Amy Judd's artwork is not for the birds. Her stunning collection is almost dream-like with with whimsical intrigue, while others are more surreal and seductive.
These paintings draw inspiration from the enchanting and imaginative relationship between women and nature found in traditional mythologies and folklores. - Hicks Gallery
Crushing hard yet? Obsessed is an understatement and we will take one of everything.
PHOTO: Alyssa Rosenheck for Oxford Exchange Design
By Sacha Strebe for My Domaine
Remodeling and where to allocate your investments wisely can definitely be scary and overwhelming, especially without the proper guidance. Below are the Top 5 renovation investments to get the most bang for your buck according to My Domaine 2017 findings.
1. UP: Deck Addition (Composite) | 62.2% Return
Job Cost: $17,249
Resale Value: $11,252
Cost Recouped: 65.2%
2. UP: Family Room Addition | 69.3% Return
Job Cost: $89,566
Resale Value: $62,055
Cost Recouped: 69.3%
3. UP: Major Kitchen Remodel | 65.3% Return
Job Cost: $62,158
Resale Value: $40,560
Cost Recouped: 65.3%
4. UP: Master Suite Additon | 64.8% Return
Job Cost: $119,533
Resale Value: $77,506
Cost Recouped: 64.8%
5. UP: Two-Story Addition | 71.1% Return
Job Cost: $176,108
Resale Value: $125,222
Cost Recouped: 71.1%
1. DOWN: Basement Remodel | 70% Return
Job Cost: $71,115
Resale Value: $49,768
Cost Recouped: 70%
2. DOWN: Backyard Patio | 54.9% Return
Job Cost: $51,985
Resale Value: $28,546
Cost Recouped: 54.9%
3. DOWN: Bathroom Addition and Remodel | 53.9 and 64.8% Return
Job Cost: $43,232
Resale Value: $23,283
Cost Recouped: 53.9%
4. DOWN: Backup Power Generator | 54% Return
Job Cost: $12,860
Resale Value: $6,940
Cost Recouped: 54%
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Champagne taste on a budget? Not to worry because these pieces will let you live the luxe lifestyle without breaking the bank. And maybe still have some change leftover for a celebratory champagne toast ;)
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The jaw-dropping Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between is the museum's first exhibition on a living designer since Yves Saint Laurent in 1983.
Blurring art with fashion, the sculptural exhibition defies the conventional notion of perceived beauty and fashionable body. Such a hybrid leaves conceptual interpretation open to the audience. We see an avant-garde inspiration of forms, colors, textures, layering and patterns, which contribute and translate to a story, and that story is how we define design. What do you see?
See more about the exhibit here.
Our Senior Designer, Emily was presented with a storage challenge when a very special client wanted a wanderlust themed room concept for her young children. Emily was fortunate to find La Lune Collection to help her execute her vision of having storage drawers in the bunk bed stairs. Collectively they were able to create a one-of-a-kind piece that accommodated two twin beds, an additional trundle bed (for sleepovers of course!) and extra hidden storage. In lieu of a ladder, the stairs provide a more child-friendly option -- lessening the odds of accidents for when pirates might attack ;)
Both client and designer couldn't be happier with the end results! This bunk bed has been made a standard and now available for purchase at La Lune Collection: Bunk Bed with Trundle and Stairs.
Designer of the Month
Name: Dana Wang, Principal
Emily Taber-Moore, Senior Interior Designer
Firm: andesign, inc.
Location: La Jolla, California
Years in Industry: 20 & 8, respectively
Social: Facebook | Instagram
Get to Know Emily and Dana
1. If you weren’t a designer what would you be?
2. What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
Emily: Aside from snoozing my alarm six times? Make a kale smoothie.
3. What’s No. 1 on your bucket list right now?
Emily: Have an Eat, Pray, Love adventure.
4. What’s on your nightstand?
Dana: My iPad and a design book.
Emily: Water, a mug of tea, and my iPhone.
5. What are the three things you do right before company arrives?
Dana: Prepare tea, add fresh flowers, turn on soothing music.
Emily: Ensure my bar is fully-stocked, light naturally scented candles, and frantically organize the million throw pillows on my sofas.
6. What’s your favorite drink of choice?
Emily: A Moscow Mule.
7. Favorite vacation destination?
Dana: Tokyo, Japan.
Emily: I love Florence, Italy. I lived there for five months, but Positano—this stunning island—took my breath away.
