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Places & Spaces: Eco Beach

Soak in the warm sand and fresh Australian air at Eco Beach. Eco Beach is an oasis of earthen colors adjacent to tropical blue waters in northwestern Australia. The resort has an impressive history of destruction and construction. After a tropical cyclone delivered extensive ruin, Eco Beach was renovated and […]

Blissfully Arranged Chaos

Brace yourself. Your eyes are seconds away from falling on an interior simultaneously wearing composed white walls and a chaotic chromatic rush – radiant pockets of vivid hues embellishing a blank shell. This bold serving of design is the London flat of Liza Giles. Ms. Giles has borrowed brilliant color and […]

Space for Inspiration

Charlotta Ward is an artist; you can see it in the way she finesses the words and images on her blog as though she is delicately finessing the last details of an intricate painting. Everything at Space for Inspiration is thoughtful and gorgeous with a layer of spontaneity that always excites my […]

Take a Number

Typography is an alluring graphic pleasure – and typography with numerical embellishments is even better. This post combines the aesthetics of mathematics with the charm of décor. The Ordinal Dresser can help prioritize your wardrobe with a combination of wood grain and numerical delight. Or add a dash of digits and […]

Stop the Press – Wait, Don’t

Michelle Adams started a little shelter publication that forever changed the method of design inspiration delivery; Lonny took root, followed by an explosion of online real estate housing shelter magazines. Last week I shared my thoughts about shelter trends for the eleventh year of the new millennium. Online magazines made […]

The Bee’s Knees

The air is heavy with summer and the sticky, sweet smell of honey. Bring a burst of sunshine inside your walls and celebrate honey bees (minus the epinephrine); these six-legged beauties are a vision themselves, not to mention their immaculate six-sided dwellings of honeycomb bliss. May I suggest bringing one (or all) […]

Camping Without a Butler

One of the decisive trends for 2011 is nature. Pure, rustic nature. The call of the wild and the desire to mingle with Mother Nature will manifest in our homes, travel plans, and urban environments. As technology continues to present shiny little devices to keep us connected, our innate desire […]

Is LEED Lingering Behind?

In a twist of acronym irony, it seems that 2011 may be the year that LEED falls behind. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the ubiquitous certification and rating system to encourage, standardize and award sustainable building efforts. The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) developed the LEED […]

3 Effortless Ways to Get This Look

This charming glimpse into a space grounded in gray and brimming with tones of mustard and camel is gorgeous and thoughtful. The artwork perched on the wall balances the layers of throw pillows embellishing the couch. This living room is a cohesive and beautiful invitation to plop down and make […]

Hand-Printed Loveliness

This duet of Lace Fans Fabric Pillows (in Olive) from Ink & Spindle stole my heart. It was love at first sight. Nothing freshens a space as quickly (or as inexpensively) as a handful of throw pillows – a pop of color or a rich texture can instantly add life. I immediately […]

Design Is on the Menu

The only thing I love more than design is food. It only seems natural that my heart flutters with pitters and patters when I stumble across a restaurant where the delicious design rivals the elegant menu. Tartinery is one such place; this clever little space, and source of French bistro food, […]

Lustables: Stainless Steel Carrier

This Stainless Steel Food Carrier will carry your lunch day after day. Say goodbye to plastic containers and paper bags. This gleaming tower of reusable wonder is the 3-Tier Stainless Steel Food Carrier ($24.95) by To-Go Ware. This non-leaching and dishwasher safe beauty will ensure you are the envy of […]

Silver-Plated Sex

Elegant forms, sensual curves, gleaming glamour, completely custom, and unashamedly beautiful. It’s not very often these words dance across the lips when describing a sex toy. I happen to know Made to Pleasure sex toys embody all of these delicious descriptions and a few more that are crucially important – […]

Modern Obsessions

The walls of this mid-century modern muse contain handfuls of obsessive compulsive delights. Perpendicular angles. Gleaming surfaces. Right-angled wonders. Unspoiled purity. This space makes all my compulsions ease with modern allure. The natural materials and palette of this home blend seamlessly with the mountains they are nestled in. The scenic […]

Modern Obsessions

The walls of this mid-century modern muse contain handfuls of obsessive compulsive delights. Perpendicular angles. Gleaming surfaces. Right-angled wonders. Unspoiled purity. This space makes all my compulsions ease with modern allure. The natural materials and palette of this home blend seamlessly with the mountains they are nestled in. The scenic […]

Blissfully Arranged Chaos

Brace yourself. Your eyes are seconds away from falling on an interior simultaneously wearing composed white walls and a chaotic chromatic rush – radiant pockets of vivid hues embellishing a blank shell. This bold serving of design is the London flat of Liza Giles. Ms. Giles has borrowed brilliant color and […]

The Year of the Rabbit

February 3, 2011 rang in the Chinese New Year and the year of the rabbit, formally known as the year of Xin Mao. What does the Chinese Zodiac have to say about the year of the rabbit? Here is the prediction of one source: We can look forward to a […]

Chromatic Theology: Red

Color – seven simple hues with complex connotations. I still remember the moment I met Roy G. Biv in sixth grade science class. Mr. Biv and his mnemonic for the visible color spectrum still produce nostalgic perceptions of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. This color taxonomy is an […]

3 Effortless Ways to Get This Look

This charming glimpse into a space grounded in gray and brimming with tones of mustard and camel is gorgeous and thoughtful. The artwork perched on the wall balances the layers of throw pillows embellishing the couch. This living room is a cohesive and beautiful invitation to plop down and make […]

No Water, No Electricity, No Roads

This humble retreat of corrugated copper and recycled iron bark timber is off-grid, way off-grid. The site has no water, no electricity, and no roads (dwellers simply meander in on horseback). The self-sufficient solitary tower is the creative genius of Rob Brown, of Casey Brown Architecture. The hideaway allows its […]

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Lustables: Blocked Paisley Bedding

Organic cotton blocked paisley duvet cover. This Blocked Paisley Duvet Cover ($89) isn’t simply bedding, it’s a place to nestle your dreams. The pretty weave of 100% organic cotton is a repetitive graphic wonder. Look for Lustables daily at EcoSalon. 100% gorgeous green finds, and never sponsored. Submit your favorite […]

Follow the LEED

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) explained. LEED is an acronym that has taken hold of the sustainable building movement and become integrated in many industries beyond. If you have any interest in green building, you have stumbled across the ubiquitous acronym a handful of times – enough to […]

Lustables: Hickory Vase

Stunning BDJ Craftworks Hickory Vase. Variegated wood whittled from a solid hickory block – it’s so good. This Hickory Vase ($60), by BDJ Craftworks (available at Spartan), has a removable glass insert for pragmatic usage and easy cleaning. This is one vessel you can be proud to put on a […]

Garden Variety

Garden gear to kick-start spring. It’s time to don your gardening gloves and mingle among the ravishes of plucking, pulling, weeding, fertilizing, and planting- Are you ready for it? If not, here’s a gathering of garden muses to inspire your green thumb including a fair trade hat with a wide […]

Bulb Naked

The Plumen 001 is a gorgeous compact florescent light bulb. There are a handful of adverbs that swirl around the presence of compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs), efficient, effective, energy saving, eco friendly, functional and economical, But gorgeous rarely comes to mind – until now. The Plumen 001 light bulb […]

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