Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cooler Colors

For all things kitchen, culinary and cuisine related, Coolors if full of amazing kitchen decorating ideas, based on their collection of must-have colored kitchen appliances that no modern home can do without. Specializing in colored refrigerators, household furnishings, panels and customizations for the interior, take a cue from Coolors and you’ll soon be the envy of all your friends. No longer is the refrigerator a utilitarian, uninteresting fixture. With Coolors’ silk screening process, the fridge becomes a unique work of art, featuring images and colors to suit your individual sense of style. Converting your favorite vacation photo into a work of art by one of their masters, you now can ornament your appliances and take them from drab to fab. And you’re bound only by your imagination – choose a coordinating color for the range hood, or a complementary pattern to finish your panels, resulting in a unified and original look. For more kitchen decorating ideas and to check out these cool, colored kitchen appliances, visit Coolors

Friday, September 25, 2009

Fun and Funky Bathrooms

Colorboards is a range of gorgeous custom glass furniture from Keuco. The stunning, personalised glass bathroom designs make the very best of pure color. Colorboards allow you to select a color theme that will create an ambience of your desire… whether you’d like your bathroom to be a place of tranquillity or invigoration. Made of 10mm thick safety glass, Colorboards tailor-made furniture is painted on the back (so the brilliance of the color will never fade). Various wall-mounted solutions are available and include smart details that can be built into the custom glass furniture. Why not include a towel holder, an inbuilt soap foam dispenser or a dispenser of cosmetic tissues in your design? A matching light/mirror is also an option. Keuco, a German company, offers a range of exciting bathroom concepts to explore.
More colorful bathroom furniture sets here, from Lasa Idea.

There’s something wonderful about the chunky, rounded lines of the new funky bathrooms from Cosmogres. Refreshingly different and fun bathroom themes, Unica enamelled ceramic furniture has a childlike playfulness. Created by Sabrina Selli, this design is once seen, never forgotten! The matching toilet and bidet pop out of the wall like bubbles, and come in wall-mounted or floor-standing versions. The basin sits comfortably on a simple wall-mounted shelf. The finishing touch is, of course, the lovely ceramic daisy on the wall - which can be colored by request. Bring the Unica bathroom collection home and turn your bathroom into a fun, funky oasis. By Cosmogres.-via

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Displays for HDTV

While working from home is always appealing, devoting precious space to a home office isn't. Gruber Schlager solves this dilemma with the TV-Office wall unit, a flexible design that combines a TV unit and a compact office space. The free-standing design rotates on a single metal leg, making it simple to instantly transform the room. One side of the wall unit features a fold down desktop, perfect for setting up portable workstations and laptops. The other side displays your HDTV.

Ideas so useful you’ll wonder how you lived without them – the Hollywood and Dolce Vita Plasma LCD TV Console Stands are from Cattelan Italia, and designed by Paolo Cattelan. These days, we have so many options when it comes to displaying TVs that are lighter and thinner than ever before. It makes sense to exploit their portability with the Dolce Vita and Hollywood Plasma TV Stands, structures made of stainless steel that offer adjust-ability in the height of the TV from 32H to 71H. You’ll avoid straining your neck, viewing the TV in comfort wherever you are sitting. Not only this, the stable TV stands have a strong visual presence, including a handy glass shelf under the TV to store other electronic products. The Dolce Vita stand can accommodate TVs up to 32” wide, whereas the Hollywood Plasma TV Stand is made for a bigger TV, accommodating up to a 42” wide Plasma TV. Buy the Dolce Vita for USD $1,468 or the Hollywood for USD $1,573 at Spacify.-via

Friday, September 18, 2009

Jill Crawford Designs

Feature Designer
Jill Crawford
Los Angeles, CA

In the photo above Jill's client wanted a "hotel spa" feeling for their residential bathroom. The shower was made with a door to the outside so clients could go from the pool directly into the shower. Custom walnut cabinets and Carrara marble counters were added. Sinks and fixtures-Purist by Kohler. Nulco sconces. French limestone floors. Mirrors are set flush with the glass mosaic tiles and are the same width as the sinks and cabinets below. Mosaic tiles are a custom blend from Susan Jablon mosaics

This mural was based on a tree outside the kitchen window where birds like to perch and sing. Also, the house is located in a canyon in the Hollywood Hills that is in the flight path of the annual Monarch butterfly migration, so once a year there are thousands of butterflies passing by. Custom walnut cabinets and Carrara marble counters were added as a finishing touch.

Custom-designed mohair headboard. Linen drapes, grasscloth wallpaper. The nightstands are 1960s vintage, found in a thrift shop and lacquered white, given new hardware. Rugs are Icelandic sheepskin. Lamps from CB2, bedspread from Williams-Sonoma Home, bed pillows are African Springbok (center) and Key Maze fabric by Beacon Hill. Chair is vintage by Milo Baughman

Much more traditional than Jill's usual style, but one of her favorite rooms. Very budget-minded redo, she recovered clients' chairs, added chocolate paint, chair rail moulding and wallpaper below, new drapes, light fixture and table. Painted existing built-in china cabinet, added new cornice to cabinet to make it more elegant and proportional.

