I could not agree more with Christopher Sharp, co-founder of the highly respected Rug Company when he recently commented in the WSJ
My biggest design pet peeve is: Interior design that fails to reflect the personality of the people who actually live in the space. A truly great interior designer tries to understand his clients’ lives and creates a narrative around them – instead of his or her own personality.
The trend I am finding tired is: The insincere overuse of the word “luxury”. The word has lost its credibility.
This is the way I see it, this is the way I work.
Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States comprising more than one death out of three. A heart attack occurs every 34 seconds in the United States. Dying from this cause occurs every one minute and 23 seconds. In spite of this dramatic statistic, major advances have been made with a 60% reduced mortality from cardiovascular diseases since 1960 and 30% reduction in the last 10 years. The reasons for this relates mostly to changes in lifestyle. In California only 12% of men still smoke. People are eating less fat but unfortunately more calories which promotes obesity. More women die of cardiovascular diseases and many women do not realize this. Important decisions can be made on a personal level to reduce risk. These include cessation of smoking, diagnosis and treatment of hypertension. Most people with high blood pressure do not know it unless their blood pressure is taken. A regular exercise program and elevated cholesterol may also be life saving. – Contributed by Cardiologist Charlie W. Schaeffer, M.D. Cardiac Arrest
DARK CHOCOLATE - GOOD NEWS
New research has found that bacteria in our stomach feast on an indigestible part of cocoa, fermenting it into an anti-inflammatory compound, called polyphenols that are good for your heart, the Los Angeles Times reports. When these compounds are absorbed by the body, they lessen the inflammation of cardiovascular tissue, reducing long-term risk of stroke. The amount of cocoa powder needed to produce benefits is about two tablespoons per day.
Chocolate lovers rejoice – but always choose chocolate with at least 72% cocoa content.
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works
A playful mix of white patterned marble retains the hygienic look, makes a small room creative, less cramped and larger looking.
Go against the grain with marble cut into hexagons.
Synchronize colors to harmonize matching hues.
Light from may angles. To even out illumination custom scones flank the mirror. An antique lumiere hangs overhead.
For the shower stall walls, slab of strongly veined statuary marble, create natures visual energy. Slabs minimize the need for grout: easier cleaning.
For safer footing – marble mosaic equals traction.
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DURALEE has also announced the PANTONE - Radiant Orchid Pink – as the official color for 2014
Pantone, the color oracle predicts: The “It” color for 2014 is a pinky purple known as radiant orchid. It is vibrant and inviting with warm tones to look good on most skin types. It is a natural for nail polish, lipsticks, fashion and accessories. The color is widely flattering and speaks to a romantic trend. Pinky purple is nuanced and bold which suggest creativity and may appeal to tech savvy individuals. Cars, housewares, packaging, hand bags, garments are already showing up in pinky purple.
“Christmas is not a time or a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy is to have the real spirit of Christmas”. Calvin Coolidge.
In the spirit of these wise words we wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Christmas and a New Year filled with abundance and good health.
Carol and George