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Oct 06

2016

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Refresh Your New Season Routine…

Getting family back into the groove of routine can be a challenge in many ways, but hopefully most of the creases are ironed out now – with a week or so under one’s belt.

I finally have time to take personal stock of what sets me up for a new ‘season’ as I gear up for the festive final quarter of the year. So here is my personal check list.


 

New journal set – one per month for October, November and December. I fill them fast.

A new morning blend of tea plus splurging on a new cup and saucer.  It’s symbolic for me to  start the day with a strong tea in a fav cup. Personally, I like Harrods Earl Gray Breakfast tea.

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Then I have to have a dunker – my Mum sends me Marks and Spencer digestive biscuits every month, or Rich Tea, plain and simple but it hits the spot.

Pens – black ink only, medium point – my scribble is illegible with anything else.

Candles on my desk – a must all year round. Diptyque Rose candles are a real treat to self !screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-10-26-47-am

Essential Oils, keeps my thoughts clear when I get tired. Bergamot is my go to always, but I do mix it up often and keep one in my car also.

Check out the magazines at Barnes and Noble – I prefer to purchase there and support one of the last book stores around! Stock up on new prints like Belong or Darling.belong-magazine

Promise myself extra sleep, more water and mediation and see how long I can keep it up.  It pays off.

Review what my year To Do list was from January and prioritise what I really choose to make happen over the remaining three months, and not beat myself up.

Start a new book for night time easy reading – not work related. Its a good way for me to wind down.  The Miniaturist was one I loved, by Jesse Burton.

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And to remember that I am Too Blessed to be Stressed !

Its not worth it – and to savour and enjoy each day with all it brings.

Jan 20

2015

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Mary Corse

Continuing with our month long focus on white, this week I would like to share the inspiring work of one of my favorite artists, Mary Corse. Mary Corse is a Los Angeles based artist, most notable for her monochromatic “White Light Paintings” in the Light and Space art movement of the 1960s.

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Corse’s peers in the Light and Space movement included DeWain Valentine, Robert Irwin, James Turrell, and Helen Pashgian. This group of Southern Californian artists invented beautiful, minimal, sleek and luminescent works of art by experimenting with unconventional materials like resin and vacuum formed plastic. Their works concentrate on the relationship of human perception and sensation.

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“At a time when New York was focused on very dark, black hues, and artists were working with a lot of steel, the L.A. artists were exploring these very different materials, and obviously embracing light and space,” says Bill Griffin, a partner in Kayne Griffin Corcoran in Los Angeles.

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Corse’s work is centered around her peculiar  use of glass microspheres. The glass microspheres Corse utilizes in her work are tiny reflective beads that are most commonly used to brighten highway signs. Corse mixes the beads with white acrylic paint to create her remarkable “White Light Paintings”. Corse paints her canvases, averaging 9′ x 9′ in size, in stripes with her microsphere paint and then sands the surfaces  perfectly smooth. The result the is a glowing painting that transforms like a hologram as you walk around, revealing its complex relationship to light.

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Jan 12

2015

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White interiors

With the beginning of a new year, we often find ourselves taking advantage of the opportunity to wipe our slates clean and start afresh. Whether it is through self proposed resolutions like eating healthier, flossing your teeth daily or cutting back on the caffeine for a healthy dose of a cold press green drink  – to rearranging your environment – an external expression of ‘the new you ‘.

So be it your living room, bathroom or work space, January is generally a good time to take inventory and reflect on the past year and implement changes for the year ahead through these design executions.
This year, Philippa Radon Design will be concentrating on a different spotlight colour each month. This January of 2015 will be directed towards Whites and Neutral colours in general.
I personally do not believe in jumping on the trend train each season, especially Pantone’s 2015 colour of the year, Marsala which follows on the heels on their 2014 Radiant Orchid.
I believe it is important to follow your heart and personal intuition, during this time of new beginnings in particular. White – and the myriad shades thereof can be used as your canvas and initial starting point to express yourself from, from there, one can easily travel through a multitude of colours and slowly start to collate a palette that is an expression of your own personality and style.
Here are a few cleansing images to inspire creativity for the new year:
Try eliminating clutter from your bedroom and workspace to facilitate a cleaner and more tranquil environment, its truly quite cathartic!
Please feel free to send us your images. Happy 2015.

Dec 09

2014

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Alternative Christmas Trees

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Dec 03

2014

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Feather trend

Feathers will be taking flight this fall of 2014–from fashion to home decor, feathers will be featured in a variety of venues.
Many of the fall-winter 2014-2015 runway collections prominently exhibited feather adornments. Here is Alberta Ferretti:
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and Nicole Miller:
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For the 2014 holiday season, Barney’s New York is featuring a limited edition photo realistic Pheasant Feather Backgammon Set designed by eccentric director Baz Luhrmann.
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Farrow and Ball’s “Lotus” print wallpaper is a classic damask motif that is reminiscent of feathers:
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For a more colourful and playful look, “Feathers” wallpaper by Mini Moderns comes in Lido, Chalkhill Blue, Mustard, British Lichen and Coach Emerald (pictured)
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For more subtle accents, try Coral and Tusk’s whimsical feather pillow collection:
Lastly a few more decorating accents featuring feathers:
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Oct 21

2014

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Tweed Fabric

I am so elated that this Winters trend fabric is Tweed, and the Harris Tweed especially!   Though there are many types and variations the Harris tweed is superior in my estimation. One can hardly refer to Tweed as a Trend- its origins stem way back. Its more of a revival.

