“Before and after” photos of the recently completed extensive remodel and addition in Studio City that we designed last year.
Large format porcelain tiles are growing in popularity – fewer grout joints means easier installation and maintenance, and a clean, luxurious look. And while most manufacturers opt for a natural stone look, the Italian company Ceramica Fondovalle offers Dream – a design that creates a wallpaper effect but with all the advantages of stoneware, i.e. water resistance, long life, and easy to clean.
The romantic beauty of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley has inspired many writers, artists and composers. Dramatic cliffs overlook the meandering river below; idyllic small towns with cobbled streets, half-timbered houses, and Gothic churches appear around each river bend; hill top castles surrounded by terraced vineyards invite you for a glimpse into history and medieval architecture. The whole area was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 2002 for the unique combination of geological, historical, cultural and industrial reasons.
This year’s Japanese inspired “Flower Carpet” adorned the Grand Place in Brussels from August 12 to 15. The event takes place every two years in the historical heart of Brussels, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site with beautiful examples of Gothic, Baroque, and Neo-classical architecture.
The whimsical Giant Collection by Anglepoise made its North American debut earlier this year. The “Original 1227 Giant” lamp was first commissioned in 2005 by the Roald Dahl Museum and Society Center as a humorous reference to the beloved Anglepoise desk lamp used by Dahl in his writing hut. The lamp generated so much interest that it was soon put into volume production.