Monday, November 30, 2009

Virtual Interior Design 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)


With iDesign, you can access interior design services for a flat rate per room package via the internet. By sending your room measurements and photographs, along with a description of what you would like the outcome to be, iDesign provides a package solution for your room which will include: concept pictures & ideas, furniture floor plan drawings, color & material selections, furnishings selections, & list of resources. Each room design is: $375. Please inquire for more details.

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Walking Tour: Houses of Balboa Island


Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend! I spent Thanksgiving Day at my family's house on Balboa Island in Newport Beach. Despite living in Los Angeles for many years, I was born and raised in Newport Beach, so it's still that place I call home. Our house on Balboa Island is located on what is called "Little Balboa Island." Balboa Island is an island in Newport Harbor comprised of a larger island and a smaller island separated by a canal and accessible by a bridge. On Thanksgiving Day, we took a walk around the perimeter of the smaller island (Little Balboa Island) and I took some pictures that I thought I would share with you. So join me on my walking tour!


So here's your map (um, using my iPhone map). Our walk begins on the smaller of the island where you see "The Grand Canal" at the very top (of the larger waterway, Beacon Bay) - we are going to walk around the perimeter on the water side above where you see Crystal Avenue (the water side street is E Bay Front) and then down to S Bay Front, across S Bay Front and back up along side The Grand Canal (all the homes featured are water front houses). Hope that's not too confusing! Don't get lost!


One of my favorite houses, this house sits on a corner lot right at the edge of The Grand Canal (but wraps around a bit with rooms facing the canal) and faces Beacon Bay. This house probably takes up about four lots. I don't know a lot of details about the house but my dad said it has been written about/published quite a bit.


A typical Balboa Island home, this house has a spacious front patio and a cute walkway.


An older more original island home, decorated for the holidays.


The architecture of this home is more southern, but still retains some traditional Balboa Island aesthetics.


Another house that has a southern flair, reminds me of a house you might see in Florida. (Part of the house both above and pictured below.)



The house sits on two lots, so it has a nice wide front water facing porch.


And it's currently staged and on the market for $10 million.


So now we've come to the intersection of E Bay Front and Park Avenue. Notice how even the lamp posts are decorated for the holidays!


An original 50's era gem, love the front door!


In the spirit of the holidays, owners decorate their private docks too.


My dad loves this house, not so much me - but I do find the nautical shutters whimsical.


Now we're at the corner of E Bay Front and S Bay Front. This house sits on a corner lot with dynamic views (the picture below is taken right at this corner).


The house above enjoys this view...every day.


A newer Balboa home, lush with landscape.


A day at the beach: Thanksgiving Day was 84 degrees, warm & sunny. Next time bring your bathing suit!


Another Florida-esque style home. This property was at one time available to rent. Great location, situated on a corner lot.


Most all of the water facing homes come with their own docks, great if you are a boat owner.


We're now at the corner of S Bay Front and The Grand Canal. This house sits across the way on the larger island.


As we make our way up The Grand Canal, my dad stops to introduce us to a friend of his that he meets up with on his daily walk.


We've now just passed the bridge that connects the larger island to Little Balboa Island as we continue to make our way back alongside The Grand Canal.


A house on the canal side, more traditional and modest in size, decked out for the holidays.


Making our way back to where we started, this walkway leads up to our house.

Hope you've enjoyed your tour of Balboa Island! Come visit again soon!

Have HUE seen it?


So have any of you readers picked up a copy of Kelly Wearstler's anticipated new book Hue? I finally ordered the book today on Amazon, feel as if I may be a bit late in running out to grab a copy but I'm patient enough to wait for mine to arrive in about a week or so. I have yet to read many reviews but I did see a post on another blog that was a rave review. Despite much circulation of excerpts, I pulled off these preview images via Amazon. If you have seen the book - let me know what you think!



Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!


{Images via Martha Stewart}

Pretty Pillows


I first saw this pillow (above) via Real Simple and thought it was darling. I clicked the link to the site to discover more pretty pillows and that their origin is Hungarian, made in Hungary using traditional Hungarian motifs. I happen to be half Hungarian (Austrian descent on my dad's side, Hungarian descent on my mom's side) so immediately connected to something that displayed a bit of heritage. Aside from heritage, these pillows are just really pretty!


This pillow is made by using hand -cut reverse felt applique.


My Hungarian grandmother used to sew a lot, this pillow reminds me of something she would have made.


The reds are pretty too!

{All pillows available online at Horne}

Now if only I could find those traditional Hungarian cookies & pastries my grandmother used to make for the holidays...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Jonathan Adler is coming to The OC!


For my Orange County readers, there is a new Jonathan Adler pop up shop located at Fashion Island in Newport Beach for the holiday season!

There will also be an exclusive designer event on Wednesday, December 2nd for local designers in the area.

Here's the info that was sent to me:

Dear Ms. Seidner,

We are thrilled to announce the opening our new Jonathan Adler store at Fashion Island Shopping Center in Newport Beach.

We are a pop-up store here for the holidays and would love to share our “happy chic” vibe with you. We invite you to participate in our exclusive Designer Event to be held the evening of Wednesday, December 2, 2009 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm.

- Feel, see, and smell all of Jonathan Adler’s fabulous products

- Learn about our 10% discount offered exclusively to designers

- Champagne & chocolate for a treat

- Meet fellow designers in the area

- Receive a complimentary gift from Jonathan Adler.

You can find us in the middle of the mall across from the Koi Pond. We hope to see you on Wednesday, December 2nd from 5-7. Give us a call to let us know you will be attending.

Have a “happy chic” day!

Jonathan Adler Fashion Island

235 Newport Center Drive

Newport Beach, California 92660

Phone: 949-759-0017 Fax: 949-759-0016

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Thanks Casa Sugar!


Just thought I'd say thanks to CasaSugar for including a picture I featured in a blog titled "Wall of Mirrors" (linking back to MG as source) on a post they did called "10 Ways to Create A Wall of Mirrors." Check it out for even more amazing pictures of decorating with mirrors. I especially love slide no 9.

And to leave you with another image, here's Kelly Wearstler's octagon mirror of walls for the high roller suite at the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas!


Branching Out


With Fall and Thanksgiving in season, filling your home with some earthly acquisitions really branches out from the usual decor...


Chandelier from Pottery Barn


Twig mirror from Spiegel


Jewelry Tree from Pottery Barn


Branch Side Table from West Elm


Floor Lamp from Oly Studio


Table from Jayson Home


Branch Shelf from West Elm