Monthly Archives: October 2018

Pattern Play: Subtle Southwest Style

I’m really loving all of the Southwestern influences I have been visiting in interiors and fashion this past year. Many times I get asked how to achieve certain looks without always making them a theme. By playing with stripes and colours I managed to get a look to illustrate that for you. As you can see, I didn’t actually use any actual Southwestern patterns. You’ll see no arrowheads or bison in this pattern play!

More Pattern Plays: Modern Masculine | Traditional Modern

Jennifer Bishop Design

Here is how I used my blueprint mixing rules of thumb to produce for this palette:

1. Decide on a beginning print. I began with the stripe. It gave me a fantastic way to pull my colours in, and the texture reminded me of a tapestry or a poncho.

2. Build the colour palette. With this stripe, I managed to pull in terra cotta, teal, beige and beige. Good colours to provide us our Southwestern feel.

3. Vary the design. Earlier, I pointed out I didn’t really use a typical Southwestern print. Instead, I used an Ikat which isn’t traditionally Southwestern but rather it provides me a similar feel. I then mixed in a tweed pattern that included a manly touch and an oval patterned chenille that read more contemporary to me. The conventional faux silk diamond pattern included yet another layer of texture with twine to layout the contour.

4. Limit the size of the pattern. The Ikat is my big blueprint, the stripe, diamond and tweed are my medium patterns and the oval chenille is my own small pattern.

Tip: You can mix in more medium-sized patterns than you can small and big.

Jennifer Bishop Design

Here’s a closer look at the mixture of textures happening. Next, more on the individual fabrics I used to get this look.

KRAVET VARI – $55.30

This Ikat includes a sublte wood grained pattern in its own beige backdrop, giving it a much more rustic edge — another fantastic way to achieve a Southwestern sense without that theme.

I would love to see these used on an accent chair or even throw pillows.

Jennifer Bishop Design

Lee Jofa-Beehive colour: Mallard – $123.64

The teal color in this cloth was gorgeous, and the chenille added a touch of softness and shine to an otherwise largely flat-sheened cloth palette.

This heavyweight cloth would wear nicely in an ottoman.

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Lassen – Lassen Tawny – Carole Fabric – $33.90

I would use this lightweight synthetic silk as draperies or as a throw pillow that would be put in a lighter traffic place. It is always fantastic to interline silk or lighter weight materials to assist them hang more attractively.

Jennifer Bishop Design

Kravet-26281 colour: 616 – $39.90

This tweed could be used to get a seat, or if you were daring enough, even a sofa. Its smaller pattern would make a wonderful background for some of our larger patterns on throw pillows.

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Grandview Stripe – Grandview Stripe Adobe – Carole Fabric – $49.80

The stripe would make great pillow or upholstered item, as it has such a thick texture.

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More Pattern Plays:
Modern Masculine
Traditional Modern

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A Pretty Backyard Dinner Party

The holidays are quite busy already with all of the hustle and bustle that goes on, that planning a party in addition to this could be quite intimidating. The best way to get through a party during the holidays is go simple. Simplicity goes a long way during this time of year when everywhere you go is already decked out with Christmas decorations whenever summer ends.

To help with simplicity, I used things already around my home, though I did go buy several spools of glittery ribbon and yarn to hang, and I kept the menu simple. It was also important to keep the gathering place together, so that everybody could sit down near each other and just enjoy one another’s company. Company is the thing that makes a party a party after all! Plus, add a few twinkle lights and candlelight and everybody is in the mood to celebrate! Can not you agree?

Until: Our garden. Some metal lawn chairs for seating and a classic picnic table surrounded by metal folding chairs.

Following: Taking a large space and creating and styling areas to make it feel more romantic and fancy enough for a dinner party.

The distance was divided into three areas for the dinner party: the food station, dessert corner, and dining table. Each region had a bit of styling and decoration to add more charm and to distinguish each and every one. I used a classic metal garden table and brought out a comfy chair for coziness.

For seats, I brought out more classic cafe chairs from inside the home as well as a long seat that would help provide ample seating for your guests. It’s very good to have a seat around for purposes such as this.

I brought out our dining table and lined it up with the outdoor to table to make you really long table.

1 long table, mismatched chairs, pretty flowers, simple place settings would be the perfect makings for a wonderful dinner party!

Benches help supply more seating when it’s necessary. Mixing benches with chairs give it a nice eclectic mix.

