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!


By Holly Peterson

13W GE Energy Smart LED, GE Lighting
This dimmable 60W incandescent replacement lamp is part of GE's full family of Energy Smart LED incandescent replacement lamps being introduced over the next 12 months.  
According to GE, the 13W LED lamp has been available since November 2011, and the 75W and 100W incandescent replacement LED lamps (18W and 27W) are anticipated for Fall 2012.  
The lamps deliver omnidirectional light as well as smooth dimming and eliminate flicker.  
When off, the lamp has the appearance of a soft-white incandescent lamp.  

Finally, an LED light bulb that dims!!!

Happy Holidays from Design Diva Interiors

By Holly Peterson

Wishing you a holiday season full of

Thank you for all your support throughout the years!

Warm Wishes,

Just in TIME!

By Holly Peterson

 The perfect gift for the holidays...

Get a groovy gift for someone special on your holiday shopping list.  
Handcrafted of solid walnut with a hand rubbed oil finish, and grooves painted in a choice of three colorways. 
Quartz movement is made in the USA.
Dimensions 11.5”w x 11.5”d x 1.75”d

Happy Shopping!

Give Thanks!

By Holly Peterson

 "Gratitude is the sign of noble souls."

to my family, friends, and to my amazing clients!

Happy Birthday

By Holly Peterson

Another year older...
Another year wiser!

{Baby Diva - Age 6}

We're not getting older, we're getting better!

Serenity Now. Luxury Later.

By Holly Peterson

Serenity Now. Luxury Later.

What makes a house a home? Luxury home accessories that are easy-care and easy on the eyes.
Simple to spot-clean, machine-washable, disinfectable, and resistant to stains, moisture and odors – that's the essence of Super Style. Let Crypton luxury accessories bring it home for you. 

Contact Design Diva Interiors on how Crypton can help simplify your life!

Because EVERYONE Should Have a Stylish Throne!

By Holly Peterson

EcoDomo is introducing the Royal Throne Collection™ of leather toilet seats, lids and rugs.

This continues the rollout of ecological, stylish and unique sustainable architectural details which EcoDomo has pioneered in the sustainable finishes industry.

  About Ecodomo
Founded in response to the need for luxurious, well-designed materials derived from renewable and ecologically-friendly sources, EcoDomo has become the partner of choice to both architects and designers, as purveyors of unique recycled materials and brilliant solutions, elegant design and ecologically-balanced living.

As a member of the United States Green Building Council USGBC, EcoDomo uses a "triple bottom line" approach, where products must exceed market expectations and significantly contribute to both the environment and to the community.

EcoDomo developed unique recycled leather applications for floors which are as comparable to cork or linoleum for wear.

The toilet seats are an extension of the company's line and focus on the hospitality and high-end design industry. They are made of bamboo, a natural, renewable grass, which are wrapped with premium top-grain, anti-microbial, low-VOC leather specially finished by EcoDomo. The toilet seats are complemented by matching bath mats. The bath mats are assembled on recycled post-consumer rubber with a signature saddle stitch finish.

The Royal Throne Collection™ is offered as follows:
Seats and bath mats in seven standard leather colors
{shown below}
- The bath mats are offered in three sizes
- The lid can be upgraded with one of four crocodile-embossed Patent leather
- Choose to have only the lid covered in leather
- Fully customize your seat or bath mat size

Contact Design Diva Interiors for your custom "throne" cover!

Danish Teak Classics... For The Birds!

By Holly Peterson

Don't miss out on one of these amazing bird houses by Nathan Danials at Danish Teak Classics. As a child, Danials lived the good life on a family farm in Wisconsin, no doubt nurturing a love for building something by hand, guided by the principles of nature and simplicity. Danials become interested in modern design after moving to the Twin Cities to work for a local furniture company. He began his own design career by designing modern outdoor furniture, but has since branched out into, as you could have guessed by the name – burd haus, Bauhaus-esqe birdhouses. The burd haus has everything that would appeal to any architecture aficionado – quality materials, appealing colour combinations, simple (mostly functional) form, and a quirky individuality. You can purchase the burd haus at Daniels' Etsy store
Don't miss out on one of these for the Autumn season!

