January 23, 2012
This fabric from Pearson instantly caught my attention while flipping through this month’s Luxe magazine. I’m obsessed.
The script in printed on linen. It totally reminds me of some of the antique ephemera I use in my art…
“Hand blocked in India on 60 foot long tables this fabric is truly special and due to table size can only come in 20 yd pieces. All print is hand applied in wonderful neutral tones. Look closely and notice phrases, signatures and dates in both English and French.”
I’d love to upholster a set of simple wood-framed dining chairs with this fabric….or a headboard. Love.
January 17, 2012
We just popped this adorable fixture into a client’s proposal. It’s for their daughter’s room, and it’s so fricken’ cute. I totally want one of my own. “From the Parisian atelier of Mathieu Challières comes the whimsical Volière collection of feathered menagerie lighting. Each piece is made by hand from strong copper wiring and decorative birds with real feathers. ” Good news! These pendants are on sale right now at the Conran Shop.
December 5, 2011
The other day I saw the entire line of Marie Turnor bags. They are sooooooo adorable. The “picnic” in tan is quite popular right now, but I really dig it in gold lace. I love the juxtaposition of the generic lunch bag shape and the intricate lace pattern of the gold leather.
The lunch bag shaped purse comes in three sizes: the snack, the picnic, and the dinner. Love.
October 24, 2011
The other day I went to the Apple store to check out the new Iphone 4S with a friend. He was more interested in looking at the new nanos. Those things are tiny. I had never really looked at them before. The Iphone 4S demo station was filled with people trying to figure out how to work Siri, so I decided to wander over to the nano section with him. He brought me over to the incredibly small machines. They are less than 2″ square–the perfect size for a watch face–someone discovered. My friend wanted to buy a nano to turn it into a watch–a pretty cool idea, which was “kickstarted” by Scott Wilson, founder of MINIMAL and former Global Creative Director for Nike Watches. Wilson actually raised almost a million dollars to launch his idea. The bands, which hold the nano into place as a watch, range from $40-$100. The actual iPod nano starts at $129. The entire cost is pretty reasonable for a multi-function watch.
With 18 different clock face designs, you have a lot of different options to choose from. My friend almost bought the nano and the Lunatik wrist band, but ultimately decided not to, because there wasn’t a calendar app on the nano. Good point. As soon as they add the calendar, I’ll definitely get one. Perfection…especially in pink.
Outside of the PDC on Melrose (where I’ve been spending a lot of time lately), there’s a collection of strange yet totally awesome sculptures. I took a photo of a few of them a few days ago. I researched the random pieces of public art and found out they were created by Miranda July.
I love her “Eleven Heavy Things” project (the sculptures outside the PDC), as they were designed for interaction and photography. There are basically 11 witty photo opportunities. You should totally check out the front lawn of the PDC if you are in the area.
From July’s website:
“…Though the work begins as sculpture, it becomes a performance that is only complete when these tourist photos are uploaded onto personal blogs and sent in emails — at which point the audience changes, and the subject clearly becomes the participants, revealing themselves through the work.”
Production of this work has been supported by Deitch Projects
July 24, 2011
I just came across IdeaPaint. I’ve seen blackboard paint, and have even used it at clients used blackboard paint at client’s homes–but I really love this dry erase formula. You don’t have to worry about chalk dust! Apparently, the paint has been out for a couple of years now.
I’d love to paint the wall next to my front door with IdeaPaint. It would be so much easier than trying to go through the random sticky note reminders I have on the back of the door. I’d also love to have an office with one wall covered in this stuff.
From the website:
“Millions of worn out and unwanted whiteboards and blackboards end up in landfills each year. With IdeaPaint, there’s nothing to throw out. You apply it directly over the existing wall or surface in your home. When you’re ready for something new, just paint over it. IdeaPaint can even restore your old whiteboards and add years to their life. “
IdeaPaint is so great that it won a bunch of awards. It was created by some college kids
”The ‘idea”’for IdeaPaint came out of a brainstorming session in the e-tower, a dorm for entrepreneurs at Babson College (Wellesley, MA). True to the entrepreneurial spirit of the school, the students decided to cover their walls in large sheets of paper to write down their ideas. As their ideas grew the paper became filled with writing and had to be torn down and replaced– writing on the walls was great, but there had to be a better way! e-tower founder Andrew Foley suggested and looked for a paint that could turn every wall in their dorm into a dry erase writing surface. Surprised to find this paint didn’t already exist, John and friend William Gioielli set out to find one while Andrew began working on the business plan and created the name. When students and visitors from across campus began stopping by to write on the wall the team knew they were on to something!”
