Redirections & Introductions

April 17, 2013 § 3 Comments

After several months of trial and error, testing and retesting, pondering and posturing…

I’m finally excited to launch my new website and blog! We’re moving!!

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The new website is really about my life’s work to date, now under my own direction and interior design company (OG Design Studio). What better way to represent myself than to have my own company! So welcome one and all… for those followers who only know my blog posts, here’s an opportunity to see what I do when I’m not blogging (and if you’re very familiar with my blog, you’ll know that this other stuff has taken up much of my blogging time these past few months! Oopsy!).

The new website also incorporates my blog…still under the DESIGNCHICKEE name. It will be a continuation of this blog here but will also include a look into my daily activities with clients and contractors and suppliers. I’ll give you an insider’s look into what I’m working on, key renovation tips and everything that inspires me and (hopefully) motivates my clients. After all…

“Good art inspires. Good design motivates.” Otl Aicher

So please click and take a look… and do follow along! Subscribe to the new blog via email and you won’t miss a thing! I hope to see you all on the other side! :)

Big hugs,

Olga

P.S. Everything else is staying the same…

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Revamping life…

April 1, 2013 § 2 Comments

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I’ve been busy organizing my shelves, colour coding my files and re-imagining my aesthetic… all in the hopes of bringing you more of what I’m all about. Fullscreen slideshows. New identity. Portfolio images. Client testimonials. And an awesome contact page.

Stay tuned for a bigger, brighter and better website!

And more blog posts… I swear!

Wanting: Waylande Gregory

December 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Waylande Gregory pieces are much sought after. He died in 1971 but his pieces are timeless. A prolific ceramist sculptor, he became famous for his groundbreaking technique allowing him to create very large sculptures. But for me… I’d be so very happy with these small trays. The 24 karat gold finish is stunning, peaking through white or black patterning.

These would be perfection in your front hall entry to lay your keys down. Or perhaps they’d contain your favourite jewellery in your Dressing Room? Or how about just on their own?! So warm and glowy and sparkly… sigh.

Wanting: Sexy Thermostat

December 5, 2012 § 2 Comments

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The newest in thermostat innovation… a week after installation, it programs itself! And it aims to help you save energy (note the cute little green leaf on the screen). The Nest Learning Thermostat stores and compiles information on your energy use and then creates a schedule customized for you – you never have to worry about heating or cooling your home when it’s empty. And when you are away, you can monitor all of this information from your cell phone. Want to save up to 20% on your heating/cooling bill?… Nest claims to do that for you.

But what I love most… it looks beautiful. Imagine. A beautiful thermostat! Heck… I might even say it’s sexy!

Interiors: Warmed Up Modern

September 13, 2012 § 5 Comments

A modern interior need not be cool, edgy and stark. It can be warm, rough-hewn and natural. Case in point… Fashion designer Jenni Kayne’s home comes together with travertine, salvaged pine siding, hand-hewn oak and board-formed concrete. Warm shades of grey and tan and cream.

I love the fireplace and especially how it is mirrored on the exterior of the home. What a great setting for an outdoor room!

The artwork is key for me in the Master Bedroom. Scale… So important.

And what lucky kids to have such a great playroom! That Beni Ourain rug is simply beautiful.

Interiors by: Standard; Photos from AD.

Wanting: Wood Watch

June 27, 2012 § 8 Comments

Reinventing the wheel… in watches.

AB Aeterno has introduced a new line of arm candy made out of wood. Reed sandalwood to be exact. There’s a warmth to the timepiece that I like. Warm to the touch as well.

I think I want it. How about you?

Interiors: Clooney & Istanbul Intrigue

May 21, 2012 § 7 Comments

I’ve always thought Istanbul would be exotic… now I’m convinced. Intrigue. Glamour. Allure. It’s all here in this interior.

I especially love the kitchen… That island is so grand! And I love the windowed cabinets, the tilted mirror and the hanging pot rack along the wall. The subway tiles and the painted brickwork adds texture and pattern. Coffered ceiling. Brass touches for warmth. Some elements refined. Some unfinished. It’s exposed. And it’s detailed. And it’s rich with personality.

Can’t you see this as a movie set?! It’s definitely a George Clooney type setting in my mind.

Designed by Autoban.

Interiors: How Do I Love Thee…

May 17, 2012 § 13 Comments

Seriously obsessed over this Stockholm interior! It has all the things that dreams are made of (or at least my own home interior dreams).

Let me count the ways

  • beautifully detailed crown mouldings and extra high baseboards (I love thee to the depth and breadth and height…ha!)
  • large windows, high ceilings and spacious rooms (the trifecta of dreamy interiors)
  • striking wallpaper (this is what inspired my Elizabeth Barrett Browning poem angle… so very Victorian)
  • sleek, modern kitchen
  • sleek, modern bedroom armoire (love its weightiness in the room)
  • and my most favourite obsession right this very minute… billowy, soft sheers… so light and airy… just like a dream!

Sigh… Any of this make for dreamy obsessions on your part?

Mama Shelter + Philippe Starck = Wowza

May 10, 2012 § 12 Comments

First… Mama Shelter? What a great name for a hotel!

Second… Philippe Starck… he’s gone above and beyond. To infinity and beyond! He’s created a hotel that is warm and artsy and unique and fun and unconventional and over-the-top and detailed and expressive and inspiring and layered and exciting and AWESOME.

Yes. Awesome.

Some points of ‘AWESOME-NESS’:

  • giant chalkboard ceilings
  • giant murals of pattern and graffiti on floors
  • quirky furniture
  • live music stage
  • foosball table
  • exposed concrete walls
  • herringbone, houndstooth, plaid patterns
  • inflatable swimming tubes as décor

Would your Mama approve?

Wanting: Gubi Accessories

April 18, 2012 § 4 Comments

I couldn’t decide on which one of these would be my ‘Wednesday Want’…. I’d be over the moon with any of them.

So it’s a 3 for 1 day. :)

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