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Introducing Micle Mihai Cristian from Freshome!!!

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Freshome is an interior design,  design news & architecture blog magazine.  There are many reasons why this blog is one of our favorites. We love the interesting and original content in their daily blog posts. This blog is full of interesting information. Absolutely anything you want to read View More

Freshome is an interior design
design news & architecture blog magazine. 
There are many reasons why this blog is one of our favorites. We love the interesting and original content in their daily blog posts. This blog is full of interesting information. Absolutely anything you want to read about in the design world…you can find at the freshome blog…whether it be apartments, architecture, furniture, hotels & resorts and even ideas. 
We were lucky enough to catch Micle Mihai Cristian, the founder of freshome, during his down time from blogging to interview him! With that being said….Ladies and Gentleman, introducing one of our favorite bloggers,
Micle Mihai Cristian..


Q- What is one possession you can’t live without?
A- Sport! Before starting Freshome I was playing lots of sports everyday since I was a kid and sport is in my blood.

Q- What does luxurious design mean to you?
A- Luxurious design is all about small details that at a first glance aren’t visible, but after you pay more attention to that design you start to see them and say WOW.

Q- How would you describe yourself in 5 words?
A- Determined, ambitious, perseverant, crazy, smart.

Q- What’s the last “design” book you read?
A- The Luxury Strategy” – Not 100% about design, but you can learn a few things about design when you study luxury.

Q-  If money were not an option, what one piece of furniture/accessory would you buy?
A- I might run a site about interior design & architecture but to be honest I can’t say that there is a piece of furniture that I really want to buy. I wanted an Herman Miller Embody Chair, but guess what …I got it this week. 🙂

(What a great looking chair!!)



Jeff Scher Watercolor Short Animated Film- ” Summer Retreat”

Monday, September 17th, 2012

A happy way to start your week and fitting as we say  goodbye to summer…… For every second of screen time Jeff makes 15 paintings. I love his work!

A happy way to start your week and fitting as we say 
goodbye to summer……
For every second of screen time Jeff makes 15 paintings.
I love his work!

Introducing Amanda Wright from Wit & Whistle

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Hello Everyone! A few weeks ago, when reading some of our favorite blogs, Beverly and I decided…”hey, let’s interview some of our favorite bloggers, so that our followers can learn more about them.”  So here we are…interviewing some of our favorite bloggers so that we can introduce them View More

Hello Everyone!
A few weeks ago, when reading some of our favorite blogs, Beverly and I decided…”hey, let’s interview some of our favorite bloggers, so that our followers can learn more about them.” 

So here we are…interviewing some of our favorite bloggers so that we can introduce them to you…our lovely followers 🙂

Our first “Blogger Interview” was with Amanda Wright. She is the founder of Wit & Whistle, an online shop, that sells quirky and creative paper goods (you can also find her stuff in a handful of stores.) Wit & Whistle offers witty greeting cards and whistle worthy paper goods…all designed and illustrated by Amanda! She’s big into DIY projects and being creative, which is what she uses her blog for…to document her creative ventures. We think her blog is a breath of fresh air, and are so excited to introduce you to her! Here is our interview with her…

Amanda Wright

BTD: What is the best design advice you’ve ever been given?
Amanda: Well, this isn’t really advice, but I look at it that way! My junior year in design college my professor was giving me my semester review, and he told me that he couldn’t tell if I was going to be an amazing designer or just a good designer. I took that as advice to strive for amazing and never be content with the current quality of my work. 
BTD: What inspires your creative juices?
Amanda: A crucial part of my creative process is making sure my life is brimming with creative moments apart from work. I dream up DIY projects, decorate our home, get dirt under my fingernails in the garden, dabble in photography, and do a fair amount of baking. These moments keep me inspired and keep my creative juices flowing.
BTD: What’s the last “design” book you read?
Amanda: This is kind of embarrassing, but I don’t really read design books. I mostly just look at the pictures. Does anyone else do that? My most recent acquisition is “Typography Sketchbooks” by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico. It is super inspiring, and has some amazing hand lettering work from over 90 different designers.
“Typography Sketchbooks” by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico

BTD: If money was no object, what one piece of furniture/accessory would you buy?
Amanda: I have to revise this question a little to say “If money and your husband were no object…” haha! I love mid-century style couches with button tufts (specifically the Bantam sofa from Design Within Reach). Alas, they aren’t cheap and my husband only likes big soft squishy couches. Sigh!
BTD: What’s your favorite song on your current playlist?
Amanda: Currently my favorite song is “Eet” by Regina Spektor. I’m learning to play the ukulele, and I can almost play it and sing along! 

