Sitting on Knit

I thought these stools are pretty adorable. But I’m not quite sure about the comfort. They kinda look,    eclairish, donutish to me, ok, even a little intestinish like. But nevertheless, it is ingenious! These knitted stools are the work of the textile designer and might I say knit artisan Claire Anne-O’Brien {she’s Irish but currently resides in London}. That is what makes designers, designers. Full of creativity, new ideas, pushing the bar {or in this case, the knit}, everytime. Check out her work here.


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The Swinneys: Modern Farmhouse | Urban Cottage

As the New Year rolled out, I’ve been getting clients that asked me to style their spaces. I was more than willing. I’ve been so focused on the online shop that I’m slowly falling in love with html…nah, not really. Well, this couple told me they love the urban cottage idea and they love the shop. Yay! And get this, they were thinking yellow and gray…one of my fave color combo! Matt is of course the founder of Launch 787 who rolls out events like Austin Fashion Week,Sip & Savor Austin,Secret Circus, Modern Home Tour, and Outdoor Living Tour. So, this e-mail was sent to the wonderful couple after our initial meeting & consult.

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Hello Matt & Kara! Thanks so much for letting me see your amazing cozy home & giving me this opportunity to give you my input to design|style the new addition to your home. See the floor plan below for the foyer, living & home office area. All the other details for wall color, fabric, choices of furniture & accent furniture are below as well. Please keep in mind that the mood boards just gives you a feel for the whole design scheme. The items you choose can be different ones but if you like it, try to stay within the color scheme, scale [I’ll be sending you dimensions later as well for bigger pieces] and style of the items. I can probably source out most of the items for you whether vintage, antique or new. Some, I can even extend a percentage of the discounts. I am open to shopping with one or both of you as well if our schedule permits. I do believe, there’s nothing like making a home of things that you found, made or re-purposed yourselves.

{THE FOYER}
Notes: keeping the coat rack & bench separate will make the space feel larger and expose the wallpaper more, if you decide to look for vintage or flea market finds; these can be painted in the color shown, bins can be baskets or wire containers and we can always DIY the labels for them, I do have a source for a one-of-a-kind coat rack with cow tags on them like the one here.
{THE LIVING ROOM CENTER}
Notes: I actually like the white walls as it gives it a coastal cottage feel so the existing one will work. Artwork can be added later on top of the settee; I am envisioning black & white family pictures but somehow photoshopped with some yellow in it [like your daughter holding a yellow balloon] or using yellow frames.
{MORE OF THE LIVING ROOM}
Notes: I am envisioning a vintage industrial media center with a “locker-style” feel, on the right side above it; we can suspend either lanterns or birdcages with hooks & pulleys, a chaise would be perfect so the view from the deck is not blocked when people are coming in from the door [chairs would work as well but the chaise because it doesn’t have any arms will make the space feel larger], a pair of sconce on each side of the doors to the deck, a plain but more of a shag feel rug will be better than patterned ones in this space & in keeping up with the theme.
Notes: [1] trays for ottoman [2] vintage stools can be placed on the right side of the floor lamp [3] one of your club chairs [4] ottoman, my rule is no three tufted seating|table in a room, the settee & ottoman can be tufted but the settee, ottoman & chaise can’t be all tufted [5] round low ottoman [6] throw for club chair
{THE HOME OFFICE}
Notes: I think the color of the desk is already perfect so I’m thinking of just stenciling the top & numbering the drawers; it can be a quote, a favorite word, etc, the fabric is for an upholstered cornice for the window, ledges on left side & a chalkboard for right side. I put 3 chair options [I’m partial to #2] but this is where a vintage chair will work as well.
{THE BEDROOM}
Notes: The walls would be so awesome in charcoal gray [like the one here], the headboard can be custom-made with the fabric chosen, night stands should always be functional, an area rug may be optional, a patterned coverlet can be placed at the foot of the bed, an extra stool|small chair is always good for purses, books,etc, lighting should be small, unobtrusive but still bold.
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We’re slowly rolling out these ideas in their new space so stay tuned!


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Scene at Our Loo

Just a little post today folks. When you think of that little space in your home called your loo aka the bathroom or restroom. Do you keep it sterile and think of it as just a place to do your “business?” Or do you actually adorn it and think of it as a room to escape the mundane world of the living room? Our little loo is not a posh area with a bidet to boot but I didn’t even realize how I put so many of my favorite things here. Case in point, favorite pattern in favorite color as the wallpaper, lime green candle birds, apothecary bottles + pink flowers, branch jewelry holder + necklaces | bracelets, favorite picture and cashmere.

Oh, and to answer your question {well, even if you didn’t ask but have always been curious}, wallpaper is totally a DO in the bathroom!


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If There’s a Factory for Design Style

If there’s a factory for design style for our homes… it would only produce products that are innovative and fun; it would open it’s doors to wannabe designers {like you & me?}; it would have a sense of community and the community includes us! Wait a minute…this is what the Style Factory is all about!
I was busy doing my daily tasks of facebooking and tweeting {hard tasks might I say!} when I came across this site about a month ago. And I thought I was a genius for developing the cupkie idea {get it? it’s a cookie cupcake…somebody mass produce this please!} but the idea behind the Style Factory is totally ingenious! If you’re a designer, you can submit your design, share & build the hype for it and voters {again like you & me} can vote for their favorite designs. If your design is picked, it has to garner enough pre-orders to be produced. So, you, yes, you & me have a voice. They have a range of products from furniture to accessories, outdoor items to dinnerware. The items above is just a small sampling of what they offer.
 
DESIGN + E-COMMERCE + COMMUNITY
I do love the concept! Shop here, vote for items here & my favorite, shop for design products that are <$100 here. And yes, they’re great people so you should “like” them here.


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The Many Shades of Gray

According to the Munsell Color system, gray has 9 shades or chroma…different intensities. Of course, Sherwin-Williams and Behr will probably disagree, there’s definitely more than 9 shades of gray in their book. Gray is just everywhere, from interiors to clothes. It’s been the new black since last year. But then, black is a shade of gray.
Black room.
Charcoal Gray.

Light Gray.

White room.
In any shade, gray is a classic. If you like grey and different shades of grey then check out some of the single beds for sale at www.dreams.co.uk to check out the range there, and soo if you can find one that matches with your aesthetic preferences.


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Tips to Get Ready | Outdoor Living Tour Austin

 

1. Buy your tickets now. This is really a no-brainer. There’s no such thing as maximum capacity with home & outdoor living tours but if you like saving and you haven’t bought your tickets yet, buy them here. They’re only $15 but the day of, they will be $25.

2. Dress comfortably. That means, cool clothes and probably flip flops [freshly pedicured nails are optional but highly advised]. This is Texas and even though it’s just Spring, we’ve been hitting more than 90’s here. T-shirt & shorts or a dress?

3. Bring some hydration. Hmmm, I already know what you’re thinking. This is such a lame tip list. Almost everything is just common sense. But hey, I forgot to bring enough to the Modern Home Tour. It is super hot, so bring a gallon of water maybe? But you’ll run into the problem of having to pee. Hmmm, I suggest at least 2 bottles.

4. Map it out. If you want to see them all, map your routes carefully and put the homes in sequence. If you’re crunch for time then go to the property list here and circle the ones that are must check out for you. Oh and another thing, if you don’t have tickets yet or your tickets are held at “Will Call,” you must go to one of these homes first to get them.

#1: 2416 University Club Dr.
#7: 2508 Wilson St.
#8: 6502 Grover St.
5. Have an amazing camera on hand. If you’re into viewing other people’s homes and their gardens [which I am and if you’re an HGTVDesign enthusiast, I’m sure you are!]. This is your chance to take pictures without getting reprimanded. Amazing probably calls for a DSLR but if you don’t have one like me [waaaah], then see tip below.
 
