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!

Who is... Hive Modern???

By Holly Peterson

From Hive:
"Hive was founded in 2002 with the idea that Good Design can and should be presented in an inspired, knowledgeable and friendly manner."

"From humble beginnings fueled primarily on inspiration, hive has grown to inhabit its own free-standing building in the Pearl District, Portland's most upscale urban neighborhood. We are proud to be an authorized retailer for Alessi, Artemide, Artifort, Carl Hansen, Cassina, Flos, Kartell, Knoll & Vitra to name just a few. hive has been noted in national magazines such as Dwell, Index, In Style, Lucky and Western Interiors magazines."

"We like to think of hivemodern.com, as the web-stop for the savvy design enthusiast.... bringing the rare and unusual plus time-tested icons of design directly to your front door. Our manifesto is really quite simple: to share the joys of Good Design while providing value and excellence in service to our patrons. Whether you simply enjoy browsing the product pages to see what's new, or dive directly in and order a quantity of Eero Aarnio Ball Chairs, we hope to foster a fun web-based environment where people can delight in Good Design on their own terms."

ENJOY all of their greatness @ hivemodern.com


By Holly Peterson

Succulent Wallpaper

Designed By: Mary Kysar
Made By: makelike
Price: $200 / per roll

If settling on the right shade of paint for a feature wall in your home has become a little overwhelming, we're big fans of this hand printed wallpaper from makelike for a fun fix. The Portland design studio's first collection—which also features dish towels, pillows, and posters—is themed around the Cactus, and this bright succulent pattern would be a nice addition to liven up any living room. All of makelike's products will be available from October this year.

Furniture For The Cure...

By Holly Peterson

...Debuts Alyce Chair
(October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month... How fitting! ♥)

(The chair back is cut from a single piece of plantation mahogany and finished in a walnut stain, while the feet are accented with brushed nickel.)

Read more @ InteriorDesign.net

Cherner Chair

By Holly Peterson

The Cherner Chair Company

The 1958 molded plywood armchair by Norman Cherner a midcentury icon found in design collections worldwide is now available to a new generation of furniture collectors. Reissued in exacting detail from the original drawings and molds, the armchair combines the best of both molded plywood and solid bent wood construction. Like the original, made entirely in the U.S.A.

The 1958 molded plywood side chair by Norman Cherner is the companion to the classic Cherner arm chair. The perfect dining chair, it is built to be handed down from generation to generation. The seat is made of laminated plywood of graduated thickness, from 15 plys to 5 plys at the thin edge of the shell. Reissued in exacting detail from the original drawings and molds, the side chair is strong, lightweight and like the original, made entirely in the U.S.A.

The 1958 molded plywood stacking chairs by Norman Cherner are perfect for home, office or cafe. The seat is made of laminated plywood of graduated thickness, from 15 plys to 5 plys at the perimeter of the shell. Reissued in exacting detail from the original drawings and molds, strong, lightweight and like the original, made entirely in the U.S.A.

The new Cherner swivel base task chair is a further development of the classic molded plywood Cherner Chair. A strong, lightweight and graceful addition to the home or office, the Cherner task chair is available with or without armrests in all Cherner finishes and upholstery options.

Visit Cherner Chair
Contact Design Diva Interiors to take advantage of "Trade" pricing

New York Living...

By Holly Peterson

Introducing the first yoo by Starck residential rentals

yoo by Starck, know for invigorating the design world, brings Dwell95: the first yoo by Starck rentals. Located in New York's energetic Financial District, Dwell 95 combines all the amenities and services of a first-class hotel with the comforts of home.
This modern-day sanctuary is uniquely conceived for the uncommon individual.

Know anyone that is looking for a place in the heart of NY?
Or maybe you're just a little curious on how much a place like this goes for...
(come on, you know you are)

Big Chill

By Holly Peterson

Get out of the box and into a Big Chill refrigerator. This may look like your mother's icebox, but the Big Chill includes all of today's functionality, efficiency, and dependability.
The only thing left out is the chisel; no defrosting required!
Chill... @ bigchillfridge.com


By Holly Peterson

Prefab Structures

A growing prefab company located in Seattle, they strive to offer a solution for the changing needs of eco-conscious individuals and families. Now offering their Dwelling-Shed and Guest-Shed, creating small-footprint everyday living.

Learn more @ modern-shed.com

Pamper Your Pup...

By Holly Peterson

Bauhaus-Style Dog Sofa

Dogs love this gorgeous sofa that pays tribute to classic Le Corbusier seating. Choose vinyl, leather, or pony-style fabrics that are waterproof, washable, and removable. Quality steel frames. Four sizes. From $210. Made in Italy.
Available exclusively at dogbar.com

Curve Appeal

By Holly Peterson

"C" Table

  • Designed by: Scott White
  • Made by: White Design
Curving around like the crest of a plywood wave, the "C" table—designed by Albuquerque-based Scott White, with a little help from Mara Schweikert of Soma Interiors—hollows out beneath a flat top to make space for a stack of magazines. Scrap from each piece is then used to create additional accessories, resulting in a highly efficient, low-waste system.

More info. @ gohomeandsit.com

Come To The Garden With Me...

