Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Interior Design does good for the World!

In this months' issue of House Beautiful, Rugs that Do Good are featured...what does that mean you say? Each one of the showcased rugs are working to improve the world in one way or another, one rug at a time. So in case your House Beautiful didn't show up this month, here is a peek at a couple of gorgeous rugs with a wonderful message:

Merida Home: Thrive Collection

Flourish is a repeating kaleidoscope of petals that evokes a lush, vibrant garden. Our cyclical environment and the repetitious imagery of flames and leaves inspired designer Kelsey Arbona to think about the infinite nature of patterns, leading her to this design. Availalbe in Plum and Sapphire.
Artists for Humanity

GoodWeave is working to end illegal child labor in the carpet industry and to offer educational opportunities to children in South Asia. The handmade carpet industry exploits nearly 250,000 children. GoodWeave is helping to combat this problem and transform the handmade rug industry by certifying child-labor-free rugs and by providing education and opportunities to rescued and at-risk children. The GoodWeave program is implemented by RugMark International.

ARZU STUDIO HOPE believes in a holistic approach to sustainable poverty alleviation achieved through artisan-based employment that empowers women. Women, earning fair labor wages, weave exquisite hand-knotted rugs at home. Innovative social benefit practices drive transformational change by providing grassroots access to vital education, healthcare, clean water and sustainable community development programs. ARZU, which means “hope” in Dari, is an innovative model of social entrepreneurship that helps Afghan women weavers and their families break the cycle of poverty by providing them steady income and access to education and healthcare by sourcing and selling the rugs they weave. While structured as a 501(c)(3) in the United States and an international NGO in Afghanistan, ARZU operates as a “for-benefit” corporation, using private sector practices to create jobs in desperately poor rural villages where little opportunity exists.

And check out how other ways Design is helping others...

Platt Collections introduced the Alyce Collection, which incorporates the breast cancer awareness ribbon into its design. This market, the company will expand the program into a collection with additional pieces that incorporate the ribbon motif. They include a dining table and arm chair, vanity/desk and mirror, credenza, chest, barstools, coffee and end tables, lamps and mirrors.
Elements of wood, stone and metal will be a hallmark of the collection, chosen for their beauty as well as their symbolism, according to the company.
Ten percent of the proceeds from the sale of Alyce collection pieces will benefit cancer research.
The Alyce collection was conceived by furniture designer Glenn Midnet, whose mother, Alyce, died from breast cancer in 1974 when Midnet was a boy. Inspired by his mother's courage, Midnet became a successful interior designer and furniture designer.

Stray Giving @ Stray Dog With every Stray Dog Designs purchase, someone's life gets a little bit better.
Every time you buy a Stray Dog Designs product, a portion of the purchase price is donated to organizations that do things like feed hungry children, shelter homeless families, or create loving homes for stray dogs and cats.
Think of it...
You get a beautiful new lamp or home accessory -- and you get to feel great about making a real difference in someone's life!
It's that simple.

There are also numerous Design/Architecturally based organizations who's mission is to get out into the community and provide design services focused on "the concept of humanitarian design and “shelter for the soul” has spawned a generation of designers tapping into a new set of social and economic values." - Samuel “Sambo” Mockbee, Co-founder of Auburn University’s School of Architecture Rural Studio program
Check out the following Links:
Design Corps

Rural Studio

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Design Trends

Each year Interior Designers and the public alike are faced with new Design Trends. Some are good...some are not so good...some don't seem like trends at all.

SFGate.com ran an article in December of last year featuring what some Interior Designers thought to be the Top Ten Interior Design Trends of 2010. Over the past couple of months I have been featuring those trends on Spaces Interior Design's Facebook page. Here are the highlights!

Trend #10: Anything goes!
What a great idea! Many balanced, wonderful, truly personal and lived in spaces are a mix of new & old, classic & trendy, traditional & modern. A home should not be pulled from a page of a catalog, or look like a real estate staging. Life is an adventure & a place of growth. So is your home!

