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Monthly Archives: June 2011

Alfresco dining

al·fres·co  [al-fres-koh]  adverb

Alfresco/ al-fresco is an italian word that essentially means in the fresh (air) or in a cool place, but it was adopted into the english language to mean; out-of-doors; in the open air: to dine alfresco. It simply sounds more romantic to dine alfresco than to just eat outside.  However you want to say it;  it is one of the true pleasures of summer.

In order: design by John Saladino via design 4 living blog, Maisons Cote’ Sud via aesthetically thinking blog, design by Axel Vervoordt via Veranda, design by York Street Studio, Sister Parish’s home in Maine by Libby Cameron via architectural digest

Black (and white)

Black and white is chic and graphic and never goes out of style.




1.  Industrial hanging lights with milk glass shades 1920s gallery L7 via 1st Dibbs 2.  Deborah Harry, 1978 by Robert Mapplethorpe via The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation 3.  Walnut and beveled glass screen by  Claudia benvenuto via One Kings Lane 4.  Madeline Weinrib Black stripe ikat pillow  5.  Pair of Modernist Grey leather Barrel Back Swivel Chairs American Circa 1970 via High Style Deco 6.  Elegant Back in Black, vintage illustration 1957 by Carl Oscar Erickson, Conde’ Nast prints via One Kings Lane 7.  antique gold and black mirror by Ferrick Mason via One Kings Lane  8.  Resin ornaments on black wood base @ Belongings 9.  Lucy chair @ Gore Dean

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Getting organized

article written for Examiner.com

When I am organized I feel like I am more in control of my life.  I actually like helping other people organize their homes, yet in my own life I still can’t (so to speak) see the clearing through the trees.  I decided to get some insight from a guru of organization, Mikki Lesowitz Soliday, owner and founder of the professional organizing service Divine Order.  Mikki has a great sense of humor, but when it comes to organization, well let’s put it this way, her license plate reads, “Organize.”

Mikki’s home is by no means minimalist, but it is immediately apparent that every item is arranged with purpose. “ I have created systems in every area of my life to manage what I have and what comes in,” she says,  “It gives me the freedom to spend more time with my family and do the things that I love.” Coming up with a system to organize our belongings can seem daunting, but Mikki advises starting small; one room, one closet, one drawer, one pile at a time. The feeling of relief and accomplishment in conquering one small project invariably gets the process in motion.

Organization is often about making decisions; being selective and making choices about what to keep and what to let go of. What is the point in holding on to things we no longer need, use or love?  Mikki believes that things only have value if we can find them.  Being organized means that we can find things when we need them, not a week or two later. It means that we don’t re-buy things we forgot we had, nor do we waste time rummaging around on virtual treasure hunts.

The biggest obstacle in organization is often the daily stream of:  junk mail, bills, newspapers, catalogues, magazines, pills, keys, etc. The objective is to give these things a place to land or a home where they belong so that they don’t turn into piles and manifest more clutter. Having convenient, logical and attractive places to keep our things helps us to better manage our busy lives. “But,” Mikki says, “ in order for any system to be effective it must work for the individual or family or it will not be maintained.”

Start by labeling some boxes:  keep, donate and sell. Throw away the obvious.  Group like items together and put them in labeled and appropriately sized containers until they can find a home. The container store offers great storage solutions for every thinkable item.

Like anything we do that’s worthwhile, getting organized is a process that takes time.  When we establish an effective way to manage our possessions and the daily influx of things, everyday tasks become easier to accomplish, and ultimately we free up our time as well as our mind.


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Office organization

1.  Bristol office collection 2.  Makati wastebasket 3.  Accordian files 4.  Limbo File folders 5. Leafkeepers Cable ties 6.  File Collator 7. Clear desk organizer


Design in the round

Style is the mind skating circles around itself as it moves forward”  Robert Frost

The circle is a simple yet dynamic shape that intrinsically creates visual movement.

1.  designed by Rina Menardi 2.  ashtray designed by Marianne Brandt, 1926 3.  Round Zone containers designed by Minna Ahokas  4.  Mito bistro table, In or out collection design by Kazuhiko Tomita

designer Masanori Ojis collaboration with brass makers, Futagami






















Vanity design by G. Azzarello