By Holly Peterson

And Outdoor Furniture Designer: Richard Schultz

My most favorite of all of the collections by Richard Schultz, the Topiary collection.

"I wanted to design a chair which looked like a shrub pruned to look like a chair."
- Richard Schultz

Visit Richard Schultz
Contact Design Diva Interiors for trade pricing!


By Holly Peterson


The furniture and home furnishings’ showrooms of L.A. Mart Design Center will open their doors TO THE PUBLIC for savings of up to 70%. High-quality furniture, rugs, lighting, art, and home accessories of all styles will be featured. Even more shopping choices abound on the 2nd Floor Gallery, where home fashion exhibitors will offer deep discounts on their popular selections. Free shopping consultations with the Design Center’s Buyer Services Representative are available by appointment on a first come first served basis.


Friday, October 2 / 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 3 / 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Free shopping consultations
Saturday, October 3 / 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 4 / 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

{Direction Details}
L.A. Mart Design Center
1933 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Participating Designer Brands
(Nationally acclaimed brands available at HUGE savings, a few may include:
American Leather
Hickory Chair
Bernhardt Furniture
Kindel Furniture
Century Furniture
Maitland Smith
Drexel Heritage
Marge Carson
E.J. Victor
Elite Leather
And many more...

Put your sneakers on and get to SHOPPING, your home will thank you!!!

Get HIPPER With Wicker

By Holly Peterson

Shelter Island Chair

Jonathan Adler's NEW 'Shelter Island' Collection is a nifty fusion of iron and rattan.
Give your decor a glow of warm modernism with earthy materials and resort-style comfort.

Good on Paper

By Holly Peterson

Coming to a major city near YOU...

Who says print is a dying medium? These artists have discovered more creative outlets for wastepaper than the recycling bin. Junk-mail-on-canvas is the medium of choice for Sandhi Schimmel Gold, who up-cycles paper and cards into collaged portraits on view in Los Angeles through September 15 at the Loft at Liz's. Galia Gluckman, winner of an eco award at New York's International Artexpo, takes a similar approach, cutting up magazines and other printed papers and pasting them in mosaiclike compositions on large pieces of hardboard. Phillip Hua, who's demonstrating how he works during San Francisco's SOMA Open Studios on October 24 and 25, forges visual dynamics between economics and the environment by printing multicolored digital images of trees on pages from the Wall Street Journal. And the trend transcends mere individuals. New York's Museum of Arts and Design unveils "Slash: Paper Under the Knife" on October 7.


G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S ♥

By Holly Peterson

Every girl dreams of living a glamourous jet-set lifestyle, weather in the lap of luxury or on a tight budget. Dawn Del Russo Author of 101 Glam Girl Ways to an Ultra Chic Lifestyle provides quick cheeky tips to living that swank life. Put together simply each one-liner is illustrated by Barbara Ann Scarrillo with charming, fashionable sketches sure to delight. Indulge in this fabulous quick read. Dawn Del Russo, high profile fashion stylist has been featured in print like US Weekly, Life and Style, InStyle, Glamour, People StyleWatch and on Fox 5 NY for her style advice. Del Russo is also a contributing writer for BettyConfidential.com and ChicGalleria.com. She has a keen sense of style and trends and is dedicated to helping women find their inner beauty, and confidence starting from the style on the outside.

101 Glam Girl Ways to and Ultra Chic Lifestyle is every woman's secret guide to breezing through life glamourously.

Set to Launch in Book stores Fall 2009!
Look for it in your local bookstore SOON...

Traveling Anytime Soon?

By Holly Peterson

If so, plan on staying at Emma...

Room Mate Hotels is known for their fabulous International
and U.S. hotels, and is rapidly growing.
Emma is expected to open in 2010, along with a few other locations
in Miami Beach and New York.

Book your stay at a Room Mate Hotel!

Fitness Anyone?

By Holly Peterson

Beginner Kettlebell Workshop...
Check out the workout routine you've been waiting for!

A 'kettlebell' or girya (Russ.) is a traditional Russian cast iron weight that looks like a cannonball with a handle. The ultimate tool for extreme all-round fitness.

The kettlebell goes way back, it first appeared in a Russian dictionary in 1704 (Cherkikh, 1994). So popular were kettlebells in Tsarist Russia that any strongman or weightlifter was referred to as a girevik, or 'a kettlebell man'.

"Not a single sport develops our muscular strength and bodies as well as kettlebell athletics," reported Russian magazine Hercules in 1913.

Why train with kettlebells?

Because they deliver extreme all-round fitness. And no single other tool does it better. Here is a short list of hardware the Russian kettlebell replaces: barbells, dumbbells, belts for weighted pullups and dips, thick bars, lever bars, medicine balls, grip devices, and cardio equipment.

Kettlebell Beginner Workshop (4 hours)

The Beginner Workshop is geared toward the absolute Kettlebell beginner. Participants will learn proper form and technique with an emphasis on safety. The beginner workshop will prepare participants for more advanced classes and personal Kettlebell training sessions. This class is normally $100, but we are currently offering a 20% discount for all beginners that sign up online. Take advantage of this class for only $80!

Upcoming Workshop Dates: September 19, October 17, November 21