Art & Design 2012: Home tour, Marietta, GA

Art & Design 2012: Home tour to showcase best in interior design and local talent


The house is lined up, the reveal is planned, and the decorators are inspired. It’s time to mark your calendar for the second annual Art & Design Show House presented by Marietta Cobb Museum of Art opening Sept. 15 through 29.

“We have a great team pulled together to work on (the Show House). We think that Marietta has so much talent as far as artists and interior designers that we wanted to bring a show house/art gallery here to show the community what these creative geniuses have to offer,” said Sally Macaulay, MCMA executive director.

“The Show House is a good way to bring in all the things that we are, creatively in terms of visual arts and design,” said Cathy Brazeal, owner of Brazeal Consulting. She chairs the event with Cassandra Buckalew, owner of the historic Marietta Trolley Company. Read more about this event by clicking here.
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I will bring you a new event in the world of Interior Design every Friday. It’s: Eventful Friday!

Lon
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Indoor Outdoor Space Makeover via “HGTV”!

This Interior Design Makeover comes from:

“HGTV”

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I love a blank slate when it comes to our Make Over Monday feature. If you’re fortunate enough to have an indoor-outdoor space like this; today’s makeover will give you some great ideas. You can make the space an extension of your home for all to enjoy. Please share your thoughts.
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Stop by next Monday for a new Before and After “Makeover”.  It’s: Makeover Monday! ~ Lon

Sonno Domestic Living_sample sales event!

Sonno Domestic Living _ sample sales event!

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012


Reappoint your bedroom at the sample sales event!

Sonno Domestic Living in the Back Door to the Trade design center will host an annual sample sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Usually, this showroom sells only to the trade, but on Saturday, the public can get great deals on bedding sets, pillows, blankets and more, at 50 percent off retail. Expect to see deals on bedding sets from Ann Gish, Pom Pom at Home, Pine Cone Hill and other luxury bedding companies, as well as towels from Matouk, sheets from Sferra and a variety of throw pillows. A large collection of single shams will be priced as low as $15.

The showroom is at 7301 Burnet Road at the back side of the shopping center, 452-4005, Austin, TX. www.sonnodomesticliving.com.

— Nicole Villalpando

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Please take the survey to let us know if you will attend this event. Thanks!
Lon

Hallway Makeover via “Real Simple”!

This Interior Design Makeover comes from:

“Real Simple”

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MakeOver Monday features a wonderful Hallway painted red. If you’re afraid to use bold colors in the main rooms of your home, I believe that painting a hallway or entryway Beautiful, Bold & Bright, is a great way to add color. Especially if you’re a bit shy. Please share your thoughts.
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Stop by next Monday for a new Before and After “Makeover”.  It’s: Makeover Monday! ~ Lon

Luxury Design Without Limits

Luxury Design Without Limits

Interior Design Presentation!


Roger Thomas hosts “Luxury Design Without Limits”, a presentation of new and emerging trends that transcend boundaries between hospitality and residential design, featuring behind-the-scenes looks at Roger’s work for Wynn Resorts around the world and the debut of SALON, Roger’s new collection for Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman.

Internationally recognized designer Roger Thomas, executive vice president design for Wynn Design and Development.  He created the interiors of Wynn Las Vegas, Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, Wynn Macau, the Bellagio and many other properties around the world, including the private residences of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Wynn.  The Roger Thomas Collection includes mirrors, carpet, lighting, outdoor furnishings, wall coverings and SALON: The Roger Thomas Collection for Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman.

The presentation will take place at the ASTRA showroom on the 14th Floor from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

A cocktail reception and line viewing at Lewis Mittman will follow in Suite 903.

Click here for more information or call (212) 888-5580.

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I will bring you a new event in the world of Interior Design every Friday. It’s: Eventful Friday!
Lon

Baskets of Africa

BASKETS OF AFRICA

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was my pleasure to interview Cael of Baskets Of Africa regarding the Beautiful Baskets they sell on their website:

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Lons_Designs: When I look at the intricate design and polished elegance of these baskets, I’m blown away. These baskets will add great pops of color and visual interest to any interior. Have you ever spoken to any of the makers about their inspiration for the designs, colors, etc.

Cael of Baskets of Africa: “Designs, colors, patterns, shapes, sizes are generally all rooted in tradition which goes back to traditional use for a basket. For example, the Tonga basket is a winnowing basket for winnowing grain, thus it’s shallow bowl shape. This is what they use to winnow grain in the villages of Zambia today. However, for export they try to do fancier, although still traditional designs. Depending on the type of weaving, different patterns are possible, all three baskets you chose are totally different types of weaving so different patterns are possible or impossible as is dictated by the manner in which they are woven. Colors on the top 2 baskets are all natural, vegetable dyes. So they use what they can find and generally using “teas” that previous generations teach them how to make. The Zulu wire basket is made of a wire like telephone wire, but we make it in Durban, South Africa so it is lead free and we can control the colors available to the weavers. Those are the least traditional weaving, but this type of weaving was invented by Zulu men about 40 years ago.”

Lons_Designs: I’m looking at the Namibian Makalani bowl and the Zulu “Black and White” they look so polished as though they were manufactured in a factory. Are all the baskets hand made and if so, how long does it take to make them.

