Diva Design Diary

By Holly Peterson

Diva Design Diary is about bringing the latest interior design trends and tips to our existing clients, as well as future clients...enjoy!

Get Control in 2010!

By Holly Peterson

Regain control over that jumble of cords with these clever clips. Available in neutrals or brights, the clips have adhesive backs that can be attached to walls, table legs, or anywhere those pesky cables and cords need restraining.

Cable Drop, $10 for six

"Fortune favours the brave"...

By Holly Peterson

Spoil yourself with a little something to give you "courage" for the New Year...

The Courage Tray
from Juliska

I'm dreaming of a white...

By Holly Peterson

Oh, that's right, I'll be spending this holiday season in SUNNY Southern California.
Looks like I'll have to keep dreaming...

Photo from Country Living Magazine

Photo from Coastal Living Magazine

Photo from Coastal Living Magazine

Photo from Coastal Living Magazine

Happy Holidays to our valued
clients, friends, and family!

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Stone Seating... Clever!

By Holly Peterson

Phillips Collection - Kling II Poof Stool

Cleverly mimicking the look of a giant stone, the Kling II Poof Stool is actually a lightweight, water-resistant stonecast-resin sculpture with an angled niche that offers a place to perch. Measuring 28 inches in diameter and height, it comes in Sand and Granite color finishes.

Cash for Clunker Chairs

By Holly Peterson

We heard of General Motors’s cash for clunkers campaign a few months ago, but Emeco is putting an interior design spin on this deal-busting concept. From November 25 through February 2010, the chair manufacturer will offer a 50 percent discount on any chair and stool in its online catalog to anyone sending in an old, clunker aluminum chair.

Emeco will collect the unwanted chairs and send them to its recycling plant in Baltimore, Maryland. The discarded aluminum will then be repurposed into future products for the Emeco line. The Pennsylvania-based company will accept any aluminum chair for recycling, and customers can exchange more than one chair, as well. All chairs and stools made by Emeco qualify for the discount.

More information can be found at emeco.net

Video to Watch: The Future of Driving

By Holly Peterson

Protecting Your Hardwood Floors In ALL Seasons

By Holly Peterson

From your "best friends" and loved ones...

Found this article helpful, thought you would too!
Click HERE to read on

Thinking about replacing your existing floors with wood?
Contact Design Diva Interiors for help on selecting
the perfect wood floor for you and your home!

World's Largest LED Project

By Holly Peterson

The curvilinear grid-shell is covered with over 5,300 diamond-shaped steel panels,
containing nearly 5000 RGBW LED fixtures.
Laurel Petriello -- Interior Design, 11/30/2009

Prepare to be mesmerized. The newest architectural marvel of the Middle East, YAS Hotel in Abu Dhabi, was recently completed in conjunction with the launch of the inaugural 2009 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix held at the new circuit built around the hotel. The hotel features the world’s biggest LED project to date, controlled through remote device management (RDM) protocol.

Built by Aldar Properties and designed by Asymptote Architecture, the main design attraction of this 5-star, 500-room, 279,000-square-foot complex, is the curvilinear grid-shell covered with over 5,300 diamond-shaped steel panels, containing nearly 5000 RGBW LED fixtures. New York lighting design firm Arup Lighting employed a lighting application by e:cue lighting control to create lighting effects such as color-changing lighting sequences and customized three dimensional low-resolution video content on the grid-shell.

Beneath this high technology shell resides two hotel towers complete with sculpted-steel monocoque pass-through bridge running over the Formula 1 racetrack for patrons to easily commute from building to building, as well as follow the events below.

“A perfect union and harmonious interplay between elegance and spectacle. The search here was inspired by what one could call the 'art' and poetics of motor racing, specifically Formula 1, coupled with the making of a place that celebrates Abu Dhabi as a cultural and technological tour de force,” said Hani Rashid, co-founder of Aysmptote.

The YAS Hotel opened its doors October 30, 2009.

If only it was more of a destination...
Outer Saudi Arabia is hardly where I think I'll be booking my next vacation?!

