Wicked Cool Wallpaper, The Dark Side of The Wall

Wicked Cool Wallpaper, The Dark Side of The Wall

It’s the season of longer evenings and deep, saturated color. Wallpaper with dark fields or subjects add depth and contrast to a space. It also gives muscle to subjects that might be considered overly feminine.

Recently in a Holladay home I selected an over scale floral wallpaper that initially reads like photography and on closer inspection reads like a painting. It’s painterly brushstrokes has visitors scratching their heads. This fantastic illusion is unexpected and impactful.

This wallpaper was for a client who had an edgier aesthetic. It is black on white but could have just as easily been realized in reverse. The flowers are made up of pixelated black widows. They say their guests delight in discovering the spiders.

Here are a few other wallpapers from the dark side of the wall.

Pechanga Moths from Ecuador via art.com


Wild Wall Via Domestic’s

Fall Trend Forecast

Fall Trend Forecast

Fall is a the time of year that ushers in new ideas for home. A couple of strong trends are emerging. I am seeing copper reappear in modern forms. It is showing up paired with perennial favorites of gold and silver.  All that glitters is good and copper is the new IT metal. Copper is always complimentary to the inky indigos that we are all loving.  I am also seeing textile wall hangings make a claim for the NOW statement piece. These examples go beyond macramé and are textural art forms. It a natural progression from our obsession with knit. Fall trends are rooted in organic materials.

I love these fabulous Park Place stools with the rosy copper by Yabu Pushelberg.

Via Avenue Road

This floor lamp explores mixing elements in an evolutionary mash up for Bonjour Milan 2014.


Via Atelier Biagetti

The habibi side table in copper is great with its gold and silver counterparts.

Via Nest Design Company Inc.

These accessory art objects are amazing stacking vessels.

Via Stacking Vessels by Pai Design

I love the blurred boundaries of artist Anan Teresa Barboza’s piece.

Suspension Via Ana Teresa Barboza

And an airy composition by artist Nike Schroeder could win over anyone who thinks it might not be for them.

Via Nike Schroeder

The delightful handiwork of artist Natalie Miller’s wall hangings are enough to catalyze a craze.

Via Natalie Miller

 

Pantry Perfection

This time of year is synonymous with fresh starts, clean slates and organization. With the very best intentions we push against the unraveling that happens over time and evitable disequilibrium. I find my mind is clear and content when organized. And take great pleasure in pursuing order and perusing others’ efforts. Sometimes much more of the later…

 

Quick Tips:

Keep Like with Like – Cans Together by Food Product, Glass Vessels and Bowls Together, Wood Platters and Cutting Boards Together, Paper Products Together

Decant from Original Packaging – Pastas, Loose Foods in Baskets, Snacks in Glass Jars, Raw Ingredients in Glass or Clear Push Top Containers

Spacing – Vary Shelves, Shelves for Cans 9-10 inches between Shelves 10-12 depth, Appliance and Bulk 16-18 between Shelves 18-24 depth, Plan for Deeper Ledge or Counter

 

Whether you are a storage phenom or a voyeur peeking into the pantry to see how other people really live. These are examples of going beyond the cupboard and creating smashing pantries.

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Via Round House Pantries and Larders

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Via Designsponge Emersonmade

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Via Decorpad

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Via Besthomedecorators

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Via Uncovet

terracotta Properties

Via Terracotta Properties

KNOCKOUTS! Black Kitchen?

Oh yes. If these kitchens could travel they would be at Fashion Week. These powerful spaces are stunning. Making no apologies for their sleek silhouettes and striking stature. Black kitchens. This is happening.

Via World of Architecture

Via Atetier AM, Architectural Digest

Via Workstead

Via Kobenhavns Mobbelsnedkeri Design

World of Architecture

Color Blush, Rosé

As summer stretches into the horizon the blush of the season beckons even more. The new pastels, including Rosé feel very current and fresh. It lacks the brown quality of  decades old mauve. For some pink is reviled and intolerable. It is a token of a bygone era and symbol of conforming to oppressive ideas. To me it is absolute sunshine.  Choosing to embrace it today for the same reason many of my older colleagues previously rejected it. We are seeking modern and opening new worlds. What we want to see is something different, something imbued with the character of life itself.

