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TOTO USA has the Royal Flush

We all love shopping for pillows and picking out paint colors, but when it comes to the nuts and bolts of practical design, it can seem like the necessary evil of the design process–We’re talking about shopping for toilets and hardware. But we’ve found a way to make shopping for a new showerhead as fun as shopping for a new down comforter, and as an added bonus: we found a way to feel conscientious while doing it. TOTO (www.totousa.com) is a leading manufacturer of residential and commercial bathroom products including toilets, faucets, showers, lavatories, baths and accessories. They have been innovating products that help to make people’s lives cleaner, healthier, and more luxurious for over a century–it’s amazing it took us this long to discover them!

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We absolutely love their new Neorest line, which includes the ultra-high efficiency Neorest 700H.  Engineered to provide its user with unrivaled comfort, the intuitive Neorest 700H optimizes water use with either a 1.0 or 0.8 gallon flush.  The ewater+ technology uses electrolyzed water to mist the bowl after each flush to reduce the need for harsh chemicals during cleaning.  So not only does the Neorest 700H save water with each flush, it also helps to cut down on using harmful chemicals– great news for the environment and for our allergies!

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TOTO’s new Aero Showers do something incredibly innovative– they use air injection technology to increase water volume by adding air into each water droplet. The result is the feeling of a full, luxurious shower while using less water than a standard shower.

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TOTO plays a significant role in leading the sustainability charge in our industry. In fact, they go beyond just products to help ensure environmental responsibility across all their company activities. Employee recycling programs, optimized packaging size to reduce materials, and charging stations for electric cars are just a few of the ways they’re doing their  part to ensure the health of our environment–We love their products and we love their business philosophy!

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Light Topic: The Nouveau-Traditional Lamp

We’ve been noticing some new lamp trends recently, and we like what we are seeing!

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First: The over-sized lamp that can take any room to the next level. It’s a highly innovative way of changing your room’s focal point and a fairly inexpensive way of updating a room. Barbara Cosgrove, identified by her ability to put a modern twist on the traditional lighting fixture, has a number of super cool over-sized pieces that we’ve seen beautifully installed in bedrooms and common spaces.

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We’ve also noticed an increase in the client’s desire to customize their lamps, turning them into one of a kind works of art, or as Barbara Cosgrove might say, ” little sculptures everyone has in their home.” Barbara Cosgrove’s signature painted parchment shades can be painted any custom color.  That way, the scale of design is confident, the look is classic, and will fit perfectly into your home.

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Lastly but certainly not least, is the nouveau-traditional lamp–a fancy-schmansy, eclectic mix of old and new. These are Barbara Cosgrove’s specialty, something she has perfected over the years. Lamps may be the most common statue, but a Barbara Cosgrove Lamp is truly a work of art.

 

 

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Need CEU’s? Come to Camp!

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5 Favorites in Outdoor Furniture

Things are really heating up around here and we are ridiculously ready for summer!  We’ve got our favorite shades on, a glass of cucumber lemonade and music playing – it’s time to kick back and relax, my friends.

As you know, we are BIG on indoor / outdoor living, and we are seeing some great designs that are exciting this season.

Tommy Bahama Outdoor Furniture

Tommy Bahama Outdoor Furniture has taken woven wicker to a whole new level by bringing these typically indoor styles to the outdoors.  This collection feels so fresh – the light and beachy feel, the fluid movement of the table base and these chair styles that I’ve loved so much for living rooms but have never seen for the patio.  Nice job, Tommy!

 

Lamps Plus (Yes Lamps Plus has furniture!) has a great selection of outdoor pieces in various styles, including this play off the traditional outdoor wicker settee, giving it a more relaxed and modern feel with it’s shape, open weave and grey tones.  We’ll take 2!

 

Jaipur offers up plenty of bright and colorful graphic indoor/outdoor rugs, pillows and poufs that we love to use in our projects.  You can keep a neutral backdrop and change these out for a fresh look each season!   It’s a great way to create a new look without breaking the bank.

 

Much to our delight, last fall we discovered that Made Goods now has outdoor furniture!  Thank you!  Thank you!  Their pieces are so much fun and really make a space feel special.

 

If you want something straight out of a resort, Zuo Mod has the hot stuff you’re looking for.  This Martinique daybed is regal, relaxing and a little exotic.  Just our summer style!

we are constantly impressed by how many new and exciting things come to market each season and we are really looking forward to the next few months.  Whether you come home inspired by your summer vacation or you want to create your own oasis at home, there are so many options out there.  Let loose, have fun and let the summer fiestas begin!

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Getting’ Ready for Camp!

Wanna know how we get ready for the best Camp yet?

WATCH and see why we are SO EXCITED!

And remember….This Wednesday 5 /21 – 5 /28 HALF OFF Sale!

Enter code: MEMORIAL (all caps!) and Save $648.50 !!

 

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We Went Camping on La Cienega

As expected, Legends of La Cienega 2014 was a well organized, heavily attended, designer dream event in the heart of Los Angeles’ designer playground – La Cienega.  We gathered to celebrate designer legend, Gina Berschneider’s 40 years in business.

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 With the branding expertise of Aaron Danzig of William Sonoma and the legal acumen of Henry Lien, we entertained our Campers in true Kelli and Lori fashion!

