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.
Archive for April, 2010
Tags: chairs, daybeds, furniture, Kettal, outdoor, Patricia Urquiola
Tags: design, designer, furnishings, lighting, OffTheFloorNow, seating, tables, wallpaper
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!
Tags: Chevy Chase, Children's National Medical Center, DC Design ShowHouse, interiors
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)
All photography is by Gordon Beall for the DC Design Show House.
Tags: design, garage, home, renovation, Seattle
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!!
Tags: accessories, Arteriors, design, furniture, home, Laura Kirar, lighting
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.
Tags: bamboo, Core, tray
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).
Tags: lacquer, nickel, side table, stud, Worlds Away
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.