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It has been a pretty exciting week, so far. First off,my interview with mydeco was published on Wednesday. I'm a big fan of their website - it's easy to use, making good design accessible to all and so, of course I was delighted to be approached by them.
What makesmydeco stand out from the competition are it's people and, from my experience, it's clear that they employ the best. As a business they are so on it when it comes to social media (which is hardly surprising once you know who's behind it:Brent Hoberman andMartha Lane Fox of lastminute.com fame, working alongside design heavyweights such as Philippe Starck and Kelly Hoppen).
But did you know that their entire design team write daily blogs for their site? They do - and they're good! Clearly, mydeco love design from the inside out. Here are just two of my favourites:Ellie's blog &; Daniel's blog.
I'll fill you on the rest of the exciting news over the weekend - it's too much for one post and I have an intimidating 'To Do...' list staring right at me. Happy Friday, everyone!
Oh, and if you're on Facebook, and you fancy it, I'd be thrilled if you'd join meover there, too...
I'm working on a number of projects at the moment where rugs and other soft furnishings are the key focus and each project could not be more different from the next. Luckily, for me, when it comes to rugs there is a huge variety of choice.
The Rug Company is a particularly great source for rugs. I like working with them because their service is outstanding and their rugs are made by hand and so you can alter any single colour, if you so wish - which can be handy for us interior designers...
One of the rooms I'm working on at the moment is a playroom (for a brother and sister aged 8 & 2). The existing accent colour is red. The brief is to introduce a new colour palette that will unite the built in shelving units sprayed in F&B's Shaded White with the red toy box.
What a statement piece! The decision to capture the motion of the birds' wings is what makes this design so special. Such is the skill of the weavers that it could so easily pass for a graphic print or a painting. Just incredible.
The styling shot is quite fetching. I love this rug because it is incredibly beautiful (and versatile!), but it also reminds me of the work of Bauhaus master weaver Gunta Stölzlas can be seen reproduced here by Christopher Farr.
(I wrote my thesis on the influence Bauhaus weavers had on modern day weavers Ptolemy Mannand Kate Blee - I'll have to write a blog post about this to tell you tell more - both designers were adamant that there was no link, and yet...)
"In this rare clip from 1972, legendary psychiatrist and Holocaust-survivor Viktor Frankl delivers a powerful message about the human search for meaning -- and the most important gift we can give others." - TED Talks
I love every single thing thatEmerson Made produces. If you don't know of her, yet, then boy are you in for a treat...
Having a look through her website, I spotted these clutches and one in particular, reminded me of design projects I worked on this year - she has a great eye for colour and proportion, don't you think? (my work is on the right)
other little lovelies...
Life is just not the same now that I've seenthis dress...
Speaker: Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work where she has spent the past 10 years studying courage, shame and authenticity.
Each time I watch this talk by Brené Brown, I pick up on something else that she says. "Perfection has nothing to do with healthy striving or...striving for excellence. People who are absolutely accomplished, who strive for perfection are the biggest negotiators and compromises that I've ever interviewed. Perfectionism is a tool to protect ourselves."
Now, if, like me, you have the need to consume every single thing from a new source of inspiration, then you'll enjoy this too:
Isn't that great? I love this woman. This is just one of my favourite TED talks, what are yours?