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Lori and Kelli either singing a duet and adding pearls of wisdom

Wine, cheese, information, inspiration and laughter is how we do it – and a huge THANK YOU to all our attendees.

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Henry Lien entertaining Campers with fun legal facts

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Typhanie Pearson , Allan Dallatorre (LA MAGAZINE EDITOR IN CHIEF) and Jeanne Chung (Cozy Stylish Chic Blog)

We are expecting standing room only – we can’t wait to see you in Las Vegas in July! Be sure to get a seat early and register for our BEST camp yet.

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Showered with Elegance!

Glamorous Retreats by Jan Showers

Glamorous Retreats by Jan Showers

Full of Southern charm and talent for days, the lovely and elegant Jan Showers graced us with her presence in Los Angeles. We mingled with Jan, coveted and her gorgeous jacket and got her beautiful book signed…The handsome man pictured is fantastic Patrick Dragonette, Dragonette Ltd has become one of the country’s top resources for high-end mid 20th-century design, including furniture, art and accessories, and has made a name for itself as a go-to source for designers across the country. Located on famed La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles, Patrick has become the goto for everything fabulous. We are delighted to have him in join us Las Vegas, sharing the his massive wealth of information!

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Camp Counselors Lori Dennis, Patrick Dragonette, Jan Showers and Kelli Ellis at Harbinger, Los Angeles.

 

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Interior Design Camp Orange County was a hit!

We are still buzzing from Interior Design Camp Orange County at the Laguna Design Center!  Each and every camp we learn something new and are filled with a fresh spark of enthusiasm.  This was our biggest and best camp yet (164!) and we’re so grateful to everyone who attended – Counselors, Campers and Sponsors.  You are all so amazing and YOU are what makes this event great!

This camp brought a theme of Passion and Positioning to our world of design.  Passion for what gets you out of bed in the morning, excites and drives you.  And Positioning your business, brand and marketing and how this all feeds back into your ultimate success.

Like everyone else, our brains were overflowing with so many ideas and inspiration, and our cheeks were sore from all the smiling and laughing.  We watched as connections were made, ah-ha sparks were lit and as camper Monica Nordquist said, had “a bonfire lit under me”.

Our line-up of incredible speakers this camp included the Design Elite Kathryn M IrelandTimothy CorriganNathan Turner, Adam Japko (Digital Sherpa), Cliff FongBarbara Deckmeyer, Katy Garrett (Connexion Software), Phil Pallen, Bill Indursky (Design Life Network), Julie Thigpen (Belle Maison), Paloma Contreras (La Dolce Vita), Builder John Finton, Pamela Jaccarino (Editor-in-Chief ofLuxe Interiors+Design), Jason Clark of HansgroheChristopher Kennedy, Christian May (Maison21), Tracy Burge and Julie Arcelay (Sub-Zero Wolf), Jeff Andrews, Brian Van Gorder (BVG PR), Rich Pedine (RP PR), Aaron Danzig (Williams-Sonoma), Jennifer Convy, and Penelope Francis.  Amazing!

The Opening Night Party, hosted by Sub-Wolf Zero was incredible and we had a wonderful time (despite the Southern California rain – what?)  P.S. We can’t wait to visit their huge new showroom in Orange County soon!

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Adam Japko talking about our Design Tribe

Two of the most uplifting and inspiring speakers and friends, Christopher Kennedy and Timothy Corrigan
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Decide, Commit, Succeed

Do we feel like getting up at 5AM and doing 30 minutes of squats followed by 18 minutes of sit ups? Not really. Do we want to ballroom dance until our toes bruise and feet ache? Nope. But we know it’s going to give us the body we want and the first place trophy, so we commit and move forward.

Being a successful interior designer takes the same kind of dedication. It means being able to master budgeting, time management, marketing, scheduling, designing, inventory, installations, public relations, networking, administration, project management, client relations, HR, the list goes on. A lot of days, it feels just like waking up at 5AM to do an excruciating workout or 4 hours of Tango. Having a coach with a proven track record will give you the confidence to tackle your task, knowing that 5 minutes in you will feel the same level of satisfaction in your journey that we feel when we commit to our training goals.

Design Camp is that coach, actually it’s many top level coaches (who we lovingly refer to as Camp Counselors) motivating you and giving you the guidance you need to meet your career goals and SUCCEED. And although Design Camp is a lot fun, it is a financial, emotional and time investment that is sometimes difficult or even scary to make, but absolutely necessary to stay inspired and get what you want out of your interior design business.

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Design Camp Counselors Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis

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Design Camp Counselor Barry Dixon w/ top designers Lisa Mende and Kandrac & Kole

So, like our coaches ask of us everyday, we invite you to DECIDE, COMMIT and SUCCEED on your professional course. We promise that if you join us at Design Camp, YOU WILL SEE RESULTS. And it may not even take you 5 minutes with us to become overjoyed, realizing that your journey to success has begun.

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Design Camp Counselors Kelli Ellis, Nathan Turner and Lori Dennis

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Design Camp Counselors Mitra Morgan Joss & Main and Jillian St. Charles HGTV

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Design Camp Counselors Kelli Ellis, Pam Jaccarino EIC of Luxe Magazine and Lori Dennis

Our next camp is in Orange County, California on October 9-11 at the Laguna Design Center. Bring a friend and save $500.