Just cool stuff
July 26, 2009
July 6, 2009
Ok, I am going to admit one of my greatest vices….drumroll please! I have a “thing” for chairs. In fact, cannot seem to pass up a cool chair of any sort which drives my husband to distraction and is starting to clutter my barely 1900 sq foot house a bit. Maybe this is not so bad as far as vices go but I have been forbidden from ebay, auctions ( live or otherwise), flea markets, rummage sales and even of late..my fave little antique store, Blue Moon.
In fact, while shopping with a client and one of our other designers, they both had to pry me away from a darling chair that needed a little of my TLC….forcibly. I think it really is an addiction because I felt a certain withdrawal as we drove away! Seriously!
Some of my recent purchases are Phillipe Stark Victoria ghost chairs ( love them!), two Hans Wegner knock offs, and two mismatched mid century modern danish pieces. I stripped one down to original fabric seat and it is sunny yellow! I favor mid century modern but also like whimsical chairs, and delicate old chairs.
I think old chairs tell a story and have a history that emanates from them and adds personality and charm to any space! New chairs are just waiting for history to be created!
What does this have to do with kitchen or bath design? Eh, not much and yet it is all about the design!!!!
I cannot for the life of me remember where I found this pix but it is really cool….if anyone knows…please tell me! I want them! I do I do!!
Are these not the cutest things? Available at toxel. These cool chairs were designed by Bora Cakilkaya. This is a very, um, interesting site! Check it out!
I love this chair! This Danish Designer was just amazing. A great website for more information is Danish Furniture. This site has much info on Danish Design from abut 1925 to 1975. Great resource!
Another great website for original chairs that is awesome:Lushpad…have found a few on here I really like!
British designer Charlie Davidson has just finished his latest hand made piece entitled Is this the coolest chair ever made? Made from 2mm punched steel sheet, brazed together and powder coated. Based on a prototype for a plastic chair called Duck, this limited edition piece takes over a week to fabricate and finish. Check out site: plusmood
Almost weightless (approx. 2.1kgs), designed by Junio Design which was established on 2007 by Jun Hashimoto.
MYchair is sweeping and expressive, it aims to be “quirky” and provocative in shape – like a sculpture in space. This is a Reddot design award winner
for 2009. I like it!! Sign me up!
Ok, some of these chairs are pricey I will admit…but we can dream..yes?? Here are a few that us mere mortals can afford!!
If you love the ghost chairs of Phillipe Starck, then try the vapor chair from CB2. At 179 each it is half the price of my victorias!
CB2 is awesome for cheap chic decor. This recycled leather chair comes in 3 colors and is a paltry 119.00!!!
This cute chair was a steal. ( And only took me 20 minutes to make!!) I bought it for 30 bucks and spray painted it chrome. My friends look at my victoria’s with barely a glance ( some even ask me why I bought the “plastic” chairs!) but this one has been a hit. The metal work is tiny flowers.
June 24, 2009
Recently I did an interview on Bathonista website. Check it out and tell me what you think! But please, no brick throwing for my unforgiving diatribe about golden oak. Just say no to Golden Oak!! Keep your friends and family away from it! Don’t walk, run.
IF you must use oak, consider white oak or a rifted white oak as seen below in a pantry we did last year. (yes, it really is just a pantry but as big as my kitchen) Thanks goes to Paul, a fellow designer who made me chuckle tonight over one of his blogs about an oak kitchen. Read it but be warned, it is not for the feint of heart!!
June 20, 2009
Pratt Institute of Design students were given the challenge of designing something worthwhile for one dollar. Some amazing results. Check out link at Fast Company’s site Design for a Dollar slide show.
Some of these are quite impressive and inspiring! This is so what I love about the business…the constant inspiration and new ideas. It never gets old! Congrats to these students and thank you to Inhabitat for their inspiring website!
