March 18, 2013
I slipped in to our local Target store yesterday to buy some Champion brand gym clothes that they have on sale. I needed more high performance clothing now that I’m performing at a higher level ; ) My trainer and gym membership have been working – even with an occasional, ok frequent, cheat. Since I was already there, of course I had to see what they were pedaling in the house-wear and garden centers. Now you might not be quite as shocked as I was to see these cute little side tables but let me tell you after having sold this table to a client I WAS SHOCKED to see a look-a-like in Target of all places.
This little table is a design from OOMPH, and is clearly a knockoff. I’m a bit torn about this. On one hand I love that the masses get this great design for a fraction of the better made side table from Oomph… good design for all! But, It makes me sad that with all the resources Target has, they couldn’t have designed their own cool table and not taken design ($) from a small company like Oomph. The bottom line is it’s good for you. This table is 39.99 and available at Target. It is a chic little table that would look great next to a slip-covered swivel chair, and the end of a sexy settee or even alongside your bathtub holding am iPad and glass of wine. Jonathan Adler has become a household name in recent years. We went from obscure pottery artist to world-class decorator and retail giant but marketing a look we really haven’t embraced since the days of Merimeko, Vera and other 60′s Modish designs. And, do you know how you can tell when someone has made it really big? They get knocked off by a big box chain like Target ( and in this case Nate Burkus ). Yeah, Yeah tortoise shells have been used in interior design for decades but this white version I’d something Adler has really made iconic. Bad for Adler… diluting the market and creating a trend so strong it’s bound to be over-played, but great for you because it’s only $19.99 at Target. Now I may be wrong here but I’m 99% sure this is an Arteriors original design. And yep, you guessed it… now available at your local Target. It’s nearly $800.00 from online retailer Zincdoor.com was it really only $24.99 at Target? Wow, crazy cheap. This table is not as well made and they changed the proportion of it a bit from the original – taller and a bit more delicate looking – but come on it is so a copy.
Jamie Young is my “go-to” lighting resource. They have up to the minute, white-hot lighting at prices that are fair for the well made and well designed quality products they produce. This white floor lamp from Target is so a Jamie Young KNOCK-OFF. Bad for Jamie Young… Great for you. I don’t think it’s nearly as pretty as one of Jamie’s – the high gloss looks cheap and this lamp isn’t made nearly as well – but for the cheap price $69.00? I might be able to live with it. click here to see the Jamie young version.
March 12, 2013
I should warn you… I’m dieting, hence the title I’ll try and keep food references to a minimum. What I did for today’s blog was just go through some unused pictures on my desktop looking for a common theme. It’s no surprise that I’m a major fan of whites, off whites and creams all used together. Well is seems I really like a dash of caramel mixed in with my whites.
Even though it is a “neutral” I like to use caramel as well as tan, camel, light brown, and other warm mid-tones as I would a color. In a white room with tonal upholstery, those rich warm colors can be the accent or the “punctuation” in a space. But there is more than just a strong color story here. The furnishings are transitional to modern – in a mid-century meets 70′s bohemian mixed with Scandinavian leanings type thing. The look is decidedly masculine, yet appropriate for either sex. I love the simple and clean look of these spaces with the extra dash of exuberance in the layer of found/collected/layered accessories.
Art has a great way of really taking center stage in rooms like this. If you think you’re going to try for this type of vibe I suggest you pay strong attention to the walls. If you can’t afford statement pieces, found and collected groupings of interesting small pieces will work, but you can’t put multiple groupings on every available wall, so plan ahead! I’m a sucker for a four-post bed, but in white in a white room with the warmth of the wood floor and doors, perfection! The softness of the drapery header, the easy matelasse coverlets and the simple bedding are classic, simple and just perfect. The hide rug really sums up the prefect color palette white and tan dash of black… the percentages of colors is right on.
You can knock it out of the park with this color palette in the kitchen too. I’ve helped many clients create kitchen palettes with cabinets in both whites or creams mixed with a yummy pecan, fruitwood or other warm stained mix. They are the perfect compliment and reinforce the “furniture” feeling in some kitchen design that is still so popular today. The mix works with traditional, country, as well as shaker, contemporary and modern. I love the open and random boxes used in this kitchen. Found object meets function for a look that is easy, not too precious and fun to be in. I WILL USE THIS IDEA in my beach house.
