Top Design has been a sensation on American TV. It has been the talk of the blogosphere. Now it's Australia's turn. Amy emailed me earlier in the week.
I’m a casting director for Granada Media in Sydney and we are currently looking for designers, artists, creatives and decorators for a new design-based reality television show called TOP DESIGN. The show will go to air on Channel Nine and will be hosted by Jamie Durie.
I came across your fantastic blog Desire to Inspire and would love to know if you’re interested in applying for the show? We’re really looking for people with a strong sense of aesthetics and a passion for design- which you obviously have- not just working interior designers!
After my ego just about exploded I calmed down and realised it's not for me for sooooo many reasons BUT I know that amongst our Aussie readers there is so much talent that I'm sure we could find the winner. Are you super-talented? Of course you are! Do you have a fabulous sense of design style? Of course you do you read DTI! The call for contestants is out. Whether you are a home renovator, stylist or interior decorator, if you know how make a home or a room spectacular then all you need to do is click on over to Top Design's website and apply. Go on. I know you want to. More importantly I know you can win!
This week's reader request comes from Jessica: My husband and I have a ton of art. Not any fancy-pants stuff, but a lot of small and medium sized things, mostly framed, that we've picked up on our way through life. My problem is this: We have more than I want to hang at any given time, but I don't want to just store the extras and forget about them. I really love the look of art leaned against walls, on shelves, etc. but I can't convince him that it would look good without examples. Could you help me find inspiration photos of art, beautifully displayed, leaning against walls or on shelves? I love "leaning" art - it's a great versatile solution for people like me who get visually bored very quickly and saves your walls (especially handy for renters!), plus I love the casual feel it gives. So here are some photos of art not hung on walls in the traditional, expected fashion.
|rue magazine||Richard Powers|
|New York Social Diary||Ron Marvin|
|AT Casa||Lucas Allen|
|AT Casa||Marie Claire Italy|
I have a serious love for funky lighting. Of any kind. I think you could call it an obsession. It's pretty bad considering how many light fixtures I have acquired in the last 4 months or so (there was this one, then these, then this one, then this one, then I made this one, then this one, and finally this beauty). But honestly, i would give up all those if I could get my hands on a Jieldé. It is the coolest industrial style lamp and I just love them to bits. Here is a bit of history on Jieldé lamps: They were created by Jean-Louis Domecq whose requirements were to create a simple and robust lamp that articulated in order to adapt to all working stations. They were first produced in France in the early 50's and in 1953, Jean-Louis created a company dedicated to the marketing of his lamp whose name was formed from his initials : Ji eL Dé. They continue to be produced today. I have scoured eBay on numerous occasions looking for a vintage version, but they are really expensive. Sadly, no stores in Ottawa carry them. Alas, one day I will get my hands on one, preferably a 6-arm floor lamp, but I won't be picky. I'd settle for a table lamp, wall lamp, whatever (but not a reproduction). Anyone else out there in love with Jieldé?