A blog from Visual Jill, East Bay Interior Design

A blog from Visual Jill, East Bay Interior Design

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

One Love: The Marimekko Shop

Marimekko is one of our first and favorite loves. The bold, graphic prints, bright, beautiful colors, and playful patterns from this Finnish design house are timeless. Crate and Barrel has had a partnership with Marimekko since the early '60s. They've recently launched The Marimekko Shop, which carries everything from kitchenware to furniture to accessories and clothing all designed with the colorful, joyful prints of Marimekko. Stores are on the way, but until one opens in your area, visit The Marimekko Shop online and fill your home with some fabulous, classic design.

Friday, May 20, 2011

New Service: Gallery and Artwork Placement!

Announcing Gallery and Artwork Placement from 
Visual Jill Interior Home Styling!
Clockwise from top left
Elle Decoration :: Maison Francaise :: Elle Decor :: Elle Decor :: Elle Decoration :: Maison Francaise :: Elle Decor
Open any shelter magazine, any new decorating book, watch any home improvement show on TLC and you're bound to see an artwork gallery. Every client we've had has either requested one or we've suggested one, and they've all been huge hits. So we've decided to offer Gallery and Artwork Placement as a stand-alone service from Visual Jill. Show us your artwork (fine art, photographs, posters, travel mementos, kid's drawings, whatever you've got that can go in a frame on a wall), we'll arrange it and hang it. Fast, easy, impressive. Want one? Visit www.VisualJill.com and contact us for an appointment!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

For Brita

Brita Oberwetter, 1923-2011
This post is in remembrance of Jill's mother, Brita, who passed away last week. Brita was born in Norway and came to the United States after World War II. She worked as a nurse, which is how she met her husband, Art. She was a loving mother to two daughters and grandmother to three grandchildren. Her favorite flowers were peonies and lilacs, and she made beautiful hand-knit Norwegian sweaters and mittens.

Brita, we wish you a peaceful journey into the next world, and thank you for sharing your time on this earth with your family and friends. You are loved, and you will be missed.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Takin' a break

We're taking the week off from the blog here at Visual Jill, focusing on getting some things taken care of around the office. But don't despair, we'll be back next week and ready to share more goodies that we've uncovered with you! Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 6, 2011

A Mid-Century Modern Masterpiece

The Eero Saarinen-designed home of J. Irwin Miller, the wealthy industrialist who put Columbus, Indiana on the mid-century modern map, is opening its doors for tours to the general public. All the design magazines are a-buzz, and let's just say Indiana is lookin' like a great destination vacation right about now! Of course we're not going to make you take our word for it. Just try not to drool on your computer, ok?

The sunken conversation pit. We're dying over the pillows--aren't they amazing?!!
(Elle Decor :: The New York Times magazine)
The Dining Room makes us giddy: The illuminated table base! The custom tile-patterned rug! The chandelier! Oh my...
The Library/Office with custom-designed textiles
(Elle Decor)
The Floor Plan :: A custom-designed rug and Eames lounge chair in the den :: Textile Designer Alexander Girad's textile master plan :: A detail of the den rug, with a design based on the floor plan of the house
(Elle Decor :: Dwell)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

One Love: The IKEA Leather Karlstad Sofa

Overarching Lamp - West Elm :: Karlstad Sofa - IKEA :: Panama Braid rug - West Elm
We got a new sofa! And we LOVE IT. The size is perfect, the price was great, the leather is nice (and allows for super easy cleaning when living with dogs), it was amazingly easy to assemble, and look how light and bright and clean the living room looks now! (For a view of the LR-Before Sofa, check the photo from the One Love: Bliss Pillow post). To top it all off, it goes great with the other new additions to the living room, the Overarching Lamp and the Panama Braided rug, both from West Elm. Bring on the summer--we're ready!