The fashion world has wholly accepted these palette and it’s rapidly showing up in interiors. I love rosé with hemlock, nudes, whites and even blacks. best Rose

Via K. Rocke Design, Artist Gail McCarthy in Palm Beach, Ristorante D’Autore Via Elee Décor Italia, Via K. Rocke Design, Cushions Via Etsy, Via Helena Rasmussen, , Rosie Lamp Via CB2, Via Capellini, Via Ruth Burts, Michelle Smith Via Etsy, Via Fawn Galli

K. Rocke Design Featured in Florida Design

 

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While in Salzburg, Austria last month I was excited to find the current issue of Florida Design magazine. It was such a thrill to be traveling through Europe, open the magazine and see my work featured. This widely esteemed publication and design industry exemplar can be found in book stores and newsstands nationally, as well as, internationally. Please find me in Volume 24#1 on pages 280-286.

Ceramic Lighting

Ceramic lighting has an organic enveloping warmth. I have designed  a few pieces and have found many others who have embraced the material with incredible results. Once you have seen it, you will crave it.

 

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LE Trulle by Edmondo Testasuzza

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Kawa Pendant by Souda Photo by Courtney Reagor

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Patrick Hartog

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Leslie Anton

Pleat box Hande Akcayli Murat Kocyigit Mashallah

Pleat Box Hande Akcayli Murat Kocyigit Mashallah

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Scotchclub Blanco by Mashallah

 

Painterly Furniture

A painterly brushstroke captures the mood and intention of an artist. This application on furniture carries the attributes of a painting. It’s spontaneous, dynamic and adaptable to direction. The palettes are endless. Fabric paints are widely available and it’s just as easy to use additives if you have latex paint lying around. I recently suggested to a client we paint her dining chairs to very loosely tell a story so when guests are present the dining room would still be animated. I would just as easily order a new piece and paint it, but before you recover or donate your tired old furniture consider a painterly approach.

 

I collaborated with an enormously talented artist Nina Santos in updating these tired chairs.

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via Daily Brilliant

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Painterly Fabric by Dedar via The Apartment Copenhagen

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  Rolfsachs Ginger Fred

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  via Remodelista

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 via Oliver Furth via California Home Design

How To Paint Fabric, Without Fabric Paint http://painting.about.com/cs/fabricpainting/gr/pr_GoldenGAC900.htmhttp://www.ehow.com/how_2174719_turn-acrylic-paint-fabric-paint.html

Bleached Blonde Pale Timber Wood

I can’t seem to get enough of this bleached blonde wood. The finish celebrates the wood species and it’s natural characteristics. I am very fond of how clean and chalk-y it makes a space. This finish is super forgiving of pets and other sources of patina. White ash and white birch are best suited to this finish but I have seen beautiful results with bleached walnut, hickory and pear.

Coblonal

Coblonal Andorra Architecture

 

archiexpo white ash floor

Archiexpo White Ash

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Archiexpo American White

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Boen Flooring

Here’s a recipe for existing floors:

http://www.remodelista.com/posts/how-to-create-a-scandi-whitewashed-floor

 

 

Musings on Nicaragua

It’s hard to say who is coming and who is going. It could take a hold of any one of us and release us at its whim. The sunshine ultraviolet in its brilliance and everything shown in honesty without shadow or with holding. This is a place that reminds us all in unison to pause and watch a sunset. A place that affirms cooperation as if the secret to happiness is sharing as easy as a smile. We move together as everyone stands in solidarity on the beach watching the surfers like we are rooting for our team without a scoreboard. There is beauty, unison, balance and it is my intent to capture some of this magic in what I help to create there.

Rancho Santana Sunset Photography by Jack Lennon

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