Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Fun Reclaimed Products

In the spirit of spring and all things green, here are some fun products for the home made by reclaimed materials:

Reclaimed Record Bowl from www.vivaterra.com

Reclaimed Oriental Rug made from plastic bottles and packing materials from www.vivaterra.com
Appalachian State University’s Industrial Design program student Russ Hagan and the Black Valley Design Collective made this light fixture from plastic utensils. www.bvdcollective.com

Striper End Table by www.uhuru.com made from left over scraps of wood from local workshops.

How cute is this? www.vivaterra.com
The Misprint Watering Can is made from misprint sheet metal used for cans that used to be thrown away, now we get cool items from their mistakes!

Thursday, March 19, 2009


Yellow seems to be a strong contender for the "it" color this year. I have always like yellow combined with blue and white. One of my clients is combining yellow with soft greens and ivory for a beautiful bedroom. I really like yellow combined with gray, white, and a little black. Golden yellow combined with brown creates a warm palette and makes me think of the 1970's. Here are some of my favorite new things in yellow:

Visalia bedding by Eastern Accents

Formosa Tray by CB2

Coronet ceramic lamp with silver leaf lined shade

Katsugi fabric by F. Schumacher

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I love Benjamin Moore Regal Matte Paint!

I recently used Benjamin Moore Regal Matte paint for a Study in color Classic Caramel. I love the matte look and what makes it even better is that it is cleanable like a satin, or an eggshell, paint. This room is located between two bedrooms and a bathroom and will get a lot of traffic. I was concerned a flat would get dirty quickly and I did not want to use an eggshell because I needed to take the color right on to the ceiling too. The Regal Matte turned out to be a perfect solution.

Here is some information on Regal Matte according to the Benjamin Moore website:

"Featuring Advanced Particle Technology™. A premium quality 100% acrylic flat enamel featuring excellent stain resistance. It contains microscopic ceramic beads and proprietary stain release technology that together create a protective surface that resists the absorption of stains. Most common household stains can be easily removed with mild soap and water."
It is amazing what technology can do!

Monday, March 16, 2009


So, here is my first post! I hope to share industry trends, opinions, and stories with you. Our industry is going through a lot of changes right now. The green movement is strong, the economy is effecting most of us, and technology is allowing for amazing new products and ways to practice design.