"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
_ William Morris
, 19th century craftsman, designer, writer

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Monday, October 20, 2014

On Trend: Mining Copper

Lately, the rosy warm tones of copper have been catching my eye. I have noticed it gracing details on the pages of magazines, Pinterest and store shelves. This past week, I saw the copper moon (shown above) in the window of one of my favorite, Long Beach, California boutiques, Luna. The following day, when I found copper mugs and accessories at Target I knew the trend had reached a tipping point.

To get the burnished glow without a major investment, consider going DIY and using metallic copper spray paint (available in stores such as Wal-Mart, Michael's, and Lowe's).

The possibilities are endless...

 Van Heesch Copper Bicycle

Hammered copper pendant lights via Lonny. 

Industrial copper fixture via Trendspanarna.

 Copper cages shown on the Trendspanarna blog (Fyi, it's written in what I am guessing is Swedish or Danish?)
Copper cups at Target. When a trend hits Target,
 it's gone mainstream.

 DIY copper hooks using copper elbow joints and caps via Remodelista.

Hammered copper soaking tub shown in The Artisanal Home book by Jorge Almada and Anne-Marie Midy. Found on the lovely, You Have Been Here Sometime blog.
Shine on!

Friday, October 17, 2014

This Weekend: WestEdge Design Fair

 It may not look like much from the street, but I promise once you get past the underwhelming banner tacked onto industrial cyclone fencing things start looking up. Way up. 
The 2nd annual WestEdge Design Fair being held in Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport this weekend (Oct. 16-19) is every inch a designer showcase.

 The show features more than 150 high-end exhibitors as well as ongoing panel discussions and workshops geared toward homeowners and design enthusiasts 
-in layman's terms, it's a smorgasboard of style. 
The best part, great taste without the calories. Unless of course, you sample from the outdoor grill demonstrations or take advantage of the well placed lounges throughout. 
 (Which, by all means --do!)

Open to both the trade and the public, the showcase plays host to mega brands (Bosch, Jenn-Air, Benjamin Moore, Gaggenau, Smeg) as well as entrepreneurial artisans such as Sitskie Design Studio, Foundation, Timothy J. Ferrie Lightsculptures, and Pelle to name a few.  You can browse everything from paint and furniture to lighting (skeleton lamp by Zia Priven!) doorknobs, fixtures, kitchen and bath products, outdoor furnishings, area rugs and refrigerators.

The event is also a great place to meet the designers and talk about their products and their processes in person. I have a feeling some of these folks will be remembered in the history books.

Watch for blogs about some of my faves in upcoming posts.

Lucite billiards table by BD Collection.

Online Advance tickets $20; Tickets sold onsite, $25.
Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. Parking $10 cash. 

Friday night cocktail party benefiting the A+D Museum, 5-8pm are $40.
October 17, 11am-8pm (including cocktail party)
October 18, 11am-6pm
October 19, 11am-5pm

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Picture Show: Living With Art

Living with art is one of those incredibly personal decisions that makes it fun to peek inside a stranger's home -gallery walls immediately reveal intimate details about the people who live there, what they like and what's important in their lives. 

On my Pinterest page, Living with Art (follow me @bonhome), I have been collecting pictures of rooms with an artistic point of view. I love the way the gallery walls I've chosen as examples use an eclectic array of photographs, Polaroids, paintings, needlepoint and even paint-by-number pieces to establish cool, covetable personal style. Take note, and if the spirit moves you, go for it! 

My previous post, How To Create a Gallery Wall, offers tips to get you started.
The massive array of Polaroids papering the wall above is from ABeautifulMess.com.

Black frames and black and white photos unify a variety of sizes and shapes. Picture pinned from SmallShopStudio.com.

Although the shapes and styles of the art are different, the wall works because the size of the pieces relate and fill the wall like wallpaper.
 Pinned from Feedly.com.

 I love so much about this room -the light, the table, the wide wood-plank floors -and of course the arrangement of the artwork: two large pieces center an asymetrical, balanced display. 
Pinned from Holly Becker's Decor8 Flickr stream.

Wallpaper layered beneath an eclectic gallery wall. It may sound like something that would defy style and good taste, but it looks amazing. Bold & beautiful. Pinned from the very cool online magazine

 There is always beauty and elegance in simplicity. Would you have hung the smaller piece on the top or on the bottom? 
Pinned from the beautiful blog, In The Fields (formerly, A Country Farmhouse blog).

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