Monday, May 9, 2011
What is it about sea glass? Can you pass it by on the beach? Even though I know it is simply broken bottles smoothed by sand and wave, still it is irresistible. I brought home only a small handful from Positano, but looking at it transports me instantly to the rocky beach and its cold waves chasing us back from water's edge.
sea glass from Positano
You can always turn your sea glass into jewelry — an Etsy search turned up an amazing number of creative alternatives. Or you might bring into your home the feeling and color evoked by sea glass with this lovely new lamp from Currey:
lamp from Currey
While the lamp's glass mosaic is not strictly made of sea glass, the spirit of the piece surely is. What about you? How do you bring home memories of your travels and incorporate them into your home?
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Sometimes I see a picture that stops me in my tracks and demands a second and third look. The internal monologue begins with "whoa" and continues through multiple analytical "why do I like this? what's new here? where can I get one? questions until I think I've grasped it. This dining room is case in point:
dining room via julie neill
Show me a Ghost Chair and I'm already hooked, throw in the sexy cabriole leg table and this composition sings. But what really stands out for me is that chandelier! Gorgeous, simple, contemporary-meets-old-world — I adore it.
ingrid chandelier from julie neill
Part of an amazing lighting collection from Julie Neill, you can see the spirit of New Orleans in many of her pieces. And while many a traditional home might be infused with regal glamor from this collection, there are some sweetly modernized selections too.
cosmos from julie neill
metropolitan from julie neill
And the Ingrid, which so caught my eye? There is a lantern version, and a tall pendant!
ingrid pendant from julie neill
How beautiful is that?
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The AD Home Show MADE section featured some 150+ individual artists and designers of limited edition and/or one-of-a-kind objects and furnishings. There were an amazing number of creative people here! I saw numerous glass artisans, and each had something special to show. Consider these:
An extraordinary wall installation of glass "pebbles" from Bueno Glass. Notice the pendant lighting on the right — fabulous!
glass stones from bueno glass
Blown glass pendants from Jamie Harris Studio LLC are delightfully irregular:
hand blown glass pendants from jamie harris studio llc
Luminous colors and elegant shapes define the glassware from Michael Schunke of Nine Iron Studios:
elegant glassware from nine iron studios
Graceful, traditional shapes excite with delicious translucent color from Hartford Art School alum Moshe Bursuker:
lovely pendants from moshe bursuker
This is just a sampling of the amazing glass artisans on display the the AD Home Show. The show features such talent — be sure to attend next year if you missed it.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I'm still not sure how my travel radar never focused on Chicago before! It's a truly lovely city, with great architecture and a thriving design scene. I grabbed a few hours to myself and wandered through the Merchandise Mart — a design lover's Mecca. The building itself is an architectural treasure deserving of a visit, and even LEED certified. But I only had eyes for showrooms!
A few things that caught my eye… Zebra was everywhere!
I really, really want one of these!
Yes, I clearly have a thing for chairs. Here's another one that I'd live happily with, from Century's Oscar de la Renta collection.
(eye) candy apple leather comfort!
Others that intrigue with shape or scale or interesting upholstery, maybe all three…
Thomas O'Brien stretches traditional seating to new heights
this chaise begs for a racy novel in one hand…
- while this requires a racy drink in the other!
Sometimes I took my eyes off the furniture and focused on lighting…
this wonderful chandelier found a new home with an equally wonderful client!
organic lighting from Odegard
LOVE the steampunk look of this fixture!
this long and lean sconce can fit almost anywhere
After zipping through the furniture and lighting areas, I practically raced through a few of my favorite fabric showrooms. Then it was off to meet the family for a little more of the Chicago tourist whirlwind.