Thursday, January 31, 2008

On a Mission

Today was all about inspiration pieces. One of my priorities coming to the Las Vegas Market was finding furniture and accessories that can inspire future rooms that I’ll do, new ideas and exciting starting points. Another priority was finding stuff for my daughter Nicki’s bedroom. We moved a few months ago, and I’ve been so busy I’ve yet to do her room and she’s been dying for me to do it. She’s 8 years old and she wants a pink room.

The day started out slowly, found amazing things but not exactly what I was looking for. Then I saw a loft from Berg Furniture’s Kids Headquarters Collection. Nicki’s been asking for a bunk bed for the last five years, and we’ve always said no. But now I realize that if she’s going to enjoy one, it will only be for a couple years more. My baby is growing up so fast, I want to keep her my baby for a little while longer! This bed is pink and white and it has a desk area underneath where Nicki can do her homework. It has steps, not a ladder, which I think is safer. What’s great about it is the steps are drawers for storage! It’s fun and functional. Little kids love to have something above their heads, like a little cozy clubhouse, and the bunk bed loft will do that.

Then I found this really cool shaggy rug, and another one with lots of texture, sort of iridescent, like there’s millions of pink origami papers glued on top, so I’m going to think about those. It’s so much easier once you’ve found your large inspiration pieces, to find other pieces that will coordinate with them. Now I can determine all the other colors for Nicki’s room.

The day was really beginning to take off! I loved what I saw from MZ Artes from Brazil. They had this really cool 4x4 wall art, panels and paintings using a wood indigenous to Brazil that’s all handmade and stunning, definitely great focal points and inspiration pieces. I took a picture because I may use it somewhere, someday.

I was thrilled when I came across a ZBOX chair—it’s a really cool white chair that sits up at an angle on chrome legs. It’s just very funky and contemporary. The line is Bellini Imports, designed by Stanley Jay Friedman. This is a piece you could build a room around. You just imagine James Bond lounging in it, sipping a martini, undressing a woman with his eyes … ! Anyway, this would be great for a bachelor pad or for a woman with high style. The room could be all-white, with an amazing rug underneath, or a concrete floor. There’s so many possibilities, but it could all start with this one amazing piece. I definitely see a martini with it!

The last picture I took is with people I ran into from Hawaii. Richard and Carol have a store called Pacific Orient Traders, one of my favorites. It was the end of the day, the market had closed, and we sat down at Four Hands, where they had just made some purchases, talking about the things we’d seen and eating pistachio nuts and the most amazing, decadent chocolate cake!

So it was a great, inspiring day. Lots to think about tonight—tomorrow is the last day of the Las Vegas Market, and I’m going to have to make some decisions on what to buy. It closes at 4:00, so it’s going to be a whirlwind day. I’m going to bed early because tomorrow it’s all about work!