Born In The USA: Roseville Pottery

Have you ever been exposed to Roseville Pottery before? If the answer is no than you are in for a real treat. The patterns and glazes are exquisite while appealing to a wide market because of the diversity in style. The Roseville Pottery Company was founded in Roseville, Ohio in 1890 and it produced hand painted pottery until 1954.

 I found this piece of Roseville while helping my Aunt Carrie clean out her basement and was immediately drawn to the organic movement of the pine cone design. the cobalt blue and the sleek glaze. It was given to her by a neighborhood florist when he was selling his building. Back in those days they actually used this now highly collectable pottery for everyday floral arrangements because it was inexpensive and readily available. He gave several pieces away and whatever was left he smashed and threw out; did I actually just say that out loud? My Aunt also thought nothing of forgetting this piece of “run of the mill” pottery in her basement. I on the other hand was not leaving without it.

This pattern is called “Pine Cone” and it is one of my favorites not only because of the design but because it reminds me of Maine (The Pine Tree State) one of my daughter’s absolute favorite places to visit. It was produced in background colors of blue, brown and green. Roseville Pottery is a beautiful example of hand painted pottery made in the U.S.A. There is always room for a piece of pottery when designing a room in my opinion and Roseville Pottery in its many different styles effortlessly adds character and beauty to any space.

Take a look at Just Art Pottery to see the styles and patterns of Roseville. Also check out those price tags, My Aunt’s  piece values at $400.00-$600.00.

A Grass Roots Retreat: Australia

I stumbled upon this residence when searching for areas with world class wineries and fabulous foods for a surprise get a way for my husband’s birthday. It happened to be in Australia, a place I have always wanted to go but just a tad too far for this trip. Certainly a place worth sharing with you.

Its named Stonebarn and is nestled in Southern Forest a small area in Australia cultivating a big reputation, Western Australia’s Southern Forests is a nature and food lover’s paradise. Boasting majestic woods of giant karri, jarrah and marri trees and pristine rivers. I love the expansive openings allowing the outside beauty in. Fixed garage style wooden panels offer an interesting interpretation of the covered patio.

An eclectic take on simple organic design combing clean lines, a soothing color palette with random pops of color and vintage pieces.

The wood louvers add to the organic element in the design and offer a functional solution to separate rooms while allowing light to flow through the space.

In this region a wine cellar seems to be a necessity. I love the warmth and texture of the exposed natural stone along with the functionality it offers in aiding temperature control for all of that glorious wine.

I hope you enjoyed the tour and get a chance to delight in this areas organic and scrumptious offerings. I couldn’t resist these images, breathtaking.

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A Kid’s Castle

Q. I am purchasing furniture for my six year old, what do they need keeping the future in mind?

A. Having three children at different stages and designing dozens of children’s bedrooms I have learned to minimize the furniture, maximize the storage and leave enough floor space open to play. If there is not a lot of square footage in the room loft beds like this are a great option (this one is from PB Kids). Two of my kids have loft beds and they love how functional they are.

My first goal when designing a kids room is to address the closet design getting as much as I can in the closet. Typically one small dresser in the room is enough with a closet like this and some of my clients even op for no dresser especially with boy’s rooms. Once you discover how much you can fit in the closet, select the bed and decide if you need a dresser and a desk. The question that is always up for debate when designing kids rooms is to desk or not to desk. Most of my clients do not put desks in their kids rooms and create alternate study spaces or workstations in other rooms. In my house my kids love having desks in their rooms but honestly they rarely use them. The area kids use the most is their play or lounge space. For lounge areas I love the cushy sectional from PB Teen (a client of mine recently found a lower price version of it at Wallmart on line) and my daughter is crazy for her Lovesac bean bag. Happy designing!

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Mixing Up Surfaces

Q. Can I use different granite on my island than on the rest of my counter tops?

A. This is your dream kitchen you can do whatever you love. Personally I like mixing things up either with a different surface or a different paint finish on the island. I find the challenge arises when choosing two granite’s verses two different materials. For example if I was using granite on the main counter-tops I might suggest a wood top on the island or soap stone. In this photo marble was selected for the island and creates an effective contrast to the honed black granite but is still in balance with the design.When you are selecting granite for both then I would suggest the island becomes the Wow factor. Meaning the island granite feels like a piece of art, interesting in movement and composition with the general counter-tops in a contrasting hue found in the island. The island could also be a variety of materials ranging from wood to soap stone, think out of the box!

Share with us what surfaces you feel in love with when designing your dream kitchen.

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