A couple of weeks ago a reader commented to me that she was looking for some help finding fresh ideas in the area of universal design. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, “universal design” refers to architecture, products and interiors which can easily be used by anyone, including those with physical disabilities. Her question got me thinking that we could probably all stand to gain a greater awareness of this topic, hence this post.
My garden is a little piece of purple heaven right now. Thanks to the warm winter and the early spring, our plants have grown lush and lovely in no time at all. Right now the Clematis vines are giving us an unbelievable cascade of rich purple blooms.
It’s been three years since I first saw this home featured in a decor magazine and from the minute I laid eyes on it, I was instantly in love. It’s one issue I will never part with and one home that’s always on my mind.
I love the comfortable, livable look of the rooms. I’m crazy for the bright pops of color against the fresh, white background. I have fallen head over heels for the use of large, bold, colorful art for warmth and drama.
There seems to be a crochet craze happening these days and somehow or other the crocheted doily look has quietly crept its way back into both fashion and homes. It’s funny because for decades doilies have been the laughing stock of home decor. However, take one look at the breath-taking, modern Crochet Chair by Marcel Wanders (above and below) and you know for certain that crochet is now chic.
I’m very fortunate to have visited the island of Bermuda a few times over the past few years. As small as it is, it’s filled with so many interesting people, customs and sights which have no doubt been influenced by its long history of being invaded by or trading with countries around the world.
While touring Bermuda you can’t help but notice that scattered all over the island are semi-circular structures called moon gates. They seem to be in random locations such as bus shelters, at the entrances of homes, beside harbors and in the middle of parks and gardens. On my visits, each sighting of a moon gate didn’t reveal any rhyme or reason for them other than simply “decoration”. Finally, on my most recent trip, I came across one with an explanatory sign.
Be Your Own Decorator, a beautiful hardcover book by Susanna Salk, is a pleasure to leaf through. It’s very nicely put together and filled with almost 250 full-page photographs of home interiors by today’s renowned designers. With crisp, thick pages and a manageable size, it is also quite satisfying to hold in your hands.
It’s finally May, my favorite month and the start of the sweetest stretch of the year for me. At this point in the year, I am captivated by both the freshness of Spring and the promise of beautiful Summer days to come.
These are the days when I can seriously begin to think about lounging outside, however, this amazing piece of outdoor furniture (designed by Youssef Hasbani of L’Atelier) has been on my mind ever since I laid eyes on it, way back in January at the Interior Design Show. From that day on, whenever I have pictured my dream garden there has definitely been one of these included…