25 June, 2009
Michael Jackson. He provided the great deal of the soundtrack to a great deal of my youth. But, he turned into a strange man as an adult . . . I will never forget his amazing music, but the media frenzy is already getting on my nerves. Farrah, maybe. Michael, no.
Yes, you'll think it's strange (isn't that a line from Evita . . . the mind wanders . . . lol), but whilst at lunch this afternoon, I had an oddly lengthy conversation about my dislike of tomatoes on my hamburgers. Frankly, most restaurant tomatoes are much too soggy to be part of my burger, and I would prefer not to even have them on the plate - because, then you have to put them off to the side, over by the fries - and then THEY get soggy. So no tomatoes, not even on the plate. thank you.
Still working on designing some new furniture - toiled for a while with my upholsterer this morning on a few details as we work on prototypes. More later. (and that's an image I pulled from google - it's not part of my new furniture line - you'll have to wait to see that!)
Yay - we started a new opera tonight for a performance later in the summer. Purcell is SO fun to sing and - double yay - it's in English.
And - what am I up to - triple yay - the big camping, white-water-rafting trip this weekend. Just got a brand new tent . . . can't wait to be up in the woods.
22 June, 2009
The custom designed hide rug (yep, that's cowhide - laser cut and custom dyed) was clearly one of the big stars of the night, and the clever mixture of organic shapes (I'm loving those fantastic lamps!) and textiles contrasted with more streamlined elements strikes the perfect chord - brilliant. For a complete listing of the resources, click here.
And here is the small jewel-box powder room - resplendent in cork tile (really, made from wine corks!), beautiful lighting, and staring the custom bronze vanity.
20 June, 2009
19 June, 2009
17 June, 2009
Jonathan's top 10 for a one-day makeover
1. Mantel: Make it a focal point.
2. Artwork: Look for pairs, trios, and groupings.
3. Lamps: Evenly distributed, and don't forget dimmers.
4. Rug: Use it to define a seating area.
5. Pillows and Throws: Bring in more layers of color and texture.
6. End tables: Think of every surface as a potential tablescape.
7. Bookcases: A showcase for objects as well as books.
8. Mirrors: More light!
9. Ottomans or Stools: Versatile extra seating.
10. Plants: Every room needs a touch of green.
15 June, 2009
11 June, 2009
I encourage you to go out (or click through) as soon as possible to purchase his book. It highlights Mr. Saladino's amazing work . . . and features his spectacular home and garden. I was honored to hear his lecture yesterday afternoon at the San Francisco Design Center. He was quite profound, and I may need a few days to process all of the information. Inspiring. Challenging. Breathtaking.
10 June, 2009
09 June, 2009
08 June, 2009
But THIS - this is a classic southern entry porch. Columns. Ferns. Beautiful ironwork. and of course, the cat. Simple, yet stately. Proud, but very welcoming.
Or we could re-think the back porch - maybe just simplify the colour story. but, add amazing climbing roses . . . encircling the conversation. This one's gonna take some time and might be a bit more construction than we're thinking at the moment . . . but . . . hmmmmmm . . .
But, this, this could be something. I love the combination of the fireplace and the ceiling fan . . . lol. It is clearly a space for all seasons. Stylish and comfortable. Let me send a few things off to Mom and see what she thinks.
06 June, 2009
"Do we all holy rites;
- a bit of trivia - that's actually the Scottish composer Patrick Doyle who begins the "Non Nobis Domine" chant at the conclusion of the battle. He has scored several of Branagh's films and always shows up somewhere. and for some real minutia, Kenneth is actually carrying a very young Christian Bale (in one of his early roles) across the battlefield.
05 June, 2009
03 June, 2009
I've been lucky to have several pianos in my design portfolio - like this wonderful instrument - with one of the best views of the San Francisco skyline.
Or this charming 7 foot grand piano overlooking a French inspired home in the Palo Alto area, just south of SF. I was in the great habit of sitting and playing Chopin etudes when I was working at the house. It was the perfect way to focus my thoughts. Ah . . . . . .