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Selasa, 31 Maret 2009

April Food Day


As many of you are probably aware, there is a drive underway this April 1st, for bloggers to unite and donate to the organization Feeding America and Food Banks Canada. April Food Day is asking all those who write blogs and those who read them to donate $1.00 in April. One dollar is such a small amount, yet it equates to ten pounds of food, or seven full meals! If you wish, and are able, you may donate any amount. Please help us fight hunger.

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Click to Donate to Feeding America / Click to Donate to Food Banks Canada

Visit April Food Day for more details.
Thanks for being a part of April Food Day! Together, all of us can make a difference.

Patricia Gray writes about 'WHAT'S HOT 'in the world of Interior Design, new and emerging trends, modern design,
architecture, and travel, as well as how your surroundings can influence the world around you.
© 2007-2009 Patricia Gray Interior Design Blog

Senin, 30 Maret 2009

DIY Canopy Beds

DIY Canopy Beds

Blakes Hotel London Canopy Bed

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Left: Dominio Canopy Bed Right: Anthony Todd Canopy Bed

To achieve the above DIY Canopy Bed treatment - mount curtain rods on the ceiling and hang your choice of draperies

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The above drawing is from Blogger Erin at Elements of Style and this is her directions for creating your own Canopy Bed..... "You'll need two drapery rods and a very long length of fabric. If you feel up to it, I like the idea of sewing together a solid on one side and a pattern on the other (for the under side). install one bar right above the head of the bed and one at the foot and run the fabric behind the bed (you can tack it to the wall near the floor so it doesn't move). I think it's a beautiful and cheap way to create a very romantic and dramatic look for your canopy bed." Thanks Erin.

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Dominio Canopy Bed Photo by Simon Upton Dominio Canopy Bed Photo by Paul Costello
To achieve this DIY Canopy Bed: Screw 4 small hooks in the four corners of the ceiling above the bed and hang a length fabric. Canopy Bed

Fancy up plain mosquito netting for a fun & whimsical canopy bed.
India Hicks photo by Arthur Elgort as seen in Vogue, 1998 via Style Court

 
 
 
Other posts you might be interested in:
White Bedrooms
Chic White Bedrooms
Another White Bedroom

Patricia Gray writes about 'WHAT'S HOT 'in the world of Interior Design, new and emerging trends, modern design,
architecture, and travel, as well as how your surroundings can influence the world around you.
© 2009 Patricia Gray Interior Design Blog

Minggu, 29 Maret 2009

What are you going to do with your week?

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams

Patricia Gray writes about 'WHAT'S HOT 'in the world of Interior Design, new and emerging trends, modern design,
architecture, and travel, as well as how your surroundings can influence the world around you.
© 2007-2009 Patricia Gray Interior Design Blog

Jumat, 27 Maret 2009

Earth Hour 2009


This year, Earth Hour 2009 has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming.

For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth Hour 2009 or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH HOUR 2009 and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.

This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard.
Earth Hour 2009 is aiming to reach more than one billion people in 1000 cities around the world

VOTE EARTH Hour 2009 by simply switching off your lights for one hour, and join the world for Earth Hour 2009
8:30PM local time, wherever you live on planet earth. Saturday 28 March 2009
Sign-up to for Earth Hour 2009!!!
Earth Hour 2009 in Canada
Earth Hour 2009 YouTube
Earth Hour 2009 USA
Earth Hour 2009 India
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The Last Forest  by Patrick Desmet via Telamamaria Blogspot
All Art by Belgium Artist Patrick Desmet used with Artist's permission
Bottom Photo Titled: THE LAST FOREST

Patricia Gray writes about 'WHAT'S HOT 'in the world of Interior Design, new and emerging trends, modern design,
architecture, and travel, as well as how your surroundings can influence the world around you.
© 2007-2009 Patricia Gray Interior Design Blog

Rabu, 25 Maret 2009

Ice-Bag Wine Chiller

The Ice-Bag Wine Chiller is a new product that has just hit the North American Market. It is a clear plastic wine tote and chiller that is reusable. It is completely water tight and portable. With it's sleek design and trend-setting appeal the Ice Bag Wine Chiller is an alternative to the ice bucket. And talking about trend setting, this Ice-Bag Wine Cooler has been used at venues such as the Ascot Racetrack, to high profile concerts (Madonna, Elton John, George Michael). How fun to display your wine or champagne in this Ice Bag Wine Chiller. I think that it would be great to use for weddings, special events, or your next party. It is even customizable with your own logo.