 Amanda playing her ukulele

A quirky way to remember…

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Hello everyone! Today we wanted to share with you something we came across while browsing some of our favorite blogs. Ever heard of tying a string around your finger to not forget something?  Well instead, Amanda Wright from “wit & whistle” stamps an ant on her hand. To add View More

Hello everyone!
Today we wanted to share with you something we came across while browsing some of our favorite blogs.
Ever heard of tying a string around your finger to not forget something? 
Well instead, Amanda Wright from “wit & whistle” stamps an ant on her hand. To add to this creative idea, we should also mention that she made this stamp! 
How cool?
She also makes really awesome stationary…check out her website (here). 
Soooo… “don’t forget” to take a look at her site!

Lampshades Are A Simple Way To Make A Statement…..

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

…….AND help with establishing the look that you are trying to achieve. Not only that, it allows you to keep harsh overhead lighting….OFF. We like these lamps by SLIP, and they were perfect for the screen porch of one of our clients! Click slip to see what we mean!

…….AND help with establishing the look that you are trying to achieve.
Not only that, it allows you to keep harsh overhead lighting….OFF.
We like these lamps by SLIP, and they were perfect for the screen porch
of one of our clients!


Click slip to see what we mean!

West Elm opening @ the streets of Southpoint in Durham, NC

Monday, August 27th, 2012

As promised…. today we will be sharing with you our pictures and thoughts from last week’s trip to celebrate the opening of the new    west elm @ Southpoint in Durham It all started with the coolest invitation… printed on 100% sustainably harvested wood. We absolutley LOVED this idea, View More

As promised…. today we will be sharing with you our pictures and thoughts from last week’s trip to celebrate the opening of the new    west elm @ Southpoint in Durham

It all started with the coolest invitation… printed on 100% sustainably harvested wood.
We absolutley LOVED this idea, who would have thought to print an invitation on a piece of wood? ….oh I know, WEST ELM! This invitation just illustrates how fun and eclectic this brand is. 
Here we are! Let’s just say that two designers stepping into west elm, is like two little kids walking into an amazing candy store. Before we had even fully stepped inside, 20 things had already caught our eye! Like this chair…
Can you say LOVE? 
So anyway…
As we entered, we were greeted by Melalina Barefield, a friendly west elm representative….
Next time you’re at west elm, be sure to ask for her, she was so sweet and helpful!
Aside from having fabulous furniture, west elm did a wonderful job with this event. There was a great DJ (who played some of my -as in Dina’s- favorite songs) and they even had a “smilebooth” where you could take your own pictures! Talk about fun! Check them out at their website, the smilebooth is the PERFECT addition to a fun event.
So not only did they have amazing furniture & accessories, a great DJ, and a fun photobooth but they ALSO had amaaazzing bites and wine! 
And to top it all off, a portion of the night’s proceeds was dedicated to SEEDS, a nonprofit educational community garden dedicated to promoting sustainable agriculture and respect for the environment through gardening and growing food. 
Let’s just say, we really enjoyed ourselves. 
WAY TO GO west elm, thank you for the invite to this fun event. 
xo, 
Dina

Sneak Peak!!

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Here’s a sneak peak of our wonderful trip to the opening of west elm at the streets of southpoint in Durham! Check back on Monday for the full shpiel about our visit! west elm! Beverly and I PS. It’s almost the weekend!!!

Here’s a sneak peak of our wonderful trip to the opening of west elm at the streets of southpoint in Durham!
Check back on Monday for the full shpiel about our visit!
west elm!
Beverly and I
PS. It’s almost the weekend!!!

