Mar 23

Mirror Mirror…

Posted In Art, Decorating, Move-in's, Redesign, staging, Styling, Uncategorized

What does your mirror reflect? It’s so much more interesting when you can see the reflection of something pretty inside the frame, like here, where mirrors show off the attractive rooms they live in:

 

The view in the mirror can also be of the view… out of a window on the opposite or adjacent wall.  This reflection will bring ALOT more bright light into the “mirrored” corner of the room… great for dark spaces!

Be sure your mirrors are doing double duty in your rooms, looking great where they are hanging AND reflecting something attractive.  If you see a not-so-nice view, of the ceiling, a bathroom cabinet, the TV, or a messy corner of the room, maybe it’s time to move the mirror to a new location.  OR, try tilting the mirror slightly… down, with the frame away from the wall a bit, or up with the frame lined up flat up against the wall. You’ll be surprised at how differently the mirror reflects with this tiny shift!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Feb 17

The OC gets Interesting!

Posted In Art, Clothing, Decorating, Food, Green Design, Orange County, Recycle/Reuse, Shopping, Travel, Uncategorized

There were two of us, with a few hours to spare, looking for good times in the OC.  A beautiful day, we itched for something different, unique and one-of-a-kind that would preferably be punctuated with yummy treats and drinks.

Our destination?

The OC Mart Mix in Costa Mesa

Have you been there yet?  Ok, yes…it is a little tough to find… but what a gem!  It’s nestled behind the South Coast Collection of furniture stores (SOCO) which I’m sure you’ve seen from the 405, just north of Harbor. The OC Mart Mix is very similar to the LAB Anti-Mall and The Camp in that it is filled with wonderfully creative places to shop, eat and just hang, indoors and out.  You’ll find unique, one of a kind items… from clothing, old and new, to furniture, home accessories, organic body products, art made from salvaged items, jewelry, sports, cycle and surf shops, a spice store, even a sewing workshop.

 

 

The Mix houses a fantastic coffee shop, wine and olive bar, bakery, a new cheese shop and by now… probably more.  Each time I go, there are new places to explore… it’s growing quickly. Definitely worth the drive!

 

You’ll want to stay for a while….  The open air courtyard is gorgeously landscaped… a perfect spot to soak up that all important Vit. D and enjoy a treat.  Visit in the evening to bask under twinkly lights and in front of the firepit.

Go to the Mix on a Saturday and you’ll get to shop the farmer’s market and sample yummies from gourmet food trucks.  Line up!

The OC Mart Mix is a fun place to explore, meet up with friends and be inspired by creative people and things.  I’m ready for another fix….!  See you there next week?!

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Jan 31

Shining Example

Posted In Art, Green Design, Old to New, Recycle/Reuse, Shopping

What a transformation!  My Motorcycle Man and I scavenged this airplane drop tank, from a 60′s jet fighter, at the HAVECO aviation graveyard in Tucson.  We knew that Roland of Roland Sands Designs would know exactly what to do with it.

Roland’s day job… creating the most amazing out-of-this-world custom motorcycles for clients with deep pockets.  And now THIS for his showroom…

Only Roland and his fantastically twisted and creative brain could have envisioned this tank as a spectacular stairwell chandelier for his Los Alamitos Design Center.  I see a bright future!

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