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Archive for July, 2010
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Tags: Anthropologie, brushstroke, color, design, paint
Shopping at Anthropologie can be a cultural rite in its own way. The buyers at this store deserve a pay raise! The seasonal fashions and home furnishings and accessories that are selected never bore – and this summers selection (going fast!) is like painting again without all of the mess! (BTW, I do plan to start painting with acrylics again this Fall). You never know who’s the next Van Gogh.
Tags: chaise, cork, furniture, seating, stool
Cork is a material best known for preservation of many things, from an open bottle of wine to protecting out feet with comfortable flooring in heavy traffic areas. Love it or hate it, corks sustainable uses are growing like… cork. At 3Rings.com, a designer named Daniel Michalik is noted for his beautiful and organic furnishings created from reclaimed waste material from the bottle topper industry.
I’ve got my eyes on his spacious Cortiça chaise ( 72” x 20” x 26”), which balances itself to support human weight while remaining pliable to allow for rocking and relaxing.
The Sway stool leans slightly with the natural movement of your body. Also make a perfect balancing seat to keep that core engaged at the office.
I love the idea of repurposing and with my love of wine from all over the world, I surely would be able to contribute enough corks for one of those stools. Or make it two… so I have someone to sit with. =0)
Tags: Ansel Adam, art, photography, yard sale
Get this. Top story on CNN.com today… Rick Norsigian of Fresno, California, an avid picker, bought two small boxes of slides ten years ago at a yard sale for $45 and just got word from a Beverly Hills art appraiser that the 65 glass negatives he owns were created by famed nature photographer Ansel Adams in the early years of his career and are estimated to be worth $200 million. Are you kidding?? What such luck! The photographs are to believed to have been taken between 1919 and the early 1930s, well before Adams became nationally recognized. I love to find a good bargain from flea markets and retail sales – however I tend to overlook yard sales (although I have scored some neat finds in the past). Time to start picking a little harder.
Tags: French, furniture, London, Sweetpea & Willow
Looking through a website on installing water features in outdoor gardens, I was distracted by a banner ad for fine reproduction French furniture (and I typically never ever click on side bar ads!). Sweetpea & Willow of London offers an online retail store (plus international shipping from the UK) for quality, reproduction classic French furniture at unbelievably low prices. Now, I’m not a shabby chic kind of gal. I prefer more clean, comfortable and eclectic spaces, however, I find the designs showcased at this online store somehow deceptively familiar, pretty, a bit more grown up, and shall we say tres magnifique! Here I go on my France kick again. Whether gorgeous or too garish, I have bookmarked this site for future reference and possibly some minor shopping. Here’s what I would put into my shopping cart today.
Tags: art, ceiling, lamp, light, pendant, sculpture
This October, lovers of color, fans of shapes, and diehards for puzzles, can get their hands on the Bau Pendant from Normann-Copenhagen. It’s pretty cool. Designed by Vibeke Fonnesberg, this sculptural hanging lamp is a design study in color, composition, and geometry. The design is based on geometric circles that interlock to create a living and organic expression. Made entirely of birch wood, it arrives packed down with an instruction manual for putting together a hanging piece of impressive and functional art. Looks like something destined for the Museum of Modern Art in NYC of Hirshorn in DC!
Tags: fabric, indoor, outdoor, Schumaker, Trina Turk
It’s fast approaching late July and although trends and fashions for fall are creeping into to our consumer channels, I’m happily still immersed in the sunny days of summer. One of my projects has included looking for outdoor fabrics for a close client of mine. When I again stumbled upon Trina Turk’s line of exotic and juicy outdoor fabrics for a collaboration with Schumacher & Co., I was reminded of the good ol’ days of Popsicle’s, pale blue bicycles, lazing in the grass and building sand castles on the beach. Or a vacation in Turks & Caicos. =0) What kind of memories do these beautiful patterns and colors bring you?