bits & bytes: Donna Hay Online

December 6, 2010

Admiring Donna Hay’s online store for its down-under style. Cohesive, modern, delicate… yummy! Her new book “fast, fresh, simple” is out now.

I’ve had my first major online shopping success! Amazon, sure. Restoration Hardware, JCrew, yes and yes. But a website offering limited time sales of hugely discounted designer items? New to me! What are your online shopping hotspots? I’ll let you in on my revelation soon.

Christmas pudding, Keep Glam & Rock On poster, shopping list pad, apron | via

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portfolio: Boulevard Home & Design Annual

September 14, 2010

As projects go, this one is a designer’s dream. Imagery of gorgeous home design and inspirational text are currently coming together for the first Boulevard Home and Design Annual. Boulevard Magazine has a long standing reputation for “capturing the personality, culture and vitality that is Victoria by focusing on the Arts, People, Trends, Food, Architecture and Design.”

The hard cover book is coming together as 100 pages of smart advice and exciting looks from Victoria’s top home industry experts. A unique local perspective for all things home. Equally as exciting is the Boulevard Home Contest:

WHO: A lucky Boulevard Home reader

WHAT: $20,000 spending spree at one or more Boulevard Home advertising clients, courtesy of Boulevard Lifestyles Inc.

WHEN: Draw January, 2011

HOW: Enter by purchasing your copy of Boulevard Home (one entry per book) or drop by their offices at 1845B Fort Street, Victoria to enter in person.

Click here to enter. Pick up the latest copy of the magazine or read online to find out more. Pre-order your copy here.

Boulevard Home & Design Annual coming SOON!

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in the house: The New Traditional

February 1, 2010
From "The New Traditional" Daryll Carter

“Signs of life are good design elements”, says Daryll Carter in his book The New Traditional. It can be a challenge in our high-tech society to find a human trace. I think it’s always important to bring any design idea back to the basics, put pencil to paper, use your senses and work with what inspires you.

Carter also makes a statement that rang true with me regarding client relationships. “I always know when my clients and I have reached the defining moment in our relationship. As in any relationship, you have to feel out your partner…. What a relief it is when everyone finally gets comfortable. Nothing is more liberating than truthful, fluid dialogue. The first time a client says ‘I hate it’, I know there is trust. Nothing is more counterproductive than gratuitous deference.”

I think the fireplace treatment above (scanned from “The New Traditional”) is a concept worthy of a new home or a clever way to cover up an unsightly existing fireplace. I’d like a firewood nook to go with it, please.

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it’s graphic: Best Book Covers 2009

December 29, 2009
Best Book Design 2009

Best Book Design 2009

I am definitely guilty of judging a book by its cover. Here is a full list of favorite 2009 covers from The Book Design Review.

The days following the Christmas rush and preceding the New Years fatigue are perfect for picking up a new book. I’m currently reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris.

What are you reading and is the cover worthy of the contents?

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