Sunday, December 30, 2007

Out with the old in with the new!

     Here we are once again, another year has gone by, leaving most of us to wonder how quickly time does goes by and feeling somewhat nostalgic. Perhaps I'm projecting, but I digress, not unusual of course. Before years end I would like to leave you all with a few words of design advice to better guide you through your interior design adventures in 2008.
     As you take on new design challenges, especially when working with a designer take the time to explore your personal likes and dislikes. Think about the direction you would like your space to take and verbalize it clearly when meeting with your design expert. Remember that unlike an artist that interprets the world as he or she sees it, a designer must interpret the world as you the home owner see it. 
A qualified design professional should not impose his or her own style on you but rather guide you with a firm hand, a very very firm hand. Your home's success depends on you both, in fact a great example of an involved home owner is renowned actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Typically people love to delegate taste, however Gwyneth was intimately involved in the design of her new summer home in the Hamptons, clearly resulting in a retreat that she and family can identify with. Who wants to feel like a stranger in their own home? Be sure to check out photos of Gwyneth's summer home at

This year don't be afraid to be adventurous, don't worry about making a mistake, otherwise you will end up in a rut. Look to fashion for inspiration, this upcoming season is about romance and softness. Think flowers, and very little hardware unlike past seasons. Use beautiful soft corals and yellows, luscious textures and gentle shapes. This seems to be a multi directional season and a very gentle one at that. This change in mood is definitely a reaction to political and economical world events, where fashion, interior design and the arts in general conspire "to keep alive the idea that the world can be a beautiful, gentle place" Vogue, jan 2008.
     Lastly, be sure to spoil yourself, follow the advise of Parisian writer and diarist Anais Nin, who said she dressed up "even to mow the lawn, wearing beautiful gowns and full makeup, because dressing well is a way to add beauty to your surroundings, and inspiring yourself and others". On this note, happy new year to all, may 2008 bring you health, design, and happiness.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

1 2 3 4...

Here is a creative little mosaic motif, so much fun, yet educational!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Bring in the new!

Here is a glimps at what Bisazza has been working on for 2008. Patterns and dark colours, are what's new, and it's about time! We are also going to be seeing a lot more gold accents. Call it a touch of class back from the 80s! Like fashion, Interiors styles get recycled every 20-30 years; this explains the 80s influence we've been seeing more of...and you can expect to see even more!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Arne Jacobsen

I came across this Arne Jacobsen chair, detailed with Bisazza mosaics...I thought anyone who loves mosaics as much as I do would apprecate seeing this...what a great application!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Rome in Style

I know that typically it's Christmas in Rome and new years eve in New York, but why not shake things up a bit and do Rome for Christmas instead. If you're feeling fabulous stay at the hotel Baglioni Rome and see what tasteful luxury is all about!

"This stately building dating from 1904 completed renovations in 2007, providing guests with all the latest comforts in gloriously luxurious surroundings.Interiors are underpinned with a classical style and a strong art deco influence reigns".

Coffee please!

The new Brunello Lounge & Restaurant has a modern design, though arguably its most important asset is internationally acclaimed Chef Daniele Sera. A magical combination of fresh Italian produce and Mediterranean influences make for a fine dining experience that's hard to beat.