Article from: Interior Design Magazine

Fabulous Stationery

By Holly Peterson

Looking for Fabulous Stationery?
Look no further, this company has all your stationery needs covered...

Design Diva Interiors may be sending out some "Fabulous Stationery" this holiday season...
That's how FABULOUS it is!!!

Find yours HERE

What's Your Favorite Digit?

By Holly Peterson

Finally, a Turmeric jar for the numerically inclined. These earthenware containers come numbered zero to nine, each with a cork top to keep your spices fresh and countertops in order.

  • Price: $5.00 each
  • Dimensions: H 2.75 inches x W 2.75 inches
More info @ Anthropologie

Mark Your Calendar: PotteryBarn Event

By Holly Peterson

Hope you get a chance to take advantage of this FUN opportunity!!!

Happy Birthday...

By Holly Peterson

...to ME!!!

Thanks to somebody very special and close to my ♥,
I'll be spending my birthday in FIJI...
See you when I return!

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Freudian Flair

By Holly Peterson

Joanthan Adler does it again...

A sure way to get your house guests giggling or give as a humorous gift!

Paint 101

By Holly Peterson

Here’s a handy glossary defining five of the most common — and most commonly misused — color terms: tint, shade, tone, value and saturation.

Put simply, a tint is a lighter variation of a color. Tints are created by adding white to colors. For example, pink is a tint of red. A commonly held meaning of this word is to add color to something (blue-tinted hair), so it’s important to be clear with clients that the color-theory meaning is quite different.

A color made darker by adding black to it. Navy is a shade of blue. This word is routinely used to describe any variation of color, even much lighter ones — take for example the 1960s song "A Whiter Shade of Pale" — so some clients may not understand that shades are darker than the base color.

If gray is added to a color, a tone of that color is created. Tones are generally more muted versions of colors. Clients sometimes refer to grayer versions of colors as "tints" or "shades," a distinction not widely known outside the art and design communities.

This term describes the lightness or darkness of a color. Colors with more white (tints) have higher value, and darker colors (shades) have lower value. It’s a very helpful term when describing the possibilities of color, but you’ll want to explain it clearly to clients.

The purity or intensity of a color is called saturation. The most-saturated colors are vivid and strong, where less-saturated colors can appear washed out or muted. Gray has zero saturation. The quality of light can affect saturation; for example, a painted wall’s color can appear more saturated during the day and less so as the light fades, and different types of artificial light can enhance or diminish saturation.

Need help with your paint color selections?
Contact Design Diva Interiors

Panton Junior Chair

By Holly Peterson

Now in CHILD-SIZE...

Designer: Verner Panton
By: Vitra

Your kids might be too young to fully appreciate the beautiful lines of a design classic, but they sure will love sitting—and sliding around—on Verner's Panton Chair. This Junior version is a quarter of the size of the original
Available in seven colors to match your little modernist's favorite hue.

Get one for the child/children you love @ vitra.com

An Exterior Solution

By Holly Peterson

From 3form

With over 100 times the impact strength of glass, Koda XT offers extensive design flexibility. Use the 3form HighRes program to incorporate custom imagery, or combine up to three layers of C3 colors for up to 10,000 color options. Koda XT can also be molded to meet extreme design requirements and, with 40% pre-consumer recycled content, is the only architectural polycarbonate material available to use towards LEED MR 4.1 for recycled content.

See more photos @ 3form.com
Contact DesignDivaInteriors for exterior design concepts & pricing.

Tips For Entertaining...

By Holly Peterson

From Chuck Williams
(Williams-Sonoma, Inc.)

In 1956, Chuck Williams purchased a hardware store in downtown Sonoma, California with the intention of converting it into a store specializing in French cookware. Within two years the shovels and electrical tape had been replaced with copper pans and chefs' knives, and the first Williams-Sonoma store was born. Mr. Williams remains an integral part of many aspects of the Williams-Sonoma business, from finding unique kitchenware and food items, to providing advice for catalog production and photography. Today the company operates over 250 Williams-Sonoma stores across the U.S. and Canada in addition to its popular catalog and website. In 2004, Mr. Williams was involved in the creation of the Williams-Sonoma Home brand, expanding his commitment to quality and customer service beyond the kitchen and into other rooms of the home.