Our New Obsession!

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Hello friends! Today we wanted to share with you our latest obsession. Japanese Washi Tape. Washi (和紙) is a style of paper that was first made in Japan. Washi is commonly made using fibers from the bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub (Edgeworthia chrysantha), or the paper mulberry, but also can be made using bamboo, hemp,rice, and wheat. Washi comes from wa meaning Japanese View More

Hello friends!
Today we wanted to share with you our latest obsession. Japanese Washi TapeWashi (和紙) is a style of paper that was first made in Japan. Washi is commonly made using fibers from the bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub (Edgeworthia chrysantha), or the paper mulberry, but also can be made using bamboohemp,rice, and wheatWashi comes from wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper, and the term is used to describe paper made by hand in the traditional manner.
Sooo, while searching the web, we came across a fun website called…

As you’ve probably noticed, orange is our favorite color this summer, so we had to get orange washi tape! This tape is great because it won’t harm your painted walls. 
We like to use our washi tape to hang fabric samples while putting together design plans for our clients. 
Washi tape also comes in fun patterns! 
Check out the website for washi tape and other fun products by clicking here!

Magazine Mailers!

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Hello Everyone! Check out the awesome magazine mailers I sent out introducing myself! If you didn’t get one in the mail…here is yours! 🙂 Not only are these envelopes fun to make, they are also good for the environment because you are recycling magazines. Each one is special View More

Hello Everyone! Check out the awesome magazine mailers I sent out introducing myself! If you didn’t get one in the mail…here is yours! 🙂
Not only are these envelopes fun to make, they are also good for the environment because you are recycling magazines. Each one is special and unique. 

Enjoy your day!
xoxo,
Dina

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Guest Post: Quirky and Unexpected Lighting

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Morning Ya’ll! Today we have a guest post by Joanna from Arcadian Lighting about “Quirky and Unexpected Lighting” Hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Hi there! I’m Joanna, a writer for Arcadian Lighting, a must-shop source for quality lighting fixtures in all styles and finishes. I’m View More

Morning Ya’ll! Today we have a guest post by Joanna from Arcadian Lighting about “Quirky and Unexpected Lighting” Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Hi there! I’m Joanna, a writer for Arcadian Lighting, a must-shop source for quality lighting fixtures in all styles and finishes. I’m passionate about beautiful interior design and look forward to writing guest posts such as this one for Harmless Banter. Today, I’ve brought along a collection of quirky and unexpected lighting I think you’ll enjoy seeing. Be sure to leave a comment and let me know which light fixtures you like the best.

Raw Bulb Quirky Lights

We don’t often see raw-bulbed utility lights in a finished kitchen, but these work handsomely when placed at alternating heights, shapes and sizes.

Medusae Jellyfish Light

Roxy Russell’s ocean-inspired Medusae light fixture collection is breathtaking and certainly unexpected. The jellyfish shapes seen here would look lovely in a dining room, above a bed or in an entry.

Sweet Bird Lovely Lamps

Each of these lovely lamps features a sweet bird on a tiny limb. They look pretty as pictured here in a living room. An alternative might be to place in a guest bedroom.

Adler Wall Mounted Lamp

Don’t have enough room for a table lamp? Jonathan Adler’s quirky wall mounted lamp offers a terrific alternative. How fun!

Colorful Party Lamps

These little beauties would be perfect hung above a party table or in a little girl’s room. I love the mix of patterns and colors.

Starlight Canvas

How clever, a canvas of brilliant starlight. This sweet lightscape would be lovely in most any room, especially a bedroom.

Versatile Quirky Light Cords

These cord lights work well with many styles such as contemporary, modern and even rustic. They are quite versatile too and can be configured in many different ways.

Eclectic Decor Light

We see a lot of old doors in rustic and eclectic decors, but this is a first, delicate wall lamps hung on weathered doors! Itís definitely a quirky touch in this contemporary bedroom.

Quirky and unexpected lighting leaves a gleaming design for the home. Leave a suggestion for your favorite quirky light and be sure to drop in on Arcadian Lighting for more unexpected lighting!


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