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!

Reply NOW If You Would Like To Attend...

By Holly Peterson

WHEN: Thursday, June 4 - Friday, June 5, 2009
TIME: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
@: 1933 S. Broadway / Los Angeles, CA 90007

Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to save thousands on lifestyle merchandise from hundreds of showrooms. Choose from the largest selection of GIFT, HOME DECOR, ACCESSORIES AND MUCH MUCH MORE!

This event is open to the trade only! Guests are welcome with a credentialed buyer.

Please contact us @ Design Diva Interiors if you would like to attend.

Modern Outdoor Designs Exclusive!

By Holly Peterson

The Modern Outdoor
Etra Chair

High style, clean-lined simplicity, made in America.

This Summer Modern Outdoor Designs is offering a limited quantity of their
classic Etra chair for their lowest price ever!

Designed to enhance any upscale environment, this Etra chair features a silver powder coated carbon steel frame and Ipe.

For more information regarding this Etra chair please contact

Design Diva Interiors, as this line is available through the trade only.

Casa Di Luce - Modern European Lighting

By Holly Peterson

Just thought I'd share a piece of beauty with you...

This is just one of the AMAZING lighting fixtures that Casa Di Luce offers. This online store offers many wonderful things from lighting, furniture, to accessories!

Please visit CASA DI LUCE and let them know that DESIGN DIVA INTERIORS sent you!

Happy shopping!!!

Eco-Friendly & Practical

By Holly Peterson

Design for a Living World at Cooper Hewitt

There are some things in life that you gotta fix before they’re broke – especially when you know it’s just a matter of time. In case you haven’t noticed, the planet happens to be one of those things. So, to get the ball rolling, the Nature Conservancy asked 10 noted industrial designers (including Izaac Mizrahi and Kate Spade) to turn 10 unconventional, eco-friendly materials into 10 practical objects. The result: vegetable ivory jewelry, plywood furniture, salmon leather dresses and shoes, chicle latex vases, and many other creations that urge us to reconsider where our everyday objects come from, what they are made of, and how they impact the earth. See the objects in the "Design for a Living World" exhibit, currently at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, before they embark on a national tour in January.

For more info, just go to cooperhewitt.org

What's Your Personal Shade of Green?

By Holly Peterson

What's Your Personal Shade of Green?

I just received the May edition of A-List International and I have to say that I was really impressed with their suggestions on the simple ways that WE can help the this place we're living... EARTH!


No Nonsense Furniture

By Holly Peterson

No Nonsense Furniture

It’s a stepstool! It’s a chair! It’s...”A: Table!” This new piece by Iannone is as no nonsense as its name implies. They take reclaimed chestnut from Amish barns or locally-sourced oak, quarter sawn oak, cherry, or walnut wood and finish it with either low-VOC water-based paint or hand-polished oil wax. That’s it. No extra chemicals. No harm done to your family or the environment. Need more surface area? Check out the piece’s coffee table-sized brother (aptly called), “A: Long Table.” In case you couldn’t tell, keeping things real is something Philadelphia-based Iannone takes seriously. So, when not using sustainably-harvested woods, the design company utilizes equally-eco formaldehyde-free plywood, bamboo, or sorghum board to make their sleek modern pieces.

Browse the entire catalogue at iannonedesign.com

Dunk Mug

By Holly Peterson

Dunk Mug

Designed by: Dominic Skinner
Made by: Mocha
Price: $13.99

This ingenious mug handily brings together what is, perhaps, the greatest, most comforting, and perfectly delicious duo of our time: tea and biscuits. Eliminate the need for a pesky plate! Just stick your cookies beneath your brew and you're good to go.

More info: www.mocha.uk.com

Is Yours Worthy?

By Holly Peterson

Is your garage a place of honor or have you dreamed
of a garage on par with great automotive design?
Put it to the test!

Maserati is searching for the finest architectural garages, whether existing or imagined.

One existing garage will be showcased in a special advertising section in the
October 2009 issue of Architectural Digest; one concept garage will
be built out to tour the nation as a large-scale architectural model.

Last chance to enter!
Go online to submit your garage
and for complete details.
The search ends June 1, 2009.

Plans this weekend?

By Holly Peterson

Don't have any plans for this weekend?
Take a short drive North to Venice...

for the

Click here for details!

Let's Get Personal

By Holly Peterson

Who Knew?

Who would have thought that we could even personalize our bathroom accessories (aside from towels and bath robes) that is?! Well, here it is... Ballard Designs has exceeded my expectations of monogramming!

Finished in natural linen, trimmed in ivory ribbon, and monogrammed with a single letter, this is one chic tissue cover that will never suffer an identity crisis.

To order your own monogrammed tissue box and other accessories visit Ballard Designs

The Executive Floor

By Holly Peterson

Dreamweavers' Tie Rug

Around 100 million neckties are sold every year in an endless array of patterns, colors, shapes, and sizes. Between the striped skinny ties, pink polka dot bowties, and "#1 DAD" ties, there are a lot of itty-bitty mismatching scraps left on the factory floor that would be rendered useless if Arkansas-based Dreamweavers didn't reclaim them. The 30-year-old rug, throw, and pillow making company hand cuts scraps of silk-blend ties into little pockets that they then stuff and sew together to make their Executive collection of rugs and pillows. The pieces are ultra plush, one-of-a-kind, machine washable, and the perfect choice for Father’s Day. Think about it. It's what you would have gotten him anyway; only he doesn't have to pretend he’ll actually wear it. Saves everybody some face, and a few scraps from the landfill in the process.

Put your order in at Design Diva Interiors
See designs at dweavers.com

So Beautiful, You Could Wear It...

By Holly Peterson

Wallteriors. So beautiful, you could wear it.

Above photo: model wearing dress made from Wallteriors Black Rock wall covering.

Above: Wallteriors’ own Hector Romero and Chris Obeji with their lovely model Amber.

On Tuesday, March 24 during El Paseo Fashion Week – ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Palm Springs held its own Project Runway to a standing room crowd.

Project Runway was a fundraising competition which allowed Interior design professionals to exercise their creative muscles in the arena of high fashion. This event raised money for a local design scholarship and operating funds for the Palm Springs/Inland Empire ASID.

Hector Romero, President and chief designer at Wallteriors worked with Los Angeles fashion designer Fedor Roqovets to create an amazing 1950’s inspired cocktail dress made from Wallteriors Black Rock wallcovering from it’s new Guild collection.

Please contact Design Diva Interiors for samples and wallpaper design ideas.

Common Sense Decorating

By Holly Peterson

Common Sense... A must-have when it comes to interior design!

We love our homes, and we want to live well in them as long as we can. That's why, now more than ever, we want to refresh our decor without undertaking a total overhaul. Here are some quick tips on where to start:

Repaint in cheerful colors; revive family heirlooms; rethink accessories; rearrange the furniture - and figure out what you can add to make rooms feel fresh. Above all, revel in the moment!

Spend the money where you see it most. Bold wallpaper is great for jazzing up an entryway.
- Guy Clark

No matter what the economy looks like, you should always strive for quality. Buy fewer, better things. Get a great sofa - and plan to keep it. It's better to have one good cashmere sweater than three cheap ones.
- Alessandra Branca