Flip Flops & Pearls

October 26th, 2010


We were so excited to be mentioned in the great design blog, flip flops & pearls!

http://flipflopsandpearlsdesign.blogspot.com

Here’s what Jade was nice enough to say and take pictures of . . .


heaven

I am so excited about this place I can’t even wait until Friday to list it as a favorite find. I finally got a chance to visit Marketplace Interiors on Friday and it was love at first sight!!! Marketplace Interiors is about 2 miles from my office and I can’t believe I had never been in. It is a place for designers and retailers to sell their furniture and accessories they don’t have a place for. Each vendor has their own 8 x 10 “stall” and they all have their own unique look. You don’t even know how many things I wanted to take home with me!!! Trust me, I am seriously debating another trip next week to purchase a table I fell head over heels for!!

heavenI am so excited about this place I can’t even wait until Friday to list it as a favorite find. I finally got a chance to visit Marketplace Interiors on Friday and it was love at first sight!!! Marketplace Interiors is about 2 miles from my office and I can’t believe I had never been in. It is a place for designers and retailers to sell their furniture and accessories they don’t have a place for. Each vendor has their own 8 x 10 “stall” and they all have their own unique look. You don’t even know how many things I wanted to take home with me!!! Trust me, I am seriously debating another trip next week to purchase a table I fell head over heels for!!

If you are anywhere near the Tampa Bay area, you have to make it a point to stop by Marketplace! There are open to the public but also offer interior designers a discount on their merchandise. You will not be disappointed!!


Faux Bois. Reviving a Lost Art.

October 6th, 2010
(from the blog, www.fauxboisinconcrete.com)
This school of art goes back as far as “art” itself. From our very beginnings, artists have been fascinated with the infinite variety of shapes, forms and textures that Mother Nature expresses in trees and their wood.  And while the French are indeed to be credited with giving this art a name, there are examples to be found that far predate the existence of France as a nation.
The modern schools of this art today encompass two principle branches. One employed by highly skilled wood finishers that involves itself with making “lesser” woods such as pine, have the appearance of a “finer” or more exotic wood. The other branch creates three dimensional representations of wood and wooden objects by applying various cement-based mixtures onto a steel framework or “armature”, and sculpting it to mimic the real material.

(from the blog, www.fauxboisinconcrete.com)This school of art goes back as far as “art” itself. From our very beginnings, artists have been fascinated with the infinite variety of shapes, forms and textures that Mother Nature expresses in trees and their wood.  And while the French are indeed to be credited with giving this art a name, there are examples to be found that far predate the existence of France as a nation.


The modern schools of this art today encompass two principle branches. One employed by highly skilled wood finishers that involves itself with making “lesser” woods such as pine, have the appearance of a “finer” or more exotic wood. The other branch creates three dimensional representations of wood and wooden objects by applying various cement-based mixtures onto a steel framework or “armature”, and sculpting it to mimic the real material.

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