Art Underfoot: Traditional Textiles by Nancy Kennedy

Art Underfoot: Traditional Textiles by Nancy Kennedy

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Art Underfoot: Traditional Textiles by Nancy Kennedy

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 07:00 AM PDT


Nancy Kennedy takes inspiration for her handwoven rugs from a number of sources. Her designs incorporate styles inspired by the American West and Southwest; some, like the QR Code design, have a decidedly modern tone.


Operating out of Eureka, California, Nancy Kennedy began weaving in 1990. In 1999 she began showing her work in fine crafts shows and gallery exhibitions, winning multiple Best in Show awards around the country.

She starts each work by drafting her design on graph paper. She has created her own style of weaving, synthesizing techniques from a British rug weaver, Jason Collingwood, with traditional Navajo techniques and some more modern Californian techniques. The weave pattern she utilizes produces a reversible rug with a light and dark side.


Her loom was custom built by John Bettencourt.  The size allows her to create a rug up to five feet wide- the length can be as long as she wants. As a one person operation, she makes her rugs alone from start to finish.



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Whimsical Interiors with Classical Inspiration

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 07:00 AM PDT

These interior designs are the work of Shelley Klausman Interiors, a design firm based out of Winter Park, Florida. Part fairy-tale, part classical, these designs cultivate an atmosphere that is charmingly familiar, but with a few surprisingly modern touches. Infused throughout each design is a playful sense of humor.

This room is both classical and storybook. Vines climb the ivory columns, escaping from the manicured potted hedges, reminiscent of an English garden or a hedge maze. The compass rose decal on the hardwood floor paired with the delicate gold detailed furniture give this apartment a fairy tale look; the chandelier and tray ceiling with clouds add an ethereal touch.


This “villa” redesign takes inspiration from a more classical source. The statement painting on the ceiling matches the back of the staircase, and calls to mind Greek and roman frescoes, brilliantly off-setting the vibrant red walls.



There is a sense of playful humor in every design: the love seat in this Chicago apartment is made bolder with zebra print, contrasting the more serious tones of the rest of the room.














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Dream Beach House in San Salvador Unveils Rustic Details

Posted: 29 Sep 2016 08:00 AM PDT

architecture retreat (1)This lovely beach house in the Republic of El Salvador was recently completed by architecture and design studio Cincopatasalgato. The project, named Casa Azul, was especially envisioned for a serene family of four. 

After traveling for quite a while, the owners decided to return to their homeland and build a family home that would reflect their friendly and open nature. Located right on the beach, the retreat allows the youngest inhabitants of the house to play and explore, keys to a healthy upbringing.

The brief required a simple, elegant and inviting crib, with rustic yet contemporary details. For Jose Roberto Paredes, the architectural designer,  "paradise" was the word that summed up the clients’ idea of the project.

architecture retreat (2)The project has a total area of 4,000 square feet. This includes an open plan living area, four bedrooms, a kids' play area and plenty of storage facilities. All rooms come off as breezy and spacious, with small interior gardens enhancing the overall holiday feel.

The family’s “island of relaxation and fun” is a large outdoor area in the back of the house. This haven comes with a large swimming pool, an area to play soccer, and extensive ocean views. [Information and photography courtesy of Cincopatasalgato]

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3 Living Spaces with Dark and Decadent Black Interiors: Interior Design Ideas

3 Living Spaces with Dark and Decadent Black Interiors: Interior Design Ideas

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3 Living Spaces with Dark and Decadent Black Interiors

Posted: 29 Sep 2016 07:00 AM PDT

Many home designs focus on the light and white – how to create the brightest, most serene space using Scandinavian and Nordic accents. Creating a more seductive mood is another story. These three apartments with black, Gothic interiors are dark, destructive, and sophisticated. Using shades of grey, charcoal and black, their walls are illuminated under iron ore panelling, and made magnificent by cabinetry in brass. Subtle overtones and undertones mesh together in spaces that are easy to live and to lurk in. Stencilled features and scintillating cobweb chandeliers meet distressed leather armchairs and high-ceilinged windows in these crafty and classy creations, designed for the darker side in life.

Visualizer: Diff Studio  

Located in the historical centre of Paris, this two-storied apartment was briefed with Classical architecture in mind. Using dark colours unusual in Parisian d├ęcor, a moody feel excels amidst elements of opulence. In the living room, Baxter cobweb chandeliers hang above Gothic wall panelling covered with black gloss. Marble Portoro rounds sit on luxurious grey-and-black shagpiles, while a luscious green panel greets new visitors.

A brass David statue stands tall in the corner, matched by high French doors and iron ore bookshelves. Varnished wooden floors hold distressed leather Arketipo armchairs, illuminated by the chandeliers.

On the other side of the armchairs, marble Portoro wows in the fireplace, a focal point. Telescopic lights in brass and dark gloss hang from stands which both complement and contrast the chandelier mirrored behind.

High-ceilinged French doors take on prominence in black-shaded mirrors, adding sheen to the staircase. A view from above shows detail in the wooden floor panels and Gothic style gate, which peeps out from the French doors.

Amber light shines through the staircase, revealing a kitchen to linger in. High brass cabinetry and amber light panels greet the eye with splendour, while a marble Portoro benchtop both exudes elegance and harks to the living room. A tongue painting pops to the side, almost licking up the marble, between stencil benchtop lighting and stools.

Visualizer: AM Design Studio  

A less moody approach is found in our second apartment, a little lighter in shade. Using black panels softened by greys and buttery yellows, its subtle sophistication lends more to the everyday. Wooden kitchen and floor panels frame a multitude of differing textures in an easy-to-live-in lounge.

Standing further back, the secret to the living room's charm is made more obvious. Personal, contrasting textures, such as the globe and distressed slingbacks, are matched by an alternate-panelled living room table and roughshod beige wallpaper. Barbed wire lighting stings in the kitchen.

Matte-textured walls lead out of the living room to an entrance corridor striped in light. LED lights of different lengths shine through, wall to ceiling, wall to floor. Charcoal-hued cabinetry in the kitchen provides a clean surface to impact.

Visualizer: Azovskiy Pahomova Architects  

Light and dark can contrast without using monotones. This architecturally-envisaged space lets in light through black Venetian blinds, while black, mock-iron wall panels make their mark. An almost-golden couch area provides a softer touch, while its waffle-backing and vertical single light tie the themes together.

Entering to a multitude of muted shades, a mid-grey wall draws the eye with a sophisticated stencil clock. A touch of life in a potted tree shakes hands with worn beige chairs, which line the entrance and guide visitors through.

The second storey lengthens the space while adding its own touches. Glass railing leads to a wooden feature wall. Stringed ceiling fixtures carry on the lined theme, reflected momentarily in the break of the floor tiling.

Light lines stream through in the bedroom space, simplistic in brown and white high-ceilinged walls. A fleur-de-lis Turkish rug ties the two together, while bursts of orange in the throw and cushion add a focal point to the room. Black hanging lights and desk features round out the feel.

Rest and relaxation characterise the upper-floor rumpus room, muted in shades of grey. Holed bookshelves, a feature wall painting and wide windows tie together with a rug reminiscent of the main living room.

Black elements hold fort in cushioned ottomans, functional desks, stencil shelving and screened technology. Breaking the feature wall piece with an outlined door frame, subtle grey shades are transferred a painting and wall over.

Art lives in the second bedroom – one shade lighter. Abstract stencil art reminds of shelving in the lounge. A round standing lamp and LED cross light add functionality, while a wooden platform designates the space. A view from behind shows darker shades in secret, clothed in stripes and black fixtures.

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