The birds will thank you...

SAMPLE SALE NOW @ Environment Furniture

By Holly Peterson

Don't miss this incredible event!

Contact Design Diva Interiors to make an appointment.
{trade access only}

Ralph Lauren Gives Back

By Holly Peterson

Are you in love with the classic style of Ralph Lauren for your home?
Support Ralph Lauren and the Pink Pony Fund by purchasing your favorite
Ralph Lauren products during the month of October.

Join Ralph Lauren in the worldwide initiative in the fight against cancer

Pink Pony is Ralph Lauren Corporation's worldwide initiative in the fight against cancer. Their mission is to reduce disparities in cancer care in medically undeserved communities and ensure that treatment is available at an earlier, more curable stage. Initially established with a focus on breast cancer, the Pink Pony Fund supports programs for cancer screening, early diagnosis, education, treatment, research and patient navigation. Ten percent of proceeds from Pink Pony products is directed towards the Pink Pony Fund of the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation.

 Any support helps!
Design Diva Interiors

In Memory of Steve Jobs

By Holly Peterson

Steve Jobs, Apple founder, passes on...

Please take a moment to reflect on what Steve Jobs has brought to us...
Steve Jobs is quite possibly one of the smartest men to bless this Earth!
Not only has he introduced the world to incredible technology developments,
he had a pretty great view on life too!

Words Of Wisdom From Steve Jobs
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Forever in our hearts,

Chipotle... Known For Their Ads

By Holly Peterson

Chipotle has done it again with their incredibly moving approach to advertisement...
View this amazing stop motion film below
(It made me cry)

Hope you enjoy!

San Diego Restaurant Week

By Holly Peterson

San Diego Restaurant week is in full effect! Deals are currently available at
hundreds of San Diego's finest restaurants, now through September 23rd.

New this year are lunch options as well as dinner. So find time, day or night, to
check out a new restaurant or return to an old favorite. Call ahead for a
reservation, spots tend to fill up fast. Visit San Diego Restaurant Week
website for a list of all participating restaurants and their menus.

Eat, drink and be fabulous!

Made in the USA

By Holly Peterson

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, American manufacturing
hit its post war peak in 1951, when it accounted for 27.9 % of the gross domestic
 product. By 2010 that percentage was down to just 11.7%.

I'm all for buying American, but to buy American we need to make American.

In the latest issue of Dwell Magazine, was an article delivering 61
fabulous and functional American made items ranging from an Igloo cooler
to a motorcycle. Somewhere wedged in between the John Deere
Tractor and the Fire Extinguisher I discovered some great furniture pieces.

Below are barstools from Studio Dunn made from sustainably harvested
hardwood sourced from forests in the Midwest and on the East Coast. This small Rhode
Island company was founded just last year but I see longevity in their future.

This crib by Ducduc delivers the utmost in style when it comes to decorating
a nursery. Produced not far outside New York City, Ducduc designs
fantastic children's furniture including changers, chairs, desks and storage.

This gorgeous chair by Plexi-Craft designed by BNO is just one example
of what they can do. Plexi-Craft has been designing and fabricating custom
acrylic furniture in New York City of over 50 years.

Contact Design Diva if you believe in buying American and
would like help finding those rare pieces for your home.

September 24th & 25th - Furniture Sample Sale!

By Holly Peterson

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

FREE PARKING (weekend only)
Log on at lamartdesign.com for more details. 

Contact Design Diva Interiors to schedule!

Ode To The Ottoman

By Holly Peterson

 Ah, the ottoman. What can't this piece of furniture do!?
From big to small, square to round this multi-functional piece of furniture
has come a long way. We can rest our feet, sit, sleep and store all kinds of goods.
With such a huge selection to choose from these days, it has never been easier
to find the perfect one for your home.

If your short on space, you might need something like this. Can you believe this
ottoman actually unfolds into a bed!? We're all used to the storage ottomans
by now, but this gives new meaning to multi-functional.

If your an echo chic type, then you'll love this cube ottoman upholstered in coffee bean
bags. This would be a perfect addition to any room, adding texture, color and functionality.