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As the nature lover in me is always identifying the commercial market back to its natural origin, being able to correlate the rough moorlands of Scotland and the Outer Hebrides and its range of colours is relatively easy. For those of you never fortunate enough to venture to this part of the world, think …. Mel Gibson in Braveheart, or The writings of Thomas Hardy with those wonderful scenic descriptions.
Conjour the peat marshes and ragged dark mountains, heavy grey mists over bleached grassy plains or bright heathered slopes against freezing blue bottomless seas. The sure footed mountain sheep with their neutral tawny mix coats against ochre slate for an alternate palette.  There is such artistry woven into these artistic patterns. The warp and weft blending colours and textures symbolic of its history.
Tweeds really do reflect the natural colours of their origin, and they are captured even more so as many of these wools were spun and dyed using natural plant dyes.
Harris Tweeds are the only mix blend yarns that are dyed before being spun.
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Colours reflect our mood and seasons, they also calm and excite the senses. Texture adds depth and definition.  So as you browse through the racks this winter selecting your hounds tooth or herringbone, basket weave or glen check, remind yourself that history repeats itself and that your money would be well spent investing in tweed because it will always in be fashion.

Oct 06

2014

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Work space

As we transition out of summer and into fall, for many, this time of year marks the end of laid back vacation days and the start of school or getting back to the grind of work.  This last quarter also seems to be a busier season, with many a festive holiday looming. So perhaps some early planning with some glam organizational office
gadgets will help you feel better prepared this year and make your desk top feel more colourful, functional and stylish. Office accoutrements seem to have attracted many designers to bring these daily used items into the fashion world. Nate Burkus at Target makes it easy to afford or splurge with one of the more lavish quality Italian lines.

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The workplace has evolved quite a bit since the days of secretaries like Miss Moneypenny in the Bond series and endless rows of sterile cubicles. In fact, many people don’t even go into an office much these days and instead telecommute. Whether you’re working from a neighborhood coffee shop, remotely from home or a corporate environment, I believe one’s work space or desk space is critical in fostering productivity and output.  I colour code my files, Pink personal, Blue business, Orange accounts etc and have many of the basic magazine folders covered in favourite wallpaper off cuts and gone are my home file cabinets which always felt like an eye sore as I battle going paperless. Though I confess I am a huge notebook addict and collect them from everywhere I travel, a kaleidoscope of covers of many various mediums and even a few I’ve made myself. I store them mostly unused afraid to blemish the pages for years.

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We are now able to entertain our pets at work too.  Paul Frank’s offices are a big advocate of this, as am I.  Or David Parnes from Million Dollar Listing with his two pampered Bassett hounds, Bella and Maxi.
Though my black German shepherd Jet, constantly knocks my hand away from the keyboard when I work from home, its worth her company.

So, this week I want to highlight a few of my favorite picks for making a fun and creative workspace.
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Please feel free to send us your creative work spaces to view too.

Aug 19

2014

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Matte Paint

It’s not uncommon to immediately associate matte paint with those dreaded school chalk boards from our childhood. Despite being quite utilitarian, the trend has now thankfully evolved past that one dimensional function and entered lifestyles, design and most importantly colour!
Matte is a finish that has very little to no sheen. In the same family of finishes as flat and eggshell, matte can be used for you interior painting needs. However, be mindful that once it is scuffed, it is hard to return back to its original state.
But don’t let that deter you from being creative. Here are some interiors with flat and semi gloss stripes that are subtle yet noticeable.
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Matte paints have reached new audiences and products including car paint and nail polish in any colour imaginable.
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Nail polish brands like Essie and OPI have issued matte top coat finishes that allow you to easily transform your favorite glossy nail colour to matte.

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Aug 11

2014

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Banana Leaf wall coverings

This week, I am spotlighting banana leaf wall coverings. As it is the middle of summer and blisteringly hot, I liked the idea of bringing the outdoors in and creating an escape without leaving your home! I am particularly attracted the various green hues and vivid patterns of banana leaf papers, I feel that they immediately transport to you to Palm Beach in the 40s.

Perhaps the most recognizable banana lead paper is the Martinique “A” Wallpaper BH90210 as seen in the Beverly Hills Hotel. Originally designed for the hotel’s hallways and coffee shops, the iconic print has withstood the test of time and is still being used in modern design today. Most often pictured and used in green, the paper actually comes in Burgandy and Mustard Yellow as well.
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Here is the famous Martinique paper featured in Nikki Hilton’s dining room
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Designer Nate Berkus’s home in Milan
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A similar but different print also made popular in the 40s was by eccentric designer Dorothy Draper. Titled “Brazillance”, this particular paper gained fame when Draper designed the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia. She saturated the hotel with the print throughout the lobby and even on the hallway carpets.
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If you’re feeling bold and looking to bring some colour into your life, Martinique and Brazillance is the way to go!

 

Aug 04

2014

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Drought Tolerant Landscaping

More than half of California has been experiencing the most severe level of drought since the federal government started issuing drought reports in the late 1990s. California is more than a year’s worth of water short in its reservoirs and the state’s top and sub soil moisture has nearly been depleted. The drought’s effects are hurting central California’s irrigation and leaving northern and southern California at increased risk for wildfires. The state has adopted regulations to fine those who waste water up to $500 per day.

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In light of a recent trip to the Coachella Valley and bearing the 120 degree heat, this week I would like to share environmentally efficiently uses of water by utilizing drought tolerant landscaping.
The most common plants for low maintenance and drought tolerance are cacti and succulents. Integrated with the desert’s existing natural landscape of rocks and gravel, this landscaping style is climate conscious and not wasteful. Trees that do well in the heat include, Palo Verde, Euclayptus, and Olive. There are also various flowering shrubs like Rockrose, Desert Spoon, Oleander and Woolly Thyme, which give soft pink blossoms.
Which ever style you choose is right for you, it is responsible and very respectable to be environmentally conscious, not only to benefit our and future generations but also for your wallet.