Thursday, June 30, 2011

Home tour- A relaxing Georgia beach house!

 The arch of the living room door is repeated on the bookcase for symmetry.

 The wicker sofa and woven shades have a similar feel and texture, thus create a sense of cohesiveness.

The curvy balustrade creates an elegant architectural detail and adds visual interest.

 The wiggly spindle backs of the armchairs echo the staircase's iron spindles to create a sense of unity.

A Nantucket-style kitchen with all white kitchen cabinets contrast beautifully with the natural wood island.

A classic tub with a luxurious feel.

Subtle fabric patterns and canopy details provides interest in this guest bedroom.

The master bedroom's tall four-poster campaign-style bed soars toward the distressed oak ceiling and gives scale to the bright and airy room.

What are your thoughts on this home? Any favorite element or room?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Cool products alert- From litter to luxurious lighting!

Featuring award-winning product designer, Stuart Haygarth. Hailed from Lancashire, UK, this talented designer have been working on design projects which revolve around collections of objects since 2004. According to this designer, "The objects are collected in large quantities categorized and assembled in a way that transforms their meaning. My work is about giving banal and overlooked objects a new significance. The finished piece of work takes various forms such as chandeliers, installations, functional and sculptural objects." He is such a creative and innovative designer, I can not help but be amazed and intrigued by his use of found objects to create these stunning beauties. Let's take a look at some of his gorgeous creations below.

From these

'Man made' debris

to these:

'Tide' (2004)

From these

Colored glassware

 to these:

'Aladdin' (2006)

From these:

Prescription spectacle lenses

to these:

'Optical' (2007)

From these:

Prescription spectacles

to these:

'Spectacle' (2006)

From these:

Exploded party poppers

to these:

'Millennium' (2004)

From these:

Vehicle light lenses

to these:

'Tail light' (2007)

Other equally amazing commissioned projects:

 'Storm Project' (2008) - commissioned by Selfridges 

'Children's Night Light' (2007) -  commissioned by Vogue Nippon

'Cosmic Burst' (2006) - commissioned by MAC Cosmetics

What do you think of this designer's work? I think his work is incredibly amazing because it is not easy to make random found objects look this luxurious and beautiful. Personally, I love 'Tide' and 'Cosmic Burst' for its gorgeous burst of colors, 'Optical' for its elegance and 'Children's Night Light' for its whimsy. Which one is your favorite?

For further details regarding Stuart Haygarth's work, please go to

Disclaimer: The author of this blog did not receive any monetary payment or other compensation associated to this particular post.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Cool designer alert- Jessica Helgerson!

Featuring Jessica Helgerson, an award-winning designer based in Portland, Oregon. She was named "20 Young Designers to Watch" by Traditional Home magazine in 2010 and "The Next Wave: America's top young designers" by House Beautiful Magazine in 2004.

With 15 years of experience designing residential and commercial interiors, she is active in the environmental building movement and has applied her knowledge of green design to leading-edge projects. Her firmed worked on one of the first LEED certified buildings in the U.S., University of California, Santa Barbara's Bren Hall. Jessica is also a past president of the Sustainability Project, a nonprofit organization made up of architects, landscape architects and other design professionals devoted to creating a more sustainable built environment.

Jessica studied interior and environmental design at University of California, Santa Barbara. She also holds a bachelors degree in English from University of California, Los Angeles. Her design style is typically clean and uncluttered. Now, let's take a look at some of her amazing designs.

The designer: Jessica Helgerson

Besides being an incredibly talented designer, I admire her for respecting the environment and incorporating sustainable materials in her designs. I thought her designs are absolutely gorgeous, fresh, clean, modern and stylish at the same time. What are your thoughts about Jessica's design? Do you have any favorite element or favorite room?

For more information regarding Jessica Helgerson's work, please go to