For the coolest drinks in town, re-usable Ice-Bag Wine Chiller. My friend Joyce is distributing these. Please contact Joyce for ordering information for Canada, South America, and the Americas here. 

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Patricia Gray writes about 'WHAT'S HOT 'in the world of Interior Design, new and emerging trends, modern design,
architecture, and travel, as well as how your surroundings can influence the world around you.
© 2007-2009 Patricia Gray | Interior Design Blog


Cerise Pink Quilt Cover-Burlesque by Lawrence Llewellyn-Bowen


Lawrence Llewellyn-Bowen has a new range of luxury bedding which are both sassy and practical. In typical Llewellyn-Bowen style this Burlesque pink quilt cover has a real flamboyance and style.

The quilt cover design has great swirls of purple and black scrolls which have glitter on them against a vivid cerise pink background which creates a very dramatic effect!

The colours may be rather loud for some bedrooms, however they are of course ticking all the ‘right’ fashion trend boxes! Very feminine in an almost Barbie way-I’m not sure that Lawrence would appreciate the comparison!

This bedding design would certainly inject colour into a bedroom and with the matching accessories of cushions and in-vogue bed runner it is both affordable and attractive if you like pink! For a more subtle pink quilt cover choose one which has more amethyst tones rather than neon.

I prefer some of his other bedding designs, in particular the Georgia duvet cover with its cute chandelier motif scatter cushions which blend beautifully with the chandelier shown in the bedroom design.

Lawrence has also included some very deep and sensual colours within his bedding range. I must admit not really my cup of tea so to speak, but nevertheless they are of course elegant and chic-you really wouldn’t expect anything less from his designs!

Take a look at his designs and also the room’s d├ęcors and layout for some very inspirational bedroom interior design styles. Of course these are not real bedrooms in real homes but they do have some great ideas and colours which work well together.

Senin, 23 Maret 2009

Ibiza Interior Design and Architecture


Ibiza. Even the word has magic. One thinks of beautiful Interior Design and Architecture; of nightclubs that open at dawn; of a night life and a daytime so tightly integrated, one can’t see where the one ends and the other begins. One thinks of royal high-jinks and celebrities avoiding the pesky paparazzi and people so beautiful, when the rest of us look at them, it hurts the eyes. Ibiza is an island and town located in the Mediterranean Sea about 80 km off the coast of Spain. A reader of my blog, recently sent me photos of a house in Ibiza that I fell in love with as soon as I set my eyes on it. I posted the picture of the living room painted a beautiful pink in my post: Benjamin Moore Virtual Fan Deck. This house is designed by the German architect ERWIEN WACHTER in the architectural style of Mies van der Rohe. It is a 'secret place' not on the public market and is available for rental for 'friends and friends from friends'. If you are interested Contact MONIKA BORCHERT. Enjoy the pictures.

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I think that this is an amazing design for a front door...and look at the view you have when you enter this home.

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The picture on the right is looking towards the staircase with the front door to the left.


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You might be interested in these books on Ibiza Interior Design and Architecture

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: Benjamin Moore Virtual Fan Deck

Patricia Gray writes about 'WHAT'S HOT 'in the world of Interior Design, new and emerging trends, modern design,
architecture, and travel, as well as how your surroundings can influence the world around you.
© 2007-2009 Patricia Gray Interior Design Blog

