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!

Sink/Island Combo

By Holly Peterson

Sink/Island Combo from Kohler

The Iron/Occasions integrated top and bowl kitchen island from Kohler
is a combination sink and countertop fashioned from cast iron.
The piece measures 39"x63", with the integrated trough sink centered
along the entire length of the island. It is available in a range of color choices.

Contact Design Diva Interiors for your next kitchen remodel!

Crystal Clear Bathtub

By Holly Peterson

The Novellini Cristal 1 Bathtub,
part of Novellini's Premium Elysium Collection, is fashioned from clear safety glass panels,
with long side panels that run straight while the ends angle outward.
The tub comes with its own integrated chrome-finished, floor-mounted faucet.

For more information, visit www.novellini.com

Color Curiosity

By Holly Peterson

Great article by Danielle Guagliano, a student @ NYSID

"For years, psychologists have been studying the effects of color on people. Although I previously thought reactions to color were universal, it makes sense that they are not; not all people in all societies have the same responses to the same colors. Studies show that the effects of color are individual and perceptual, but are somewhat universal within specific cultures. For example, in China, the color red is actually calming, while for us, red brings out an aggressive feeling; it’s an exciting color and gives energy. The use of earth tones is calming. These shades can remind us of family and give a feeling of closeness. Blues and greens bring out a feeling of serenity and peace because the colors are associated with nature and the ocean. Yellow has a positive effect on people, but too much of it can be irritating. The color orange is associated with food. I learned a few years ago that orange can make you feel the urge to eat, which is why many fast food chains use orange in their designs. This color makes people feel happy, so maybe when you’re happy, you want to eat.

So, in thinking about these feelings aroused in response to color,
are these generalizations true for pretty much all of the U.S.?"

I love when articles really make you think...
I think that this is so TRUE, as a generalization to the U.S.,
and quite possibly some other countries; Japan being an exclusion.

What are your thoughts?

"Find The Peace"

By Holly Peterson

High Point Market Displays Travels to ABC Home

One vignette certain to start conversations is “Find the Peace,” with its jarring representation of Dorothy’s black and white world in relation to America’s civil right movement.
The focal point: more than 600 photos collaged into a 20-foot peace sign, the word "hope" illuminated in its center by a single white light bulb.

Manhattan and High Point are as different as they come,
but they join forces for Black History Month at ABC Home.

I highly suggest browsing through ABC Home's online store...
You never know what you might find!

Read entire article HERE

SHOCKING Drapery Pricing!!!

By Holly Peterson

One of my most favorite bedding lines has just become my ULTIMATE favorite...
Drapery pricing that ANYONE can afford!
Yes, I said ANYONE!!!

View these amazing drapery options @ Wildcat Territory

Contact Design Diva Interiors for help with your draperies!

Stockholm Furniture Fair 2010

By Holly Peterson

Every February, the very best new Nordic furniture designs debut at the Stockholm Furniture Fair and the Northern Light Fair. The two events are held together in the 630,000-square-foot Stockholm International Fairs center, attracting more than 36,000 people to the outskirts of Stockholm, Sweden. In addition to being the world’s largest arena for Scandinavian design, its appearance early in the year makes it the ideal spot to preview trends that we can expect to see more of months down the road in Milan and New York. Contributing blogger Tiffany Orvet has pulled together what she considers to be the best of the best from this year.
(Featured in Dwell)

(My personal favorite! ♥)

With Love,
Your Norwegian Designer

...Maybe that's why I love Scandinavian design so much?!

Happy LOVE Day!!! ♥

By Holly Peterson

Advice for the "Single" and "Not-So-Single"

Things Not to Say on Your Valentine's Date
(or you could end up like poor Cupid)

1. I really don't like this restaurant that much,
but I wanted to use this 2-for-1 coupon before it expired.

2. People say I remind them of Eddie Haskell.

3. I used to come here all the time with my ex.

4. I never said you NEED a nose job.
I just said it wouldn't hurt to consider it.

5. Could you excuse me? My cat gets lonely if he doesn't
hear my voice on the answering machine every hour.

6. I like clay. It's mushy.

7. I really feel that I've grown in the past few years.
Used to be I wouldn't have given someone like you a second look.

8. And I won that trophy in the inter-fraternity belching contest.

9. I know you said you don't eat anything with a face.
But a good butcher will cut that part off for you if you ask.

10. It's been tough, but I've come to accept that most
people I date just won't be as smart as I am.

Have a safe and fun Valentine's Day!!!

Design Diva

My TOP 3!

By Holly Peterson

Boston Terriers
(I'm partial to the red/white & brindle/white)

Sunset on the ocean
(especially here in sunny San Diego)

Thought I would share my TOP 3 symbols of HAPPINESS!!!
What are your TOP 3?

Hope your weekend is full of LOVE!
Design Diva

Shred The Evidence...

By Holly Peterson

..receipts, bills, love letters - with multiple blade scissors.
Or buy two and use one in the kitchen to chop herbs.

Shredding Scissors, $9.

Area Rugs For Your Stairs

By Holly Peterson

ALTO Steps

Handmade, modular rugs for your stairs. Available in several colorways, each with patterns and solids. Arrange them in any sequence. GoodWeave certified.

To see more options visit: lizaphillipsdesign.com

For an expert's opinion in selecting your ALTO Steps contact Design Diva Interiors

DELOS Modern Rug Company

By Holly Peterson

"CUSTOM" shouldn't be a scary word...

Delos' signature MADE TO ORDER Area Rug Program allows you to bring your
vision of the perfect custom rug to life, with color and simple textures!

Contact Design Diva Interiors to design your Delos Area Rug

Interested in exploring your options, click HERE

Latest Trend in Kitchen Countertops

By Holly Peterson

John Boos & Co.
(as shown above)

These days, more families are staying home to do their entertaining, so we're seeing the use of wood more in the kitchen with countertop choices, freestanding islands, boards, and carts. Wood adds warmth as well as an important element of functionality.

Made of North American hardwoods, these cherry and walnut wood tops
have color variations that provide naturally defined character.

Contact Design Diva Interiors for your next kitchen remodel!

Modern Drain

By Holly Peterson

The StyleDrain from California Faucets features sleek styling and a patent-pending design with no visible screws and flush grill plate for foot comfort. The two debuting StyleDrain designs are square shaped to fit well with traditional square-shaped tile, and feature patterns that blend with a range of designs. The drains are available in 30 different finishes.

Contact Design Diva Interiors for your next bathroom remodel!

The Perfect Toaster

By Holly Peterson

You can toast bread in just about any size or shape on the flat surface of this slimline toaster.
Bistro Flatbed Toaster, 3"H x 14 1/2"L x 10 1/4"W