against the Ironies Escada table.

Who says a TV has to hang above a media cabinet. A new take on a focal point.

Who says a TV has to hang above a media cabinet. A new take on a focal point.

A simple and inviting bar. The artwork is divine!

A simple and inviting bar. The artwork is divine!

White Zeus Silestone vanity. You can never go wrong with white and grey in the bath.

White Zeus Silestone vanity. You can never go wrong with white and grey in the bath.

Gorgeous Garden Vessels.

Elle Decor shares with us the beautiful and classic garden containers by Haddon Stone. This popular maker of containers and stonework teamed with architect Robert A.M. Stern to create a line of graceful cast-limestone planters. With eleven different styles, there is sure to be an accent for any spot in your garden. Shown below is the Small Olympian Urn (priced at $650) and Small Athenian Bowl (priced at $475).

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Transcending Suburban Conformity.

The Washington Post Home section is out today (it prints every Thursday), and this week, we get to follow local designer Raji Radhakrishnan on a tour of her home and the resources she dials up when creating beautiful interiors for her clients.

Raji and son in playroom.

Raji and son in playroom.

Her firm, Raji RM & Associates sprang out of her true calling – which came after receiving an MBA and working as a reasearch director. Her ideas come from so many inspirations, many found in local museums.

Her Georgian suburban Virginia home disguises the impressive interior

Her Georgian suburban Virginia home disguises the impressive interior

Daring experiment in scale and pattern - works beautifully!

Daring experiment in scale and pattern - works beautifully!

Command center for a family of four.

Command center for a family of four.

Love the dark lacquered shelves - makes the book speak volumes!

Love the dark lacquered shelves - makes the book speak volumes!

Every kitchen looks amazing dressed in white!

Every kitchen looks amazing dressed in white!

Art to the eye can be created in any shape or form.

Art to the eye can be created in any shape or form.

Raji says ” I sometimes rediscover a work that will completely inspire me. It could be as simple as a color or combination of colors. Or how a work is framed or displayed. This can send me off in a tangent about how I want to spin a room, or the mood I want to capture.”

Expect the unexpected. Chairs put to good use!

Expect the unexpected. Chairs put to good use!

Indian-born Raji in her Brambledton home.

Indian-born Raji in her Brambleton home.

Here who is on Raji’s speed dial list:

The Winner Takes All.

At New York City Ace Hotel, Roman & Williams together with graffiti artists Mint & Serf create a winning hand with the new design of this popular renovated hotel in Midtown. The look is a combination of industrial age meets modern art studio. Rowan & Williams completely transformed this 1904 building, originally the Hotel Breslin, into an industrial-chic travel mecca with punk and vintage- inspired custom furniture as well as original architectural accents. Its a study in randomness – grand and mysterious yet relaxed and idiosyncratic. This hotel wins the game of chance.

New steel canopy at hotel entrance.

New steel canopy at hotel entrance.

Latex painted signage by Mint & Serf.

Latex painted signage by Mint & Serf.

The lobby's slate-topped salvaged tables.

The lobby's slate-topped salvaged tables.

A guest room's custom leather-covered sofa bed and Ryder E. Robinson wall art.

A guest room's custom leather-covered sofa bed and Ryder E. Robinson wall art.

Oils were used by the designer to paint the scene on a wool hanging.

Oils were used by the designer to paint the scene on a wool hanging.

The lobby includes wool covered chairs with painted embellishments.

The lobby includes wool covered chairs with painted embellishments.

The reception showcases old old magazine pages as a collage.

The reception showcases old old magazine pages as a collage.

Photography by Interior Design photographer Eric Laignel.

The Globe Matters.

Searching endlessly for fantastic lamps should be a part of my job title. My passion for design includes looking the world over for interesting, beautiful, and functional home goods. When I see something I like, the person next to me is most likely going to learn that fact. So here is a fantastic lamp that I wish to voluntarily share with the world.  =)

Bubble Sconce, $4,800 | Matter

Bubble Sconce, $4,800 | Matter

The Bubble Sconce is made from components of the famous thrill-seeking Globe Bubble Chandelier by Matter, NY. This sconce begs to hang upside down but would be a beautiful accent to any wall and space. Hand-blown glass globes and custom hardware are created in a collaborative studio in Brooklyn. Choices for finish includes oil-rubbed bronze, satin nickel and 24-karat gold plating. These options are available for the chandelier as well.

Nine-Lamp Globe Bubble Lamp, $14,400 | Matter

Nine-Lamp Globe Bubble Lamp, $14,400 | Matter

Another Matter creation on my hit list is the Tube Chandelier. How cool is this gold-plated brass and Linestra tube hanging lamp?! At 40-inches in height, I imagine it contrasting against a home’s classic winding staircase or a few dotting the ceiling in a hip hotel lobby. London designer Michael Anastassiades designed the Tube Chandelier in 2004  and specializes in limited-edition pieces using materials such as bronze, copper, nickel and marble.

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Click. Swipe. Scroll.

Those of you who know me know that love my Apple products! The designs are top notch and innovative. News just in! Welcome Apple Magic Mouse! This is the worlds first multi-touch mouse for just $69! It uses much of the same commands and hand movements as the trackpad of my new laptop or iPhone for that matter. Just click, swipe, and scroll.

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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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