Saturday, November 28, 2015

Spotlight: A & E Storage Wars Moe Prigoff



Moe Prigoff


Have you ever watched Moe Prigoff on A & E Storage Wars, Texas? What makes him so lovable? Is it his charming ways or his dapper fashion sense? No matter, this funny gentlemen is a Mid Century Modern furnishing expert who has an experienced knack to find decor gems. He has been a collector of modern furniture and antiques for over 30 years and has opened up a gallery of all his favorite things. So if you are in Dallas,Texas, go visit Moe at his shop the River Regency Modern

There is an art to knowing what could be valuable in a sea of junk. And Moe's got IT!  I am happy to share an interview with Moe today! 



WHAT FIRES YOU UP ABOUT MID CENTURY MOD FURNISHINGS?
Clean lines, natural elements, longevity and color influence. 



LESSONS LEARNED ON STORAGE WARS?
It’s a tough way to make a living.  What you expect to find in a unit isn’t always what you end up with. I’ve bought a lot of duds!  And if you think it’s a dud, more than likely so does everyone else.  Hence the junkyard that was once my garage.

MOST IMPACTFUL FURNISHING YOU HAVE FOUND AND WHY?
When buying from estates or bidding on storage units, you never know what you will come across.  We see a lot of home furniture, broken electronics and bric a brac.  Occasionally you find a great treasure hidden among the cast offs.  My favorite was a lithograph by Alexander Calder. I have always been a fan of his work and never would have dreamed I would find one of his works in a storage unit. Low and behold, I found two litho’s in one locker. One was a work by Peter Maxx, and the other by Calder. It was a great day!






FALL IS HERE AND THE CURRENT TREND IS AN EARTHY VIBE. DO YOU VIBE WITH THIS TREND?
There is nothing more earthy than wood and metal, in combination or otherwise.  I love it!  One of my favorite designers is Frank Lloyd Wright. He was all about bringing the outdoors in.






BEST ADVICE WHEN YOU ARE UNDER THE GUN? Give things a second look. When in a hurry, we often miss things such as damage and repair.  Those two things alone can make a huge difference in value. Slow down and spend the extra time to look closely at the item you are purchasing.  Once you’ve bought it, it’s yours!



WHAT MANTRA ARE YOU LIVING BY LATELY?
Call me old school, but my mantra has always been the same. Live by the Golden Rule. Treat others like you would want to be treated yourself. It’s just that simple.


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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Enter the Tile of Spain Passport To Creativity Contest 2016


Natucer (top row and bottom left) and Vives Ceramica (bottom right)

I cant believe its been almost a year since I was in Spain travelling as a guest of Tile of Spain with an amazing group of architects, designers and journalists to Seville and ValenciaWhat an amazing trip! I got back home filled with inspiration! We were immersed in the local culture and learned firsthand about the architecture, design language, cuisine, got a guided visit to Cevisama 2016, toured a tile factory and and learned how ceramics is the lifeblood that flows through both cities.  

If you want to experience the time of your life, Tile of Spain is now accepting entries for the 2016 "Passport to Creativity" contest. Enter through December 1st for your chance to win an CEU trip to Spain.  

Winners will participate in a February 2016 architectural excursion in Spain where they will earn CEU credits exploring Spanish culture and touring Cevisama 2016, the International Ceramic Tile and Bath Furnishing Show in Valencia, Spain.

To enter, be creative and submit a picture of yourself with Spanish Tile at tileofspainusa.com/contest! 

The tile can be a photo, a catalog or even a sample of Spanish Tile. Photos can be downloaded from the Inspiration Gallery at tileofspainusa.com. Be imaginative, and have fun!    


For complete rules, and details on how to enter "Passport to Creativity", please visit www.tileofspainusa.com/contest