Posts Tagged 'wood'

Hang Your ABC’s.

Looking for kids wall art ideas today and stumbled across this laser cut wooden alphabet art. I love the letters running together to form a diminutional yet one-peice work of art. Simple. Natural. Smart.

laser cut wooden letter alphabet

laser cut wooden letter alphabet wall children nursery design interior

Love the hanging tissue puffs!

A Consortium of Collecting Creatives.

I have to say I feel a familiar vibe with this group of skilled architects who together have started an experimentation on combining light and left over wood. Past times rich in memories of washed up drift wood and crusty shells has now became a symbol of collaboration. The three natives of Texas, New York and Switzerland – alumni of firms like Albert Kahn, Richard Meier and OMA  – are coming up with their own solutions using their skills in proportion, dimensions and assorted lighting elements. Creating sculpture along with illumination The result is pFlume. Up-cycling and uplifting. Turn it on.

P Flume wood lighting sculpture

wood recycle lamp lighting sculpture

wood recycle lamp lighting sculpture

Boing Boing from Above. Spiral Lamp Shades.

Check out the spiral lamp shades at Contemporary Rustic Decor. These thin and flexible wood creations stretch in height to go from short and squat to slender and slinky. Now if I could only do that by shorts and tee shirt time.

Contemporary rustic decor spiral lamps shade

 

End Grain Furniture.

Coming this year is a line of beautiful handcrafted furniture called End Grain Furniture. Created and designed by my very own first cousin Michael Rupich (Holla!), this line is sure to be a go-to source for unique furnishings. Stay tuned!

End Grain Furniture

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

Mad for Malachite.

IfWith St. Patrick’s Day behind us and a green green spring (and environmental attitude) ahead, I’m mad for all things green. Especially the earthy but glamourous look of the mineral stone malachite. There is a great history behind this unique mineral. In Greek mythology, the throne of Demeter, goddess of grain and harvest, was fashioned from malachite and adorned with golden pigs and ears of barley (maybe she liked pork chops and beer for dinner?). Up until about 1800, Malachite was used as a mineral pigment in green paints.

Polished slab of Malachite_Zaire

A polished slice of Malachite.

And today, the rock band Green Day used malachite in the lyrics of their song 2000 Light Years Away, as a metaphor to lead singer and songwriter Billie Joe Armstrong’s green eyes. My interest however lies mostly in it’s as a lifestyle accent in jewelry and home decor pieces.

Malachite Side Table by Marjorie Sourkas

My favorite! Malachite Side Table by Marjorie Sourkas

Faux Malachite Jewelry Boxes | Global Views

Faux Malachite Jewelry Boxes | Global Views

Malachite and Diamond Midnight Pear Ring | Neiman Marcus

Malachite and Diamond Midnight Pear Ring | Neiman Marcus

Malachite Table Lamp | Crate & Barrel

Malachite Table Lamp | Crate & Barrel

Rectangular  Malachite Vivian Mirror | Made Goods

Rectangular Malachite Vivian Mirror | Made Goods

Vintage Faux Malachite Table from Drexel Heritage

Vintage Faux Malachite Table from Drexel Heritage, $900 | Austin Modern

1950's Sterling Silver and Malachite Tray | 1stDibs

1950's Sterling Silver and Malachite Tray | 1stDibs

Panama Diary in Malachite Leather with Wood Closure | Smythson

Panama Diary in Malachite Leather with Wood Closure | Smythson

Art Deco Malachite Vase | Washington DC Craigslist

1930's Art Deco 10"H Malachite Vase | Washington DC Craigslist

If it’s green walls that you’re most excited about, try your hand at a faux malachite wall paint treatment with this example from Apartment Therapy.

How about a faux malachite paint treatment?

How about a faux malachite paint treatment?

Sliding Storage.

Real Simple brings us this wall storage arrangement from designer Karen Schuesller. A simple wooden board is fixed on the wall and supports a number of assorted finish wooden boxes. These storage and display boxes slide freely, and can be easily removed. They are perfect against a white wall as backdrop to appear almost gallery-like.

Storage boxes on wall

storage boxes on wall

Reclaimed a New Household Name.

Hooray! Green home products have finally established a permanent foothold in the home furnishings and accessories market. Wood reclaimed furniture, which has been around for years, is gaining mass appeal. From deconstructed buildings, such as barns, this salvaged wood is typically more interesting then new wood and attractive to home owners wanting that lived-in look so often not found in new development. I lived in an adorable 1940’s Cape Cod with two inch oak flooring that had taken a beating or two and loved it. When compared to my friends and families new homes’ shiny and soft flooring, there is no competition. Hands down, I stick with the old stuff. Varian Designs and Old Wood Co. are two of my favorite manufacturers of reclaimed furnishings. Salvaged, vintage, weather beaten, or water logged wood might be a wise investment if you look to lessen your carbon footprint and yearn to have something already previously owned or recreated from manufactured or handmade works from the past.

vintage fir modern dresser viva terra

Modern vintage fir dresser | Viva Terra

Reclaimed fleur de lis table or bench from TrueConnection on Etsy

Reclaimed fleur de lis table or bench | Etsy

Solid Recycled Wood Toy Blocks Christopher H etsy

Solid Recycled Wood Toy Blocks | Christopher H

vintage reclaimed in patchwork pattern

Vintage reclaimed Wilcox collection in patchwork pattern | Urban Woods

Old Wood Co. Butch oak iron buff table

Butch oak iron buff cocktail table | Old Wood Co.

Antique farm implements this chair

Antique farm implements as materials for this chair | Groovystuff

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Write On.

I came across a product press release for some new items just released from the Ceccotti Collection of Italy. Jaw just dropped. I know I can’t afford any of these exquisite cherry and walnut wood furniture pieces at this Chapter in my Life, but I like to share my favorite new findings with you. Got your Amex ready?

Big Bean Writing Desk

Big Bean Writing Desk

Manta Desk

Manta Desk

Buonannotte Valentina Bed

Buonannotte Valentina Bed

Dinner by Teak Candlelight.

New York Times recently ran a post about morphing teak candlesticks that exude a retro earthy vibe. Global Table sells them. Every table deserves these Mayfair Teak Candlesticks. I can see a set gracing a white marble table top or flanking a modern condo mantel. The price is just as reasonable at $24, $28, and $30. Grab all three for under $100. Purchase three white tapers and with a flick of the Zippo…. dinner is served.

Mayfair Candlesticks


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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