Tuesday, January 31, 2012

MH Living Room Progress

Hello!  I'm excited to share with you progress on a living room I'm working on.  It is in the same home as the kitchen we were working on back here.  We recently installed quite a bit of the new furnishings, pretty much everything you see in the below pics.  We still have a couple more custom pieces as well as accessories in the works.  Enjoy, and stay tuned for more!

Coming together nicely, if I must say so myself!

 The gold etagere is so scrumptious -- I'll have to take some close ups of the wonderfully, layered on gold finish!

 What?!  But Milo, how could something outside be more interesting than all of the gorgeous furnishings???

 I love the style of this chair!!



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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Life as an Artist

As an interior designer, you are also an artist.  Some people understand this, and some people don't.  Truly your medium is more tangible, useable, HAS to be functional, and typically has to fit a certain budget...yet, personally, you really share many of the same emotions as a sculptor, photographer, painter, etc.  I'm sure all fields have their own unique idiosyncrasies, but in the big picture, our daily musings are comparable.  Saw this little blurb on a friend's Facebook page, and it really sunk in...for you other creatives reading this, let me know if it hits home for you too!

~~~ Be expressive!  Susan ~~~

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Simple, and Sooo Stunning!!

Using complementary colors, and bold simple patterns, with blocks of color, this bedroom is simply stunning!  By Massucco Warner Miller

~~~  Susan~~~

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Travarente's Fabulous Dishes!!

Massya and A Flying House

TRAVARENTE'S MASSYA COLLECTION!!  When it comes to buying new dinnerware for the home, the one comment I often hear is I'm so sick of my white, and would like to have something with pattern and/or color.  BUT I know I will tire even quicker of all the colors and patterns I see...what to do?  My advice to that:  something subtle with color or pattern.  AND walaah!  Travarente!

Visually, these dishes are very elegant with their soft charcoal and white illustrations.  They are classic and could be used for any occasion--dinners, brunches, etc.  I love how they also add art and whimsy to the table.  The collection was created by Katya Tolstaya.  Below is her inspiration for the art: 

"Massya collection was born when I was a teacher of painting at school. One day a little girl asked me to draw a rabbit in her album. Immediately she and others in the class loved the funny rabbit. It became a game – one was asking for a rabbit with a fishing rod, other with a hat or in boots. Then we all decided to name him Massya. And then Massya has needed the stories to become alive friend to kids. The stories created by kids were so interesting that I decided to write them down." 

Massya and a Herbarium I
Massya and a Herbarium II
Massya and a Herbarium III

 But what additionally captures my love for these dishes is the stories associated with each image.  YES, there's even fairy tales!

Venture to the website HERE to finish the story!

The trio of Herbarium above would be stunning on the wall of your kitchen, and many of the dishes would be perfect as art in a child's room.  What a fabulous keepsake, and so easy to store and pass along within the family!
 Massya and the Stars
Massya's Hobbies
Massya's Friend
And a pillow!  Massya Goes to School

I love dishes as art, and these are some of the most interesting I've seen in a while!  I hope you check them out!  Dishes, dishes, dishes...so many and so lovely!

~~~  Decorate away! ~~~


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