Here’s some more cool IdeaPaint rooms:
June 11, 2011
Made in France:
“Fermob’s mission is to design and make outdoor furniture that decorates the garden in a relaxed way. Fermob furniture has an added creative value, is of high quality, and is attractive, comfortable and affordable.…Fermob furniture is designed and manufactured using recycled and recyclable materials.”
Even better-Fermob is available through Nathan Turner, where you can see the Luxembourg Chairs and table (Designed by Frederic SOFIA. An authentic range inspired by the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris).
Available in sooooooooooooo many colors-
Many of Fermob’s pieces come in kids sizes! They are even cuter because they are small versions of the originals. Fermob is a celeb favorite (firsthand knowledge). One of the world’s most stylish women purchased a bunch of chaises for one of her pools.
June 5, 2011
Today, my friend Joshua and I were discussing the importance of owning a quality water bottle. Forget the bag, forget the watch…it’s all about the water bottle. In LA, you bring your water bottle everywhere. It’s an important accessory at the gym, in the car, at work, at the beach, and especially after a night of heavy partying.
Here are our top water bottle picks for Summer 2011 (at every price):
“Gulp chilled water from the first to the final glass with this cool carafe by the Dutch duo behind Officeoriginair. Just fill to the indication level and place horizontally in freezer. Once frozen, fill with water. The ice forms a cooling strip down one side of the carafe, cooling the water. “
So stylish–and we love the design!
“From its iconic shape to its thoughtful and surprising features, the KOR ONE celebrates water through form and function. Made from BPA-free Eastman Tritan™, the KOR ONE features a hinged cap and ice cube-friendly, threadless spout. Discover why thousands have called the ONE the best reusable bottle — ever.”
This is one sleek and sexy water bottle. We like it in blue.
“Finally, there’s a clean, safe and stylish bottle that is made from the practically inexhaustible resources of bamboo and glass. Bamboo gives our unique bottles style and strength. The glass guarantees safe, clean drinking at all temperatures, erasing the dangers of plastic water bottles. Whether you’re chugging ice-cold water or sipping on steaming-hot tea, this uber-cool bottle is BPA-free, ensuring no chemicals leach into your drink. To clean your insulated bottle, simply unscrew the easy-to-tote cap and top ring to remove the dishwasher-safe glass. We recommended leaving the bottom cap attached to the glass for ease of handling. To help clean the planet, simply keep using your Bamboo Bottle to hydrate instead of bottled water. “
Well designed. It really screams “green”.
“The bottles are strengthened by the same process used to strengthen fighter aircraft windshields, the iPhone cover glass and EpiPen bee sting antidote glass cartridges. While no glass is unbreakable, glass bottles that have experienced the proprietary HercuGlass treatment can survive drops on hard floors from heights of 6 feet or more.”
We love how attractive these are and that they are hard to break–but they are also hard to store in the car.
$19.99 (16 oz)
“The 16 oz bottle is perfect for on-the-go thirst quenchers. It fits in most car cup holders and the wide mouth makes adding ice cubes, fruit or tea bags easy.
Lifefactory’s BPA-free reusable beverage bottles are clear soda lime glass wrapped in a modern silicone sleeve — an intelligently designed, clean tasting, chemical-free container for all your favorite beverages.”
Looks easy to grip. Reese loves hers.
$9.95 (18.5 oz)
“Not only is our Bobble Water Bottle by Karim Rashid a smart and easy way to reduce our use of disposable plastic water bottles, it does it with style! Just fill this clever bottle with tap water and the charcoal filter pulls out impurities before you take a nice, refreshing sip. One filter will cleanse approximately 40 gallons (two months) – replacements are sold separately.||Made from recycled PET (RPET) 100% recyclable | Not intended for use where water is microbiologically unsafe or of unknown origin | For best results, replace the filter after two months or 300 refillings “
Our friend, Robyn, introduced us to this one. I have one in pink! I love it. I don’t know how well the filter works–as I only fill it with filtered water. It is LA, you know. One note- the bobble has to be hand-washed.
- 2 quart
- Blanket covered to keep water cool
- Light Weight Aluminum
- Poly lined
- Screw top with attached tether
- Adjustable web shoulder strap
Totally my favorite. I’m going to start sporting this one. Seriously- so in right now.
Tight-fitting stopper prevents leakage. Dishwasher-safe.
This bottle is a lot less expensive than similar glass bottles out there. Next time you’re in the mood for some Swedish meatballs, pick up some of these beauties. 34 oz.