Its a new day…. a new year

Hello and Happy New Year!  It has been almost a year since I last published.  It was a long and interesting year of ups and downs, however, it concluded with anticipation of good things to come.  I send a massive thank you to those of you who continue to follow me even though I went into retreat without a Dear John Letter of my where-abouts.  Now, I have a positive outlook and am hereby resolving to become reconnected in the blog-o-sphere, as well as to be the change I want to see in my life.  I have always imagined what it would be like to be an entrepreneur, to live a life of creative improvisation and to reap the pleasures of life from doing so.  So this year, 2015, is my year to make strides to be the “me” I want to see.

My first step is to turn my private passion for interior design into a legitimate public vision.  I have been maintaining a side-hustle of design work for family and friends.  It has kept me busy and mentally occupied when fists of life were slapping me silly.  These design experiences has given me insight of how to take an idea from incubation to a complete space as well as how to deal with an overwhelmed client.  So with that, I am taking the leap of faith to develop my own business, W.O. Design.  Look out for more information in future posts.

In addition, I am taking the advice of my pastor from many Sundays ago.  BE VULNERABLE!  It makes you human and you can’t live and experience without that opportunity to be hurt, to love, to cry and to be encouraged.  I take this opportunity to open up the doors of my personal abode a.k.a My Design Lab.  I was my first and worst and best client all at the same time.  I still haven’t gotten it perfect and likely never will.  However, I cherish the opportunity to keep trying to get it right.

The small but Great Room

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The room is very narrow so sofa size was very important. This is the second one I bought and had delivered. This apartment-sized find was just right. The vintage glass top table adds surface but doesn’t clutter or weigh down the narrow space.

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Some can be cheesy but I loved the cityscape pictures. It spoke to me as an urban planner.

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For a pop of color, I bought a cheap frame and painted it bright blue. It really makes the black/white print stand out.

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The Buddha adds color and the patina adds natural flavor, as does the wooden sunburst.

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When you want a garden stool you can never find what you want. Got this one for $40 in a hideous mauve and sprayed it tangerine.

The grub spot a.k.a. Kitchen

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The half-wall and spindles are the 1950s version of the “open concept” home. The Andy Warhol “Campbell’s Soup Can” is my ode to mid-century.

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Found this print at the Habitat-for-Humanity ReStore for 3 bucks. Found an old $29 frame and had it framed and matted. Scored for around $130ish for a huge piece of artwork.


Trinidad James meets Jonathan Adler?

If 2 guys were ever further apart on the spectrum of dude-ism, Trinidad James and Jonathan Adler are the extremes.

  1. Trinidad James spits colorful rhymes, while Jonathan Adler designs colorful furnishings.
  2. Trinidad calls the mean streets of ATL home, while Jonathan prefers the the posh avenues of the Big Apple.
  3. Trinidad was discovered on Youtube, while Jonathan launched at Barneys.
  4. Jonathan uses pops of color, while Trinidad pops a Molly- he sweatin, WHEW!!

But there is one thing that connects their two worlds…and it’s All Gold Everything.  Trinidad James channels the spirit of Jonathan Adler in his song as he professes his love of ”Gold all in my chain, Gold all in my ring, Gold all in my watch – Don’t believe me jus’ watch”.  Jonathan appreciates the sheen of gold and bronze when sprinkled on anything from accessories to tables to wallpaper.

The Midas Touch has made a resurgence in the world of design.  Metallics no longer spook homeowners with the spirit of antiquated granny dens but are the forbearers of good style to come.  Now we are talking the subtlety of mom’s gold Chanel earrings, not the gaudiness of Trump Tower so don’t over do it.  Check out some of Jonathan’s blinged out creations:

Available now at Jonathan Adler

Peep the gold tree: L’ esthetique

Jonathan Adler teardrop table