Thursday, March 28, 2013

No So Mellow Yellow

Steel Life has brought out a LIMITED EDITION 12" Mod Dish in a 'Not So Mellow' Yellow as a tribute to Spring and as a celebration of fellow landscape designer, Elizabeth Przygoda-Montgomery of Live Outside Blog, launching her new online web shop, Shop Boxhill.  You can find 'Everything Under the Sun' at including art, jewelry, water and fire features, outdoor furnishings and so much more!

Phoenix Home + Garden Magazine coins it one of April's Top Picks for Gardeners

Jumbo Mezzo Mod Dish in 'Not So Mellow' Yellow

In the spirit of Springtime, I have listed more outdoor items that give us a burst of Sunshine!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

American made Modern Design courtesy of Modestics

If you aren't familiar with Modestics, it is time to be introduced.  This is a blog that promotes American made Modern Design.  Not just any American company, but more specifically small businesses and independent designers.  You can find all the up and coming American made brands on one site- from furniture, lighting and outdoor decor to clothing, jewelry and footwear.

Modestics also makes consumers aware of potential product Knock Offs.  This is where larger box stores duplicate a product designed by an independent designer, has it made outside of the U.S. (most likely China) and sells it for much less.  This not only takes jobs out of the U.S., but it also discourages small businesses from striving for the American Dream.

Right now, Modestics is having a March Madness Sale.  All month long, Modestics will be offering a variety of products they promote at great discounts including WallterBullet Blue JeansSteel Life and more!

Here are a few of my favorite American made companies that are listed on Modestics website.

Bauer Pottery

Heath Ceramics

Frye Boots

Pendleton Woolen Mills

Friday, March 8, 2013

A Three Hour Tour

This was my second trip to Palm Springs for Modernism Week.  I was fortunate enough to be invited to join a friend on the sold out, Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour this time around.  I was thrilled for the opportunity and couldn't wait to get on that bus!

The Premier Bus Tour is a three hour event that takes you around to world-famous, mid-century homes and celebrity vacation hot spots.  While sipping my coffee on the most beautiful, sunny morning, I enjoyed learning more about a variety of architects that made Palm Springs the place it is today.   Such architects as Albert Frey, Arthur Elrod, William F. Cody, Charles DuBois, Donald Wexler, and A. Quincy Jones were just a handful of names that rolled off the tour guide's tongue. I was enjoying myself so much that I forgot to snap pictures on the first half of the trip!  

It was fun seeing some of the celebrity homes on the tour.  We drove by homes that were owned or visited by Kirk Douglas, Cary Grant, Dinah Shore, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis and Marilyn Monroe, among many others.  We also drove by Susan Sommers, Barry Manilow and Trina Turk's current residences.

'The House of Tomorrow' via Mid Century Palm Springs
This is the home that Elvis and Priscilla honeymooned in.

The bus stopped at the the Palm Springs Visitor Center (Architects: Albert Frey and Robson Chambers, 1983.)  This roadside stop was a beautiful building that featured a steel-cantilevered roof on just a few of steel posts.  It was originally known as the Tramway Gas/Service Station and closed its' doors in the 1990s. 

Via Vacation Palm Springs
The bus continued on to more Historic Preservation homes and distinct neighborhoods in the area.  Here are a few pictures I did take of the trip.  

This was the most unique home I saw on the tour (below).  This is Kenny Irwin's "Robot House" which displays over 200 metal sculptures in just under 4 acres.  I understand that the Christmas light show here is quite spectacular!

I was intrigued by the Steel Houses designed by Donald Wexler.  Wexler partnered with father/son owned, Alexander Construction Company to provide homeowners with modern, steel design in an affordable tract home construction.  Prefab was not a common way of construction at the time, but a home like this went for $14,000 in the day and that made sense to many people.  I loved the concept and would have enjoyed taking a tour of one of these homes.  Unfortunately, time did not allow.

Click here to see a video by Journeyman Architect explaining these steel homes in more detail.

At the end of the tour, I left the bus with new vocabulary;  Pattern Block, Brise-soleil and Swiss Miss were a few words that I plan on using in the near future.  

I highly recommend spending the money to take this tour.  Palm Springs offers this tour during Modernism Week, which is already dated to be February 13-23 for next year.  The event brought in an estimated 40,000 people to Palm Springs this February.  I am guessing that next year will bring in even more!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Sky Blue Mood Board

I am still working on my post for Palm Spring's Double Decker Bus Tour.  But in the meantime, I thought I would put together a quick mood board.

Often times, homeowners have difficulty picturing a new item or design element in their home or garden.  I have found that mood boards can be quite helpful in an overall visualization of the space.

This mood board is focused around Steel Life's Mezzo Mod Dish in Sky Blue.  This dish has a drainage hole in the bottom, but by simply adding a dab of silicone adhesive, it can turn into a cut flower or water feature display for your coffee or dining room table.

Don't these colors just scream 'Spring'???

Trina Turk Collection from Schumacher via The Designer Insider Blog

Noho Designs

Via CocoCozy
Acapulco Chair by Innit
                                                                               Aurora Glow Solar String Lights
Design by Natalie Younger Interior Design