Posts Tagged 'design'

A Hedge Like No Other.

Swoon. This dotted hedge and immaculate garden belongs to the Villa Centinale in Tuscany. Reminds me of classic nailhead design treatment on the most elegant of upholstered furniture. Swoon again.

Villa Cetinale in Tuscany

Villa Cetinale in Tuscany, Photo: Vanity Fair


Rise and Shine. Welcome to Sunday morning.

calm, tinw bed, bedroom, stripe, wall, sunburst mirror, art, canopy, cream, white, camel

Hot Summer Days Require Hot Looking Hoses.

OMG. For all of you divas and fashionistas out there who actually have a lawn or potted plats to water (or a Banana Slide to get started), cast your sweltering eyes on these sexy concept watering hoses from Garden Glory.

Garden Glory hoses glamour outdoor

Taking inspiration from the iconic bags of Hermés, Chanel and Mulberry, these high quality hoses come in eye-catching colors and glamorous carrying handles made of brass chains. With names such as “Candy Crush” and “Bordeaux baby”, you could have the most sophisticated green thumb on the block.

Garden Glory hoses glamour outdoor

PS. Gotta love their tag line… Garden Glory. For glamorous People with Dirty Nails. =)


The New Kind of Parquet.

Warmer weather means bare feet and outdoor adventures. I imagine relaxed interiors with natural materials infused throughout. Now I’m staring at a beach. Ahhh… where are you summertime? In the meantime, while I wait to wear my British tan leather sandals I picked up  in St. Tropez, I’ll be specifying the new Laguna Parquet collection at Patterson Flynn and Martin, a collection of  100% abaca fiver rugs that mimic the look of classic parquet flooring.

Laguna Integration in Natural

Laguna Integration in Natural

Laguna Octagon in Natural/Black

Laguna Octagon in Natural/Black

Classic French parquetry, introduced in 1684, involved using a geometric mosaic of wood pieces for complete decorative effect. The designs in the Laguna Parquet collection are similarly geometric and abstract but classic in an area rug style. Hand woven with careful attention to detail, the finished product is a thick abaca rug with pattern that can not be replicated in machine-made rugs.

Grand Parquet – Natural

Grand Parquet in Natural

MPS Preston – Natural

MPS Preston in Natural

Coiled and hand-woven abaca fibers are some of the strongest natural fibers available on the market. It’s indigenous to the Philippines and is related to the banana tree (did you know that a banana tree is actually a herb, and not a tree?). So there’s no doubt that these beautiful floor coverings will deliver years of comfort and visual beauty for your urban city home or ocean front retreat.

Laguna Integration – Natural

Laguna Integration in Natural

Vote DC Design Coop top Home Design Blog!

Apartment Therapy has a very long list of nominees for best home design blog  – adorably called The Homies 2012. I JUST found out about this today – AND it’s the LAST day to vote. Go figure. Busy gal over here. =) I know it’s last minute,and we were just nominated today- but I would be thrilled to not be hanging towards the bottom of that lloonngg list of blogs. I know quite a few of them myself and have a hard time deciding on a favorite. But if you care too – feel free to vote for ME!

Click here to Vote for DC Design Coop {scroll down to find me!}

The Homies 2012 Best Home Design Blog Awards

Thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of my bloggin’ heart!


Breakfast, Bold Hues and Books with Martyn Lawrence-Bullard.

Not often do I spend early Tuesday mornings having coffee with celebrity interior designers. In fact, not ever? The ABA Agency and Washington Design Center graciously invited DC Design Coop to join them over breakfast at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel alongside adorable Martyn Lawrence Bullard {of “Million Dollar Decorators”}, Schumacher & Co textile executives and a handful of local magazine editors and fellow Washington DC bloggers. And let me tell you, it was “deelliicciioouuss”.

Megan Blake and Martyn Lawrence Bullard interior decorator

{Blurry} Shot of Martyn and I after breakfast! 

A fan of the hit Bravo show, I knew meeting the fabulous 44-year old interior decorator was going to be a fantastic treat. After all, he is well-traveled, uber-talented {Cher, Elton John and Kid Rock are on his client roster}, and successful with his own line of furnishings, textiles and even candles to name a few. Top that off with a handsome face to boot! At 123 year family-owned old textile house Schumacher & Co., Martyn teamed up with Creative Director, Susan North {who he sweetly coined the “Empress of fabric”} to produce a gorgeous collection of chevrons, ikats, strie silks, stripes and paisleys.

Adras Ikat Print in Carava

One of my favorites: Adras Ikat print in Caravan.

Sinhala Linen Print in Bittersweet

Inspired by The Tree of Life: Sinhala Linen Print in Bittersweet

Darya Ikat in Caravan

One of Martyn’s favorite patterns: Darya Ikat Print in Caravan

Maharajah Silk Velvet in Verde

Luxury at your fingertips: Maharajah Silk Velvet in Verde.

During a post-breakfast panel chat moderated by DC Modern Luxury Editor in Chief Karen Sommer Shalett, Martyn and Liz wowed a room with their insight into textiles and their around-the-world journeys to locate artisan weavers and luxurious materials for the collection. It was important to reflect a unique perspective and specific style for the embroideries and weaves that were inspired by historical patterns and Martyn’s personal souvenirs from exotic countries.

Schumacher, MLB, and DC Magazine

{another somewhat blurry shot} The Fab Four panel at WDC.

Through his charming nature and witty commentary, Martyn told us of the interesting people he met along the way and how he became one of the worlds best interior designers {did you know he’s one of Elle Decors top 25?}. I learned that mixing and not exactly matching colors in a room makes for a more beautiful palette. And that there is soul in good fabric – so may artisans put their time and heart onto making these wonderful textiles. Martyn also enthusiactically shared with us details of his new book, Live, Love & Decorate and signed copies for guests at  WDC’s Schumacher showroom {check out my signed copy below! Eek! Kisses to you too!}.

Live Love & Decorate by Martyn Lawrence Bullard

And that, ladies and gentleman, was how I spent my Tuesday morning and afternoon. Wonder what Wednesday has in store for me?

Stay tuned for more successful endeavors from the talented MLB brand. And look out in January 2013 for his fellow “Million Dollar Decorato” star, vivacious Mary McDonald to launch her fabric collaboration with Schumacher!

Unique Marbled Wood Flooring.

I am in LOVE with these beautiful floors!

marbled hard wood flooring color

Creative award-winning wood design shop Snedker Studio is the brainchild behind them. They repurpose hard wood flooring with the old {but almost-a-secret} marbling technique, giving this wood an organic, eye-catching, colorful and vibrant pattern. I could see this flooring in an office, home, or retail space.

marbled hard wood flooring color

The mastered art technique originated back in the 15th century, where marbling was initially born to sheets of  paper – known as ebru, or the art of the clouds. Pastel, abstract and sometime muted, marbled paper was reserved for religious writings and royalty. The 17th Century Louis XIII created a similar paper called  a cuve, so-named for the basin in which the paper was dipped to obtain its heavenly hues.

marbled palette of colored wood

Today, original paper marbling continues at the Giului Giannini artisan workshop in Florence Italy where the craft has been produced since 1856.

the same technique applied to a piece of paper to make wall art

 Wood flooring marbling continues to stir up excitement and interest at the Snedker Studios {they came home this year with a Design Award from Wallpaper Magazine. Woot woot!}.

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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