Jason Mecier is a San Franciso based artist that creates beautiful portraits out of complete junk. He has the celebrity donate their own personal junk to be used in their portrait. You can also contribute junk to him to be used in his designs via his website. http://www.jasonmecier.com/fun.html What a cool way to get rid of garbage and be part of an artist revolution at the same time! His pieces are truly remarkable and crazy creative.
Re-Surface is a Brooklyn based boutique which sells urban lighting. Their graffiti lights are super cool and would be perfect for a loft space, bar, or bachelor pad.
One of the first things that is learned in elementary interior design, which colors work best together. If you are scared to incorporate color into your room, stick to the basics and you cannot go wrong. Complementary colors are simply colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. Pair these colors together, along with some neutrals and voila, a beautifully decorated room.
Red and Green, Blue and Orange, Purple and Yellow are the basics.
My husband is a lover of cultured stone, but when we threw around the idea of incorporating it into our home, my first response was “we don’t have a fireplace.” Typically you see stone around fireplaces, but the idea of building an accent wall out of stone is slightly more innovative. I like the outocome.
Of course the traditional use, for fireplace walls is beautiful also. I like how it can be incoporated seemlessly into ultra modern and traditional rooms.
A common design challenge is that of camouflaging the big ugly piece of technology that is mounted to your wall for our viewing pleasure, AKA the television. You can hide it in furniture, decorate around it, or dare I say, opt to remove it all together. As technology progresses, I am sure our ways of adapting to it will too. With that being said, I have come across a new way of working it into your living room that is not so invasive, building a gallery wall around it. I must say, this is quite the clever trick and I like.
During these tough economic times, nobody can afford to be re-desgining their home every year. I believe that the key to staying in love with your home year after year, is to design each room timelessly and not trendy. It’s easy to get caught up in the trends and design rooms with what is currently cool. But if you design your rooms with things that have always been cool, and always will be cool, you can enjoy your spaces for years to come, which in turn, will save moola. By using pieces that have been around for centuries and incoporating them in different ways, it will make your room timeless. Swapping out throw pillows or paint is easy, but buying all new furniture is not. Here are 4 rooms that are using 4 timeless chair designs that look very “now” to me, and will probably still be relevant in another decade or two.
Moroccan poufs have been all the rage lately, considered a modern day beanbag, but with a bit more style. Moroccan culture in general is hugely on the rise…signature Moroccan colors being emerald green, turqoise blue, cinnamon red, saffron yellow, and light pink are being seen everywhere. The geometric patterns are widely used in rugs and bedding. To rock a Moroccan pouf in your living room you have to be uber cool, but to rock a metallic Moroccan pouf, now that is border line over the top. A strong personality is a “must have” to be able to pull of this room with ease.
Manchester born designer Matthew Williamson has an amazing collection of home goods out, appropriately titled “Butterfly.” He is known for using exuberant patterns, vibrant colors, and intricate beading, and this collection is no exception. Once the creative director of Pucci, he is now part of Debenhams, a chain of department stores in the UK. He launched his homeware collection in 2010, and the products are simply striking.
His home line consists of bedding, bath towels, poly resin bath accessories, picture frames, candles, and lanterns. They are all reasonable priced (don’t forget to do your Euro to Dollar conversion) and can add an amazing pop of color to your bathroom, boudoir, or bedroom. Best part of it all…..Debenhams offers international shipping to the U.S.
For those of you who have not heard the term “Ikat”, it’s an Indonesian word meaning “a method of weaving that uses a resist dyeing process on either the warp or weft fibres”. The process is similiar to tie dyeing, made popular in the 60’s and 70’s by the hippie generation. What I consider to be the modern day version of tie dye, Ikat inspired fabrics, have been sprouting up all over the place in the late 2000’s, in both the fashion and interior design worlds. The ever-so-popular Bohemian culture, absorbed in art and life, love these fabrics for they seem effortlessly chic and relaxed.
Allthough we have seen these fabrics for a while now in fashion and interior design, leave it the Anthropologie to think outside the box and make these fabulous lampsahdes.
Whether used on a few throw pillows or for complete furniture upholstery, Ikat fabrics and patterns make the room look undeniably cool. Carpets, window panels, throw pillows, sheets, and even bath towels are all popping up in these eye-catching patterns.
Madeline Weinrib, famous for her rugs, sold at ABC Carpet and Home, has a line of Ikat pillows.
For a cheaper alternative, Etsy has a great vendor, which sells sets of 9 Ikat throw pillows for $160. At just under $18 a pillow covering, that is an absolute bargain. http://www.etsy.com/shop/ginette1223?ref=seller_info