October 22, 2010
October 18, 2010
I love modern design. There’s nothing like a slick, streamlined, top-stitched sofa floating on chrome or a super low coffee table to get me excited. Strangely, when I think about my ideal house, it isn’t one of those ultra modern, cantilevered, all steel and glass boxes that you associate with great modern furniture.
I love a little texture and history just as much as I love simplicity.
A home needs to be warm, inviting, comfortable. A place to entertain and raise a family yet showcase it’s owners personal taste and style. You get my point…
So I’m out and about in LA and I keep passing this new showroom G R A Y E on Robertson (316 S. Robertson to be exact), but I’m running around and don’t have time to pull over and run in (what originally catches my eye is this fantastic exterior brick wall that has been left exposed inside the showroom as well and the front window just sits right up next to it, love).
I end up stopping in the one day that I have both my 3 1/2 year old and my 4 month old in tow.
I am immediately greeted by the owner Maria, who is as warm and charming as she is chic.
This showroom is a modernists heaven. Carrying lines such as Living Divani, Porro and Gervasoni, to name a few – Maria tells me that she too is a mother and we agree that while style is of utmost importance, so is comfort, cleanability and dependability. Something she is quick to explain is what is so great about the pieces that she has on her floor and the overall approach of her showroom. Everything she has is carefully selected and beautiful, but there is nothing ‘precious’ about this showroom.
She doesn’t even blink an eye when my son starts using the furniture as a trampoline…
To check out G R A Y E for yourself go to www.graye-la.com
October 11, 2010
I wouldn’t say this in front of Michael (he would burst into laughter), but I love a good book.
He would laugh because he probably can’t remember the last time he saw me with a real book in my hands. Not a design ‘picture’ book, not a magazine, just a plain old fiction or preferably in his mind, non-fiction book.
The problem is that reading is really hard for me. I was a good student…when I went to school, and although I was always strong in math and could write a decent paper, my reading comprehension was always weak. I struggle to read, it is a challenge for me, not the relaxing pastime that it is for some.
I really have to be interested in the something that I am reading, and still it is time consuming.
I do love the idea though of curling up in a cozy chair, with a cozy blankie in front of a roaring fire, with a cup of hot something and reading a good book.
There are 2 books that are at the top of my list right now.
This Belgian Wingback Chair from Restoration Hardware borders on too
traditional for me, but it looks just perfect for a cozy fall cuddle with a good book.
One of my all time favorites, the Arne Jacobsen floor lamp
Perfect little side table by India Mahdavi
I’d throw in this Hable Construction pillow…
… and I’d cozy up in this AMAZING thermal blanket by Matteo.
October 4, 2010
October 2, 2010
Can I vent here for a minute?
Sometimes I just want a day to myself. All to myself with no kids, no work, no Michael, no phone calls, no emails, no computer…ok, my computer can stay.
I mean, seriously, between my 4 month old needing constant stimulation and attention and my nearly 4 year old running around destroying just about everything in his path – sometimes himself included, I don’t get a break.
I was just sitting here thinking to myself, ‘what did I used to do on a lovely Saturday afternoon if Michael was working and I had the day to myself?’.
Oh, that’s right, I did whatever I wanted to do. Long gone are those days. The days of a leisurely afternoon reading by the pool, laying in bed with a good book, a spontaneous trip to the movie theater…
I know, what does this have to do with symmetry?
When things get overly chaotic for me I try to create as much order as I can to calm myself. Because I am so visually inclined (I learn and experience best visually) symmetry can really help me wind down when I get too wound up.
I don’t really know why, I guess I could read up a little, but symmetry in a space creates a calming and easy environment. A symmetrical space gives your eyes a place to land and rest without trying to take in too many different things going on all at once.
That’s exactly what I need.