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Finally Getting This Re-Design Knocked Out…

27 Aug

I’m finally getting my blog branded to match my website, and so far am pretty happy with the look. I’m also shocked at how user-friendly WordPress is for someone who is not all comfy cozy with HTML (me).

Anyway, I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts; that goes for friends and strangers.  So let’s hear them!

More Map-tastic Things For Your Home

24 Aug

DC Babysoft Map Quilt (image via Haptic Lab)

I’ve posted about Ork Posters and Florian Pucher’s Land Carpet, so obviously I have thing for well-designed and geographically relevant stuff  that you can walk on, lay on, or hang on your wall.  A few more things have caught my eye this week, and here they are in no particular order.  I have to confess though, as a loyal DC resident, I’m pretty reluctant to post anything that doesn’t feature our fair city. So you’ve been warned about my prejudices.

Haptic Lab makes some beautiful Readymade Quilts using both machine and hand sewing techniques. They will do custom orders, but luckily they have several quilts ready to head to your home – all starting at about $95. Not only are they beautiful and crazy comfortable, but they’re machine washable and 100% cotton — great for kids!

DC Readymade Quilt (image via Haptic Lab)

Central Park Readymade Quilt (image via Haptic Lab)

Etsy seller Love California makes handmade pillows in the shape of states. I know, Etsy often sounds kind of hit or miss, but these look incredible and very well-crafted.  You can get one made of your very own corner of the country for $52; there are tons of colors to choose from.  I think these pillows would be a great gift for a kid just heading off to college — one for the home state, and one for the school state!  I do wish there were some sample DC pillows featured in the store; the diamond is such a great shape to work with!

Just a few state pillows, sitting around waiting for you to buy them. (image via Love California, as shown in her Etsy shop)

Finally, if you like kitsch and loud graphics, you can put your city’s entire subway map in your bathroom…on the shower curtain. I’ve seen these before, especially ones featuring NYC, but I haven’t ever seen a DC metro map. Izola Shower has filled the void and now you can score one of your own for $29. Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve seem them on sites like Gilt Groupe and One King’s Lane for $15 (don’t know what I’m talking about? Stay tuned for another post next week…).

DC Metro Shower Curtain (image via Izola Shower)

Hope your find these finds as fun as I do!  They may not be for you French Country fans, but they make great gifts and are sure to put a smile on your face.

Design consultations for all styles and budgets: JGB Interiors.

So THIS Is Why We Keep A Penny Jar….

13 Aug

I came across this innovative way of tiling on Apartment Therapy, and I think it’s one of the coolest floors I’ve ever seen.

Close up of the floor of the Standard Grill (Image via Jean Aw of NotCot.)

These images are from The Standard Grill in the Standard Hotel New York.  Imagine how many pennies you’d have to save up to do this! Still, I’m sure the price per square foot is both easy to calculate and very inexpensive. I’m really loving this look, and don’t find it too out-there seeing as how the copper of the pennies isn’t all that far off from the color of a cherry-toned wood. The dark grout is an excellent choice as opposed to traditional light grout: I think it really complements the warm metallic tones. Kudos to the designers at Roman and Williams for this excellent execution.

See how the black grout works so well? (Image via Jean Aw of NotCot.)

Another installation of penny tiling can be found at Paul Smith’s Paris boutique. Here, you’ll find pennies on the wall and it looks FABULOUS. This image really shows how the different levels of wear and shine add interest and variation to the pattern.

Paul Smith Boutique, Paris (Image via RB Architectes.)

Apparently accomplishing this look is pretty easy. You just get adhesive tile mesh, adhere the pennies, and fill it in with grout as you would a regular mesh of tiny mosaic tiles. Now collecting the pennies is the only thing standing in your way!  It also seems the jury is out on whether this is legal or not, but I’m gonna go ahead and say that if you have dozens of thousands of pennies just laying around, you should probably go for it.

I do have to ask though, why don’t we have any of this in DC? Seems like it would be a great fit. Maybe somewhere like Hotel George, which already has currency-themed art, or even one of the many new breweries or bars in Columbia Heights or on the 14th Street Corridor?

Imagine this room with a penny-tiled floor. There. Much better! (Image via Perfect Escapes.)

Design consultations for all styles and budgets: JGB Interiors.

A Different Take on Maps

28 May

Recently, a featured user on Flickr caught my eye with his amazing map images.  His name is Eric Fischer, and his Flickr album is called “The Geotaggers’ World Atlas.” I would love to explain Geotagging, but perhaps Eric’s summary or Flickr’s tutorial could do a better job of that, so I’ll leave the specifics up to your imagination.  Eric Fischer takes this data and plots it on his own simple maps of large cities using white, black, red, and tans;  this results in simple, clean graphics that are amazingly intricate and fantastically simple at the same time.

See for yourself:

New York: The Geotaggers' World Atlas, Eric Fischer

DC: The Geotaggers' World Atlas, Eric Fischer

Dublin: The Geotaggers' World Atlas, Eric Fischer

I could see small prints of these maps tiled as art in a masculine, clean lined space with a black Barcelona chair, a cowhide rug, and some graphic red and white pillows.  Great for world travelers, technology buffs and photographers….what a cool idea.  Thanks, Eric!

Design consultations for all styles and budgets: JGB Interiors.

Dwell Studio Lovefest

17 May

As a fan of edgy graphic prints, I adore Dwell Studio.  I used “chocolate dots” for my son’s crib bedding and expect that I’ll also use it for his toddler bedding.  I also have a bunch of their kitchen towels from Target.

Clockwise from upper right: Plus Rug, Cars onesie from Target, "Gio Lemon" shower curtain, Target kitchen towels

Over the past few years, their line for Target has garnered them national attention; it takes their fun style and makes it more accessible to people who don’t want to pay $400 for a duvet cover or $160 for a decorative pillow.  The great thing about their Target line is that though it doesn’t feature the same prints as their main line, the pieces coordinate and can be paired across retailers.  Dwell does bedding, kitchen accessories, bath accessories, sometimes furniture, and as I just discovered…shades!

From The Shade Store - Left: Relaxed Roman Shade in "Owl Sky," Right: Flat Roman Shade in "Chocolate Dots"

As a designer, it’s embarrassing to admit that I was unaware of their line for The Shade Store (this partnership began in 2008) but having just found it, I’m loving the options.  Maybe my son will be upgrading his windows soon.

Design consultations for all styles and budgets: JGB Interiors.