Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Facebook Aristocracy

I have a Facebook account and a Facebook fan page, which reminds me that perhaps I should work more on promoting them, anyway I do, if you are interested.

The thing is I am “friends” with several well known designers on Facebook, not because I am special but I guess they accept adding anyone and everyone that adds them. But I think I am going to be deleted from their lists after this post. Maybe I should not post it there !

My observation is, why are they mute ? Well, except for their own news they are totally mute, nothing,not even a whisper, Nothing. They don't comment, they don't "like", they don't argue, what is going on there? Are they too important to do these menial things ? Or are they above that ? They are definitely not too busy to post and boast about themselves, but too busy to say something nice to anyone ? Even when someone comments on their status with very nice from the heart comments they do not respond. Is this a PR stunt that we are unaware of ? Are these the rules of belonging to "A" list designer categories ? Now I know I am not posting anything that might be of interest to them, but they are even silent with each other, and they all speak the same jargon (important design stuff that is) ! I am not going to mention that not once do they comment on blogs, but that is major anyway.

Just thinking out loud here. Not criticizing God forbid.


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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ugo Di Pace – Eternal Elegance

Yes I am in love with with this Brazilian architect/designer. His work is exactly this, HIS work, it looks like him and feels like him. His houses always feel like collectors’ homes who are confident about themselves and about what they own. His modern interiors were infused with antique furniture and textiles long before it was trendy to do so. A visit to his website is a must.

Ugo Di Pace The cover of his book, one that I keep going back to time and again

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Food For Thought

"Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination”  Oscar Wilde

And what could dear Oscar possibly mean ? Do you agree ? Isn’t this exactly what got everybody in trouble in the first place ?

Agree/Disagree ? Would love to hear your thoughts.


This is Neuschwanstein Castle, and it is where I would like to live, except I live within my means, I have no imagination what so ever.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Clear Vision

Finally I will not have to fight with clients trying to convince them not to have a TV in the bedroom. Now they can have a TV anywhere they want as far as I am concerned. With the new TV, Invisio, designed by Michael Friebe for Loewe, the age old design problem is finally solved. the TV is almost invisible! Almost.



Thursday, March 24, 2011

Missing Winter Already?

No I am not, but this room in a project in Italy by Jeff Andrews has always made me feel very warm and cozy, and wanting snow outside. Plus I really like the treatment around the fireplace and this rocking chair.

Jeff Andrews Rome Project For more Inspiration and beautiful pictures from Jeff Andrews visit his Website

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

No, No, No.

And this dresser made the cut?


And we get a close up too. Just in case you wanted details

charging32211 Via Apartment Therapy

Sorry, but sticking ugly Liberty fabrics on an Ikea dresser should not be a published design statement. This should not be encouraged and should come with “Do not try this at home” warning.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011



I think I have had enough of chairs wearing trellis for the time being, regardless of the color. I know it is a trend, but does trend mean to keep using a certain fabric until every surface is covered with it ? Browsing around I see that anyone that wants to appear “trendy” and with good taste slaps a chair or a cushion with a yard of trellis and that’s it, eureka, they found the key to style. Do we need to conform to a trend to be “stylish” ?

Trellis Black

trellis pink  Trellis Grey

Remember during the “beautiful” 80’s when the patterns below where used in every house to achieve the above mentioned result. High Style !

80's a 80's b

Thank You Raina

The first blog I ever followed was If The Lamp Shade Fits, and the first blog to mention my blog happened to be the same one !

Raina you Reign. Thank you for the mention.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Silly Questions Clients Ask

stupid question

I am very passionately expressing “This is what I see for your designs, blah blah blah blah………”

“Would this look good?” they ask

“Actually, no, it’s going to look horrible but I like playing around with people’s money and homes” is what came to mind.

I wish I would stop biting my tongue sometimes. But it is the smile and the lengthy explanation while holding the hand that comes out.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Perfection ? A Post Revisited


On the 11th of March I posted a picture of this room and labeled the post “Bordering On Perfection”. Yesterday I saw the same room again on Nuevo Estilo and thought to myself, maybe I spoke too soon? There is something that went wrong on the other side, at least to me!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Bees Revolt

Two gay bees decided to trick their “Queen” and introduce a bit of HOT PINK to the hive.
Is this what went wrong here? I cant even begin to think where exactly this whole thing went wrong. There is so much wrong you are left speechless, but I cannot get over the bee stripes on the columns. Thinking about it, the rug is not so bad either, or the angel creatures scrutinizing your food. Shall I go on?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A “Dressy” Ceiling

One of the most interesting ceilings I have seen in a while
Hilton Pattaya Hotel by Department of Architecture
It must feel lovely sitting under those lengths of fabric and to feel that the ceiling above you, which is normally a hard surface, is as soft as a flowing dress. It must be even nicer when the air conditioner is on and the fabrics are swaying and moving. Great contrast between the softness of the fabric and all the hard surfaces underneath.
This is the Hilton Pattaya, Thailand, designed by The Department Of Architecture. For more pictures and to read the article visit Dezeen.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Si to Janus


Amari chair, so deliciously retro, funky and beautiful lines.

