January 28, 2011
I love celebrations of all kinds and having a good times is always inspiring. I don’t drink but on occasions I’d sip on a good wine poured into a beautiful glass. A favorite is martini glass. Even when empty. It stands tall and the up-side-down triangular form is just so impressive. I bought two.
I was at a family event, a wedding, and there I saw a gorgeous display of empty martini glasses standing on top of each other, forming a giant triangle illuminated by halogen lights shooting from above. It looked like a piece of ice art. That was some display.
No I didn’t take a picture at the time (I’m pinching myself right now for not doing it). I was too busy admiring (who knew).
I had a good time but when I returned home I went straight to work.
Sketches after sketches and all I got was a busy pattern with simple large triangles that didn’t talk to me (yes I should have kept them. I’m bad).
Frustration of sketch/erase and sketch/erase made me put down the pencil and keep the idea in a drawer. Don’t know for how long but it was there for a while.
Many months later my husband looked through my files trying to find something… he found my tini “Martini” design there… “I want it” he told me, “make the rug”…
A fresh and clean illustration sketch helped me get the shapes and scale right where I wanted. Original idea of color palette, tone-on-tone, was the right choice if I wanted to achieve what I looked for: a repeat with movement in subtle variation of texture and tone that will work anywhere anytime.
My Martini design was finally submitted for production.
And so this week RUG ART, us, got our shipment of new rugs and among them is my little happy brand new “Martini” rug.
I’ve experimented with my camera and took some shots before the rug hits the showrooms. Take a look:
We are excited about this rug. It’s fun, modern, young. It works in many room interiors. Tone-on-tone coloration offers the opportunity to splurge on any color around it without losing the atmosphere this design suggests.
On the other hand, for color lovers, this rug can be totally customized to your most desirable shade.
Martini rug beautifully lays on the floor accompanied by our “Noche” custom silk decorative pillow in black taupe.
What a duo.
December 7, 2010
I dedicate this post to all the lovely ladies and doughnut lovers.
May this holiday season be filled with powdered sugar, flickering lights and tiny silver chocolate balls.
I made these tonight. Can’t remember how many I ate, it’s a sin… but worth every calorie.
Happy Chanukah to all who celebrate.
November 26, 2010
event of an ordinary day turned into extraordinary night
We usually don’t do Thanksgiving not for any particular reason. Still, thinking about cooking, peeling, chopping, carrying made me feel more tired than I really was. I planned to feed my family cereal for dinner and do absolutely nothing.
But no, my daughter wanted me to cook all the good stuff. Kids have no problem begging I think it’s something they love doing. You just had a birthday party, I worked like a dog to make it happen and I’m still cleaning and now this?? I said, defending myself.
Then my 19 yr old complained she doesn’t like turkey. Where did she come from? I didn’t believe her of course. When someone is starving even wood taste good. Did they make me do Thanksgiving? you bet your roasted turkey they did.
I promised Haim (aka husband Vidal) that this time I’m not going to work hard. Very simple no decorations or inspirations. Just turkey.
Back in the kitchen I constantly reminded myself to keep things simple. Did I keep my promise? I wont even bother to answer.
O.k. just a center piece o.k.? These gorgeous flowers were in every room in the house, haunting me. I had to contain them so I put them in a bowl with some candles, to keep them company. Back to the kitchen.
Oh, I spot those Moroccan see-through lanterns on my way to the kitchen. They simply begged for light. I couldn’t say no. They look much better when lit. I’m going to cook now.
Just so you know, that’s the girl who made do all this. She watched my every step. I complained how hard she made me work. Wait, something is missing.
Yes, dishes. So I got carried away a bit. I love to play with dishes you know. Turquoise Moroccan tea cups called my name. White porcelain saucer demanded attention and Turquoise sea glass was a perfect match. Eclectic Moroccan settings, I love it. O.k. enough decoration. Back to the kitchen.
Seriously, it got a bit dark outside and I needed some light. I added few candles, sea glass and some leafs. That’s it. Oh, my glazed Moroccan bowls that sat lonely on a shelf, well, are not lonely anymore.
I know I know, I said simple right? This table took some work. No wonder I’m exhausted. Promise? what promise? (*sigh*) I never learn.
It turned out so colorful. Loose. Spontaneous kind of Thanksgiving. We ate, talked and laughed. Isn’t that what life is all about?
I’m thankful for my daughters who made me work so hard and for my husband who drove around town to find fresh turkey before I’d change my mind.
I hope you have a colorful and flavorful holiday. Don’t forget to count the littlest pleasures in your life. It’s the tiny pieces that build a whole picture.
September 21, 2010
The pillows are finally here. I’ve been working on designing decorative pillows for a while now. The brand new line is a beautiful and, I think, a glamorous extension to our hand knotted rugs. Trans-Atlantic trips, endless phone calls, emails and samples, the results are finally in front of me. The image above is the first that was taken and it shows a couple of our finished decorative pillows.
Here is a scoop of what we offer in the new line:
Noche, neutral Opium Noche, pink
Calabasas Pieces Boogi
We use lush soft fabrics to construct these pillows even your skin will like: Dupion Silk, Mohair, cotton velvet.
To view entire collection or to order you may do so by visiting www.rug-art.net .
July 30, 2010