Archive for September, 2010

Au Revoir until October!

I am signing off for the next ten days. I’ve got a lovely vacation planned with my sweetheart for the South of France, the Cote d’Azur to be specific and bits of Southern Provence!  It’s a hard decision, but I’m leaving my technology behind to rest up for my return (and the hundreds of photos I’m going to be snapping and sharing with the world!). I am so looking forward to this trip and am in the midst of some last minute packing. So, although DCDesignCoop will fall silent for less then two weeks, keep me in your daily Must Read List because I am going to be back on with LOTS of inspiration! Hugs, Kisses, and bon French Fries!

Timeless Cali-appeal.

Something about this California home is so inviting, so no-nonsense, and so timeless. Take away all of the trends, take away all of the glitz, remove abstract art and materials and this is what you have. A laid-back, serene, calm, California charm of a home.

I'm sometimes a neutral girl so this simple living room appeals to my senses!

I'm sometimes a neutral girl so this simple living room appeals to my senses!

I like the simplicity of this couch - begs to be sprawled out on with a good book!

I like the simplicity of this couch - begs to be sprawled out on with a good book!

The leather chairs add a hint of black, smooth texture, and a lived in look to the bright dining room

The leather chairs add a hint of black, smooth texture, and a lived in look to the bright dining room

Simple chairs and symmetrical seating is flanked by a moody oil painting.

Simple chairs and symmetrical seating is flanked by a moody oil painting.

I would sit in that chair all of the time while I watch my honey cook for me (ha! Thanks babe!))

I would sit in that chair all of the time while I watch my honey cook for me (ha! Thanks babe!))

OPen kitchen cabinets are so pretty - but keep the possessions neatly displayed!

OPen kitchen cabinets are so pretty - but keep the possessions neatly displayed!

The teddy bears oon this children's bed and the deep yellow drapery reminds me of an oil painting.

The teddy bears oon this children's bed and the deep yellow drapery is so dreamy and so so happy.

Crisp white bedding, layered floor coverings, and an artistic chair breathe fresh air from the stained wood french doors.

Crisp white bedding, layered floor coverings, and an artistic chair breathe fresh air from the stained wood french doors.

I'm obsessed with all outdoor spaces. Open air relaxation can calm any rough day and this outdoor spot is as tranquil as it gets!

I'm obsessed with all outdoor spaces. Open air relaxation can calm any rough day and this outdoor spot is as tranquil as it gets!

We’ve Got a Book Worm at the Front Desk.

Delft University of Technology fills its buildings and spaces with design examples from great Dutch designers, like this front desk built out of books salvaged from the library after a fire struck two years ago in the school of architecture. I love the inward facing look and the coordinated tiers of graduating colors. spines. Great and recyclable overall idea. Wonder if there in exists all of our tossed out hard cover encyclopedias? Now, where did my signed copy of Mark Twain disappear to? Hmmm.

Happy Autumn!

Check out the Fall Inspection Guide by This Old House for your homeowners good at keeping that checklist checked off!

Wish List: Faux Fur Jacket.

I’m scavenging the web for the perfect fall/winter accessory – the faux fur jacket. And yes, it’s a total accessory. Sure, it won’t keep me as warm as the natural insulators of a down or wool coat, but for late party nights out on the town and sometimes used as a cover up with a dress (besides the Pashmina when I can run from car to hotel etc), the faux fur jacket is a no-brainer. Leaning toward the Victoria Secret Faux Fur Jacket for practicality reasons… what do you think?

Faux Fur Jacket, $149 | Victoria Secret

Faux Fur Jacket, $149 | Victoria Secret

Christina Fur Jacket, $148 | Fossil.com

Christina Fur Jacket, $148 | Fossil.com

Juicy Couture Tipped Faux Fur Hooded Jacket, $358 | Revolve Clothing

Juicy Couture Tipped Faux Fur Hooded Jacket, $358 | Revolve Clothing

MinkPink Faux Fur Jacket, $107 | Revolve Clothing

MinkPink Faux Fur Jacket, $107 | Revolve Clothing

Alice + Olivia Metallic Faux Fur Jacket, $396, Bergdorf Goodman

Alice + Olivia Metallic Faux Fur Jacket, $396, Bergdorf Goodman

A Designer Energy Saving Bulb.

The Plumen is coming to the US hopefully soon! The Plumen bulb is a visually interesting bulb that uses 80% less energy and lasts 8 times longer than incandescent bulbs while providing a decent looking and somewhat sculptural bulb instead of the ugly ones stocked at Home Depot and Lowe’s.

Plume energy efficient bulb in a cafe environment.

It’s almost hypnotizing and definitely not boring.

The artistic shape of an energy efficient bulb.

The name Plumen comes from ‘plume’  which is the bird’s decorative feather.

This bulb was designed to attract attention, not be hidden under a drum shade or outdoor fixture. If you are in the UK, you can pre-order yours here – they are planned to ship on October 5th!

A Picture Perfect Picnic.

Here comes Autumn! The temperatures are starting to drop. This is about the time of year when I like to tailgate, head to the hills, take long hikes, visit Virginia wineries, and picnic in park. Years ago, my Aunt Joyce gave me a 4-person picnic backpack filled with the essentials (see first image below) – four wine glasses, a thermal wine caddy, wool blanket, plate settings, salt and pepper shakers, corkscrew, cheese knife, cheese board, and cutlery. It’s awesome. Such a wonderful gift. And I use it as much as possible. Here are some top picks I think would make an outdoor gathering, hike in the woods, or romantic escape for two that much more enjoyable this Fall and for years and years to come!

An entire picnic at your fingertips... or shoulders with this awesome backpack. I swear by it!

An entire picnic at your fingertips... or shoulders with this awesome backpack. For a trek through the woods to the perfect spot, I swear by it!, $83 | PicnicWorld.com

An handy dandy wooden folding picnic table that seats four!

A handy dandy wooden folding picnic table that seats four!, $129 | Bellacor

This classic caramel rattan picnic basket for four is reminiscent of the old world

This classic caramel rattan picnic basket for four is reminiscent of the old world and will become a quick go to favorite!, $192 | Picnic Essentials.com

A must for the ardent wine connoisseur, this bag regally transports two bottles in well-padded splendor

A must for the ardent wine connoisseur, this bag regally transports two bottles in well-padded splendor., $59 | PicnicWorld.com

Never leave home without an adorable and durable picnic blanket to eat, sleep and get cuddly upon., $34 | Blue Hampton Picnics

Never leave home without an adorable, waterproof and durable picnic blanket to eat, sleep and get cuddly upon. I love the Buffalo Plaid of this one., $34 | Blue Hampton Picnics

Send your shuttlecock to the opponent with this handsome Badminton game - you know you loved it as a kid. Keep on lovin it!

Send your shuttlecock to the opponent with this handsome Badminton game - you know you loved it as a kid. Keep on lovin it!, $245 | Moss Outdoors

You're the best tailgator with the folding and portable charcoal BBQ X-Grill that boats a slim line design and great taste!

You're the best tailgate with the folding and portable charcoal BBQ X-Grill that boats a slim line design and great taste!, $45 | Sears.com

A waterproof iPad case for those that just can't seem to get away from technology in the park!

A waterproof iPad case for those that just can't seem to get away from technology in the park!, $20 | Amaon.com

Watch the wilderness go by in the park or the teams first touchdown with Nikon's sleek binoculars. Comes with a "No-Fault" lifetime warranty!

Watch the wilderness go by in the park or the teams first touchdown with Nikon's sleek binoculars. Comes with a "No-Fault" lifetime warranty! $124 | B&H Photo


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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