Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Thank you, your honor. I rest my case!
Friday, June 22, 2012
But, they can also be used as an art installation.
Avoiding light bulbs on the floor is not ideal, so use them as they were intended.... to hang from the ceiling.
Several years ago, I ran across this photo and saved it. String lights were used as a "canopy" for the entrance of a restaurant. The idea is simply great... the photo isn't!
They also look great in industrial spaces, like this restaurant.
Still, my favorite idea is to use lots of them, outside. In Denver, CO, string lights are strung across the street on Larimer Square. The result at night is..... breathtaking!
About a year ago, I was in Denver for a conference. Tired and grumpy after a day of travel, I glanced out of my hotel window near dusk. And.... what to my wondering eyes should appear????? The lights of Larimer Square! The fatigue vanished and I promptly walked over to see them. The experience was, sadly, like a moth to a flame. I have an internal homing beacon for lights and fountains.
They were beautiful. For the next four nights, I made the two block pilgrimage to see the string lights. Some nights for dinner, some nights for cocktails, and some nights just for the view.
Perhaps the Larimer Square string lights might be a bit much for the backyard, but they are such a great element to add to a space! Romantic, quirky, festive, artsy... who cares? String lights are still one of my absolute favorite things.
Thanks for the light bulb, Mr. Edison!
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Several internet sites have featured Aelita Andre this past week. She is an absolutely amazing 5-year old.... artist! She started painting at 9 months of age. And, at the ripe ole age of five, she will be featured in a show at New York's Angora Gallery next month.
Described by some as the next Jackson Pollock or Picasso, she posesses such a lovely talent that some of her works have already sold for $30,000.
Her style is "abstract expressionism" mixed with a "surreal perspective." And... did I mention that she is only FIVE years old???? Jeeeez! At that age, I was still trying to tie my shoelaces.
Aelita is, indeed, an Australian painting prodigy.
She proves the point: Talent..... is AGELESS!
G'day, Aelita. And, much success to you in your future.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Ok. I guess that she is trying to re-create it in her home. So, the key is to “deconstruct it.” Break it down into its component elements…. And, then decide what to you re-create and what you want to re-imagine. This process does take some practice, but it isn’t difficult.
Interior design ain’t rocket science. It is the simple idea of deciding what you like. The problem is figuring out where to purchase those items that you love!
This room is actually a sophisticated study in neutrals…. with a little punch of color. For tone-on-tone rooms to work well, they need to have lots of interesting features and tactile elements. These rooms are some of the most difficult to do well. When doing a monochromatic space… you’ve got to OWN it. This is not the time for half ass. Great textures and details will bring the space to life!
So… where do we start?
WALL COLOR. The wall color is beige/brown. Ok… that’s easy enough. Paint store.
The tone of that coffee table is slightly lighter than the inspiration photo. But, it could be restained. Huh? A couple of years ago, I saw a room that Nate Berkus did for Oprah. He took a $5000 Ralph Lauren bamboo console... and painted it blue. Oh, Lord. Well, that WAS on an Oprah show budget. But, the same premise holds. If the color isn’t exactly right but the design is great, then find your favorite furniture refinisher and re-stain it!
THE RUG. It is a sisal or jute. Those are easy to find.
THE CURTAIN ROD. The curtain rod in that room is awful. For quality and price, the best curtain rods are currently at Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware. Just buy them when they are on sale. No need to pay full price...
THE WHITE POTTERY. The white ceramic on the mantle screams Jonathan Adler. Though I couldn't find an exact match online, the Jonathan Adler "Belly" vase is a close cousin.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
What other colors does the porch need????? The plan is to paint the concrete... resurfacing is just a costly pain in the a$$. A porch swing, two rocking chairs, and a side table are also in the "need to be repainted" mix.
Zzzzzzzzzz! Photo from www.HGTV.com