Tuesday, December 30th, 2008
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Here is a lesson in being aware of what is right under your nose when you are in your January “I’m going to get organized this year” frenzy.
With the demise of so many of my favorite American shelter mags lately, I’ve had to search for glossies from abroad to get my fix lately. As I flipped through Vogue Living Australia, I marked a few pages to scan and share with you. My favorite image was this one:
I thought “Wow! Those Aussies are so fabulously stylish and creative. Spending a few extra bucks on a foreign magazine is SO worth it to see inspiration like this. They just have a style sensibility I don’t see everyday.”*
Color me embarrassed for myself. After I scanned the image, I realized that the paper was Graham and Brown, and that it’s been right under my nose on the site I work for every day. This is the same image we use for their Viva Turquoise and Gold by Barbara Hulanicki paper right here on this site. Translating this little lesson into my life means I must remember to look around in those forgotten drawers and storage areas that I walk past every day before I go seeking items from more exotic locales!
*This is not to discount the inspiration I glean from foreign magazines and travel. Flipping through images from thousands of miles always expands my design horizons. Austrailia in particular is home to some of my favorite glossies, designers, and bloggers. Here’s another fabulous image from the issue:
cover image by James Merrell for Vogue Living Australia
I cannot find photo credits for the other shots; if anyone knows, please leave a comment so I can properly credit them here!
Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
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I never thought I would say this, but thanks to designers like Susie Mendive of SUM I am actually ecstatic wallpaper has made such a solid comeback. This is gen-u-ine excitement. My parents coated our home with wallpaper in the early 80’s, and it wasn’t pretty. It was so bad I remember as a little girl trying to peel it off to hint to my parents that they needed to do something with the walls. Now, times are different and I want to paper my walls myself!
Wallpaper actually gets me all riled up so I apologize in advice for my lengthy list of questions with Susie Mendive. Enjoy!
I know a bit about your background…a graphic designer with a graduate degree from North Carolina then to LA then to NY as art director with stila cosmetics…but I think there are some holes, especially in how you transitioned from branding cosmetics to designing modern wallpaper. Tell us more! How did SUM come together?
It happened very organically. I very much wanted to design and produce my own product and call all the shots. It just made sense at that point in my career. There is a lot of hard work involved and it can be consuming but I like taking it one step at the time.
Tell us about the name, SUM. How did you come up with this?
My husband and I were in Tokyo and it just hit me, Su is from Susie and M from Mendive but more than that it was the idea of a total home concept…SUM of all parts. A total approach to design and living.
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Wednesday, July 16th, 2008
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I came across this image from Cavern Home shortly after Becky posted last week on Black and White Bedding and I knew right away that this was something I had to share. This space may be a bit too “matchy matchy” for some, but visually I think this room is stunning! Can you imagine the room without the Blackbird Wallpaper? I surely can’t. I try to vision the wallpaper replaced with wall art and I think, “No, no, no.” It might work if the pieces were super simple and super white and super clean, like large white frames with white matting and a simple image in the center, but it wouldn’t have the same feel. I think Cavern Home hit the head on the nail with this place. Bravo Cavern Home! Bravo!
To recreate the look checkout the Cavern Home Blackbirds Wallpaper options on DP.