October 31, 2012

October 29, 2012

I find it really difficult to find affordable artwork for clients that still feels unique and evokes an emotional response.  Everything I tend to be drawn to has a price that is followed by at least 3 zeros, usually more.

I know that there are creative solutions to the art issue, its wonderful when a client already has an amazing art collection, but this is definitely an area where I struggle.

What are some of your favorite places to shop for affordable, one of a kind art?

Stainless Steel Mosaic Tile

October 27, 2012

I’m hoping to use this amazing and gorgeous and shimmery stainless steel mosaic tile on a project that I am working on.

I’ll pair the stainless mosaics with matte white Corian countertops and an island clad in travertine slab…

What do think?  You like?

you like? I like.

October 21, 2012

black walls

October 14, 2012

I’ve been wanting to paint my bedroom black for a while now.  It most likely won’t happen, I don’t live alone and get to make these kind of choices unilaterally.  I’ll probably settle for a charcoal chalkboard wall in the kitchen.

I love a black room though.  I’ve actually always dreamed of having a shingle style bungalow home to paint black.  I can picture the verdant green landscape popping in front of the deep dark velvety blackness and the light glowing through the windows at night.  In the black of night, a black house appears not even to be there, only the soft glow of the windows like beacons in the night.

What do you think of a black room?  I’d love to hear your comments…

kappe house

October 8, 2012

I had the privilege of being invited to a salon at the home of architect Ray Kappe and his wife last month.  It was pretty exciting for me as I have worked on 2 Kappe homes and am a huge fan.

Nestled in the Santa Monica Canyon, I have driven past the home a few times.  I have even stopped in the road and stared at the house in admiration a couple times wondering how many have done the same, and if the Kappe’s must think we are all nuts…

They love their house, I’m sure they understand and appreciate that we do too.

The sunken living room.

Standing in the dining room looking across the living room (middle, below) to the lounge.

Standing in the lounge looking back across to the dining room and kitchen above that.

The lounge (above), the office (below).  The living room falls somewhere in between.

Interior/exterior detail.

Master Bath.  I LOVE the ladder towel racks, poured into the concrete as an architectural yet functional element.

Guest Bath.

LOVE this window seat!!!

Exterior steps leading up to the pool and rooftop deck.

The end.