Saturday, November 11, 2017

Gallery Walls--alternative grids

I'm such a fair-weather friend, aren't I?

Blogging silence.  And now, here I am--asking for your help!  (Well, opinions anyway.)
I've been in my new office space for over a month and finally finding time to hang art and curtains and generally upgrade the feel of the place.

Here's the design board for the general plan:


And the floor plan:


That grid of artwork that defines the conference table area is made of these bookplates from a vintage book of world mythology that I found at the Retrowanderlust warehouse sale. (As pictured in my former space, upstairs.)


I have 19 in total, and I came to the office today (Saturday) to hang it in a tall grid of five-five-five-three.

Well, nothing is quite that simple, is it?

I realized that I wasn't sure I wanted such a rigid grid as I had planned.  Why?  Because I already had a grid of 16 spaces in the expedit bookshelves on the far wall.


So instead of hanging the art, I've been playing around on the computer, deciding on a layout.  

Here's where you come in:  what's your favorite?

My original plan:
(I wanted something vertical, but am limited by the vertical orientation of the prints and the overall height. 4 rows just fit floor to ceiling, with about 2 inches between frames.)


Other straightforward grids:




But then I started to think about ways to add in more dynamic shapes or movement.

Staggered lines:


Center line with "chevrons":



The checkerboard:

The "Butterfly":

...Those are all still pretty geometric.  So what about this?


When I saved the above image, I titled it "breaking free of the grid."  I sort of love how it feels like it just got kind of shaken loose.

Okay: VOTE!

Actually, I think this exercise just told me what to do....but I still want your opinion!


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Stamp Art

Just spotted this "french stamp art" at Wisteria (where they are having a pretty great sale right now--click here for all sale items.)



Made me think of my stamp art project, still going strong in my dining room!


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Morpholio Board

I make design boards a lot.  You've seen a bunch of them here.  Several years ago, I settled on Olioboard as my go-to, and for the most part I love them.

A couple of months ago, I was contacted by an old friend who works for Morpholio.  They were launching a new app, Morpholio Board, and wanted some designers to take it for a spin.  While olioboard is a web-based app that runs in flash and doesn't work on a tablet, Morpholio Board was built for the ipad.  I played around for a couple of days and found it SUPER intuitive (and I am not a natural where tech is concerned.)  Populating boards and manipulating products and layers is super simple.  Right now, their library of products skews decidedly modern, and I had a lot of fun playing with brands I don't often use.  You can also import images of products and build your own library (which is much like Olioboard.)  Here are some of the boards I came up with:















Fun, right?  The ability to "cut out" an object is impressive, and the layers are really quite seamless.  There are tons of other features on the back end that are pretty robust, like the ability to export a product list for your clients.

  This isn't meant to be a review--just sharing a new tool (and some creative work made with it) that some of you might enjoy.

Go check it out!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Bedroom Boards for a 60s condo

I'm working with new local clients who are moving from their family home into a 6th floor condo with light and views.  The only problem?  It hasn't been touched since the 1960s.  They are mostly managing the gut renovation on their own, but I get to decorate!

One of the fun things about this kind of move is getting to move cherished items to new contexts.  Case in point: they had a persian rug in the living room that they loved, and a pair of brown leather chairs that were fairly new and quite nice, but they didn't want the brown palette in the open living/dining space.  So into the bedroom they go!  To modernize the brown and cream and tie in to the other spaces, we went with a deep jewel tone for the walls.  We wanted to offset the warm tone with something cooler.  Green felt too 80s, plum felt too 90s, so we landed on blue.  As I look at these design boards I realize the color is reading much more teal than in reality--it is a deep blue, but with a little less green in it.

They found nightstands they love from CB2 which went perfectly with the slight deco influences we are bringing in elsewhere.  The big thing with the bedroom was that everything had to be in stock or short lead time so they have a bedroom when they move in!

