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(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The New Face of Home Design (an essay by guest wr...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The New Face of Home Design (an essay by guest wr...: photocourtesyswedishfurniturecom Friends and blog readers, The economic down turn in America has influenced the face of design and...

The New Face of Home Design (an essay by guest writer Mary Douglas Drysdale)

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(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: ' THINK GLOBALLY, BLOG LOCALLY, ' an essay by gu...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: ' THINK GLOBALLY, BLOG LOCALLY, ' an essay by gu...: photocourtesydmitrikblog ' THINK GLOBALLY, BLOG LOCALLY ' You pick up a newspaper or turn on the nightly news, what do you see and he...

' THINK GLOBALLY, BLOG LOCALLY, ' an essay by guest writer Lowell Feld

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WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR / EASILY GREEN (An essay by Sam Parry)

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(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR / EASILY GREEN (An essay b...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR / EASILY GREEN (An essay b...: landscape#6bywalterhelena Friends and blog readers, I hate the word tree-hugger. For one thing, I’ve been an environmentalist all ...

WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR / EASILY GREEN (An essay by guest writer Sam Parry)

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(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: (almost) ALMOST FAMOUS: Architects Working Under ...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: (almost) ALMOST FAMOUS: Architects Working Under ...: photocourtesyrentromeapartmentscom Peeps, Ever since meeting Cathleen Curtin (CA, AIA) in 2004, I have closely watched as her list...

(almost) ALMOST FAMOUS: Architects Working Under the Radar / Cathleen Curtin

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(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: (almost) ALMOST FAMOUS: Architects Working Under t...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: (almost) ALMOST FAMOUS: Architects Working Under t...: AfterGiottobyTomNakashima photocourtesyrabbeinccom Peeps, It seems that architects who toil within the boundaries of the District rec...

(almost) ALMOST FAMOUS: Architects Working Under the Radar / Eric Colbert

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(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: (almost) ALMOST FAMOUS: Designers Working Under t...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: (almost) ALMOST FAMOUS: Designers Working Under t...: photocourtesystartdesigningblogspot Peeps, At this time of the year, we are treated to the ' Best of 2011's _______' and ' 100 Best ...

(almost) ALMOST FAMOUS: Designers Working Under the Radar / Iantha Carley

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I’ve always been an avid doodler. For me, it isn’t an issue of idleness. It is more of a fascination of the complexities and combinations of shapes and textures and how they play off one another. I have a lot of artists in my family and I view this ability as my art form.
I always bring this fascination to all of my design projects. It’s important to bring something unexpected to the space. Mixing patterns, textures and color, which, on their own, may seem a bit off. But once everything is pulled together, it makes brilliant sense. I like to call it sophisticated whimsy. It takes the serious edge off, but is comfortable and elegant in a non-traditional way.

David Hicks has been a great influence in my design aesthetic. I remember the first time I saw an ad he appeared in for JP Stevens sheets (they weren’t called “linens” in the 70’s). I was immediately drawn to his skillful mix of patterns and color in one room. His rooms were never boring and are timeless. The key is always to make th…

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The Peep-Show presents ' 8 Reasons to Love Hannuka...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The Peep-Show presents ' 8 Reasons to Love Hannuka...: photocourtesyofshoeteasecom 8 Reasons to Love Hannukah!!!! The very thought of giving or receiving these random gifts makes me deliri...

The Peep-Show presents ' 8 Reasons to Love Hannukah' by guest writer Janine Davey

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8 Reasons to Love Hannukah!!!!


The very thought of giving or receiving these random gifts makes me delirious with excitement......some "over the top", some staid.....but  fun and generous in my opinion
1) A stunning , insanely gorgeous orchid from either local floral designer Greenworks or Le Printemps, coincidentally near to one another down in the hot new West End area of DC....love what is going on there as it always evokes memories of my days at GWU, not appreciating that I lived off campus and did my weekly food shopping at the now closed Safeway at The Watergate. Both shops do a terrific job....and at one point I was fortunate to have orchids from both on my coffee table....they were equally as spectacular!!!
2) A beautiful pen..... one with heft and gravitas. Tiffany does a couple of pretty, feminine styles,( I misplaced mine)...... I purchased a monogrammed ballpoint Montblanc for a friend,( he mentioned that the Cartier I had given him was a bit of a hassle leaking ink…

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: ' THE DECEMBER ISSUE ' / In Memory of Alexander M...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: ' THE DECEMBER ISSUE ' / In Memory of Alexander M...: photocourtesysbeulahonsugarcom Peeps, ' THE DECEMBER ISSUE,' the series of essays regarding fashion which ran during the past two wee...

