Archive for February, 2010



Sub Culture + Art = G40: The Summit.

Coming to Arlington, Virgnia in March is the G40: The Summit, a dynamic contemporary art exhibition featuring curated works from from over 500 artists around the world.  Typically unheard of in this sweet ‘upburb’ of Washington DC, G-40: The Summit will be a culmination of ideas and processes, brought together and highlighted by region and style, creating, for the first time, a full cross examination of the New Brow genre. Over 75,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space with 4 floors of art will represent different centers of the New Brow movement: The DC, New York, and California metro areas. Moving through the exhibition space, visitors will be able to connect the dots of how the different sub-cultures and environs affect the art.

Art Whino

Brought to us by Art Whino, a DC based art gallery whose mission is to bring together the freshest and rawest talent from around the world, this art event begins March 3rd and runs for the entire month. Go see it for yourself at 223 23rd St. Arlington, VA 22202.

Featured Artists: Caia Koopman

Featured Artist: Caia Koopman

Featured Artist: Casey Weldon

Featured Artist: Casey Weldon

Featured Artist: Kelly Vivanco

Featured Artist: Kelly Vivanco

Featured Artist: Angry Woebots

Featured Artist: Angry Woebots

Featured Artist: Reuben Rude

Featured Artist: Reuben Rude

Jacuzzi Jewelry.

After thousands of showers and baths, this is one home design element I would have never thought of. These Designer Drains are interesting to look at when watching your hair and soap scraps float hurriedly counter clockwise to the end of the spa tub or shower. Oops…gone. But look at that fancy drain cap!

Wall Decor En Plein Air.

The grass is finally coming up for air! I can see green! Snow has been melting all day under our sunny blue sky here in Washington DC and looks like Spring might eventually show its face after all. I am so eager for the days when I can dress up my small urban concrete patio. Last weekend I strolled through Ikea and found that their outdoor products will debut in stores around the first week of March. The mammoth retail warehouse is one of my go-to’s come April for an interesting and stylish selection of outdoor garden and patio furniture and decor. So too will be Susan Bradley. Her laser cut metal Outdoor Wallpaper is an award-winning metal product that reinterprets a domestic item for outdoor spaces. It adds a casual elegance as a decorative feature, a plant trellis, or as a screen from for privacy.

Damask Wallpaper by Susan Bradley

Damask Wallpaper by Susan Bradley

Japonais Wallpaper

Japonais Wallpaper

Grand Wallpaper

Grand Wallpaper

Vine Wallpaper

Vine Wallpaper

Chelsea Wallpaper

Chelsea Wallpaper

Deep vs. Shallow Pockets.

It’s been a while since I did a blog post on high versus low – two home decor items with the same look and feel but totally different price. This time around, I found a table that works in a multitude of stylish settings. Perfect as an end table,  pull up liquor bar, breakfast server, or small entry console, any of the following two decorative white folding tray tables with mirrored tray tops and fancy fretwork will deliver many years of multipurpose use!

Go for this one if you have shallow pockets or tend to change up your interior design every now and then. The Country Living Antique Finish Wood Tray Side Table from Kmart is only $69 and a perfect little table to brighten up any room. I already see it topped with fresh peonies come early summer (because I can afford them after purchasing this lower priced option)! The dimensions are 28″L x 15.25″D x 27″H.

Country Living Antique White Finish Wood Tray Side Table

Country Living Antique White Finish Wood Tray Side Table, $69 | Kmart

However, certain manufacturers offer really well crafted pieces that demand a higher price point. Deeper pockets might find beauty in this White Tray Table from Global Views that I found on Inside Avenue. At $835, it is slightly larger and has a thinner frame and lighter look but in the end, its almost exactly the same as the lower price version. The dimensions are 26″L x 21″D x 33.25″H.

White Tray Table, $835  | Inside Avenue

White Tray Table, $835 | Inside Avenue

It’s Raining Mad… Alleluia!

Finally someone came up with a fix to the poke-your-eye-out umbrellas we all know, own, broke, and maybe lost. You can’t control the weather and crowded streets, but you can control how much damage you do to your the guy next to you on the street corner. Blunt Umbrellas use radial tensioning systems to redirect, transfer and distribute the effort used in opening the umbrella throughout the entire canopy surface. This creates a strong, aerodynamic umbrella with no sharp points. Putting it bluntly.

Aerodynamic and Also Quite Cool Looking

Technology finally rains down innovative design!

Fat Tuesday to Washington.

Hope everyone has a fun and safe Mardi Gras. I plan to eat 70 pounds of boiled crawfish. Yeeesh. No. We may be thousands of miles away from New Orleans, but you can still celebrate tonight Mardi Gras in Washington, DC.

Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade
February 16, 2010, 8 p.m.
From N. Barton St. to N. Irving St, Arlington, VA. A local parade with floats, music, beads and fun. The event is held rain or shine.

Annual Bourbon Street Bash
February 16, 2010, 4 p.m. – midnight.
Rumors (19th & M ST NW  Dupont Metro). Featuring live music by Annapolis own “Higher Hnads-Fat Tuesday Funk” Band, playing all the latest hits plus New Orleans favorites.

Mardi Gras on King Street
February 16 – 20, 2010. The Fish Market Restaurant, 105 Kings St. Alexandria, Virginia.This 5 day Mardi Gras Celebration “New Orleans” style will boast traditional Cajun Cuisine, classic cocktails, music and entertainment for all ages.

Low Impact in High Design at DWR.

Hey DWR DC fans! Steve Glenn, the visionary founder of LivingHomes, will be at the Adams Morgan Studio on February 25th from 7-9pm to share his experiences working with leading architects while discussing the specific elements that go into a LivingHome, from its factory construction to on-site installation. His award-winning prefabricated homes combine world-class architecture with an unparalleled commitment to healthy and sustainable construction. The developer of the nation’s first LEED Platinum home, Glenn is one of the more experienced builders of environmentally conscious homes in the United States. I’ll be there. Will you?

Artisan Garden Ideas from RH.

Looks like Restoration Hardware is branching out big time into a full spectrum of outdoor landscape furnishings, accessories, and lighting, with a broader collection of exclusive handcrafted items to enhance city dwellings and countryside cottages alike. The new 2010 Restoration Hardware Garden catalog will be arriving in mailboxes on and around February 25th and will give all homeowners and designers lots more choices in outdoor decor. I know my friend’s urban landscape design biz (to be named soon) will find some perfect pairings for the unique, classic, and compact urban outdoor spaces in and around Washington DC. Pssst… more to come about that lil’ biz. He’s a fantastic designer and gardener. And we make an excellent indoor and outdoor team. =)

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Cupid (Sold) from Sarah Bain Gallery

Cupid (Sold) from Sarah Bain Gallery

Crafty Cupid.

The month of February means lots of winter snow and gift shopping for your special Valentine (or yourself!). I say stay away from cliches (that was for our high school years and the engineer on CBS’s Parks & Recreation), and aim your arrow and bow at any of these lovely surprises.

Who has the biggest heart? I’d say whoever gets this one. =) At 30 inches wide in size, wrap your arms around this!

World's Largest Inflatable Heart

World's Largest Inflatable Heart

I’m sure Paula Medoza is probably busy during the month of February. I first heard of this amazing jewelry designer through my good art consultant friend (well, though his Facebook profile really). Her jewelry designs are gorgeous and extremely original.

Amethyst Ahorcado Choker

Amethyst Ahorcado Choker

Amethyst Tiras Bracelet

Amethyst Tiras Bracelet

Satisfy a sweet tooth with chocolate prince frogs from Oregon’ Moonstruck Company. The chocolate frogs use the finest ingredients and include 24karat gold crowns!

Frog Prince Chocolates

Frog Prince Chocolates

Nurture his inner nature-loving heart with this eco-friendly wood heart card. I love the banner graphic! Tweet this!

Wooden Sweetheart Card

Wooden Sweetheart Card

You’re not the only stud this Valentine’s Day. Betsy Johnson created these gold-tone, faux pearl, and enamel-inlay stud earrings for every lady. She’ll wear them long after the roses wilt and the candles burn out. Stud.

eart Heart Heart Small Pearl Heart Stud

eart Heart Heart Small Pearl Heart Stud

Can you thank him enough for being the best Valentine ever?! I’m sure he’ll get the message wearing this with his favorite pair of jeans.

Thank You Tee

Thank You Tee

Art is priceless. This square print from Samantha Carlisle fits the bill. For under $100, its a gesture that deserves to be in loveliest of spots!

To Love You Print

To Love You Print

A well groomed man is cupids delight. This monogrammed gold ultra thin electric razor is a masculine sentiment that’s personal and sure to please. You won’t be able to take your hands off of him. And he’ll love that.

heart

Ultra Thin Razor Neiman Marcus Men
Ultra Thin Razor

Spend Valentine’s Day afternoon hand in hand with your honey while wearing these sexy red leather aviators. Guaranteed the sun shines and you”re the most kissed face on the street.

Chloé Aviator Sunglasses with Leather Trim

Chloé Aviator Sunglasses with Leather Trim

Take her heart to a far away place with orchids. This says the warmest I Love You when you’re living in the coldest place.

Red orchid and Grass Bouquet

Red orchid and Grass Bouquet


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