For the tablecloth, I used an extra large flat bed sheet. It covered both long sides of the table nicely to the ground. For the table runner, I just used some burlap.

Burlap was utilized for the table runner and mismatch plates located at the thrift shop gave everything a one of a kind feel.

The party favors were miniature pops I made and place on every plate, wrapped up in a little fabric scrap, and also added a little tag cut from kraft paper.

Mismatched dishes and mason jars which may be found at thrift stores are so ideal for dinner parties!

I desired a wintry feel, so for flowers I just got a bunch of baby’s breath and place them together in large mason jars. I also just collected the candles I’d scattered around my home, set them on two plates and it added the excess pizzazz I needed on the dinner tables. Soft light adds such a wonderful ambiance.

With the holidays around the corner, I wanted a few sparkle, so I found a few gold and pink glittery type ribbons and yarn at the local craft store and cut bits. I had my husband take a 8′ dowel, drill holes at each end, then string it up into the wires we had moving round the top.

Soft candles include such a sweet mood to the party.

The party favors were miniature pies that I made and place on every plate, wrapped up in a little fabric scrap, and added a little tag cut from kraft paper. I utilized my recipe which I made for HGTV:

Twinkle lights, a little bit of sparkle, pretty flowers, and gentle candlelight make a dinner party somewhat more fancy!

Twinkle lights, a little bit of sparkle, pretty flowers, and gentle candlelight make a dinner party somewhat more fancy!

Just a little nook for desserts. Varied heights include more visual attention. Try stacking cake dishes on novels.

Use novels and cake stands to add some sort in height. This was how we exhibited our dessert table.

Adding old shutters to cover up a dull outdoor wall provides more visual attention and a aged long wooden table is the best thing to maintain all of the food.

It was an Italian dinner featuring two kinds of pastas, chicken, and three distinct sauces. All were put properly to keep the food clean and had simple labels which were cut from kraft paper and I just wrote the title and set it in the front of its corresponding dish.

The long table is where everybody dined. There was another little place that houses all of the food and another little corner just for desserts. It was our own mini little restaurant. To hang the ribbon for decoration, then I had my husband take a 8′ dowel, drill holes at each end, then string it up into the cables we had going round the top.

The large space felt much cozier using the different areas and it made the whole dinner feel a bit more fancy rather than just your normal garden party. And needless to say, it’s somewhat more cold of a year, so an outdoor heat lamp kept all of the guest warm and comfy despite the autumn glow!

Twinkle lights are just absolutely necessary for fairly backyard dinners!

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Tastemakers: Object Creative

The husband-and-wife team behind Seattle-based Object Creative believes regular activities do not need to be boring. Jonah and Mac Griffith’s philosophy is to deliver the extraordinary into regular living, and also to provide users of their products with a little bit of comedy. Object Creative’s designs certainly pay tribute to this perspective. Their goods are simple, lively, and decidedly distinct. Since Jonah has experience in houseware design and Mac’s experience is in environmental design and softgoods, each of their designs functions easily and easily.

Tea by Object Creative

The sleek lines of this ├╝ber modern tea kettle were inspired by the smooth, aerodynamic shapes of marine transport. A blend of ceramic, wood, and stainless steel, this pot makes the simple act of warm water just a little more elegant.

Q: How did you get started in product design? What’s it about house design that inspires you?

A: We both grew up in DIY households, fixing up our own houses, and finally continuing to study industrial design at college. We have our very own fixer-upper where we enjoy spending time working on house projects — we are finding our inspiration in our very own house.

Address by Object Creative – $21

The bold style of these modern address numbers come from their ease. Keep them subtle and sophisticated in an oxidized iron, or add some pleasure to the front of your residence in a daring green or blue.

Q: What sort of changes do you see occurring in product design now?

A: We believe companies and consumers are beginning to realize every product has an effect, and product design is reacting by using substances in a real way. Today we see far more products showcasing craftsmanship at a level of mass production.


Modern, sleek, and subtle, this stepladder’s design is intended to be used away from the closet. Its daring construction of lacquered maple makes it a piece you automatically want to show off.

Q: Exactly what are you attempting to convey with your layouts?

A: There are many products that we live with and accept just as they are familiar. Our design work concentrates on reconsidering these everyday products in an attempt to discover something new.

Redoor by Object Creative

The Redoor is made from reclaimed and repurposed traditional house doors. Object Creative then uses a CNC router to reduce designs and patterns to these solid wood doorways, which are painted with a lacquered color.

