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Wednesday
Mar172010

artist profile: parvez taj

What are your sources of inspiration?
Human expression.

Form or function?
Both

What is your signature?
Stan Smith tennis shoes with the green back.

What is your personal decorating style?
Reclaimed rustic infused with modern.

Do you have a favorite possession?
My computer is the most important.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A house.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
I have the most fun in my bedroom—but I can’t say I have a favorite room.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Use nails and string to make interesting patterns on a wall or ceiling. I once covered a 1000 sq ft popcorn ceiling for $100.—and it looked cool.

Where was your favorite place to live?
I lived in Goa, India with a big group of friends for over 6 months. We lived in an old Portuguese mansion on the beach and watched the sun set everyday.

Favorite artist? Designer?
I define an artist as someone who’s expressing their sense of self—regardless of the medium. So belief in the individuals’ human spirit is the only common tread between my favorites.

My favorite artist is always changing but right now it’s Lil Wayne. I think his music is exceptional and I believe in him.

What’s the best career advice you ever received?
Richard Branson’s biography is full of great advice.

Tuesday
Mar162010

happy st.pat's!


For over 40 years, it’s been a tradition to dye the Chicago River green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. On this day we’re all Irish.

Sláinte!




 

If you’re going green at home, see Colori Chicago for the best selling shades of low VOC green paints. From left to right, C2 LoVo’s primavera, saguaro, and russian olive. Also, Mythic’s apple annie and dragon’s eye by David Bromstad.

Tuesday
Mar162010

visit chicago: for alexander calder


abstract mobile at CB2.com

A mobile is best described as a hanging sculpture of fluid motion.

Whether starting with a single wire—or balanced on a stand with a pointed tip, a stabile—thin arms with attachments are carefully positioned one off the other so they balance both physically and visually.

As their inventor in 1931, Alexander Calder is synonymous with mobiles. While sculptures that moved via machinery or motors may have inspired the name, Marcel Duchamp suggested it to Calder for his kinetic, or mobile art pieces.

Thru March 21st at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, is Alexander Calder in Focus. Don’t miss the opportunity to view this annual exhibition of his mobiles, stabiles, drawings and paintings.

Also, detour into the loop to see Calder’s Flamingo sculpture at the Federal Plaza, shown below.

Wednesday
Mar102010

10 essentials: april

1. The outdoors. Nothing else can compare to sitting on a mountaintop vista or kayaking down a winding river or sunning yourself seaside. The beauty of nature inspires everything around us.

2. Traveling. The farther you go, the more your perspective changes.

3. Red velvet cake—a serious addiction.

4. 60’s Italian cinema, the best hairstyles ever.

5. Museo del Prado has paintings that will make you swoon.

6. The sublime shapes and textures of Verner Panton’s designs never go out of style.

7. Vintage modern architecture like Neutra, Koenig. They built homes that incorporated their surroundings to allow the outside view to have as much impact as the inside view.

photo: lastnightontelevision, flickr.com8. My iPod. Whether I’m in the mood for Ladytron or Verdi’s requiem, it never disappoints.

9. The selma flute. What a gorgeous way to drink champagne!

10. Our loyal companions greeting us at the door when we return home everyday. What else can make you smile like a wildly wagging tail?

Thursday
Mar042010

lux for a little

Create the look and feel of high-end luxury on a budget by selecting simple shapes with rich textures or reflective finishes.Think soft fabrics mixed with the sparkle of polished chrome and high-gloss lacquer—and a few design details that echo the glam of old Hollywood.

Start with the avec sofa, its soft pewter poly velvet fabric and vintage cross stitching is a perfect beginning.

Add the peekaboo coffee table, for the illusion of a larger space, and throw in the city slicker side table for its white lacquer—not to mention just the right amount of 60’s regency.

 

Hang a few perspective mirrors for sparkle, add drama with a luxe floor lamp and a few blok candle holders can add romantic glow. Throw the whole collection on top of the lounge natural shag rug for that deep warm luxurious feel.

Now, take a guess on the cost of this ritzy room worthy of the silver screen. Would you believe it’s under $2,500?

Thanks to todd, store designer west hollywood, for this submission.