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HAPPILY STRANDED UNDER SELENITE’S SPELL

DSCN0617CH_SEL3_1024x1024If you are a home décor enthusiast who is not yet in love with selenite, your favorite brands are about to shoot you with Cupid’s arrow, and just in time for Valentine’s Day.  Some of my January gift market faves such as Tritter Feefer and Nate Ricketts Design are setting themselves apart from the pack by punctuating their vignettes with this enamoring crystal, warm to the touch and named for the moon.  They are adorning not just artwork and accessories but, you guessed it, lighting , with this crystalline form of gypsum that also happens to be cousin to alabaster.  The most effective use of it at January market was Tritter Feefer’s placement of it as a metaphor for fireplace logs—Nothing short of decorative arts genius, number one.  And number two, thank you for reminding me why I became a designer.   By now you are probably asking yourself, “Gee, I wonder what the design rationale is behind why this looks so great?”  Well, you’ve arrived at my inner designer’s reason-for-being… The crystal log exudes warmth and nature even as it remains not an actual log.  Design brilliance often lies not just in details, but in transmitting literal and metaphorical suggestions at the same time—the marriage of form and function expressed through the placement of objects in space.  A mirror suggests a window and opens up a room to light and reflection.  An overstuffed reading chair implies abundance and coziness, inviting you to relax and recline.  In the case of selenite, it suggests to me both nature and a glam edge, raw minerals and a refinement of taste, all of which makes my designer heart positively flutter.  Questions or comments?  You can find me here, in my sweet spot, happily stranded under selenite’s spell.

1st photo– Tritter Feefer’s use of selenite as fireplace logs

2nd photo–Nate Ricketts Design selenite pendant

Cell phone mirror & pendant

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A mirror made from fall-off from cell phone template cutouts, so clever not to mention eco-friendly! And it actually looks great in person as well… They also do these in pendants, super cool and affordable. These would be great in an urban loft type of setting or any area where there is a creative or work studio vibe…

Goth-Meets-Tuscan-Meets-Glam

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12/6/2013 GOTH-MEETS-TUSCAN-MEETS-GLAM

I adore the intentional and somehow ordered complexity of these jewelry-inspired pieces by Shannon Koszyk for Currey & Company.  I feel transported to a Romanian castle by these fixtures in a way that, ahem, I really like…  The combination of gothic and glam here turns out to be a perfect comment on the dilemma so many of my clients are experiencing–how to update traditional spaces by bringing a glamorous edge to them?  Not only that, but how to modernize a house with traditional bones without being completely untrue to it? Shannon Koszyk has done it courtesy of the vision brought by Brownlee Currey, the company’s President, who told me at High Point this Fall how he came to invite the collaboration… Ms. Koszyk had been ordering chandelier frames with no additional adornment and adding her own jewelry to them.  When he looked further into it, he discovered a great opportunity to bring her on board to design a collection.  My favorite part of this design story is the audacious lengths to which metal frame, hanging beads, and cascading crystals are taken–79 inches long on the large Antiquity Chandelier  to be precise…

Design Through My Eyes:

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12/6/2013 GOTH-MEETS-TUSCAN-MEETS-GLAM

I adore the intentional and somehow ordered complexity of these jewelry-inspired pieces by Shannon Koszyk for Currey & Company.  I feel transported to a Romanian castle by these fixtures in a way that, ahem, I really like…  The combination of gothic and glam here turns out to be a perfect comment on the dilemma so many of my clients are experiencing–how to update traditional spaces by bringing a glamorous edge to them?  Not only that, but how to modernize a house with traditional bones without being completely untrue to it? Shannon Koszyk has done it courtesy of the vision brought by Brownlee Currey, the company’s President, who told me at High Point this Fall how he came to invite the collaboration… Ms. Koszyk had been ordering chandelier frames with no additional adornment and adding her own jewelry to them.  When he looked further into it, he discovered a great opportunity to bring her on board to design a collection.  My favorite part of this design story is the audacious lengths to which metal frame, hanging beads, and cascading crystals are taken–79 inches long on the large Antiquity Chandelier  to be precise…

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Design Through My Eyes:

11/21/2013  BORN TO ANCHOR A DINING ROOM…

This Regina Andrew chandelier was born to anchor a dining room.  I had the opportunity to talk to the line’s co-creator, James Slaven, at market in High Point last month.  He collaborates with the line’s co-creator, who also happens to be his wife, Carla Zajac, on all the designs as well as overseeing their manufacture.  According to him, this design is an updated take on the traditional chandelier in which glass discs with hand-molded appeal replace the usual crystals.  Not only that, but this interpretation inverts at the bottom, undoing the outward movement and openness transmitted by more conventional pieces.  At High Point this October, it was shown against a teal wall. Jimmy says that having spent in time in Detroit seeing many a teal car pass by over time, he had burnt out on the color.  Now, however, he is rediscovering its virtues through his company’s own creative process.

Soft Silver Orbit End Table’s Sculptural Appeal

tableI am totally enamored with this new end table I saw at market from Regina Andrew. I like how they have updated the look by taking the weathered version that was in the line before and giving it a glam edge by using silver metal. It has a lot of movement, but it still has a light visual weight. Also, it has a sculptural quality, and that to me is always a good thing, no matter what your style range is… This would be great as an end or accent table in any space where you want some interest but clean lines still rule…

A clover-shaped ottoman? Genius!

ottomanA clover-shaped, tufted ottoman… Why didn’t anyone do this before ?!? This would work great adjacent to a sectional or with 4 club chairs around it. What a great alternative to the usual ottoman, or to the usual cocktail table, for that…for that matter? While not being round, it still keeps the traffic pattern open and reduces the number of squared-off edges, like a round piece does. I love this new line Gabby discovered at Jan market in Atlanta… They had lots of round cocktail tables as well so it is a wonderful new source for my clients.  Remember, people, soften your corners especially in places like bedrooms, which are heavy on case goods and rectangular things in general, by adding rounded edges and fabric wherever you can!!!

Ranch Home Remodels

The top 3 Ranch Home remodeling strategies are adding light, space, and creating a great room feel. We do this by reconfiguring the space, even if it means moving or removing walls, adding skylights, and adding windows and doors where needed. Even as we are unfolding the structural plan, I already have my clients engaged in picking paint tones and architectural details that highlight feature moments, raise perceived ceiling height, and maximize natural light. I look forward to working with clients who are pursuing ways to modernize their ranch homes—we can bring the technical and artistic pieces of the puzzle together to make a space that is open-plan, spacious, and just plain inviting…

Monet Reimagined by Soicher-Marin

4_GNkJ5Txjg3dbazOn4sGk4hmzIvc6NkfLwBRTQjqzcThis artwork is a real standout from January 2013 market in Atlanta. It is called Abstract Water Lilies, and you can see why, though it also reminds me of fabric or found textile patterns…  (One of my clients was so excited about it that they changed course on their Great Room color scheme in order to make it the centerpiece!) This piece, which comes in a series of 3 if desired, would be great in any room that needs a large-scale anchoring piece that also sets up the color scheme for the space.  It is fresh and on-trend but also timeless… By placing all three, triptych-style, over a sofa, you would complete the wall rather than competing with the sofa by putting a single piece there that cause them to fight.  (“Complete, don’t compete!”) Thank you, Monet, without whom this artwork would not be possible!