March 21, 2012
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November 28, 2011
hope you all had a great long weekend holiday. this year i didn’t work too hard but my younger daughter made me cook again, for thanks giving. i simply roasted baby chickens (cornish hens?) with lots of herbs and seasoning and a couple of side dishes. was delicious. after all, my husband is overseas and i know i will have to repeat this meal when he returns. soon.
in the meantime, while my husband is on a business trip and i stayed here to take care of everything else, he is my eyes and i got a lot of updates from him and our partners in nepal about my new rug collections. i was so excited to received images of the new designs on the loom. it’s just amazing to me, and i’ve said it many times before, how from a simple idea, a sketch or a piece of something, the concept is progressing and finally a beautiful piece of hand made art is created – in my case – a hand made rug. there are so many steps and hands involved in such a creative process you simply have to admire that, don’t you think?
i would love to post all of the images and updates but i don’t want to spoil anything. i even want to surprise myself. i will, however, tease and share with you one of my mood boards. the background in this mood board shows a cropped image of one of my favorite rug designs this year:
mood board transports feelings about a product or something you like in particular. it’s a way to communicate a direction in which you are going with your design. i love mood boards (most times they are in my head so you can imagine how many moods i have), and when i look at one of my boards and think about the design behind it, i’m immediately taken to another place…sometimes another era. many times i create mood boards for myself but often, and lately, i’ve been asked to show my mood boards beside telling the inspiration behind the design.
so here it is and please, if you have any thought…share.
November 7, 2011
i love to stare. not at people (unless it’s a celebrity…i might even approach too). i mean, have you ever wondered…or should i say…got lost in your thoughts…looking through a glass surface? you look at this gorgeous blown glass vase or bottle, somewhere or even in your home, and just stare…you move your body slowly around the object…you see how it changes colors…depth…you can still see your distorted reflection through it but that doesn’t matter…you are mesmerized…
for those of you who already know, anything inspires me and most time i rush to make notes and start my sketches for potential rug designs. now, my latest obsession inspiration is glass.
glass work of art, even at its simplest form, is a pure invitation to my imagination:
what’s your obsession today?
October 31, 2011
i love fall colors, with all the warmth and coziness they offer. i don’t celebrate halloween but seeing all these warm spicy colors around how can one not get inspired?
interiors designed in warm fall shades are always inviting no matter the time of year, and are especially soothing in winter months. a room painted hot red sounds intimidating to most people but let your inspiration “travel”…you will find yourself bursting with craving for color change in your own home…or maybe even your hair (not orange ladies)…or paint something…or zap something you already own, in a hot accent hue.
i love pumpkins. roasted that is. better yet – after roasting it the warm colors are intensified let alone the flavor.
so here’s a pumpkin, not roasted, painted…in warm watercolor hues. by me.
i find inspiration in my kitchen – love hot spicy flavors and colors. makes home decor so much easier…
because these shades of beauty surround us all the time.
the rug below, for example, was inspired by the beautiful shape and shade of the star anis spice, only magnified. imagine this warm rug in your own room.
when i lived in nyc i walked through the park daily. i would pick dried leafs to paint, especially in the fall…when you get the most out of their color and texture…which inspired me to design leafdrop rug below.
moroccan interiors are known in their exuberance display of warm shades like it’s nobody’s business.
so get inspired.
what’s your fall favorite?
June 13, 2011
red is not my favorite color but sometimes i use it in my rug designs and pillows…sparingly…and sometimes…all the way. it sure has a character…more red more energy.
red has its own way. but for some reason red is the color that comes right at my face this week. i’m thinking reds. maybe i have a burning desire to something ( it better be good).
there are all kinds of reds.
hot (imagine a blond standing in a red phone booth)…
my red silk decorative pillows
my red hot watercolor painting heliconia
my bonsai inspired rug
what’s your red? share it. i’m sure it has many faces.