Let me start by saying that I am sharing this with you by my own volition. No one asked me to this and no one is getting anything from it.
Today at work, two women working for Interface carpets came in and showed some product from their Net-Effects collection. I, as a newbie, was unfamiliar with the line. I just figured it was a cool name some guy came up with while sitting behind a desk. WRONG!!! SO WRONG! And so embarrassing now that I’ve been educated.
Net-Effects is crazy amazing, like in so many inspiring and wonderful ways. They take fishing nets out of the ocean and repurpose the fibers to make their carpets. I’m not doing this justice… Read this… It’s a direct quote from the Net Effects brochure: ” In 2011 the Co-innovation Team began assembling an army of collaborators, including the Zoological Society of London™ and marine biologist, Dr. Nick Hill. After intensive research and planning, they decided to focus the Net-Works pilot program within the 7,000 Philippine islands, on the Danajon Bank — in one of only six double reefs in the world. And thus, Net-Works was born. The effects of clearing the beaches of nets isn’t just aesthetic. “In an eco-system as delicate as the Danajon Bank,” Hill states, “discarded nets are incredibly destructive. The nets take centuries to degrade, and with a nylon density greater than that of water, the nets lie on the ocean floor where they do untold damage to marine life.” Along with helping the villagers clean, sort and sell back the waste nets, Interface and the Net-Works partners have established community banking systems for the residents — supporting and strengthening the local, developing economy, and providing new financial opportunities for residents. Community banking empowers village members to establish forms of micro-insurance, savings and loans for the benefit of both individuals and the community.”
See, makes more sense now! Watch below or check out their website here to learn even more.
Oh and in case you were wondering what this carpet might look like… Here’s a little taste…
Such good vibes! Just how I like my day to end, on a good note! Happy Wednesday!
Say Whaaat? Rectified who? huh!
Calm down! Here listen…There’s non-rectified tile (which you see everywhere) and rectified tile (which you probably never knew existed). Let me break it down…
Non-rectified tile — Simple. It’s tile. It’s everywhere. It’s imperfect. Non of the tiles are the same exact size due to tile production. (It’s like baking bread!) Large grout lines are the result. Not always the most desired look. I like it when the grout lines disappear. Just sayin’. So now.. Let me introduce (duhn duhn duuu duhh!!!!!) Rectified Tile!!!
Rectified Tile: Same product but production is a little different. After the firing process, the tile is cut to size, creating a perfect 90 degree angle. This allows the grout lines to be tiny. We’re talking less than 1/8″ people. Yeah it costs a little more but hey, you get what you pay for, right? Here look. Pictures are worth a thousand words.
See the baby grout lines?! Sexy huh?
Image Credit: SOMA
Image Credit: SOMA
Image Credit: SOMA
Image Credit: SOMA
Image Credit: SOMA
Image Credit: SOMA
I had the fortune of running across this restaurant renovation in Palm Springs, CA and absolutely wanted to share it with my lovely readers!
FROM SOMA: When the client requested a fresh new architectural identity to correspond with his opening of the Workshop Kitchen & Bar restaurant in Palm Springs, CA. The given site, the Historic El Paseo building, immediately constrained the possibilities of the design, which SOMA exploited to their advantage. The project seeks to retain the elegance of the existing space, by enhancing the verticality of the existing space. The concrete furniture stands in immediate contrast to the white existing building. In the center aisle, a large communal dining table acts as a more public dining space, while large monolithic concrete booths provide a more intimate dining setting. Additionally, a private dining area at the rear of the space allows guests to dine at the monolithic altar piece.
The kitchen is based around seasonal products from local farms, so the menu changes often; we enjoy the playfulness and creativity in that. Although “Americana” may best describe the style of the food, influences are many. (LOVE THAT!)
Love that! And not bad that it’s in my backyard here in LA. Ahhh food and design… Road trip anyone!?
Special thanks to SOMA for letting me use their images and information in this posting. Go check out their amazing portfolio. Prepare to be inspired.
Save it for your House!
I personally love a dramatic interior. I feel like the rooms just wrap their arms around you and invite you in to stay. That’s what I love and that’s how I want to feel when I enter a living space. It might be hard to pull off though because it always seems to look best where there a tall ceilings, large floor space, and ample daylight; Not something we all have unlimited access to! Especially me, Miss one bedroom apartment chick. But that’s okay, we can still gawk and stare in awe at the beauty they posses.
Happy almost hump day! Cheers and no tears!
All good things to report for the second weekend in July. Saturday night we tried a new Italian restaurant, Settebello and spent some time at the Pasadena Art Walk. I have to say that the most creative things we saw were from kids. The stuff they come up with is awesome. (Maybe it’s because they’re not trying to make a living so they could care less about appealing to the masses!) That’s cool with me! Makes for some interesting art pieces.
Sunday morning we woke up and went to the Pasadena Flea Market at the Rose Bowl. (Holy large and in charge!) That place is HUGE, like really, really huge. We’re talking 2,500 vendors huge. People with suitcases as bags huge! Beads, furniture, plants, clothes, toys, coins, art, pillows, lamps, seriously everything… and we bought…nothing! Right, I know! What were we doing?! I think we were a little overwhelmed, maybe in state of shock, couldn’t quite wrap our heads around what was going on! Hopefully my next trip produces better results. As a creative couple, you’d think we could have found something! Next time!