This is Jill's own living room. The octagons are a painted mural of her own design, not wallpaper. The only newly made things in the room are the custom white leather chairs (not visible in this view) and the rug, which is Kashmiri goat fur. Pretty much everything else in the room is vintage: sofa reupholstered in lemon velvet, owl coffee table, teal Paul McCobb stools, olive burl credenza by Mastercraft, end tables, lamp, Milo Baughman chrome chairs, artwork, op-art needlepoint pillow on left, Blenko glass decanters and most of the white ceramic animals (except horse on credenza by Jonathan Adler.) The Happy needlepoint pillow on right is also from Jonathan Adler (I love the tongue-in-cheek vibe). Even the taxidermied crow and peacock are vintage. 2 things Jill often does in her work is to play with scale (the octagons are 4' across) and add something with a little edge. Jill states, " I love this room because I find it impossible not to feel happy sitting in it"!

Another budget redo. The house had a living room and den completely open to one another and her client wanted to use the living room while the teenage kids watched TV in the den, so she made over the living room and added the studded doors with clerestory windows to seal off the den. The screen in the foreground was added to give a little sense of arrival, as the front door opens directly into the living room.

This room was actually done for a TV makeover show (2 days, $2000 budget) and each room had a theme--in this case, it was based on the friendship of the homeowner and the guest, who used to go to discos all the time back in the day. So Jill did a 70s-style mural, added a custom-designed bar (with a chandelier made from champagne glasses), designed the yellow coffee table with the chrome racing stripe, and re-did the doors on the existing credenza to match the bar. (Luckily her client already had a fantastic sofa-- just making new pillows from vintage scarves and Marimekko fabrics added the final touch)

This is Nicholini's restaurant at the Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong. (Conrad is the 5-star division of Hilton hotels.) Nicholini's is considered one of the best Italian restaurants in Hong Kong. For the redo, Jill designed the leaf lighting at the ceiling, and the lit columns (each line is a row of glass abstract butterfly shapes with backlighting). She also added custom carpeting, and all new furniture, drapery and wall treatments. Jill partnered with Texeira Design to achieve this exotic and romantic atmosphere for the ultimate in fine dining.

Bar 1912 is a new addition to the famous Beverly Hills hotel, home of the Polo Lounge. The hotel owners wanted to create a new hangout that would update their image and attract a hipper celebrity crowd, but of course still wanted it to feel as if it belonged in the classic hotel. Working with Texeira Design, Jill tore out an existing boardroom and suite to create the bar and an outdoor patio area. Virtually everything is custom: rug, walnut and onyx bar, furnishings, artwork, plaster relief wall behind the bar. Forbes magazine named this one of the top 10 hotel bars in the world.

Jill Crawford is a Los Angeles-based interior designer and graphic artist. Over the past 10 years, Jill’s passionate pursuit of interior design has resulted in noteworthy achievements in spaces from homes to hotels, pads to post-production facilities. Her singular style is derived from a fine arts degree from Barnard College in New York City and an unusual career path that began with producing award-winning news programs for National Public Radio. Yearning for a more visual medium to work in, Jill moved on to Lucasfilm/Industrial Light & Magic in northern California. With her unique style and reputation as a perfectionist already emerging, she pursued the challenges of set construction and art direction for film and television. But it was the interior spaces of the urban landscape that became her ultimate calling. Solicited for residential, commercial and 5-star hotel projects all over the United States and Asia, including the new Ritz-Carlton Denver, the remodel of the Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong, the nightclub Deep in New York, and Bar 1912 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, which was named one of the world’s 10 best bars by Forbes magazine. Jill’s talent for interiors was soon noticed by television producers at the Style network, where she became the lead designer for the the home makeover program “Guess Who’s Coming to Decorate.” Jill currently resides in Sherman Oaks with her husband and Weimaraner.

Jill's current specialty is large-scale graphic design for walls. Each wall is a piece of custom installation art, personalized and tailored to each individual client and space. Walls may be painted, texturized, applied vinyl, embedded with objects, silver-leafed or a combination of the above. Works are also available on canvas for clients who would like to take their murals with them when they move.
It has been my pleasure introducting you to Jill Crawford and her unique and elegant style of designing.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Ceremic Dividers

Surprising, versatile and ultra-modern, the Ceramic Wall from Naxos redefines the use of ceramics in the home. Ceramic walls can assign purpose to space; they can add interest; they can divide and establish boundaries. Sculptural and smooth, the Naxos X-wall is an ideal addition to a modern, open-plan interior. Living in a loft, yet wanting a way to discern the bathing area from the sleeping quarters? A ceramic wall is the perfect solution, adding an element of privacy without interrupting the space with a solid wall. The touchable, gleaming surfaces of the ceramic pieces imply a work of art that actually functions to enhance the convenience and order of your daily routine. To enjoy a ceramic wall in the context of your home, make contact with Naxos, a Fincibec company-via