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Sleepless in Seattle

by David Mitchell on June 20, 2014

SEATTLE2Last week Elizabeth and I headed out to the Left Coast to work on a super secretive project, more to be revealed later. We spent a great deal of time in both Portland and Seattle and everywhere in between and now we have a hundred things to tell you about over the summer. So, lets start with a little bit about Seattle. It is a city full of modern buildings and modern attitudes. Like most new metropolises there is a lot of gray, tan, glass and some black in all the modern structures. It was quit a surprise to come across Frank Gehry’s amazing, colorful 140,000 square foot EMP Museum dedicated to contemporary popular culture. The building houses multiple galleries, the sky church, the largest indoor LED screen, interactive activities, the Sound Lab and the largest collection in the world of rare artifacts, handwritten lyrics and personal images celebrating the music and history of Seattle musicians, Nirvana and Jimmi Hendrix. It was an amazing structure to see in person. If you are ever in the Pacific Northwest, PNW to those who know, definitely go experience this structure for yourself.

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What a Week!

by David Mitchell on May 11, 2014

What a Week

My weeks are always busy but this week was busier than ever. Sometimes I can not believe all I have to get done in a week…It all started with…

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Planting seven new hydrangea bushes in my garden

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Then a whole house installation where everything is black, cream and gold. It looks amazing!

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I finally found a brown crocodile watch band

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Just by chance I stumbled across the perfect rug for a clients master bedroom

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Then my week was full of finding things for my clients like this beautiful antique table

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And then I had to get a hair cut

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Then these beautiful glass vases arrived from an artist we commissioned

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Then I found a perfect accessory for a client

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There is always time for a little midnight online shopping

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Discovered a new artist

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Found a new Tumblr page

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Dinner at the bar Mourayo with Elizabeth

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Found some cool leather chairs that were even on sale

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And ended the week with a photo shoot at my house…what a week!

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American Hipster Presents

by David Mitchell on April 25, 2014

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I stumbled across this the other day and watched a couple of the videos, pretty amazing! So, I thought I would share it with you. Check out American Hipster Presents, a documentary series of videos of people making a difference in 10 different cities across the US.

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New Beauty

by David Mitchell on April 10, 2014

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Zara, the Spanish based mass retailer is one of the largest retailers in the world. They sell everywhere. So, they know they are selling to a diverse consumer. I always love how their online site represents that diversity. Sure, they have the occasional pretty blond model but then they also have such a beautiful mix of men and women from all over the world. Diversity, that’s what it is all about.

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New Beauty

by David Mitchell on April 10, 2014

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We seem to be in a moment, a moment of design were even our most traditional clients want their houses to feel modern, to feel fresh and to have more texture. And as we move to a more casual sense of ourselves, the way we dress, what we eat, the world just seems a little more relaxed these days, which is definitely showing up in the houses we are working on. Hey, if we live in the age where I can call my thermostat in my house from my office nine miles away and lower the temperature I am definitely not feeling that I want to sit on an 18th century perching chair, I want to sit on something that feels authentic for the times we are living in.

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New Beauty

by David Mitchell on April 10, 2014

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Brittney Griner, a star in the Woman’s National Basketball Association who plays for the Phoenix Mercury redefines beauty. She stands at 6’8” and wears a size 17 men’s basketball shoe. She is open about her sexuality and about being bullied in high school. She also works with children to bring attention to the issue of bullying particularly against LGBT people. She has great personal style as well. She is known for wearing suits styled from the 1930’s with her famous tattoos and her dreadlocks, damn she’s beautiful!

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New Beauty

by David Mitchell on April 10, 2014

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You may love them or you may hate them but you have to admit that the cover of the April Vogue is absolutely beautiful, shot by renowned photographer, Annie Leibovitz. I personally found it refreshing to see a mix race couple on the cover of Vogue instead of another starlit. The editor of Vogue, Anna Wintour has been highly criticized for this cover choice. But, it’s on its way to being the largest selling issue in Vogues history considering I had to go to four different places to find a copy. And it sold out at my neighborhood Whole Foods in two days. So I am still thinking that Ms. Wintour is the smartest woman in publishing.

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Throwback Thursday

by David Mitchell on April 10, 2014

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Last October when Tim Blanks, an editor at Large, at Style.com started his video series, Throwback Thursday, he didn’t know that this would start a movement and now Throwback Thursdays are everywhere.  So guys, here is our first Throwback Thursday. A modern house on a tree-lined street in Bethesda Maryland designed back in 1997 still has great style, great art and great design. While the house was decorated 17 years ago with only small modifications I would design this house just like it now. It’s a classic. Hope you enjoy.

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Water Tower

by David Mitchell on March 22, 2014

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If you are visiting NYC between now and April 13th, make it over to Madison Square Park where Brooklyn based Chilean artist, Ivan Navarro, has an outdoor installation titled, This Land is Your Land, which is from a 1940’s Woody Guthrie folk song. The towers are elevated at a height above the visitors heads allowing them to walk underneath and look up at each sculpture and view the content within. The three water towers have neon reflection repeated infinity. One tower features the word, Me and We. One says, Bed, and the third tower has a noon ladder.

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The Beauty of Everyday Objects

by David Mitchell on March 18, 2014

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Lately I have been on this kick that everything should be beautiful, even the most utilitarian objects that you use. So, when I discovered that my household scissors had become dull I decided to treat myself to a pair of the most beautiful scissors in the world. The Parveen scissors are made of hand forged carbonized steel and the handles are cast brass and these heirloom scissors are 9” long. They are all handmade in India by a family that has been making them for generations. So, the next time I am wrapping a gift at home I get to do it with my beautiful new scissors. It just seems like the time that everyday objects should be beautiful.

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