Archive for November, 2010

November 30, 2010

Photo Diary of a San Diego Designer in Europe: Vaulted Ceilings

by rebecca elisabeth design
Ceiling treatments are plentiful in Europe but America tends to overlook ceilings as a design element in a room.  Whether ornate or simple, ceilings should be used to create drama in a room. Cove lighting for contemporary design or applied molding for traditional settings are just two examples of what you can do to your ceilings to make an interior more interesting.  In my trip to Europe I couldn’t get enough of the gorgeous ceiling treatments, below are some examples of vaulted ceilings in Rome.
Main Entry: vault
Pronunciation: \ˈvȯlt\
Function: noun
Definition: An arched structure of masonry usually forming a ceiling or roof. Common vault shapes are: dome, barrel vault, groin vaults, rib vault, and fan vault.
November 23, 2010

Photo Diary of a San Diego Designer in Rome: Wrought Iron Work

by rebecca elisabeth design
Inspiration is everywhere in Europe and Italy is just amazing at almost every turn. Below are images from my trip to Rome showing incredible iron work.
Main Entry: wrought iron
Pronunciation: \ˈrȯt\ \ˈī(-ə)rn\
Function: noun
Definition: A commercial form of iron that is tough, malleable, and relatively soft, contains less than 0.3 percent and usually less than 0.1 percent carbon, and carries 1 or 2 percent of slag mechanically mixed with it.
November 16, 2010

Tina Turner’s modern Mediterranean-style villa featured in Architectural Digest – how to do it at your place

by rebecca elisabeth design

A doomed fate from the get go, the Mediterranean inspires designers to create beautiful spaces in an attempt to keep up with its magnificence.  While nothing humans create can compare to natures beauty, I wouldn’t mind spending a week sitting by this pool in the south of France.  Tina Turner‘s retreat is located on a hilltop near Nice, France. If you are fortunate enough to live in Southern California you have half the problem solved, as our landscape and climate are similar to the Mediterranean. This scene can be created in your back yard whether you have a pool or not.  Of course , the disappearing edge pool has amazing allure however, if you don’t have one, a field of neatly manicured grass will do the trick.  The structural aspect overhead can be recreated by buying concrete pillars or  using pressure treated wood 6x6s, to support the framework above – that you would also do in wood. The patio itself is laid with tumbled limestone which has become very popular and you can purchase a similar stone at most home centers.  My guess is that the inset teak planks are for access to equipment, and I would recommend that you not add that if you don’t need it.  The PB  Chesapeake chaise and cushion in a natural wood tone together with the side tables for your books and lotions are a nice substitution to the ones Turner has. Drape greek key towels from Boscov‘s or, one up Tina, and monogram towels to make it your own.  The final touch, which gives the resort feel to this yard,  is multiple umbrellas, like the Target pulley umbrella set in a row, do this on your patio and you’ll have a little retreat like Turner’s in your own back yard!

November 9, 2010

Interior Design: “…it’s so amazing how different it is”

by rebecca elisabeth design

In this video, a tract home powder room and entry are transformed by me – Rebecca Soechtig, certified interior designer of I take a plain jane white bath and transform it to a modern gem with wallpaper, mother of pearl tile, and custom mirror and vanity.

November 1, 2010

Design with reckless abandon…

by rebecca elisabeth design

This October was a busy, crazy and fun month.  Scott and I hosted 6 events this month and while we are exhausted, we enjoyed every minute.  I finally figured out why Halloween has become my thing.  Responsible design requires that you think about the longevity of your designs, which I love.  I am a natural problem solver and designing a room or a house requires space planning which in essence is problem solving.  I love looking for the best solution for a room and seeing it come to life and I’m always thinking about practicality and durability.  While we live in a throw-away society, I think we need to start moving toward developing lifestyles that can maintain themselves and not need to be reworked every few years.  Because of this I love Halloween, you can do something wild and not worry about the permanence.   I haven’t put this kind of effort into my costume in previous years because my focus has been on decorating the house for a Halloween party we host.  This year I had a vision for my costume, and I didn’t know if what I had in my minds eye would turn out as I had imagined because I had never done anything like it.  The scales are stenciled and the horns are three-dimensional – I had a blast doing this and am really happy with how my design worked out.  Hope you enjoy my dragon costume (of course a nod to Scott for his store-bought dragon slayer costume 😉 ):


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