Monday, August 16th, 2010

Inspiration Monday: Fresh Flowers


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A vase of flowers or greens will bring even a dull hotel room to life in the most delightful way. The small amount of trouble or expense involved is honestly repaid in real decorative effect. If you find cut flowers too extravagant, stick to the greens. Laurel, rhododendron leaves, huckleberry or pine will all last many days, even weeks.

-Dorothy Draper

This doesn’t just go for hotel rooms. Go pick a bunch of flowers or cut some branches while you can, or splurge a little bit on some. They’ll be worth the cost and effort in how happy they’ll make you.

image by Garret Cord Werner, via Houzz.com


Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving


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pecan pie
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Design Public. Here’s a yummy picture from flickr member Scandblue. If you click here, Scanblue has been nice enough to provide the recipe for this pecan pie on flickr.


Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Design Drinking Games: Pedro Friedeberg Hands & Feet


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I can’t find anything inspiring to share with you, but all last week I was dying to revive the design drinking games. Just as you’d gulp some down whenever Brenda was a bitch on the old 90210, take a swig whenever you see this newly ubiquitous object.

ja hand met home

For months now I’ve noticed that Pedro Friedeberg’s hand and hand chairs are popping up all over the place. Sometimes they even have a foot attached to them. Before Pedro’s chair burst on the scene, the last time I’d seen a hand-shaped chair was in Buster’s room and later Lupe’s house on Arrested Development (Buster: I’d never thought I’d miss a hand so much”):


Have you noticed? It’s been making a lot of covers lately. First Jonathan Adler & Simon Doonan’s anti-depressive Florida pied-a-terre on the cover of Met Home:

ja hands florida

Then Kelly Wearstler’s home redesign in Vogue:

How about the sexy Nate Berkus-designed Milan home of Brian Atwood:
nate hand

This Last week The New York Times Home section featured Jay Jeffers’ temporary digs (he’s waiting for his drive-in apartment. I still don’t get that. Why do you want to put your car on an elevator and drive it into your apartment? What about carbon monoxide? Stupidest thing I’ve ever heard):


pf chair ed

Image Credits:

  • Images (2) from JonathanAdler.com, also seen in Metropolitan Home (R.I.P. – We’ll miss you Met Home!)
  • from here
  • Image by Francois Halard via Vogue
  • Image by Simon Upton via Elle Decor
  • Images by Bruce Buck for the The New York Times
  • Image by Roger Davies for Elle Decor

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

DP in the News: NOTCOT.org Giveaway!


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NotCot.org giveawayA few of our designers were kind enough to give some treasured product to NOTCOT.org for their holiday giveaway. The loot: A set of Harry Allen Bulb Candles, a Harry Allen Rabbit’s Foot Keychain, and a pair of CAKE Octopi Cups.

What would you do if…“You’re trapped in a room, and all you have are these objects?” Comment on NOTCOT.org!


Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Happy Valentine’s Day!


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marth-vday.jpgHappy Valentine’s Day!  Did you know that calories from chocolate don’t count today?  That’s what I’m telling myself as I totally sabotage my South Beach Diet.   Anyway, just a few random notes today:

1) I am SO HAPPY the writers’ strike is over!  I will stop watching shows with  sound bites like “I’m a karaoke host, O.K.?  I KNOW people!”  That was from STDs of Love II on VH-1, as a contestant expressed her concerns about “their connection” to Bret Michaels.  The other quote I liked came from the eyebrow-less Kristy Jo when she asserted “he needs to know where I stand!”  I thought, no bitch, he needs to know what you look like without eyebrows.  Yes, I admit it, I watched it.  It was my nod to Valentine’s Day, O.K.?

gallery_images_episode_11_02.jpg2) Project Runway was excellent last night.  The contestants gained private entry to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and were instructed to glean inspiration from either Greek and Roman sculptures, European paintings, or an Egyptian temple.   It reminded me of The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.   I was sorry to see Sweet Pea go.  She was kind of this sleeper contestant, always seeming like an underdog but churning out some really good designs.  I am totally in love with Chris though.  He cracks me up and I’d just love it if he won.  I guess his personality and sense of humor remind me a lot of the first winner, Jay.  Jillian is very talented but I’m a little over her need to make a coat every week, and really, who wears 6″ heels when they are on their feet working for 14 hours straight?  All Rami ever does is drape and say thinly veiled insults about everyone and America in general.  Christian is about 12 years old and annoying, but he does pop out some funny lines and he’s incredibly talented.  I did not realized he worked for Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood – very impressive.

chapadajulesandstudents.JPG3) My friend Chad (the same Chad who used to get us into the dome room at Monticello, Chad gets around) just took his landscape architecture class on a trip to Brazil.  If you want to get jealous, check out the blog of their activities here.

4)  ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR SAVANNAH?  I’m going there for the first time next week and I’d love to know any of your favorite activities, sites, restaurants, shops, et. al.  Thanks!


1) from Martha Stewart, of course!

2) from bravotv.com 

3) from Paisagens Brasileiras