' THE DECEMBER ISSUE ' / In Memory of Alexander McQueen

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' THE DECEMBER ISSUE,' the series of essays regarding fashion which ran during the past two weeks, is dedicated to the memory of Alexander McQueen.  Earlier this year, the MET/Costume Institute's exhibition entitled ' ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: SAVAGE BEAUTY,' broke attendance records with an estimated 661,509 visitors, and 100,000 copies of the exhibition catalogue sold.  In May through August, fans/followers/devotees/bloggers/fashion-istas/curators/editors/walkers/wanna-bees/wankers/wierdos, assorted persons, as well as personalities from all genres (and sub-genres as well) of society congregated at the temple of his highness to pay respect to his memory, and to view the collection(s).  McQueen created garments of incomparable and haunting beauty.  His runway shows transformed existing notions of beauty, performance, art, identity, politics and couture to a singular aesthetic vision unparalleled in recent history.  He was truly a genius, and dearly missed.  


Thanks …

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: ' THE DECEMBER ISSUE ' / The Forgotten Ones

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: ' THE DECEMBER ISSUE ' / The Forgotten Ones: photocourtesythesartorialist Peeps, It seems that the fashion world has forgotten the 'mature' woman, you know any of the female sex...

' THE DECEMBER ISSUE ' / The Forgotten Ones

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' THE DECEMBER ISSUE ' / Ralph Rucci: THE NEXT EMPEROR

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Peeps,
In an industry allegedly dominated by ego-maniacs, divas, copy-cats, trend-followers, weak talent and the directionless, true talent can be increasingly rare to spot, as well as show.  Indeed, it is on the runway -- that daunting, demanding spectacle of craft/art/performance, where a designer's individual viewpoint is crystallized into magical moments which must be quickly presented within a short time-span allotted between other talents, and before the audience's attention wanders elsewhere.  At the cost of millions per minute, the supporting cast of fitters/makeup artists/hair-dressers/lighting and stage technicians/prop-managers and florists/the DJ, and the bevy of beautiful models all contribute to 'that' moment or moments when the designer's vision is wholly realized. Then after thunderous applause (as well as  favorable reviews and large orders from store buyers and enthusiastic clientele, or lucrative contracts for perfumes/lingerie/accessories and so …

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: ' THE DECEMBER ISSUE ' / Ralph Rucci: THE NEXT ...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: ' THE DECEMBER ISSUE ' / Ralph Rucci: THE NEXT ...: photocourtesyfocusonstyleblog Peeps, In an industry allegedly dominated by ego-maniacs, divas, copy-cats, trend-followers, weak talent...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: ' THE DECEMBER ISSUE ' / First Lady Michelle O...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: ' THE DECEMBER ISSUE ' / First Lady Michelle O...: imagesourceunknown Readers, First Lady Michelle Obama is the the epitome of style and cool! Being able to pull off both style an...

' THE DECEMBER ISSUE ' / First Lady Michelle Obama by guest writer Gayle Fleming

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Readers,


First Lady Michelle Obama is the the epitome of style and cool!  Being able to pull off both style and cool as a forty-something woman, and as the First Lady of the most powerful country in the world (I'm being somewhat dramatic and facetious here) is quite a feat.  To be sure, her style has inflamed the wrath of some who think that the First Lady should be more demure in her wardrobe choices.  Read that as:  dowdy, boring, status quo, white bread, if you will.  And those uppity arms.  How dare she put the arms of the average American woman to shame!  But then I'm sure that Michelle Obama has never done anything status quo, and growing up in a working-class black family in Chicago, I'm also pretty sure she learned how to create great style with less.


When she's buying off-the-rack clothes, which she still does, she has to confront the reality of the body types that most clothes are made for.  First of all, she's really tall so she is already not of normal bo…

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: ' THE DECEMBER ISSUE ' / Flights of Fancy

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: ' THE DECEMBER ISSUE ' / Flights of Fancy: photoannieleibovitz Peeps, The lines of traffic continue to snake around the entrances leading to the parking roofs at the local mall...

' THE DECEMBER ISSUE ' / Flights of Fancy

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' THE DECEMBER ISSUE ' / NOTES (on picturing ourselves)

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