Dwell on Design has proven yet again to be a wealth of design inspiration. From interior craftsmen/women to jewelry designers you can find just about anything your heart desires. Dwell is a showcase for innovation in design as well as a learning tool for those seeking to be more environmentally conscientious without losing out on style.
A few of my favorites are the custom craftsman tiles brought forth by artist/architect/tile maker Cha-Rie Tang. Her love of the Arts and Crafts movement is well admired in her work. http://www.pasadenacraftsmantile.com/
Then there is Laurel & Wolf, a place where professional interior designers are matched with clients in an accessible and affordable way. https://www.laurelandwolf.com/
Or how about the folks from GEOS creating recycled glass surfaces. I can't think of a better way to create beauty from waste. http://www.eos-surfaces.com/geos/
Colorhouse brings us non toxic wall color with zero VOC's, no toxic fumes or chemical solvents. These stunning colors can bring life to any space with the compounds that have been known to cause health risk. http://www.colorhousepaint.com/
Abundant in design inspiration there are too many good things happening at Dwell on Design to list. But if your curious you'll have to wait until next year to check out the goods or if you happen to be in The Big Apple in the fall you can have your moment in the candy store of design.
Delta Millworks - specialized lumber and millwork supplier.
I absolutely love this!
Delicious indeed! I'm all about the gold Marilyn wall paper. Trying to figure out how I can work this into my next design.
Flavor Paper - http://www.flavorpaper.com/
Matt Locke - Infrastructure Art
This amazing wall art is a map of California constructed of solid copper wire, stapled by hand on rotary-cut red oak veneered plywood, custom stained with jet-black acetone dye.
I walk in with the sort of confidence as if I’ve been here before… that's because I have. The wine-tender (AKA - GM Nick Caballero) is friendly, just as he was when I visited last week to snap photos of the bar.
There are a couple of folks at the bar counter and a group of ladies toward the back. The mood is perfect so far…
Burbank’s first wine bar… I have been so excited for this moment and though it doesn’t compare to my introduction to Left Coast when Ed was running the place, I still feel the love here, I still feel very comfortable.
Typically I’m not a fan of modern décor but somehow the straight lines and box-i-ness of the interior works, plus I can’t help but love a place that supports local artist. Perhaps it’s the warmth and abundance of wood, one of my favorite decorative interior elements…. I feel like a rare bottle of wine in a wine crate. I like that.
As more people trickle in I realize that there is nothing to absorb the sound of a large crowd in this space, an aspect of design which is continually over looked within the LA scene. No matter, I am sipping on a nice glass of wine Gran Passione, Merlot-Corvina, Veneto, Italy.
The food is heavenly, the creation and design of culinary artist Executive Chef Wesley Pumphrey and Sous Chef Jessika Maymi. There is no doubt that I will be back here. Owner's Shannan VerGow and Jen Raim have created the new social hot spot and I look forward to sampling more lush, dynamic wines!
Summer has graced us with her smoldering beauty. The warm air is laced with the scent of coconut and sea breeze. This is such a wonderful time of year for many reasons one of which is my birthday is coming ;o)`, another of which is, it is the perfect time of year to have a wedding.
If your looking for a whimsical element to add to your summer wedding might I suggest Bella Umbrella. On my last visit to Seattle I stumbled upon this lovely store and as I often do with brilliant design, I fell deeply in love. Bella's has a fantastic bridal collection full of lace and ruffles and for the less traditional you could opt for polka dots, Tiffany inspired, or alternating color panels.
All of the umbrella's at Bella's are for rental purposes but if you want your own stylish wet weather accessory then pop over to their sister site Umbrellas! They've got some funky, cool options for fashion umbrellas, novelty, travel and more.. You can bet that I'll be purchasing one of these lovely designs when the rainy season comes along!
The Design Cookbook: Recipes for a Stylish Home – Kelly Edwards
A visual feast of appetizing and controversial design elements, just two of many aspects that make this book a great success. Kelly Edwards has skillfully taken design elements and broken them down in a step-by-step process. She gives us all the ingredients, spice, and character of various designs formatted in cookbook style. I think this is a fantastic way for the everyday home designer to explore interior design. The imagery of interior spaces are glutinous with elegance and style. The Design Cookbook has defiantly inspired me to try out some these fabulous recipes for design.
Check out what I found out in speak with the Master Chef herself…
* Who was your intended audience when creating The Design Cookbook? Can you break down the format for me? I wanted to create a book that everyone could enjoy. From the high-end designer to the DIY’er, I wanted something for every skill set. Actually it was my dad came up with the idea. One day I was telling him that I wanted to do a design book and he said, "Why don't you make one that looks like a cookbook?" I thought, “That's ingenious!” Truth is... people love to read cookbooks even if they can't cook. It's such a great approach to design. If you give someone a photo, a recipe and a list of ingredients it makes it so much easier to complete a room! I wanted to show people that with a recipe for a room, they can be their own designer.
* Where does your inspiration for design stem from? I get inspiration from other designers. I have about a million magazines. Whenever I’m looking for inspiration I turn to them. Some are even 10 years old. I can find plenty of ideas in all of them. Even if I can’t find something I’m looking for I may see a color pillow and think, “That’s the color I’m painting the room.” I also love Pinterest. It’s truly the Mecca of ideas.
*DIY Projector Art (pictured below) - Using chalkboard as a design element has really taken hold, what are your thoughts of the chalkboard as an element of design? Do you feel the chalkboard is a lasting ingredient in design or a temporary fad? Chalkboards have been around for over a hundred years. It’s slowly transitioned from the classroom to the home. I think it’s a classic staple that will be around forever, similar to school house chairs. I love them!
* How did you decided on the designer featured in your book? For me it was about getting a variety of different designers so there would be an array of different designs styles. If I did a book only on color, people who love rooms that are more neutral couldn’t relate to the photos. I wanted everything from mid century modern, to rustic, to traditional to be incorporated. Even though I have the most eclectic mix of designers in the book, I still tried to keep the photos consistent enough so that each page could transition in to the other.
*Are you formally trained in interior design? What is your design history before HGTV? What made you want to pursue interior design? I actually have a business degree. I was living in Chicago when I just picked up and moved to LA. My first job in television was sweeping floors for the set of the Power Rangers. I thought it was so cool. I knew I always wanted to work on the set of a design show though. I came from a home where Bob Villa was a staple on TV every Saturday and an extremely handy Dad. I learned everything from him. Eventually I started working behind the scenes on Design on a Dime as a Design Coordinator. Two years later they asked me if I was interested in co-hosting the Chicago team. The rest is history. It’s the most amazing life I could’ve imagined!
The Design Cookbook: Recipes for a Stylish Home is currently available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. This truly is the perfect gift for any occasion, especially makes a great house-warming present. ;o) I encourage you to check out Kelly’s book (some of the amazing images from the book below) and for more about the designer herself check out Kelly Edwards inc.
What most people don't know is that Seattle is one of the greatest cities in the world. Here is a look at some of the design Seattle offers.
love the harmonies guys
the old Macy's buildings are the best for design, they have so much character...
Tom Douglas your my hero!
Glass art by Chihuly
Fashion, Tile, Design, What more could a girl ask for!
Fireclay Tile has announced the launch of their very first designer collection, "Oh la la".
Designed by Kelly LaPlante, "The Runway Collection" is and inspiration to lifetimes of fashion design, from Hound's-tooth to corsets this collection is the perfect wardrobe for your kitchen or bath remodel. Lead-free, all-natural, recycled tiles by Fireclay, what better way to make a fashion statement!_
"Design is conceived when an inherent need to be creative manifests itself into physical or visual form."