Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ca-razy for Chevron!

Unless you've had your eyes closed for the past few years, you have undoubtedly noticed a pattern that is back with a vengeance: Chevron. Maybe you didn't know it's "official" name, but I know you've seen it. It's classic and simplistic inverted arrow has resurfaced on clothing, walls, floors, and furniture. I feel it works with today's styles so well because it's fresh and modern, while giving instant pattern to a room. By simply throwing down a rug or hanging some drapes, you can have a mod room that's very current. I will say that it's almost too prevalent at this point. Don't get me wrong, I love it too, but it seems to be the go-to design for designers and I almost wish that we could all find a suitable replacement or addition to the graphic family. Nevertheless, here are some designs where the Chevron pattern takes center stage and as usual, steals the show:

Jonathan Adler Dining Room

Same pattern made with salvaged wood

Patriotic Chevron dress

Even tile!

If you too are now a Chevron addict, West Elm has a great rug (named by them as the "zig zag"rug)
that is also affordable, and should fix you right up!
Happy Designing!

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Big Book of Chic


We all love a little eye candy in some shape or form, and I must admit I am addicted to design and design inspiration books. I have dozens of books at this point and the number grows daily. Here is another that will be added to the shelves: The Big Book of Chic by Miles Redd. The Big Book of Chic isn't released until November, but it's already getting high marks. I was reeled in by the title, but then once I previewed the pages, I was already online and placing the order. It's glam and high style to the nth degree. Granted, it might not always be practical to have zebra wallpaper or blue lacquer walls, but it's so much fun to see that someone had the gumption to do it! Here is an excpert from the book's introduction:

“This is a book about dreams coming true; the curiosities in the rooms I have decorated; and the people, artists, and places that have inspired me. When all is said and done and I am long forgotten, maybe someone will find this book in a dusty library—if such a thing still exists—and glimpse a bit of the pleasure my life has given me. I want them to have the sensation of dancing across an MGM soundstage, silhouetted in a klieg light, because that was my intention with this book, a very personal blend of work and fantasy.”

—Miles Redd

And here, my dears, are some page examples to wet your whistle:

Again, it's available sometime in November 2012, so if your coffee table needs a little pizazz, I think Mr. Redd has just the thing to help out.
'Till Next Time...