…always in bloom.

April 22, 2013

Well, that was the thinking of Richard Schultz when he designed the Petal Table in 1966. As a request by Florence Knoll to fill the void for quality outdoor furniture, the Petal series was created to compliment the  chairs of another Knoll luminary, Harry Bertoia. Looking as if they were inspired by the daisy, a strong 60’s iconic image, these tables were actually inspired by the Queen Anne’s Lace that spotted the Pennsylvania countryside near Schultz’s home. Still available after near 50 years the Petal table is available in a dining, cocktail and occasional version and finishes are all white or a white base with teak petals. So, as you start thinking about your Spring planting you might consider adding one of these perennials to the mix.HivePetalTsphoto_4_1361911090

 

 

 

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http://hivemodern.com/pages/product5306/knoll-richard-schultz-petal-dining

Take a deep breath.

April 7, 2013

You can smell it. Spring …the Earth waking up.Time for a big stretch and to clear out Winter’s congestion…first in your environment which will precipitate a release of your physical congestion. It’s time for some fresh air…a fresh approach…a fresh project…a fresh outlook.yelcarn6Flamb_garnista_

Photo above by Theodora Wayte via Gardenistapixiewhtbnkt__purl

Purl Soho’s modern knit blanket in white…photo by Purl http://www.purlbee.com/bulky-knitt-pixie-dust-blanket/espadrlF

Donghia Textiles Espadrille  stripehttp://www.donghia.com/collections/textileschcks2FbRENTANO_EPINGLR_yelF

What’s new at Brentano Fabrics…Tempo http://www.brentanofabrics.com/whatsnew/nw_201302.aspxCopy of Leaves_gray_anat

Leaves scan thanks to Anat Rodan at http://anatrodanblog.blogspot.com/

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Brentano Fabrics Wool Epingle http://www.brentanofabrics.com/fabrics/aspargus3F

The Homies 2013

February 4, 2013

Apartment Therapy’s 5th Annual Homies…and simplequietmodern has been nominated in the category of  “Best Home Design And Inspiration Blog”. It’s pretty exciting. The voting will continue until February 8, 2013. For those of you that follow and have voted…a big Thank You. If you’d like to cast you vote now, please do and feel free to share sqm with your friends and associates. There’s always something new here, and as I like to say…simplequietmodern… read it, learn it, live it

homiescrop2113http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/best-home-design-inspiration-blog-the-homies-2013-183531#nominate

Bowled Over

January 22, 2013

I  was recently put to the task of finding for a client something made of wood for the center of their Saarinen dining table. In keeping with the classic mid-century aesthetic of the home I immediately thought of a Dansk bowl or tray of some type  because of the classic modern lines that Dansk produced in wood…particulary in the 60’s and 70’s. I thought I knew exactly what I was going to find until I stumbled upon this piece…I had never seen it before. In this beautiful pale finish it would complement the pale wood veneered walls of the dining area as well as the Calacatta marble top on the table, with its pale tan and gray variegation. The softly sculpted sloping shoulder on the thick wall of the bowl created an object that was elevated far above “salad bowl” status while mimicking the shape of the George Nelson Bubble Lamp hanging above it. Even though it was designed and produced to serve up a mean Caesar, I love the way it looks empty.That was simple.Danskbowlwood2_theOverstkCopy (2) of orgcrnsmrnoFCopy of gldmnDR4F

http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Dansk-Torq-White-Wood-Bowl/7300604/product.html?cid=202290&kid=9553000357392&track=pspla&adtype=pla&kw={keyword}

begins with a single step” in the words of Chinese philosopher Lao-tsu.  Or in this case,a single cast on stitch. Finally, California Dreamin II has been cast on…300 stitches to start…180K to go. Phew…that’s a lot of knitting. Elizabeth Zimmerman knew the benefit of a project like this when she said “Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit,and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.”

Nesting Instinct

April 30, 2012

Whether it’s a Cardinal locking his sights on a large shrub  in your yard or a friend scoping out the perfect tree on a bluff overlooking Lake Huron…everyone  is looking up this spring for the ideal location. Built of gathered grasses,twigs and bark or construction cast offs and recycled product, each of these tree houses possess a simplicity and modernity that can’t be denied…both the result of design instinct and hard work.  If you’re feathering your nest to welcome a new family or looking for a place of quietude from the family you have, start with an inspired plan and you too can enjoy rewards such as these.

Plywood,concrete…

April 18, 2012

where do I sign?  I L O V E this space. Maybe becuse it is not only simple, quiet and modern…but it is constructed of my all- time favorite materials; plywood and concrete. I could move in immediately…what else is there to say?http://www.narukuma.com/main.html

Until then maybe I could be happy with one of these concrete pendant lights. I already have the plywood floors.

http://www.benjaminhubert.co.uk/projects/heavy-light/