What Do You Think?

I thought it would fun to run a little poll this week. Can’t wait to see your answers!

Congratulations Whyrhymer Furniture!

Last week, Brandon Morrison of Whyrhymer Furniture received the coveted Stars of Design Award at the Pacific Design Center.  It couldn’t happen to a nicer and more talented guy.

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Brandon, and his wonderful wife Sundeep, for several years now, and I can say without equivocation that he is one of the most gifted furniture designers I know.  I could go on and on about how he came by his design sensibility without any formal training, how that lack of training gives his designs a natural grace and uniqueness that might not otherwise have been possible, or even just how much I dream of owning one of his chairs someday.  But really, nothing is going to say it as well as his work itself, so take a look…

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It’s Been Fun

This week’s delightful guest blogger is Linsi Brownson of Inspired Design Daily.

Thank you for following along with me this week.  I’ve enjoyed the change in blog scenery and I hope that you’ve gotten some benefit, or a least a laugh, out of the deal.  Before I go, I wanted to leave you with some inspiring images of antique furniture on the high market.

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Friday Wrap-up – 3/26/10

The week has flown by.  I was so busy running around looking at all sorts of new design in the showrooms during West Week and Spring Market that I didn’t notice I was getting worn out.  Had to spend Thursday resting and recuperating.  The cat appreciated having me hold still long enough that he could perch on my lap and drool on my computer.  He’s a giver that cat.

I want to thank our wonderful guest blogger this week, Linsi Brownson of Inspired Design Daily!  She wrote beautifully – as always.

So onto this weeks Wrap-up!

Image via Inhabitat

I don’t know why but every time I look at this image, the theme from Close Encounters of the Third Kind plays round in my head.  These are in fact new energy efficient “Trex” lamps, and they are definitely worth a closer look. (via Inhabitat)

How about aluminum tiles made from retired airplanes?  You can even get them with old rivets and dings left in. (via re-nest)

A good list of 10 water efficient kitchen faucets, priced from high to low. (via re-nest)

Beautiful tile made from the waste by-products of the fishing industry (via The Thread Post)

Cute kids furniture made of cardboard, from Riki Watanabe designs first conceived of in 1965. (via Chictip)

Love this clever chair cut from one piece of plywood. (via Yanko Design)

I always advise people not to get a memory foam mattress. Now you can read why. (via Treehugger)

And lastly, although it’s not really about green interior design, Planet 100’s Top 5 Eco Contradictions is a great way to understand a little more about greenwashing.

Have an amazing weekend all!

Opening {Sustainable} Shoppe

This week’s delightful guest blogger is Linsi Brownson of Inspired Design Daily.

Several months ago my husband and I decided to open a store.  Between the two of us we have years of design, construction, and professional buying experience (and we like to think we also have pretty good taste) and it’s been a dream of ours to make that into a business.  So here we are, in the midst of making that happen, and we couldn’t be more excited.  But it’s not as simple as that.  You see, both of us have that pesky need to feel good about what we are doing.  Yes, that’s right.  We like to go to sleep with a clean conscience.  So in creating a business based on consumerism, we had a couple hurdles to jump.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a heck of a lot easier nowadays.  Numerous organizations, driven by people like us (even better than us, I would say) have created a mass exodus of consumers and companies who care.  When you go online these days, a simple google search will produce results for a ‘green’ version of almost anything you can think of.  This too has its drawbacks, but you get what I’m saying.

So our goal as people and as a company is to add good to the world wherever we can.  As people that idea is a little bit more clear, but what does that mean for a company?  Glad you asked.  Here are some basic principles for building a ‘green’ business. Read the rest of this entry »

Meet the Future – Ecor

What if you could have a 100% recycled, non-toxic, formaldehyde free material you could use for almost anything kind of interior application you can think of?   And what if that material was 3 times stronger than particleboard?  And it could be made in any shape you could dream up?  Think I’m the one who is dreaming?

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Flea Market Finds

This week’s delightful guest blogger is Linsi Brownson of Inspired Design Daily.

We spend a lot of time scouring flea markets for objets d’art to put in our store.  When we first started going it was a bit confusing.  Everything we saw either seemed to have endless potential or was just a bunch of old crap.  We really had no idea what we were looking for.  But then we began to ‘hone our craft’ and suddenly things were a lot clearer.  I honestly don’t know how that happened.  It was like we showed up one day and just knew…

But for the sake of having something relevant to say, I’m going to focus on the part after we just knew.  Here are some pointers for finding great deals at a flea market:

1. Give a moment to anything that grabs your attention.  After a while things start to blur and you feel like you’ve seen it before (if you frequent the markets you probably have seen it before) but if it makes you turn your head, go take a look.  It may be a shiny gem hidden in the rubble.  Read the rest of this entry »

Why I Love Old Stuff

This week’s delightful guest blogger is Linsi Brownson of Inspired Design Daily.

To preface tomorrow’s post on finding cool things at flea markets I thought I would share my reasons for spending so much time shopping for “old stuff”‘.

Really, they just don’t make ’em like they used to.  The quality of things made by hand is almost always greater than mass-production.  And while we can get artisan made goods these days, the comparative price is vastly different.  Today handcrafted products are at a premium – you have to pay to make up for the fact that they could have used a machine and made 10 times as many in the same amount of time.  In days past, people were paid a lot less for their work because they required a lot less to live comfortably.  These days it basically comes down to price vs quality.  A balance is good, but I usually vote quality. Read the rest of this entry »

A Little Something for the Grown-ups – Bholu Wallpaper from Porter’s Paints Pt 2

I had so much fun writing about Bholu wallpaper for kids yesterday that I never managed to show you the two great patterns for those with more grown-up tastes (plus some pretty pillows too).

I love the exuberant free form swirls of the “Nimboo” pattern.  The bright color and large scale are perfect for bigger spaces.  And wait till you see how fun those swirls are on a pillow! Read the rest of this entry »

Defining Home

We’d like to welcome this week’s delightful guest blogger, Linsi Brownson of Inspired Design Daily.  Linsi is a practicing interior designer in Southern California, and seems to have as much energy and drive for sustainable design as two normal people.  We’re really happy to have her here!

photo credit: http://melindapatrick.com/

As an Interior Designer it’s pretty much my job to help clients define what home means to them.  When you put aside the finishes, colors and budget, what a residential designer really does is create a living space where clients are happy to spend their time.  But what exactly does that mean?  Well, it’s personal.  This is part of what I love about meeting clients.  So many lives are touched as a designer, so many relationships built.  And when a project goes well it leaves us designers with a happy feeling in our gut (likewise, if it doesn’t go well…you get the idea).  We are very attached to our projects and to our clients.  But I digress… Read the rest of this entry »