Archive for November, 2010



Eco-Luxury on the Wrist.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And in the case of this wooden wrist watch at WeWood, it’s the most hypoallergenic and toxic free kind. I have a lovely Rolex that I received a decade ago from a family friend, and I adore it to bits. However, I think I could give it a couple of days off and flaunt my and inner green with this look-a-like 100% wood version. Is the Swiss tree a better buy? And in WeWood’s own words… this might be the sincerest form of sophisticated sustainability. Eco-luxury at it’s finest.

WeWood Date Watch, $119 | WeWood.com

WeWood Date Watch, $119 | WeWood.com

Encyclopedia of the Exquisite.

I saw this one on Daily Candy and then clicked through to it’s listing at Amazon.com. I love the paper cover. The details are beautiful as if it’s been aging beautifully on that dusty shelf for years! Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An anecdotal history of elegant delights! Looking at comments and feedback, this page turner seems as if it was written for all of us at all times in our lives. And at just $15, this would make a great gift the host or hostess of that next holiday shindig!

Flour-less Foodie Alert: Chocolate Cake!

Once Autumn hits the calendar year, its’ all downhill for me regarding healthful eating — a little Halloween candy here, heaping doses of mashed potatoes and gravy there, and loads of assorted Christmas cookies. Top it all off with numerous glasses of New Years bubbly and I’m tipping the scales at least 5 pounds heavier than summertime. Ugh! I need a guilt-free indulgence to break up the caloric choo choo train. Thank you Real Simple for this Flour-less Chocolate Cake recipe. Still not the most low-cal option, but it looks decadent and at least seems like its not sooooo bbaaaaadd for you. Riigghhtt?

Suzanne’s Off-White Office Space.

It’s been almost one year since Atlanta Homes magazine featured the pretty, light, bright, and airy offices of Atlanta-based designer Suzanne Kasler. OMG! OMG! OMG! I’m totally on a creamy white kick right now and find that spaces like this boost all kids of levels {think morale, excitement, productivity, and yes, even success}. They also make great backdrops for all of the colorful projects we as designers have spread across our tables and even chairs {oy vey}. Someday, I will have my own off-site office space and a boomin’ business. But at this moment in time, this is exactly kind in mind. Just look at those woven bins for samples nestled neatly on the shelves! Every designer’s dream come true.

suzanne Kassler office space

suzanne Kassler office space

suzanne Kassler office space

suzanne Kassler office space

suzanne Kassler office space

My Flow Chart with Heart.

Where did I find this? My computers desktop is always jam packed with client folders, saved files, images pulled from the world wide web of whatever impresses me, photoshop files on hold, and miscellany. Lately, I’ve been on a creative kick finding ways to further improve my creative processes in all of my daily tasks and projects. And this simple creative flowchart must have been one of those ‘impress me” images from someone who I apologize I can not recall enough to credit. Grrr {sorry whoever made this!}. But it’s one to live by. To the wall!

proposed creative workflow

Home Design and Couture for the Horsey Set.

The equestrian trend is quite prominent this fall, just has it has been on the scene before. Having once worked for an equestrian architect, I had the chance to rub shoulders with all types of riders, horse owners, and barn staff and see their homes and stately barns first hand. I tell you there does exists a fashion sense in the threads of the equestrian community and equestrian and writer Vicky Moon beautifully exemplifies that notion of this lifestyle in her book “Equestrian Style“. She captures the luxurious way of life with an unprecedented peek into the equestrian theme that flows through dozens of stunning residences.

Equestrian Style: Home Design, Couture, and Collections from the Eclectic to the Elegant

Equestrian Style: Home Design, Couture, and Collections from the Eclectic to the Elegant

I had had the pleasure of working with Vicky Moon in the past and do own her other must-read books. I may not have any Jodhpurs in my wardrobe, but I sure have enough tall leather boots to select from for my next day at the races. Add a nice set of Derby glasses, and three-horse head bronze keys from France, and my equestrian decor is headed out of the gate!

Kitchen Floor Envy.

These kitchen floors started a redesign revolution. Blogger CoCoCozy has some insight into other DIY’rs who fell in love with architect Tom Newman composite tile floor design for his Hancock Park home gourmet kitchen. I love the weave pattern. Who knew a tile floor could look so cool. Look at CoCoCozy’s post to see their readers attempts to kindly copy his look! What’s the wait? Get out there and replicate!

Tom Newman's Gourmet Kitchen
Tom Newman’s Gourmet Kitchen

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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