Saturday, March 30, 2013

Pattern Play


Layering patterns or finding pattern in unexpected ways creates for interesting design and architecture. Don't be afraid to play with pattern! Whether bold, graphic, or opposites - they attract!


A bold black and white graphic floor with a nature infused wallpaper in an entry creates a stunning effect!


The gray and white floors are subtle enough not to compete with the patterned banquette, the colors tieing in seamlessly.


Striped walls and geometric floors blend come together in this bathroom.


Infused with color! Quite a statement but it works with the colors on the reverse of the bold patterns.


Spring colors, floral fabrics, and polka dots - makes for a sunny, happy room!


A mix of Ikat, stripes, and chevron come together to somehow make this a relaxing bedroom.

Images via Pinterest.

NYC Street Art + Artists Rugs for Marc Phillips Rugs


On a recent trip to NYC I got a big dose of inspiration checking out street art through out the neighborhoods of lower Manhattan (the Bowery, SoHo, NoLita) with Ginna of 27 Ground, also the Creative Director for Marc Phillips Rugs. Ginna has been collaborating with artists to create unique, one of a kind area rugs for Marc Phillips to be auctioned off for charity in conjunction with PS Arts. Ginna and I spent an afternoon wandering the streets of NYC in search of street art followed by a visit to the Marc Phillips Rugs showroom at the D & D Building to check out an exclusive preview of the latest artists designed rug collection.

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{logo creation by Ginna}

A street artist mural in an ever changing street scape (this wall is home to various rotating artists).


Art by Banksy.


Graffiti art on a parked trailer in NYC.


The work of Obey Giant, as seen on the side of a building in NYC.


Artist Obey Giant's area rug for Marc Phillips Rugs.


A rug designed by Kenny Scharf for the Marc Phillips artist rug collection.


As part of an homage to PS Arts, a child's artwork was chosen to be turned into one of the area rug designs for the collection.


A super fab design by Tracy Hiner of Blackcrow Studios, transforming her very chic wallpaper designs into a colorful area rug with vibrancy and movement!


A graphic rug by artist Retna, for Marc Phillips Rugs.


One of my faves, it's stunning in person! By artist Cole Sternberg.


For more, visit Marc Phillips Rugs.

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and, don't forget to "be inspired"

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Lighting Love


Lighting can really make or break a space! For starters, having the right balance of lighting in a room is critical. Depending on the room this may mean a mix of overhead lights, such as recessed, ambient lighting (like table lamps and floor lamps) and wall lighting (such as wall sconces or wall washers to light artwork). In addition. the color and wattage of bulbs are important factors in determining the best balance of light. Aside from the technical details, fun, funky, pretty, or eclectic lighting can really give a space a focal point! Take a look at these wow factor fixtures!


The Modo Chandelier from Roll & Hill


Pendant from Ro Sham Beaux.


Wall sconce by George Kovacs.


Antiqued metal drum shade from Restoration Hardware.


Bronze table lamps from


Chandelier from Emanuel Morez Inc.


Pendant from Cisco Home.


Concrete Martini pendants via

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Showroom Visit: 22 Bond St

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22 Bond St is an eclectic furnishings showroom located on La Brea, in the heart of the La Brea Avenue design district of showrooms. A full showroom floor and mezzanine filled with furnishings and accessories, a fusion of the popular British look and a mix of sexy lounge furniture. Take a look from a recent showroom visit!

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Overview of the interiors of the store, from the mezzanine to the entry.

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A lounge daybed and a sexy bed, as seen on the showroom floor.

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The accessory mix: a little Brit and a bit of a seaside decor.

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Cool finds: the Union Jack on the seats of these industrial chic counter stools.

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An interesting cut on the back of a settee, paired with graphic throw pillows.

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Interesting accessories paired on a bench.

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Super cool high-backed corner chair with nailhead trim.

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A pretty upholstered bench.

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A chic bamboo console.

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If you are in the neighborhood, be sure to check out 22 Bond St

126 N La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Design Bloggers Conference 2013, Recap!


This past week, the Design Bloggers Conference took place here in Los Angeles - and with that came lots of events, parties, and the arrival of so many fabulous designers and bloggers that I've come to know and love! This year, it was an honor to attend the actual conference itself, as the Material Girls were nominated for a Hall of Fame Award in the category of Best Overall Blog!

The start of the three day event kicked off with an invitation (courtesy of the lovely Bethanne of Currey & Company) to interior designer Michael Berman's house for a dinner party. We were fortunate enough to have had a really beautiful day with this amazing view of the downtown and LA basin from the backyard pool of Michael's house!

As always, I attended the party with my "design partner in crime" Christian of Maison21, pictured here with interior designer Michael Berman.


Of course, all my favorite boys where there too: Christian of M21, Andrew of Andrew Joseph PR, Sylvestre of Fuse Lighting, and Clinton of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle Magazine.


The interiors of Michael Berman's chic mid-century modern home.


Here's M21 pictured in Michael Berman's breakfast room...being silly and using a real old-school wall mounted telephone! (Even the original oven was still in the kitchen!)


When we weren't being silly, we were taking amazing pictures of the gorgeous LA view (pictured here with me is Sylvestre).


A detail shot from Michael Berman's latest collection: Bronze Studio (image courtesy of Maison21).


Fun parties aside, come Monday was the start of the Design Bloggers Conference. By noontime, Tobi Fairley (a recipient of last year's Hall of Fame Awards) emceed the awards with her hilarious presentation (read about it here - the pics are the best!). While it was an honor to be nominated, the Material Girls did not win (always next year!). However, it was thrilling to be in the room when the crowd applauded and our blog was flashed on the big screen (pictured above).

It was fun to see so many design blogger friends at the conference, and while I didn't get a chance to take many pictures, I did meet up with Sara from Decorative Carpets and Lulu & Georgia during one of the brief  breaks.

As glamourous as LA can be, an invite to an intimate dinner party hosted by Duralee at the Chateau Marmont is a great honor! On Monday evening, I joined the likes of Tobi Fairley, Brooke Carter Wallace, Christian May, Clinton Smith, Vanessa de Vargas, Andrew Joseph, and both Allison and Samantha of Duralee for a fun filled evening! (Tobi and Brooke will make you laugh to tears! Just request their impression of the girl named "Dur-ah-leeee!")

Our dinner menu for the evening - everything was SO good!


While photography is not allowed at the Chateau, we rebelled - and took more than a dozen self-portraits (me, Samantha from Duralee, and Andrew Jospeh) having fun after dinner!


Last but not least, we were each given a copy of textile designer John Robshaw's latest book (& I was lucky enough to score an extra copy for a soon to be giveaway here on the blog - stay tuned!) [Image via M21]
It was great to see so many design friends and bloggers this past week here in LA. Next year's conference will be taking place in Atlanta, GA for those of you who could not make the trip to LA. Many thanks to Lynn of Decor Arts Now for sharing her conference ticket with me!