Tuesday, September 29, 2009

John Derian Co. @ NY Gift Show

In case you're not familiar with John Derian, he creates handmade decoupaged designs right from his studio in NY, where he employs a small staff of artists to assist with production. His designs are so fresh and unique, as you can see via the snapshots (taken right from his website) of the John Derian Company booth at the recent New York International Gift Fair. This "booth" looks more like a living room filled with beautiful found treasures...I could move right in! Click here to see his entire Decoupage Collection.

Seaweed Wall

Hugo Guinness

Sea Wall

View of booth

Apothecary Wall

Tiny Cache Pots



Monday, September 28, 2009

Quote of the Week

"If you are collector, let other people share your pride and joy. Don't sprinkle your collection out of sight in a meaningless jumble. Notice how groups of small objects, when they are well arranged, become important and effective. Remember that repetition is a form of emphasis. Collect what you will, but see to it that you arrange your hobby to its best advantage."


Friday, September 25, 2009

The Colors of Fall: Orange

Is Fall really here? According to my calendar, September 22nd marks "The First Day of Autumn." It feels like Summer just blew by...and I can't believe it's almost October! Where does the time go? Anyway, as we transition from the bright cheerful colors of summer into the warm, cozy colors of Fall, I searched for interiors that featured the color orange. There are many different shades of the color Orange and it's interesting to see the ways it can change the mood and feel of a space, depending on how much you use. Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Vintage + Modern = Glamour

Vanessa De Vargas, owner of Turquoise furniture showroom, designed her tiny 500-square-foot bungalow in Venice , CA by giving formal pieces a fresh and modern look. She enjoys "mixing new and vintage, classic and ornate" and says "it's all about how you put it together." I adore her style and talent - this is one stunning interior and you'd never know it's only 500-square feet!


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs

Meet Rebecca Kousky, Founder of Nest, a non-profit online boutique that works to empower female artists and artisans around the world. Using a unique combination of interest-free microfinance loans, mentoring from established designers, as well as a market in which to sell their crafts, Nest helps its loan recipients create successful small businesses. Nest instills pride of ownership, preserves ancient artistic traditions and successfully moves women from poverty to self-sufficiency.
Just two weeks after receiving her masters degree in social work, Rebecca took a huge leap of faith and started Nest. She says it was a huge risk to take but it has definitely paid off. Just one and a half years later, the site features clothing, jewelry and home decor items from more than
80 designers and has loaned funds to 55 aspiring business women and artists across the world. The loan recipients, who all live in poverty-stricken areas, then repay their debt by selling their wares through the Nest boutique. "Our business model is unique," Rebecca says, "in that we try hard to be more than just a bank. We make an effort to learn about the women we work with, about their dreams and hopes and family lives."


Monday, September 21, 2009

Quote of the Week

"Even in a formal dining room you don't want to be ponderous or gloomy. Eating is really one of your indoor sports. You play three times a day, and it's well worthwhile to make the game as pleasant as possible."

- Dorothy Draper, Decorating is Fun!


Friday, September 18, 2009

Casa Bella

Happy Friday everyone! Sorry I've haven't been posting quite as often as usual - it's been a crazy few weeks and I'm trying to keep up with 100 things at once. Modern Chic Home will be launching VERY soon....I'll keep you posted! Anyway, enjoy this house tour and have a great weekend...
This gorgeous home was recently featured in Veranda Magazine and was designed by Kathryn M. Ireland. It's a 5-bedroom Spanish Colonial Style home located in Southern California. The decor is so fresh and unpretentious. "Ireland blankets these interiors in a flurry of vibrant textiles, from paisleys and stripes to Marrakech prints and Central American florals, imparting a carefree, gypsy mien to the house. "My color palette typically comes from textiles and rugs. I layer as I go along," says the designer, whose global influences are reflected in her fabric collection "Mexico Meets Morocco." Click here to read the entire article.