31 May 2012

Podge Bune's cottage

House Beautiful's June issue features the amazing Hamptons cottage of designer Podge Bune.  This photo stopped me, I couldn't help but study it--from the pebbled fireplace to the chairs, oh the chairs! Even with some formal touches, it's the kind of room you want to curl up and read a book, entertain or just be comfortable.
Bune's advice:
Don't overthink it--
1. Paint something pink.
2. Hang your pictures floor to ceiling.
3. Buy a quirky chair.
4. Reupholster with old curtains.
5. Plant a rose.
Download House Beautiful Connect, a free app to make the issue come to life.  HB has been very adept at keeping up with the digital age while maintaining a printed publication.

27 May 2012

Silver spray paint

This is a great DIY idea for storage baskets, totes, hats or slippers.  So chic!
images from Martha Stewart Living
for more information click here

26 May 2012

red, white + blue rooms

In honor of Memorial Day . . .
 Love these two cottage-y looks, twin beds can look so stylish when done right.
photo from pinterest
photo from coastal living

17 May 2012

sisal rugs

May is decorator show house month and two elements that kept reappearing were sisal rugs and grasscloth wallpaper~both favorites of mine.  Awhile ago I requested a sample from The Perfect Rug and it was such a fun package to receive, take a look.  I opened it while waiting in the school pick-up line.
 These types of rugs work in any room with many different types of decor, even on a staircase if it's the right weight.
 Great packaging.
 A measuring tape, guide and masking tape to measure off the space to determine rug size.
and there was no cost to me even for shipping. 

15 May 2012

Design Trends: Fashion, Light + Color

Recently, I had the opportunity to hear Kim Kiner of Hunter Douglas speak on the topic of trends, color and light.  After driving through pouring rain, getting lost and arriving late, I almost didn't attend but am so pleased I heard her speak.  She was excellent and the presentation was packed with information gleaned from her travels, Frank Lloyd Wright, great artists, and design she experiences wherever she goes. Here are just a few of the main points.
1. People want the feel of something handcrafted.
2. Used items repurposed/reinterpreted in new ways.  Mindfully curated (easier said than done.)
 The Ace Hotel is a well done example.
3. Moving towards simplicity.  An example is a simple roller shade made from exquisite fabric.
4. Smaller spaces with better, responsible design and multifunctional items.
5.  Diffused light is the best light for a home.
6.  Color trends.
Because her presentation was so excellent I was interested to read her bio, it makes me happy to see former art students sharing their knowledge in a variety of forums and professions.
Kim Kiner, B.F.A. Painting ’82, became vice president of product design for Hunter Douglas Company in 2000, after only two years with the international manufacturer of building products, North America’s leading manufacturer of custom window coverings. Today, Kiner is transitioning the company’s Alustra Collection of fashionable premium-positioned exclusive window treatments to a new strategy that focuses on the products’ distinctive design. “Pratt taught us to think creatively as professionals,” says Kiner, “and I believe this has made the difference in my career.”
Developing new products and working with designers and textile mills around the world comes easily to Kiner, who began her life after Pratt as an assistant to the Swedish fashion photographer Gösta Peterson. This led to a design job with American Greetings, based in Cleveland, Ohio; simultaneously, Kiner exhibited and framed her fine art work. On a freelance basis, she also hand painted and silkscreened
fabrics for upholstery and window coverings for both residential and commercial applications. A few of these projects won national awards in Window Fashions’ annual design competition, which connected her with Hunter Douglas.
Her advice to designers entering the corporate world: “Never lose sight of your creativity no matter how stifled you feel it might be. Continue to look for creative solutions, which will make you even more successful.” (from Pratt Institute)

12 May 2012

House Beautiful May 2012

This month's House Beautiful features 101 designer tips, it's an excellent issue and there is an app you can download to scan various features and the video brings them to life.  It's a keeper.

04 May 2012

Dorothy Draper & Company

Did you know there is a Dorothy Draper + Company school of decorating?  How fun would it be to go and spend a week at the gorgeous Greenbrier and take classes and tours with Carleton Varney?  Studying Dorothy Draper's style, learning to give rooms personality and harmony, tools of the trade, around the house and around the world and creating the 'wow' factor are just some of what is offered.  Details can be found here
from The New York Times

    02 May 2012

    my birthday

    this post has nothing to do with design but yesterday was my birthday and we celebrated in style! if you haven't see Once the Musical, I highly recommend it :D