Finally, an outdoor chair that does not look totally outdoorsy (except for the weave). Love this new chair from Janus et Cei. Not only looks good but is maintenance free.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Roman Inspiration ?

This beautiful bathroom was created by Laura Kirar, principal and founder of Laura Kirar Trudesign. The beauty of this composition lies in it’s simplicity and pure lines and forms, only offset by the dramatic marble wall and tub which is the focal point. There is something about the whole picture that reminds me of a Roman Bath. I might have done something different for the cabinets but otherwise perfect.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Rocky Modern


Loved this house on Waiheke Island New Zealand recently completed by Patterson Associates. The only thing I would have changed was just a bit less of the rocks in the interior spaces, especially after seeing the view in the last picture, it is too soft and dreamy, I would have liked to carry that feeling inside.



More pictures at Design Folio Magazine

Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Beautiful Mix

Habitually Chic recently featured the home of Jennifer Ferreira which features a beautiful mix of styles that is well balanced and edited. Grand and whimsical at the same timeI think you cannot be bored living in such a home.

Tricia Guild The Mistress Of Pattern & Color

A great introspective about Tricia Guild was recently pusblished by 1stdibs. I love her boldness and her style, nobody mixes color and pattern like Tricia. A good read.

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Art Of Arranging

By Barbara Thornburg


What distinguishes Walter Herrington's Pasadena home is not so much the 1950s architecture, which is quite lovely, nor the vista of the arroyo, though that's beautiful too. What sets the dwelling apart is his graphic treatment of walls and objects -- not surprising given that his business, the <a href="">Tulino Design Group</a> of Hollywood, is a design packager for the home products industry, with clients such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Lamps Plus and Nambé. Herrington, a graduate of the Chouinard Art Institute, surrounds himself with artful compositions, including the abstract design he painted on the master bedroom wall. The bed and wooden stool are by <a href="">Christian Liaigre</a>, the floor lamp is an <a href="">Isamu Noguchi</a> design, and the pottery is by <a href="">Oly</a>.

The Beautiful 1950's home of designer Walter Herrington. Beautiful, tasteful and tranquil. More pictures in the LA Times (Here)

Bordering On Perfection

This man's taste is impeccable. He is Thomas Urquijo, do visit his website for a tour of beauty. I also have a thing for paintings of circles that are this abstract, they do something to me. Perhaps its the purity of form, or perhaps I remember all the writings of Joseph Cambell describing the importance of this shape in the history of mythology and of humans.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Loving The Bench A Bit More

Kim Alexandriuk
Via Qerat
A much better composition for the same bench in the previous post. This time in a space designer by Kim Alexandriuk

I Am In Love With This Bench

Forskjellige rammer
Via Ideas To Steal

Love the bench, not too sure about the composition, but maybe it is just a photoshoot. Would love to know more about this bench 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Curious Mixture

Love the mix of Suzanis, Kilims and stripes, from Ben Pentreath, the blue background is bringing it all together in a beautiful composition. From Living Etc article, more pictures (here)

So Saladino

A New York apartment in a landmark building that Saladino deisnged for a friend of his.


Very elegant and very.... Saladino. I like the fact that it looks like a country manor more than an apartment. More pictures (here)


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Bursting Ceiling

Casa Fez by Álvaro Leite Siza Vieira, source: The Cool Hunter

Architect Álvaro Leite Siza Vieira created this beautiful ceiling in his home. Saw this on Nicky Haslam's blog in a post about "bursting" designs. You have to visit Siza's website, love his work, in this particular house love the mixture of old timbre with modern interiors.

60's Mad...ness

Want this room

Cant get enough 60's (obviously from everything posted here), I just love the period, probably one of the many reasons why I am so hooked on Mad Men. I find myself glued to my screen whenever there is a design image of anything 60's. Elle Decor has some eye candy (here)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Style, You've Got To Have It

According to Ms. Vreeland "You've got to have style. It helps you get out of bed in the morning."

Versus what? stay in bed? Ahhh, I love such big statements especially when you can get away with them. But how would you know if you do have it or not and how do you decide how to proceed in the morning if the former is not decided? I like the idea of having "taste" but I think it is slightly condescending, no?

As seen on Habitually Chic

If I Was Armani

I would let go of the crocodile
and maybe the red boat too ??

If you would like to see more pictures of Armani's beech house click here