Violet Violet

April 28, 2011

The always awesome ReStore salvage shop in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia was recently used for a music video. Take a tour with Violet Violet.

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Happy Earth Day, People

April 22, 2011

Got $10? Feeling generous to do something for Earth Day? How about moseying on over to this Kickstarter page and helping a Philadelphia high school plant a veggie garden and paint a mural? I’ve been volunteering at my local US Green Building Council chapter (the DVGBC) for the Emerging Professionals Committee, helping to coordinate this event. It went from an idea of starting a garden for the new LEED Platinum Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts to a green festival with over 100 volunteers and even a cameo by Mayor Michael Nutter. Yeah, it’s a pretty big deal. But we need YOUR help to make it happen. So c’mon, help some kids learn to grow some food. And put your mind at ease knowing you’ve contributed to Earth Day in some way.

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What I Made: Gertrude & Wally

April 12, 2011

Despite having a million things on my plate all the time, I always like to have at least one fun sewing project in the works. Here are some little lambs I just finished up for Lucy and her cousin-to-be. Their names are Gertrude and Wally (because what else would you name them?) I made them using organic cotton (Cloud 9 Happy Nursery), recycled PET content grey felt, and bamboo fill. Oh, how I love me some sustainable sewing!

Pattern found here.

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Career moves

April 11, 2011

I’m an interior designer, in case I never mentioned that. I live and breathe design in any form, really. Life is a composition for me. So trying my hand at photographic styling should come naturally, right? Well… sort of. I recently (translation: months ago but am just getting around to posting) borrowed my friend Gavin’s amazing kitchen and sweet camera skills to get creative. I severely underestimated the amount of time in preparation, which compromised our available natural light.  I guess it’s because I’m pretty specific when it comes to lining things up, assembling items on trays, etc. It’s what a designer does, right? We go crazy getting things just perfect. Luckily, Gavin’s kitchen (one of the many highlights in the 869 Compound) was rich with natural finishes and, being home to two skilled chefs, was also filled with fun accents like vintage baking pans and fresh produce to arrange (and rearrange several times).

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I’ve decided…

April 5, 2011

This a common phrase my other half hears me say often. It means that I have found a new project or cause to take on. It doesn’t mean that I will come anywhere near accomplishing them most of the time, but it is a moment where I dedicate myself entirely to something, however fleeting. The famous decision he teases me about is, “I’ve decided I need to make a sofa for this room.” So that has been the running joke in our house, though I still intend to make a sofa one day! It’s on my life list, I swear. Anyway, I think I’ll share my decisions with you to give him a break once in a while…

So today, in this moment, I have decided that I want to find a project with an open space plan to lend my interior design skills (anyone in desperate need of how to outfit their huge space?). This home by Postgreen and Interface Studio featured in this month’s Dwell, inspired the “decision”:

Photo by Mark Mahaney

[Photo by Mark Mahaney]

Basic materials with little clutter – the way living should be. I’m in a purging mood, so bare and simple-to-manage interiors are drawings me in. The balance of this kitchen come together so beautifully – the equal-width upper and lower cabinets, horizontal straight lines of all the surfaces, and the character in the dining room table and concrete floor against the clean white and black. (I’ll take two, please.)

Photo by Mark Mahaney

[Photo by Mark Mahaney]

This nursery just speaks for itself. Clean and simple, though the other side of the room is a more realistic view of the needs of a babe. Now I find myself wanting to re-do Lucy’s room for a fresh start. She’s a toddler now and has seemingly outgrown her baby toys. She needs rooms for her growing book collection (and dress-up stuff she’ll soon be amassing, the diva she is!).

Be sure to check out the rest of the home here and try their Project Customization tool to create your own house, learning how to keep a budget with REAL pricing. You can check my design out right here.

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