Archive for October, 2009



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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Gallery: Solar Decathlon 2009

Just a follow-up to my previous post on the Solar Decathlon, here is a photo gallery of the event in Washington DC, courtesy of the DCist.

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Modern Vintage with R & Y Augousti.

One of my favorite aesthetics of a room are the textural elements that play off of each other and add that dramatic interest or flair. This can be achieved through a thoughtful selection of decorative accents – items that create discussion and become favorite peices as the years go by. When learning of the “modern vintage” business of Ria and Yiori Augousti, I had that same experience. Although I own not a single peice of this well-traveled couples collection, I am able to escape to that place just by examining their home goods – a perfect marriage in creativity. Exotic leathers, metals, woods, fabrics, shells, and bone materials meld together to form vases, trays, furniture, boxes, jewelry, and small objects. If you look to find a perfect wedding gift, a souvenir of your travels to Paris (Ria and Yiori’s home and flagship store location), or a special something on your trip to Barney’s, escape with R & Y Augousti.
Check out the tabletop collection available for online purchase here.
Shagreen Desk Box, $125

Shagreen Desk Box, $125

Bronze Shagreen & Agate Vase, $1,140

Bronze Shagreen & Agate Vase, $1,140

Bronze Shell & Python Vase, $295

Bronze Shell & Python Vase, $295

Bronze Mosaic Pen Shell Bowl, $495

Bronze Mosaic Pen Shell Bowl, $495

Malachite Vanity Tray, $275

Malachite Vanity Tray, $275

hagreen Feather Mosaic Box, $295

hagreen Feather Mosaic Box, $295

My favorite tray from the collection!

My favorite tray from the collection!

A Brick By Any Other Name.

Check out the new LEGO Digital Designer App for all you Lego lovers. You can build absolutely anything with virtual LEGO bricks right on your computer. Feel free to print out an inventory of bricks and take it to any LEGO Store. Who thought of this? I grew up sharing a moth-hole-ridden army bag of loose Legos with three siblings. It was a hit with friends, cousins, and the rowdy kids in the neighborhood. My parents found it the perfect way to calm and quiet the house when guests were over for coffee or dinner. Recall your childish ambitions with this cool app!

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The Lord of the Design Ring.

The design world is excited to learn of the Lord couple and their new Miami, Florida home designed by interior designer Larry Laslo.  It’s so gorgeous I’m sure it would just about make any neighbor want to pop over for some sugar or butter as much as possible. In this recipe for success, shared with us in the November issue of Metropolitan Home Magazine, Laso transforms Courtney and Karen Lord’s pre-office digs into a new urban overnight retreat. Laslo has completed an Aspen home for the couple and likes to incorporate larger then life embellishments into his designs. Leave it to Larry.

Christopher Guy Dining Room Chairs! Love to have breakfast there!

Christopher Guy Dining Room Chairs! Love to have breakfast there!

Larry Laslo and the Lord Couple in their new digs.

Larry Laslo and the Lord Couple in their new digs.

The Bisazza tile mosaic wall and Ann Sacks Suede Collection flooring.

The Bisazza tile mosaic wall and Ann Sacks Suede Collection flooring.

The Bulthaup kitchen begs to have guests and dinner parties!

The Bulthaup kitchen begs to have guests and dinner parties!

Love this Headboard! Christopher Guy bed and lamps by Hinson Lighting

Love this Headboard! Christopher Guy bed and lamps by Hinson Lighting

n the bedroom, a Niba Home cabinet reflects a vintage chair and ottoman.

n the bedroom, a Niba Home cabinet reflects a vintage chair and ottoman.

Cleaning Out The Closet.

This week, certified professional organizer Scott Roewer is featured by blogger unCutter. With cooler temps this week and the dark days of winter ahead, most of us will find ourselves spending more time indoors. If you want to banish clutter by holiday season, well get a head start on cleaning out your own closets now! Washington, DC’s very own Scott Roewer is here to show you how to do just that!

Scott takes viewers step-by-step through the uncluttering and organizing process in a series of nine short episodes. Click on the  below links to learn how to unclutter your own closets!

Part 1– Part – Part 3 – Part 4 – Part 5 – Part 6 – Part 7 – Part 8 – Part 9

Off To Bedding.

I’m working on designing a bedroom and look to keeping it tranquil with a warm presence. I have no fear of a good mix – warm and cool metals, smooth against nubby, or lacquered up against rustic. However, I like to keep my bedding simple, pretty, and of course, comfy! Always. For this project, I’m eyeing Eileen Fishers Etheral Silk Comforter. A silk habutai shell is filled with strands of lofty silk, creating a cocoon of weightless warmth. It has a lightly crinkled finish for a relaxed appearance and comes in three perfect colors – all of which would really create a perfect sleepy and soft place to relax.

Ethereal Silk Comforter, $498 | Garnet Hill

Ethereal Silk Comforter, $498 | Garnet Hill


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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