Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Dress My Window

Window treatments are practically an essential. Whether it be for privacy, to block out UV/glare, provide warmth - almost any commercial or residential space needs some sort of window coverings. In most all my projects, it is certainly the one item we address at some point. There are many options to chose from in deciding window treatments.
Sheers add a nice touch whether it be in addition to other window treatments or as a light weight contrast to a silk hem.

The String Panel system from The Shade Store makes for both a room divider and a window covering.

Available thru The Shade Store by Chilewich, these wood grain roller shades are something really unique and different.

Solar Shades (such as these from The Shade Store) are great for commercial/working spaces.

Relaxed Roman Shades look great and as they are aptly named - have a more relaxed (less tight) feel. Also great for windows that do not have any molding where they can be outside mounted.

Flat Roman Shades with a cornice is really charming.

Drapery panels always seem to add elegance with a hint of formality based on the fabric. There are so many styles and designs for drapery too. Mounting the drapery rod up high extends the height of the windows and the room.

Solar Roman Shades are great for spaces such as a window seat, they are light weight and a bit translucent, but do their job in filtering strong rays.

Classic Roman Fabric Shades lend a more tailed look to a window and are especially nice and streamlined for inside mount windows.

I often do wovens like this on a slider - having a valence straight across the top with the shades split in the middle. This allows for one panel to stay fixed and another to be opened to access the door if necessary. It also gives flexibility in opening and closing at different heights depending on how much light or privacy is needed.

Woven shades are great,especially for places like a kitchen/breakfast room as they allow light to filter thru. Since they are a natural fiber, there is less concern for smell and stain absorption from cooking.

Christopher Lowell flat Roman Shades from Smith & Noble:

Monday, March 30, 2009

Light My Way

A client was in need of a new light fixture for her nondescript narrow stair landing, a hanging fixture from the ceiling. Her look and style is Contemporary Asian. Here are some unique finds that can work in a narrow landing and have a streamlined Asian look.
Reed Pendant from Y Lighting.

Koshi Pendant from Y Lighting.

Pendant from Lighting Universe.

Pendant from Lighting Universe.

Coco Bead Pendant from Modern Dose.

Teardrop Lamp from Spacify.

Bamboo Tranquility Pendant Chandelier from Lamps Plus.

The George Nelson Triple Bubble Lamp Fixture by Modernica available at Velocity Art And Design.

Marimekko Outdoor Fabrics on Sale!

Textile Art is currently selling their Marimekko Collection of indoor/outdoor fabrics from $29.99-$34.99/yard. They are printed with fade and mildew resistant dyes and can be used for upholstery. The collections feature color combinations of blues, citrus, reds, and neutrals.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

WestWeek '09!

If you live in LA, WestWeek starts tomorrow and over the course of the next two days are many events, lectures, and showroom parties! For all the event listings, visit the Pacific Design Center website.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Hamptons Getaway

This home in the Hamptons is designed by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz and was featured in Veranda magazine. Many of the rooms I enjoy seeing as there are some refreshingly new ideas, finally something a bit different - especially of a traditional Hampton home (which are all very beautiful too). While the project retains it's very "high end" look it also mixes in furnishings from some very accessible sources (which I've highlighted).
The living room with Noriega-Ortiz designed loveseats, back-to-back Room & Board sofas and daybed, Wisteria lamps.

The entry is stunning! Royale sheers, chandelier by Noriega-Ortiz, Country Swedish chair, Stone Yard table.

The dining room done in a saffron color with Crate & Barrel chairs upholstered in a Larsen fabric. The sideboard is from Room & Board.

The kitchen with plexi-craft barstools at the counter and Noriega-Ortiz designed the curtain of beads as a chandelier around the stove hood!

The kitchen eating area is a custom banquette which runs the length of the room. The tables are of black metal bases and plexi-craft white acrylic tops with Room & Board chairs.

The master bedroom.

The porch steps extend the length of the 40-foot pool.

The chaises are from West Elm with Sunbrella fabric.

All images courtesy of Veranda.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Virtual Design List of Services


Bathroom/Kitchen Remodels ($600 per package)

Color Consultation ($150 inclusive of all rooms)

Custom Furniture Design ($75 per item: i.e. built-ins design, vanity design, etc)

Design Drawings (Floor Plans & Elevations) ($75 for every two drawings)

Furniture & Accessory Specifying ($75/per hour)

Home Office Design ($375/per package)

Hospitality Design (Please inquire)

Office & Retail Design (Please inquire)

Outdoor Design (Deck, Patio, Yard) ($375 per package)

Shopping Services ($75/per hour)

Space Planning ($75 for two layouts)

Additional Services:

iDesign: Complete design package which includes concept pictures & ideas, furniture floor plan drawings, color & material selections, furnishings selections, & list of resources. ($375 per package)

Email/phone consultation services: ($25 .5hr/$50 1hr)

Email for Designer Q & A: ($5 per question/design advice)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Pillow Talk

So I was just on a search for throw pillows for a window seat in a young girl's bedroom when I came upon these great finds from PB Teen. Why is it my "last stop" is always the best find? After looking thru other sites, nothing really stood out to me - and then, of course, I leave PB Teen for last (I was honestly trying to find the more unique and different sources) - but alas, when my client is on a budget and wants to get something fast - this is the answer! I fell for these options.
For the sophisticated girl, Sparkle Medallion Pillow Cover $19.

Bon Bon Ribbon Pillow Cover $25 (my favorite).

These pillow covers are only $8.99! Look! One already has my "name on it!"

A few of these Pom Pom pillows are exactly what we need for the window seat. ($29.99)

And while your on the site looking at pillows, scroll down to see these cute chairs:
Ooh La La Armchair $199 (sale).

Grace Vanity Chair $149.

And last, but not least, look at this steal from Overstock - love this table lamp! Only $59.99 and it's called the Celine Table Lamp. (Please don't all buy them out - my client may need to purchase one!)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Green Envy

In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, I thought I would delight in all things green. From a room filled with shades of greens, to accent pillows in moss, to a goldish green pendant...various shades of greens work for almost every room. More bold? Try kelly green - such a fun color! It's okay to be green with envy...

Throw pillows from Design Public.

Dining chairs in green.

Paint color from Farrow & Ball.

Outdoor furniture from Smith and Hawken.
Bedding from Pottery Barn.

Drapery panels from Smith & Noble.

Kelly Wearstler designed bathroom at the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica, CA.

William Sonoma Home hand woven ikat rug.

A pendant light from Y Lighting.

Happy St. Patricks Day!