28 November, 2008

A new favourite . . .

I found this image in the December edition of Elle Decor magazine and fell in love with this library from a beautiful apartment in Paris. I love the drama of the space, the dark colours, and the spectacular textile used for the seating. Just the perfect place to curl up with a cup of tea and a good book.

Well done,

ps. I start decorating my house for holiday this week.
I'll keep you posted with some progress shots.
Yay! You know how I love Christmas!

25 November, 2008

"and warm woolen mittens ... "

With Thanksgiving practically upon us, it brings one's mind to those things for which we are most grateful for in our day to day lives. This isn't about celebrating one's good health or family (both of which I'm sincerely grateful for) . . but, instead, I'm thinking of those items that bring me a quiet, simple joy. The everyday objects, memories, and experiences that make my everyday life sublime.

Here are some of my favourites things . . . . .

1. Tartan in any form. Period.
2. Velvet Slippers from Crockett & Jones. There's a wonderful little shop on Jermyn Street in London that makes the most amazing shoes. It's one of the ways that I treat myself.
3. Dirty Jeep Wranglers
4. Fresh scones from Sarabeth’s in NY. A good friend introduced me to this marvelous little place on Madison Ave. on the upper East side. Yummy.
5. Singing in harmony.
6. Avalache Roses. They are the most amazing shade of white-green-celedon-ivory.
7. Scottish Breakfast Tea.
8. The Portobello Antique Market. My favourite place to spend a sunny Saturday morning when I'm visiting in England. And if you shop your way through, there's a great little place for lunch on the far end.
9. Flickering candlelight. It is the first element whenever I design for any event.
10. An evening of conversation with good friends.
11. Cashmere sweaters
12. My antique china collection. Just in case a hundred people drop by for afternoon tea. lol.

What makes you happy ?

Happy Thanksgiving,
from tartanscot

20 November, 2008

and tartanscot said . . . "It was good."

Another greeting from another slightly wee hour.

Today has been amazing. I've had nothing but great feedback on my Dining by Design installation, and may even have a few nibbles on some extended press and print . . . I'll keep you informed.

I'm always so inspired by seeing other creative minds at work. Just walking through the "D by D" event this evening makes me so proud to be in the design trade. I love seeing how one can take such a simple charge . . . "Go forth and create a dining room" . . . and see the unending variations on that one idea.

Some of my favourites; Ken Fulk's whimsical (and theatrical) take on the Sleeping Beauty myth, Candace Barnes' Chinoiserie garden, and Jo Malone's simple elegance . . .

A big (and unending) 'thank you' to Leslie and the whole staff from Wroolie & co., Cathy Post from Ralph Lauren, and Stacy (*kisses*) for helping me survive the hell-that-was-yesterday.

I'm moments from crashing in the bed for a gentle night's slumber.


19 November, 2008

If it weren't for the last minute . . . .

Greetings from the wee hours,

Yesterday was one of those days when you have to laugh, because laughing was the only option. As I've been writing about, the 2008 Dining by Design installation project has been going on this week. Monday was set aside for the "national sponsor tables" to install . . . and Tuesday morning is when the "rank and file" local designers get access to our spaces. The good news was . . . the contractor was arriving at 9:30 am to install the marvelous set that I'd designed, the wallpaper installer was scheduled for 2:00 pm, lighting tech was on for 3:30, and furniture was moving in at 4:00 pm. Sounds like a good plan, huh?

Well, the contractor was delayed and wouldn't be in until around noon. (Not what I'd hoped for, but clearly, I could work around it.) So headed to lunch and to run a few other errands.

12:30 pm, no contractor. 1:00 pm, no contractor. 1:45, no contractor and his cell phone went straight to voice mail. 2:00, I called and delayed wallpaper install, and still no contractor.

Well, around 3:00pm, the panic began to set in. What if the contractor wasn't coming? What if there had been some sort of accident? What was the grand, elegant space going to look like without the grand, elegant set to surround it? What the "f" was I going to do?

So, I started planning another version of the design that DIDN'T have a set around it. I could always go and buy ten or fifteen trees to make some kinda "enchanted forest" for the space. So, we started moving furniture in. I let the lighting tech guys install the huge light fixture. I canceled the wallpaper (since, clearly, there were no walls to install it on . . . lol)

THEN, my contractor arrive. (He explained the he had been delayed and forgot to turn his phone on. This was followed by several moment of swearing) But, now we were able to work around the placed furniture. We were able to work around the installed lighting fixtures. We were able to re-schedule the wallpaper install for 8:00 am the following morning. We were able to keep my heart from exploding from the stress of the day.

So today was a full, dead sprint to the finish line. Instead to the 12 to 15 hours, over two days, the I had planned to install this huge project . . . we had 5.5 hours to whip together before the photographer arrived to shoot for a national magazine. Luckily, I had great friends to help out. Luckily, there were few if any problems to overcome as the project evolved before my eyes.

More later . . . . first there must be sleep.


10 November, 2008

Dining . . . but, only by design.

Greetings and salutations,

One of my favourite projects each year is the "Dining by Design" event. Every year, 50 designers are asked to imagine a spectacular dining environment hosting 10 people for dinner in a shockingly *tiny* space (approximately 11 by 11 feet.) The other significant challenge is the set-up constrains. Basically, the project must be installed in 36 hours, is on display for two events, and then ALL comes down in one morning. whew. it's a bit exhausting just thinking about.

This year I wanted to try something extraordinary. After flipping through an artbook about the great baronial dinning rooms of 18th century Europe, I wanted to see if I could capture that grandeur an elegance, though clearly, on a 'slightly' smaller scale.

The installation goes in next Tuesday/Wednesday and things seem to be coming together quite well. The antique china was delivered this morning. The stemware is ready to be picked up. The perfect handmade carpet is awaiting pick-up next week. The contractor has all the blueprints for the structure. I've spoken with the lighting tech-guys regarding the spectacular lighting fixture for the event (wait 'til you see this!) Still waiting for the textile "fire-code paperwork" for the city, but that should be in the office tomorrow morning. I'll have my camera with me, so I can shoot some 'in-progress' shots as the project goes in.


05 November, 2008

and then there was "the blog"

good evening,

let's see how many times I write, then delete, then re-write before clicking the elusive "publish" button. Thus far, we're on version number 3. Let's see if this quiet missive makes it into the world of blogspot in anything resembling it's original form.

what to write about first? plans for the house for the holidays? my feelings about the passing of Prop #8? how much I love my new car . . . lol?

well, I think tonight's going to be about exploring good choices and my need to look with hope into the future. kinda excited about being in the office tomorrow. hang on to your socks . . . I'm updating the website in the next few weeks. yay.

I'll start updating images once I've got some final shots from my photographer.

stay tuned,
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