December 17, 2012

Love when my clients are happy!

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From Concept to Installation!

My client wanted a 'unique' wall unit for their loft, 
I quickly drafted this idea and gave it to their carpenter. 

A few onsite tweaks.. and voila!
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October 02, 2012

A guest post..

Hi all,
I'm excited to have been asked by Arcadian Lighting do a guest post on lighting. Lighting is that final detail that can make or break a space. Luckily there are tons of options to choose from in whatever style you desire. Mari shows us what's available in a Moroccan theme.

Hello, everyone! It's Mari here for Arcadian Lighting, a wonderful online place to find lighting inspiration and light fixtures of all sorts. I'm so excited to be visiting with you today at Color Design Art to share a guest post about magical Moroccan style. For many years, interior designers have been fascinated by the vibrancy of this exotic style, often bringing elements of it into their designs.  Today, I've brought along several images that show the many faces of magical Moroccan style. Please enjoy!

Interior Design Home Decor Bedroom Traditional Moroccan Style
This traditional bedroom is transformed by refined Moroccan elements. A stunning painted ceiling and colorful feminine light fixture create a lovely focal point for the room.

Interior Design Home Decor Living Room Moroccan Style
Vibrant and colorful, this living room is filled with Moroccan style from floor to ceiling. Architectural detailing is stunning, as is the brilliant design of the area rug. Of course, the dramatic green sofa simply can't be ignored.

Interior Design Home Decor Living Room Moroccan Style
What a lovely surprise that this stunningly pale kitchen is in California not Morocco. Also, unexpected is the refined lack of color that we so often associate with Moroccan style. This kitchen is one of my favorites.

Interior Design Home Decor Stylish Bath Moroccan Style
Moroccan style goes contemporary in this stylish bath. A deep jewel-tone color palette brings a sense of elegance to the design, while the glitzy tiles add a touch of glam. Sleek contemporary wall sconces were chosen instead of those with a more expected lantern design.

Interior Design Home Decor Bedroom Moroccan Style
Much more casual, this bedroom still has a vibrant Moroccan feel, with a brilliant color palette and piles of lovely pillows on the bed. I wish we could see more of that interesting hanging light.

Interior Design Home Decor Chic Bedroom Moroccan Style
This lovely bedroom is a perfect example of what might today be called Moroccan chic—a lovely mix of contemporary with the Moroccan patterns, shapes and colors.

Interior Design Home Decor Boutique Guesthouse Moroccan Style
The boutique guesthouse, Peacock Pavilions, in Marrakesh offers this traditional Moroccan style bedroom as one of its guest accommodations. I love the gorgeous Moroccan wedding blankets and colorful glass pendant lights.

Interior Design Home Decor Oasis Moroccan Style
This inviting oasis reminds me of how truly magical Moroccan style can be. Sumptuous furnishings come together with cool water and a tangle of luxuriant plants and vines to create a dream-like retreat from the desert heat. Dream on… Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

Recently, it seems design enthusiasts everywhere can't get enough of Moroccan style, along with its furnishings and lighting. Which Moroccan accessory is your favorite? Comment below and make sure to check out our lovely ceiling lights at Arcadian Lighting.

September 10, 2012

Recycled Glass Tile that glows in the dark!

Vidrepur, a recycled glass tile manufacture from Spain, uses recycled glass from old bottles, auto windshields and other glass products; 

from their website:
 Vidrepur buys old glass bottles, car windows and other previously used colorless glass. The raw reclaimed glass is cleaned and crushed into small pieces then pulverized into a fine powder by special machinery. Pigment is added either before or after the powder is pressed in molds at a pressure of 6000 tons. These molds are placed in ovens at extremely high temperatures then when cool the mesh is added. 

They have just introduced a luminescent tile that absorbs daylight and glows in the dark for 6-8 hours. 

Brilliant and I can't wait to use it. 

 Perfect in outdoor patio and swimming pool applications 
but can also be used in bathrooms and in rooms that get good light

Beautiful by day.. 

Glowing by night.. 

This would be perfect in a kids bath and in lieu of a night light 

The website gives you installation instruction 
and it looks very easy to install for the DIY'ers

Be on the lookout for this tile in some of my upcoming projects! 

June 18, 2012

So Your Style Is: Coastal..

Add a little Summer coastal to your home..

Barclay Butera does beautiful coastal design

Browse Outdoor Products on Houzz- For Example:

June 09, 2012

Summer Travels ... Boulder, Colorado

stroll through the neighborhood and you'll find lots of artistic, personal touches to each home.

Boulder has a great, sophisticated, laid-back, hippy-vibe to it. 

I've enjoyed exploring the neighborhoods, shops and restaurants.

A bit of what I'm seeing....

The garden of the apartment we rented.
Once a single family home, it has now been divided into 3 apartments.
Each featuring their own balcony, deck or backyard space. 

I love strolling the neighborhoods.. 
almost every home you pass has some personal touch.

We are staying in an area known as the Mapleton-Spruce district
 off of Pine and 17th Street. 

a zen rock garden.. 

a chicken coup.. with a bit of info about the girls inside..

a porch poster of Jean Harlow.. 

I saw many side yard vegetable gardens ... perfect use of space

Typical architectural style in the Mapleton - Spruce Street area.. 

Recognize this house? 
Right around the corner from us is the home that was used in The Mork and Mindy television series..

Pearl Street... 

Loved this shop, Fabricate, they give sewing lessons and had lots of fun fabrics to choose from..

Owned by Corey Strohmeyer and Linda Spillmann
Fabricate offers a great range of classes from learning about fabric basics, to classes on how to make totes, curtains and children's clothing

is a shop that offers the perfect combination of garden necessities 
plants & flowers, unique gifts and garden art 

These birdhouses would add an instant artistic touch to any yard. 

These glass terrariums are awesome for both interior and exterior spaces


These candles made from honey smelled so lovely!

Great mirror!  : )

Colorful hand painted plates

Other West End sightings.. 
Beautiful succulents available at the Farmers Market 
would make a great, lasting table arrangement

Local dining.. 
most of the restaurants in Boulder pride themselves on offering local farm to table food. 
Pastavino, located on the West end of town..
Wonderful interior design at PastaVino 

The combination of strips of neon lights and the warmth of the wood is brilliant.. 

Needless to say we have really enjoyed our visit to Boulder and will definitely be back again soon..till we meet again..