“Troubles out of sight”

By , December 24, 2010 11:00 am

Listening to the Nutcracker Suite and dancing in my head, yes I use to dance on my tippy toes!

Everyone have a “Merry Little Christmas” and may your “troubles be out of sight” for 2011!

As I head to the beach cottage for New Years I will leave you ponder this photo and ask-

Is it Sculpture or Shelter?

     Cheers!    Candace



“I SPY” Suite of Bath Ideas #1

By , December 17, 2010 3:47 pm

This year-end, I have created a “suite” of bathroom ideas to share with you!

These ideas come from all my travels near and far, this past year. As you all know, I have a…sort of…fetish about bathroom design. As an interior designer, I find bathrooms the most challenging, given the small space and the all the requirements needed.  Not to mention all the building code issues! The clever part is coming up with the “ah-ha design”- the “wow factor”.

Let’s face it, everyone has to use this room, so it should be in an interesting space – you have a captive audience! These ideas can also be used in other areas of the home, not just the powder room! Let’s go explore…

Always start with an interesting piece of artwork! Nudes in bathrooms – PERFECT!

We will go with the slick and cool, streamline look first.

I love the three patterns of tile and the shift in scale – let’s get a closer look…

Horizontal tiles are HOT right now! The dark matte tile up against the glass mosaic and smooth, creamy marble is so beautiful, right?

Let’s check out a traditional European feel, again, always start with great ART – sure throw a branch in there, why not!?

See the textured venetian plaster on the walls – soft and subtle.

Here the door and vintage mirror set the mood. Old world for sure!

A glass ice bucket for towels and a single flower – simple perfection.

Time for a glass of wine! Cheers!

Be on the scout for “I spy” great bathrooms to be continued…

Have a fabulous weekend!

p.s. for more AMAZING bathroom design check this out here.

Garden House on the Oregon Coast

By , December 15, 2010 7:23 pm

You know I love the coast! It’s the place I go to recharge and regroup in the quiet and peace of my beach cottage.

When I discovered this tiny, garden home on the Oregon coast, designed by architect, Obie Bowman, I knew I had to share it with you.

This little gem of a home measured 325 sq. ft., is completely off the grid and built using recycled and reclaimed materials – gotta love that! With many environmental systems in place, this small residence is low maintenance and superbly green.

Let’s go on a tour shall we?Isn’t it lovely?

Right now, it serves its owner as a guest house and writing studio – I think I could definitely pen a couple of worthy books sitting in this light filled home on the ocean!

For more gorgeous architectural designs check out Obie’s website!

AMAZING space saving furniture

By , December 10, 2010 3:33 pm

Don’t think downsizing is a trend? Well…it looks like the design world is responding to it in a BIG way! This amazing line of  space saving furniture is not only beautiful but incredibly efficient for small and multi-functional rooms. Designs like these are making the shift towards downsizing even easier. Get ready to be wowed by these innovative creations by Resource Furniture.

All of a sudden having a dinner party or an overnight guest in your new two-bedroom condo doesn’t seem so impossible…right? Takes Murphy beds to a whole new level!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Video via youtube.com

Car free in Germany

By , December 8, 2010 11:40 am

I’ve been out this week with clients, touring some of Portland’s up and coming neighborhoods. We focused on the Alberta and Mississippi districts and I’m so impressed with how far our city has progressed. Check out more info on Portland’s fabulous communities here.

So, with urban design on the brain, I had to share with you the ultra progressive neighborhood of  Vauban, Germany – a community designed for car-less living. Built in 2006, Vauban offers a pedestrian lifestyle for approx. 5000 residents, that embraces environmental conservation and sustainability. Shops, banks, and other services and intermingled with residential homes to make walking and biking an everyday activity.

Locals purchase fresh goods daily at the local market place.

If you do happen to own a car..(boo)…this is where it lives – a parking garage on the edge of town. You will pay a high price for your vehicle since parking spots must be purchased for a mere $40K! Ouch! A  fleet of shared cars also reside here, facilitating a highly economical car-sharing system. Brilliant!

To conserve energy, the homes are all row houses. Free standing homes waste gobs of energy because of their exterior walls, whereas these houses are so well insulated that many do not require a heating system at all.

As you can imagine, a car-free environment is a dream for parents and kids alike. Children roam safely, walking dogs, riding bikes and playing games.

Gotta get somewhere that is a bit too far for a stroll? No problem. A tram runs down the center of town that can connect you to the train station.

I love seeing this kind of community design. I believe it fosters stronger connections with our neighbors and safer environments for our families. Could you live in a car-free town? To learn more about this unique locale and the ingenious behind its planning go here.

Have a fantastic Wednesday!

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