Gym shoes for many years were utilitarian. White leather or canvas attached to a rubber sole. Nothing that exciting but they got the job done. Then came Nike and with Air Jordans. Gym shoes would never be the same. Actually gym shoes would quickly move to center court and become the de facto status symbol for many a young man. Somehow, Nike and figured out the formula for making the ordinary quite extraordinary.
I think Blanco is the Nike of sink design. Family-owned since 1925, Blanco’s humble beginnings included making copper galvanized parts for cookers and hot water bottles Fast forward 88 years and they have produced more than 40 million sinks and have come to be recognized as a world leader in quality and innovation.
Long gone are the times when a sink was merely used for function….
That was the sound of a “design slam dunk” by Blanco!
Can you believe that this time next week that it will be Thanksgiving?!? Kinda crazy right? Well don’t stress out because I teamed up with two different partners to show you how to avoid the Thanksgiving “craziness” ……..
The online retailer Joyus.com invited me onto their web talk show to discuss my short cuts and tips on throwing a stress-free holiday party and creating beautiful holiday tablescapes. In the segment I show three different table settings that can take you from Thanksgiving all the way through New Years without breaking the bank or you in a cold sweat! It’s all about creating a fun and easy approach to decorating.
For my monthly column at SheKnows.com, I am talking about how to set up a Thanksgiving Buffet. Whether you are opting for a more relaxed holiday this season or a simply don’t have the room in your abode, I show how you can create a beautiful buffet that will wow your guests and leave you with time to still enjoy the meal!
And next week for all you procrastinators still in need of a menu, I break down my picks for simple, quick and yummy Thanksgiving dishes! So relax I got you covered this holiday season! Now I just have to follow my own advice and get started! Sometimes the “teacher” is the worst pupil. Now if you will excuse me, I need to start planning own menu…..
Hi – my name is Courtney and I like color. I love a beautiful neutral space, but color gets my heart racing. Color gets me excited. Color is my equivalent of “design MSG” – I think everything looks better with a touch of it.
Thankfully, the folks at Lamps Plus think the same thing because they recently launched their Color + Lighting Collection featuring over 100+ colors and a variety of different lamp styles. From the classic gourd to groovy floor lamps, this collection really covers the gamut and gives something customers more options than even many custom lighting companies I have worked with in the past.
Lamps Plus has a huge selection of lamps outside its Color + collection that features beautiful colors. If you lean more towards modern then I suggest the Delta Peacock Lamp from Robert Abbey…..
For a lamp just shy of 2 feet tall, it packs quite a design wallop thanks to its geometric shape. Just like the Color + Collection, it comes in a multitude of colors including new two-tone variations which I absolutely adore. It is on my short list (I know – bad pun!) for at least two different clients – one we will use it in their office and the other will find itself on his night stand.
So embrace your inner Rainbow Bright and throw caution to the wind! After all, it’s only color!
[photo credit: lamps plus//collage credit: courtney lake]