224The blending of unlikely colors and materials…..this appeals to me, in life and in my work :)

Peace

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An architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him to our hills, and let him study there what nature understands by a buttress, and what by a dome.
John Ruskin

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An architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him to our hills, and let him study there what nature understands by a buttress, and what by a dome.

John Ruskin


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The blessings that God has bestowed on my life are numerous….this lil girl is one of the biggest blessings of all.

She did not come quickly as we struggled to successfully conceive and carry our first baby for 2 1/2 years.

I’m realizing now how precious time is…how quickly it flies by…how much I want to soak in the gifts of my family.

Certain moments are better reminders than others of what really matters to me in my life.  Life gets busy, I find myself scattered, overwhelmed, and short on awareness.

May I continue to be humbled in parenting with love, awareness, an open mind and a wide open heart.

Peace

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inbetween2I believe the right question to ask, respecting all ornament, is simply this; was it done with enjoyment, was the carver happy while he was about it?
John Ruskin

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zp20Today I thought I’d shed a bit of lighting design inspiration from Zia Priven Design.  Zia Priven is a company comprised of a husband and wife team.  Marcia Zia and Paul Priven began creating clean, classic, hand made lighting designs in 1999.  Their designs show a strong modern aesthetic, grounded in classic styling, materials and finished details.

The fixture above features lovely feminine hand-blown glass drops in soft elongated shapes, with staggered lengths hung from a hammered bronze ceiling canopy.

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I’m drawn to this ceiling fixture for it’s simplistic style, play on simple materials, translucent appeal and soft circular shape.  Love the polished nickel faceted bead ball chain and top canopy as classic modern elements.

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Similar in design concept to the fixture above, but with a geometric twist, level faceted bead ball lengths with a copper colored finish.  Stunning !!

zp24Same idea and the copper pendant, but with silver metallic finish, slightly smaller scale design..equally brilliant.

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Zia Priven is also known for their stellar hand-blown glass finials…above are a few of my favorites.

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Lastly, a simple driftwood based table lamp.  The shape, the materials, the negative space within it’s body results in a textural clean lighting alternative for your bedside or a sofa/console table.  (I absolutely adore the console table it shown on—love the organic shaped wood slab with asymetrical metal inserts for support and design appeal).

I have so missed blogging and connecting here.  I sometimes feel like I am drowning in all the aspects of my life….wishing to feel a sense of balance…to give the appropriate amount of time and attention to all that matters to me…sometimes, I just fall short.

I hope to be more consistent here as time goes by in 2010.

Peace!

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