Eggplant and Champagne. A perfect match.

February 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

neighborhoodWhile enjoying a lovely pre-spring walk, I snapped a photo of a favorite home in my neighborhood. Years ago, when I first saw the house, I thought the colors a bit (too) daring. Maybe even garish. But after many evening walks, these paint colors have warmed their way into my heart. I now see their combination as strong, inviting, and livable. Far from the acidic yellow and candy coated purple on the color chart, these complimentary colors truly do compliment each other.

The Eggplant and Champagne combination (and it’s variations)  is timeless, provocative, and in it’s own way, quiet.

courtesy of atlanta-homes-lifestyles

courtesy of atlanta-homes-lifestyles

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Photo © Matthew Millman; Jute Interior Design

Photo © Matthew Millman; Jute Interior Design

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Map It! My top picks for Map Wallpapers

February 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

LONDONLONDON by Thibaut

I love a good map wallpaper. In general, transforming something typically viewed at a small scale into something oversized makes for some pretty interesting and fun wall surfaces (like this one!)

Maps, often seen at arms length, become magnificent illustrations when seen at 20x their normal size. Map wallpapers make wonderful feature walls, often requiring little additional styling.

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I love a good map wallpaper. In general, transforming something typically viewed at a small scale into something oversized makes for some pretty interesting and fun wall surfaces (like this one!)

Maps, typically seen at arms length, become magnificent illustrations when seen at 20x their normal size. Map wallpapers make wonderful feature walls, often requiring little additional styling.

london-z (design) London -by Zoffany

Map wallpaper can take on many styles, from a studious masculine look, to modern nautical, there are maps for any mood.

LCW22213WGreat Harbor-Ralph Lauren Home

LWP60735W Desert Map by Ralph Lauren Home

New-Revised#6 1889 Map of Paris

Why You Love The Blues: Set Design Magic by Eve Stewart

November 26, 2012 § 1 Comment

BBC’s miniseries “The Hour”, now in it’s second season, represents some of the most daring and exacting set design on television. Oscar-nominated production design master (and a professional hero to me), Eve Stewart, brings her talents to this 6-episode drama. Best known for her work on “The King’s Speech”, Stewart creates a lush but subtle world set in in 1950s London.

Photos by OhSuchAPrimaDonna

Stewart balances the use of aqua blues with patterned and textured warm tones. The show’s drama unfolds mostly in the newsroom and it’s offices, painted in shades of grey and blue which evoke logic, modernity, and organization. We see warm colors, wallpaper and fabrics in more private scenes, driven by minor characters or extravagant behavior and events.

I love nearly everything about BBC’s “The Hour”: it’s characters, the writing and the tone. But most of all, I love the visual treasure Stewart has created, in which almost any screen shot or production still could function as a study for an Edward Hopper painting. Each scene in “The Hour” really is a work of art.

Stewart, perhaps best known for her work on “The King’s Speech”, also served as the art director for the upcoming production of Les Miserables. The acting, singing and directing will all be wonderful, I’m sure, but I’m most looking forward to the background.

Hallway from “The King’s Speech”

Stewart’s Production Sketch for “Upstairs Downstairs”, Courtesy of PBS

Stained Glass for the Modern World

November 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

As much as I adore patterned walls, some environments are better suited to finishes without motifs. Often, institutional or corporate settings require more neutral wall finishes. However,  windows can present an incredible opportunity to introduce pattern!

I adore the pattern used in this window at The House Cafe Corner in Istanbul (pictured above). Of the many ways to create crisp, patterned window finishes, fritted glass is by far the most durable and functional. Fritted glass involves baking a ceramic glaze directly onto the glass.

The resulting glass can create depth, texture and movement within the 2-D window surface. What an incredible way to introduce pattern to a modern structure!

Wiel Arets Architects: University Library UBU, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2004

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