Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Art Addiction {Linda Bankerd}

Nothing injects me with energy and life quite like bright cheerful color. I am one of those people who love to have color around and feel that it boosts my mood...even on the most dismal day.

Not that today is dismal, but take a look at this amazing color and tell me is doesn't inject some happiness!

Plant with Two Oranges

While browsing the web for art recently I came across the paintings of Linda Bankerd. She has such an amazing ability with color and layers. The saturated color is so bold I can't help but to look that these pieces over and over.

Abstract Still Life #2

 Abstract Composition with Chair

 Still Life With Blue Teapot

 Still Life With Red Flowers

Hope this brightened up your day! And definitely check out more of Linda's awesome work here.

Images: All Pieces Linda Bankerd via Zatista

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Still Alive

This has been the longest break I have taken from blogging since I started a year ago. I'm not gonna lie...it's been nice. Though I do miss it, I have nothing to say right now and have also been able to devote my time to other aspects of my life. The new job takes devotion and energy, I have been dreaming and scheming on the new place, and I have been away for work. Next thing you know a month has passed!!!

I also thought about possibly hanging in the towel.....but then changed my mind. Some of you may have gotten to read that eloquent post in a reader and then it disappeared. Yes, I changed my mind. I was questioning where I was headed but have since decided that it doesn't really matter right now. I can't quit. I have to keep going. Maybe I'm not where I thought I would be, but that doesn't warrant quitting.

So, just wanted to stop in and let you know that yes, I'm still alive. And no, this blog is not going down. I'll be back next week with real posts on what this blog is all about....design. I just have to get back in the groove and get some things written. Till next week...have a great one!!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Fantastic Frenchy

In the May issue of Elle Decor there is an amazing spread on a Paris apartment designed by Jean-Louis Deniot.

Some may think nothing new here.....been done.......typical mix of parisian architecture and modern furniture. Well, that may be true, but I couldn't stop turning the pages back and forth. Each time I would look I found something new that I loved!

See for yourself......

I love the grey stone fireplace mantle and those settees.....and then I noticed the tiny floor lamps....perfect and unassuming. The layered style of the accessories on the mantle is nice also.
Of course the mouldings are to die for.....but I also love the chandelier's simplicity and the curled base on the end tables. The sofa fabric is also a great subtle diamond pattern.
Love the diamond motif used on the floor and then mimicked in the large mirror. Of course that sheep adds a bit of the unexpected but my eye really went crazy for the painted fabric console skirt. And, the wall treatment is wonderful as well....can't tell if its wallpaper, faux paint technique, or perhaps the real thing???
Love the clean lines and simplicity of this room. Another grey stone mantle yet more understated and clean compared to the living room, and cleaner mouldings. And that profile at the top of the chair back kicks it up a notch. In the back....that wonderful dark stain on the french doors. Again the amazing chandelier. The lighting in the entire home is spectacular and achieves the prefect balance of making a statement but not taking over the room.
What can I say except what a great pendant. I also love the cabinet finish and the diamond pattern done with a simple clean change of grain direction. Not expected at all in the world of painted white kitchens with white or black counters.
Love the simple bedding...keeping things clean and sleek. The accent panel painted above the bed adds the right amount of "focal point" this room needs.  And did you see the painted band around the room.

See what I mean? Love everything!
I also wanted to say thank you so much for all the sweet comments and well wishes on the new job.  It's been a couple of days and I am still getting situated but I am loving it! Thanks!!!!

Images: Elle Decor

Monday, May 2, 2011

Getting Things Back on Track

With any new venture there is a time of introspection. Looking at how you will take this "new start" and what you will do to make it great.

I can't tell you my schedule now has been the most efficient. In fact, it's been downright off. Spending too many hours watching TV, sleeping, and reading.....leaving behind all the regular things like work, cleaning, and all around everyday life. All of this due to what I'll call being in a rut.

Now that I have some new things going on I am working to get things back on track. A new job that will require time and energy in the fullest. Also, making sure everything else stays organized around me so that it all goes smoothly. I'm going to try and keep things regular on here, but I can't say that things won't get delayed etc. I have always been one to be good at multi-tasking but large scale multi-tasking is always a bit of a challenge. So, I'm taking this challenge head on and hopefully I come out with a more streamlined schedule and organized life.

Off to my first day! Have a great one.....

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