Tuesday, February 24, 2009

DIY Cheap Decorating Ideas

I'm a HUGE fan of Apartment Therapy, I follow it daily for inspiration and I got this great decorating ideas from them to share with you, thay have a million more in their blog so check it out:

Chalkboard Art Space:

Stenciled Stairs:

Jar picture Frames:
Non-traditional family Portrait:
Bench pillow Cover:

Inspiration, images via: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/

Monday, February 9, 2009

Misha Lulu

Misha Lulu is inspired by their Muse Isabela their baby girl, faith, latin culture and childhood memories; is a family owned and operated fashion brand founded by talented joe and Karen Salazar; Karen a native of El Salvador went to the US in the late 80's to study fashion design and they use art, nature and family as the foundation of their apparel collection.
What I love the most about Misha Lulu is that Grandma Chol makes all the knitted stuff and Abuelita Balnquita hand paints all the aprons :)
As Karen is isnpired by her family I relate to her because I'm also very inspired and influence by my grandmother who was a dress maker so her passion for sewing has now become my passion as well.

Check out her amazing work!: http://www.mishalulu.com

Friday, February 6, 2009

architect Jose Roberto Paredes

a modern house in El Salvador, designed by architect Jose Roberto Paredes

architect Jose Roberto Paredes design the house for his family of four—was simply too difficult to build, they said. "People kept quitting," recalls Paredes, whose blueprints included oddly angled concrete walls and floor-to-ceiling glass panels. "In our country, any move away from conventional methods is sure to cause chaos." the architect is used to converting skeptics. When he founded his design studio in San Salvador four years ago, he named it Cincopatasalgato, from a popular Spanish expression meaning "five paws on a cat"—a metaphor for searching for the impossible. Fortunately, Paredes's wife, an advertising creative director, shares his adventurous spirit. The couple had been living with their two daughters (Pilar is del Cid's child from her first marriage) and fantasizing about a place where they could spread out when they discovered the perfect property, about 15 minutes away: a lush slope with views to the nearby Pacific, where they love to swim and surf. Paredes and del Cid chose the site for their house because of its natural beauty, so it made sense to design one that made the most of it. Every window and every angle are positioned so they can enjoy the show. The house's topsy-turvy shape, inspired by abstract sculptures­­, consists of a large platform encompassing loftlike living and dining areas that are supported by two small cubes on the ground level, where the bedrooms are. A proponent of green design, Paredes used a lot of sustainable materials, from recycled-fiber cement panels on the roof to renewable teak doors. The house stays cool without air conditioning, thanks to glass walls that can be tilted open to capture the breezes. "We wanted to touch the treetops, see the birds feeding, feel nature inside the house," he says. The openness not only keeps the family in nearly constant view of one another, but it exposes the workings of the lively household to anyone who walks up the driveway. Reactions to the architecture tend to be extreme, from disapproving tsks from the family's black-shawled matrons to raves from Pilar's teenage friends to general puzzlement from the neighbors. "We don't mind if they stare," del Cid says with a shrug. "We just make sure to wear our good pajamas."
Article and images from: www.cookiemag.com

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (German) , along with Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier, is widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture. Mies, like many of his post World War I contemporaries, sought to establish a new architectural style that could represent modern times just as Classical and Gothic did for their own eras. He created an influential 20th century architectural style, stated with extreme clarity and simplicity. His mature buildings made use of modern materials such as industrial steel and plate glass to define interior spaces. He strived towards an architecture with a minimal framework of structural order balanced against the implied freedom of free-flowing open space. He called his buildings "skin and bones" architecture. He sought a rational approach that would guide the creative process of architectural design, and is known for his use of the aphorisms "less is more" and Gustave Flaubert's "God is in the details".

info and images via wikipedia.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier was a French architect, designer, urbanist, writer and also painter, who is famous for being one of the pioneers of what now is called Modern architecture or the International Style. He was born in Switzerland and became a French citizen in his 30s. He was a pioneer in studies of modern high design and was dedicated to providing better living conditions for the residents of crowded cities. His career spanned five decades, with his buildings constructed throughout central Europe, India, Russia, and one each in North and South America. He was also an urban planner, painter, sculptor, writer, and modern furniture designer.