Q: How has your work evolved since you started? How can you see it growing in the future?

A: Hopefully our layouts are smarter today. Among the exciting pieces of product design is not understanding what you’ll be working on in the future, but always knowing that there are more issues that will need to get solved.

Object Creative

Once you find the light that filters from the woven metal shade of the Galaxy Floor Lamp, the lamp’s name is reasonable. The lamp’s oxide metallic shade allows the light to flicker out in soft specks, mimicking the expression of the night sky.

Q: What are some of your favorite new design trends?

A: We adore people are designing smaller distances, and we love seeing all kinds of new DIY projects.

Q: What are some of the new favorite product lines?

A: Linus Bikes, and Le Creuset — old is new again!

Q: What designers (both past and present) are you inspired ?

A: In the past — Eva Zeisel, and Charles and Ray Eames. Currently — Marc Newson.

More Tastemakers:
Asaf Weinbroom
Daniel Schofield
Jared Rusten

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A Eclectic and Open Home in Sydney

This magnificent home in Sydney, Australia, was not always so receptive and light-filled. These rooms were initially small and dim, due to the orientation of the house on the website. For the homeowners, a couple with two kids and a puppy, natural light has been the priority during the design of this new wing. Thus Sam Crawford Architects added a central courtyard that attached the first arrangement with the new wing, and added high windows to let in the light.

The clients also wanted their home to reflect their characters as well as their incredible art collection. “This project is a superb illustration of how committed and engaged clients and challenging site limitations can make for a more wealthy and bespoke layout,” says Crawford Architects Senior Designer Karen Erdos.

Sam Crawford Architects

The largest room in the new wing serves two functions — it’s a music room where the kids can practice piano, and a dining room with access to the open kitchen. Like the majority of the main rooms in this house, this space is open and light, with numerous doors that offer access to the outside.

The beautifully crafted dining table and seats are heirlooms from Scandinavia. “They’ve a great painting and item collection,” states Erdos. “They have their own special style, which very considerably contributed to the craft and industrial aesthetic of the construction.”

Pendants: Great Dane Furniture

Sam Crawford Architects

This slick library-style bookshelf was designed to put away books and art objects (the owners had an extensive ceramic collection to display) and also to accentuate the height of the 14.5 foot ceilings.

The ceiling is lined with recycled timber beams saved during the demolition procedure. They’re among the many sustainable features of this special house.

Sam Crawford Architects

This wide shot of this space shows how nicely the brand new wing blends the inside and the outdoors. The home has a rear garden and central courtyard. Floors throughout is polished concrete, and the interior walls are lined with recycled brick.

Sam Crawford Architects

The clients wanted each space in the new wing to perform multiple functions. This large room has areas for playing and listening to music, dining, and even a lounge area for reading. “They really wanted to blur the distinctions between space uses,” says Crawford.

Sam Crawford Architects

Some of the clients’ precious assortment of Scandinavian hand-painted ceramic tiles have been used for the joinery work at the house, and they inspired the architects to create a large, laser-cut wood plank at a pattern borrowed in the tiles.

Sam Crawford Architects

The laser-cut panel has been installed as a visual divider between the kitchen and the great room. The kitchen also has sliding windows using a seat that opens into the backyard.

Sam Crawford Architects

The central courtyard plays a major part in blurring the line between inside and outside. Most of the windows in these rooms can be opened and have a low bench seat for appreciating the space in between them both. “We did wind up limiting the extent that all the doors and windows may open up,” states Erdos. “This provides some level of distinction between the inside and the exterior.”

Sam Crawford Architects

Recycled brick has been used extensively inside and out, for both environmental and aesthetic reasons. Lightweight steel-framed doors and windows have been painted black to emphasize the tall brick walls in the dining room and the courtyard.

Sam Crawford Architects

“Focusing on sustainability caused a layout that sits on a clear continuum in our work,” states Erdos. “We pushed for maximum sustainable relaxation with minimal continuing energy use.”

Sam Crawford Architects

The architects installed the concrete slab flooring and the opposite brick veneer wall with sustainability in mind. The central courtyard offers winter sunlight to the south-facing dwelling areas, which warms the concrete flooring.

Sam Crawford Architects

Evacuated solar tubes provide underfloor heating into the bedroom, bathroom and living areas. “It has quite an industrial sense,” states Erdos,”but it’s heat and great attention to detail. There are many small and delightful elements within the project that show themselves after spending time there.”

A Australian Cottage using a Vintage Twist

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