Just four more of our colorful new pillows going up on Beautiful Pillows and Home for spring and summer. To see these and tons of other amazing pillows check out Beautiful Pillows and Home.
The other day a colleague called and mentioned she had referred me to a potential new client who had just bought a new house in Virginia. She said that she always loves that our interiors are completed which I took as a great complement. You can always buy the most beautiful furniture and pick the most scrumptious paint color but it never comes alive until you start adding the art and accessories into the room. One of the freshest things that anyone can do is use modern art in a traditional house. The images below are an excellent example of this. In a room where the upholstery is a toile fabric on Bridgewater club chairs and beautiful antique Gustavian wooden pieces along with a pair of wing chairs, introducing modern art in the space made the room come alive. Using accessories like rock crystal lamps and hand made pottery added more texture and completed the composition.
It’s spring in DC, a little early, and the Cherry Blossoms have popped! Driving around the city is unbelievably beautiful. I find myself turning down streets that are lined with cherry blossom trees just to enjoy the spectacle. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first cherry blossom trees on the banks of the tidal basin, which were a gift from Japan. The first tree was planted on March 27, 1912. There is a fascinating history behind these beautiful trees – it began with the vision of one woman in 1906, involved a President’s wife, an infested first crop, and Tokyo. Click here to find out how this all fits together http://www.nps.gov/cherry/cherry-blossom-history.htm. While we are enjoying the cherry blossom festival here in DC there are cherry blossom festivals happening all over the world, some of the most spectacular blossoms are in Japan.
We just started working with 3 guys from Laguna Beach CA to create some custom light fixtures we are designing for a house in Jackson Hole, WY. Their company is called Cerno and they specialize in LED lighting. Bret, one of the owners sent us this great video about their company and we thought we would share it with you. I am kind of jealous of how creative they are and the life they live.
I may have my first Internet crush, Garance Dore. She is Scott Schuman’s partner in crime who writes the famous Blog, The Sartoralist. I have only been reading her Blog for a short while and it makes me laugh out loud. Her comparison to lunch with her new New York friends and lunch with her friends in Paris is historical. She also has teamed up with Net-A-Porter for an online video series called, Pardon My French. She talks about her life and covering all the major fashion shows around the world.
Beginning March 22nd the renowned California artist, Doug Aitken, is transforming the iconic circular building of the Hirshhorn museum into liquid architecture. Using approximately eleven high definition projectors, Aitkens will seamlessly blend imagery to envelope the entire façade of the museum. Aitken recommends visitors walk the entire perimeter of the building to experience the work more fully. This is definitely an evening event not to be missed and will run every night through May 13th.
LYKE has come up with the most innovative idea for a summer watch…interchangeable rubber watchbands. You order one of the stainless steel watch faces and then choose five different colored bands from a selection of twelve, they are only $59.99!
Over the last couple of weeks there has been much written about the dismissal of designer Raf Simon from the fashion house of Jil Sander. There have been many rave reviews of his final collection. But, I found that the most remarkable thing was the staging of the show. There were Seven columns with plexi boxes on top containing amazing floral arrangements based on Baroque and Flemish paintings. Antwerp based florist, Mark Colle, executed the arrangements. I just loved how the flowers were so modern; it was like capturing the beauty of nature in a box. I think this is going to be highly influential in the coming year.
Check out the spring issue of Renovation Style Magazine. We have one of the featured stories about a house in Chevy Chase MD that we helped renovate for our clients Steve and Kristen Best. It was a fun 3-day photo shoot with Renovations Art Director, Jack Murphy and photographer, Helen Norman.
Photographer, Amanda Means, does something really unique. She actually places objects into her enlarger and prints directly onto paper. That is how she can get such amazing detail on her large-scale leaf photographs.