Thursday, October 10, 2013

Current Obsession: Elephant Art & Room Inspiration

I am totally obsessed with Elephant Art.

I first saw this image in Boston Common magazine and thought it was simply charming and would make an awesome focal point for my 4 year old's "big boy" room. 

As I quickly scanned the article I thought I read that it was actually painted by an elephant and then I thought it best to put down the glass of chardonnay and go to bed.
Turns out I don't need to put down the chardonnay after all :)

This was actually painted by an elephant on paper made from elephant dung. Ick!  After I got over that, I went to the Asian Elephant Art and Conservation Project website and read that this program was started in Thailand to help keep elephants minds active in captivity.  

I love this one with the smiley face on the bum!
The caretakers noticed that the elephants would often pick-up a stick and doodle in the dirt and decided to take it a step further and retro fit paint brushes to be held with their trunks. 

I am hoping this painting with the "sold" stamp has been bought by my hubby, for here is the room I would design around it!


Fascinating!  The exhibit "Beyond Human: Artist-Animal Collaborations" will be at the Peabody Essex Museum beginning October 19. The profits from the sale of these paintings go to help care for these elephants.

Cheers!
Becky

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Boston Design Home 2013!

When I heard this year's Boston Design Home was 33,000+ square feet, I almost fell off my chair. Can you imagine 33K+ of awesome design - room upon room upon room of ocean inspired color combinations, new fabrics and textiles, the best furniture, accessories  - oh the list goes on and on!  Of course, upon reading I realized that this is a brand new, ocean front condo building in Swapscott and the show house is in one of the much more manageable 3K square foot units.

Stunning image courtesy of Michael J. Lee who photographed the show house.  You can read more about his process on his blog.

 Can you imagine waking up to this every morning?
The house is open until October 7th with 100% of the proceeds going to benefit the Boston Children's Hospital. So go!! You get to see great design and donate to a great cause.

And if you go - report back! We'd love to hear from you!

Cheers!
Becky

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Monday, September 16, 2013

The Antidote to a Rainy Day: Christian Chaize

It is a gray day here in the Boston area.  The nights are cool and there is a distinct, crisp, fall feeling in the air.  I long for the recently past summer days spent on the beach! Thankfully we have the antidote!  Take a look at these stunning beach photographs of Christian Chaize:
These incredible works of art are the result of eight years of visiting the same beach in Portugal.  Mr. Chaize returned over and over again to the same vantage point to capture the changing tides, light, weather and people. The photographs are incredible and are so versatile - they would be great in numerous settings. Here are some of my favorites!





 Not limited to beach scenes, Mr. Chaize also did a Moon study!  Simply stunning. Hop over to Mr. Chaize website to see the complete collection.
Hope this helps get you through a rainy Monday!
Cheers!
Becky

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Still Trending: Honeycomb

If you've checking out the latest issue of Lonny Magazine, you might have stopped in your tracks at these stunning honeycomb chairs, featured in the Paris hotel La Maison Champs Elysees, designed by Belgian fashion house Maison Martin Margiela.  Just love these!


Kartel is in on the honeycomb chair game too, on a much smaller scale...


Z Gallerie has some fun and affordable honeycomb pieces, including this candle sconce...

Kronus Sconce, $69.95

and this striking disc vase...

Kronus Vase, $129.95

In terms of affordability and design, nothing can beat this hand-painted glassware set from West Elm!  I think these are stunning - too bad my dining room's done in silvers, not golds.


While Z Gallerie does offer a similar set in silver, somehow they're just not as elegant...


Lastly, Horchow features these distinct ceramic vases, modeled on the honeycomb pattern...


"NoCal" Honeycomb Vases, starting at $28.90

We'll be spending time with our families next week for the kids' school break, but will be back the next week with more fun design inspiration!

Deb
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Cubist Self Portraits

A couple of days ago, strolling around my twins' elementary school, I happened upon a bulletin board showcasing their "Cubist Self-Portraits".  Apparently, from what I could squeeze out of them, the assignment involved painting themselves twice - each time portraying a different emotion (happy, surprised, excited), cutting them up, and pasting the various pieces together.  What a brilliant assignment, and I just love the results... so much that I could picture a room designed around the final products...

Here's Ellie's... it's very her, especially the heart on her chest that apparently made its way into both self-portaits (as it should have!).  I love the dark lashes and eyebrow; ironic as hers are so blonde they're invisible (a couple of years ago she lamented, "I'm the only girl in kindergarten with no eyebrows!").


I could picture her self-portait in a room like this, girly but not too trite, with a nod to some of the animals she loves so much....



And here's my sharp Emma.  She looks about this disheveled on an average day, no joke!  I always try to let her be herself, and kind of despise admire that she is so headstrong!  


She'd sooner die than appear in any shade of pink, and her room would need to reflect that...


Rug and chair from Land of Nod
Storage baskets and bedding from Serena and Lily
Owl bank from Jonathan Adler
Pouf from Overstock
Lamp from Robert Abbey
Bunting from Etsy

Have a great day,
Deb

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Lily...

Last week, I lamented that I couldn't find the perfect fabric that incorporated the colors represented in the inspiration board below...


Then last night, after I heard of socialite turned designer Lily Pulitzer's passing, I logged on to take another look at her collection at Lee Jofa and found this....  It's called Lily Lace, and it's perfect...


Lee Jofa launched the collection a couple of springs ago, and it's full of quintessentially Lily fabric - perfect for a beach house!


The fabrics in the collection can be used as unexpected pop of color in an otherwise serene room...


... or as the main attraction in a room saturated with bright tones...



This Lily dressing room shows us exactly what Lily will be best remembered for...


To read more of Lily Pulitzer's contributions to the worlds of fashion and design, click here...


Deb
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Friday, April 5, 2013

Client Master Bedroom Project - Sneak Peek!

We have been working on a Master Bedroom project for a lovely client in the Boston area. Smart, gracious, and a sense of humor - I knew she'd be fun to work with.

She wanted something not too modern or geometric, but also not too flowery.  Simply a calm escape where she can relax at the end of the day.  This design center wallpaper is just lovely and has totally transformed the room.


The coordinating fabrics are used sparingly to compliment the wallpaper without over powering it. An ivory linen for the drapes with a lovely velvet accent, along with a large floral pattern and a smaller scale, more geometric floral pattern will round out the fabric selections.


We are still waiting on the custom made window treatments and accent pillows, along with lamp shades for the vanity lamps, vanity mirror and bed linens, but here is a peek at her new headboard, sconces, vanity and chandelier and yep -  a high gloss ceiling that is subtle but outrageous!



And yet another project we couldn't have done without our friend Todd Rotundi and his team at Wellbuilt for their construction help.

We can't wait to show you the finished product!!

Cheers!
Becky and Deb

PS - In order to protect our clients' investment in our services, we will not disclose specific sources.

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