Friday, March 30, 2007
And now for the the dirt. This bedding, if it wasn't a gift, would cost a pretty penny (approximately $400). So I asked my mom to give us the real low-down on the high-end merchandise.
She says it's very pretty and definitely well-made. The duvet buttons are covered in cloth and "everything is nicely lined and finished." She did note that the embroidery is placed a little high up on the duvet so she has to tilt the pillows upright or the shams will cover the tallest tree. The one thing she still has a problem with is that the fabric is puckered at the edge of the embroidery. She says it's not that bad with the tree pattern but she can imagine it would look really weird with some of the all-over embroideries. She finds it a little odd that they haven't yet "worked that out."
The question we all want an answer to is would she actually buy this bedding. She revealed that she would purchase it but only if money grew on trees (ha!) because it's simply too expensive for something that the "cats get really hairy and dirty (like they do)."
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Cardboard and I are excited to be co-hosting a Spring Design Party with Hejfina, Apartment Therapy Chicago, PrairieMod, and Palla Palla. What an awesome list of folks! How can you not come?!?!?!
We'll be getting together to celebrate the new spring line at Hejfina. Helen Maria Nugent, Professor of Interior Architecture and Designed Objects at the Art Institute of Chicago, will be a guest speaker. Nugent will be talking about "Classic Contenders" and raising the question: "Is contemporary design fit enough to get into the ring with the reigning classics?"
All of that plus some cocktails and mingling! So pencil us in on your calendar!
Friday April 13, 2007
1529 N. Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60622
Remember to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
After years of renting, my husband and I are ready to buy a little piece of the American Dream. I plan on chronicling our experiences of buying a place for the first time. From getting a mortgage to decorating, we'll cover it all! Cardboard already owns her place and is an expert, so I know I will be relying on her for lots of help and advice.
Over the weekend we popped into a couple open houses in our neighborhood just to get an idea of what was out there and how much they went for. We met a great real estate agent at one of them who specializes in first time home buyers and took some time to talk to us about a lot of the ins and outs. She emphasized getting our credit reports pronto, see what's on there and then do whatever we needed to do about clearing up any possible blemishes.
Step one: Get your credit report and finances in order!
Next we'll meet with a realtor and start doing some serious looking. Wish us luck!
Monday, March 26, 2007
Flipping through the most recent Smith + Noble catalog, I saw "windoware" made of bamboo, linen, velvet, and twill. I paused to admire the wooden blinds, so regal in their straightness. Wooden blinds are nice. They're certainly a step up from their aluminum cousins, the sad blinds which crease, break, and get left behind when people move. Smith + Noble, I noticed, knows that sometimes you may want the sturdiness wooden blinds provide but not necessarily the look of the grain. For an extra $20 (per submitted sample), Smith + Noble will custom match the wooden blinds to your decor. They'll paint or stain them to match your walls, floors, furniture, or even the dish you're serving for dinner (assuming you can send in a 1 sq. inch swatch of spaghetti & meatballs).
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
If you're loving the design mind of Wonderwall, there is a book and you can buy it! It showcases Katayama's designs up through 2002.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
I've got a serious dose of spring fever and feel like changing up everything in my apartment!! But who has the money or space for that? A quick, easy and inexpensive way to shake things up is to change your pillows. Right now my pillows just scream winter with their dark, rich hues and shaggy fluffiness. I think I'll be switching to some sunny yellows, leafy spring greens and florals florals florals!
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Cherry Blossom 1, photo by bis kis MEG
If the weather cooperates with us, we'll get there just in time for the peak of the cherry blossoms!
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
I get where she's going with it but if she really wanted to bring paranoia to the surface, why did she use such lovely colors? Each embroidery does provoke a sense of discontent, with all the erratic lines and overlapping static. Yet, all in all, I think they are also tremendously pretty.
Monday, March 19, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
For these reasons, I, Porcelain, declare this a Design Boner.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
Create or restore a piece of art using tape. Use any tape you like -- duct tape, transparent tape, painters' tape -- just make it creative and original.
I really don't know what that means. I have a vision of the Venus de Milo with her arms duct-taped back on. Restore? With tape? This could be interesting.
Friday, March 09, 2007
Last November, we began the task of designing a new masthead each month. The two of us alternate months and surprise the other with what we find. Our self-imposed limit is that we only use photos taken in (or around) our own homes. We wanted to keep it centered that way because it might, one day, get challenging to find a new angle or shadow, a small horizontal band of beauty, in the everydayness of our own spaces. Right now, though, the possibilities are endless. Some of the mastheads are geared toward the season or a specific holiday and others are captured simply for their smooth color or tidy sentiment. No matter how they all come about, we love each and every one of them.
Since we are so terribly proud of these little creations, we found out how to archive them on our blog. To see the five mastheads we've designed so far, you only have to click on "Masthead Archive," which sits at the bottom of our automatic monthly archive list. If you have any feedback or suggestions for two art student/design junkies dipping their brushes into the graphic arts, we'd be more than thrilled to hear what you have to say. For now, we'll continue to push ourselves to find incredible secret moments and post a new one every month. And we'll always spend the first week of that month obsessively returning to our blog just to feel the giddy thumpety-thump of our hearts as we admire our latest design crush.
For these reasons, I, Cardboard, declare this a Design Boner.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
DetailThanks to AT-LA for bringing this hilariously beautiful curtain to my attention! I have been wanting to switch out my sheer curtain and throw a little pattern into my bathroom. I like this shower curtain because it's romantic and girly: brown & pinks, flora & fauna, all the swirly, symmetrical leaf-shapes. But the main reason I like it so much is because the little woodland critters look pissed! I'm so excited for it to arrive. I think it will look pretty rad with the green. What do you think?
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
I first fell in love with this duvet cover from Target. I love how simple, clean, and fresh it looks. It's also available in pink, yellow, and I thought I saw blue last night but now I can't find it. Although I really do love this cover, it wouldn't work in my room without changing up a lot of things I don't really want to change. I also read the "guest review" listed on Target's site, and discovered that the green stripe tends to bleed into the white fabric after washing. Now that's a good way to ruin its crisp look.
Next I came across this one from DesignerLinensOutlet.com. It's very feminine and soft-looking, which is a direction in which I wouldn't mind heading. I like all the rusching and texture because it's pretty but it might also stand up to the cats a bit longer than something too sleek. The WHITE makes me a little nervous but at least it's washable. And, at half price, this one is definitely a contender.
The final duvet I found last night, before crawling back under my old skanky one, is this snappy silver cover from West Elm. If you look closely, you can see that it's got a faux wood grain that runs throughout the fabric! That's awesome! I wasn't terribly keen on the silveriness of the whole thing, at first, but the subtle pattern makes up for that. Also, the walls in my bedroom are painted light silver-grey so this might fit right in. I think it's something I would have to see in person before I made a decision. Luckily for me, West Elm is offering free shipping on it right now!
If you have any other ideas for me, either a specific duvet or just a place to shop, I'd love to hear them. Here are my standards:
- Light in color (I have a white cat who likey the bed.)
- Minimal pattern, if any at all (I already have a lot of print-action going on in the bedroom: one wallpaper wall, a giant multicolored rug, etc)
- Decently priced (ie: no Inmod Design Studio)
Saturday, March 03, 2007
The caramel color is so rich and pretty and I just love, love, love the grid pattern.
My next pair of "fuzzy brown" chairs jumped out to me from the commercial design of Kelly Wearstler. The color and pattern operating here is so similar to the Jeffers chairs: soft, glossy, gridded. The tufted plumpness of these short stools, however, is more playful than sophisticated. They're decadent but still cute.