Jumat, 20 Maret 2009

Benjamin Moore Virtual Fan Deck

As this week marks the beginning of Spring and pink is a color I associate with spring as the cherry trees are starting to blossom, I have two favourite Benjamin Moore Paint colors to share with you that are season appropriate: 1. Benjamin Moore Spring Azalea & 2. Benjamin Moore Springtime Bloom. The color Spring Azalea has a little more of a purple cast to it than the Springtime Bloom and is a closer match to the color on the wall of this beautiful room. Benjamin Moore has a neat product on their web-site that you can see color samples on line. This living room is in a house is located on the island of IBIZA and has been designed by the German architect ERWIEN WACHTER in the style of Mies van der Rohe. It is available for rental. If you are interested Contact MONIKA BORCHERT for information. I will be posting more photos of this house, but for now this is just a little teaser. Be sure to check out Benjamin Moore Virtual Fan Deck

Happy Happy Spring


Here is another post on Pink you might be interested in:
Think Pink







Patricia Gray writes about 'WHAT'S HOT 'in the world of Interior Design, new and emerging trends, modern design and travel,
as well as how your surroundings can influence the world around you.
©Patricia Gray | Interior Design Blog

Be Inspired To Add Colour To Your Home


Plain white can sometimes be rather bland and boring. While it offers a crisp clean look which can give the illusion of more space injections of colour as seen in this floral headboard and contrasting throw are perfect!

Additional accessories which blend beautifully are used with great effect. This is the type of stylish bedroom which can be emulated on a low budget, which is great news for many during the credit crunch!

Transform a bedroom in a weekend by painting walls and ceiling brilliant white, add a cheap blinds in white and but some reasonably priced white bedding. The choice of colours you use to inject your colour is down to a matter of personal taste.

I love the bright greens, turquoises and pinks which provide a vibrancy and fresh look which designer Mi Casa Revista have used. The concept of the design was to offer inspiration to others to pep up their homes in a stylish and affordable way. I think they have hit the nail on the head, metaphorically, with this great bedroom design.

More Mi Casa Revista inspirational designs can be found at freshome where there are design ideas for every room in a home. Adding injections of colour can lift the spirit and the mood- which is something we could all do with from time to time.

The whole idea behind the world of Interior Design is to share thoughts and design concepts with others and in my opinion Mi Casa Revista have done just that!

Rabu, 18 Maret 2009

Miele Limited Edition Chocolate Laundry



A few weeks ago a package arrived in the mail, and to my surprise when I opened it, there was a box of chocolates in shiny brown wrapping tied with a red satin ribbon accompanied by this photo of the new Miele Limited Edition Chocolate Laundry.

Miele Chocolate Laundry
This new "Limited Edition" Chocolate Laundry claims a patented honeycomb drum, which is engineered not only to clean clothes better, but also to make clothes last longer by reducing fabric strain and wear. The dryer uses moisture sensors rather than timers.

What a nice way to make a statement. Thank-you Miele for the chocolates and for the Chocolate Laundry.

Patricia Gray writes about 'WHAT'S HOT 'in the world of Interior Design, new and emerging trends, modern design and travel,
as well as how our surroundings can influence the world around us.
© Patricia Gray | Interior Design Blog

Selasa, 17 Maret 2009

How to CLEAN and CARE for LUCITE

Lucite and acrylic (which is the generic name for this plastic), have become popular materials for
furniture,tables, lamps, hardware, trays etc. It is important to clean and care for lucite properly from
the start as it is a somewhat delicate material. Proper steps should be exercised in cleaning lucite.

Lucite Lamp - My Kitchen

Phillip Starck Ghost Chairs Patricia Gray Inc

Lucite Phillip Starck Ghost Chairs - Photo Patricia Gray Inc

Lucite Vanity Legs Elle Decor


Lucite Vanity Legs Elle Decor

Lucite Cabinet Handles Patricia Gray image


Lucite cabinet handles / Lucite Tray

Clean lucite with hot soapy water using a soft cloth. The type of polishing cloth you use will make a difference. The ideal cloth is nonabrasive, absorbent, and lint free.
To eliminate any chance of scratching lucite , use only disposable cloths. Reusable cloths can retain abrasive particles, but you won't know for sure until the damage is done.

Do not use sprays such as Windex or Fantastic on lucite.
Care, Caring for, Cleaning for Lucite and Acrylic

This kit from from Novus Polish is great to have on hand.

