Wednesday, June 30, 2010

What I'm Loving...

This week I am loving this Jan Showers design at The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton Dallas.
I have a huge design crush on Mrs. Showers and this design just makes me obsess even more. Her use of subdued, restful colors and perfectly edited accessories make my heart go pitty-pat.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Two Randoms

Two random images that are stuck in my brain...
I've been obsessing over these shelves! I'm not sure why but I just keep coming back to this image. The toiletries are displayed like art.

This hallway is gorgeous! I'm smitten with the reclaimed wood floors and the architectural details. it!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

What I'm Loving...

This Wednesday I am loving this chest!!! I love the gray line detail against the cream paired with the burnished brass hardware. This is a perfect piece of furniture!

A piece like this could work in so many wonderful ways!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Eames & Hermes...

um, yes please!
Check out the June/ July Lonny here, featuring Lee Kleinhelter's home (image above) ...yum!
Happy Monday :-)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

What I'm Loving...

This week I am gushing over this cabinet!!! How perfect are all of the birds perched on top?!
Love it!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Industrial Chic

I was recently interviewed by the home and garden editor for the San Antonio Express News and the Houston Chronicle and asked to weigh in with my thoughts on the 'industrial chic' look that is sweeping the design scene. Click on the links to check out the articles. I dedicated a whole post, a while back, to this very subject...check that out here.
I hope you're having a productive Monday!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Commercial Collaboration

I finally added a few images to the commercial portfolio on my website. I've got a couple more commercial projects that I still need to upload.

This commercial space is the headquarters for Lattimore Materials Company in Addison, TX. Lattimore is a major construction materials company. They are a big deal in the world of concrete and aggregates, which also just so happens to be the industry that my husband is in, and Lattimore is one of his good customers. This project, however, came to me by total coincidence! I had an established relationship with the architecture firm awarded the project (Jepsen Guerin Architects) and so I was brought on the job by recommendation to collaborate with the architects. It was such fun to call my husband and tell him who had just hired me to design their new headquarters. It actually wasn't until several meetings in that the clients even realized my connection to their world. I just love small world coincidences like that, don't you?!

Because this company is an industrial company we really wanted that to be reflected in their interiors. You'll notice raw materials, finishes and edges that reflect the industrial chic aesthetic.

Since aggregates is one of their premier products we had their lab produce these cool "monoliths" for the lobby. The exposed aggregate adds an interesting textural and color element to the serene and sleek lobby. I highlighted these stone walls with galvanized gooseneck vintage inspired sign lights. Which, personally, I think are awesome!
The wood elements are a material called Plyboo, which is 100% rapidly renewable bamboo! Plyboo is an innovative and sustainable way to introduce an exotic wood grain. Isn't it beautiful?! The copper planters are filled with basil grass for a little organic element. The flooring is Porcelanosa and emulates a stained and scored concrete floor. Our first preference was to actually have a concrete floor, and for who better than a concrete ready mix company, but we weren't able to execute that idea because there was already an existing slab and it just wouldn't work out. I think the Porcelanosa is gorgeous and looks just like concrete! I Love it!

This office space has an airplane hangar also.

I, along with Jepsen Guerin Architects, designed the lounge and restroom for the airplane hangar as well.

This is a custom sink base that we designed and constructed out of miscellaneous plumbing pieces and then dipped in acid to age them. Mr. Jepsen, himself, dipped them in acid...way to go Carl :-) It turned out just as we had envisioned!

This custom concrete sink was made by Lattimore's own laboratory. I thought that this would be a good opportunity to display more of their product and it turned out awesome!
The tiles in this restroom are also Porcelanosa and were selected to emulate cold rolled steel...another favorite material that is linked to our family.

Faux wood wall detail in lounge restroom. These faux wood tiles are also Porcelanosa and look just like wood. I love the warmth that this wall brings to the hard elements in the space. You can also see a glimpse of the handrail that we constructed from plumbing parts to coordinate with the sink base.

This project was a treat and a great experience. It was also fun to implement some of the industrial chic elements, that are so hot right now, into a current design.
A very sincere thank you to Lattimore Materials Company and Jepsen Guerin Architects for a wonderful collaboration and a gorgeous new space!

I hope you're having a great week!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Week In Review

I came home, from an amazing Memorial weekend with my family, to this little beauty. What you don't know, is that there was an electric glass cooktop here before. My husband installed this beautiful new gas cooktop and new hood for me as a surprise! Needless to say, he is incredibly handy and I am incredibly spoiled ;-) Also, if there are any youngsters reading this...this is what you get excited about when you get older...appliances, haha!
I love it! I love to cook and gas works so much better than electric in that aspect! Did I mention I love it?!
I had a great time with the fam. I miss them so much now that we live four hours away in San Antonio. Here are all of my sisters :-)
We are real sisters (everyone always asks that). I love them and they are my very best friends! They are smart, fun, witty, beautiful women and we always have a crazy time when we are all together. Muuwahh...big kisses...I love you sissies!

My sweet husby also had the new light fixture for the nook hung when I returned :-) Which means...
the nook is done, yay! What do ya think? I still need a piece of art for the left wall but I know what I'm looking for, I just have to find it.
You gotta see what this place looked like before...
ooh la la! Yep, that's it. The previous homeowners had great vision for this space (Hi J & C). That is an understatement. I've changed quite a bit from how they had it decorated but they did all the heavy lifting. Before above - after below.
My herb garden is rockin' since I planted a month ago.
basil - these guys get a lot of use! I pull from these almost every week...yum! I'm also growing cilantro, chives and rosemary, oh my.
I've also got a new client (Hi C!) that I met with while I was in Dallas. I'm always super excited when I start a new project.
I hope you have a fantastic weekend and I'll see you back here next week :-)