Monday, March 30, 2009

Dreaming Green

I received the nicest gift in the mail the other day from the very kind people at Environment Furniture. You may remember this blog post. Environment Furniture is an eco-friendly and very stylish maker of sustainable they say....they "put the chic in eco-chic!" I would have to agree.

So.....I open the package and was very excited to see it was this book: Dreaming Green by Lisa Sharkey and Paul Gleicher (All photos from the book by Linda Bell Hall). Books are my favorite gift to give and to I of course started to flip through it immediately! As I am flipping, I came across this chapter...which I now have to say is my favorite, called the EcoManor :


(Because the couple are co-educators, they give frequest tours of the space and needed a grand entryway for assembled crowds. The large doors are made from wheat instead of solid wood, saving trees - pg. 149)

EcoManor is the home of Laura and Rutherford Seydel. Laura is the daughter of Ted Turner, CNN founder. Taking her life's cue from her environmentally active father, Laura became an environmental activist who happened to marry an environmental lawyer. Laura is the chairman of Captain Planet Foundation and cofounder of Mothers and Others for Clean Air. It was only natural for the couple to build a house with the environment in mind. It is the first ever LEED-certified manor home and the first LEED residence in the South, South being Atlanta Georgia.

Dining Room

(Custom-made recycled scrap-iron chandelier. 19th Cent. Dining table, 18th Cent. Dining Chairs)

The couple brought in their friend Jillian Pritchard Cooke to help with the interior. Pritchard Cooke specializes in sustainable projects. Everything is energy efficient, chemical-free, and recycled or sustainable.

Family Room

(Throw pillows are from vintage remnant fabrics. All fabrics are sustainable and toxin-free. - pg. 150)

It doesn't look like the typical "green" house does it? And this is why I am impressed. The "green" anthem may end up playing itself out unless it appeals to a very broad spectrum of tastes. Not everyone is comfortable in a contemporary home. I think it is wonderful and important that this home was included in a book about green design. Antiques are a pretty green way to furnish a home....perhaps the greenest. Cooke incorporated as many antiques and family heirlooms into the design as possible.

This Secondary Dining Room moves outdoors during warmer weather


(Concrete and Glass counter tops and renewable hay cabinet interiors - pg. 153)

Many of the light fixtures and counter tops were made using recycled products. The chandelier here was made from scrap iron and the counters were created by Dex Studios using concrete and recycled glass, mother-of-pearl and marble.


Cooke used the theme of Four Seasons to create the interiors for the home. This study off of the Family Room represents Autumn. All paints used in the home were low-VOC.

Master Bedroom Reading Area

One might never guess just how green this pale blue room is. The contrast between the pale blue white upholstery and the almost black drapery and ottoman are quite striking!

To find out more about EcoManor project and Jillian Pritchard Cooke visit the website here. You can see a tour of the manor which shows many more pictures, learn about all of the green products used in the home, and find out how EcoManor is being used as an "educational tool to builders, architects, designers, vendors, landscapers, educators and homeowners in an effort to promote green living, conservation options and improved residential building practices."

I want to say a hearty THANK YOU to the team at Environment Furniture for sending me this wonderful book!

If you are in the Los Angeles Area, you might want to check out their new flagship store on Beverly Boulevard:

Friday, March 27, 2009

Spring Cleaning....and More Painting

The front yard cherry tree is in bloom.

Guest Room "Before"

An indication that it's time for a little Spring Cleaning. A little sprucing up.

Guest Room "During"

So we decided to do a little more painting (Benjamin Moore Charleston Brown). It is coming along really nicely. Perhaps the best thing about it is getting all of the "left overs" out of the room so we can remake the space into a useable guest room again. I have a few fun things planned for the room, so I hope you "stay tuned" for the results!

Til then...have a great weekend and a Happy Spring!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Fixing the Bugs

There were a few bugs in the system on my website that I believe have been cured. Don't worry....all of the good bugs are still here like this one ( by the lovely Patricia of PVE Design):

If you have been trying to email me through the Katie Denham Interiors website or trying to send a client information form, they have not been coming through. My apologies! We think we have found the problem and I hope to hear from you!

Thank you!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

House Beautiful and the Tonic Home Deal

House Beautiful

Some of you may remember this image from House Beautiful and were thinking how cool the chandelier was. How it sort of made the room complete. I got another reminder when looking at emails this morning.

