Saturday, January 15, 2011

Great and Green- The New Trend Towards Online Interior Decor Magazines

I love my interior design magazines. It is a thrill when I go through the mail and see what new magazine (or catalogs-love them too) has arrived for me to look through and absorb. Only one problem, as a recycler I always feel guilty that my magazines are adding to the environmental issues that many of us are concerned about. I read a magazine a few times, maybe tear out an article or two to save, and then add it to our recycling bin. That is the reason this trend towards online design magazines appeal to me.

While every design magazine offers an online presence along with many cool online extras, Nesting Newbies is the first completely online interior design magazine that I am aware of. It made its debut in 2009 and has published four issues to date. Nesting Newbies makes downloading easy so you can download just a few pages of choice or the whole issue for saving or printing.

In October 2009 Lonny Magazine published their first magazine. Lonny Magazine has some gorgeous pictures and  great articles and is published bi-monthly. Downloading is not an option, but you can save links and save pages as jpgs to print later. I was a bit disappointed to read on their website that they are going to start printing paper copies of issues soon including back issues.

The latest addition is High Gloss. This lifestyle magazine is publishing February 1, 2011 and will feature articles on interior design, entertaining, fashion and travel. Founder and Editor in Chief is Paloma Contreras, creator of the style blog La Dolce Vita. I'm really looking forward to this magazine  because it appears to have a talented team behind it.
The best part? So far these online magazine are free! You gotta love that. Are there any good online magazines I should know about? Comment and let me know.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Lovin' My Crate and Barrel

I have been a fan of Crate and Barrel and Crate and Barrel Furniture stores ever since I moved to the Chicago area in the 1980's. They offer some great style at reasonable prices. I have had some beautiful pieces I have bought over the years from this iconic store. I just received an email informing me that their new items for Spring are available. I love so much, but I'll limit my comments to a few pieces in each category.

Furniture: Check out the new colors they're offering in their outdoor furniture them. They have some great new indoor pieces too. I am very fond of their Blake Grey Wash line of furniture. I also love the Carly chairs available in various finishes and fabrics.

Dining & Entertainment: These Triana plates are fabulous and come in several colors so you can mix and match if you wish. The Capiz shell placemats add a little glamour to any meal.

Kitchen & Food: This 5-Piece Parker Bowl Set will add some cheer to any kitchen!

Accessories: How do I possibly pick just a couple? If I must, I love the Ocean Ikat prints (there are two) and any of the new pillows for Spring. The Lucy pillow is below.

Isn't the Lucy pillow wonderful? There are so many fabulous pillows available to fit almost any taste and color scheme. Throw pillows remain one of the easiest ways to change up the look of a room each season. Take a look at what is new from Crate and Barrel and let me know what some of your favorite things are!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Hand Painted Walls and Decorative Wall Finishes

Hi Everyone! I was going through many of my old photos as part of my annual decluttering resolution. While I was sorting through photos, I came across many pictures of my wall painting I had done when I was living in Las Vegas. I painted a lot of homes and businesses including some model homes while Las Vegas was going through the housing boom. I thought I would share a few. I lost so many of my hundreds of photos when a computer crashed a few years ago and I didn't have them backed up. I lost wall painting photos, home staging photos and many photos of when my grown children were young. Now I ALWAYS back up my computer files!

Here are a couple of cute nurseries I had painted. I painted so many children's rooms because I got many referrals from a pediatrician's office that I painted early in my painting career.

Here is a few snap shots of a dramatic living room I painted with an exotic expedition theme. I used the same border in a really beautiful master bedroom in a model home also. It looked fabulous as well and I wish I hadn't lost that photo.

I loved these tassels and painted rods. The hand painting on the columns made them stand out as a beautiful feature. The dining room's trey ceiling and niches were also painted with metallic vines to compliment the design in the living room. What I liked best about this job was how beautifully the hand painting enhanced the Victorian decor the client loved.

Here are a couple photos from a few model homes. I remember painting this master bathroom in the Summerlin part of Las Vegas in 115 degree weather while it was raining. And... there was no air conditioning in the home because the electricity had not been connected yet. Let me assure you that painting model homes is not glamorous work!

My husband is a fourth generation painting contractor. His family started a painting business in Chicago in 1927 that is still in existence today. We are now starting our own painting business in the Phoenix, Arizona area named Gold Standard Finishes LLC. In addition to regular interior and exterior residential and commercial painting we will be offering decorative wall painting and faux finishes too. We are unique because most painting contractors do not have an interior designer on staff. If you would like me to do some decorative paint treatments for your home or business, please contact us. Even if you need just regular painting, I can assist with color consultations as well. Contact me at 480-775-1500.

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