Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Mod Squad ALERT!!!!

The Egg Chair, One of my FAVORITES!

   The past two years we have seen a resurgence in a style filled with iconic furniture pieces from some of the greatest architects and designers of the 20th century.  The style is Mid Century Modern.  This style is fabulous, fun and flexible.  A room can be simple, achromatic and sparsely furnished with a couple of Womb chairs and the Noguchi coffee table or select pieces from the Mid Mod designs can be integrated into an existing room with traditional furniture for a more eclectic style.

The Regency Shop is one of my favorite on-line sources for Mid Century Modern pieces. For more fabulous MOD ideas go to RegencyShop.com.

The Ball Chair
The Womb Chair
The Noguchi Coffee Table

The Ghost Chair
I love all of these pieces.  The Ghost Chair looks great as a set of four around a more traditional dining table.  This brings an instantly updated look to the space.  The clear lucite is excellent for small spaces as well.  

I heard a great quote recently from the movie Sex and the City, "I am cheating on fashion with furniture."  As a Interior Designer and curator of furniture of all kinds, I admit, I am guilty of this.  

Sunday, July 29, 2012


Last weekend I took a trip to IKEA with my client.  We are nearing the end of a long project, the design and construction of a 10,000 square foot home outside of Washington D.C.  It has been great fun which is a good thing since it is my job and I enjoy it immensely.  We went to IKEA to purchase some mirrors for the secondary bathrooms.  The store carries a nice line of beveled mirrors for damp environments like bathrooms.  These mirrors come in many shapes and sizes.  Looking at the higher end mirrors at other vendors and then choosing these saved a lot of money.  In the end, a design plan is all about the budget. Below are many displays from our trip to the Virginia store.  Low prices and some high quality items.  The mirrors will be perfect over the vanities.  Photos coming soon when the home is complete.  This is my HIGH LOW project!

The modern bathroom

First stop, the fabric.  Many deals here.

Unique lighting options

I love these, I hope to use them in a home in the future.

Drum beat

LED lighting has made this and many other designs possible.

This panel lighting is unique.

A very cute little girls room with pink lamps on the wall.

This desk is very cool!

The Green paint color on the walls looks great with the furniture.

The Photographer

Great price for the trendy Lucite chair.


The table top is a tray that lifts off.  I love the spindle legs.



I love this room and Audrey Hepburn steals the show!

A ladies room, Hollywood Regency/Mod.

This console is a beautiful color gray.

Look closely, a woman was standing in the room shopping.  I guess she likes that color a lot!

Pillow talk

All photography by Dorothy Durbin

Green and citrus colors are the trend right now.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Apple Green with Envy and Orange U CRAY ZEE?

Color is hot! I keep thinking about painting my foyer and dining room an apple green.  I spray painted some items to pull the green into my family room as a test.  Green it is!  Not any color green, a citron green, an apple green, a beautiful color of green inspired by nature. I have said for many years, "Green brings the outside in.  If you paint the walls in a room with windows, the foliage connects with the color of the interior."  Orange is another color on my mind this week. The orange sunsets I photography inspire me.  I will find a room to give orange the power it can spread around a space.  Color is hot, even a little in a neutral space can infuse energy and inspiration.  Below is a compilation of examples.  What talks to you!

Orange U Cray Zee about this sofa? 

Just a touch of green.

Fabric, so many choices, look at that color!

Vanderbilt Mansion from a trip by Slim Paley.  The green in this photo is very inspiring.

The New Navy looks great with the Key Lime color.


The Green Door!

Garden stools make a statement.

Chairs make a statement.

This is amazing!

This is the room that I will add green accents to. 

My Inspirations, green and orange

modwalls is my tile of choice.  Color and style are sleek, colorful and they are a great company to work with!
Mod tile from modwallswww.modwalls.com

modwalls is amazing.  They have so many great ideas and tile products to transform a white kitchen like the one above into a MOD kitchen!

I love the orange lamp shades.