Tonic Home has been sending out their "Deal of the Week" newsletter lately with some pretty great stuff. And you know I am all about good stuff. This chandelier is from Curry and Company and normally retails for $1750. Tonic's deal price is $875. Not bad. So for those of you who just happen to be needing that Oyster Chandelier, high-tail it on over.

I am sure there will be more great new deals in coming you might want to sign up for that Tonic Home Newsletter.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Western Interiors....what will happen? And the talents of Mr. Dan Marty

Photo by David Duncan Livingston

I recently received my latest Western Interiors magazine...and it is yet again a great issue. I also received some news that will no doubt have an impact on one of my favorite publications:

NEW YORK, NY (March 18, 2009) -- Sandow Media, publisher of high-end consumer magazines NewBeauty, LUXE, InSync and Worth, has acquired Western Interiors &Design, a leading national design and architecture magazine, as a key component of its continued expansion strategy.....

.......An additional key driver for this acquisition is the opportunity to combine the highly proprietary controlled circulation of LUXE with the ABC-audited 275,000 paid and verified circulation of Western Interiors. According to the June 2008 MMR Subscriber Study, the Western Interiors subscriber has an average household income (HHI) of$329,000 and an average net worth of $2.8 million dollars. Almost 60 percent of the subscribers have a second home and 33 percent are design professionals. Western Interiors is also prototyped in MMR and ranks in the top ten of all consumer magazines in median HHI.

"With Sandow Media as our new parent company, we will no doubt have a superior ability to better serve our advertising partners as well as our readers. Our combined strengths will greatly increase our impact in the luxury shelter market and leverage the vital industry relationships we have established over the past seven years at Western Interiors & Design," said Publisher Jennifer Matthews......

I truly hope so. This kind of news is always a little nerve wracking given the recent demise of so many of our favorite publications. I look forward to the continued success and fantastic quality of Western Interiors!

LUXE is a high-end residential design and architecture magazine built around the philosophy that each geographic region of the country has its own unique design style and culture. In creating a national publication that focuses its editorial content and industry partnerships on a region-by-region basis, LUXE has built a powerful resource for the design trade as well as affluent homeowners. With a distribution of over 400,000 copies quarterly, LUXE reaches deep into key markets nationwide and has established itself as the largest and fastest growing network of high-end luxury home magazines.This unique approach to building a national shelter brand has proven extraordinarily successful; ad pages have grown from 240 in 2005 to more than 5,700 in 2008.

I hope that with their growth in ad pages, LUXE can be a strong parent to Western Interiors . I am crossing my fingers that this will be the start of great things for the magazine.

In the latest issue, I could not take my eyes off of the beautifully layered cosmopolitan apartment of Designer and showroom owner Dan Marty.

Living Room, Western Interiors, April/May 09, Photo by Tim Street-Porter
Mr. Marty describes his style as a British Colonial feel with a mix of French Indochine. "The antiques I buy tend to be on a casual level versus fine museum quality pieces. It's a beautiful and elegant furniture, but also has a laid-back attitude."

Dining Room, Western Interiors April/May 09, Photo by Tim Street Porter

Dan Marty's use of color and texture along with his many wonderful collections acquired during his many travels to Europe (at least five times a year) make for a truly inspiring and beautifully personal space.

Master Bedroom, Western Interiors April/May 09, Photo by Tim Street-Porter

In this photo, he has combined an antique French mirror, a chinoiserie box, African beads and an antique apothecary jar on an antique sea-grass and bamboo dresser. A master at work here!

The Study, Photo by Tim Street-Porter

The apartment is located in the Los Angeles landmark Villa d'Este built in the 1920's in the Italian Renaissance style. Certainly the perfect backdrop for Mr. Marty's aesthetic. The study is seems the perfect combination of European panache and California laid-back style. The perfect retreat.

Master Bedroom, Photo by Tim Street-Porter

The aesthetic of this Master Bedroom takes one away to another country. It would seem one would feel on vacation in Spain or Italy. "Sweet dream" is an understatement.

Here is just a tease of the talent to be found on Dan Marty's website:

To see more of the amazing images of Dan Marty's work, please visit his Pacific Design Center Showroom website here.

Western Interiors, I wish you the best and I truly hope to hear that satisfying "thunk" as your magazine hits the floor just inside my front door for many years to come.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Go For Launch!

Some of you know this. For those who don't, I have been in the process over the last few months of developing my own design studio after having been the Senior Designer at another firm for the last 10 years. This process is so exciting, I cannot express it! I have been wanting to broaden my horizons for quite awhile now. And I have to say blogging has been a huge part of the process. It has opened up a whole new world of possibilities: networking, friendships, camaraderie, sharing inspiration. It has been such a wonderful way to connect with people all over the world.

