May 3rd, 2013
At Styleture we never pass up the opportunity to celebrate good style. With ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) just around the corner, we can’t wait to see what new products are in store. While we anticipate the latest and greatest in design, we want to take some time to celebrate a few of our old favorites. And what better time to celebrate than May 5th? In honor of our own “Sinko” de Mayo, here are five of our favorite sinks.
ILBAGNOALESSI One Tuna by LAUFEN
LAUFEN is masterful when it comes to innovation and organic forms, taking bathroom design to another whole level. With the graceful curves of the fish that bears its name, TUNA is an imaginative piece with timeless flair. Its soft fluid lines and clean white finish create a modern and luxurious statement for any bathroom.
Mojito by Native Trails
Just in time for summer, Native Trails’ new Mojito bar and prep sink is making a splash. With a look as refreshing as its namesake, Mojito’s hammered copper texture brings beauty to any backyard barbeque. This innovative sink combines artistry and functionality with a deep circular shape perfect for filling with ice and keeping bottles cold.
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March 13th, 2013
Styleture recently joined other interior design bloggers, new media innovators and industry leaders for the 2013 Design Bloggers Conference in Los Angeles, California. This premier conference brought together the world of interior design and new media, emphasizing the importance of blogging, social media and more. The two-day conference was filled with inspiring and heartfelt speakers, excellent networking opportunities and even a mini concert by a Grammy award-winning singer!
Adam Japko, founder of the DBC, opened the conference with these wise words: “Social media is about human beings and human connections.” Blogging is a way to make connections with followers by sharing a piece of who we are in every post. This speech set the theme for the rest of the conference. While there were many excellent speakers and presenters at the DBC, here are our three favorite standouts:
Iconic interior designer Charlotte Moss spoke about the importance of honesty and integrity in blog writing. Her knowledge and passion for design, along with her Southern wit, wisdom and humor inspired us all to be authentic and original in everything we do.
Designer Barbara Barry started off the second day, not with a speech but with an experience. Her flowing, poetic words painted a picture of how color, passion and beauty are the driving forces in her life. Like a storybook, each page revealed a deeper understanding of the importance of design and why the simplest things can be most inspiring. “I believe beauty can transform the way you see the ordinary.” These are truly words to live by.
Last but not least, singer-songwriter and Grammy-winner Patti Austin spoke about her lifelong interest in design and her work with the Over My Shoulder Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes mentoring through music and design. She ended her speech by singing “This Little Light of Mine,” a song that gave her inspiration to co-found Over My Shoulder. After her song, we certainly felt inspired by her voice. Let the church amen!
Overall the conference was a great success. We walked away with inside knowledge of the interior design field, what it takes to be a successful blogger and how to use our niche industry as an advantage. See you next year!
September 5th, 2012
If you’re a designer looking to showcase your talents, here’s some exciting news:
Larger Than Light’s popular “Let It Shine” contest is back! From now until December 15th, Larger than Light is inviting designers to submit their best interior design project featuring a Littman Brands’ lighting fixture for a chance to win a $1000 cash prize. Two runner-ups will receive a Littman Brands’ lighting fixture of their choice from Troy Lighting, Corbett Lighting or Hudson Valley Lighting (valued at $500 or less). And all three winners will have their work published in the Winter 2013 Larger Than Light magazine.
Do you think you have the lighting and interior design skills to win? Then visit Larger Than Light’s Facebook page to enter.
Check out these past winners for some design inspiration!
Crosby by Troy Lighting
Residential Project for HGTV’s new series “Showhouse Showdown,” Pittsburgh, PA.
Designer: Joseph A. Berkowitz of JAB Interiors, Inc.
Inspiration: “We chose to hang this enormous fixture close to the cocktail table, thus making it one of the accessories in the room. The fixture’s massive scale and masculine lines are a great contrast to the soft Flocati rug and white slip covered sofa.”
Embrace by Corbett Lighting
Luxury Residential Project, McKinney, Texas
Designer: Allan Moore and Amy Adams of AMA Interiors
Inspiration: “Clean transitional feel with a touch of 1920s Hollywood glam.”
June 4th, 2010
Modern architecture was popularized in the 1950’s by renowned architects such as Joseph Eichler with a style of homes that came to be known as “California Modern.” These homes were characterized by glass walls, open floor plans, and post-and-beam construction. They can still be seen in many communities throughout Northern and Southern California, and there are even organized tours that allow architectural enthusiasts to get an up-close look at homes built during this significant design movement.
One such tour is taking place in Sacramento, CA on Saturday, June 26 – the city’s first-ever tour of this kind. Fans of Modern architecture and design can get a brief glimpse into what it would be like to live and work in more than 20 different California Modern homes and commercial structures built between 1945 and 1970.
Participants will receive informational booklets and driving maps and are allowed to visit the residences at their own pace and in any order that they wish. Additionally, each location will have homeowners and tour guides present to answer any questions visitors might have regarding these unique works of modern architecture.
To find more information about purchasing tickets for the tour visit http://sacmcmhometour.blogspot.com/. And if you know of any other Mid-Century Modern tours please share them with us in the comments.
Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Tour
July 11th, 2009
Fine wine and architecture make for a nice pairing. Where to find it? Quixote Winery in Napa Valley, California. I recently had the opportunity to attend a tasting here and truly enjoyed their signature “screw cap” Petite Syrah. It seems most everyone does, including the staff at Food and Wine magazine who rated Quixote one of the twenty best new wineries in the world between 1999 and 2004.
However, even more amazing than the wine is the winery’s architecture. Quixote is the first, last and only building in North America ever designed by the legendary Viennese antimodernist architect Frederick Hundertwasser.
Hunderwasser Designed Winery
As you can tell from the winery’s architecture, Hundertwasser wasn’t a fan of straight lines, flat surfaces or right angles. In fact, none of his projects feature them. Quixote is no exception. From its onion-shaped dome covered in gold leaf to its rounded pillar columns and uneven lines – Quixote was one of Hundertwasseis’ last testaments to the ornate, curvaceous designs of Europe. The winery took 10 years to build, and the architect did not see it in its final state. Quixote with its Dr. Seuss -like décor, bright colorful mosaic tiles and delicious wines is a must stop destination when in the Napa Valley.
Quixote Winery, Napa Valley