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Thursday
Jun032010

recipe: hearts of palm summer salad

sliced hearts of palm
fresh avocado
sliced or diced celery
sweet corn
shaved parmesan
light olive oil
salt and pepper

For casual summer entertaining, mix all ingredients to taste and enjoy!

Thursday
Jun032010

watch: split logs

Piles of split logs in these racks and fire pits create one-of-a-kind sculptures highlighting the natural beauty of raw wood.  Repetition is key, not to mention the variety of color and texture of the different species.

All the reasons we love the darjeeling table which is made from reclaimed railroad ties. Each section has its own individual beauty which enhances the whole and makes it truly unique.

Wednesday
Jun022010

artist profile: jordan carlyle

Where was your favorite place to live?
I’ve lived pretty much all around the world and I would have to say New York city is my favorite place. The energy and inspiration of NYC is unparalleled.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
My favorite space in my house would be a toss up between my living room and office. I spend 90% of my time in my office because I love what I do so much. And whether it’s relaxing or entertaining my living room space is always comfortable and inspiring to be in.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Nature and architecture are the two single elements that inspire me more than anything else.

What are your interests outside of design?
Well if I weren’t an artist/interior designer, I would’ve been a fashion designer. Even though I guess that’s still in the realm of design. So in that case I would have definitely been a psychologist. I love the inner workings and design of the human brain and how it plays out in our social and personal experiences.

Who are you design icons?
Paul McCobb, Milo Baughman, Paul Evans and Kelly Wearstler.

What is your signature ____?
I’m an artist and designer that appreciates many different styles. If I had to decide what my signature style is exactly I would say glamour! No matter what the art piece is or design project I always like to infuse a glamorous feel to what I do. I believe we all need a little glamour in our life!

Your decorating style is ____?
My personal style is an eclectic mix. I love the classics, modernism and current trends. I like to use color, texture and well thought-out details to layer and create a seamless mix of all.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
I would probably say my vintage Rolex watch. It has so much meaning to me. It was given to me by a very special life-long friend. So in addition to holding strong sentimental value for me it also has impeccable styling and fine materials.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Shopping and food are my two biggest indulgences. To me a great meal is on the same level as a fine piece of clothing or a great design furnishing item.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Save your money for the key pieces in a room. Spend only what you have to on the important items and use lower cost finds to layer in and compliment. Decorating is more about a strong idea and good choices than it is about budget.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Believe in yourself at the cost of everything else. Nothing is more important than strong self commitment, I believe everything else follows from there.

Wednesday
Jun022010

watch: wood

We’re always amazed when a trend hits all categories at the same time: home, fashion, movies… when was the last time you saw so many clogs?

Natural, chunky wood has been a refreshing change from dark wenge finishes we’ve seen these past few years. It’s a surefire way to bring nature indoors—to help us reconnect as we admire the beauty of each unique piece.

Obviously they aren’t created overnight so if we could ask for your patience, we hope you’ll be as excited as we are to introduce a one-of-a-find this July which was inspired by these stunning examples.

Tuesday
Jun012010

watch: wall clocks

We almost went crazy there were so many cuckoo clocks in Milan! We love how this quirky, folky timepiece has us smiling every hour it entertains us.

In this digital age while waiting for the volcanic ash to clear us for take-off, these functional toys reminded us how enjoyable it is to slow down, smell the flowers and play with the dogs in the park.