I know that this is a little late in the game, but never too late to chat about, right?? This past Alt, I had the opportunity to interview the GORGEOUS Jessica Alba and learn more about her and The Honest Company. What a treat it was. She is a beauty inside and out. And you know what I loved most about her? How much she loves her daughters. The moment we started talking about mommy-hood, she lit up like a light bulb. It’s her passion, and I appreciate that! I was just thinking yesterday that if more parents put an emphases on being great and loving parent, I bet that crime would go down, broken hearts would be mended and people would be a lot more happy. Anyways…
Jessica and I chatted a bit about interior design. Being one of her passions, she had a lot to say about the decor of her homes. Of course that was so fun to hear. She told me that she talks alot about interior design in her upcoming book, The Honest Life. So decor lovers, keep your eye open for that!
What makes me appreciate all that Jessica does is that she does it with such class. She’s an A-list celebrity, an entrepreneur a mom, and everything she does comes across so positive.
I’m also a huge fan of The Honest Company. Though I don’t have babies, I’m a cleaning product fanatic. These products smell good, look good and clean good. Everything you need in a product. I also LOVE the bath and body line. I can’t live without the face and body lotion. Jessica and her team are passionate about their products which always makes the best impression for the buyer. I’ll be buying for a long time to come!
See you all on Monday! xxoo
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Punches of Color.
I have a sofa that is on my immediate wish list as we speak. I love the Danish design, the color choices and of course, the tufts. And for the standard colors, you can have it shipped to you is 48 hours! The Luna Sofa was Designed by modernist American furniture designer, Edgar Blazona for TrueModern. I don’t typically do alot of interviews here on Simply Grove but I couldn’t pass the chance to ask Edgar a few questions about design and life.
Where do you find inspiration?
I see inspiration around us everywhere. I mainly look at construction details coming from a construction family I have grown up to look at things a little bit differently. There is lots of beauty in the way things are put together – the architectural lines, the connection points, and in general, the shapes of everyday objects. I often find that these translate into design ideas later on down the line. Often when sitting at the dinner table with my wife in a well-designed restaurant, I’ll spend half of my time flipping over chairs and looking under the table — looking for details of how things are made to put into my memory bank of good design.
What are the trends for spring and summer in furniture?
Light and airy with well-defined lines with brighter colors are looking to be more prominent in the modern design world. I think that things will shape up with a little bit more contradiction between colorful materials (i.e. steel, fabrics or painted steel) and natural wood finishes, like walnut, or more earthy-toned ash or alder. Clear low-sheen finishes are also a trend.
How do you feel furniture has evolved in the last 50 years?
I don’t think it’s evolved all that much. Basically a chair is a chair. What I do think has changed is the materials and the way they are used. Also manufacturing techniques have changed quite a bit, which one would say would allow for new innovations. However, my furniture is all about simplicity. Much consideration is taking into the manufacturing process, enabling products to be made for a reasonable price. The one thing that I hate the most with modernism is that It’s equated with expensive. I try to create reasonably priced good-looking items that will last for a good, long time.
What designer inspires you to be a better designer?
Well the obvious ones would be Charles Eames and Hans Wegner, plus Donald Judd for his clean lined modernist approach to life. But there are some more current designers that I think are doing a great job too. Darrin Montgomery at Urbancase and Mash Studios are doing great work. We are all kind of in the same boat – small to medium-size companies trying to grow our vision of modern design. But these guys are doing exceptional work in a tough economy.
3. What led you to furniture design?
When I was a kid, I got my first apartment in San Francisco. I basically had nothing; I lived by myself but I wanted to have that cool spot as my own. At the time, I didn’t have much money. I was basically a starving artist. So I shopped around and realized that everything was too expensive. This was way before modernism was really in the stores at a decent price. There was no IKEA or really anything that had reasonable, affordable modernism. I guess you could say that Z Gallery had a modernist look going, but they were doing all glossy black and white and that was their vision of modernism, not mine!! I couldn’t even afford that though. So coming from a construction background, I decided that I could probably build something myself. So I got a welder, a grinder and taught myself how to weld without electrocuting myself…kinda scary! After much struggling, I finally created a dining table and two chairs out of steel. I thought it would be funny to use diamond plate steel as the chair surface and back and make it really uncomfortable. A few weeks later, I was in a small gallery that carried sculptural work and some interesting furniture pieces and I told them about my creation. They told me that they would love to take a look and they could maybe even sell it. I brought it down later that day and they told me they were very interested. So I forked over my brand new dining table and chairs and, low and behold, within a few days, they sold it. I think I got a check for about $400 for the whole set, which at the time, was a ton of money for me. That day I realized that I could make money selling furniture and there my career started.
You know who this fabulous stylist is. You know what she won. You know how darn talented she is. But I bet you didn’t know her thoughts on Christmas. Don’t worry. I asked her for all of us.
How do you determine Christmas Decor? a. Color themes? b. Traditions passed down?
Its so funny because i’m not really a grown up yet so i don’t really decorate. When we lived in new york our place was so small that i couldn’t handle the extra stuff. But, one time we had a christmas party where i invited a bunch of my fancier stylist friends who had never been over before and i was too busy to decorate so i let my husband take over (he’s much more nostalgic when it comes to holiday traditions than i am). I came home to pre-made gift wrapping bows (you know the ones that you buy at the 99 cent store that you just pop on top of the present?) all over the walls, and i mean like crazy person polka dottying the walls. The self-conscious pretentious side of me was like, ‘no way, how embarrassing’ but then the ‘i don’t really care what people think of me’ side chimed in real fast and i was like ‘hell, yes, of course we put 99cent bows on the walls as decoration. Long story short, I’m a big fan of whatever makes the environment more fun and inviting. If that means doing themes, go for it. I’m not fussy and as much as i love the idea of crafting i have the patience of a hungry puppy at breakfast, so i like myself a really low maintenance decorations.
Speaking of traditions, what is your favorite tradition?
Inviting friends over to trim the tree. It’s like guaranteed fun. Wine, Bing Crosby, warm fire (which in LA is virtually useless, except during that 10 days of winter we get here, its pretty awesome). My husband always secretly leaves, changes into his santa suit, and then knocks on the door and does a whole santa routine for our friends…and he says he is not ready for kids. Yeah right. It’s always a total blast.
Ooh, i just thought of another one. Christmas day we always watch ‘Love Actually’ and ‘Elf’. I love them both very very much.
Do you prefer real or faux trees?
I prefer real because of nostalgia. The shopping for it, strapping it to the car, trying to find the tree stand which we never find and always just buy a new one…and the smell, forget about it. I do think that faux trees can be great, though. But if I were to get faux i would get the vintage silver trees – i don’t like it when something fake is trying to be real.
How early do you listen to Christmas music?? (Please be like me and say after Halloween!!!!)
Unfortunately i would say about 10 days before christmas, as soon as i have time off I really get into the mood. In New York it was earlier because it would get so cold and feel like winter, but in LA it just sneaks up on me. But i do love a good christmas music. My favorites are, ‘I’ll be home for christmas to Wham’s ‘Last christmas’ to ‘Baby its cold outside’. OMG this is so getting me in the mood.
Are you most likely to have a mod Christmas or a kitschy Christmas?
OOH, i love both. Last year there were so many Mad Men parties that were pretty awesome to go to, so I would say i’m pretty into that this year, too.
Favorite Christmas smell?
Apple cider, christmas tree, roast. i love many a christmas smell.
BTW, her new show, Secrets From A Stylist, is scheduled for March 2011. Must we have to wait that long??!!!