Saturday, June 27, 2009

Shades of Light Giveaway!

I’ve been doing a lot of research lately for a commercial project that I’m working on and one of things that I’ve been searching for is the perfect light fixture.

Well, as soon as I found Shades of Light, my search was over. The selection of light fixtures that they have is wonderfully diverse, easily searchable and offers everything from dorm decor to antique lighting.

The incredible people of Shades of Light have generously donated a beautiful Old World Gold Lantern (shown below) to one of my lucky readers!


Gold Lantern Shades of Light

Old World Gold Lantern

Here is what you do….

Go to Shades of Light, peruse their lighting fixtures, then come back to my blog and let me know which lighting fixture you like and why!

From the comments received one lucky winner will be chosen to receive the beautiful lantern above!

That’s all you have to do! Easy! I wish I could enter my own contest, because I love the lantern they are giving away!

Shades of Light is more than a lighting store. They also offer rugs, furniture and a contract and hospitality service to the trade.

Here are some of the light fixtures that I fell in love with…

Woven Sphere Pendant – Fun for a funky apartment or a home filled with natural elements.

Antique Gold Leaf Crystal Chandelier - 6 Light – Very romantic, very French and very beautiful!

Organza Shade & Crystal Chandelier – Round – So glamorous!

Shades of Light has three store locations; two in Richmond, Virginia and one in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

You can view their online catalog here.

They also have a fantastic blog called Inspired Spaces. They have great ideas for your home.

Their rug selection is unique and interesting. Offering traditional, modern and more, anyone can find what they are looking for on their site! Here are a few that I thought were just the ticket!

Ming Hand Knot Rug – Looking for something a little more traditional? The subtle colors in this hand-knotted rug would be perfect with some bergère chairs, iron and glass tables and nice glass of merlot!

Soho Dhurri Rug: Moroccan Tile Design: 4 Color Available

Soho Dhurri Rug – The geometric pattern of this rug can be used in a modern or traditional setting. Love it!

Overscaled Flora Rug – The green goes so well with the grey/green walls that are so popular right now.

O.K… it’s on! Go to Shades of Light, then come back here and leave me a comment! Good luck to you all!

The winner will be chosen next Saturday, July 4th! Tell your friends and family!

*** I'm sorry to say that this contest is only open to contest entries within the U.S. for mailing purposes. ***

Monday, June 22, 2009


I have a friend that I must tell you about.  I met her in design school and was immediately impressed by her knowledge of design and her unparalleled excellence in her projects and her work.  I’ve been wanting to blog about her for awhile now, but have just not sat down long enough to do her justice.  But, I decided that I’ve delayed long enough.  


Sushanta is a woman of incredible talent, drive and passion.

Where do I begin….

  • masters degree in microbiology
  • talented interior designer
  • certified green building professional
  • incredible artist
  • fantastic jewelry designer
  • photographer with a refined eye
  • Founder of Empowering World Change



Sushanta and Michelle Pine (on right) of Empowering World Change presenting at one of the local Silicon Valley Schools to teach green design and sustainability.

Sushanta surprised me on my first visit to her beautiful home.  She asked me if I wanted to see her studio where she does her “work”.  “Of course”, I replied.  Well, to say that I was impressed is an understatement in grand scale.   She is involved in so many aspects of art, design and green design that it is hard to fathom. 

Here is some of the mixed media artwork that Sushanta has done…

'Night out' diptych 60 x 40

“Night Out” diptych 60” x 40”

Jazz Series 1
48 x 24

Jazz Series 1 48 x 24




Washington D C Capitol

Washington DC Capital Charcoal


Here is some of her photography.  The color and clarity of these photos are so vivid and beautiful.

Photography – I want to make this into a pillow!

Photography – The beauty of Hawaii







Kunal & Bo

And here is Kunal, Sushanta’s beautiful (and very handsome) son and Bo.

Sushanta has her work shown on her website ArtnCreation.

Sushanta’s jewelry designs are equally as interesting and gorgeous.  Here is a sampling…




Gray beads, Jasper


Corals, with Jade and pearls


Her work speaks for itself.   Not only is Sushanta a beautiful artist and designer and supporter of world change, but she is a beautiful person inside as well.  I’m so glad to know her and I hope you visit her websites and get to know her a little as well!


Empowering World Change

One more note…. stay tuned for a great giveaway that I have coming up soon.   I will have a very nice light fixture to give away.  I’m working out the details now with the manufacturer!   One lucky winner’s life will be a little brighter soon (pun intended!).

Saturday, June 20, 2009

My Dog-Eared Pages

I am finally getting a chance to catch up on some of my magazines!    There were so many pages that I dog-eared, that I thought I would share a few with you!

Christ the Light Cathedral

Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, CA.  Craig Hartman architect.  Highlighted in Metropolitan Home's June 2009 issue.

Palms I Chair & Ottoman

Vioski's Palm Chair.…….  The color, the shape, the casualness of it, the retro vibe.  It’s just fantastic.



Hudson Furniture's Monastery Light Fixture.  Very futuristic, but romantic at the same time.


Intelligent ad


Strength ad

Sunbrella's latest ad campaign.  I think it is so creative how they made these ads.  The thinking chair is my favorite!


479 Pop Corn's products!  They have Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt, Black Truffle and White Cheddar, Chipotle Caramel and Almond, Fleur de Sel Caramel, Ginger Sesame Caramel, Madras Curry Coconut & Cashews, Pimenton de la Vera and Vietnamese Cinnamon Sugar.    I haven’t tried any of them yet, but I’m getting ready to place an order!  Yum!



inLighten Screens, a new kind of replacement window screen.   Brings in 50% more light and up to 3 times more airflow into your home.  I want to try them.  I’ve ordered a free sample to try.