Click {here} for A Discussion With Chuck

NEW PRODUCTS!!! November 2009

By Holly Peterson

Check out these FABULOUS new furniture finds...

Casamidy -Simi
Symi armchair in solid walnut and rawhide by Casamidy

Frag - Tartan
Tartan chair in chromed steel and woven leather lace in coffee by Frag.

Datesweiser - 3 High
What's the hallmark of timelessness? The ability to assimilate. Confident enough to work well with Thomas Chippendale and Florence Knoll alike, Datesweiser 's Highline conference furniture is what Allan Weiser describes as "very clean and neutral."

Wraparound legs support the cabinet of a credenza offered in three materials—walnut, oak, or white lacquer—and three versions as determined by the number of center storage levels: 1 High, 2 High, and 3 High, all at a choice of 87 or 99 inches wide. (With the double and triple models, the open shelf holds leather-covered or lacquered accessory boxes.) The conference table has a 10-foot-long top of marble, back-painted glass, anigre, oak, walnut, or solid surfacing, all configured to conceal technology essentials. Those same materials top the square and round meeting tables, which measure 48 inches across.

Avenue Road - Cord
Some furniture classics get reissued—this one got restrung. Industrial-design pioneer Jacques Guillon created his Cord chair in 1953 and introduced this quintessence of weightless minimalism at the Triennale di Milano the following year. The chair's most arresting features were its seat and back, nothing more than tightly strung nylon cords.

Avenue Road has now rescued Cord from obscurity—with two important differences. The seat and back are strung with eight-strand braided polyethylene in either white or black. And the frame, formerly made of laminated plywood, is solid maple veneered in walnut or lacquered black.

Contact Design Diva Interiors for more info. & pricing

What A Waist

By Holly Peterson

Dress by John Petrey at the Lois Lambert Gallery; courtesy of John Petrey.

Made of bottle caps and vintage aluminum signage, John Petrey's "Ethel" comes to the Lois Lambert Gallery in Los Angeles.

Maison Martin Margiela's Artisanal collection; courtesy of Marina Faust.

A dress in crepe de chine and vinyl records, from Maison Martin Margiela's Artisanal collection.

"Clothes made from discarded metal and plastic are probably not the most comfortable to wear, but these dresses definitely take repurposing to a new, rather chic level. A sculptor, John Petrey, turns bottle caps, marquee letters, tin ceiling tiles, and broken yardsticks into "outfits" that pay facetious tribute to the innocent mind-set of the 1950's and '60's. See a dozen at the Lois Lambert Gallery in Los Angeles, starting November 14—right around the time when like-minded pieces by Maison Martin Margiela will be available at yoox.com. Handmade from discarded items such as vinyl records and disco-ball mirror squares, the 100 one-offs will be sold to benefit the Rosa Spier House, a nonprofit artists' retirement community in the Netherlands.

Breathing Bathtub

By Holly Peterson

... A bath that literally breathes!
Not quite sure how I feel about this?!
Or how "worth it" it will be once seeing the price tag?!
But the concept is cool!

Read more @ InteriorsFromSpain

Peace & Love

By Holly Peterson

There's something about these photos in particular
that bring me a sense of peace and LOVE

Just thought I'd share!


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Southwest Airlines GOING GREEN

By Holly Peterson

The budget airline announced their plans for creating the verdant vehicle at its annual media day on October 21. The main aim of the plane is to reduce weight savings by almost five pound per seat, thus saving fuel and reducing emissions.

Read more HERE

ALL Your Door Needs...

By Holly Peterson


Looking for a specific door?
Screen door?
Front Door?
Interior Door?
Pet Door?

Look no further... Vintage Doors is your new and most likely, ONLY door vendor!

GREEN DEPOT Makes A Difference

By Holly Peterson

Looking forward to having a Green Depot (or something like it) in So Cal...
Hopefully someday soon!

Check out GreenDepot.com and see how YOU can make a difference!