Inspire Me: And the winner is…

For over 10 years, Design Within Reach has been holding their annual Champagne Chair Contest. The rules are simple: create a miniature chair, 4” max, using only the materials from a champagne bottle cork- the foil, label, cage and cork- from no more than 2 bottles. It began as fun project in the office and when they extended the design invitation to the public, the idea exploded!

The winners were chosen a few weeks ago and here are the finalists for this year. The First Place winner is the Crescent Chair (the one in the center), designed by Bruce Hirschman. Love it!

(Image via DWR)

Design Meets Fashion: Woven Goods

Hello spring! I’m excited for the new season and picking up some new goods for the warmer climate, like woven bowls perfect for entertaining and displaying fresh farmer’s market finds, and huarache sandals for some Mexican flare.

(Images via Pinteret & Altard State.)

Weekly Wrap Up: Dena Robertson, Aztec Design & Mixed Metals

Monday’s Meet the Maker: Dena Robertson
Wednesday’s Design Meets Fashion: Aztec Designs
Friday’s Inspire Me: Mixed Metals

Inspire Me: Mixed Metals

For some quick sparkle, infuse mixed metals into to your decor. Find them in lamps, frames, furniture- even wall covering. Think of the metals in terms of color: yellows, grays… it can work in almost any space!

(Image via popsugar)

Design Meets Fashion: Aztec Designs

Aztec designs are continuing to pop up everywhere. They’re a great way to add some pizazz to rooms and outfits, don’t you think? Whether duotone or multi-colored, they fell laid back and truly western.

(Images via Pinterest & Busy SpinningThread on Etsy.)

Meet the Maker: Dena Robertson

I often write about my love of minimalism and the use of black and white in decor and fashion, and I enjoy it just as much in art. Dena Robertson is an east coast transplant who now resides in LA with her family. She received her BFA in 1994 from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and her work is shown at Gallery 825 in Los Angeles.

As a fellow mom, I appreciate Robertson’s focus on creating work that is a “metaphor for the chaos in everyday life”.

(Images via Dena Robertson)

Weekly Wrap Up: Lorser Feitelson, Mustard Yellow, Inspiring Rooms & Nickel Canopy Beds on SALE!

Monday’s Meet the Maker: Lorser Feitelson
Wednesday’s Design Meets Fashion: Mustard Yellow
Friday’s Inspire Me: Everything. All of it.

Don’t forget about our Nickel Canopy Bed SALE!

Inspire Me: Everything. All of it.

Have you ever come across a photo of a room and realize there’s not one single thing about it that you don’t like? Design style is very subjective of course, but I have to say I am totally inspired by everything in this vignette of a Parisian apartment by Studio Ko. The white backdrop, the amazing detailing on the ceiling, that wonderful painting and the tile surrounding the fireplace… and I love the way certain things seem to be outlined in black. It’s stunning.

(Image via DPAGES)

Design Meets Fashion: Mustard Yellow

Mustard yellow is a color that has completely grown on me. I use to avoid yellows and now I find myself seeking them out. Mustard specifically has a laid back meets collegiate feel that is cheerful and sophisticated. I adore it in mid-century furniture, like this Augusto Bozzi Lounge Chair for Saporiti from 1956. It also reminds me of turmeric and my close connection to Indian cooking.

What colors have grown on you?

(Images via Pinterest and IMAXTREE.)

Meet the Maker: Lorser Feitelson

Lorser Feitelson (1898-1978) was born in Savannah, Georgia and raised in New York City before moving to Paris to study life drawing at L’Académie Colorossi. In 1927 he moved to Los Angeles and in the next few years began working in the Post Surrealist style. Feitelson slowly transformed his style and focus from more figurative art to a greater focus on minimalist color and shape and by the 1940s, his style became much more focused in abstraction. During this time, this ”Father of Hard Edge” began teaching at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena while also a great influence over the LA art scene.

Lot 87 (1945)


Lot 39 (1964)


(Images via LA Modern.)