Monday, December 28, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
These two looked fairly comfortable and inviting:
These two don't look quite right. The Eames chair looks like it's had wooden skis attached to its legs!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Pantone has announced the 2010 color of the year: Turquoise! This calm and relaxing color follows on the heels of 2009's Mimosa yellow. Turquoise brings thoughts of tropical waters and coconut scented breezes. Enjoy!
Read the full article here.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Top of the list I put Restoration Hardware. Every year I am surprised to find fun gifts that are reasonably priced that are usually have something for people of all ages. Such as...
Just to show a few...
Also worth stopping by are Pier 1 Imports and Cost Plus world Market. They always have surprises waiting for me. I bought myself a bauble ring from Pier 1 of all places! Both usually have little gifty items great for filling up those stockings.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Here is a link to the NY Times article about Met Home's death and the many others recently including Domino and Southern Accents.
On a more positive note, Elle Decor seems to be surviving thus far these economic times and plans to publish many issues to come.
I have been enjoying Luxe Interiors and Design which is the child of Western Interiors and Design and Luxe magazine which merged earlier this year.
Monday, November 2, 2009
And how appropriate that it is the letter "R"! (I'm sure it had nothing to do with the "R" in "Restauration"
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
I think the first question that needs to be addressed is what exactly is an interior designer and how does it differ from being a "decorator"?
The NCIDQ website offers some great answer to both these questions.
Here is their definition of an interior designer:
NCIDQ Definition Of Interior Design
Interior design is a multi-faceted profession in which creative and technical solutions are applied within a structure to achieve a built interior environment. These solutions are functional, enhance the quality of life and culture of the occupants, and are aesthetically attractive. Designs are created in response to and coordinated with the building shell, and acknowledge the physical location and social context of the project. Designs must adhere to code and regulatory requirements, and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability. The interior design process follows a systematic and coordinated methodology, including research, analysis and integration of knowledge into the creative process, whereby the needs and resources of the client are satisfied to produce an interior space that fulfills the project goals.
Interior design includes a scope of services performed by a professional design practitioner, qualified by means of education, experience, and examination, to protect and enhance the life, health, safety and welfare of the public. These services may include any or all of the following tasks:
- Research and analysis of the client's goals and requirements; and development of documents, drawings and diagrams that outline those needs;
- Formulation of preliminary space plans and two and three dimensional design concept studies and sketches that integrate the client's program needs and are based on knowledge of the principles of interior design and theories of human behavior;
- Confirmation that preliminary space plans and design concepts are safe, functional, aesthetically appropriate, and meet all public health, safety and welfare requirements, including code, accessibility, environmental, and sustainability guidelines;
- Selection of colors, materials and finishes to appropriately convey the design concept, and to meet socio-psychological , functional, maintenance, life-cycle performance, environmental, and safety requirements;
- Selection and specification of furniture, fixtures, equipment and millwork, including layout drawings and detailed product description; and provision of contract documentation to facilitate pricing, procurement and installation of furniture;
- Provision of project management services, including preparation of project budgets and schedules;
- Preparation of construction documents, consisting of plans, elevations, details and specifications, to illustrate non-structural and/or non-seismic partition layouts; power and communications locations; reflected ceiling plans and lighting designs; materials and finishes; and furniture layouts;
- Preparation of construction documents to adhere to regional building and fire codes, municipal codes, and any other jurisdictional statutes, regulations and guidelines applicable to the interior space;
- Coordination and collaboration with other allied design professionals who may be retained to provide consulting services, including but not limited to architects; structural, mechanical and electrical engineers, and various specialty consultants;
- Confirmation that construction documents for non-structural and/or non-seismic construction are signed and sealed by the responsible interior designer, as applicable to jurisdictional requirements for filing with code enforcement officials;
- Administration of contract documents, bids and negotiations as the client's agent;
- Observation and reporting on the implementation of projects while in progress and upon completion, as a representative of and on behalf of the client; and conducting post-occupancy evaluation reports.
The NCIDQ Examination and Certificate
Completion of the NCIDQ Examination recognizes that an individual has met minimum competency standards to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public in the practice of interior design. NCIDQ's role includes the establishment of standards for the certificate which includes minimum qualifications for education and experience and the administration of a minimum competency examination.
Passage of the exam is a requirement for licensure in all NCIDQ member jurisdictions. The exam also serves as a qualifier for professional membership within interior design organizations and, for non-affiliates, represents a voluntary individual accomplishment.
Candidates receive an individual NCIDQ Certificate number when they successfully complete the examination cycle, except for Texas candidates who are required to apply for the examination through their state board. In order for Texas candidates to receive their NCIDQ Certificate number, they must apply to NCIDQ once they passed all exam sections. The Certificate identifies the qualified practitioner, ensures recognition of expertise and assists development and self-improvement through the individual's understanding of a body of knowledge and a set of professional standards.
Friday, September 11, 2009
There are so many children in Tijuana and young families and a lot of them don't go to school. Every student at the school is sponsored and they receive a good education with a huge exposure to the arts, not only visual but performing. All materials used for the job are donated. If you are interested in supporting this school or foundation or a student, you can go through the website or here for a student.
I'm very excited about using large grey limestone tiles on the fireplace wall. Grey limestone is probably my favorite of all natural stones. (What a surprise coming from someone whose favorite color is grey!)
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Here we are 30 years later and I'm about to commend some bamboo patterned wallpaper from Farrow&Ball! Is it my tastes that have changed or are these patterns significantly better than they were 30 years ago? It's probably both. I will say that the color choice given here are much more diverse and fun than the originals I loathed. Check out some of the fun patterns and colors!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Here is a sampling of my favorites: