Monday, January 31, 2011

2011 DC Design House

After almost completely convincing myself that I wouldn't make it in the Washington DC Design House, (I tend to do that when it gets down to the wire & I get really nervous) I got a call today from one of the Design House Committee members letting me know I'd been accepted.  I was kind of in shock and just so insanely happy when I listened to her voicemail.
I can't even express how truly honored & grateful I am to be able to participate in the Design House.  Here's a photo from the DC Design House facbooke page of the outside of the 2011 home:


The DC Design House benefites The Childrens National Medical Center which is "the largest non-governmental provider of pediatric care in the District of Columbia and treats all patients regardless of their families' ability to pay. Each year Children's provides more than $50 million in uncompensated care.   As a nonprofit hospital, Children's National relies on the generous support of individuals, corporations, and foundations to meet the health needs of children..."



I'll keep you posted as the date nears, but it's set to run April 9th - May8th.
The address is 3134 Ellicott St, NW

 Do you remember this succulent that had me all excited a while back?


It was growing in the garden room of the design house. 
It completely embodies the feeling I'm after for the space I have (an upstair bedroom/ sitting room) and I just love how fresh and luminous it is.  I'll definitely keep you posted on everything and if you're in the area, hopefully you'll be able to make it to see for yourself!  I'm teaming up with some amazing people including local artist John Matthew Moore

I'm thrilled & honored to be joining a super-talented group of designers for this year's Design House: 

James Rill (Rill Architects), Liz Levin, Patrick Sutton, Erin Paige Pitts, Nadia Subaran (Aidan Design), Whitney Stewart, Gary Lovejoy, Nancy Colbert, Camille Saum, Denise Willard, Barbara Franceski, Samantha Friedman, Jason Hodges, Cindy McClure, David Mitchell and Iantha Carley

A huge congratulations to the other designers selected and cheers to the 2011 House!


xoxo, Lauren

If you'd like help creating a home you absolutely love, contact me about our design services.

Autumn In My Heart?

Hi everyone...
I want to try using english now. [I hope I can do it properly]
#LOL


I do not know what happened. Suddenly there is a fall in this chest. What fall?
I do not know ... I told you

Just imagine the leaves that fall from its branches in the fall. that's what I feel now.

The feeling is beautiful. No no, this is not love or romance. This is not heartbreak or disappointment. It's like feeling that I don't know what's the name, but it feels like falling leaves in autumn.

Weird?
Yes, indeed little weird.


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Scentsy Giveaway

***GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***
Sweet and pretty Jordan Buerschenk, an escential consultant for Scentsy contacted me a few weeks ago to ask if I had ever tried Scentsy products. Scentsy is a type of wickless candle product where the wax is melted using the heat of a lightbulb. I had heard of Scentsy and I have friends who have them but I had resisted buying one telling myself that I already own enough candles to light and smell up a small city. Jordan kindly offered to send me a plug-in to try so that I could give an honest review.
I choose the Taro which is so pretty during the day and night.
I plugged it into the wall of my dining room. A few hours later I was delighted to walk into the living room and smell the wonderful aroma that had filled both areas of my home. When I walk through my front door I am now greeted with a delightful smell and the best part is that I don't have to worry about blowing out a candle when I leave the house.
I'm very happy with my Scentsy and now one of you lucky readers will be able to own one too! To enter all you need to do is leave a comment. You can get bonus entries for :
1) tweeting about the giveaway
2) subscribing to Jordan's newsletter on her homepage
Jordan will send the winning reader a Groovy White Plug-In + The following three Scents : Enchanted Mist, Cucumber Lime + My Wish.
If you don't want to wait to see if you win, or if you want one and you're not feeling lucky, or if you already own a Scentsy and want to buy more products, Jordan has generously offered my readers an additional 10% discount (for all orders received by February 15)! To be eligible for the discount, you will need to click on the 'email me' tab on her home site. Make sure 'JOY' is in the subject line and your order is in the body of the email. Everything will be an additional 10% off in February for Scentsy - so this is a great chance to get the products at 20% off!
The giveaway will end
Saturday, February 5th at midnight(MST)
Winner will be announced Monday, February 7th

Good Luck!!!

Scentsy Giveaway

***GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***
Sweet and pretty Jordan Buerschenk, an escential consultant for Scentsy contacted me a few weeks ago to ask if I had ever tried Scentsy products. Scentsy is a type of wickless candle product where the wax is melted using the heat of a lightbulb. I had heard of Scentsy and I have friends who have them but I had resisted buying one telling myself that I already own enough candles to light and smell up a small city. Jordan kindly offered to send me a plug-in to try so that I could give an honest review.
I choose the Taro which is so pretty during the day and night.
I plugged it into the wall of my dining room. A few hours later I was delighted to walk into the living room and smell the wonderful aroma that had filled both areas of my home. When I walk through my front door I am now greeted with a delightful smell and the best part is that I don't have to worry about blowing out a candle when I leave the house.
I'm very happy with my Scentsy and now one of you lucky readers will be able to own one too! To enter all you need to do is leave a comment. You can get bonus entries for :
1) tweeting about the giveaway
2) subscribing to Jordan's newsletter on her homepage
Jordan will send the winning reader a Groovy White Plug-In + The following three Scents : Enchanted Mist, Cucumber Lime + My Wish.
If you don't want to wait to see if you win, or if you want one and you're not feeling lucky, or if you already own a Scentsy and want to buy more products, Jordan has generously offered my readers an additional 10% discount (for all orders received by February 15)! To be eligible for the discount, you will need to click on the 'email me' tab on her home site. Make sure 'JOY' is in the subject line and your order is in the body of the email. Everything will be an additional 10% off in February for Scentsy - so this is a great chance to get the products at 20% off!
The giveaway will end
Saturday, February 5th at midnight(MST)
Winner will be announced Monday, February 7th

Good Luck!!!

Housekeeping

{new cubbies in my office studio...  "studio" sounds so much better, doesn't it?}


Just enjoying the last spec of the loooong snow-filled weekend before bed. Last week was such a nutty week that I totally forgot to post that I was a guest blogger/ designer over at Room Remix! PK's going a great series on paint with some of my favorite blog friends so check it out if you have a minute:

ROOM REMIX PAINT SERIES

Many of you asked about the driftwood hanging above the cubbies.  My dad found it 20 or so years ago while fishing in Georgia.  It's a cypress tree root.  There used to be bass mounted on it but he gave it to me  so they're gone :)  It used to be in the shape of a star but a piece of it fell off over the years.  He's wants me to reattach it but then I wouldn't have room for my cubbies!

Also, you might have noticed a few changes around here. My blog's been getting a few tweaks including a some new buttons on the sidebar. I haven't linked everything up yet but as soon as I do, I'll be sure to give you a little tour.

Is anyone going to the design bloggers' conference in LA? I'm all signed up so let me know if you're in!

And... I find out tomorrow yes or no for the design house. Am so nervous and can't wait for the pit in my stomach to leave. ( it has to go away whether we get it or not, right?? ;). I might be in need of virtual hugs so I'll keep you posted. Finger crossed.


xoxo, Lauren
If you'd like help creating a home you absolutely love, contact me about our design services.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

design Kitchen and Kitchen Set

Modern LIFE-change requires a fundamental change. Currently, the family homes in the middle of the city's increasingly difficult to find a kitchen full of black soot and sticky floors.
wooden-kitchen.jpg

Therefore, no wonder if the current split in two kitchens, kitchen, wet and dry kitchen, which has a different function. The kitchen is usually combined with a living room or dining room is often referred to as the kitchen pantry or dry. This room is usually equipped with modern kitchen equipment. Meanwhile, wet kitchen used for cooking. Wet kitchen is more widely used to heat the food before serving or used to cook something practical, that if using the spices they had half-finished. Therefore, now the middle of the kitchen design trend in line with the times.

Modern Interior House Design

Modern Interior House Design
Modern Interior House Design
Everybody knows that the true meaning of good interior design is to work out your small gap within a strict budget in a creative way. And a great example is this residence by Steven Harris and Lucien Rees-Roberts.

The guys worked with a 4,000 sqm building and succeed to bring about a contemporary styled interior. Throwing subtle colors and layered textures, the folks over at Reese Roberts Solicitors (they’re specialists property practice in Liverpool) have combined a classic and richly texture approach, with the right amount of lighting in every room.
Modern Interior House Design
Modern Interior House Design
Modern Interior House Design
Modern Interior House Design
Modern Interior House Design
Modern Interior House Design
Modern Interior House Design
Modern Interior House Design

Herriot + Melhuish Architecture Ltd Waimarama House


















Shifting Tides - Strongly connected to the land and surrounding beachside - a prime example of the new beach house vernacular in New Zealand - Herriot + Melhuish have created a holiday home that's prepared to move, if the sands and tides shift against it.
Overview
Having recently picked up a New Zealand Architecture Award for 2008/9, this house exemplifies the latest in bach design. Not forgetting its heritage, the house uses traditional materials, in a befitting contemporary manner. Horizontal wethearbords, plywood and sheets of iron roofing were the mediums for many a handyman around coastal New Zealand, used to create simple holiday huts.

Today, the same materials have produced this modern wonder. A comfortable 4 bedroom home, with sheltered outdoor spaces and an upstairs retreat from entertaining for the owners.


Far from it's simple forebarers, this is a house where the living is easy. sheltered summer decks, outdoor showers, simple flow to the outside of the house and plenty of room for extra guests to camp out.
Brief
The client sought a family house on the beach, with four bedrooms plus studio and study. In this coastal setting, sun, views and habitable outdoor spaces alternately protected from and catching sun and wind were a priority.
Site
Located close to the beach and fronting the Waimarama domain, the site is constrained both in size and by the need to relocate the house if required. Set against these constraints is a spectacularly open landscape - the edge between sea and hills, and a relaxed aesthetic of a small beach community.
Design Approach
The design approach combined a rational geometrical sensibility with a romantic attachment to the land and tradition. Hence a simple composition of two interlocking volumes: a white bedroom wing, loosely derived from the repetitious plan of 'shearers quarters', inserted into a double height 'timber 'crate'.

The forms are then extended, layered and truncated in response to site, views, sun and programme. The resultant north-facing courtyard not only leads to the front door but also provides outdoor family space – strongly connected to the house and sheltered from the afternoon sea breezes. Visual connection through the house and to the landscape was a key driver of the design. In the main bedroom upstairs, capturing the full drama of the sunrise and the expansive views from Cape Kidnappers to Bare Island were significant.

More than just a 'beach house', this is an all-year round dwelling. However, the need to relocate the building if required ruled out concrete construction. Instead high levels of insulation, heat pump technology and solar panels on the roof, augment the large double glazed openings that capture sun and trap heat in winter, but cool through sea breezes in summer.

The composition of natural oiled cedar weatherboards, painted plywood and weathered zinc sheet both connects the house to the landscape and some older local traditions, but equally clearly sets it apart from a lot of the local built context. This is a house strongly connected to the land but prepared, if the sands and tides shift against it, to move.

THE BUBBLE HOUSE, CANNES - Perancis

Organik adalah kata pertama yang datang ke pikiran anda saat melihat rumah Bubble. Sebenarnya itu hal yang baik, karena salah satu tujuan dari Antti Lovag adalah saat keadaan rumahnya persis berada dan menyatu dengan alam. Antti Lovag adalah memiliki darah campuran antara ayah Russia Yahudi dan seorang ibu Finlandia yang juga kebetulan penyayang terhadap anak-anak. Ia dibesarkan ayahnya yang sering bepergian, lalu masuk tentara Finlandia dan berakhir sebagai sebuah prisonner Russian perang pada usia 19. Dia kemudian menjadi seorang mahasiswa Institut Urbanisme di sekolah Arsitektur Paris sebelum bekerja di Perancis dan berkeliling dunia. Akhirnya dia membangun rumah gelembung pertamanya di 60's, setelah mengambil bagian dalam beberapa asosiasi inhabitat.Untuk Antti Lovag, konsepsi dari tempat di mana Anda akan hidup tidak membuat daftar kamar persegi dengan nama-nama seperti ruang tamu, dapur atau kantor. Dia pertama kali menginstal furniture sesuai dengan irama bahwa orang-orang akan ada di rumah, lalu membungkusnya dengan sekitar rumah.
Dia juga ingin gelembung rumah untuk menjadi extensible dan evolutif, seperti satu set kerang yang dapat memperpanjang sesuai dengan kebutuhan anda. Yang berada dekat dengan alam dan interaksi dengan itu adalah keinginan lain dari Antti Lovag ketika membangun rumahnya.
Ini mungkin adalah bukti terbaik yang saya bisa menemukan bahwa arsitektur ramah lingkungan dan desain tidak hanya terjadi setelah pidato Al Gore.

Ultra Modern Architecture Office

Ultra Modern Architecture Office
Ultra Modern Architecture Office
Ultra Modern Architecture Office
This office interior design not only accommodate working activities, but also succeed to express product image which have environment approach & also make a bonafide company look. This office located in Rasuna Office Park, Kuningan, Jakarta, is base of Vidatech Company which have software products. A171 m2 space basic of two parts which become united & have triangle shape so the layout space more complex form usually office. Other unique part is there are low plafond & structural wall of building which across & can not be removed so make difficult to divide the rooms. As first step, designer divided office layout become two zone based on room program & use two accesses from old office. First zone consist of main access for staff & guest, main door, staff area, services area, two director room, & informal meeting room.

Second zone consist of special client access, formal meeting room, & management room. As a link of these two zones, there is lounge with café atmosphere. The floor is higher than the others. Those room order match with office needed which give attention to be representatives & marketing office, not the production.

In concept, owner & designer agree to express software product image in to interior design, & the concept get shape at capsule concept. This concept formulated as space with modular capsule shape with certain wall in round shape. Technically, all of structural wall let it flat, but other partition walls made curved with wooden skeleton & covered with panels laminated Formica Aluminum otherwise wooden profile in horizontal lines & deco finishing. This seems clear started from stairs area & main door, until formal meeting room until open ver&a which goes to lounge area.

Designer also applied rounded or curved shape at dropped down ceiling, explicated with indirect lightning lamp applied inside like seem in lounge area. Designers also cope to formed transparent, light, & sophisticated impression with applied fabrication material & up to date finishing. For example, almost of room partitioned with clear glasses from floor until plafond & frameless. Walls, plafond, floor dominated with gray & white color. As a room focus, there are digital printings with photos of sea living & attractive colors at certain walls. At staff room, filing cabinet from supercon material & acrylic finishing created, glossy with orange color to give spirit & joy of work. Lounge floor covered with 12 mm glass so indirect lightning more live.

Ultramodern office impression explicited with thematic lightning. For example, formal meeting room has blue lightning, so make dramatic impression, as if we inside sea. Last, furniture in this office is ergonomic, it means shape, measurement, & chair construction can prop up user body appropriate with user’s gesture & posture. Material & chair finishing do not use wood & usually seats, but have special material which flexible, strong, & sophiscated. These chairs have hollow shape, dynamic, sporty, light, & brief because stackable also easy to moved follow office activities (multipurpose).

Small House Interior Design " Modern Design Ideas "

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beach house interior designModern & minimalist interior is homes design which many people wanted now. Small house interior very match to you which not have a large land. So if you not have large land , i hope you can follow this ideas for your home. Minimalist but impressed luxuary home interior is one dream people, so why not have a smal house interior ??

Luxury House / Home Interior Photos

Luxury house ( kitchen ) interior

Exterior Luxury house interior
my collection luxury house interior very much , may be you want to find interior design which very luxuary. this house photos is one example my luxury house / home interior. You like it ??

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful.

 image source, Babiekins

Well, it's been roughly a month since I've signed into this blog to write anything. I can't really explain why it's taken me so long to get back to it except that I felt a need to be quiet and really had nothing overly interesting to share. Every time I thought about writing anything I was met with a blank wall, which may have been a reflection of my January state of mind or the fact that I was working very hard to finish up the gardening magazine I was writing...over 144 pages of container gardening stories and info and well, I think my mind went into sleep mode and so did I. It has taken several emails from sweet readers wondering where the hell I was to nudge me into logging in.

As I mentioned after Christmas, I received a new and improved camera as a present and it seems to have scared me into never picking up a camera again. I bought myself a new, pretty camera strap (which still hasn't arrived!), a camera bag, a 50 mm lens, and an instructional DVD. The fact that I did all that and still haven't taken more than a few photos speaks to my current lack of ambition/courage. I have vowed to at least put the DVD in the player and watch a few minutes as soon as the magazine is finalized. Then maybe I'll become brave enough to actually post a picture of something. 

Until that time, I decided I am better off sharing a few photos and links of things I have found to be lovely, annoying or curious and see what you think. Some are things I purchased as Christmas gifts for others, others are pretty people or homes/decorating, and others are just plain dumb.

Please, January, just hurry up and be over already!!

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 The Good:


I bought this pillow for my house from Helkat Design and a green and blue one for my mum. I don't care if they are a fad; the Union Jack is special to me.

 I love this blog. Her life seems so sweetly simple and back to basics, and I mean that in the nicest way, truly. Just look at this wonderful handmade Christmas she created for her "little one." And her kitchen is so pretty, too. 

The Bad:


On the opposite end of the spectrum is this nursery. I have seen it floating around several blogs lately and while it is stylish, it just grates on me that a parent could so overtly choose style over safety. Yes, the yellow  crib is beautiful and the room's vibe very Anthropologie, but that crib scares the heck out of me. Some may defend it, but if they do they have never had children and are glued to design sites where cutting-edge style is more important than comfort or warmth... or were the kind of parents who had a horseshoe kicking around inside of them. 
I know you know what I'm talking about.

 The Beautiful:


When I saw this photo of Jenny Holiday on her blog recently I was dumbstruck at how beautiful she looked with her pink hair. Have you ever seen a hair colour so perfectly suit someone? I will never have the nerve to colour my hair anything other than my assisted blonde, but for some people, it just works!!

And this blouse:

I want it so badly but the price stops me in my tracks. Plays upon all of my childhood hang-ups.
And add the high shipping charges and the taxes and duty that big U.S. retailers so thoughtfully pay/charge on my behalf and it just makes the cost prohibitive. And don't get me started on companies that won't ship to Canada!!
Yep. Beauty and the Beast, that blouse is.


 And one of the most beautiful of all poems, perfect for those of us with children who are edging closer to flying the nest. My favourite line is: 
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts
.

On Children
 Kahlil Gibran

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.