Saturday, October 31, 2009

Megan Fox Shops For Furniture In LA

The poor-mans Angelina Jolie, heart throb Megan Fox was shopping for furniture recently. First at Indigos (pictured here) and next to high-end Cisco Brothers in LA. I thought the story of the founder was inspiring.
Cisco Pinedo has become well known in the furniture industry as a leading designer of high quality upholstered furniture and unique casegoods.This is the story behind the man and his company, Cisco Brothers Corporation.

Born in a small rural town in Jalisco, Mexico, his family decided to leave the country in search of a better life. In the mid-seventies, Cisco found himself in South Central Los Angeles with the challenge of learning a new language and trying to fit in a new culture. He was only 13 years old.

In high school, Cisco discovered his passion for upholstery while working part-time in a small shop in Huntington Park. His job was to disassemble sofas, but Cisco quickly became fascinated by how each piece was put together.

His drive for knowledge helped Cisco find a job for an upholstery manufacturer. With his typical hard work and perseverance he soon learned how to run a business first hand. In his early twenties, he began making custom furniture for neighbors out of his garage in his South Central home. As his small enterprise began to grow, he and his wife, Alba recruited the help of their family members to help him run their thriving business. Cisco Brothers Corporation was born.

In a highly competitive, design-driven industry, Cisco Pinedo developed his furniture with superior craftsmanship, cutting-edge style, and unparalleled value. The closely-knit family atmosphere of the company nurtured uncommon client loyalty. After the 1992 Los Angeles riots, Cisco decided to remain in the heart of South Central. It was a risky business decision, but Cisco saw the need to revitalize his ailing childhood neighborhood. The move proved to be timely as the company continued to expand.

The success of Cisco Brothers has been a critical component in the redevelopment of the entire area surrounding the business while at the same time providing training programs and secure employment for many families in the vicinity. In 2006, Cisco developed the Inside Green™ method of construction and became the first designer to create 100% FSC Pure sustainable upholstered furniture. The company moved exclusively to FSC Pure certified woods on upholstered furniture, using reclaimed hardwoods for a collection of stunning case goods and the use of water based glues and environmentally friendly detergents to wash all fabrics.

Today, Cisco Home has six retail showrooms including a gallery at ABC Home Furnishings in NYC and the acclaimed LA Design Center in South Central Los Angeles.

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Stanley Part of Coastal Living Idea House

More than 20 pieces of furniture from a variety of Stanley Furniture collections were used to furnish the Idea House.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Portland Monthly Magazine: Jessica Helgerson

Portland Monthly Magazine / Home & Garden / Home & Garden Articles / Detail

Chic Revival

Bringing back traditional glamour

By Amara Holstein

The article features Portland interior designer Jessica Helgerson

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sleep Number Bed or Tempurpedic Mattresses? You Decide

Much speculation and talk has been underway about which mattress is the best: Sleep Number Bed or Tempurpedic.

I've taken an unbiased approach. There is a site out there that offers an unbiased customer referral on the best mattresses according to actual reviews from the actual owners.

Google "sleep like the dead" I found this guy who does mattress research independently. He says this style of mattress is the best:

Sleep Number Bed and that you can get a very good memory foam mattress or Tempurpedic Mattress mattress for much less.

Bev & Mike

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Sandra Espinet: Guadalajara, Mexico

Couch Karma has this post about Sandra Espinet: Guadalajara, Mexico and some great looking pots:
Guadalajara is the second largest city in Mexico and it has lots to offer if you have a good guide or you know where to go. It’s a bit intimidating at first because of the size and distance between factories. But hidden within all of the pandemonium there is a lot of fabulous shopping. I go about once a year to keep up with new and unusual vendors and manufacturers.
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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Spanish Style Decorating Ideas

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Interior Design between the Wars

Will you be in Vienna between October 14, 2009 and February 14, 2010? If so you might take a look at this exhibition: Interior Design between the Wars.

The Imperial Furniture Collection holds one of the key works of Viennese interior design around 1930: the apartment of the ceramic artist Lucie Rie, designed by Ernst Plischke in 1928. In the exhibition Interior Design between the Wars this outstanding ensemble will be placed in the context of the history of Viennese furniture design.

In Vienna between the two world wars a characteristic style of furniture and interior design had developed which differed significantly from the international Modern style of the Bauhaus, for example. Viennese furniture and interior design were notable for their formal variety, ingenious details and high standards of craftmanship. While the beginnings of this development lay in the years immediatly preceding the First World War, these new ideas continued to be influential during and after the Second World War both in Austria and abroad.

The Imperial Furniture Collection showcases this specifically Viennese facet of the Modern movement between the wars with examples of complete interiors designed by the architects Felix Augenfeld, Josef Frank, Wilhelm Foltin, Johann Vinzenz Kabele, Walter Loos, Ernst Plischke, Otto Prutscher, Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, Franz Schuster and Oskar Strnad.

The exhibition will also explore the various fates of these architects (e.g. emgration) against the background of contemporary political developments. It will also illuminate the different roles and personalities of the individuals who commissioned these projects.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

23 Curvaceous Contemporary Furniture

Designs Delight has a wonderful post illustrating curvacious contemporary furniture.

23 Curvaceous Contemporary Furniture

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Friday, October 09, 2009

Come See Some Great Art

Before seeing the Coen brothers movie "A Serious Man" Saturday, we will be stopping in at an art studio to see the works of our friend and interior designer Nancy Zieg. She's been painting for 12 years and the last two years has been taking lessons from local artist Ardis DeFreece. Both will be displaying their art consisting of street scenes, still lifes, and landscapes at 305 SE 3rd #304 in Portland from 5:00pm to 9:00pm tomorrow evening.

If this is any indication of the quality, I can't wait!

Pears and Wine by Ardis DeFreece.

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Gilyn McKelligon Interiors

Our daughter Gilyn (Landfair) McKelligon has opened her new interior design office at 4860 Scholls Ferry Rd and has a new website. That's her with Bear.

She is on Facebook and LinkedIn, but so far no blog. She probably has enough on her plate with our two grand kids, one of whom can dribble a basketball between his legs and behind his back at age seven.

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

What’s hot and what’s not in design now - The Boston Globe

What’s hot and what’s not in design now - The Boston Globe’ll notice pale shades have given way to bold, intensely saturated colors, that leather shows up in furniture a bit more than it does now, that Japanese motifs are popping up all over.

For next year, subtlety is out, at least in terms of color, replaced by luscious, rich tones that evoke a Cirque du Soleil performance or the dreaminess of “Alice in Wonderland.’’ Delectable citrus shades - mandarin orange, lemon yellow, and pink grapefruit - are in, too. And, for better or for worse, so is the “Miami Vice’’ look, the combination of lacquered whites and hints of neon.

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