Archive for April, 2010

The Kettal is Hot!

Thank the heavens for expanding outdoor collections in furnishings and accessories. It’s about time the retailers out there realized the market for outdoor living is on fire. I’ve worked in advertising, architecture, landscape design, and interior design, and see a channel of clients from each sector who could use good outdoor design when it comes to “living”. Anything that sits outdoors has to be able to withstand the forces of mother nature and has to look GOOD. So when I came across the fine furnishing collections from Kettal, I added these to my “client ideas” list. Founded in 1964, Kettal has sustained an increasing following of customers in over 60 countries. Their shops in paris, Barcelona, and Madrid are overflowing with top of the line products. Spanish architect and designer, Patricia Urquiola, has a new line at Kettal that would be perfect in the tiny urban landscapes and rooftops of Washington, DC.

I love this chair from the Maia collection designed by Patricia Urquiola.

I love this chair from the Maia collection designed by Patricia Urquiola.

The Maia Collection combines high-tech fibre and a narrow aluminium frame in a light and modern style.

The Maia Collection combines high-tech fibre and a narrow aluminium frame in a light and modern style.

Pieces define their own space and transmit energy with their shapes.

Pieces define their own space and transmit energy with their shapes.

Collections can be personalized with a choice of paint, fabric and glass.

Collections can be personalized with a choice of paint, fabric and glass.

This Kettal collection of aluminum furniture and pergolas is painted with polyester powder.

This Kettal collection of aluminum furniture and pergolas is painted with polyester powder.

Daybed structures and aluminum pergolas that can be personalized and configured with blinds, net curtains, panels and ceilings.

Daybed structures and aluminum pergolas that can be personalized and configured with blinds, net curtains, panels and ceilings.

Off The Floor Now Dot Com.

This just in… an online furnishings site now makes it possible for designers to get the same pieces they find on showroom floors through OffTheFloorNow.com. This online members-only showroom brings the designer or consumer a direct purchase of high-end residential furnishing models and discontinued textiles. They will also donate 5% of each purchase to a charitable organization. Get ready for some steep discounts off limited stock from designers and manufactures like Nancy Corzine, Rose Cumming, Gerard, Dessin Fournier and Classic Cloth. Besides, everybody could use a new lamp, wallpaper, center hall table, or accent pillow. Am I Right? =) Get shopping!

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DC Design House Opens Doors.

I have yet to attend this years DC Design House, hosted at “Wirelawn” in Chevy Chase, Maryland, but my good friend Carole who lives on Tunlaw Street in Washington, DC is raving about it! Today’s grand brick country house was built in 1905 for Mr. and Mrs. Worthington Ford as a small stucco home on land purchased from the Chevy Chase Land Company. Since that time, the mansion was given the name of “Wirelawn”, played host the 1974 NSO Showhouse, and now welcomes twenty-two amazing local interior designers, decorators, and landscape designers as the host site of the 2010 DC Design House to benefit Children’s National Medical Center. The designs work beautifully with the architecture and the sheer scale of this southern Maryland retreat. I would love to have a shot at one of those rooms next year! =0)

Entry by Cynthia Ferranto Landscape Design.

Entry by Cynthia Ferranto Landscape Design.

Library by Victoria Sanchez Interiors.

Library by Victoria Sanchez Interiors.

Living Room by Frank Babb Randolph.

Living Room by Frank Babb Randolph.

Reception Room by Nestor Santa-Cruz.

Reception Room by Nestor Santa-Cruz.

Dining Room by Basha White Interiors

Dining Room by Basha White Interiors

Sun Room by Sarah Wessel Design

Sun Room by Sarah Wessel Design

Dressing Room by Celia Welch.

Dressing Room by Celia Welch.

Guest Bedroom by Michael Hampton Design.

Guest Bedroom by Michael Hampton Design.

Artists Studio by Tracy Morris Design.

Artists Studio by Tracy Morris Design.

Conservatory Terrace by Andrew Law Interior Design.

Conservatory Terrace by Andrew Law Interior Design.

All photography is by Gordon Beall for the DC Design Show House.

Parked in Permanent Residence.

I like this story of Michele de la Vega much due to her visual determination in designing and moving on through her downturns as well as her creative endeavors and skill. Her 250-square foot house was a garage before it became her permanent dwelling. Loosing the family home in her high school years and then a marriage later on, Michele took her monies from a divorce settlement and moved onwards and upwards through downturns. She survived by buying a home in Seattle, renting out the main house for income and moving in to the original garage. After nine-months of renovation work on this small structure, attending welding school to learn how to build furniture, and salvaging fixtures from local scrap yards, Michele took up permanent residence in the tiny and minimalist garage. Now remarried and living in the larger house, she shares her happy endings with the New York Times. Right on Michele! Keep up the good work and congratulations on new beginnings!!

Michele de la Vega outside her small garage home.

Michele de la Vega outside her small garage home.

The house is furnished with pieces she found in industrial salvage yards, including old lockers from a United Airlines maintenance building.

The house is furnished with pieces she found in industrial salvage yards, including old lockers from a United Airlines maintenance building.

Shadow-boxes hold paper pillows emblazoned with architectural drawings made by her late father.

Shadow-boxes hold paper pillows emblazoned with architectural drawings made by her late father.

Industrial latches function as towel hooks.

Industrial latches function as towel hooks.

industrial sink, ceiling lamp and wooden wine crates are all salvaged items

The industrial sink, ceiling lamp and wooden wine crates are all salvaged items.

A pair of artful metallic objects that she welded in an industrial tent in her driveway.

