Thursday, May 19, 2011

Recover and Renew

Recover, renew, reupholster! Bergamo designer textiles and fabrics are ready to change your impression of that sofa or chair you have been fighting to keep, you know the one where the fabric is shot but the rest is still good. Or you may be planning a ground up interior design project and really want to make a dramatic visual statement that only serious attention to detail will fulfill. Bergamo understands and has collaborated with top designers like Lori Weitzner, Ulf Moritz, and Dominique Kieffer who have designed entirely different fabric concept all of which are stunning. Here are a few of the Bergamo designer fabrics from their Rubelli and Sancho collections. I hope you get inspired!! -via LOVE IT!!!!!

Thursday, May 12, 2011



A positive outcome of the coconut water invasion is the excess of full grown coconut palms which are no longer nut producing. Palms produce nuts for about 80 years. Coconut palm plantations are in abundance throughout much of the world and are often focused around areas with endangered rainforests. (Colombia, Indonesia, Malaysia) Durapalm hopes to make palmwood a standard building material and deflect harvesting from other rainforest woods.
Palmwood can vary in color from dark to medium-red mahogany with an exotic grain that is reminiscent of bamboo. Durapalm palmwood comes in flooring, plywood, paneling and veneer that is durable and formaldehyde free. We’ve seen palms used before, Kirei makes a series of Coco tiles that feature the unique qualities of palm as does Pacific Green in their palmwood furniture collection.

Durapalm, green flooring, palmwood flooring, sustainable flooring, wood flooring

Coconuts have invaded our lives lately with the onslaught of the coconut water fad. The city is mobbed with coconut water trucks and the grocery stores have replaced their varieties of enhanced water with a naturally “enhanced water.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Willem Racke' Studio

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Here are images of the entry  designed for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase.The residence is architecturally significant to San Francisco, and Willem Rache' Studio wanted to preserve and conserve the architectural details, and create a look sympathetic to the original period.
Willem glazed the entry walls in several rich tones of caramel and red. Six coats of a clear high gloss lacquer were applied, using leed certified enviromentally friendly products. Then the walls were buffed.
Leigh Edwards collaborated on selecting the art and furniture and the lighting. The Corbin Bronze is from
Sloan Miyasato Showroom, The painting is by bay area artist, Charlie Brown and the pendant chandelier is by Johnathan Browning.

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The staircase window is done using a traditional french technique. Verre églomisé, from the French term meaning glass gilded, is a process in which the back side of glass is gilded with gold or metal leaf. The gilding may also be combined with reverse painting on glass. Willem overpainted the gilding with a subtle tone on tone motif of thistles and flowers drifting on the wind.
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In a collaboration with interior designer, Mark Newman, We plastered the walls of the guest bathroom in subtle tones of blue/gray and did a relief stencil technique in the plaster of stylized leaves.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Outdoor Showers

Finally, time for outdoor activities, showers are prominent around beach homes or homes with pools.

Get back to nature by attaching a shower head and knobs to an organic support. The palm trees set around this shower provide privacy and awaken the senses. I love the natural feel of this idea.