Baby Kate smiling — More Than Me

A Ray of Hope in the Fight Against Ebola

“Being a bystander to suffering is not an option.” Those are the words of Katie Meyler, founder of More Than Me and a member of our designedCOLLECTIVE community. For the past nine years, she has been in Liberia providing education and opportunity to the most vulnerable girls in the slums of West Point in Monrovia, and is now channeling her undying spark to fighting against the spread of Ebola. Read more.

designerSpotlight Paige Loczi LOCZIdesign Fireclay Tile

REPOST: Fireclay Tile’s Designer Spotlight with Paige Loczi!

“Here at Fireclay we are lucky enough to work with some very talented designers and architects.  In celebration of their work and the partnerships we’ve created, we have developed a series of Designer Spotlights to highlight these creative individuals and share the inspiration behind their designs.  First up is Paige Loczi of LOCZIdesign.  Paige has been a long time supporter of Fireclay Tile and has used our product in a variety of projects, including this California Home and Design award winning kitchen in San Francisco.”  Read more.


What We Can Learn from Napa’s 6.0 Magnitude Earthquake

California’s wine country is already bouncing back from the 6.0 magnitude earthquake — the strongest in 25 years. Some businesses are opening their doors after a quake that ignited gas-fed fires, damaging some of the region’s famed wineries and historic buildings. This week LOCZIdesign is taking a look at some innovative and stylish buildings that take earthquake proofing to the next level. Read more.

Mi Hyeon Yoo, Jessica M.H Yoo — Meem Designs

Artist in Residence with Jessica Yoo of Design Meem

Little may know that Korea possesses a long history of quilting. Jogakbo, or Korean patchwork, dates back to about 200 years and is a custom that comes very naturally. The silhouette of hanbok (Korean traditional clothing) is curved, like the rounded sleeves, there were always pieces of fabric left. Naturally, women made use of them but now you can find Korean patchwork in all forms; from blankets to clothing and bojagi art (multipurpose square cloth). Read more.

Kelly Behun Studio, PRINT ALL OVER ME, and USA-OK Industries

Eyes Wide Open at Sight Unseen OFFSITE!

New York Design Week was a whirlwind of design adventure, one highlight was the neon post-modern utopia of Sight Unseen OFFSITE! Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer of the website Sight Unseen also co-founded this show in conjunction with NYCxDesign and ICFF. It enchantingly combined the works of independent design studios alongside those from established, forward-thinking brands, creating a small but well curated venue for industry professionals and design enthusiasts. Read more.

DIY Turotial: Staghorn Fern Mount - LOCZIdesign

Sustainable Sundays: DIY Staghorn Fern Plaque

It’s Sunday, the perfect day for a DIY project, right? (it’s okay if you want to chill instead) We thought mounting a stagforn fern was a fun twist on mounting the horns or head of an actual animal. Yikes! Allow us to show you why the staghorn fern is perfect for just that. Read more.

Edwardian Flat Remodel - LOCZIdesign 2012

White After Labor Day Is A-OK

Let’s break down the the “No white after labor day” rule with cozy and creamy shades of white to adorn your home in an elegant and modern fashion! But first, a quick lesson: Historically, the rule only applied to white dress shoes and high heels. In the 50s and 60s, the middle class extrapolated this rule to include other clothing, linens and other areas of soft furnishings. This week, we’re feeling inspired by this rule and wanted to showcase some of the creamy and lovely white interiors from our remodeling portfolio and Pinterest boards.

Some believe it was practical advise, since white clothing would be tough to keep clean in the winter. Others say that white clothing was typical dress for members of high society during summer holidays and was too casual for getting back to serious business when summer had finished. In the 1950s, the middle class was growing and they were given simplified rules of high society to help them fit in, including the rule about white after labor day.

Beginning somewhere around the 1880′s, wearing white and creams in the summer was a way to stay cool. In a time when air-conditioning, daisy dukes and crop tops did not exists, people wore formal attire and chose these colors since they wore more layers and traditionally heavier fabrics. This also translated to the home during these months as lighter fabrics in both weight and color adorned their homes.

Some historians believed that the rule was symbolic and found that the majority of well-off Americans had summer homes and frequent holiday. It was also common that during the summer months spent away from the city bustle, most wealthy people wore linen suits and panama hats to symbolize leisure and flaunt status.

Times have changed and so have our tastes in decor, social structures and fashion. Today we use touches of white to give contrast to our sometimes bright accent pillows or stunning collected art pieces. Others like to decorate their entire home in white to give a sense of calm and modern futuristic flare. Do you decorate white in your home? Send your photos our way—we’d love to share them!