here's some paintings i've been working on in the last bits of 2014. even though i've been crazy busy, the urge to create was strong enough that i somehow i fit it in. in a way, i think the creative outlet saved me from going crazy with design problems and deadlines! ;-) i am really looking forward to see what creative directions 2015 holds!
when i went back to design school as an adult, i initially went back to school to study product design but the first two years of the undergrad program was very similar to interior design, and there was much crossover. i eventually discovered that the study of product design could get a waaaaay too engineer-y, and was also rather limiting, so if i wanted to make pretty things and environments, interiors, not products, might be the best way to go. obvs, i choose interior design, but the love of product design has always stayed with me so it's a major thing for me to have licensed product lines with 27ground for woven accents and black crow studios.
during one of my classes we were asked to name three career goals: first, i wrote, was showing product at the international contemporary furniture fair in NYC (check), second, was having my products featured in one of interior design magazine's market issues, and third was to have something i designed selected to be in the permanent collection of MOMA.
well, with the publication of the fall market tabloid last month, number two is off my bucket list as well- thank you interior design magazine for helping to make my dreams come true.
so this means MOMA, i'm coming for you next! wanna buy a rug?
there is always controversy when pantone reveals it's color of the year, but this year, the there is no controversy- their choice is pretty much universally reviled. pantone, we've been there and done that, and we didn't like it the first time.
i posted a while back about how thrilled i was to have one of my favorite magazines "california home + design" return to publication this fall (and to feature my "pennants" rug in the relaunch!), and today, the love affair continues as they were nice enough to feature an interview with me for their "designer crush" series on the online website! i am tickled pink.
here's a little sneak peek of a media room i just completed here in the beverlywood section of los angeles (one of three rooms i designed for the homeowners). i'm pretty darn pleased with how the room turned out, especially the moody color palette, livened by graphic pops of white. a perfect place to relax in netflix bliss. the gorgeous lynx photo is by wink gaines, a talented wildlife photographer i met in high point, and the super sexy modern sconces flanking mr. kitty were provided by lamps plus.
last night was the opening of the westedge design fair at barker hanger, and i hope you are planning on stopping by if you live in the los angeles area- lots of great design will be on view! i am particularly excited because for the first time all five colorways of my "memphis" wallpaper for black crow studios will be on view. the ecru colorway looks completely different than the black and white everyone is used to seeing- who says neutrals have to be boring?
tracy will also be introducing her new line of pillows with her signature gorgeous prints (yay! memphis again!), and well, her new flower mural wallcovering has to be seen to be believed!
friend to the atelier, jaime derringer of designmilk, also has a curated exhibit, #superPACdesign, of some pretty hip designers, including this wolfrum teepee, so there is something for everyone!
a print magazine launching in today's environment is a rare and fragile thing, so i urge you, to run to the newsstands and BUY THIS MAGAZINE! support print! it is truly the magazine that "gets" my POV and that POV of my peers. if you live outside of CA, find your city's newsstand with teh most international magazines and CHD will be there. oh, and look for the gorgeous cover of my buddy molly luetkemeyer's coldwater canyon project (shot by jon coolidge). simply amazing. molly has always been super supportive of my career, so i couldn't be more pleased to see her prodigious talent get some print coverstory love. i've always said, if i wasn't an interior designer myself, i'd hire molly to do my house... but i am, so hire me- she's waaaaaay too busy for you. tee hee. ;-)
hello loyal readers! (those three who have weathered thru the last 7 years of this crazy social media journey with me!)
i know you haven't been seeing much of me around here, and that's because i'm super busy, but i do love to stay in contact, so while the blog may be a twice a month activity, i am an instagram FIEND, and post 4-5 times a day on my feed... so you can follow along at @maison21 on IG, or if you aren't quite ready to commit to IG, or to commit to following yet another interior designer, check out my tumblr blog- all my instagrams post there automatically. my IG/tumblr feed is a smorgasbord of design, pets, flowers, sunsets and sometimes life's little absurdities- always visual and i thnk, always fun. you be the decider.
either way- 2x a month or 4x a day, we'll see you on the internets!
one of the best things about my dual roles of interior designer and social media personality, is the opportunity to be introduced to cool products and go behind the scenes of some of my favorite manufacturers.
so when my friend and colleague, tamar mashigian pr, asked me if i wanted a behind the scenes tour of the emtek assa abloy assembly plant just outside of LA, i said YES! there is something so inspiring about seeing product in its natural environment, and seeing everything all together at once never fails to open my eyes to new possibilities- and with two client kitchen renovations and a bath refresh on the horizon, hardware has been on my mind a lot lately.
this spread was laid out JUST FOR ME! i was like a kid in a candy store with so many cool options. good hardware can be just the finishing touch a project needs so this was almost overwhelming. almost. ;-)
turns out, i was already a bit familiar with the brand, and didn't even know it- spec'd the egg knobs in my favorite flat black and the cylindrical pulls in nickel (in above photo) both on jobs within the last few years!
i was able to see some fantastic "new to me" things as well, like these sexy faceted pulls. i'll be using these on a project soon i hope! they feel just a marvelous as they look, btw, a detail of no small importance when selecting hardware.
look at the craftsmanship on these sandcast pulls- the metal is cast overseas, but the LA facility is responsible for quality control and all assembly, and also employs over 400 people here in the southland- yay for keeping jobs local! again, this hardware has a marvelous heft to it, a sign of being well made. nothing worse than a flimsy piece of metal to spoil the illusion of a well designed home.
specifying door hardware can be tricky, but i was thrilled to learn that since all the knobsets are assembled locally, that if i want brass rosettes with my flat black knobs, emtek can make that happen! the options are pretty limitless.
emtek is known for their chic crystal options in both modern and traditional shapes.
and i probably took a hundred pictures of them in various stages of assembly cuz they were so damn pretty.
my trusty iphone also captured things like this traditional cast lever, something that i might not have considered before, but after seeing and touching in person is now definitely on my radar!
these flat black knobs are so modern and chic, i am considering them for a classic black and white bath project (as well as maybe for own classic black and white kitchen!) they are also available in a bigger version as a door knob that is so. damn. sexy.
i even left with a door prize (pun intended). this glittery number i *may* have slipped into my pocket actually matches the original 1920's knobs throughout my home, so i'll be using him as a fun paperweight. ;-)
thanks for the inspiring factory tour emtek! and if you'd like to explore more and get inspired by this gorgeous hardware like i did, or find retailers in your area who carry emtek, please visit their website!
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