Monday, September 15, 2014

MoD Must Have: Emma Gardner Contemporary Rugs


MoD Must Haves
stylish, tactile, novel 
for textile lovers




Fun, colorful and modern describes the hip rugs by contemporary rug maker Emma Gardner. Based in Petaluma California, Emma Gardner's rugs are sourced in over 40 showrooms and posh properties all over the United States. Wynn Las Vegas (Hirsch Bedner), Condado (The Rockwell group) and WestHouse NY (Jeffrey Beers International) just to name a few. Her handmade designs are vibrant and would add a real pop to any living space. The rugs are hand-knotted, hand spun and pot dyed Tibetan wool. Each design has a wonderful movement due its construction and luxurious depth. I really love her geometric series. See some images below:













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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Five Ways to Stop Road-Blocking Yourself


Cape May Piers

Cape May is my family's destination vacation every summer. We have a wonderful week together soaking in the fun in the sun. I love taking my traditional walk along the beach capturing the beauty of the waves, picking up shells and reflecting upon the year. Along my walk this past August, I decided to pick a spot near the piers to sit and take in the waves.  A moment of stillness to un-junk the mind. To my surprise, an unexpected encounter with a perfect stranger affected the course of my life forever.

I saw this man swimming vigorously towards the dock. Where did he come from? I got nervous. The waves were huge due to a tropical storm that happened earlier in the week. I watched carefully hoping this man was not going to get hurt. A huge wave was coming as he approached the piers….Big sigh. He swam in between the piers and then lifted himself out of the water. He was fine. Actually, more than fine. He sat there and took the moment in. He was present, giving his full attention to the sounds, the smells, the colors..

My eyes feasted on him.  He proceeded to do a series of yoga poses on top of this narrow pier. He bent over and lifted his legs freely. That classic plank position that you see yoga gurus do. It was beautiful as the waves splashed underneath him. He then stood up, and lifted his arms to the sky.   Pause.   He turned his back and waited. What was he waiting for, I asked myself?  I gasped. What is he going to do now? Oh my god. He is waiting for the perfect wave. Here it came.  He flipped backwards into the voluptuous wave without any fear and then swam to shore.....I was left breathless.

I was supposed to see that and learn a lesson. I was inspired. It became clear to me, high-def clear that I live my life with too much fear.  I allow resistance to roadblock what I most desire.   I want a more vibrant life, a more awakened life. Living an authentically powerful life - where it’s time to create what I have been thinking about for two years; my own custom-design business that enlarges the MoD Design Guru brand.  Here a perfect stranger was able to open my eyes and give me answers on how to stop road blocking myself from what I truly desire to do.

I am writing it down so it is in black and white and clearly sets my intentions.

1. Be present. Live in the now. Wake up. Like the stranger, he stood there and breathed in the moment.

2. Connection: connect to your heart passion. You are most powerful when your personality serves the energy of the soul, the vibrational energy of what makes you tic.  If you’re creating a business, make love the bottom line and not the money. Abundance will come if you are doing what you are most passionate about. If you desire something enough, then the universe conspires to make it happen for you.

3. Meaningful strokes: To bring joy into your life, you must exercise bringing passion into everything you do. The stranger showed strength and heart when he was on that pier. He was connected in mind, body and soul. So, live life with meaning.

4. Be OpenYou have to be willing and open for personal growth. If its important to you, find a way and just do it. Find your grit and will to make it happen.

5. Dream large: Toxic thinking, like I cannot do it will close you off. Your dream needs to be larger than your fear; otherwise the fear will overshadow your dream. Be more confident to look fear in the face.  Make passionate choices and own the consequences. This is the only way to dissolve fear. Who cares if you make mistakes along the way. Its failure that shows you that another path is waiting for you.

As for the present, I followed my heart passion and finally did it. I came home from the trip without fear. Set my intention and created my custom-design website. The universe easily mapped it out for me because I was open and truly desired it. Now, I am up to my eyeballs in beautiful work.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Creative Picnic Ideas: DIFFA Picnic by Design 2014


Wouldn't you love to invite a few friends and knock their socks off with a creative picnic? Steal some ideas from this fabulous event where the DIFFA organization, who promotes education for those living with AIDS/HIV through the creative arts, puts on an amazing summer event called “Picnic by Design.” Last week's event showcased up-and-coming and premier design voices who created intimate, unique picnic-scapes. Guests picnic'd on an urban rooftop and took home all the wondrous baskets!

Event is Sponsored by BolonRobert Allen , PoggenpohlCanard Inc.Interior Design Magazine New York Design CenterDark Horse wines, VDKA 6100Corralejo Tequila & Harlem Brewing Company, Nitehawk Cinema,Baked by Melissa & KIND Bars.

The event was so much fun! Besides the landscape of creativity, guests were swaying to music by DJ swells, instagramming to an instagram Tint wall, munching on Nitehawk cinema's yummy tangy popcorn and going back for more sweets that melted in your mouth by Baked by Melissa. Oh, cant forget those amazing cocktails- oh so good....Libations from darkhorse wines, VDKA 6100, Corralejo Tequila & harlem Brewing company.

See the designs below without commentary from me. You will be impressed, and touched by the ingenious creativity! 

MoD Design Guru

HuxHux
 

Think Fabricate


Simple Dwellings

Nicole Dufour - atelier ndd

The 3rd Floor Lab

Vanessa DeLeon


Patrick Mele


Tina Ramchandani Creative


Workshop APD


Maurie Assouline for Creativa


Meetran



Michele Slovak


Kristen Guerrero


Julie Schuster


Ali Akimova for archives ID


Antoinette Loupe

B&N Industries

Barabara Fina


BHDM Industries

Brad Ford




Cheryl Umbles

Danielle Colding

Dustin & Paris

Gensler



Hubley designs




In architecture & design


Jennifer Flanders



Johanna Berger


Image credits: Timothy Bell, Sarah Sickles

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