Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Add a little Todd Oldham style to your Google page!

Do you know about Todd Oldham? Chances are you do. He is an amazing designer who has designed everything from jeans to recliners, houses to dorm room decorations. He had his own show called Handmade Modern and is one of the judges on an interior design reality show.

What I love about him is that he seems like a really cool, laid back person who respects the fact that many of us don't have a huge budget for "designer" purchases and does things to make all of his creations accessible.

Like this little clock. You can add it to your iGoogle page and have a little Todd style for free!

One thing I notice about his style is that he often pulls inspiration from other eras. He just blogged about a new line of area rugs he designed, and explains his inspirations for each group. You can read all about them here.

And if you miss Handmade Modern like I do, you can see clips from some of the episodes here. Have fun!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

What I Want Today...

Today I found, through the Oh Joy blog (which you should definitely check out!) about Lines & Shapes, a great series of design books. They're new - only 2 have been published. Each one is a collaboration of artists' interpretations of a theme. They have a very modern feel and the photos are beautiful. I even noticed a couple of soap designs in there (there are some great sneak peeks of pages on the site)!

At only $21 each, they're a bargain for how inspirational each one looks. I could imagine going back to this book, finding new details every time. Sigh!

Hello and Welcome to The Soap Lab!

Hello! Welcome to my new blog called The Soap Lab - a place where I can share my thoughts on design with a modern aesthetic. You may know me from Soapylove where I create soaps inspired by rainbows, candy, and kids, but I must be a little bipolar because I also love modern art, furniture design, fine art, and fashion.

Here I'll share my faves and also give you sneak peeks of my newest project called "The Soap Lab" - a mini collection of 4 soap designs inspired by a new theme each month.

Thanks for coming!