Look 1: Masculine and clubby




Look 2: Feminine and organic



How do you feel about brown?  (It's definitely "my" neutral, so I'm happy to see it making its way back after years of grey!)

Which look would you choose?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Screen porches and outdoor rooms

It snowed here last week.
But yesterday the Forsythia were in full bloom and the time to get outside is coming, even here in the northlands.

I put together these screened porch looks for a new client and thought I'd share the ones we didn't go with.  The trick with mixing outdoor items is in the materials--unlike an indoor living room, most affordable outdoor pieces have exposed frames and there's less fabric all along.  In these looks I limited my frames to 2 materials and kept the palette tight.

They are putting new windows into the porch which means install is maybe 6 weeks away, but I can't wait to see this one come to life!





Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Make it work

I've been watching season 14 of Project Runway with my kids.  One of the contestants, Merline, never stops talking/moving/dancing/singing.  In an early episode, she was repeating Tim Gunn's "Make it work" over and over, like a tic, or a broken record.

Make it work make it work make it work make it work.

I'm having a make it work moment.  I've been in my office for 3 months now, and I FINALLY ordered a desk chair.  (why are practical things so much harder to commit to than impractical ones?)  I knew I essentially wanted a tan leather knock off of an Eames management chair but spent a lot of time deciding between padded or ribbed, real leather or "vegan" leather (which really came down to budget.)  I finally pulled the trigger on the ribbed style, in faux leather.  It came quickly and then sat in a huge box for a week.

I unpacked and assembled it this weekend.  It is not tan.  It is brown.  Which would not be that big of a deal (tan will show more marks from blue jeans etc), except that this particular shade of brown CLASHES WITH MY DESK.  (a table I found on craigslist).

Ugh.  This is the danger of ordering online when the subtlety of the color really matters.

So now, do I disassemble the chair, repackage it, and haul the huge box away, and order a lighter, TANNER tan chair?  I am so not inclined to this solution.

Do I find a textile to fold and drape over the back?

Do I paint the tabletop?  (the base is ivory, the top is currently wood.)

I'm hanging art behind the chair but don't know what it will be yet (apart from a row of white frames with white mats.)  Do I choose something to draw the eye away from the desk-chair combo?

I love the idea that this space be somewhat minimal, without a lot of pieces and layers.  When you do that, in neutrals to boot, everything has to be just right.

This is a VERY easy mistake to make (and a difficult one to avoid when you can't see something in person.  I suppose the tip is, when ordering online, make sure the items you are ordering are in contrast colors to adjacent items.  Less nuance in color = more wiggle room).  Obviously it is my job to avoid or fix such mistakes--but it is much harder to do that for myself, on a weekend, than for my clients, as part of my job.

I can tell you this: I'm sitting in the chair right now and it is comfortable.  The thought of going back to the sagging upholstery of the vintage Milo Baughman chair I have been sitting on for weeks is NOT appealing.

Time to make it work.


Monday, March 6, 2017

Obsessed: Coolie Shades

This was supposed to be one of those quick and easy posts where I share my latest obsession: those deeply cone-shaped lamp shades that are, apparently, called coolie shades.

Me being me, this somehow turned in to deep research on coolie hats, both the originals and their interpretation in fashion (particularly popular in the 1940s); the term coolie and whether or not it is considered offensive; and the use of said coolie shades by designers (they appear to be somewhat of a signature for John Saldino.)

This all came from the fact that I want one in my new office, and that the latest issue of Veranda seems extra populated by them.

But really, what (if any) of that are you guys interested in?

So here you go, a round up of some lamps currently available, with coolie shades at various degrees sloped.  I love how architectural and sophisticated they feel, how they balance out fat lamps and give stature to skinny ones (perhaps this was also the appeal of the hats???)



For sources, (fair warning: none of these are exactly budget options), go to the board here and click through.

Here are some as seen in Saladino's work.



Here are some coolie hats in art and fashion:





And with that, let's call it a day!




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