Friday, June 25, 2010

Seasonal design inspirations, changes and refreshers

This week, it's just Megan, Joni and Linda rambling on about seasonal design changes. We also talk about how the seasons, and our geographic locations, inspire design choices and changes and general thoughts on decor refreshers.

This is Megan's house - she's considering painting her floors white, or possibly a pale gray or blue gray. She did a post here which we refer to.

One of Megan's inspiration images for painting her floors.

 Here is Megan's dining room, featuring the fantastic KWID Imperial Trellis wallpaper, which she's considering replacing.

Here is Megan's bedroom by the beach.

And here's the guy who did the wood work - seriously. You'll have to listen to learn more!


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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Noted Author: Diane Dorrans Saeks

This week, we invite you to listen to our interview with our guest, the noted author and thoroughly fascinating Ms. Diane Dorrans Saeks. There is few among design devotees who do not own a book written by Ms. Saeks. Many of her books are classics - California Cottages and Wine Country - to name just a few. Her Interiors series of books have also been well received.

Covers of Diane Dorrans Saeks design books.
But, without a doubt, Michael Smith's Elements of Style is probably Ms. Saeks most popular book - it is now in its EIGHTH printing, making it one of the most well read design books ever!!!

Ms. Saeks calls San Francisco home, but she grew up in New Zealand - where she describes spending an idyllic childhood.

Besides writing design books, Ms. Saeks is an avid and very brave traveler - preferring to go to the ends of the earth on her own. She recently took an extended trip to India - alone - visiting with friends at various cities in that exotic country.

We talked all about her travels and writings and of course blogging. Her blog, The Style Saloniste, is a well written weekly collection of her musings on life, travel, art, design and the people she meets along the way.

We hope you enjoy our visit with Diane Dorrans Saeks as much as we did. As always, thank you for your continued support and comments.