I’m mixing in this shot because I love the room and because It proves that this “look” can work with any style. The glam of the gold mirror and sconces and the deeper tones of the wood pieces suit the white and camel upholstery and elevate the textures in the space to becoming the pattern. A room with no pattern is not as easy to produce as it sounds. Texture becomes very important… the crown moulding, the basket, the books, that great mirror! even the legs of the stool all become the details your eyes see.and just because I love the feeling of these images…
March 8, 2013
James Perse Furniture is a natural extension of the brand, with the same essential qualities as the clothing. It is classic, simple, and timeless — the essence of casual living. The collections – Malibu, Nor Cal, Los Angeles and Brentwood – appeal to a broad style of homes, from traditional to modern, and include both indoor and outdoor pieces.
James Perse Furniture is made in the USA and sold exclusively at James Perse Boutiques and the James Perse Showroom in Los Angeles. For more information, please contact email@example.com or visit the James Perse Showroom.
The Brentwood collection is sleek and sophisticated lending itself to a wide variety of décors. Its design is classic and suits both elegant and casual environments. The collection is available in ash wood with an espresso or white finish, as well as top quality teak grown on an environmentally friendly farm. The collection includes the Balfour Dining Table, BurlingameTable, Barrington Coffee Table, Hillcrest Console, Concord Desk, and the Helena Dining Stool.
The Los Angeles Collection is a modern interpretation of the Craftsman style – warm and rustic with clean elegant lines. Pieces are available for indoors, in rough sawn white oak and can be upholstered in 100% Belgium or Italian basket weave linens or a cotton linen blend. For outdoor use, the collection is available in top quality teak grown on an environmentally friendly farm and upholstered with premium all weather fabrics to ensure lasting outdoor use. The collection includes the Craftsmen Bed, Sofa, Chair, and Ottoman.
Nor Cal Collection
A collection of upholstered pieces that capture the refined and relaxed quality of the James Perse aesthetic: modern and timeless. Fabrics are offered in 100% Belgium and Italian basket weave linens as well as a cotton linen blend, and express a lived in and laundered look. The collection includes the Sonoma Bed, Sofa, Chair and Chaise, the Napa Sofa and Chair, and the Carmel Ottoman.
A collection of classic outdoor furniture updated and refined to reflect the James Perse aesthetic. Made of top quality teak grown on an environmentally friendly farm, the Malibu Collection is upholstered with premium all weather fabrics to ensure lasting outdoor use. The collection includes the Malibu Sling Chair, Westward Wedge, Montecito Daybed and Chair, Carbon Chaise, Cross Creek Director’s Chair, Colony Chair, and the La Piedra Side Table.
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8687 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90069
Tel 323 606 7660
February 18, 2013
Hedingham Castle was constructed in 1140AD, both by and for the famous de Vere family. These Earls of Oxford lived here for more than five centuries, and to this day the castle remains under the ownership of their descendants, the Lindsay family. As one of Britain’s oldest buildings, the stunning keep still overlooks almost the entire county of Essex, with its 12-foot thick walls and original Norman architectural flourishes having been admired by numerous royal visitors including Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Close by is the Queen Anne House, constructed in 1720 and overlooking a lake and glorious wooded grounds which are populated by a profusion of birds, flora and fauna.
Hedingham Castle’s famous Norman keep, and its fine Queen Anne house, together with their beautiful grounds, lake and woodland, provide superb locations suitable for a wide variety of filming and photographic shoots.
The historic buildings include the well-preserved 12th century keep consisting of four floors, with a magnificent banquet hall and minstrels’ gallery. Adjacent to the castle is a Queen Anne house (most of these images are of it) with elegant old-fashioned rooms overlooking the lake, and a charming octagonal dovecote built in 1720.
Some of the productions the castle and house have been hired for include the BBC drama “Ivanhoe”, various documentaries such as “Made in Britain” with Fred Dibnah, The Shakespeare Theory with Sir Derek Jacobi and History of Britain with Simon Schama.
Hedingham Castle is on the North Essex / Suffolk border, 60 miles from London. For location charges and further information please contact them.
