I’m calling it a California Coincidence – this week, while researching a new tile option for a backsplash – I came across the new CRT – Tile from Fireclay. The 100% recycled tile made up of TV screen glass is offered in many colors from the subtle to vibrant fuchsia. I selected some other finishes from their clay line – all made in California. Heath Ceramics, offering their Spring line in the lavender, grey, and limey green color palette. I must have been inspired! What a coincidence.
Two projects that I collaborated on were opened to the public this month. I’m happy to say they turned out great! With many contributors these projects will serve Naperville in a positive way.
Architect: Torch Architecture
Design Assistance: Elizabeth Marusin
Opening Date: 3/2014
Harvest Bible Chapel – Naperville / Multipurpose Room
Contractor: Riedy Construction
Architect: Torch Architecture
Designer: Elizabeth Marusin / Asparagus Interiors
Consider a wing back sofa or a modified tete-to-tete chaise – these pieces have structure that confines and encourages soft spoken conversation. Something worth considering as we sit down with our iPad or a cup of coffee or engage in micro-conversations with a loved one. One of my favorite pieces out today is the Alcove Plume, by Vitra. This soft, structured and contained sofa is modern, inviting and creates one of the coziest conversation pits around.
Pantone released 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, as their 2014 Color of the Year.
As described on the Pantone site, Radiant Orchid is “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”
They recommend the using this color in your interiors by, “sprucing up interior spaces by incorporating this eye-catching hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows.”
A great complement to all the neutral / cool grey tones we’ve been using. Consider subtle lavender and iridescent complements in materials and objects.
Check out this Etsy article – featuring objects, furnishings, jewelry and accents from their online artisans.
My favorite time of the year, Renegade Craft Fair – Summer. This year was packed with new and some returning artists that are always great to see. An awesome array of art, hipsters, dogs, tattoos and interesting mix of city grunge and urban style. Heres some of my fav’s from this year’s show:
- Cristin Rae - Handmade and Organic Cotton Scarves
- Lacy Liversedge - Pop Art Canvas
- Deborah Slabeck Baker – Textile Artists / Zodiac Signs
- Doe Eyed – Design and Illustrator – Cranky Fruit Print
- Glass Cathedrals – Shadow Box Sculptures
- mehoi – Enameled pendants
- Mimi Kirchner - Tattooed Dolls
- Molly M Designs – Architecturally Crafted Jewelry / Housewares
- Owly Shadow Puppets – Shadow Puppets and Cardboard Constructed Art
- Revisions Design Studio - Plant Hangers and Spoon Jewelery
This year’s 2013 NeoCon – was a splash of saturated colors and mix of geometric shapes and bold patterns. Really exciting to see lots of citron, red, orange and pink. I like the mix of planks, hexagons and organic carpet patterns. Lots of play with mixing colors and pairing bold themes with simple backdrops.
Check out the manufacturers of these items – I posted the montage on my facebook page.
Contract Magazine’s Best of 2013 NeoCon
This weekend we stopped by the Blackbird Crossing Vintage Market in Three Oaks, MI. Awesome vintage finds, great display, some really fun things. We stopped by on the last day, I’m sure the selection was interesting on Friday.
Summer dates last Friday, Sat and Sunday of Summer months: June 21-22-23
With much excitement, I’m happy to announce I’ve passed the LEED Green Associate examination!
USGBC defines the credential as, “The LEED Green Associate credential demonstrates a solid and current foundation in green building principles and practices.”
More information on the LEED building certifications and professional credentials, USGBC.org.
New products by Vario Ecoresin - Ensign, their “Full Circle” product.
Varia Ecoresin contains 40% Pre-consumer Recycled Content.
I like to use Ecoresin as backslashes in kitchens, bathrooms and cafe areas in offices.