Monday, November 29, 2010

Party in the Club(room)

Throughout my design career I have done a fair amount for work for Multi-Family developers and worked on several buildings all over the country. Every time we get to design a clubroom I get really excited because I get to make a functional yet stylish space that is inviting and durable. When MidCity lofts came to MWDA to bid on updating the building we were so excited. Not only do several clients and friends live there, but we love the building. Over the past 2 years we have gone floor by floor making improvements (lobby is next, fingers crossed)and just finished their clubroom, Sky, which has amazing views of Atlanta. Sky needed some love because the original plan and furniture didn't really suit the way homeowners wanted to use the space-so we ripped it all out and created something new! Mark and I love zones, breaking space up with furniture to create places to gather that have specific functions. In Sky we did the same thing. We created a "Library" zone for smaller groups of people to gather which is really inviting as you enter Sky. We created an enormous bar and dining zone that will easily accommodate large groups for parties, or smaller groups for sit down dinners. Next we created a larger seating group with a custom sofa that acts as seating or perching along the back, perfect for cocktail parties. And finally a game zone with a table perfect for poker or whatever and giant chaise lounges to curl up in. I hope you enjoy but more importantly I hope the lovely homeowners at MidCity Lofts enjoy!

Along with this post, because they go so well together, is the debut of my new Yummy Scrumptious logo! Thank you to Jeff Corey and Impact Design Works for all of his work, I love it!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Christmas at The Mans

The 2010 Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Christmas House opens TOMORROW!!! I went there yesterday do take care of our flowers and fluff a bit and the whole place looks great! I feel like all the designers have done a fantastic job, some with very challenging spaces. The Christmas House will be open Thursday and Friday 10:00-6:00, Saturday 10:00-5:00, and Sunday 10:00-1:00. I will be there this weekend so come and take a look and say hello!!! For more information or if you would like to volunteer at the Christmas House click here!

ALSO, click here to go to CBS Atlanta's website and watch a video or AH&L editor Clinton Smith talking about the Christmas House as well as the Alliance Theatre, and guess where he is doing most of the interview?!?!?!?

Friday, November 19, 2010

5 things I heart - Ryan Hughes Edition

5 things I heart is back, but now this will become a guest spot! First up--I heart Ryan Hughes, he has amazing taste (evident in his delicious showroom R Hughes) and is a great guy. I asked him to guest post for this month's "5 things I heart" and here is what he came up with!

James Way’s new painting “Boat with Wheel” available through Mason Murer. I have always been a huge fan of James Way, and I simply adore this piece.

Jiun Ho’s new Saumur Cocktail Table available through R HUGHES. I absolutely love the style of it- the combination of the honed gold calucutta marble top with the steel base.

Rhianna’s new album LOUD available on iTunes. I think this is her best album yet- and amazing she is only 22.

New Restaurant- The Sound Table- great vibe, great food...
483 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, 30312 (404) 835-2534

Victoria Hagan’s new and first book: Interior Portraits available through one of my favorite interior designers showcases her crisp work in this wonderful book.

Keep a look out for the next edition of "5 things" featuring my former employer and fabulous designer, Scott Laslie!

Also stay tuned for the launch of the Yummy Scrumptious Logo!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Design Wisdom

A brief history lesson: Athena, the Goddess of war, civilization, strength, skill, justice, and most importantly wisdom. He sidekick is an owl, she is almost always pictured with one and many sculptures of her have one included (including the giant 8' sculpture of her in our restaurant, Athens Pizza.) Lately I have noticed owls making a resurgence in the design world, specifically in home accessories and jewelry...YUMMM! I have jumped on this trend and incorporated some owls in our Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Christmas House design (AH&L Christmas House Open November 26th-December 12th--come check it out!) you will have to come see it and try to find where I hid them! Here are some owl accessories that I love right now:

This is a copy of a Greek coin with Athena's owl, I can't count how many I have in some form or fashion, I know I have a pendant or two for sure.

Lovely lamp from West Elm, I really like that the owl is simple and clean and white, can't go wrong with white...ever.

Owl apron from Anthropologie, if I knew how to cook I would wear this...I might just wear it for effect.

Kind of cute in a weird funny way, I do like this owl tea set for some reason. It's from VivaTerra...there is something strange about it that I am drawn to.

Super yummy hardware also from Anthropologie, you can feel smart every time you open a drawer.

Super adorable owl pillows I found on Etsy made by Hilary Cosgrove.

Any my favorite, a great holiday gift (are you listening Sandy?) The "Fantastical Tale" owl bangles from Marc by Marc Jacobs, available at Nordstroms.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Iris is moving in...

It's been a busy busy week full of installations and I am worn out! Aside from a giant client installation on Monday I have been back and forth to the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Christmas House all week. Today I am resisting the urge to go over there and continue to fluff (and continue to search the hotel for Jason Bateman who I met at Valet yesterday with fellow designer Amy Morris. Ok so we didn't meet him, but we stood next to him and giggled, same thing.) I won't give away too much because I want you to come and visit me, but here are a few snaps of how Iris' digs are shaking out...

You can find me at The Mans beginning Friday November 26th through December 12th. The Christmas House will be open from 10:00-5:00 Thursday through Saturday and from 1:00-5:00 on Sundays, I will be in and out and hope to meet some readers (if there are any!!!)

If you follow the link to the Christmas House...HERE you can purchase tickets online as well as in several locations around town. Hope to see you!!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Lux Finale

Here are the final photos of my beloved Lux Studio. It is a bright and happy place that smells amazing every time I walk in (sometimes I sneak over there and just lay in one of their shampoo bowls and answer emails, it's so relaxing!) I hope you have enjoyed witnessing the transformation!

photos by the lovely and talented Sarah Dorio!