Why Don’t You…?

… layer your rugs?

Pattern-mixing is a surefire way to bring personality and character to any space, but most of us stop with the obvious elements: mixing patterned throw pillows, upholstered textures and artwork. Why not take it a step further and layer two patterned rugs for a unique, eclectic look?


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Michael Wolf

The photography of Michael  Wolf captures the pattern, color and repetition of large scale architecture. This series titled ‘The Architecture of Density’, is a study of elements in the built environment and their impact on our visual perception and experience. I absolutely love this series. The ability these images provide to look abstractly a facade, reduces an otherwise overwhelming and enormous presence to the pure, simple, essence of the design. Looking at one single element or detail repeated, allows a unique perspective which is difficult to isolate and view in person. Often we understand the impact of form of the whole which is most often documented, but these artful compositions speak of restraint, and the power of patterning.

What might these images inspire? Perhaps a quilt, a painting, or even a FLOR rug? Have fun with pattern and color in your environment, and be open to finding the source of inspiration for creating in unlikely places. It is there all around us. All we have to do is squint a little.

Images sourced at  www.20ltd.com

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New from Elephant Ceramics…

platters and bowls in white on brown stoneware / platter in dark turquoise on brown stoneware

Do you remember these gorgeousness when I blogged about Elephant Ceramics earlier on this year? Michele Michael is back with new designs and boy, was I blown away. Loving all the colors, textures, and photography. New glazes in teal and turquoise, and my favorite – platters and bowls in white on brown stoneware. The brown stoneware is peeking just enough to make that graphic layer work so beautifully. I really need to get my hands on these. Get ready for some winter entertaining!

bowls in layers of blue / platters and bowls in white on brown stoneware

vases in white

platter in white with small bowls / bowls in deep teal

{ images from Elephant Ceramics / photography by Philip Ficks }

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What I saw in… Hearst Castle.

San Simeon State Park / en route to Hearst Castle

Have you ever been? It definitely wasn’t all that I had expected. Even though I’m a modernist and minimalist at heart, I can certainly appreciate the history and grandness of the Hearst Castle. Just the ride up to the Castle will take your breathe away. Talk about a long-term collaboration, the construction of the Castle was a 28-year project, maybe even more, between the famed San Francisco architect Julia Morgan and William Randolph Hearst. Did you know the architectural style of the Castle was inspired by Hearst’s European travels with his mother when he was a boy? The main house towers were inspired by a Spanish cathedral, guest cottages reminiscent of the Mediterranean, a Roman temple front and columns that anchor the outdoor pool… Can’t even begin to describe the massive European and Mediterranean art and antique collection. It literally covers just about every wall and room (and there are 165 rooms in total!). You have to see it to truly appreciate Hearst’s love of collecting. I was in complete awe.


Casa Grande / the main house


side view of Casa Grande / entrance to wine cellar


Casa del Monte (House of the Mountains) / “House B”


Billiard room / Flemish tapestry from 1500


tiny glimpse of the kitchen / look at that oversized mixer!


Neptune pool / how great is that pattern?


Roman pool / 1″ square mosaic tiles decorated the walls from floor to ceiling

{ all camera phone images by Peggy Wong }


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Fall colors and textures…

Are you ready for fall? With the thermometer reading at 96ºF in Los Angeles right now, I do look forward to the cooler weather. I’ve always enjoyed the catalogues that TOAST puts out every season. Do you remember the post I did a while back on La Ricarda? So it’s no surprise that I’m loving their latest Autumn ones. One part woodsy, two parts industrial, and three parts rusts – which I have to admit, I find so much beauty in that… it’s hard to choose which one of these images I’m drawn to the most. Aren’t the colors quite spectacular? The texture and patina to these are just naturally beautiful. I usually put a space in between the images on my posts, but this time I feel they should be attached – strung together if you will – to create a continuous flow…

{ photography by Sarah Maingot for TOAST }

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