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August 22, 2012

I’ve been working on this mid-century architectural home and my client really wants the items we select to feel period.  She is also drawn to really modern objects and furnishings.

We have approached her home with the perspective that we will be respectful of the period in which the home was built (1964), but with modern updates.

I had this gorgeous Nina Campbell wallpaper installed and it couldn’t have been more perfect.  The pattern in the paper feels so 1960’s, but the hand drawn flowers outlined in black make it feel more modern and updated.

Paired with a 1960’s danish modern rocker upholstered in Knoll fabric with a cushion in a China Seas linen, a custom night table, a custom bed also in Knoll fabric and vintage lamp and you have the perfect mix of modern and vintage all in one.

It was so good, I didn’t want to leave…

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Due to the fact that this cabinet I am having built is nearly 8 feet long, we determined that it will need a center support.

Not thrilled, but necessary.  While discussing the best way to support the center something got lost in translation and my builder did the exact opposite of what I asked him to do.

I found this out in a picture text message late Friday afternoon, a fabulous way to start my weekend.  My simple cabinet all of a sudden looked like 2 little cabinets fused together.

I ran downtown early Tuesday to have a look and figure out the best solution.  Luckily the problem is easily solved by cutting back the center support by 3 inches and then enlarging the 2 center drawer fronts by 1/2 and inch.

Otherwise, I am happy with how the piece is coming along.  I dropped off the hardware when I went to visit as well and am very excited to see the finished product!

Here it is with the center support, not what I envisioned.  Next post it will be fixed and ready for the wallpaper!

The center support and leg are being cut back 3 inches (the thickness of the top) so that they are recessed and less prominent.  The drawer faces are being re-made 1/2 inch longer.

 Here is the pull, 10 inch polished nickel.  Sleek and shiny!

So pretty!

arbor day

April 30, 2010

A celebration of trees…

Julius Sterling Morton a Nebraska journalist and eventual Secretary of Agriculture to the President of the United States, felt that the landscape and economy of Nebraska could benefit from a widespread planting of trees.  Taking it upon himself to plant orchards and trees of different sorts, Morton encouraged his community to join him and more than a million trees were planted in April of 1872.

Arbor Day now happens all over the world at different times of  year from Japan to India depending on climate, but in the United States, Arbor Day generally falls on or around the last Friday in April.

The benefit of trees…

Aside from the beauty that a tree can provide to the landscape or your front yard, the environmental benefit of trees is enormous.  Trees help to control climate by moderating the effects of the sun, wind and rain.  Trees prevent a cool shady place when it’s hot as well as absorbing radiant heat from the sun during winter.  In cities, trees play a HUGE role in mitigating the ‘heat-island’ effect that is caused by pavement and buildings.

Trees with dense foliage act as a windbreak and help to lessen the impact and effects of rain, sleet and hail on people and buildings.  They also help to absorb rainfall which in turn reduces the possibility of flooding in certain areas.

Trees are essential to the natural balance and harmony of our air quality.  Their leaves filter the air that we breathe, by absorbing carbon dioxide, dust, particles and other pollutants from the air such as ozone, sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide and then release oxygen back into the atmosphere.

Get involved…

A great way to get involved is to volunteer or donate to an organization like TREE PEOPLE. Check out their website www.treepeople.org and see all the many ways that you can make a difference…

Tree People conference center in Los Angeles

T R E E S  in  D E S I G N

Amazing Branch Room Divider

Rustic Adirondack Bronze Twig Flatware by Vance Kitira

Manzanita Candelabra by West Elm

Woods Wallpaper by Cole and Son

Kim Lantern by Bill Sofield for Baker

Twig Occasional Table by Baker

Tree Stump Side Table by West Elm

Interlaced Twigs Handle by Anthropologie

Weathered Wood Table Lamp by West Elm

Forest Canopy Bed by Anthropologie

Algues by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra

George Nakashima Bench

Twig and Branch Colored Pencils

Twig Lamps from Zgallerie