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A Glimpse into the Pasadena Showcase House 2017

2017 Pasadena Showcase House We were honored to be invited to a special Blogger's Breakfast and private tour of this year's Pasadena Showcase House, set in a historic 1916 English Estate.  This annual event which re-imagines a different home each year, always holds a special place for us in Los Angeles.  And this year's designers didn't disappoint.  We noticed ongoing themes of global styles and rich colors, along with the classic neutrals and old-world touches, and keep your eyes peeled for the gorgeous Walker Zanger tiles in the kitchen and baths. But first, let's start with all the buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.   Bee's Bliss Gardner's Retreat We started our tour at this sweet little 114 square foot cottage housed so many special detailed moments with bee-hive and honeycomb motif's. Favorite Elements:  The doors.  Look at the leaded glass and cute little door knob and lock set.  We almost died! Loggia This picturesque loggia was the set for the famous garden party scene in La La Land.  Do you see it? Favorite Elements: Indoor Outdoor Lifestyle featuring one of our favorite color schemes: peacock blue, indigo and gold.  Sheers blowing in the wind softened the brick columns, giving it a touch of romance.  And of course, the bar cart.  Everyone's gotta have a bar cart. Pool Garden A serene retreat just outside the loggia featuring a shaded organic shaped pool and lush California plantings. Favorite Elements: This stunning custom concrete centerpiece with a delicate meandering stream running through a landscape of rock and succulents. Let's take a peak inside . . .   Foyer & Staircase The Entry and grand Staircase were filled with detailed carving guiding your eye up toward the vaulted ceiling.  Magnificent! Favorite Elements:  The Trompe-l'oeil printed fabric on the ceiling and hand painted panels between the wooden wainscoting. Conservatory & Dining Room We loved this mix of vintage elegance in these high contrast rooms, set on top of classic geometric encaustic floor tiles. Favorite Elements: Large scale black and white botanical wallcovering and the petal mirror. Living Room A casual and peaceful setting filled with textural elements of linen, cotton and raw silk throughout the room. Favorite Elements: You can never go wrong with a set of blue and white ginger jars. Kitchen A simply stunning mix of finishes and materials: white faux marble porcelain counters, cherry cabinets with a brown sugar stain, delicately designed wall tiles and limestone porcelain floor tile work together to create a charming old world kitchen. Favorite Elements: Check out that faucet! Library Inspired by the lifestyle of the iconic designer, Ralph Lauren, this library blended timeless design with modern luxury. We love the warmth of crackled leather, creamy neutrals, luscious velvets grounded in black and tan. Favorite Elements: The Vintage Rug. Hands down. Master Suite The calming color palette in muted blues and neutrals makes this bedroom a perfect retreat at the end of the day. Favorite Elements: If you have room in the ceiling, hide the TV in the attic space. Master Bathroom Tying together the Seaside Escape theme, the Master Bath brings in soft soothing blues with hex floor tiles and 3-D textured wall tile wainscot, grounded with an earthy warm wood vanity and sandy quartz counter. Favorite Elements: The delicate tracery work on the ceiling overhead. Guest Bedroom We absolutely loved this eclectic global funk of a room.  Everywhere you look there's something interesting, collected, and detailed. Favorite Elements: Mix of patterns and embellishments.  And let's be honest, the crystals. Nanny's Room Casual elegance envelopes this earthy room, featuring a custom headboard covered in a beautiful damask hemp linen.  Yes please!  And don't forget that inlayed black and white dresser. Favorite Elements: That rich dark green accent wall.  All. Day. Long. Nanny + Nursery Bathroom I could kick myself, because this photo doesn't give this room justice.  It's so fresh and soft with shades of salmon and teal.  The teal and white arabesque encaustic tile, freestanding tub with aged brass fittings and grasscloth wallcovering were splendid. Favorite Elements: The peach shower drapes with natural beaded trim. Nursery We couldn't get enough of this little nursery.  How CUTE!  With the mix of vintage toys, rose gold crib and star filled silk canopy, we were in baby heaven. Favorite Elements: The handmade macrame baby swing. Teen Room This room was filled with a rich blend of textures, from the fireplace updated with geometric glass tiles and matte black stone, to the hand carved wooden furniture, charcoal and gold accents throughout. Favorite Elements: Mix of materials in metals, woods and linen. Laundry Room This is a multi-tasking masterpiece of a room.  Complete as a mudroom, laundry room, potting room, gift wrapping area, prep station and office. Favorite Elements: A must have is the deep utility sink with an air circulation mode for washing delicates.  Brilliant! Terrace Definitely a modern contrast to a traditional English style home, and it worked great.  Contemporary and Traditional CAN co-exist.  The live green wall was a great backdrop to this setting. Favorite Elements: You had me a pop of orange. We hope you have a chance to check out the Pasadena Showcase House before it closes on May 21. You won't be disappointed! Get your tickets here.


