Loving Out Loud: Copper Floor Lamp….

Good design is a series of building blocks.  Put them together and you have the makings for success.  Urban Outfitters put this rule to the test with their Five-Arm Copper Floor Lamp….

Urban Outfitters Copper  Floor Lamp

Clean modern design coupled with the rosy hue of copper is a winning combination in my book.  It is simple without being elementary and sleek without being spartan.  Because of this, it can easily go in a contemporary room as an accent lamp or in a more traditional room as a focal point.

Truth be told, I liked it so much that I ended up buying it myself for my guest room to use as a bedside lamp.  It was the perfect foil to the strongly patterned duvet and chair that exists in the space already.

The lamp is currently on sale for $150 plus free shipping!  Yeah sometimes, you find bright ideas in unexpected places.

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Reject Pile ….

Hope everyone had  a fabulous holiday (and for those lucky few with an extended holiday, I am jealous..)!  The Partner and I exercised our freedoms by doing absolutely nothing – we stayed in, didn’t barbecue and at one found ourselves at a $9.99 all you could eat dim sum buffet (for future reference, this is not recommended).

As the day progressed, I found myself looking at my Sansome Project and tweaking the furniture selections.  As archaic as it sounds, I keep my furniture pics in a Powerpoint presentation for each project.  Each room gets a slide and then I keep a final slide open to house “cast-offs”.  I know some people love the new pin boards, but I find there interfaces a tad cumbersome when I need to get things done quickly.  What struck me was that how much I liked the general feel of the “reject pile” than what I was pulling for the actual living room….

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The above is actually the “reject pile” from the project.  For some reason, the client either rejected the piece, the dimensions were off or it just didn’t work with the pieces that we had already.  However, what I did like about this pile of was its discord – it had a feeling that things were selected over time; nice mishmash of things the client was given and purchased.  In comparison, my other attempts felt lack the informality and ease that was exuding from this “pile of stuff”.   So it is back to the drawing board with a renewed focus and hopefully this time around, I will nail it.

But isn’t it funny where you find inspiration sometimes?  So tell me what is the oddest thing that has ever inspired you?

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Weekend Recap ….

The temperamental weather gods of Northern California have bestowed on us wonderful weather for the month of May, so I spent the majority of the weekend soaking up every bit of it……

Threw on a simple out of my favorite Club Monaco raw denim jacket, white tee and J Crew pink chinos for a lunch with a fellow design friend……

Caesar salads, asparagus with beets, blue cheese and lemon sauce and lattes fueled us for an afternoon gabfest on our personal lives, work and planning for the future…….

I snuck in a bit of shopping at Urban Outfitters thanks to a store credit and was able to pick up this adorable Crosley radio to replace the one that is dying in our kitchen….

A quick change of clothes and I was in San Francisco to meet a new client where we toasted the start of his project…..

I finished Friday looking for the perfect spot to place the lamp that my friend, Ron, made for me.  It is a one of my new favorite pieces and I am excited to show it to clients as a potential lighting option.

Saturday found me visiting the local auction house where I was able to score a painting, a Turkish rug for the kitchen and great chair for a client…..

I think one of the reasons I like going to the auction is because it is a block way from one of my favorite lunch places, Bake Sale Betty’s – their fried chicken sandwich is what dreams (and clogged arteries) are made of…..

My dog I think was needy for attention or just finished reading Doggy Vogue because he was striking some serious glamour shot poses which I had to take pics of…….

The Partner and I finished the day over bowls of steaming ramen at a little shop around the corner from our house as the warm night breeze blew through……

Sunday I had a late brunch with my friend  Shannon and by brunch I mean a martini, extra dirty with three olives at the Lake Chalet in Oakland……

I puttered around the garden, weeding, planting bulbs and tending to the container gardens before the big event…..

The solar eclipse was amazing even though, we didn’t plan well for it.  But thanks to our crafty 4-year-old neighbor, we were able to join in the fun……

And with that final event, I crashed…hence the late post today!

So how was your weekend?

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