Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Design Inspiration of 2008

Well, we are here! The end of a very interesting year, historically, politically and spiritually!

I do not make New Year’s resolutions. Why? It’s like trying to buy a gift for someone who already has everything. In my case, I make lists all the time, so why do another one just because it’s January 1st?

So, instead, because my blog is focused on interior design, I thought I would post some spaces that were inspirational to me, that lifted me up, that made me think about the way that I wanted to design, that made me want to be a better designer, that made me want to have access to better workrooms and carpenters and skilled craftsmen. These spaces spoke to me.

I saw this kitchen on Ronda Carman’s All The Best Blog and instantly wanted to be sitting in this space on a warm, breezy summer afternoon with the french doors wide open. It also helps that the space it all white, which I love.


This kitchen was modeled after the movie “Something’s Gotta Give”. It’s my dream kitchen and I longingly look at this picture every once in awhile and hope that one day I will be able to buy a house where I can have this kitchen! I love everything about it from the wall color, to the bin pulls to the dark hardwood floors.

Living Room - Designer Randolph Duke - Architectural Digest

Well, it’s obvious why I like this space….. the view! I’m not sure where this living room is located. I do know that it was designed by Randolph Duke. And, I love the brick that extends past the wall of glass to the exterior, that leads your eye to the view. The furnishings are all kept monotone, so not to distract your eye from the view. Fabulous! And how about that fireplace!

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This patio setting with a wonderfully distressed painted pedestal table and beautifully styled patio furniture just makes my heart happy. Not your typical patio furniture and that’s what I love about it!

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Windsor Smith Design. I love the big wing-back chair at this table and the pendant lights mixed with the Chinese inspired chairs. I can just imagine cooking for all of my friends who would be hanging out right next to me at the table and chatting.

Windsor Smith Design.

I love the kitchen above for the Chinese-Chippendale chairs. And the fact that they used red chairs in this kitchen makes me love it even more. It’s hard to see in the picture, but there is a red lantern above the table in the second kitchen.

No Design Inspiration blog would be complete for me without my favorite designer, Michael S. Smith. This is the Painted Room that he did for the Lowell Hotel in New York. It’s so calm and serene.

Tamara Magel

Another relaxing bedroom by Tamara Magel.

Jeff Shelton 1

A friend of mine introduced me to Jeff Shelton, an architect in the Santa Barbara area who builds really funky and really fun architecture. I love this space because the windows are so fantastic and organic. This building could be in a Dr. Suess movie!

Hamilton Design Associates, New York. I love the use of blues and greens in this space. It’s a bold mix of pattern and color and not for the faint of heart.

One more from Hamilton Design Associates. Here they use tangerine and light green in various patterns to create a fresh room that my daughter would love. It uses a fresh energetic color, but somehow this room feels restful to me.

Bob Barry Design of Los Angeles. Even though sparsely decorated, the stone and personal effects (look at all of those photos on the upper landing!) give it a warmth that I love.

Elegant, refined, airy and unconventional with the cowhide. Charme Tate Interiors out of New Orleans gives us this beautiful room.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! May your heart be filled with Love and may Blessings come your way in 2009!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Silver and Gold

Silver and Gold… Silver and Gold…. Everyone wishes for Silver and Gold.  How do you measure it’s worth?   Just by the pleasure it gives here on earth….

Inspired by a Woman’s Day magazine, I thought it would be fun to stretch my interior design blog today into some more sparkly items for the holidays….


Gold earrings hereGold dress hereGold purse hereGold shoes here.   Gold sunglasses here.



Silver handbag hereSilver earrings here.  Silver shoes hereSilver ring here.    Silver/Diamond sunglasses here.

And, this is an interior design blog, so I could not forego some interior design ideas for you as well.

Venetian Glass by Martino's Import Collection

Venetian Glass by  Martino's Import Collection


Silk Velvet - Opera by Holland & Sherry

Silk Velvet-Opera by Holland and Sherry.


Gold and Platinum “Pailette” Stemware can be found at Gore Dean.


The BeatrizBall Collection can be found here.

Amarillo 2 Silver Small Pendant Lamp

Amarillo 2 Silver Small Pendant Lamp can be found here.


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Thin Silver Plate Napkin Ring can be found at Gore Dean.


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Anichini Verona Throw can be found at Gore Dean.

Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope you have a little sparkle in your holiday!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Greetings

A friend sent me an email and I thought it was so beautiful that I wanted to share it with you.  So, in the most flagrant form of plagiarizing** that I know, I offer it here for you below. 

Christmas #1

Before the ball drops in Times Square, the Big Apple turns on its
holiday charm with the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.

Christmas #2

The Capitol Christmas tree in Washington, D.C., is decorated with 3,000 ornaments that are the handiwork of U.S. schoolchildren.  Encircling evergreens in the 'Pathway of Peace' represent the 50 U.S. states.

Christmas #3

The world's largest Christmas tree display rises up the slopes
of Monte Ingino outside of Gubbio, in Italy's Umbria region.
Composed of about 500 lights connected by 40,000 feet of wire,
the 'tree' is a modern marvel for an ancient city.

Christmas #4

A Christmas tree befitting Tokyo 's nighttime neon display is
projected onto the exterior of the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka.

 Christmas #5

Illuminating the Gothic facades of Prague's Old Town Square,
and casting its glow over the manger display of the famous
Christmas market, is a grand tree cut in the Sumava mountains
in the southern Czech Republic.

Chrismtas #6

Venice 's Murano Island renowned throughout the world
for its quality glasswork is home to the tallest glass tree
in the world.  Sculpted by master glass blower Simone
Cenedese, the artistic Christmas tree is a modern
reflection of the holiday season.