After the flea market, we headed to some of our favorite antique shops on Fair Oaks where we continued to gawk and get lost in all the merchandise for sale. It’s just what we love to do. I’m sure purchases will begin after we move into our new place. We do, however, fear that our house could turn into a “Grandma Pad” with how fond we are of antiques! Oh gosh, and I like to needlepoint… I need to get out! Get this old soul of mine some contemporary hobbies!
Anyway! Best of luck on a productive and happy week ahead!
As upside down and ass backwards as this country sometimes seems to me, I still see that the American dream alive and kicking. This is the land of opportunity and for that I am grateful. Most Americans are still good, honest, hardworking people. Yes, there are a fare share of turkeys out there who dominate the airwaves and instill a sense of despair but let’s not forget that there is a lot of good that goes unseen. Here’s to the honest, kind, loving, grateful, patient, do-gooders that make up the heart of the USA! I love this country, flaws and all.
Browsing through the materials library today at work turned out to be quite inspiring. I didn’t know it at the time but Maharam makes an upholstery weight needlepoint inspired fabric that is hella gorgeous. I snapped some pictures to show you the texture because the images on the web just don’t do it justice. I want to cover poufs, seats, and chair backs with this! I want to go and find things to reupholster just so I can use this! It’s phenomenol. It exceeds 100,ooo double rubs, which basically means it’s super durable and won’t wear easily, especially used in a residential applications. Oh, and it’s a green product that will contribute to LEED points if your project is on that track. Check out all the patters designed by Paul Smith here.
From the Maharam website: Paul Smith (b. 1946, United Kingdom) is a British fashion designer of mens- and womenswear. His trademark designs combine a flair for eccentric detail with a dedication to the highest standards of craftsmanship. Smith began his career as a teenager working in a local clothing warehouse. Six years after opening his first shop, in 1970 outside of London, he showed his collection on the Paris runways under the Paul Smith label.
Today I bring you a hotel project in the heart of Wanchai on Hong Kong Island. The Mira Moon is a unique 91‑room hotel that abstractly presents a riveting reinterpretation of Chinese traditions in contemporary Hong Kong.
Its vibrant design introduces state‑of‑the‑art fixtures and furnishings based on a modern interpretation of the Moon Festival fairy-tale, a legend in Chinese mythology about the Moon Goddess of Immortality. The design embraces innovation and creativity, and brings about a soft, relaxing atmosphere with fantasy-like details. (The carved wooden panels being my personal favorite!)
Plans to open its doors August 2013
Click here to see more and Click here to book a room!
Cheers and Happy Saturday!
Time is money and, if you’re anything like me, time is precious. We can’t all sit down and designate sufficient time to researching what works best and doesn’t when it comes to countertops. I don’t want to do that, but I did, For you! So that we all could have a quick reference that highlights the important stuff. After navigating the web for far too long, here’s the quick and dirty!
- Formica is the big company
- Bad Rap (Not so much 80′s retro mess anymore)
- Durable, hard-wearing
- Made of kraft paper injected with resins
- Resilient material
- Endless colors/patterns/textures
- Use only matte or matte finish for countertops
- 1/16″ general purpose is recommended for horizontal surface
- Most cost-effective option (appox: $20-$50/ sq.ft)
- Resists heat and scratches
- Comes in long, thick slabs
- Seams are kept to a minimum
- Must be sealed to protect from stains and bacteria
- Sealers can last up to 15 years
- It’s recommended that stone cleaner be used to clean surface
- Durable (second hardest natural stone in the world)
- Can be costly ($75 – $250/ sq.ft based on where the stone is mined)
- Quartz composite
- 90% Quartz, 10% acrylic or epoxy binder
- Very hard and durable
- low maintenance
- Large selection of colors and styles to choose from
- Greater depth, clarity, and radiance unlike other solid surfaces
- Tempting alternative to natural stone
- Caesar stone, Cambria, and Silestone all sell engineered stone
- Can run close to $150-$200/ sq.ft
- Non Porous
- Natural fine-grained rock
- Virtually maintenance free
- Extremely dense stone
- Available in green, red, purple, and the more common gray and black
- Options with veining and contrast in the coloring available
- Relatively soft stone so scratches and dings may occur
- Flaws can be buffed out with steel wool
- Harder than marble, softer than granite
- Inherent matte finish but can use lemon juice to increase shine
- $100-$150/ sq.ft
- Limited color palette
- Mostly shades of gray and green
- Non porous stone
- Can withstand strong acids and other chemicals
- Resistant to heat and scratches
- Strong stone. Won’t crack or break.
- You’ll want to add a one time sealant or mineral oil for protection.
- $100-$150/ sq.ft
- Sleek, modern look
- Works well with any color palette
- No maintenance
- Wipe it down with mild soap and water
- Prevents bacteria buildup (making it the most hygienic countertop)
- Resilient to water, heat, and germs
- Susceptible to scratches, dings, and finger print
- $75-$140/ sq.ftConcrete:
- Closely resembles slabs of natural stone
- Fabricators offer pre cast counters made in a workshop and delivered fully cured and finished to the job site
- Extremely flat and smooth
- Typically 1 1/2″ thick
- Slabs can be up to 10′ long
- Color can be achieved by adding pigments to the concrete during mixing.
- Once cured, slabs are honed and sealed to prevent staining
- Cracking can occur but fabricators can use wire mesh or fiberglass fibers to strengthen concrete
- $85-$140/ sq. ft