Lumi: Pure and Natural Textile Printing

If you're familiar with textiles and design, you've probably heard of screen-printing, digital printing, and maybe even sublimation. All three are printing technologies used to create pretty patterns and pictures on fabric. But I would bet the Eames chair and ottoman I'm saving up for, that you don't know about the Lumi Process. It's a … Continue reading Lumi: Pure and Natural Textile Printing

Mi Casa Es Su Casa: Preparing Your Space for Holiday House Guests

It's that special time of year - the time that brings (invited or not) extravagant eating, kindness and giving, and friends and family visiting. And if your people are anything like my people, they come bearing gifts and all sorts of sweet love and excitement. It warms my heart. Mi casa es su casa. I … Continue reading Mi Casa Es Su Casa: Preparing Your Space for Holiday House Guests

Style Clash: Bohemian Eclectic Meets Globally Eccentric

What happens when one style meets another? Is it catastrophe waiting to happen or is there hope for harmony? That's why we created Style Clash. Some design styles are more flexible; others force us to stretch outside our comfort zone. Each week we will offer tips for mixing competing styles successfully. What do we mean … Continue reading Style Clash: Bohemian Eclectic Meets Globally Eccentric

Style Clash: Raw and Rustic Meets Smoothly Serene

What happens when one style meets another? Is it catastrophe waiting to happen or is there hope for harmony? That's why we created Style Clash. Some design styles are more flexible; others force us to stretch outside our comfort zone. Each week we will offer tips for mixing competing styles successfully. What do we mean … Continue reading Style Clash: Raw and Rustic Meets Smoothly Serene

Style Clash: Country Comfort Meets Simple Scandinavian

What happens when one style meets another? Is it catastrophe waiting to happen or is there hope for harmony? That's why we created Style Clash. Some design styles are more flexible; others force us to stretch outside our comfort zone. Each week we will offer tips for mixing competing styles successfully. What do we mean … Continue reading Style Clash: Country Comfort Meets Simple Scandinavian

Style Clash: Functional Finesse Meets Dark and Dramatic

What happens when one style meets another? Is it catastrophe waiting to happen or is there hope for harmony? That's why we created Style Clash. Some design styles are more flexible; others force us to stretch outside our comfort zone. Each week we will offer tips for mixing competing styles successfully. What do we mean … Continue reading Style Clash: Functional Finesse Meets Dark and Dramatic

Style Clash: Old World Meets Sleek and Chic

Style. It's that 'je ne sais quoi' about someone or some place. You can't put your finger on it, but you like it. Or you don't. It's personal and evolves with time and maturity. And then it might change, again. Style is expressed through fashion, music, decor, tattoos. Our style communicates who we are, what … Continue reading Style Clash: Old World Meets Sleek and Chic

Cool Design Converts the Car-Addicted

I live in Los Angeles and yes, I love my car. Not because it's a symbol of my status or a prized possession, but because I'd get nowhere without it. In a city known for traffic jams and empty carpool lanes, you'd think locals would be begging for ways to avoid our cars. Such is … Continue reading Cool Design Converts the Car-Addicted

A Purpose for Plastic: the RD Legs Chair

Like it or not, our planet is stuck with leftover plastic from years of oblivious consumption and waste. But rather than complain about the pile up, why not take the matter into your own hands? Richard Liddle, of UK-based Cohda Design, did just that. He found a way to use trash to create something new … Continue reading A Purpose for Plastic: the RD Legs Chair

Housefish Has the Key to Modular Storage

The era of sprawling McMansions and their five-car garages is gone for good. We've recognized the need to downsize to a right-size that better serves our planet, and we're acting accordingly. Smaller homes may save energy and money, but they certainly don't provide much storage space. So now we're seeking something simple to assemble, lovely … Continue reading Housefish Has the Key to Modular Storage

A Warm and Welcome Place to Shop

My grandest fantasy as a young girl included leading a life like Chris Evert or Gabriella Sabatini, which for an 8-year-old mostly meant wearing cute tennis skirts and being on TV. Although I have a great tennis game today (if I do say so myself), playing pro quickly lost its allure as my life took … Continue reading A Warm and Welcome Place to Shop

Hip, Slick and Eco Never Looked So…Molto Bene!

I'm not referring to my favorite pasta dish or sports car, but rather the fabulous modern kitchen designs of the Italian manufacturer, Valcucine. Founded in 1980, they've perfected the art of the sleek, clean and simple space where we cook. But what I find even more commendable is their effort to be green. For almost … Continue reading Hip, Slick and Eco Never Looked So…Molto Bene!

A Lovely Little Perch!

It's not often that my design senses are stimulated. But there's something about Amy Adams' pottery at perch! that tickles my fancy. We first raved about her designs here and here, but there's more. Adams has a special skill when it comes to ceramics - her designs are modern, playful and charming. All perch! pieces … Continue reading A Lovely Little Perch!

The Seaside Views of Zoe Murphy

Do you appreciate a good view when you see one? It could be of the beach at sunset or snow-covered trees in the mountains or a full moon in the desert sky. Anything. But do you actually see it, when you happen to see it as often as everyday? The young British designer Zoe Murphy … Continue reading The Seaside Views of Zoe Murphy

Eco-Concrete by Gore Design Co.

Fortunately, we've reached the point where it is not only un-cool, but offensive when companies ignore their footprint and don't face eco-reality. Despite the plethora of green-going ventures out there, I'm still impressed when I come across another design studio forging ahead, breaking new green ground without compromising creative philosophy. Gore Design Co. is such … Continue reading Eco-Concrete by Gore Design Co.