Cael of Baskets of Africa: “All baskets are made in the weavers homes/huts. No special tools, no factories. Weavers weave what they want, when they want. Most of the weavers are subsistence farmers and can only weave when they are not working in the fields. This sometimes means weaving under a tree when it’s too hot in the fields to work, and weaving at night by candlelight or next to a cooking fire. Also, there are times of the year after planting but before harvesting or after harvesting but before the next planting that they can dedicate to nearly full time weaving. Basket collection in the bush is coordinated with these seasons and other seasons such as the funeral season in some countries or the hunger season in other countries. Time to weave is impossible to tell. Every basket and weaver make a unique combination and creation. But generally, some baskets can be woven in as little as a couple hours (small simple baskets of easiest weaving styles) and others can take over a year for one basket (I don’t have any posted on the website now, but I have one here that took 15 months to weave). I attached a picture of one of the 15 month basket so you can see what that looks like. ” 

Lons_Designs: That basket is AMAZING! I can’t thank you enough for stopping by. There is another point that I’d like you to share about your website that is VERY important for our readers to know. Your website lists that you are a member of the Fair Trade Association. Please talk about what that means and how consumers can be sure that a fair portion of their purchase is going to the people who make these beautiful baskets.

Cael of Baskets of Africa: Yes, I am an 8 year member of the Fair Trade Federation and I’m dedicated to supporting weavers in Africa. The best thing for consumers to do is pick up a phone or drop an email to a shop before buying to make sure they feel good about the person supplying them. Fair Trade is not a hard and fast thing. Different people interpret it vastly different ways (unfortunately) so the amount that the producers benefit can vary wildly from supplier to supplier. I’ve been working in Africa 21 years and my life is dedicated to supporting the people there through this Baskets of Africa project. I work as directly with the weavers as is possible. In many cases I’m working with the head of a weaving group, or in some cases I have to use a collector to buy for me. Since I’m only one person, I have a vast network of contacts and resources across Africa to help me collect enough baskets to support thousands of weavers and their families, in part or in whole. I pay higher than Fair Trade prices to the weavers, and in return they generally give me their best baskets. I have long term relationships with the weavers to that they can plan on the income and use the money to send their kids to school, finance clean water projects, larger houses/huts, medical needs, or buy animals for their farms. Whatever they choose to do with their income, the key here is that they choose how to spend the money. I don’t pay them low rates and then decide to invest in one project or another with the profits. I give the profits to the weavers directly in the form of paying them higher prices and give them control directly of their financial futures. This is very, very different from the way most Fair Trade importers work.”

Visit http://basketsofafrica.com/ to purchase these baskets and for more information. Please comment and share your thoughts on these beautiful basket and the information that Cael shared with us.

Lon

Bedroom Makeover via “House Beautiful”!

This Interior Design Makeover comes from:

“House Beautiful”

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Painting the doors white, while leaving the rich brown color on the trim, totally transformed them and they really pop! The outline on the door panels with dark brown is also a stroke of genius. The lamps and headboard don’t dissapoint. What do you like about this makeover?
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Come Back Every Monday for: Makeover Monday! Please share you thoughts by leaving a comment ~ Lon

Modern Class Design and the Museum of Design Atlanta Fundraising Event

Modern Class Design and the Museum of Design Atlanta Fundraising Event

Saturday, June 9th, 2012


Modern Class Design (MCD), the interior design company founded by NFL star Vernon Davis and business partner Antone Davis, has partnered with the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) to host a fundraising event featuring art, fashion and design.

Set to be held Saturday, June 9 at MODA, proceeds from the event will help fund the attendance of inner-city students at the art focused Camp MODA in 2012. A handful of designers from local colleges have been invited to attend and display their work for the opportunity to be selected and offered an internship MCD.

MODA regularly features exhibitions on architecture, industrial and product design, interiors and furniture, graphics, and fashion. Camp MODA provides students who have an interest in art with the ability to examine the impact of design on their daily lives.

Davis, who plays for the San Francisco 49er’s, believes inner city students growing up in tough neighborhoods like the one where he was raised in Washington, D.C., will build self-esteem through this program which encourages critical and creative thinking. For more details click here.

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I love to highlight events that help young people thrive~ Please take the survey above to let us know if you will attend this event. Thanks!
Lon

Thrilled About This Kitchen!

I’m Thrilled at the unique way they’ve positioned the seating area in this kitchen. Talk about a “Room With A View”. It’s so pleasant to have your meal in front of a glamorous view. This is a home for sale in L.A. showcased on a Real Estate website.

What do you think about this design? Take the survey below and share it with others who are Thrilled about Interior Design this Thursday!

Lon

Living Room Makeover via “House Beautiful”!

It’s our 1st Official Makeover Monday! 

This Interior Design Makeover comes from:

“House Beautiful”

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I love the additional natural light that the extra window brings into this space. While the style is not mine; I love the bold use of Green in this Makeover, which really makes the room Pop! What do you like about this makeover? Please leave a comment
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I will bring you a new Before and After “Makeover” every Monday. I’m officially naming it: Makeover Monday! ~ Lon