Mix it Up!
Thanks Elle Decor
In the front drawing room, a cocktail table by T. H. Robsjohn­-Gibbings is grouped with a sofa by George Smith upholstered in a Claremont fabric, a pair of Claude Lalanne chairs, a Utrecht armchair by Gerrit Rietveld, and a rug by the Rug Company. The artworks include a Gary Hume painting over the mantel, a rabbit sculpture by Benedetta Mori Ubaldini, and a Tracey Emin neon piece, Trust Me, above a painting of the Deauville racecourse by Emilio Grau Sala that belonged to d’Ornano’s parents.

Mix it Up!
Designed by Paula Caravelli
Vintage spoon chairs found at a Salvation Army thrift shop flank a brass cocktail table by Gerald Bland in the living room; the burlap-upholstered settee and gilt-wood console are both Swedish, the zinc roof finial is 19thcentury French, and the drawing, Trees IV, is by Joan Mitchell.

Mix it Up!
Designed by Nate Burkus & Anne Coyle
The tufted sofa in the living room, upholstered in an Edelman patent leather, and cowhide rugs are from Anne Coyle Interiors.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Commitment to Blogging

Hi All,

So I have been terribly lax in doing my blogging. But I have had many thoughts and ideas that I have wanted to share that I just cant put on Facebook. So with the beginning of June close at hand and marking my nearly 6 months anniversary of starting Spaces Interior Design the blogging will begin again!

What for upcoming blogs on...
Chair Love,
Small Projects you can do at home in a day,
Fabric Trends, and more!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Help for Haiti

Hi Friends,
I came across this blog post on one of my favorite design blogs, Tracery Interiors, so I thought it was definitely worth sharing.

By now we have all heard of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12 that left one of the poorest countries in the world in a state of emergency beyond our imagination. The relief efforts popping up left & right can be borderline overwhelming. I know I find myself thinking-what’s legit? What will have the biggest impact? What is the best/easiest way for ME to give? [This is Bess, just in case you were wondering who 'Me' was] You can donate through the Red Cross, UNICEF, Care, Google, the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund & so many others. I found a great page through Google that you can get to by clicking [HERE] that breaks down many of the organizations. There are also great ways to donate that support the arts as well. Erika over at Urban Grace made her contribution by purchasing a print for her daughter, check that out [HERE]

Personally, I think I am going to be sending a check to the Stray Dog Designs Haitian Worker Relief Fund [HERE] Stray Dog Designs is a company we have supported for several years now-we love their message & their products. They strive to bring the design world funky, hand-made products that bring work & in-turn funds to artisans in third world countries. Their products are hand crafted in Haiti & Mexico. Stray Dog Designs has created their own relief fund so that they can donate directly to the hundreds of workers in Haiti that create all of their Papier Mache products, like the lamps pictured above & below. To give to this fund you can send a check to:

Stray Dog Designs
611 E. 11th St.
Chattanooga, TN 37403


Last but not least...as I was up late last night watching D. Letterman, WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran, was on the show talking about the importance of getting food to the survivors of the earthquake, FOOD IS AN IMMEDIATE NEED.

She showed on the program specially designed nutrition bar/crackers that will provide enough nutrition in one small meal for 24 hours - they are small, easy to transport, and cost about $2 per unit. This is a great way to help out. For more information click [HERE]

Thanks - Jenny

Sunday, January 3, 2010

iPhone & iTouch Apps for Design Professionals & Design Lovers

Feather & Moore, LTD
Do you like art? Do you like interior designs? If you do, then this is the app for you. Feather & Moore brings you a collection of inspirational interior design art from all over the world, from New York to Berlin and Amsterdam.

Mark on Call
Created by interior designer Mark Lewison, Mark On Call™ for the Apple® iPhone and iPod Touch, lets the interior design professional, their clients—and do-it-yourselfers alike—plan, preview and carry out their design visions while staying organized and within budget.
This one is way to cool!!! You can take pictures of textures & fabrics and upload those images into virtual spaces that you have create & are shopping for. It helps you budget, measure rooms, import wall colors. Whew...it does alot!

DuPont mySurface
DuPont is revolutionizing the way consumers, architects and designers choose materials with mySurface, the first iPhone app of its kind in the industry. iPhone and iPod touch users now have color palettes for DuPont™ Corian® solid surfaces and Zodiaq® quartz surface at their fingertips.

