On Hiatus

For people who are just finding this blog, for those of you who still follow this blog, and for those in the future who might stumble across it,… we apologize for leaving you hanging, but the blog is on hiatus for the foreseeable future.

There is still so much great sustainable interior design to blog about, but so little time to write at the moment.  For now, you can find me (Rachel) busily working at Hulan Design.

Thanks for visiting!

 

 

Short-Circuit

Sometimes life is all about a fresh start.  Sometimes all one needs for a new perspective is the inspiration of another person’s actions.

One glance at Gaspard Tiné-Berès’ design work caught my attention, but it was as I learned more about his Short-Circuit trio of appliances and the affirmative business plan behind them that inspiration came.

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Feeling Instagramy

A few months ago, I finally joined Instagram (you can follow me at rachelhulan).  At first I felt pretty silly holding up my big ol’ iPad to take images with, but I quickly realized how great it was for capturing design inspirations, like the scene above.

I was waiting to head off to a morning meeting and had some time to kill, so I walked out on the Newport Pier and took this shot.  You could recapture everything in the image as a design: reclaimed wood, smooth blue glass tile, concrete floor, and a saturated red chair.  Sounds fun, no?

I’m working on figuring out a more efficient way to post these images and share my design ideas with you (aka, bombard you with my design geekiness).

Meanwhile, thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!

Rachel

California Redwood Company

California Redwood Planters

The oldest known redwood, found in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in California, is believed to be 2,700 years old. Redwoods are known for their longevity, so perhaps it’s no coincidence that the logo for the California Redwood Company features a stylized infinity loop supporting a seedling redwood.  It’s a fitting symbol, for, where many companies committed to a sustainable ethic may have been in operation for only a few years or a few decades, TCRC can boast a continuous history stretching back to 1890. Read the rest of this entry »

Trending – Tiny Tile

Tile mosaics, and thus tiny tile, have been around since before the fall of Pompeii…

image via thedogsofpompeii.com

However, the little tiles had to be hand cut, and the mosaics carefully assembled by hand.  All of which made them a luxury item for centuries.

These days, the advent of new, computerized manufacturing techniques have made teensy, tiny tile increasingly easy to produce in a uniform manner.  Some of these tiles are no more than 1/4″ to 1″ square, and come pre-assembled on backing sheets which significantly reduce the labor needed to install them.

This has made it ever more affordable to cover entire floors and walls with beautiful mosaics made of ceramic, porcelain, and even glass tile.   You can see more examples on my “Trending – Tiny Tile” board on Pinterest.

Personally, I love the shimmer of the glass tile mosaics, especially the metallic ones.  There is something so magical about them when the light hits just right.

How about you?  Have you seen a tiny tile installation recently?  What did you think?

Happy Friday everyone!  See you next week!

Rachel

 

We’re Baaaaaack…

You may have noticed a rather pronounced silence around this here blog lately. The reasons are many, varied, and mostly boring to go into. Suffice to say, circumstances required a little unplanned for time off, but we are back and ready to roll up our sleeves once again.

So look for new product reviews, artisan profiles, and all the other stuff we have always enjoyed sharing with you, plus some new ideas we’ve been percolating during the down time.

Thanks for sticking around, Dear Readers! We’ll try to make it worth your while.

Rachel

Amity Home

It’s been a while since we featured nursery items here, and one look at these gentle charmers from Amenity Home was proof enough that the time had come to do so again.

 

California mothers Nicole Chiala and Kristina de Corpo started Amenity back in 2004.  Their simple, nature-inspired designs were from the first part of an effort to bring the peaceful tranquility of their youth into the urban, adult homes.  Two years later the pair realized their goal of offering their designs exclusively on organic or sustainable materials, and from there the business has only grown.  Nursery items are only part of a wide-ranging selection from Amenity. Read the rest of this entry »

Shipwreck Furniture

We lived near the ocean back in the day.  My family went to the beach often and I remember exploring the shoreline as a child, enjoying the crash of the waves, the briny smell of the water, the little joy of discovering shells.

I remember being fascinated by the wet, weathered textures and mysterious origins of the driftwood washed up on shore.  Where did it come from?  It was easy to imagine all sorts of stories: a wharf damaged by storms, or a pirate ship sunk with its treasure at the bottom of the sea…

Of course, there were never pirates off the coast of Los Angeles, were there?  But one can dream.

And one can have the romance of that dream in one’s living room, kitchen, bedroom… anywhere in the residence, really, with these cool creations by Shipwreck Furniture. Read the rest of this entry »

Company Profile – Viola Park

Seattle, WA may be a Mecca for coffee lovers, but there’s so much more to the city than that.  It’s also a hotbed for sustainable business ethics and the development of a low-impact lifestyle, both of which mesh nicely with this week’s featured company, Viola Park.

But to tell their story it’s necessary to back up a bit. Read the rest of this entry »

Trending – All That Glitters…

All that glitters may or may not be gold (in fact, it is usually polished brass), but it certainly is a hot design trend right now.

Mind you, this isn’t your mother’s 1980′s era brass.  You know, the kind that was used for overly ornate faucets and accessories to go with the Laura Ashley wallpaper and the little pink soaps in the guest bath?    <shudder>

Instead, gold is now the accent of choice to warm up that other trending “color” – crisp white.  Although gold can also be used to great effect with navy blue, chartreuse, and blush pinks, it is white that really begs for it.

If you want to try out this design trend, try accessorizing with brass planters or bowls you find at a flea market or thrift shop.  Just be sure that they have simple, modern forms, and can be polished up to a high shine.  Or find some silly ceramic figurines that could be improved with a solid coat of gold paint, then group 3-5 of them together on your mantel for a fun and trendy look.

For more ideas and inspirations, check out my All That Glitters board on Pinterest.

Thanks for visiting!

The sources and credits for the images above can also be found on Pinterest.