Pretty much anything from Authentic Provence looks wonderful.   They have antiques, fountains, planters, lighting and more.



Any space styled by Carlos de la Mota.


Fashion designer Monique Lhuillier’s Bel Air home, styled by Mota.

Where have you been clicking?

Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Where I’m Clicking This Week…

Time for some blogger love…

I’m not as good as some about reading other blogs on a regular basis, because I have been crazy busy, but I’m planning to make up for it this summer!

I’m getting started with these links…. check them out for some great reading, recipes, links and more!

Over at Posie Gets Cozy, there is a link to a great looking Grilled Spicy Jalepeno and Lime Shrimp Skewers recipe! Yum! Summer picnic food!

Stuff 240

There are some absolutely decadent blueberry waffles over at June Pfaff Daley's Blog. How many Weight Watcher’s points would those be?

Swedish Blog purple area has a blog post on Kelly Hoppen. Kelly is one of my favorite designers. I have two of her hardcover design books and whenever I see her work, I am always impressed. Enjoy the photos!


The lovely Brooke from Velvet & Linen shares her beautiful client’s bathroom remodel with us. Oh, the calcutta countertops, the bell jar ceiling light fixture, the curvy shower bench legs…. I want them all!


Heidi over at 101 Cookbooks has posted a couple of great recipes. The first is a summer squash gratin, which makes me want to head out quickly to my farmer’s market and get rolling on this recipe and the second is for a giant black bean salad, which is also a favorite food of mine! Yum!

Summer Squash Gratin

Giant Black Bean Salad

Patricia Gray has a lovely post on outdoor furniture and she features some great unusual furniture, like the chairs pictured below, that I would love to have on my patio.


And finally, MA Belle has a link to a wonderful short film that is actually 4500 still photographs depicting summer love. It’s a sweet little film that makes me want to fall in love again all over.


Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

I’m Officially Jealous!

It takes a lot to make me jealous.  Really, it does.  But, when my friend Anne Sage of the blog The City Sage wrote that she has an interview with the great Nate Berkus lined up… well, all I can say is “Anne, can I be your assistant?”.

To top it off, Anne is hosting a contest, giving away some of Nate’s throw pillows from his current collection.

Click here to be directed to her contest and good luck!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

And The Winner IS……..

Drum roll please…….

For my first contest, giving away a 40” x 40” gallery wrapped canvas from New Era HD, the winner is…..

Julia from Open Hands Living blog!  Congratulations Julia!

Julia… please contact me within one week to claim your artwork!

Special thanks to Nick at New Era HD, who has been so wonderful to work with and for participating!

Thanks to all who entered.  I am lining up more great giveaways, so stay tuned!


Girl in the Dress by Caroline Ashton.

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Win a 40x40 Gallery Wrapped Canvas!

Here it is! My first giveaway! I’m so excited to introduce NEW ERA HD, an incredible provider of art to the interior design community and beyond.

With over 4000 exclusive images, 65 artists and a cutting edge printing and framing facility, they are able to bring designers better quality at lower prices and they are a great resource.

New Era HD is giving away to one lucky winner and reader of my blog a 40” x 40” gallery wrapped canvas! The image is YOUR CHOICE!


Go to New Era HD, peruse their various art and artists, then come back to Harmony and Home (me!) and leave a comment on which one(s) you like and why! I will select one lucky reader randomly to win the art!

*** Please leave your email address if you do not have a link to a blogsite. Otherwise, I will not be able to get ahold of you if you win! ***

*** I am sorry to say that at this time the contest is limited to U.S. residents only because of shipping. ***


Artwork and framing from New Era HD in this contemporary bedroom brings a little bit of nature indoors.

New Era HD has a 48 hour print and ship guarantee and their shipping is free if ordered online.


Glory by Artist Joseph Michael

See and feel an image before you buy it with New Era HD’s free sample print offer. They’ll send you a 5" x 5" or 5" x 8" sample created via the same process they use for all their artwork.

New Era’s imagery can be found in blue chip retailers, top hotels and resorts around the globe.


Perfect Setting by Artist Tatara

What makes New Era so unique is their revolutionary PANTONE color search engine. You can search through thousands of images using the PANTONE Paints+Interiors color guide. First, you select the PANTONE colors you'd like to see in an image and click Search Colors. New Era HD then displays tons of image options that coordinate with the colors you choose. Fantastic!


It Could Mean Anything by Artist Jones, Darvin

New Era has many top 100 design firms as clients and they work with individual designers as well who are looking for just the right image and frame for their residential clients.


Abstract contemporary artwork can really make a wall or room stand out. I love the artwork here, especially with the downlighting.


Saltflower I by Artist Graham, T.

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Typewriter for Larry by David Dauncey.

Serenity IV by Caroline Ashton. I love the colors in this art piece. I might be ordering this one for my living room!

We Think We Know I by Darvin Jones. Bright and cheery, this could be used in a girl’s room, as well as in a fun family room.

Place To Place II by Maxine Price. Well, here’s another one that needs to find a place in my home.


Lost Maples by Artist Donna Lofton


Saturday Night Swing by Artist Bailey

I am not affiliated with New Era HD. I became aware of their products through my interior design business. They are wonderful to work with and if you need some great art in a multitude of choices for framing and matting, they are an interior designer’s dream.

Here’s the link again… New Era HD.

Have a great week. I’ll be awarding the winner this Saturday! Good luck!

P.S. My friend Anne, over at The City Sage is also holding court! She’s got a great contest also where she is giving away an absolutely adorable chalkboard by Bluebell Bazaar. Pop on over and maybe win TWO things to hang on your wall this week!

P.S.S. Don't forget that I need your email address on your entry if you don't have a blogsite!

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