Saturday, October 10, 2009

Greenfolio Event in Los Angeles

Wednesday, October 14th at the Livingreen store here in Los Angeles (10000 Culver Blvd., Culver City), the new website Greenfolio is hosting an event to introduce itself to the public and to the eco-conscious design community. I'll be there, along with other designers, artisans, architects and consultants. Check out the Greenfolio site for more info about Los Angeles area green design, or register to come to the event and take a closer look.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

I got blogged today in Norway.
And she said lots of nice things (thanks, Google Translate)! :)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Color Consulting Saturday July 25th

I'll be doing a stint at Jill's Paint in Atwater Village this weekend
as the in-store color consultant.
If you're in the neighborhood, stop by and say hi!

Store consults are free of charge, but if you need more help, I can come to your home and give you a more specific and customized consult.  Please message me for details on pricing.

Click on the image above to view full-size.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Mural for Dwell on Design 2009

The Dwell on Design Show was a lot of fun - two days of preparations, and three days of painting as the show took place.

Here, the colors are blocked in and the masked-off circles are in progress.

Circles complete and two of the designs chalked in, ready to get a quick start for Friday morning, when designers and architects will come to the show.

This is where I was with it by Saturday afternoon. It was actually a little difficult to drag this out over three days since we are all used to working quickly. One other thing that I wanted to mention is that all the murals were painted with Benjamin Moore's new Natura paint line, which has a Zero VOC (volatile organic compounds) rating. They've developed a new pigment system, so that now you can get a paint this eco-friendly in any color your heart desires. I was very impressed with the paint, and think it might be even tougher than their old paints - it was harder to wash off my hands, and displayed excellent washability once dry. It has virtually no odor, and very good coverage.
I definitely plan to start using it for many more of my projects.

The mural was relatively complete by Sunday afternoon - I could have continued to play with it, but at a certain point it felt good to say "enough!"

Benjamin Moore was a great sponsor, and ended up buying the panels after the show. Three of the murals will be installed at Jill's Paint in Atwater Village - many thanks to Peggy McCloud's determined efforts, and Julie Herrin's generosity.

A big thank you to everyone who came by!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Dwell on Design Home Show

I just found out today that Dwell has added my sketch for the mural to their website. (That's mine on the right) Pretty cool. Now I wish I'd taken the time to make my boxes square! Haha. I've been prepping the mural yesterday and today so that tomorrow when the show opens there will already be something to see. I'll post more photos as it's completed.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Dwell on Design Home Show

Hi! I know it's been a little quiet around here since I started this blog, but I'm getting ready to be much more posty in the near future! In the meantime, I wanted to mention something about the upcoming Dwell on Design Home Show that's happening this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center. I'll be there Friday, Saturday and Sunday as one of the featured muralists for Benjamin Moore (booth 607). We'll be painting our murals right before your eyes over the course of the show. I think it'll be a lot of fun.

The theme of the mural wall is "Modern Kids Zone" and I'm planning a mural that is divided into separate sections so that I can have a few different things happening at once. It should keep me busy.

These are a couple photos of past projects just to give you a sense of how colorful and graphic the things I'm planning will be.
If you're at the show, stop by and say hello!

(*Clicking on the post title will take you to the Dwell on Design website.)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Rehabilitating An Old Finish

This is a wonderful example of working with what you have. These saltillo tile floors had been glazed by a previous craftsperson, and over the years had gotten quite worn out, scratched and dirty. Plus, the new owners wanted a shift in color tone. They had already torn out much of this tile in the kitchen and replaced it with ceramic tiles. This was all wonderful, except that the rest of the house had acres of this sort of pinkish, umber tile, and the thought of tearing it all up was daunting, since they had passed (thankfully) the "construction" phase of their remodel.

The decision was made to repair and renew the tiles, which meant hours of careful touching up before a new, sheer glaze could be applied. It may sound like a lot of work, and it was, but ultimately it was so much less hassle and mess and cost than the nightmare of sledgehammering out the old in order to put in new. And this way they got a custom color that works well with all the different areas of their open-plan home, and a tough new clear finish on top will keep it looking good for years to come.

More photos of this project are here.

These Days...

The world is in a weird place right now. Seems like we're on the verge of a whole new way of being, and it's not really that hard to see this as a good thing, even an opportunity. I don't think we need to forego the quality of our lives in order to live simply, fully and creatively. We just need to do it in new ways -- ways that might resemble more of the pioneer spirit that shaped this country -- which is kind of exciting if you think about it. For the last year or so, it seemed that everyone I talked to was wishing they could live a "smaller" life. I knew what they meant. A life with less of an impact on the planet, one where you could carve out a space for yourself that held what mattered: the ones you loved, a few of the things you loved, with maybe just room enough for a little garden, a couple shade trees and a great wireless connection. Sounds good, doesn't it?

Over the last few busy months, I noticed a trend in my jobs, that they had more to do with repairing and restoring what was already in place than with ripping out and building bigger newer better. This was pretty satisfying to me, since it's my natural inclination, but I also think it reflected the mood of the country, as well.

It's in this spirit that I'm adapting to new realities and thinking creatively about how to conform to my clients needs while still holding my own in these rough economic times. I have faith in our human ingenuity and I think we're up to these challenges, and in the meantime, I'll be posting some thoughts along these lines and photos to help inspire our progress.