10.31.2011

I'm in rug heaven


Check out these amazingly colorful flatweave rug from Morris Etc. They are so festive and colorful, they can make any decor sing. They are 100% wool hand woven in Peru where the husband and wife team sources their one of a kind rug. The best part is that it doesn't cost an arm and a leg.












I love them all.  It's so refreshing to see such colorful striped rugs.  I hope in the future they will have larger sizes available.  Which one is your favorite? 

10.28.2011

Getting Cozy: The A-Z of Me




Today, I thought I would like to share the A-Z of me.  Since I know you want to know more about me, like my nickname, my pet peeves and other random things.  
Here it is:

The A-Z of Me:
A. Age: 35
B. Bed Size: King – got to love a king bed, so spacious
C. Chore that you hate: Cleaning the bathroom – yuck
D. Dogs: I am afraid of animals, this includes dogs and cats
E. Essential start to your day: Breakfast and reading my favorite blogs. I have 5-7 that I read daily for   inspirations and pick me ups
F. Favorite color: Not sure if I have one, it used to be black. Now it depends on my mood
G. Gold or Silver: Both, I like to wear them together, or mix them together when decorating
H. Height: 5’5”
I. Instrument you play(ed): None
J. Job title: Creative Interior Designer
K. Kids: My future
L. Live: New York City by way of Aruba
M. Mother’s name: Siu Yin
N. Nicknames: I don’t have one. But I have been called “Funchi” (which means polenta in Papiamento), or “Fung Chaw” (which is a chinese dim sum dish of chicken feet) because my chinese name is Fong Ting. Arubans can’t pronounce it right, and they think it’s Funchi and Chinese just like to make fun of my name.
O. Overnight hospital stay: None. I thank God for this
P. Pet Peeves: Pedestrians walking slowly, pedestrians stopping in the middle of the street to look at something, not wiping the kitchen/bath counter dry when it's soaking with water
Q. Quote from a movie: I don’t have quotes from movies, but I do have an interior design quote: decorating is not about making stage sets, it's not about making pretty pictures for the magazines; it's really about creating a quality of life, a beauty that nourishes the soul.
R. Righ or left handed: Left handed
S. Siblings: 2 younger brother, and 1 younger sister
T. Time you wake up: 7AM
U. Underwear: depends on the occasion
V. Vegetable you hate: This Chinese vegetable that taste like newly installed wall to wall carpet
W. What make you run late: T.V. and Internet
X. X-rays you’ve had: Teeth and Chest
Y. Yummy food that you make: Arubian food, my favorite
Z. Zoo animal: Cheetah

I hope you got to know me better.

Please do share your A-Z of me, I would love to get to know you better, if you decided to share this, please leave a comment with a link and I will check it out.

Happy Friday and have a nice Halloween Weekend!

10.27.2011

Inspired by Eve Ashcraft the Paint Whisperer [Interior Design Idea]


Have you ever heard of a paint whisperer before? NO? Neither did I.  I came upon Eve Ashcraft work in the New York Times' Home and Garden Section, she is an architectural color consultant.  She develops color plans that matches the clients project and has developed hundreds still life scaled surfaces where she rents them out to stylist through Brilliant surface.  


When I saw the photos of her home I felt so inspired. How she uses color to decorate her home, to create architectural definition, and character.  Her color palette with shots of color definately resonates with me as I love shots of color too. Check out these images from her home. I especially love how she painted the inside of a door trim to create interest, and the built in bar around the kitchen window, such a clever use of space. 








How do you like it?  Do you feel inspired to add a pop of color into your home?  What do you like of the spaces above?

10.26.2011

Wednesday Art: Spotlight on Luke Stephenson




Today's quirky bird photograph is from Luke Stephenson.  His photographs has a quirky humor to it.  The birds look like they were aware that they were being photographed and posed for the photographer.  For some reason it reminded me of the Jazz Age, the flapper, the  flamboyance of the era, and the Great Gatsby. 



For more awesome bird pictures, check out Luke's website.

10.25.2011

Ravenna Mosaics





The new Ikat collection from Ravenna mosaics is fantastic.  Making a pattern with mosaics is not easy, it requires alot of artistry to put it together, and alot of patience.  I can't imagine how many hours were spend to put this together.  What I can imagine is how amazing this will look in a powder room, an entry, or framed as an artwork in the living room.  With this type of wall mosaic, you don't need much of it, a little goes a long way.  Therefore it's good for powder rooms, where the space is small and you want to transform it into a jewel box.  In an entry where you want to make a splash when someone walks into your home, or framed as an artwork in the living room. 

Which Ikat mosaic is your favorite?  I'm in love with the first one.

10.12.2011

Fancy a Hanging boat?


Would love to spend some days rocking on the boat and reading a nice book.  Ahh...so relaxing!!

10.05.2011

Wednesday Art: Spotlight on Andrew Briggs










Today's artist highlight is on Andrew Briggs.  I don't remember where I've seen his work for the first time, but it definitely drew me in the first time I saw it.  Maybe it's the neon colors on his work, or the abstract graffiti like paints, or the famous musicians as his subject.  there is something about them that makes me happy and nostalgic at the same time.













So, what do you think of Andrew's art? How do you feel when you see it?

Happy Wednesday!

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