Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Christopher Coleman Interiors....

I came across Christopher Coleman Interiors a little while back and of course, I was very impressed...Not only is he a talented designer, but he designs very chic and bold children's furniture too. His children's furniture is so sophisticated, I had to take a second look just to make sure I was reading it correctly...This Brooklyn based designer knows how to create a space that is elegant, full of texture with graphic sensibility... Just take a look at what he's done with this home gym above....If I had a room this, maybe I would work out more often...Enjoy!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Simbl....home accessories

French native, Rachna Joshi Nair is the amazing textile designer
behind Simbl, the luxury home accessories brand launched in 2006.
These beautiful accessories are all about texture with each piece
hand entwined and knotted, layers of leaves and origami style pleating. All of which are made of silk and fine cotton. When I look at Rachna's work,it seems like fine art... designed with love and such detail...Her pieces are stunning....I love to see artists at their finest. Take a look and enjoy!

1st image photographed by Prabudda Dasgupta

Friday, October 23, 2009

Happy Friday....

My husband and I going off to have a romantic weekend in NYC...Hope you have a wonderful weekend too!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

40 WinKs....

Shall we say that my mind has definitely been in travel mode this week? I just came across the very chic boutique hotel 40 WinKs located in East London. Jackie @ (Home blogspot)....My fabulous British blogger friend...you probably already know all about this place, I'm sure! I am in love! How hot is this 18th century Queen Anne townhouse? From what I understand, it's a hot spot for photographers, stylists, art directors, models and I would say any creative type...or wanna be creative type....let's be fair. It has just two guest rooms, which must be the smallest boutique hotel in existence! Room "one" is $89.00 a night and room "two" is $125.00...I know...affordable too.

The home is an eclectic mix of shabby chic; old and new; chock full of glamour...It's actually the home of London Based interior designer, David Carter...Love, love, love this place! So much eye candy and so much charm...I can't take it...Just see for yourself...Enjoy!

Monday, October 19, 2009

J.K. Palace Capri...

Hello again....my blogger friends! I missed you guys....so glad to be back. I thought it would be nice to take a ride down fantasy lane. This view just took my breath away the moment I clicked on it. Ahhhh....Capri. The very chic J.K. Palace hotel of course located in Capri, Italy is my love affair for the day.... The attention to detail...the relaxed yet opulent decor...so familiar, almost like home....the splashes of color....the view! I love it all... For a mere $1100..00 a night and that's for a classic room, I can make this dream my reality. Who knows...maybe I'll splurge and go for the penthouse suite. It's only $4500.00. What the heck, you only live once......Enjoy!

Look at the local...just a dream!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Flowers again...

Hello my blogging friends! I miss you guys soooo much, it's ridiculous! I haven't posted in almost two weeks and I am so embarrassed... Well, here is the deal. I used to be a floral designer before I became an interior designer. One of the event planners I did work for asked me if I was interested in doing flowers for one of her premiers. So, of course I said yes and so I am doing the trees for the premier "Where The Wild Things Are" at the MOMA. Here is a picture of some of the flowers I'm using. I had to do a sample at the last minute and thankfully they love it and I'm doing it! I may not post much the next week, because the premier is on Tuesday. I will be back will a vengeance next week though...Miss you guys, really. I can't wait to get back into the groove of things...See you soon!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A Peak at my Block Printed Fabric...

Yesterday...I finally started working on my block printed fabric! This is something I have wanted to do for quite some time now... I have sketch books with many drawings in them and so many ideas in my head. I have carved out blocks of my drawings, purchased paint and all of the materials needed for surface design..Read book after book and researched other textile designers for inspiration..but I haven't actually put it all into action until now... So here is a sneak peak at the very beginning of Mimi Betancourt Textiles...I have selected to show you a couple of geometrics, although I'm pretty fond of florals and Japanese motifs as well. Today I was playing with mediums (block printing and silk screening) and mixing lots of color...I had a such a blast and I am so inspired. I have a long road ahead, but I know it's all going to happen exactly the way I dream it...Enjoy!


Monday, September 21, 2009

My new home office/studio...

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I posted on Friday and talked about moving forward towards having everything that I want...and why not, right? Well, I didn't have much time to post last week because I was working on my new home office/studio space. I thought you might be interested in seeing the progress.

OK..this was originally a dining room. Then it became the doggy room (my son calls it the doggy room). Then it became the office/dining room...then the "whatever"you throw in there room...We only eat dinner in this space on Thanksgiving...literally! My husband and the kids use the computer in here..I have my own laptop to work off of thank goodness!

By the way, I took this picture when my husband already started working on the book shelf, so everything is pushed to the corner. I really don't live this way...I did however manage to stuff all of my books into this one bookshelf and storage below. I also managed to stick the computer in there...So as you can see, we really needed to do something.

The point of this first step is for me to have a home studio to finally put my dreams into action.
As I push forward, I will be documenting my progress and certainly sharing the love...It's not completed yet. There are still small things I would like to add/change, but it is a start. I also had to do this on a SERIOUS budget...I'm talking under $500 for everything! So...Here it is..the beginning..Enjoy!

I put together a CAD drawing of the unit I wanted my husband to build..The plywood comes in 4x8 sheets, so I made the unit 8' high x 8' wide. That made this piece much easier for him to cut and it cost about $275.00 including the molding and the sheets for the back piece.

So much storage now...I love it! By the way...the liquor tray was in there when the space was a dining room...You never know when you might need a drink...

This corner is where that black cabinet was...what a change.

Gotta go...off to work!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Happy Weekend...

Here's a thought..don't you think? Having everything you want can seem impossible. What if you really take a moment to stop and think about what that truly means to you? It's like the Oprah "Aha" moment. Well, as you already know..I have been job hunting for a while now and the dream job I had built up in my head has not come knocking at my door.

It has certainly been a learning process and it has proven that I was right all along...What I mean is that the little voice inside my head was right all along..It is OK to have everything I want.

I truly want to create...inspire...make a difference...be with my children...spend time with my husband...go on a vacation to the South of Italy...blog everyday...design...decorate..take an upholstery class...and...by the way, I can make a great living doing what I love too! It's not impossible for me to have any of these things. So...the first step is to recognize it and the next is to take baby steps towards making it all happen. Authenticity is the word..I can have everything I want, because it is truly what makes me...Me! Why not?

So...this week I was a busy bee working on my unused dining room and converting it into my new and inspiring office/studio. It was hard to step away from the computer for a week..but I had to do it or I could never get this first step done.

Next weeks agenda...To actually take my sketches and put them to screen and fabric...

Oh...I can't wait! It's all out in the open and on my new inspiration board! My love for fabric will become a reality soon..Stay tuned.

Hope this inspires you to think about how it is so OK to have "everything" you want too!

Happy Weekend!

Monday, September 14, 2009

From the desk of Lola...

I get so excited when I find a cool designer and I can share the love...Alexandra Loew was recognized by our beloved Domino magazine, as a "Top Ten" rising talent and she is the brainchild behind these fab interiors. The name is so catchy, isn't it? Turns out she's such a huge fan of the movie Charlies Angles and the mysterious "Charlie"... that she dreamt up her own fictional character "Lola". Hence...the inspiration for the name of her LA based design firm "From the desk of Lola". I fell in love with her design aesthetic immediately...Love your style..so glad I found you Lola!