Of Gym Shoes & Sinks with Blanco ….

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….

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Swish.

That was the sound of a “design slam dunk” by Blanco!

[photo credit: blanco usa]

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Enjoying the Rainbow With Lamps Plus …

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…..

Robert Abbey LAmps Plus

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]

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Daydreaming About Laufen Bathrooms …

I don’t care if you call me a day dreamer.  Everyone who knows me can testify to my overactive imagination.  I concoct absurd scenarios in my head all the time.  This week I was listening to a song and instantly imagined myself possessing superior martial arts and gymnastics skills defeating a room full of armed terrorists using nothing but my belt and chair ala a lion tamer. It’s especially odd since I was listening to a classical piece of music.   In another fantasy I am “discovered” by a famous interior magazine editor ala Devil Wears Prada and whisked into a fast paced life of international design jobs, wild parties and being pursued by overly attractive 40ish millionaires with a thing for skinny dudes.  And of course, all the while I am wearing fabulous outfits.

But I have this other fantasy ….. it involves bathrooms.  And before you go all Fifty Shades of Grey on me, it isn’t what you think.  What it involves is designing the perfect bathroom.  It’s the one room in my design portfolio that I have yet to fully tackle.  Sure, I get to do the occasional lipstick job, but I have yet to sink my teeth into a juicy gut job where I get to use the pieces I dream about.  I am currently pitching a bathroom right now and should I get it, there is a strong possibility that some beautiful pieces from Laufen Bathrooms will be put into the mix for consideration….

ILBAGNOALESSI One

Since many of my projects are condos or small spaces, I particularly like how Laufen Bathrooms has dedicated considerable time, energy and design resources in creating lines that are designed for the urban dweller.  While not specifically designed for small spaces, their ILBAGNOALESSI One line is a beautiful melding of organics – organic lines & organic materials creating a sense of space that is typically lacking in small bathrooms where the defacto is boxy, boxy boxy.

LB3 Laufen

And while I love a freestanding bathtub, more often than not, my predominately male clientele doesn’t.  Fortunately, Laufen’s LB3 shower tray is perfect!  I know it’s odd to get excited over shower trays but the LB3 is seamless, sleek and just damn sexy.

B 25637 Form Laufen

Palomba Collection

But even though my clients may request showers, I still like to consider myself the “tub pusher” because they bring such a sculptural quality to a bathroom should you have the space.  And these three – the Form ILBAGNOALESSI dOt and Palomba are my choices from Laufen for the perfect melding of style and function.

Since fantasies are ever changing, I think I have a new one where I find myself sitting in one of these Laufen beauties overlooking the ocean as one of those dazzling handsome millionaires from my other fantasy pours me a glass of champagne…..ahhh.

[pictures courtesy Laufen Bathrooms]

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