I want to say THANK YOU for all of you that have been such a support along the way, and to all who read katiedid. I appreciate you all very much and look forward every day to your comments and thoughts.

So.....I am excited to say, with the help of a very understanding and wonderful website designer, Katherine of BKB Design Group, I have finally launched the

Katie Denham Interiors website!

It will be an ongoing work in progress as I am able to add new and better photos of the Katie Denham Interiors Studio work and more.

A very exciting aspect of the site is the e-decorating service I am offering called "kd space" . It is an Internet design consulting service I will be providing for anyone who needs a bit of design consulting to pull things together, but who may be out of the Northern California area or who is a great do-it-yourself-er.

I will be writing more about the site in future, but I wanted to let you all know that the website is up and running! I hope you have a chance to check it out.

Thank you all again!

Katie Denham, Principal of Katie Denham Interiors

Monday, March 16, 2009

Shopping for Tile

Paramount Pattern in Clover, Studio Moderne by Michael Berman

I am in the midst of designing two bathrooms for a client and am shopping for tile. While in our local Walker Zanger Tile respresentative's showroom( Natural Stone Design Gallery), I got the update on the latest catalog. Walker Zanger is known for putting out a pretty glamorous tile catalog, and in the past, I have always been lucky to get a free copy. But I found out that this year, things are a bit different. Not only has the catalog been updated with these delicious photos. But the catalog has been beautifully hardbound in black linen. It is something one could put out on a coffee table. Amazing really: bigger, heavier, wonderful paper quality and photo quality.

Imperial Pattern in Ming Blue, Studio Moderne by Michael Berman

Now for the down side....... I may have to actually BUY one! AND I have heard they are not inexpensive...potentially selling for $50! Walker could you? Don't you realize I love looking through those pages on a regular basis? I am all for saving trees and I realize everything is available for all to see on your very user friendly website here. But now that I got a brief peek at your new catalog at the showroom with it's black linen embossed cover, I am coveting it.

Marquis Pattern in Mica Glass, Plaza Deco in Calcacuta/Grey, London Grey Flannel. Regency Mosaic in Noir and Paradigm Bauhaus Base in Flannel; Studio Moderne by Michael Berman.

Perhaps we can come to some sort of an understanding..... A "deal" if you will. There must be some way we can work this out.

Fretwork Mosaic in Paloma/Gascogne Blue, Studio Moderne by Michael Berman

If you think of anything, let me know......I will be here.....patiently waiting....and clicking. Clicking away through your website catalog.

Ashbury Mosaic in Powder Blue from the Vibe Collection


Studio Moderne Paloma 5x8 field, Hollywood Mosaic in Paloma, Gascogne Blue and Roque Gris Limestone Slab. (Really I just love this kitchen photo!!!)


Bronzo Planking and Sonja Nash Pattern in Creme/Black

Still clicking.......

La Fleur Pattern Noir, Sonja Collection

Wall: Talami Wheat w/ Sobu Espresso 1"x1" Mosaic. Floor: Beaumaniere Light Limestone with Seagrass Limestone

Chevron Field in Silver Dusk, Helsinki Collection

Custom Floor Pattern: London Grey, Lagos Azul and Calacuta Luna Marble

Sigh......I may just have to break down and order:

This photo does not do the book justice. If you click on the photo to enlarge you can make out the embossed pattern. Soon to be available here.

C'mon WZ....cut a girl a break?

Friday, March 13, 2009

We've Been Painting

The Powder Room never seemed finished. I had been torn. Wallpaper or Paint. I had no reason to hurry the decision. But now we have the Home Tour looming less than six weeks away.

Paint it is. Benjamin Moore. White Rain. 708.

Nothing like a crowd of people coming over to get things going.

I am thinking of gold leafing the ceiling.

Now for the Guest Room.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Speaking of Tartanscot, a.k.a. Scot Meacham Wood

For those of you who have not had the pleasure to puruse Mr. Scot Meacham Wood's website, I am posting some of the photos that I thought you could not go without seeing.

They represent work Scot has done in the San Francisco Bay area as well as in East Hampton.

And I have only posted a small taste of the gorgeousness.....


The walls!!!!

An unexpected dash of COLOR!

If you want to see more....

you will just have to go see for yourself.....

Right HERE.

Handsome, no?

Now scoot.