How 3-D Printing is the Wave of the Future for Interior Design and Architecture

Let's Demystify 3-D Print Technology & How it Impacts the Design Build Community There is exciting news for all you design lovers out there. 3-D Printing is becoming more accessible, more affordable and faster than ever. Still not sure how the process works and can't seem to wrap your head around it? Check out this video above to give you a visual understand of the process. Let's start with the basics. 3-D Printing is a 35 year old additive (key word!) manufacturing process that builds material layer upon layer, and is controlled by a computer. Currently we can print material using wood, plastic, metal, glass and organic material (food and organs!  Yes you heard that right!). This is technology that's going to impact our industry as much as the industrial revolution. A Rococo table, is being 3-D printed using contemporary materials and colors.  A great way to make the old new again. 3-D Design and Printing is here and only getting bigger. In 1995, it was a $295 Million Dollar Industry. In 2014, it grew to a 4.1 Billion Dollar Industry. By 2020, it's projected to be a 21.3 Billion Dollar Industry. According to Ben Uglow of Morgan Standley These are number you can't ignore. There are some titans in the industry who are creating innovative pieces of furniture in a way that is forward thinking and environmentally conscious. Dirk van der Kooij is printing furniture that is Cradle to Cradle using 100% recycled plastic, printing locally and with less environmental impact.  Check out more of his work here. Bram Geenen has streamlined the process to be more efficient using a thin expensive carbon fiber skin that is printed on top of 3-D material without waste. Check his work out here. Lilian van Daal is inspired by nature and Biomimicry.  With her designs, she is changing the shape and feel of furniture being built with 3-D printing so that it's hard where it needs to be (legs for support) and soft in other areas (like the seat and back). There are Still Challenges This isn't a magic box.  You need tools or you need help. Inexperienced designers will need education or an engineer to build the CAD models to then manipulate and customize designs in scale, proportion, material, etc. They haven't perfected the process of the conception to finished product. This is still expensive technology at this phase in the game.  Printers run anywhere between $50,000 to $100,000. How Can You Design Your Own Line?   What's exciting to me about all this is that there is NO barrier to entry.  Currently, if a designer wants to develop their own collection of furniture, they have to work with existing powerful brands who hold the magic key.  As 3-D printers become more accessible, designers can soon create their own line whenever they want, or print one-offs.  It will be like a Kinko's for the design build industry.  This is nearly impossible with expensive traditional manufacturing.  When you design your own piece, it's highly customizable where you can easily change the color, dimension and entire concept. Now Watch This! If you printing furniture blew your mind, check out an entire HOUSE (above). This home was built in 24 hours and only cost $10,000! So Where Are We Going? To the moon, Alice! You heard me.  Norman Foster + Partners has completed a project with robotic arms that will be sent to the moon to 3-D print homes made of moon dust! And now, the sexiest scientist I've ever seen, Neri Oxman.  Neri is a material scientist at MIT and is printing wearable skin embedded with organisms to help humans survive in interplanetary travel. It's crazy! Check out her TED Talk here. Story of Provenance If you've read this far in my blog, that tells me you're interested.  Great!  So now you can participate in the conversation and join the community which is your opportunity to be a part of a new story. In printing your own designs, you can create an emotional connection and customization in your work to share with your clients about being at the forefront of the industry.  That's quite impressive! Because of all this, I've joined the Board at Print the Future which will be the next wave of printing ideas on demand.  We've set up a Pop-Up shop in NYC during the month of March 2017 so you can see the printer with your own eyes. I am incredibly inspired and can't wait to see what the future holds!


Benefits of Standing at Work

How many of us are guilty of sitting like this at work? Our design firm has a holistic approach to living and what we create in our environment, our bodies and our lifestyle.  An office is no exception.  If you think about it, most of us spend a huge amount of time sitting at a desk in front of a computer.  We've been hearing it for years, that sitting stationary for hours at a time has negative effects on our health and that getting up periodically or adding stand up desks has impressive benefits to your health. Health Benefits of Standing at Your Desk 1. Reduced Chance of Obesity 2.  Reduced Chance of Diabetes 3.  Reduced Risk of Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure 4.  Reduced Risk of Cancer 5. Lower Chance of Desk Small things we try to do in our office is take a mid-afternoon break for some exercises: Or other other simple exercises like these:     Your posture should look like this while you're at your desk: Don't worry.  Your desk can be a huge asset to you! We were first turned on to the best of the best in Sit-Stand Desks by one of our high tech clients, but not everyone has the option of purchasing a new desk and some may not have the budget for the Bugatti version. Here are a few options to help maximize your comfort and health benefits while at work: Flexi-Spot Sit-Stand Desktop Work Station This desk workstation is a simple way to give you the same benefits as a sit to stand desk.  The Flexi-Spot is easy to adjust with handles on the sides and 12 height settings (adjustable to reach your individual height). It has a deep surface area for up to 2 monitors plus accessories, and a retractable keyboard tray.  We've been testing this version awhile and it's been steady with solid construction, smooth and easy to operate. A cool design element is the built-in groove for a tablet or phone. Price: $269.99–$349.99 What we Love:  You can place this on any surface to transform it into your own desk workspace.  Built with environmentally friendly materials. What we Suggest: Set an alarm every hour to remind you to stand or sit.  Sometimes you're so focused that you forget to move.  Flexi-Spot has other products, including height adjustable desks, sit-stand-move options, and under desk bikes. Stir Kinetic We first learned about the Mac Daddy of all Sit-Stand desks from one of our awesome high tech clients. Not only does it have a sleek modern design with telescope legs and recessed ports for AC and USB outlets, but it's the technology that really sold us.  The touchscreen interface is within the desk and tracks the usage, movement and data of each person who uses the desk.  Whisperbreath is one of our favorite features.  When it's time to move and get off your seat, the desk will slowly rise then lower 1 inch.  This is a gentle reminder to take a deep breath and transition. Price: $2,990 - $4,990 What we Love:  The technology, hands down, is the most impressive aspect of this desk. What we Suggest: The current models have a very modern design.  We'd love to see more styles on the market. We want to encourage you to move, stand up and breathe, so no matter what your budget is, these desks and desk accessories are a great start living a healthier life.