June 3, 2009
May 14, 2009
We just got back from KBIS and what a whirlwind trip! We stayed at a wonderful hotel in Midtown (Atlanta) called The Georgian Terrace…was great and I highly recommend this hotel. Especially if you are game to use MARTA to get around…we did and it was cheap and efficient. It is one stop away from the Americas Mart and only a few stops away from the World Congress Center. Great location to get to restaurants also. So there you have my plug for the hotel! We really enjoyed our stay and had a great time at the Gala dining under the stars with fellow kitchen and bath folks! Laura and I even got to play celebrity stalker with Extreme Home Makeover star Paul Dimeo! He graciously allowed us to annoy him asking for photographs! Later at the show, the entire staff got in on the celebrity stalking game and we took pix with Eddie and one of the cute producers from the show. Definitely a highlight for us girls!!
The awards ceremony was nicely done by the NKBA and we are proud to say we took home a 1st place in Small bath category and a 3rd place and HM in same category! Congrats to my co-designers, Stacy Miller and Laura Lawrence! We will post winning baths in a few days. There also were many other projects that wowed us! I was very impressed by the field of winning designs..and humbled! Congrats to all the winners!
Pinnacle of Design: Jennifer Gilmer,CKD
First Place winners:
Small Kitchens: Jennifer Gilmer, CKD
Medium Kitchens: Jennifer Gilmer,CKD
Large Kitchens: Cameron M Snyder, CKD
Open Plan Kitchens: Siri Evju, CKD, CBD
Powder Room: Lori Carroll
Small Bathroom: Cheryl Kees Clendenon
Large Bathroom: Jan E. Regis, CMKBD
Master Suite/Bathrooms:Scott and Sandra Gjesdahl
Showrooms: Elina Katsioula-Beall, CKD
Other Rooms: Sandra L. Steiner-Houck, CKD
As for the show, it turned out very good..not as many vendors as last year but to be expected I suppose but I really feel a turn around happening and I will bet some of those vendors are now unhappy they did not choose to attend! We found lots of great ideas and new products and I will write a post about all this in next day or two as I gather all my pictues and notes!
April 4, 2009
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Excerpt from Libby Langdon for High Point Industry Updates
About Libby Langdon:
Libby Langdon (www.libbylangdon.com) is an interior designer and expert commentator on HGTV’s hit show “Small Space, Big Style,” where she offers insights, techniques and tips to help viewers make the most of their own small space.
Painting Your Trim (baseboard/crown molding) A Color Darker Than Your Walls: This was a trend when people wanted to get creative with color, but were scared of it. They figured a little extra pop on the trim was only a small area to cover so how risky could it be? In actuality, it just grayed-down the room and made the space look a little more tired and older than it really was. Crisp, clean white trim is back (for some, it never left). White freshens up the look of the oldest, beat-up molding. And now, with fewer people buying new homes, more consumers will want to update what they already have. Tell them white trim is a good place to start!
Formal Living Rooms: It’s still all about the family room and lots of existing “formal” living rooms are being converted into game rooms, family spaces or home offices. With kids having jam-packed schedules and parents working later and longer than ever, people want to connect with family. They are willing to forgo the formal space for a “hangout” space. And some parents realize if they create an area their kids want to spend time in, their kids will have friends over and they can eek out some more quality time, as well as keep tabs on them.
Big Bold Patterned Wallpaper: Wallpaper is still hot; it’s just not big, bold and bright. Opt for more subtle color ways that are softer, or tone on tone. People are also using wallpaper in more controlled ways, such as an accent on just one wall, or inside door panels.
Aqua and Chocolate Brown: I’m not sure this combo will ever go away completely, once it started to hit college campuses across the country you knew it had played itself out. Chocolate paired with orange is hot, as is gray mixed with cream.
Collections or Collecting (Anything!): Whether moving to a smaller dwelling or just clearing out old junk, people have discovered that living with less stuff is the ultimate luxury. Unclutter!