6. Bring a trusty friend or friends. A party of one is lonely but two or more? That’s a party! I still don’t know how many will be in my party but I know, my dear friend, Andrew who happens to be an amazing photographer will be with me. Wee!
 
7. Bring a pad or a journal. Ok, I do…because I take notes, especially if something catches my eye. An inspiration? An idea?
 
8. Bring business cards | Get brochures and business cards. It’s not a networking or a business event but it’s a good idea to always be ready. The people that goes to these tours have the same interests as you. The architects & designers of the homes or gardens may be there and you just may need them for your next project.



9. Have fun! Enough said. It’s a Saturday, the sun is out…I hope, it’s a beautiful city with beautiful people and thank this event company for hosting events like these.


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The Rise and Shine of the Edison Light Bulb

We definitely have come a long way since the birth of the electric light when Thomas Edison invented the incandescent light bulb in 1879. Light was created by using electricity to heat a thin strip of material, also called a filament [hence, people also call it the filament light bulb] until it gets hot enough to glow. As the current design culture continues to thrive in “what’s old is now new again,” the Edison bulbs is what’s new in lighting. And of course, I’m loving it…

Gorgeous, don’t you think? I also think under this kind of glow, our skin would just look flawless. Let the romantic mood begin.


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A Mother’s Day Card from my Daughter

First, can there really be a greater gift than having a child? Especially, a daughter, they’re just a bundle of sweetness packaged so beautifully. It’s even more heartwarming if they have your eyes, your mannerisms, your quirks. Whenever my daughter asks me what I want for Mother’s Day, I always say, L.O.V.E. Corny, but true, I never ask for anything else. That in itself is more than enough. Still, I tell her, a handmade card on the side will make it extra special. This is what she gave me yesterday.

Nanay means Mother in Filipino. I think her creativity has such sophistication, don’t you think? This is a part of what she wrote…
Nanay,
I love you so much. You really are my BEST FRIEND….You are my role model always. Thank you for being there for me & teaching me what’s right. You are truly the best Mom ever….Thank you for always being truthful with me and helping me when I’m sad. I love you. <3
Can I hear an awww, please!
And this is my Noelle…
I hope all the Mothers out there had a great one. After all, you deserved it!

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Must Check Out: Nesting Newbies Issue No. 5

If you’re a design enthusiast, aside from your multiple subscriptions to home magazines [ahhh, miss my Domino but there’s always Lonny], you have a slew of digital shelter mags you just absolutely check out, especially when new issues becomes live. Of course, I’ve perused & drooled at all the pages of Nesting Newbies since it’s first issue. The inspiring duo of Lea Mcintosh & Jodi Murphy are directing the pages of their mag to Nesting Neophytes, from food to decorating to entertaining.Well, Issue No. 5 is live! Check it out, not only because we’re on p. 192-193 [a little plug of course :)] but it’s chockfull of ideas. Below are the pages I’ve bookmarked.

  Us…wee!
I completely adore this tablescape by Kelly of The Party Dress. She is amazing!
I adored the different kitchens featured & found out I really do loveFrench Country Elegance.
Amazing Camila of Effortless Style Interiors is a must read!
And the styling of Will of Bright Bazaar cannot be missed!
I also loved seeing Mr. & Mrs. Aphrochic & how about Ms. Laura Day? She is just fascinating! I hope all of you will have a Happy margaritas & tacos al carbon day! Happy Cinco de Mayo!


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It’s Just Paper..or Is It?

I normally don’t post anything about fashion but these my dears is not fashion, it’s paper design & architecture. I just stumbled across this collection in the April 2011 edition of Interior Design magazine. What it is: a competition and exhibit by 27 undergrads & grads of Interior, Fashion, Industrial Design and Fine Arts at the Pratt Institute using only one medium…paper. The idea according to the Dean is to help students “understand the powers of parameters as a catalyst for innovation.” That’s way too deep for me folks! Apparently the mission translated well in the student’s minds. This is the Pratt + Paper & Ralph Pucci exhibit.

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