The Castle was also used for a feature film starring Willem Dafoe & Gina Mckee with Renaissance Films entitled “The Reckoning”. Magazine and photo shoots include “Vanity Fair” featuring Alexander McQueen… oh, and the grounds are lovely too!
February 17, 2013
I love Chocolate. After all I’m more a beige tan type than I am a grey or white type. I like my whites warm (Simply White is MY white) and deep cocoa brown and milk chocolate and all the rest go better with a “white chocolate” White. The thing I like best about chocolate-brown is it looks good in any (every) season. There is a cooling comfort in a brown room in Summer time. It’s like sitting in the shade, under an oak tree, sipping lemonade. When it’s snowing outside – as it is today – it’s like being in a cozy cashmere blanket. I also chocolate-brown because it gives drama. It’s a statement making color, and I don’t always like relying on accents and occasional chairs for the punch in a room. Those pieces are a good place to put bold color or pattern but dark walls allow for quiet upholstery and give a strong look. A dark wall color will also allow for simple fabrics as window treatments… a good thing if you don’t want to look “over decorated”, think linen sheers, wool panels or easy cotton drapes.
February 15, 2013
Yeah, I missed Valentines Day… and a few others since the last post since the puppy arrived! Thank you all for sticking with me when the occasional “vacation” is taken from my attempt to post as close to daily as possible. I am waking up twice a night to take the new boy outside, and spending less time blogging and more time potty training these days. Today, I am hunkered down, on the sofa in my new adult onesie that my husband gave me for Valentines Day with a few dogs on my lap watching it snow outside. So I’m attempting to catch-up a bit today.
I hope you are having a great day, what ever it is you’re doing.
February 7, 2013
Not going to lie… The PUPPY along with a busy work schedule is taking its toll on me. I’m runnin every day, working on designs for clients, making deliveries, and managing the paperwork, scheduling and other details that go along with a busy design practice… But today I found the time to have a runner installed on the back stairs at my house, yeah… MY HOUSE. You’ve heard about the cobblers kids right? …they go around with old or no shoes, well I am no longer the designer with an unfinished staircase. I have been a fan of this pattern for some time (I’ve used it more than once for clients) and love the way it turned out.
Speaking of clients, the sofa for this room finally arrived today. The clients were in town last week for just a day or two are thrilled how things are turning out. I can’t wait to hang art add accessories and the finishing details. Once that happens I’ll be sure to get some professional shots before the clients start enjoying the house. I have a beautiful pair of embroidered pillows in mind for that sofa!While at the New York Gift Show I spied this new color of the ever popular “Cats Paw” rug from Dash and Albert. A fan for years of Dash and Albert for Summer homes and coastal cottages, I can not tell you how happy I was to see this affordable and durable wool rug in a palette I am literally in love with. This rug is my soft, tonal, “greige” dream-come-true… It looks good with warm tan walls, grey walls and countless other colors and that’s why I ordered several for the store today , so excited.And, I helped install these custom-made drapery today. The green flange at the lead-edge coordinates with a slip-covered chair and ottoman and the neutral colored sofa and love seat have orange and lime patterned pillows, perfect! Now All I need is the sofa and the love seat, they’re still at the upholsterer (the slip-covers are custom). I have been assured they will be done before this client returns from traveling for work.
I ’d be lying if I told you I worked out today… But it has become a regular thing for me. I’m seeing my trainer two to three times a week, I am committed to having the body I want by summer. A trip to Mexico at the end of this month is coming a bit too quickly, I’m not where I want to be just yet, but the warmth and sunshine will be a good reminder of why I’m working out and help me stay on track. I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t splurge from time to time. Last week in Boston I had a great meal at cinquecento and I did have dessert. This panna cotta was infused with bay laurel and was served with a cherry coulis, and it was worth every calorie! If you’re in Boston check out this boisterous and popular eatery. In my down-time (7pm to 10pm) I blog, Facebook, Instagram, cook healthy dinners, play with the dogs, wash the dishes, email family, and occasionally try to catch-up on my DVR’d TV shows (Downton Abbey being the only show I try not to miss) and I squeeze in a bit of work from time to time. I actually love sitting on the sofa, with a dog on my lap, poking around Pinterest, Zinc Door and many other great resources for furniture and accessories with my husband across the room while I enjoy the warmth and the crackle of the fireplace.