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Tuesday
Sep042012

Mid-Century Design: The Iconic Eames Lounge Chair

The Eames Lounge Chair is the most widely recognized  mid-century design furniture.  It was introduced on NBC's Today Show in 1957. 

They occupy  thousands of living rooms, offices, studies, and one is in the permanent collection of the New York City's Museum of Modern Art.  

 


 

 

Who wouldn't want to sit in in this, read and enjoy the view? 

It's styling enables it to blend with a wide range of decors.
It is stunning in white!

 

 

 

And is very soft and luxurious  in cream.  

 

Charles and Ray Eames designed this chair for Herman Miller.  Together, this husband and wife team combined art and science to create some of the most iconic furniture of the 20th century. Their designs remain stylish and functional today.  

 

Photo credits: decorpad.com, houzz.com, hermanmiller.com

Thursday
Aug302012

Fall Fabric Preview: F. Schumacher and Company

Fall is one my favorite times of the year.   I grew up in Richmond, Virginia and it seemed like that just after Labor Day the heat switch was turned off, and there was a bit less humidity and slight crispness in the air. It was a time to put away the white shoes and shop for a new fall and winter wardrobe.  Rich woolens in heather colors  were the "in" thing back then. We wore outfits with wool skirts, sweaters, and yes, knee socks to match!  

Although  I live in Atlanta now, I  still look forward to fall.  I now look forward to the  new fall home fabric collections.  One of my favorite fabric companies is F. Schumacher & Company.  For years it has been one of my go to resources for designer fabrics. 

I think it is the sense of history and longevity of this company that appeals to the inner Virginia girl in me. Here is a little background from their website.  

"Since 1889, F. Schumacher & Co. has brought its commitment to superb quality and superior design to interiors where only the finest products will suffice, including the White House, the Chambers of the United States Supreme Court and countless distinguished residences. A fifth generation, family-owned company, F. Schumacher & Co. is proud to be the only supplier of decorative textiles from the 19th century still privately owned and managed by direct descendants of the founder."

 

Take a peek at their latest offering: The Lux Lodge Collection. 


 

 

This collection features an earthy palettes which includes mohair, Italian cashmeres,  herringbones, nature inspired prints, paisleys,and strong wool plaids. 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Beautiful don't you think?  

 For more information you may go to F. Schumacher & Co

Photo credits:  fschumacher.com

Tuesday
Aug282012

Universal Design Bath: Curbless Showers

 What do you notice about these two bathrooms? 

 

 

 

 

Answer:  Neither of them have a curb or threshold leading into the shower. It is one continous space.  These are called Curbless or Zero Threshold showers.   

These showers were designed using what we call "Universal Design" principles.  

For those of you not familiar with this term, "universal design" was coined by the architect Ronald L. Mace to describe the concept of designing all products and the built environment to be aesthetic and usable to the greatest extent possible by everyone, regardless of their age, ability, or status in life.

As life expectancy rises and modern medicine increases the survival rate of those with significant injuries or illnesses there is a growing need for homes to be design in such a fashion.  The focus on universal design is to make the home both accessible and aesthetically pleasing.   

Most of us would like to stay in our homes as long as possible as we age (age in place) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aging_in_place; however, frequently we are forced into institutional living situations much sooner than we would like because the design of many of our homes can not accomodate us. One of the first issues  is the inability to use our bathrooms and kitchens.  Many showers are neither large enough for a wheel chair to roll into or they have a curb which makes it unfriendly to folks with walkers, wheelchairs or just mobility issues.  So, if you are considering remodeling a master bath, or building a new home consider applying universal design principles (such as adding a curbless shower) to your design.

 

Monday
Aug272012

Antique Brass Big at Coastal Living Showhouse 2012

Last week I was on vacation in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida and had the opportunity to visit the 2012 Coastal Living Showhouse in Rosemary Beach.  I could so spend a bunch of time in this backyard.

via Hooked on Houses 

One thing that caught my eye was the choice of antique brass in many of the lighting and fixture finishes.  I must confess I like brass, even though it has been considered out of vogue for the past few years.  So you can imagine how excited I was to see lots of antique brass used in this very contemporary, classic showhouse.    You will see from these photos how the soft glow of this finish really warms up a room.  

The brass fixture by Kohler complements the fabulous marble countertop and the woven wood shades. 


 

 

I am loving the antique brass on this whimsical entry hall chandelier.  All the lighting was from Circa Lighting, one of my favorite go to resources for lighting. 

 

 

The small chandelier by Circa Lighting in antique brass is enchanting and elegant. 

 

This pendant chandelier can work with a variety of styles.


 

  Even the laundry Room fixtures and hardware were antique brass as well as

 the shower fixtures!

via The Painted House

 

Would you consider antique brass in your next design project?  

Photo credits:  tphblog.com http://www.tphblog.com/coastal-living-showhouse-2012/ and hookedonhouse.net http://hookedonhouses.net/

Friday
Aug172012

Saving on Home Improvement Projects: Guest Post

I am pleased to have Amber from Fortified Roofing in Cherry Hill, New Jersey do a guest post for me today. This offer came at the perfect time since I will be away on vacation this week enjoying some R and R on the Gulf Coast.  Hope you are having a great summer, what little there is left of it.  Once again, thanks for reading!

Patti

 

 

Homeowners often embark upon a home improvement projects and very soon into the process costs begin to spiral out of control.  This is usually because of failure to create a budget and do sufficient research and planning.    Each decision made throughout the process can lead to noticeable savings. Depending upon a variety of factors, a homeowner could save anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars on a home improvement project just by taking the time to plan.

 

For starters, a homeowner needs to jump into this process by exercising caution. Many people make mistakes by choosing the wrong contractor or overspending on materials.  During the planning and budgeting process, homeowners need to weigh each and every decision.  It is important to ensure that a budget is created and the project is kept within that budget.

Next, it is important to hire the right contractor for the project. Hiring the right contractor with experience and references takes a bit of time, but will save you a lot of headaches down the road. Also, be sure the contractor carries liability insurance. To find the right contractor, a homeowner needs to interview several, review their references, gather price quotes, and then make an informed decision. An excellent contractor can complete this work quickly, efficiently, and within budget.  Be sure to review the contract you sign with your contractor to make sure both parties are treated equitably and there is a clause for arbitration in case performance or money issues arise during the process. 

 Next is the issue of the correct materials being purchased, the cost of such materials and who will handle this.  Of course, homeowners can always rely upon the contractor to purchase materials.  Sometimes, it may be more cost effective for the homeowner to purchase materials for the project; depending on the time and resources they have available to them. You may want to do a price check on some of the materials to determine if you can procure the materials at less cost than the contractor is charging. Check out your home improvement store as well as online sources.  This extra bit of research can result in hundreds of dollars worth of savings before construction even begins. 

If you are embarking on a project that involves appliances and heating and air conditioning systems, or insulation, take time to investigate the tax credits available to you for these green improvements. . A homeowner can always invest in energy efficient appliances and renovations. Likewise, tax credits for these green improvements are often available.

 

To summarize, create a budget, hire a qualified contractor, consider purchasing materials separately, and be aware of savings on energy efficient appliances to have a successful home improvement project.

 

 

This post was provided by Fortified Roofing, provider of roofing services in Cherry Hill, Voorhees and Marlton, NJ at www.fortifiedroofing.com/cherry-hill-roofing/