Contact Design Diva if your looking for ways to add additional seating or
 want to make a statement with a bold ottoman cocktail table.

From The Design Diva Kitchen...

By Holly Peterson

Egg White Pancake Recipe

4 egg whites
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/3 banana
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 packets stevia
pinch of salt

Put everything in a blender and liquify (at least 1 minute).
Pour directly onto pan lightly sprayed with oil.
Makes 10-12 small pancakes (1 serving).

You can make this for breakfast or for snacking!
Double or triple the serving and freeze for convenience.

- Design Diva

Graham & Brown Wallpaper - SALE TODAY ONLY!!!

By Holly Peterson

Use code FLASH30 

Happy Shopping!

The Tote Bag For YOU!

By Holly Peterson

One of our favorite Indoor/Outdoor Fabric lines has come out with a tote bag just for YOU!

Get yours today!
Needing fabric selection for your indoor/outdoor space?
We'll show you how you can integrate these fabulous fabrics into your life!

Child's Play

By Holly Peterson

Designers find that introducing color in kids’ rooms is often a 
balancing act between creativity and family harmony.

A fascinating read about color and what it can do for not only your child's bedroom walls,
but for their brain development, as well...

Contact Design Diva Interiors on what colors are best for your little ones and their spaces.

BLUM - Perfecting Motion

By Holly Peterson

Turn your manual waste bin into an automatic.

Blum's new waste/recycle kit with SERVO-DRIVE transforms cabinets into an entirely hands-free solution.  So now all you have to do is tap the drawer with your knee, hip or elbow for quick and easy access.

Contact Design Diva Interiors about adding blum hardware to your next kitchen remodel!

Happy 4th of July!!!

By Holly Peterson

Happy 4th of July from San Diego
Wishing you a happy and safe holiday!
- Design Diva

Web --> TV

By Holly Peterson

(Written by: Stephen Treffinger / House Beautiful)

With the click of a remote, you can browse the Web, check out what your friends are doing on Facebook and Twitter, call them through Skype, watch YouTube videos, stream music via Pandora - all on your TV. The newest models come preinstalled with a host of Web-connected apps like Netflix, HuluPlus, Amazon, Yahoo, Vudu, CinemaNow, and Flickr, among others. They appear as icons on the screen just as they do on your smartphone.

You can still enjoy many of these same services on the big screen without a preloaded TV.  The Roku Player is a compact box that links your TV and high-speed Internet service, giving you access to content from more than 150 sources.  Some Blu-ray players and gaming systems like Xbox can do it, too.

Beware, not every streaming device offers the same features, and not every app is available on every TV model, so check first before you buy.

Happy Shopping!

Smog-eating Aluminum Panels?

By Holly Peterson

Smog-eating Aluminum Panels?
What a genius idea...

Happy Wednesday!
- Design Diva Interiors

Household Tips from the Pros Continued...

By Holly Peterson

 "Pay attention to your water bill, so you know what's normal.  Even if you can't hear it, you might have a running toilet or a leaky faucet somewhere.  If your bill is running high, call your plumber."
DAVID PASQUESI, Partner, Pasquesi Plumbing, Highland Park, IL

"A well-done tight-back sofa is far more comfortable than one with loose-back cushions."
MATTHEW O'REILLY, Owner, Matthew O'Reilly Furniture, Albany, CA

 "A keypad with an 'all off' button at the front door not only saves energy,
it looks much better than four or five switches, right?"
TONY DORN, Owner, Chestnut Electric, Greenwich, CT

"Steam is the absolute best disinfectant, and it works faster  than most household cleaners.  We use the Ladybug Steam Cleaner on everything from mattresses to floors to counters.  It even gets rid of mold, bedbugs, and fleas in seconds flat."
DIANA HENLEY, Owner, Natural Care Cleaning Service, Houston, TX

"There's a lot of misinformation about marble being too porous and impractical.  I still think it's the best kitchen counter material.  Put a marble poultice on a water mark for 24 hours and it will be completely restored."
ROBERT BAKES, Owner, Bakes & Company, Sag Harbor, NY

{From: House Beautiful Magazine - Interviews By: Lisa Cregan}