Thursday, July 17, 2014

Modern Lighting, Cerno

In a blog post recently, I recounted a few of my favorite items I happened upon at Dwell on Design in Los Angeles.  These were not the only ones… A few others I felt were worthy of their own blog post - like this one, Cerno.

Cerno, a lighting company specializing in LED fixtures, was established in 2009 in Southern California, where every fixture is designed, engineered and manufactured before shipping out to the end consumer.  What I saw in their booth was wonderfully clean and modern light fixtures finished in walnut, aluminum and glass.

These guys were really cool and super down-to-earth.  I loved chatting with them briefly about their product!  Here are a few quotes pulled from their site that I felt really told their story...

"Long before we were a business, it was three best friends that just enjoyed collaborating" - Bret Englander, Co-Founder, Director of Sales and Marketing

Vix, a stunning walnut and aluminum linear pendant

"What is so strong about Cerno is that we design and conceive these pieces in a shared environment where [Daniel Wacholder] can execute my vision without compromising any portion of it." - Nick Sheridan, Co-Founder, Director of Design

The Valeo floor lamp was my favorite of all of their freestanding lamps.

The Mica L Pendant

The Abeo Pendant

The Acuo Sconce

The Macto Table Lamp

The fixtures that really caught my eye at the show, however, were the articulating wall sconces…

"My thought was 'Well, let's make a light fixture that could both be an ambient light and a reading light'." - Daniel Wacholder, Co-Founder, Director of Engineering

The Cubo Wall Sconce with the light source retracted for ambient light.

Here, the Cubo is shown being used for task lighting.

The Levo was my favorite - loved the horizontal line and the simplicity of the task light.

The Levo Wall Sconce

Stay tuned for more interesting finds from Dwell On Design!

Happy planning!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Fifty Shades of Grey

 Apparently the trailer for the long awaited movie, Fifty Shades of Grey - the first in E. L. James best selling trilogy, will be released on July 24th I must confess that I have read the first two books, but haven't quite made it through the third.

No matter how you feel about the risqué novels, I am going celebrate the big screen release by talking about another Grey...the color.  Most people who know me, know that my most used or worn color is some shade of gray.  I can't imagine going a week without that hue somewhere in my life!  I think what I love most is that you can immediately turn something colorful and busy into something classy and sophisticated by adding gray.

A few of my favorite interiors are centered around that color scheme:

You've probably seen this space in At Home's kitchen & bathroom issue.  I loved the challenge of creating this modern kitchen, while keeping a warm, inviting feeling.

Love the simple elegance of this space.

The warm taupe floor tile in this kitchen ties the grays in the backsplash, glass cabinetry and countertops together with the deep espresso cabinetry.

Most people see grays as cold and austere; however, such as in this bedroom, they can be rather soothing.

Don't get me wrong, I love color as well.  While most of my base pieces are neutral, I will bring in color with art and accessories.  I do this because so many people tire of a certain color and it's easier to change out the smaller things in a room instead of the big ticket items.  Here are a few examples:

Ok, much as I love the interior usage of gray, the color is more near and dear to my heart when it comes to my wardrobe.  Here are a few looks from previous Ready-to-Wear Collections:

Love these.  Want these.  Yes, even the glitzy silver hidden-wedge high-top from Blumarine.

Armani and D&G know very well that a man is irresistibly dashing in head to toe shades of gray.

Still not sure you can pull off the entire monochromatic look?  Here are a few accessories for fashion and home that will make it easy to integrate this hue into your life:

Laters, Baby.