8. Describe your aesthetic in three words.
As a firm, our diverse backgrounds allow us to adapt to any style, but collectively our personal aesthetic reflects clean, organic, and contemporary looks.
9. Design Rules: One to break? One to always follow?
Emily: One rule to break? Break all of them! There are no boundaries in good design. Always mix styles. Never be afraid to put something vintage in a modern room, it gives the space character.
10. Favorite color combo?
Dana: Gray, blue, and orange.
Emily: Literally 50 different shades of gray, white, and blue.
11. Which celebrity’s house would you love to get your hands on?
Emily: Emma Stone for the win! I think she would be so fun to work with.
12. Share one tip for someone looking to bust out of a style rut.
Emily: Take a walk, check out a new neighborhood, look around (not at your phone), and ground yourself before diving back in.
13. Is there a trend you would love to try, but haven’t been able to talk a client into yet?
Emily: I've been dying to use Ellie Cashman wallpaper for two years, and I finally found a client who is letting me put it on her office ceiling!
14. What made you go into the interior design field and what keeps you there?
Emily: When I was a kid I'd go to friends’ houses and rearrange their rooms for fun. I decided in 8th grade that I'd pursue a career in interior design. I’ve stayed in the industry because of my passion to create an experience—not just a design. I want a room to tell a story.
Dana: I initially wanted to be an architect because I like the detailed and technical aspect, but I also the fact that every day is different.
15. What’s the best design advice you’ve ever been given?
Emily: Be adaptable. A great designer can design in any style and is constantly evolving.
16. What’s your most treasured piece in your home?
Dana: Caracole arm chairs.
Emily: Fornasetti face plates. I hung mine on the wall as artwork. They each have their own personality.
17. Which designer do you admire most?
Dana: Le Corbusier was ahead of his time and forever an influence.
Emily: Patricia Uriquola is a force to be reckoned with.
18. Quote to live by?
Emily: "An idea is salvation by imagination." —Frank Lloyd Wright
19. Where do you go for inspiration when you’re feeling stumped?
Emily: Pinterest and Instagram are my saviors, it’s so inspiring to see such diverse work from all over the globe.
20. Who do you follow on Instagram?
Emily: More like, who don't I follow? Inspiring designers, artists, small shop owners. Becki Owens, Jessie Miller, and Consort Design are some of my favorites currently.
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Spring has sprung! Check out some of our top picks for a seasonal home refresh without the price tag. Mix and match pastel neutrals with organic elements, and edgy decor for an unquestionable design win.
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Whoo hoo it's Transformation Tuesday! Take a sneak peek at our latest project in the works. From a dated 'diamond in the rough' to an airy open plan, coastal condo. A cool palette of greys and whites with minimal, clean lines is the perfect back-drop for listening to the ocean waves crash in La Jolla -- 'the jewel' of San Diego, California.
Selecting a paint color for your home can be overwhelming—the sheer number of swatches alone can be enough to set your home project back another six months. Which is why we're always open to some insight on the subject from our favorite color curators. Most recently, Sherwin-Williams announced Poised Taupe (SW 6039) as the unequivocal paint color of 2017. A seamless blend of warm and cool cones, Poised Taupe is "one irresistibly versatile color," according to the press release.
This is a somewhat moody departure from Sherwin-Williams's 2016 pick, Alabaster White, which was both praised and criticized as an almost non-color that goes with everything. Poised Taupe, on the other hand, is more of a gray-brown mashup that, while still a neutral color, packs a considerably more powerful punch than its 2016 predecessor. "Poised Taupe celebrates everything people love about cool gray as a neutral, and also brings in the warmth of brown, taking a color to an entirely new level," said Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams, in the press release. "Not cool or warm, nor gray or brown, Poised Taupe is a weathered, woodsy neutral bringing a sense of coziness and harmony that people are seeking."
-Read the original article, by Kelsey Clark, on MyDomaine.com.
From China to America and Back Again!
We are happy (and sad) to announce that our talented Project Designer, Jessica Liu, has left our San Diego office to join our Shanghai team! Jessica started her career with Andesign, Inc. in La Jolla, CA during the fall of 2015. After one year as a Design Assistant, she has been promoted to a Project Designer role and grown to be an integral member of our international company.
Back in Shanghai, she will wed her high school sweetheart and continue to contribute her creative multi-tasking, bilingual talents to both continents. If one thing is for sure... there will be much fighting over her time between our domestic and international offices!
We miss her already and wish her all the best!
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