1. Cleans all plastics(lucite) without scratching. Leaves a lustrous shine that resists fogging, repels dust, and eliminates static.
2. Removes fine scratches, haziness and abrasions from most plastics(lucite). Repeated use restores faded and discolored plastics.
3. Removes heavy scratches and abrasions from most acrylic(lucite) surfaces.

The talented Aaron R Thomas designs custom Lucite furniture in Orange County CA, and recommends this Acrylic Furniture Lucite Cleaning and Polishing Kit.
Also check
out Maison 21 for other tips. i ♥ lucite- maison21 explains the care and feeding of one of his favorite materials

Patricia Gray writes about 'WHAT'S HOT' in the world of Interior Design, new and emerging trends, the ins' and outs' of Interior Design,
as well as how our surroundings can shape the world around us.
© Patricia Gray | Interior Design Blog

Sabtu, 14 Maret 2009

Six Things About About Me

Amalie

I have been tagged by the marvelous Maria.... soooo the rules of the game are to divulge 6 facts/habits and trivia about myself.....
and try not to embarrass myself in the process.
So here goes:
1. My favourite color is yellow and always has been ever since I can remember.
2. I like cotton candy and ballerina flats. I prefer wearing ballerina flats to heels.
3. I I love the Ocean and always thought I couldn't live away from it, that is until I visited Palm Springs.
4. I always carry my passport and 50 Euros in my change purse. That way I'm sure I'm going back.
5. I love dogs - all dogs and especially mine. She is a 4 1/2 pound Yorkshire Terrier named Nicole.
6. I love ironing. Yes strange as it seems I find it relaxing.

I pass this on to:
Meade Design, Qerat, Domain Design, Brillante Home Decor, Nest Home
The Rules: Tag 6 people after you have been tagged.
Let 5 people know that you have tagged them.
Let the 6th person wander blindly in the wilderness for 40 years, then tell them they have been tagged.

Patricia Gray Inc is an award winning Interior Designer firm  in Vancouver, Canada who blogs about WHAT'S HOT  in the world of Interior Design.
2009 © Patricia Gray | Interior Design Blog™

Palm Springs Images and the Colony Palms Hotel

These are a few of my favourite pictures from my visit to Palm Springs. The weather was dry and warm. The Moroccan-inspired Colony Palms Hotel is an old landmark in Palm Springs that is a favourite spot for those who 'don't necessarily want to be seen'. It has been on the Condé Nast Traveller Hot List 2008 — 2009. The pool side bar-restaurant Purple Palm is the discrete meeting spot for locals and Hollywood's music and movie-industry elite.

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This is the lucky Buddha at the Colony Palms. Legend has it that if you make a wish while rubbing his tummy your wish will be granted. My friends Sara and Paul from Vancouver were staying at the Colony Palms Hotel, which just happened to coincide with my visit. (PS.....I have gotten my wish!!!!!)

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A view through the palm to the discreet and trendy poolside Purple Palm bar.

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Shadow cast by cactus on the desert sand

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View towards Palm Springs from the lookout point on Highway 74

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Palm Springs Wind Energy - Increasingly popular as alternative sources of energy, wind turbine generators are a type of windmill that produces electricity by harnessing the wind. Wind turbine generators are much less harmful to the environment than burning fossil fuels, but they do require average wind speeds of at least 21 km/h (13 mph). The largest of these windmills stands 150 feet tall with blades half the legend of a football field. Windmill farms on the San Gorgonio Mountain Pass in the San Bernadino Mountains contains more than 4000 separate windmills and provides enough electricity to power Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley.




Other travel posts you might like:
Travel Blog: Drinks at the Viceroy Palm Springs
Sunday in Milan
VENICE - Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa, Giudecca Island, Redentore
ROME - Hotel Mascagni, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza Barberini
FLORENCE - Hotel Santa Maria Novella, Uffizi, Accademia Gallery

Patricia Gray writes about 'WHAT'S HOT 'in the world of Interior Design, new and emerging trends, modern design, architecture,
and travel, as well as how your surroundings can influence the world around you.
© Patricia
Gray Interior Design Blog, 2009