Christmas #7

Moscow celebrates Christmas according to the Russian Orthodox
calendar on Jan. 7.  For weeks beforehand, the city is alive with
festivities in anticipation of Father Frost's arrival on his magical
troika with the Snow Maiden.  He and his helper deliver gifts under the New Year tree, or yolka, which is traditionally a fir.

Chrismtas #8

The largest Christmas tree in Europe (more than 230 feet tall)
can be found in the Praça do Comércio in Lisbon , Portugal.
Thousands of lights adorn the tree, adding to the special
enchantment of the city during the holiday season.

Chrismtas #9

'Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree':  Even in its humblest attire,
aglow beside a tiny chapel in Germany's Karwendel mountains,
a Christmas tree is a wondrous sight.


Chrismtas #10

Ooh la la Galeries Lafayette! In Paris, even the Christmas trees are chic.   With its monumental, baroque dome, plus 10 stories of lights and high fashion, it's no surprise this show-stopping department store draws more visitors than the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.

 Chrismtas #11

In addition to the Vatican 's heavenly evergreen, St. Peter's Square in Rome hosts a larger-than-life nativity scene in front of the obelisk.

Chrismtas #12

The Christmas tree that greets revelers at the Puerta del Sol
is dressed for a party.  Madrid 's two-week celebration makes
millionaires along with merrymakers.  On Dec. 22, a lucky citizen
will win El Gordo (the fat one), the world's biggest lottery.

Chrismtas #13

A token of gratitude for Britain 's aid during World War II,
the Christmas tree in London 's Trafalgar Square has been
the annual gift of the people of Norway since 1947.

Chrismtas #14

Drink a glass of gluhwein from the holiday market at the Romer
Frankfurt's city hall since 1405 and enjoy a taste of Christmas past.

Chrismtas #15

Against a backdrop of tall, shadowy firs, a rainbow trio of
Christmas trees lights up the night (location unknown).

**I am not sure where this email originated, hence I cannot credit the author.    []

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Friday, December 12, 2008

A Designer’s Best Friend

Interior Design and Architecture is my passion.  I love it.  I never tire of looking at magazines and books filled to the brim with spectacular rooms, lovely fabrics, cleverly designed spaces or beautiful lines.  I’ve gone through a school program to become an interior designer and while I’ve learned SO much, there are so many things that they just don’t teach you or tell you about in school.  For that, I exchange information with my interior design friends and peers and I often resort to my favorite resource…. Google search!

 Office by Designer Robert Passal

(Designer Robert Passal – Love the lines in this space).

There are a few things that make an interior designer’s life a little easier and I searched out a few more.  Enjoy… and if you have any others that you love to use in your interior designing (whether you work in interior design or just admire it), please write and let me know!

 FastCap PSSP25 25 foot Pad Standard Story Pole Measuring Tape

This first item is a bit, well…boring.  But wait!  Fastcap, a company that makes all kinds of gadgets and tools for home improvements has come up with a whole line of measuring tapes to suit every need.  This little beauty here offers an erasable notepad right on the measure AND one side of the rule is blank for your own markings.  It also has a pencil sharpener built into it.  You can find this item here!

Fastcap also has a righty/lefty tape measure, a reverse measuring tape, and a metric/metric reverse measuring tape.  Very cool.

If you want to create a picture headboard wall (Thomas Pheasant Design), like this….

 Bedroom Thomas Pheasant

You might want to check this out…

Zircon Laser Ball 360, Laser Level

This Zircon LaserBall 360 has a unique mounting system and very flexible laser pointer.  All you have to do is peel off the strip tape on the back of the metal cup that the ball magnetically clips into, point in the direction of your choice (with a glowing bubble level in the front window for assistance) and your off to the races!   This looks fun to use!  More details here!

To create a fabulous hallway like this….

Hallway Designer Thomas Pheasant

(Thomas Peasant Design)

You should definitely get this….

CST - LaserMark 58-MP3 Self-Leveling 3-Beam Laser Plumb Bob

I think this one is my favorite.  This is CST Lasermark 58-MP3 Self-Leveling 3-Beam Laser Plumb Bob 2 (LOVE the name!).  With this little gadget, you can set it on a dining room table, exactly where you want to center your new chandelier over your table, press a button and a laser will go straight up to the exact spot where you need to install your light.  Genius!  This one also has a horizontal laser, as well as a downward laser,

This feature has a built-in magnet so that it attaches to magnetic surfaces, and is accurate within 1/4” up to 100 feet.  Santa, please leave this under my tree!  You can see more detail here!

Now, if you want to be able to create this….

Antoinette Loupe' Design

(Antoinette Loupe’ Design)

Then you might want to buy this….


Hang & Level - The Picture Hanging Tool


I love this item.  This is The Picture Hanging Tool by Under The Roof Decorating.  With this item, hanging pictures is so easy.  You just hook your picture onto the tool, hold the picture/tool up to the wall where you want the picture hung, remove your picture, press the button where your picture was and it marks where you need to put your nail or hook.  So easy and simple.  I actually have this tool and love it.


Deco Nails

And Under The Roof Decorating also has these very cool Deco nails.  The beauty in these is that you can hang a picture on them, and the picture won’t slip off.    Plus, and this is a big plus, these do not need to be secured into a stud.  Good for pictures up to 20 pounds.  I’m ordering these too!

Pyramex Hard Hat - Ratchet Suspension - Pink

For us women that are on construction sites (like I’ve been lately!), here is a feminine touch for you.  This pink hard hat by is just what the doctor ordered.  Only $7.00 too!

And to compliment your hard hat, these pink safety glasses are perfect.  Look cool while you are designing!   Available here!

Now you are set…. you can create the perfect room….

 Office by Thomas Pheasant - Architectural Digest

(Thomas Pheasant Design)

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!  Blog you soon!

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