Monday, December 31, 2007

Chinosierie 005

China Rose
wallpaper available in 6 colours: Limoges (shown right), Blanche, Boudoir, Miel, Redouté and Vintage.

Lewis and Wood fabric and wallpaper. Japer Peony wallpaper available in 10 colours: (Cream on ground colour) – Georgian Yellow pictured above, Old Gold, Lagoon Blue, Baltic Blue, Sky Blue, Celadon, Sable, Terracotta, Buttermilk and Jade.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Photographer Reed Davis interiors

Photographer Reed Davis still lifes

These lovely alabaster photos are Reed Davis' still life photography. I don't know where to get them. I sure wish I did. More photos by Reed Davis to come of interiors and fabric.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Photographer Richard Powers

Photographer Richard Powers. First 3 photos are of Donna Karan's home in NYC, 7000 sqft home that was remodeled for her. I like the subtle accents of asian furniture in the hallway. Last one is of a hotel he took. Loving the silhouette of the ornate wood work.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Wish List... 02

I've been collecting toys and some vinyl toys for a while now. These are some of the ones I found cute on Kidrobot site. I was first introduced to vinyl toys by my friend Gary Tam. He liked Micheal Lau from Toytokyo.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Little Chook Vintage and Originals

Another beautiful Esty find. They are from a seller called " Little Chook Vintage and Original " The have a large inventory of vintage fabrics which they make into pillows. Nice huh??!! I especially like the ones with the yellow flowers. they would look lovely on my bed. Hmmmmm.... Sigh..

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Wish List... 01

Love these guys. Little knitted toy Dachshunds from Le Souk, aren't they the cutest! Also she sell the most beautiful towels from turkey in the most subtle colors. I covet them soooo.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Up In The Air Somewhere

Merry Christmas everyone!! I'll be gone for 2 weeks to England visiting family. I will be back with photos of my favorite antique shops and mirror stores. Maybe even a few goodies from our junk shop shopping in Eastbourne and Lewes. I just thought for those of you who's still shopping for a late Christmas present, I found this lovely designer with really gorgeous plates on Etsy, called "Up In The Air Somewhere" and I thought the name was perfect since I will be flying. TTFN! (ta ta for now)

Monday, December 24, 2007

I'm preparing to go to England!

I'll be in East Sussex near Brighton and will be visiting my favorite antique spots. Also visiting auctions and boot sales (Brits Ideas of a yard sale. "Boot" is another word for trunk.) when ever I get a chance. Oooooo can't wait. My husband is a perfect partner in crime for antique store shopping. I love him for that!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

A modern take on Chinoiserie Illustrators

Aren't these just beautiful! Artist Erin Petson with Art Department has a amazing photo/collage/drawing technique. I saw this artist via Creative Archive and this blog has a real nice collection of photographer and artist. now will be my regular blog check.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Reading list from desire to inspire

it's like taking vitamins every morning, I check on: desire to inspire, absolutely beautiful things, style court, Another Shade of Grey, and Design*Sponge to start my day on my computer. It's nice to see all these sites and now due to "desire to inspire reading list" my morning routine is getting longer. It's just so great that this blog is also promoting other blogs, Thank you!

Friday, December 21, 2007

You are where you live

This a cardboard house of a homeless person in Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, Japan.

I read this article yesterday in the NY Times about this trend for antlers and this Uzbekistan fabric called Suzani that it's on this NOT list. I've been a graphic designer for the past 10 years and there is always this struggle of trend vs. timeless design. Most trends are rooted with the thought of new and different. I think when interior design is popular, design becomes easy for the public, ie: West Elm, Ballard Design. When a style becomes a default, it loses it's value to everyone. I'm not a trained interior designer, but if interior design has similar discipline as graphic design, then the longevity in any design involves research, concept, practicality and wit. For any home I think the most interesting ones reflect the personality of the owner. The more you're able to reflect the passion and lifestyle of the owner, the more interesting the design is.

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Korean Antiques

There is a rustic nature to some of the Korean antiques that appeals to me. Unlike all Asian antique were there is a tendency to look too ornate, some Korean furnishing seems not so. Especially the ones used in the country by farmers. So I am on a hunt to find a less ornate piece and recently my friend Eunyoung, a designer, turned me on to this site called Jangan Antique. I was born and raised in Korea till I was 17 and I grew up with seeing a lot of this type of antique. Not knowing the value of these antiques in our home, I use to play on it and hide in some of these cabinet. Break a few as well...sorry mom. The cabinet made of dark and light striped wood is made of Persimmon and Paulownia tree. I've read that the persimmon tree is highly valued in Japan and the oldest is 600 years old and lives in Japan. It's a hardwood, which is a good deterrent against termites. I think Korean antiques are often over looked and Americans and European don't see much of a difference. I certainly notice a line strength and humility in their design. Just like the people it represents. I wish someday to own more of these beautiful pieces.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

His little paws are tired from typing...

So Ande is right. Pocket has been the brain child of everything I do. If only my life was satisfied by a bone shaped treat. His little paw has been scanning and typing and I want to thank him for being such a hard working dog!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Chinosierie 004

Osborne & Little has the most beautiful wallpaper! Their Fall 2007 collection is beautiful. The first wallpaper is called Lovelace from the Stanza Collection a gorgeous painterly pattern of flowers and foliage on a matte and metallic background. The second is also a Stanza Collection but called Herrick a chinoiserie lattice with shadows and highlight giving it a raised relief look. The English seems to have a refined sense of taste when it comes to chinoiserie wallpaper. I'm going to try to check out the their main office in London when I go this Christmas.