Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
If you live in Milan, Florence, Rome or Madrid, please raise your hand. And, if you love all things Indian, raise your other hand. This post is going to make you happy. Very happy. For I am sharing Lisa Corti's fabulous line up of Indian furnishing, furniture, garments and pottery - a store that is located in your very own city! So read on. And yes, you may put your hands down now...unless you can scroll using telekinesis ;-)
Others, i.e. non-residents of above mentioned cities: Do not despair! Lisa Corti's goodies also retail in other European and American cities. I guess that leaves folks from Asia Pacific..well, India is just a flight away anyway! And for us in India, more inspiration on what to look out for the next time we go shopping. :)
Cotton cloth from the south of India
These curtains remind me of sarees worn by nuns (in Calcutta)!
Stock up on colorful cushions and pillows for upcoming autumn and winter months
Lovely dresses for kids and us
Great inspiration for India inspired kids room
The stores look lovely too!
[All images Lisa Corti]
- color combination is everything, choose just a similar or two another smooth color such as pink or sky blue.
- maximize your wall decoration, this can make the room alive, caused by the naturally of the green color
- use just a little dark color as a strip or another small decoration,
- lighting is all. Lighting is the most important aspect, so use a health, cheap and convenience lighting system.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
According to a report by CNBC today, Sam Zell, chairman and founder of Equity Group Investments, who has made billions of dollars in the commercial real estate market, said that the bottom of the real estate market is imminent. Across the country, the residential real estate market has seen positive data for the past 3 months in a row, which inspired Sam Zell to say, "The key to everything is single-family housing because that's where consumption comes from. If people don't have confidence in their biggest asset, they won't have the confidence to spend."
Zell pondered that an equilibrium has been reached, which in turn will stabilize the residential real estate market, as prices stop falling. He does not include Miami in this bottoming out, due to the excessive overbuilding that has taken place in the area, along with the multitude of subprime foreclosures. He expressed his dismay that the government is considering programs that would increase taxes, at a time when consumer confidence is key to an economic recovery. The entire interview with Zell can be seen in the video above.
Friday, July 24, 2009
- Look under furniture for extra storage space; a good under-bed organizer can help keep toys, shoes and other goods hidden from view and better-organized.
- Go vertical; when floor space is limited, one of the easiest ways to maximize space utilization is to use every inch of vertical space.
- Create an illusion of more space by painting stripes on the walls; vertical stripes give the room a sense of greater height while horizontal stripes will make the room seem wider.
- Don’t place tall furniture near windows; this only blocks the natural light. Do place a low bookcase or, better yet, a chair or bench near the window.
- A corner bookcase or display shelf unit can be a great way to utilize diagonal nooks and crannies in your smaller-sized kids’ bedroom.
- Look for “combo” furniture pieces such as an armoire with drawers and space for hanging clothes to free up closet space.
- A well-lit bedroom will seem more open and spacious than a dark room; augment the ceiling light fixture with a bedside table lamp, desk lamp, etc. to provide plenty of ambient and task lighting in your child’s bedroom.
- Keep it simple; more than anything a small kids’ bedroom will suffer greatly if you try to overdo a theme, use too many colors and cram in just plain too much stuff. --raftertales--
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Client: Columbia Heights Ventures Parcel 15, LLC
Project Size: 4,000 sf
Project Type: Common area build-out of multi-family residential development
Completion Date: 2007
2008 AIA|DC Award of Merit, Interior Architecture
A living room with a fireplace to make the room more warm, still completed with red wall and minimalist lighting to make this is one of a romantic room.
Here is another living room with a similar color composition but with different sense.
The existing site contained a 19th century derelict bluestone fronted Victorian Cottage residence that was severely run down. A Special Heritage Overlay was placed over the front bluestone bedroom that fronts Highett Street. The brief meant dealing with from one end - the notion of a 2-storey utilitarian pre-cast concrete box normally common place in multi-res / high rise construction, versus at the other end a now Heritage Listed single storey bluestone cottage front. A decision was made to restore the interior of the existing construct in a clean but typically Victorian detailing, whilst the interior of the new pre-cast construct contains a newly inscribed contemporary architecture - open, light filled, flexible. Source: http://www.mattgibson.com.au/
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Is one blog ever enough?
Can I say that I lived happily after if I had only one blog?
Do I feel satisfied sharing only interior decor inspiration?
The answer to all of the above is a resounding No!
You know what is coming your way, right? :)
A brand new blog!
Nothing fancy. Just an online scrapbook of things I like - art, jewelry, photographs, music, poetry, books, furniture, rooms, humour, DIYs, dresses, accessories, cats, illustrations, recipes, typography...anything that catches my eye! While I will continue sharing interior inspiration on 'An Indian Summer', for all of you who have liked what I have liked, hop over to An Indian Summer Likes for more of my likes! Yikes! Early morning blogging can lead to a gross lack of creativity when it comes to writing. For a non-morning person like me. So go ahead, count the number of 'likes' in this paragraph, and tut tut away. You won't tut tut away when you see what I have in store for you in the coming days on this blog and also on that blog! Hah!
And while I am on the topic of talking about me and my blogs, let me share with you another way to connect. You can now connect with 'An Indian Summer' on Facebook! I finally figured out the network blog thingie on facebook, and put this blog up to be networked. So, if you are on facebook (and if you are not, My God, how come?!), connect with An Indian Summer and other people with similar interests right away! You can do so by clicking right here, or by clicking on the facebook networked blog widget on the left sidebar [right below the An Indian Summer gang widget]
And by the way, Good Morning to all you early peeps up and awake right now! And Good Night to folks on the other side of the ocean - Go sleep! Now! :)