November 23, 2013

Thanks to Molly for giving me the heads up on this. Some of you will be thrilled with this announcement. Silhouette has developed Silhouette Connect. It's a plug-in for Illustrator and Corel Draw users to cut directly from their software to the Silhouette Cameo and Potrait (and I'm assuming their older Silhouette SD and Original). This is available for Windows XP and higher as well as Mac OS X 10.6.8. It's a really great price at $39.99 and is available to automatically download! I am currently waiting for my software to download in order to play around with it. I'm sure this news will thrill others just as much as it does me!

November 10, 2013

Well I did it. I went outside of my comfort zone and entered a design contest. Usually I see them on Ployvore and think they look cool, but that there's no way I could win. But for some reason (perhaps the reward) I was really intrigued by this design challenge.

The challenge from Polyvore and 2Modern was to "Create a contemporary living room with a softer, natural touch." In another description they explained a little more of what they were looking for. "Beehive-shaped lamps, caterpillar-curves on a chair -- nature inspires design. Show us how you would create a contemporary, organic room."

So the first thing I did was look for an inspiration piece to design around. The orange Anana Poof from Aqua Creation's Furniture line is made from a super luscious material - but it is even named after it's inspiration - the Pineapple. (Anana is pineapple in Spanish.)

Aqua Creations
Aqua Creations   (clipped to

I knew I wanted to pull in the bright colors of fall to make the room feel more rich and natural - so I chose orange, blue and green as my pallet. I like to show people that bright colors aren't just for paint or artwork.

Then I searched for items with organic fabrics, recycled materials and other nature inspired elements. The sectional from Environment Furniture was made recycled army tent canvas. I was so surprised by that but I love it.

Sofa   (see more modular sofas)

I think what surprised me when I finally sat back and looked at the room was how warm and inviting it felt. I pulled many modern elements in and used items from 2Modern and while a lot of it is modern, there is a much more inviting feel to this room than I usually see in modern design.

Here's my entry to the contest! What do you all think? Does it feel like organic modernism?