January Recap

Y’all know how to show a boy some love!  Aside from the birthday wishes, you all made January the BEST month to date for Courtney Out Loud.  2012 is kicking off to be a banner year so let’s take a moment to look back  and highlight at what made January so very awesome……

I started off the year giving myself some directives on how I want to live my life in 2012……

I was pleasantly reminded why I enjoy blogging when two readers shared their own projects inspired by my living room paint stencil.

January also found me working with one of my “design crushes”, Thomas Wold on a new design project for a client….

Even with all the work I somehow managed to snag this month (3 new jobs in January – go me!), I was still able to put out some kick ass recipes from the kitchen including a delicious one for Butternut Squash and Pear Soup as well as a manly meal of Rib Eye Steak with Whisky Sauce and Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes…..

Even with a full tummy (and an expanding waist line), I found time to tell y’all about a few items I have been coveting in my ongoing “Loving Out Loud” series including the Roberts DAB Radio, Hudson Bay Point Blankets and the Alpine Bed from Modernica …..

I also officially kicked off a new ongoing series for the blog called “Guest Vignettes” where I am asking some of my favorite bloggers to share a vignette in their home and explain its sentimental meaning to them.  I was lucky enough to snag Holly from the Almost 40 Year Old Intern and Alycia from Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One…..

Finally, I shared with you all my pending article in Adore Magazine, my day at the Clars Auction House and my first give away of 2012.

February is gearing up to an even better month with some new interviews, another give away and maybe a video or two!

So did you have a favorite post from January or have a suggestion for something you want to see on the blog?  Drop me an email or comment and let me know!

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Loving Out Loud: Modernica’s Alpine Bed

Happy Monday!

It is raining cats and dogs here in the Bay Area, driving me to do nothing but lounge in bed, sip tea and read design magazines…… NOT!  Sadly, even with all the rain, I have been running about for clients.  This weekend, I presented a series of design boards for a new client’s master bedroom.  They are a fun couple who I love working with; their attitude has been “push the boundaries and let’s see where the design can go…”  Honestly as a budding designer, there are no sweeter words to my ears…..well aside from “unlimited budget”.

In any case, one of the items that I presented to them as the Alpine Bed by LA-based furniture company Modernica:

Made of only 8 piece of wood, the Alpine Bed is the epitome of minimalist chic.  It is sculptural in form and has almost tactile quality to it….I literally just want to rub my hands along the curved wood.  It’s masculine without being too modern and modern without being austere.  If you can’t tell, I am sorta in love with this bed.

While the bed is stunning, after discussing other aspects of the room’s design with the client, we eventually opted not to go with it.  However, I have a VERY strong feeling that this bed will end up in one of other designs in the near future.

So how did you spend your weekend?  Lounge in bed, knock out some chores or watch the 49ers lose (sorry I had to throw in a little SF/Bay pride)?

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