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Million Dollar Decorators Aired On May 31st …..

Monday, June 6th, 2011

….and I missed it! Thank goodness, Bravo, runs their shows more than once. I caught it the next night and was not impressed. Nutshell version- deadline problem with the Osbournes, divorce mid-project, birthday celebration with guacamole made withdirty hands and questionable comments made to the client.  The show and the decorators View More

….and I missed it!

Thank goodness, Bravo, runs their shows more than once.
I caught it the next night and was not impressed. 


Nutshell version- 
deadline problem with the Osbournes, divorce mid-
project, birthday celebration with guacamole made with
dirty hands and questionable comments made to the client. 



The show and the decorators did nothing to dignify the profession of Interior Designers.
I suppose that is why the title is Million Dollar Decorators.


In case you don’t know there is a difference……

The biggest difference in the two, is that designers must have an education.  Decorators don’t need any education.


As of 2009, 25 states and the District of Columbia had educational requirements in place for interior designers. Most of those state requirements are based on the standards of the National Council for Interior Design Qualification, or NCIDQ. Under NCIDQ standards, designers must earn a minimum of 120 semester hours of course work, with no fewer than 60 of those hours focused on interior design work. Most colleges and universities that offer programs in interior design are designed to satisfy the NCIDQ requirements [source: NCIDQ].


On a positive note. The work that was shown on the show was wonderful.

May Your Weekend Be Full Of Fun, Happiness And Color!!!!!

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Photography by Parisian Alain Delorme- “Manufacterd Totems”    For more of his work  click-www.alaindelorme.com

Photography by Parisian Alain Delorme- “Manufacterd Totems”
    For more of his work 

The Beute Lamp by Michael Wolke- Interesting Green Design

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

German designer Michael Wolke  has created the Beute pendant lamps from discarded cardboard. These wonderfully sculptural Beute lamps are made by overlapping thin strips of old cardboard. It is a clean modern approach for the pendant lamp. To Read More: Click –Michael Wolke Creates Sculptural Pendant Lamps From Strips of Old View More

German designer Michael Wolke
 has created the Beute pendant lamps from discarded cardboard.


These wonderfully sculptural Beute lamps are made by overlapping thin strips of old cardboard. It is a clean modern approach for the pendant lamp.




To Read More: Click –Michael Wolke Creates Sculptural Pendant Lamps From Strips of Old Cardboard | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World 

README- Table/Lamp

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Designed by Peter Boeckel, the readme is the                                                  combination of a lamp and a table. Standing on four legs it is lightly influenced by the View More



Designed by Peter Boeckel,
the readme is the                                                  combination of a lamp and a table. Standing on four legs it is lightly influenced by the characteristics of a small chest and at the same time, the traits of a lampshade with some shelving thrown in.

Used materials are white maple and coated steel.
For more of Peter’s talents click-www.peterboeckel.com

est…….Another Digital Magazine For To Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Click – estemag and tell me what you think!

Click – estemag and tell me what you think!

Have a Safe Memorial Day

Monday, May 30th, 2011

On this Memorial Day—one of our nation’s most revered holidays—we should all pause and reflect on the principles that have made our nation great. We should remind ourselves of  the true cost of freedom and to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect it. The brave View More

On this Memorial Day—one of our nation’s most revered holidays—we should all pause and reflect on the principles that have made our nation great. We should remind ourselves of  the true cost of freedom and to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect it. The brave men and women we honor today selflessly gave of themselves to defend a way of life that we so cherish: The rights of all people to determine our own futures, free of oppression and fear. It is because of these everyday heroes that we celebrate Memorial Day, commemorating the selflessness and sacrifice of those upon whose very lives rests the foundation of freedom.


Memorial Day is one of our nation’s oldest and most significant holidays, born solely of our shared American heritage. Together, we recall the glory and sacrifice of all who have set their personal aspirations aside for the preservation of our society.
Born out of the Civil War and celebrated, this, the third Monday in May, Memorial Day came about as townspeople across the nation decorated gravesites of the fallen with the American flag.

Today, many of us will gather with family and friends to usher in the summer season, but it is important that we never forget why we gather and remember the brave men and women who gave so much and the families and loved ones left behind. 

The May/June Issue Of rue is here!

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Click –ruemag and enjoy!! Have a happy and safe Memorial Day



Click –ruemag and enjoy!!
Have a happy and safe Memorial Day

“Out On A Limb- Architects Take A Bough”

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

 According to Vitruvius, the Roman scholar who authored De architectura, architecture is man’s imitation of the nests, lairs, and hives animals build for themselves.  He also famously observed that architecture must have commodity, firmness and delight. What would he think of these tree house creations? Reminiscent of the Swiss View More

 According to Vitruvius, the Roman scholar who authored De architectura, architecture is man’s imitation of the nests, lairs, and hives animals build for themselves.  He also famously observed that architecture must have commodity,
firmness and delight.

What would he think of these tree house creations?

Reminiscent of the Swiss Family Robinson homestead/treehouse
with a lot of coolness thrown in….. six designers and architects
have created 6 AMAZING tree houses.

If you can’t take the trip to see them in person, here
is a quick look.

Berkshire Botanical Gardens
Stockbridge, MA
May 1 – October 10 2011

 

Remember My Post About The New Bravo Show- “Million Dollar Decorators”

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

The new show begins airing, Tuesday, May 31st on Bravo. It will follow 5 of Hollywood’s top “decorators”- Jeffrey Alan Marks, Lawrence-Bullard, Mary McDonald, Kathryn M. Ireland and Nathan Turner as they make their way through the good and the bad of working for the rich and famous View More

The new show begins airing, Tuesday, May 31st on Bravo.
It will follow 5 of Hollywood’s top “decorators”-
Jeffrey Alan Marks, Lawrence-Bullard, Mary McDonald,
Kathryn M. Ireland and Nathan Turner as they
make their way through the good and the bad
of working for the rich and famous and frequently difficult.
I have heard Kathryn M. Ireland speak and she is very entertaining.
Hopefully the show will be too.


Trumeau Mirrors

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

The trumeau mirror originated in France during the 18th century and are as popular today as they were then.  Trumeau mirrors were intended to hang on the wall between windows providing a decorative element to the wall as well as serve a purpose of bringing in more light.  View More

The trumeau mirror originated in France during the 18th century and are as popular today as they were then.  Trumeau mirrors were intended to hang on the wall between windows providing a decorative element to the wall as well as serve a purpose of bringing in more light.  Most antique trumeau mirrors are found painted, as the style of most homes during the 18th century homes were painted in rich faux work with ornate plaster frieze that ornamented the walls. 

The trumeau mirror is easy to identify, because it is most often rectangular in design. The size of the mirror was dependant on the size of the mantle or the width of the wall on which the trumeau hung.  Trumeau mirrors are designed where the bottom portion is the mirror itself, while the top is generally decorative.   The lower portion of a trumeau is always a mirror, and placed behind a candle and served the purpose of bringing in more light in dimly lit homes.  Homes were not wired for electricity, so any way of bringing in light which extended the hours of  daylight was a necessity.  The upper portion of a trumeau contains a relief carved design, a painting, or a second mirror.