Archive for May, 2009

Pathways in Porcelain

Pathways in Porcelain Artist Profile — Lynne Meade

It’s fascinating to learn what experiences and people influence an artist to create a unique body of work.

Ceramicist Lynne Meade describes her inspiration for the flowing, graphic patterns of her carved porcelain vessels and tiles as “a strange fusion of Asian, Art Deco and Art Nouveau designs; and of the ceramic artists of Mata Ortiz in Mexico.”

“I had an assignment [...] Read more »

Swirls of Artistry Aglow in Powder Room

Swirls of Artistry Aglow in Powder Room Luminous. Innovative. Extraordinary Craftsmanship. Stephanie Marsh Fillbrant transformed a narrow, classic San Francisco powder room into an airy and artful space.

Photographs by Elisabeth Fall

At this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase, Marsh and Clark’s elegant powder room wowed visitors. “This room embodies the Marsh and Clark philosophy of uniting traditional craftsmanship and innovative design,” said designer and principal Fillbrandt.

“I wanted to explore how this type [...] Read more »

Whimsical Home Accessories

Whimsical Home Accessories Keeping it light and kicky today. Watch the next couple days’ posts for a gorgeous space and an amazing artist.

Maybe I’ve mentioned this before, but when I see something for the home and some form of happy sound or word involuntarily escapes my mouth, it’s a clue that I really like the piece. Seriously. I’ve learned to pay attention to this when I’m shopping and [...] Read more »

Prize Challenge Announcement!

Prize Challenge Announcement! Okay Design Junkies, here’s your chance to win a prize simply by participating in a Challenge. I’ve had such a good response to our Slice It Up Challenge that I know scores of you are planning to enter. But what the heck, here’s a little incentive:

Everyone who enters the Slice It Up Challenge will receive one chance in a random drawing for the [...] Read more »

Go Green to Get an Affordable “Decorator” Look

Go Green to Get an Affordable “Decorator” Look by GraceAnn Simoni

Today we are joined by Contributor GraceAnn Simoni, a Redesign Specialist and Instructor from the Chicagoland area. From time to time, GraceAnn will be sharing budget tips and advice for decorating with your existing furniture and accessories.

“Green” design and decorating goes way beyond just purchasing the new products on the market.

Each of us has the ability to apply “green” decorating [...] Read more »

Marimekko and Ljungbergs at Textile Arts

Marimekko and Ljungbergs at Textile Arts Here’s some design eye candy for you today from Textile Arts, a great source for fabrics and home decor in retro, Mid-Century Modern and contemporary Scandinavian designs from Marimekko and Ljungbergs.

Add some city flair to your bath with the Hetkia shower curtain.

Choose one of Textile Arts’ variety of Wall Hanging Kits and make an instant art statement in your space:

Terttu Wall Hanging Kit

Juhannustaika [...] Read more »

Spoonflower Now Offers Fabric Designer Services

Spoonflower Now Offers Fabric Designer Services Breaking News…DIY fabric design doesn’t have to be completely DIY anymore. Yup, my friends over at Spoonflower just told me about their New Fabric Design Services from a professional textile designer.

That’s Spoonflower’s Fabric of the Week, “CurlyQ” by Katidids of Bonaire, Georgia.

You’re creative, right? So why would you need anyone’s help with this?

Because fabric design can be tricky. Let’s say you’ve got your initial [...] Read more »

Formal Dining Room Meets Swanky Lounge

Formal Dining Room Meets Swanky Lounge Most thirty-somethings rarely use their formal dining rooms. But what if the formal dining room felt inviting and hip, like a stylish restaurant where you and your friends love to hang out?

That’s what designer Samantha Friedman wanted for her space at Urban Elegance-themed Washington Design Center’s Spring Design House (running through June 27).

“Number one, I wanted to make it more loungey,” said Friedman, who [...] Read more »

Dodger Stadium Seats Go On Sale

Dodger Stadium Seats Go On Sale Got a Man Cave to furnish? Or are you looking for an awesome Father’s Day gift? A limited number of Los Angeles Dodger Stadium seats are now available at S&S Seating. Popular with fans and memorabilia collectors who want to own a piece of stadium history, the seats make a wicked addition to the sports room, the home theater, or lounge.

After the 2005 season, Dodger [...] Read more »

Adirondack Chair — A Summer Classic

Adirondack Chair — A Summer Classic It’s Adirondack time and this weekend we break them out. Two painted chairs–one red and one blue–and the hunter green double Adirondack glider. Up from the garage and out to the deck they go.

Mmmmm, I can already taste that first cup of coffee while, with design magazine in hand, I glide slowly back and forth beneath the towering evergreens. Squeeels and munkchips (what my [...] Read more »

Safe Bedside Table — Love it or Leave it?

Safe Bedside Table — Love it or Leave it? Today I want your reaction to this form-follows-function table. James McAdam desiged the Safe Bedside Table for the percentage of Londoners that he read worry about security at night.

Burglar break in? Shazam! Instant self-defense and weapon. Thanks to LeAnn at Design Trade for waking me up to the table.

Is this something you’d want in your home? Tell us what you think. Read more »

Slice It Up — Challenge # 9

Slice It Up — Challenge # 9 Breaking News…This is now a Prize Challenge; enter for your chance to win!

It’s not always simple to choose artwork for a space. Maybe you enjoy a print, a photograph, or your own original watercolor, but it doesn’t fit the space as well as you’d hoped. Or you love the colors, but the composition isn’t working.

What to do? Why don’t you slice it up?

I’m not [...] Read more »

Frosted Glass Shower Stencil — Designer DIY

Frosted Glass Shower Stencil — Designer DIY Enjoy this first in our series of Designer DIY’s. We start with the fantastically feminine, perfume-bottle-etched glass shower enclosure, from Nancy Van Natta’s Coco Chanel-inspired teenage girl’s bathroom.

Nancy designed the shower detail, and decorative painter Levinia Simmonds executed it, for this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase. It’s a fabulous look and easy to recreate on your own shower enclosure.

Supplies:

Photo of a perfume bottle

Pencil

Frisket film (adhesive-backed [...] Read more »

Paint by Numbers Rugs

Paint by Numbers Rugs Say goodbye to bland area rugs. Break out your paints and plan a custom shag from Home Decorators Collection. The Revolution Rugs are available in 20 graphic designs, 12 yarn colors, and 28 sizes from a narrow runner to a 12-foot square.

Choosing colors isn’t as simple as it should be. Home Decorator’s interface for the rugs shows only the design and separately the [...] Read more »

Bemz Marimekko Slipcovers for IKEA!

Bemz Marimekko Slipcovers for IKEA! Breaking News…Bemz’s Marimekko line of slipcovers for IKEA launches May 27!

Yup. You’ll be able to buy slipcovers for 70 IKEA chairs and sofas in Marimekko patterns. BEMZ is the Stockholm, Sweden-based company whose line of slipcovers is made to fit IKEA furniture. Textile and fashion leader Marimekko is the Finnish company known for its colorful graphic patterns by celebrated, cutting-edge designers.

Check out:

Bemz’s countdown clock to [...] Read more »

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