Combines astrology and numerology with intuitive wisdom and the spiritual power of color to create a personal color for every day and month of the year. By blending the colors that are associated with the sun sign, ruling planet and elements such as fire, earth, air or water, with the numerological vibration of each day, the colors for the Colorstrology calendar are selected, along with key words that best describe the personality traits associated with that color and day.

Architect’s Formulator by Multieducator Inc
The ARCHITECT'S FORMULATOR is the perfect tool for any Architect. This program contains over 200 formulas helpful for architect. ARCHITECT'S FORMULATOR combines all of the formulas from our Electrical, Carpentry and Plumbing Formulators. In addition, this product also includes Concrete and Excavations formulas, that perform calculations for excavating or filling soil, the concrete required for a job and the bricks required for a wall. It also includes special formulas just for architect for concrete and steel design, parking area and sidewalk design and even swimming pool design. The program includes basic formulas for wind load and wind overturning force. The 23 formulas just for architectГ?s included now are just the start of what we expect will grow to over 100 formulas in coming months. The CARPENTRY section contains formulates that calculate the number of joists and studs required on a job. ARCHITECT'S FORMULATOR aids users to calculate the load on headers or the cost of hardwood flooring. There are even formulas to calculate the loads on walls and loads on beams. Formulas in the ELECTRICAL section calculate kilowatts, horsepower, efficiency, power factor, watts, amps, current, power, resistance, and voltage. This section includes formulas to calculate total resistance, capacitance, voltage drops, and transformer calculations. The formulas in the PLUMBING section calculate areas of pipe walls and the weights of different pipes. ARCHITECT'S FORMULATOR is able to calculate the final temperature when two bodies of water are mixed. There are also formulas in this section to calculate the expansion of pipes, radiant heat and heat loss cooling requirements, head loss and fresh air in room requirements.

and last but not least something just for fun!
Home Sweet Home by Big Blue Bubble, Inc
Home Sweet Home allows you to nurture your inner designer. Create the room of your clients’ dreams with hundreds of unique pieces of furniture and accessories across dozens of homes each with their own challenging riddle. Then, with deadlines looming, direct your build team to assemble it all in front of your eyes!

Color Your World in 2010...Pantone's Color Predictions.

In March of each year, Pantone launches their color predictions for both the Interior Design & Fashion Industry.
"Color trends are not conjured up using a crystal ball. They are the result of much observation of our surrounding natural world as well as the influences that will impact our world in the future," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. "These factors include socioeconomic issues, technology, lifestyles and playstyles, diversions, entertainment, and most importantly, the needs, moods, fantasies and aspirations of consumers. The palettes featured in PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2010 translate these influences into appropriate styling, colors and combinations that best express the gamut of directional themes for 2010."

So now that we can clearly think about 2010, lets see what colors will be influencing us and our surroundings for the next 12 months. The eight palettes for 2010 are Greenmarket, Resourceful, Transformations, Ambiance, Gatherings, Galaxy, High Definition and Pastiche. An additional palette of Tinged Neutrals is also included.

The need for healthier and more artisanal foods has grown from traditional farmers' markets to greenmarkets. Found on country roads or urban lots, these visually appealing and taste-tempting sites invite us to stop and sample a broader and more diverse selection of goods and goodies. From Tomato Puree and Beaujolais with the tang of Super Lemon or bite of Apple Green, to the more exotic flavors of Dijon, Paprika and Chutney, Greenmarket contains representational hues that entice and appeal to both the eyes and the taste buds.

The continuing concern for natural resource management - the need to preserve and reserve - remains of utmost importance in the minds of many. Resourcefulness calls not only for the thoughtful use of materials, but the need for originality in reconstructing and redefining products and home furnishings that are both stylish and sustainable. The colors found in the Resourceful palette, such as Sequoia, Golden Ochre and Aqua Sky, speak of earth and sky, while vibrant Tigerlily and Mauve Orchid add a unique, distinctive presence to the mix.

In Transformations, a nostalgic and idyllic palette, a traditional look is transformed into something that speaks of a more modern attitude. History is honored and updated while reproductions artfully represent styles of the past without repeating them line for line. Transformations is romantic in both style and mood, offering the promise of a quiet respite. Shapes are graceful while surfaces and colors are engaging and unobtrusive. Soothing Stratosphere blue, Crème de Menthe, Lavender Gray, Deauville Mauve, Crushed Violets and Willow green are counter-balanced by the welcoming warmth of Cameo Pink and Amberlight, and finished with a hint of Pale Gold.

