War and Art?

War and Art is that an oxymoron? I just finished watching the film by modern-day nobleman George Clooney, The Monuments Men, based on Robert Edsel’s 2009 book of the same name. If you love art and art history you’ll love this film, based on a the true story of a group of men who during the second world war saved, liberated and…

10 Reasons Why Hiring an Interior Designer Can Save You Money!

You might think that hiring an Interior Designer is only for the rich and famous, but actually hiring an Interior Designer is a smart way to go for any budget and any project. Often the fees you pay to hire an Interior Designer are offset by the discounts a Designer can get and smarter planning.  Here are some of the…

Geometric Design Trends

Geometric Designs are a big trend right now, and while I usually don’t pay too much attention to trends, I really love these designs. Perhaps because I just love geometric designs in general, and I adore Moroccan design, which is similar to the geometric patterns.  While these designs are in fashion right now, they are also very classic, hence they are trend worth…

APP of the Month: My Favorite Interior Design Phone App

Apps.  are great, but who has time to search for them? Here is my favorite handy design app.: iHandy Carpenter, a handy tool app for  your smart phone has five different tools.  My favorite is the bubble level, great for hanging small pictures in a pinch.  You can also just get the level app. which is a free download. Other tools include a plumb, protractor, ruler,…

Kitchen Cooktop Hood Ideas

Here are some photos ideas of kitchen hoods for cook-tops. When choosing a kitchen hood, always keep in mind the proportion of your cook-top, the scale of the room and ceiling height.  The hood should always be wider then the cook-top.  A kitchen hood can be a beautiful focal point in a kitchen especially when accented with back splash inset.

Now This Christmas Tree is Really Green

I confess, I love a fresh Christmas Tree, but I always feel guilty for wasting a beautiful tree, even if I do recycle it for composting after Christmas.  Artificial trees are very popular now, and although they save trees, they may be bad for the environment, plus they don’t have that Christmas pine smell.  “Scotty Claus” – Scott Martin in Redondo…

Featured Artist Liu Bolin, aka the Invisible Man

I love Beijing based Artist Liu Bolin’s “Hiding in the City”  camouflage series, perhaps because they remind me of the performance art of the 80′s.  I think his work his fresh and innovative.  The series is an exploration of human nature and animal instincts which features Chinese citizens painted to blend into their surroundings, the subjects are covered head to toe in…

There’s something NEW in Old Town

I have to share with you this great little new shop I stumbled into this weekend.   The Urban Seed – Home & Garden Store in Old Town - San Diego, CA, is a fresh addition.   Besides their array of services and garden delights, they have lovely finds in accessories, pottery, dishware, art and furniture.   Here are a few photos.   Stop bye if you are in…