A pair of artful metallic objects that Michele welded in an industrial tent in her driveway are on display as sculpture.

A reclaimed ship's ladder leads up to her sleeping loft.

A reclaimed ship's ladder leads up to her sleeping loft.

She herself designed and welded the red metal locker and recessed metal shelf above the sink.

Michelle independently designed and welded the red metal locker and recessed metal shelf above the sink.

Laura Kirar Lights Up.

She is at it again. Famed designer Laura Kirar has just released a collection of lighting and accessories for Arteriors Home. Her signature pieces are inspired by nature and objects from her own personal collection using patinated metal finishes, hand carved woods, glazed ceramics, mica and art glass as mediums in her work. A true testament to her favored designs, Laura has collaborated with companies like Tufenkian Carpets, Boyd Lighting, Carnegie Fabrics, Baker, Ann Sacks, Kallista, and McGuire. She’s an artist on fire in the interiors and home products world. Let her light the way.

Caviar Large Brown Nickel/Smoke Glass Pendant

Caviar Large Brown Nickel/Smoke Glass Pendant

Caviar Cluster Polished Nickel/Clear Glass

Caviar Cluster Polished Nickel/Clear Glass

Modernist II Antique Brass Floor Lamp

Modernist II Antique Brass Floor Lamp

Waterfall Large Polished Nickel Lamp

Waterfall Large Polished Nickel Lamp

Braided Petals Rectangle Wood Mirror

Braided Petals Rectangle Wood Mirror

Raindrop Silver Square Panel

Raindrop Silver Square Panel

Raindrop Brass Large Rectangle Panel

Raindrop Brass Large Rectangle Panel

Waterfall Small Polished Nickel Taper Holder

Waterfall Small Polished Nickel Taper Holder

Corsage Floor Lamp

Corsage Floor Lamp

Core of the Earth.

Happy Earth Day! Celebrate Earth Day tonight on the patio and carry your bubbly to the party with these beautiful bamboo trays from Core Bamboo. Available in six colors, Banana, Mandarin, Poppy, Petunia, Violet, and sky, the large trays add a modern twist to a classic design. Bamboo is one of the most remarkable resources on Earth. It’s stronger than some hardwoods, naturally anti-microbial, and can grow up to 70 feet tall in just four years. The sky is the limit with the many modern uses of this awesome grass (yep, not a tree).

Eternal Stud.

Perfect proportions, a lacquered marshmallow finish, and an eternity band of nickel-plated studs make this handsome side table a multipurpose place for things to perch. Rest a lamp on it next to the bed, add your favorite mixers, small rolling casters, and make it a pull up bar, or bookend your charcoal mohair sofa. It’s ‘World’s Away‘ from others of its kind.

Twist of Ash.

Aside from an atmosphere full of Icelandic soot, the coolest thing right now involving the word ‘ash’ is the light fixture by Tom Raffield. His Pendant No.1 is available in three wood varieties and three sizes. Choose Walnut, Ash or Oak for an entry way, spiral staircase, or hang over a low profile living room sofa. Each fixture is made up of over 200 feet of steam-bent English ash coiled around itself resulting in a beautiful illuminated sculpture. It’s safe to look up without getting ash in your eyes.

Contain Yourself.

It’s growing time. The local plant nurseries are being rummaged by DIY gardeners getting their green thumb on fresh flowers and pretty planters. Container gardens are simple ways to plant your favorite flower, herb, shrub or vine without committing to a larger landscape project. And if you’re like me and have a teeny parcel of land to dress up, a few flushing mini gardens set in planters is the way to go. Sunset Magazine shares with us some beautiful ideas. Now get growing!

Bringing the beach to your balcony.

Bringing the beach to your balcony with sand, driftwood, and slow-growing plants.

Bronze colors in perennial azalea, fern plants and shrubs.

Bronze colors glow in perennial azalea, fern plants and shrubs.

An mini landscape for an urban dwelling towers with azalea, ivy, and a small maple tree.

A mini landscape for an urban dwelling towers with azalea, ivy, and a small maple tree.

Be edgy and green with a pot made from a an old light fixture.

Be edgy and green with a pot made from a an old light fixture.

Bring Spring to your steps with layers of small greens tinged with white and yellow flowers.

Bring Spring to your steps with layers of small greens tinged with white and yellow flowers.

Take it to the wall with a vertical textural garden of colorful succulents.

Take it to the wall with a vertical textural garden of colorful succulents.

Make a big entrance with a row of big contemporary pots filled with sedums, cottoneasters, and junipers.

Make a big entrance with a row of 24"round contemporary pots filled with sedums, Cotoneaster, and junipers.

Keep it light and white with ceramic planters and bold sculptural plants like agaves, ferns, and other simple specimens.

Keep it light and white with ceramic planters and bold sculptural plants like agaves, ferns, and other simple specimens.

I love lavender and this dwarf variety is a perfect pairing for a series of small pot.

I love lavender and this dwarf variety is a perfect pairing for a series of small pot.

Dinner is ready with a simple two-tiered herb garden tumbling with chives, rosemary, thyme

Dinner is ready with a simple two-tiered herb garden tumbling with chives, rosemary, thyme.

Drought tolerant plants like the Echeveria and New Zealand flax are perfectly potted in a dry warm weather climate.

Drought tolerant plants like the Echeveria and New Zealand flax are perfectly potted in a dry warm weather climate.

Free Guides from Lonely Plant.

Hurry up! Lonely Planet is offering iPhone users up to 13 free guides until Thursday, April 22nd as a response for travelers stuck in Europe waiting for the ashes to dissipate. Click here to access cities guides for London, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Stockholm and more!


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

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