Monday, September 20, 2010

Thank you Beach Bungalow 8!

After I saw my friend Megan (of Beach Bungalow 8) at last week's social media panel at the Kravet showroom, she emailed and asked if I could send photos of any recent projects that she might be able to post. I'm so appreciative to her for posting about me. I absolutely adore her blog and think she has impeccible taste, so I feel extremely honored to be featured amongst all her other stylish finds.

Now head over to Beach Bungalow 8 and check it out!

Thanks Megan! xoxo

Master Bath Remodel

Just wrapping up a master bathroom in Irvine. I worked with some pretty sophisticated clients with excellent taste! They had a clear vision of what they wanted from the beginning and had a heavy hand in the design process. We made a great team and I think the (almost finished) master bath looks amazing! Here are some photos that my client just emailed showing the remodel process...

View the same clients' living room and kitchen remodel here.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Online Magazines

How do we feel about them? I can't really decide. Of course I'd rather have an online magazine than no magazine at all, and over the past two years I've had to say good bye to House & Garden, Domino, Southern Accents, and Metropolitan Home. Here are a couple of online magazines that I've checked out recently...



They both have beautiful photos and some great resources and stories, but there's still just something about holding the magazine in your hands and physically flipping through its pages. Not to mention that my little laptop doesn't have the largest screen, so it's not optimal for drooling over interior photos in an online publication.

Some of the plus' are that Lonny has a view setting where you can flip through the magazine with hyperlinks for all of the resources and websites mentioned in the pages. It makes research and design stalking a lot quicker and easier. And both of the magazines have "photo galleries" where they compile all of the fabulous images into neatly organized categories that are easy to search and view. Not to mention, both of these online publications are free :)

At the end of the day, I hope there's room for both online and print magazines in the design world, as they both have their benefits, and I hope that I won't be saying good bye to any more of my printed shelter mags any time soon.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Social Media and the Design World

Tomorrow I'll be attending this...

My friend Megan Arquette of Beach Bungalow 8 will be on the panel, yay!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Santa Monica Museum of Art

Tonight I went to the Santa Monica Museum of Art for the opening reception for the Combustione: Alberto Burri and America exhibit. Alberto Burri (1915-1995) was an Italian born artist who eventually moved to Los Angeles. Combustione highlights projects that occupied Burri in the twenty-five-year period during which he worked in L.A.

I had such a great time and enjoyed all of Burri's pieces, most of which were abstract, mixed media. But I'd have to say that my favorite part of the exhibit was the room that showcased several different Italian artists' books from the 20 and 21st century. There was a lot different bookbinding, graphic design, photography, and writing that was really interesting and creative. I loved it all and would highly recommend it to anyone. This particular exhibit goes from September 11-December 18 and admission is free!

Find more information here.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

West Elm

I know it's not necessarily high class or high style design, but I must admit, I love West Elm. I would never recommend decking out an entire room with West Elm furnishings, but when working on a budget, they have some really cool stuff that you can throw into the mix. And things at West Elm just got a lot more exciting, they now offer most of their sofas in a variety of 26 new fabrics - velvets, cottons, suedes, and prints. Check it out here.

Digital Decorating

Most decorators these days offer design services to clients via email. The client will measure the space and send photos of the room(s) and the designer will work his/her magic. I've always been open to the idea, since the Internet makes shopping and sharing information so easy and universal, and recently the opportunity for digital decorating presented itself. I was referred to a client up in San Jose a couple of months ago and we've been emailing back and forth ever since.

Here is a little bit of of what digital decorating with me looks like (tailored, of course, to each individual client's personal style and lifestyle)...
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