When skillfully used, colors can define the character and atmosphere of a space. Understated and sophisticated with attention to detail, the Ambiance palette adds a thoughtful aesthetic that can be adapted seamlessly and successfully into many motifs. Rich Coffee Bean and Cognac are central to the color theme, while the subtle shades of Stonewash blue, Stucco, Desert Sage, Silver Pink, a taupe-cast Brindle and two shades of gray add an interesting intensity and synergistic effect to the palette.

Inspired primarily by the continent of Africa with its vastness and complexities, Gatherings brings together a compilation of colors that demonstrate the uniqueness of the region. Artifacts and handicrafts reflect a creative boldness that is expressed in a panoply of appropriately named colors: Cypress green, Smoke Blue, Sand and Oasis mixed with the magic of Twilight Mauve, the piquancy of Lemon Curry and the heated glimmer of Copper Coin.

Purveyor and source of light, the mysterious Galaxy is well reflected in a palette that truly illustrates the harmony of hue found in the nocturnal sky. Mirroring the colors of the earth, the greens, called Greener Pastures and Peridot, are powerfully contrasted against the deepest extraterrestrial blues, silver and stormy violets. Brilliant sprays of turquoise and a radiating orchid tone enhance the atmosphere, while Rich Gold embodies the energy and splendor of the epicenter of it all - the sun.

High Definition
High Definition offers clarity, classicism and modernism accentuated by elegant contrasts. The refined silhouettes are deceptively simple yet glamorous. Black, white and gray are the timeless centerpieces, thoroughly enriched and defined by the dramatic infusion of Amaranth and Paisley Purple, Malaga wine and the flowering fuchsia shade of Ibis Rose, all deftly embellished by Old Gold and shining Silver.

A Pastiche can be described as an incongruous combination of materials. This palette illustrates not only a collection of unexpected styles, but colors as well. It is the continuation of the irreverent direction that has been and continues to be influenced by Japanese anime - a movement that has made major inroads into the world of design and color. Combinations such as Lavendula and Absinthe Green can be combined with Chipmunk, while that same shade of brown might be surrounded by Mimosa yellow, a brightened Strawberry Ice and more docile Little Boy Blue. Bright Cobalt, Tangerine and Duffel Bag gray offer another idiosyncratic option.

Tinged Neutral
Historically, when money is tight and there is a concern for the longevity of a given color, people have a tendency to "play it safe" with neutrals. But that concern generally applies to the color of big-ticket items like carpeting, window coverings and larger furnishings. Nevertheless, neutrals will continue to be an important part of the decision-making process for items within the home. The following Tinged Neutral tones are considered most directional for 2010. Some are tinged with green or blue, and there is, as always, a classic off-white. Champagne Beige adds a touch of luster - a new direction for neutrals. Some of the most directional accent colors included with these tones have been extrapolated from the preceding palettes.

Text & images compliments of Pantone & the Paper Mill Store

Friday, January 1, 2010


Instead of New Year's Resolutions this year, which I never manage to accomplish anyway (must be something about the term resolution and how easily we fall off the resolution train), I have decided to set 12 goals for 2010...things I hope to get done, learn how to do, or challenge myself to try.

1. Be inspired to share new and wonderful ideas about Interior Design and ways to make our lives & homes more livable and beautiful.

2. Adventure into baking French Bread...my dad used to bake bread and I remember how wonderful the house smelled and how good Sweet Vidalia onion sandwiches on warm freshly baked potato bread tasted. Yum!
3. Organize the storage area in the basement...watch for blogging adventures in storage this year!
4. Grow my business...referrals please!
5. Finally decorate my own Master Bedroom. Grey, Yellow & Cream. Cobbler's children have no shoes, right?
6. Ride my bike around the lake at least 3 times this year and in under 2 hours each time.
7. Try surfing! Learn more about Wisconsin Surfing @ www.walkonwatersurfboardsllc.com
8. Entertain at home once a month.

9. Repaint the bathroom.
10. Blog successfully at least once a week!
11. Take an Art History & Architecture class again.
12. and of course the lose the proverbially "few pounds."

What goals do you have for this year?