Monday, December 5, 2011

Living in LA

That's right. Just got a place in Old Town Pasadena 10 miles out of downtown LA and I'm starting to settle in. It's a great location only two blocks off of Colorado Blvd. (think Beach Boys hits) and only five min's to San Gabriel Mtn's!
I must admit that with moving in the day before Thanksgiving, (which happened to also be my birthday this year... yea!) I have had little time to get into design mode for the new digs. The current "move-in" furnishings are a vintage Ikea (seriously, this stuff is about 15yrs old) inflatable sofa and two chairs that I used in a Las Vegas showroom I designed for Blizzard Skis and a few very cool mid-century & 70's pieces that I thrift shopped around LA.
Soon, and very soon I will be sharing some videos of the apt. makeover or should I say "make" since it is cream walls w/ beige carpet. Yeah, its bad but just wait until I get to it! Should be a ton of fun.
Cheers, Tym

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Villa Gets a Makeover!

It was time. After many years of enjoying our house with it's groundbreaking "Birch Plywood Flooring" and multi-color wall palette, it was time, (or should I say Tyme) to re-imagine the residence. Soooo what better way to start than with a fresh new palette of grays & whites.
Just what a neo post modern villa needs!
The plywood came out and in went this beautifully sustainable strand woven bamboo hardwood.
To compliment the wood, I used a dark gray Italian porcelain tile in the kitchen and wrapping the bar area as well.
So many times the most inspiring pieces of the design process are little ones. Things that come to mind right in the midst of execution. These are what makes creating & designing so exciting!
For me it was the thin strip of aluminum that I used to separate, (or might that be join) the living room's wood floor from the kitchen porcelain. It's just the thing to make the floors pop.
And yes that is an Eames Sofa Compact. I found the sofa sitting in a friends old sawmill in rural Pennsylvania and realized it was a very early Eames piece with only two braces instead of the current three. WooHoo!

The new surroundings are energizing and I am completely enjoying them.
Hope you do too!