Archive for January, 2010

Giannetti Almighty

January 31, 2010

Most of us here, in design blogosphere, know and love Brooke Giannetti from Velvet & Linen blog where she shares her daily design aspirations, travels and home projects in such a lively and personal way that it seems you ‘ve known her for ages. She and her multi-talented husband-architect Steve manage a successful architecture and interior design firm here in LA. She runs The Giannetti Home, an absolutely beautiful furniture and accessories store in the heart of Brentwood. And they have 3 kids!

But this is not the end. Browsing through their lovely portfolio I stumbled upon another creation of the Almighty family.

Detaliano is a website – online pattern book and visual reference library of Classic architectural elements and images, organized by architectural style and backed up by details on how to build or where to buy the element.

Here you can find all you architectural and design needs answered. Whether you browse numerous photo gallery on exterior and interior architecture (taking in the 20 years of experience!), decor, sketches, reference to basic dimensions and codes, Detaliano is a priceless resource for both designers and home owners with “what to start from” headaches.

Hey and the vendor lists are amazing! It’s like sneaking into the firm’s design library but with all the links a click away.

Thanks Brooke and Steve for being such a great inspiration for the design community.

P.S. Honestly guys how do you do all that?!


January 30, 2010

Following the Design Sponge  post on Logo Design and Identity (thanks meg mateo ilasco), I browsed the website and found TONS of inspiration. I don’t know about you but I’m constantly trying to reinvent my logo and, honestly, got a little too tired of it. May be I should just surrender in the hands of a professional graphic designer?! In the meanwhile, here are a few of many designs that I find very successful.

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for the love of codes!

January 29, 2010

Ah! Love history! Why? Because you can see that even back then architects and designers couldn’t do whatever they wanted (unless you are THE Frank Gehry). Guess how many stories the Steiner House by Adolf Loos has…looks like 2, right?

Well, the building codes of the neighborhood didn’t allow buildings’ facades to be higher than 2 stories. Hey, nobody said anything about the back side!

You think I’m showing you two different buildings…NOPE.

Ah! Love codes! Bring it on!

quote of the day: Virginia Wolf

January 26, 2010

“The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.”

drowning in the sea of GREEN

January 26, 2010

I’ve been thinking lately about the word GREEN and since when it’s become a label without a concept behind. How green should a product be to be considered GREEN? How do you measure the GREEN-ness? And who’s responsible for giving away this title? Anyways, the further I go in my contemplations the more confused I become.

Everybody want s to save the Planet but how do you do it? It seems like every other product now is “GREEN” so may be we shouldn’t even try harder? And we, as designers, have even heavier weight on our shoulders since we are resposible to make those choices, so we are supposed to know. Hopefully, the help is here.

ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) is hosting a Webinar “Don’t Get Lost in a Sea of “Green””. The webinar should equip us with the criteria to look for when choosing GREEN materials.

It’s open for everybody and it’s FREE. So click on the link below to register and devote hour and a half for the good cause. See you there.

Date: Wednesday, February 3
Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m. EST
Register Now.

floral art

January 23, 2010

This post on Floral Art is LONG overdue! Jennifer McGarigle‘s Floral Art shop is definitely one of my favorites in Venice Beach (and, let me tell you, she has a lot of competitors in that there on Abbot Kinney among all those vintage shops).  I think we all needed some new and fresh approach to the  flower arrangement. You can say how one can reinvent the obvious, flowers are beautiful as they are but Jennifer’s sophisticated yet simple ideas are very impressive and unique, creating the signature style for which she’s known in LA. Enjoy!

And if the flower bar is not enough for you Floral Art has a Home Collection too.

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the game’s officially on

January 20, 2010

Finally, all the work is done and we can be the judges! I’m talking here about Bloomingdale’s Big Window Challenge. Three designers from Bloomingdale, Apartment Therapy and Elle Decor were to design a space in the window front of the New York Bloomingdale flagship store using the furniture and accessories from Bloomingdale’s Home collection and their favorite antiques and collectibles.

And as the honorable judges we are invited to the Party where we’ll meet  Eddie Ross, Eileen Joyce, and Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan from 6-8pm on January 28th on the fifth floor. RSVP:

You have from now up to January 28th to vote online and/or by SMS Text

Please Send a Text to 89800—Enter Only 1, 2, or 3:

  • 2—Apartment Therapy
  • 3—Bloomingdale’s

Click here to vote online and see the current poll results. Here are the contestants:

1. The Urbane Traveller by Eileen Joyce for Bloomingdale’s

2. The Writer’s Romantic Supper by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan for Apartment Therapy

3. The Modern Woman by Eddie Ross for Elle Decor

Who’s your favorite?

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design star season 5

January 18, 2010

Sunday night, the saddest time of all. That’s when you start wondering where did my WHOLE weekend go? Well, somewhere between crazy domino/backgammon games (till 4am!), cheering for husband on a soccer field, a few delicious recipes and a lovely in-house party (and then the feeling of guilt for everything eaten), searching for the inspiration for the new project and simultaneously sunbathing in Santa Monica, a quick roam through Farmer’s market…have I mentioned everything?!

Anyways…HGTV Design Star Show has been accepting applications for the season 5 and January 19th is the last day for the submissions. Good luck to everyone. And while we are all waiting for the new season to air, I decided  to put together some of my favorites on the “White Room Challenge”.

Absolutely love the texture created by wood logs and the pop of color of apples. Great proof once again that good des

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salt and pepper…part 2

January 15, 2010

Following on my last year (wow!) post on salt and pepper shakers, here comes part number 2 by Elle Decor. Probably a lovely reminder to finally get something more designer-worthy instead of those ugly 99¢ ones.

Simply Fine Lenox Chirp figural salt and pepper set, $25; Lenox.comHatching baby crocodile salt and pepper, $475;

Juliska Petit Singe salt and pepper shakers, $56;

Stag salt and pepper, $25; MookieGifts.comMr. and Mrs. Muse salt and pepper, $48;

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Astek Custom Wallcoverings

January 14, 2010

I first met extremely nice ladies from Astek at CABoom Show last year. I was attracted by  large variety of the product and endless possibilities for custom projects. (the ability to print on a wide range of materials for walls, ceilings, and floors which range from basic papers, vinyls, mylars, and canvas, to plywood, glass, fabric, cork, grasscloth, plex, window film, and many others.) The best part is that you can upload you design on their website and get an instant quote.

And now when I’m in search for that perfect wallcovering for the accent wall in the dining, a visit to their showroom is on my To-Do List.  In the meanwhile here are a few of my favorites from their website.

Luscious Velvets

Moda by Living Style You can also find Astek through

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