Monday, September 20, 2010

GoodWeave: Carpet with a Conscience

We all love exotic woven carpets made of natural protein-based fibers, like silk and wool, especially when they’re imported from foreign lands. But, did it ever occur to you that child-labor laws do not exist in many of the countries that supply the rug industry in North America?

RugMark USA is a nonprofit organization seeking to end child labor in the carpet industry. RugMark produces a Sourcebook listing more than 70 rug companies in North America carrying products free of child labor.

So the next time you are looking for a carpet or rug, be sure to look for the GoodWeave label, certifying a manufacturer's product is child-labor free.

Check out GoodWeave's website at: http://www.rugmark.org

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Why Blog?

So you may be asking, if you have an Interior Design business and a blog related to that business, why don’t you choose to simply blog about products, furniture and other interior-related items? Why bother blogging about beauty and inspiration and nature, if what you are focusing on is interiors? I have asked myself the same question, and the answer is, well, there are plenty of great blogs about design and color and fashion. But for me, design starts with inspiration and passion, so that’s what I want my blog to address, the foundation of my creative font--inspiration, which is inextricably linked to passion and sensitivity to the world around you. Sometimes this inspiration is tangible, experienced through the palpable, physical world, and sometimes my inspiration is intangible, experienced through the metaphysical, spiritual, and emotional world of the soul.

Beauty can be found everywhere, particularly in seemingly unlikely places: the deep-set wrinkles in the kind faces of old men and women, a broken fence, a chipped mug, weathered painted surfaces or rusted metal. Sometimes life’s imperfections are not only photogenic icons, but valuable sources of learning, and yes, inspiration. I cannot count the times a “mistake” has turned a project from mundane to masterpiece. And my goal is not only to capture the beauty in these imperfections, but the beauty in the lesson.

I also look to Mother Nature to teach me valuable lessons about beauty, design, and life. When it comes to design, Mother Nature always gets it right. One glance outside your window will reveal cleverly concocted combinations of Tetrad, Triad, Analogous and Complementary color schemes. When I’m in desperate need of inspiration, I take a walk outside. You will be amazed at the things you will notice, if you take the time to look. The world takes on an ethereal and delicate complexity when seen through the lens of color, pattern, light and shadow. And that is the world of design I want to introduce you to. I want you to take a peek through the looking glass and see the world as an artist, designer, writer, and creative being, always seeking inspiration as the primary fuel of life.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Oval Office No Longer "Square"

The President's Oval Office recently got a make-over. Check out its fresh, new look:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/31/AR2010083106168.html

Though I like the neutral casual comfort, I think the sofas are a poor choice. They appear to be velvet, and both the fabrication and style is far too informal for the Commander-In-Chief. The new rug is gorgeous. However, the decades-old desk looks like an archaic hand-me-down, out of place in its posh new surroundings. With the neutral color palette, the modern makeover is visually light and uplifting, but the traditional antiques weigh it down considerably as they appear heavy (especially in contrast to the new, modern coffee table). On its own, the coffee table is a beautiful, well-proportioned piece, but when taking in the room as a whole, appears a little out of place. I would have stayed in transitional waters when trying to bring a modern edge to a deeply traditional space. This would allot the historic pieces the dignity and respect they deserve, rather than be outshined by the snazzy, modern new digs.