Well-known designer Angela Adams began her career as a decorative painter enhancing furniture, walls and ceilings with her signature palette. While looking for alternative mediums, she began to explore floor coverings, specifically hand-tufted rugs. As Adams simplified her painting style to accommodate the textural rug material, what emerged was a unique combination of pattern and color. Now, as she has expanded her canvas, her patterns appear on everything from belts to handbags, fabric, personal journals and drinking glasses.
Many of her rugs are available at Kasala (1505 Western Ave., Seattle, 206-623-7795, or 1014 116th Ave. N.E., Bellevue, 425-453-2823). Her handbags, stationery and other products can be purchased at a variety of stores locally. To track down a store near you, browse her collection or place an order, check the Web site at www.angelaadams.com.
From clocks to pillows
Pots with presence
Robert Provasoli is a chiropractor in Yelm who crafts frost-proof vessels that look as if they might well have been unearthed from an Etruscan archaeological dig. His designs lend a feel of weathered antiquity to the garden, with their muted surfaces, urn-like shapes and curvaceous handles. Their textured finishes in shades of cream, ochre, taupe or brown have an affinity to all the greens of the garden. Provasoli can be reached at 360-894-2097, or you can find his work on display at Gordon's Garden Center in Yelm and at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in February.
The rich-hued Parant tea lights are very similar to a set offered by the MoMA Design Store in New York City. The Ikea set includes four votives and four candles; it comes in a red/yellow/orange/purple combination as well as a blue/green one. A real bargain at $2.99, and affordable enough to buy several sets. Both items are available at the Renton store (600 S.W. 43rd St., 425-656-2980).
On the rise in remodels
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) has compiled a list of popular remodeling projects for the dream home of the 21st century. NARI foresees the most popular remodeling projects as home offices, family entertainment/media rooms, master-bedroom suites and baths, home fitness centers, sunrooms and extra-large walk-in closets. Trends for kitchens include granite and quartz countertops, and commercial-looking, stainless-steel appliances. Heated floors, solid-surface shower walls and earth-toned tiles are popular for bathrooms. If any of these projects sounds irresistible, a wise first step might be to call the association's national hotline at 800-611-6274 to request a free copy of the brochure "How To Select a Remodeling Professional." The brochure is also online at www.remodeltoday.com.
Shelves of and for books
What? Books sawed, cut and reshaped into shelves and bookcases? What kind of sacrilege is this? An environmentally conscious one, according to artist Jim Rosenau of Berkeley, Calif., who says right up front, "No books that could change the course of world events are harmed in the production."
Calling what he does "This Into That," Rosenau wanted to use less new lumber in his woodworking projects. But the craftsman in him desired elegant natural materials. As he peered into the discards of city life, he came upon books. When he can, Rosenau removes and recycles the pages, keeping the jackets. He makes stock items and custom pieces. You give him one book or an idea and he'll build a one-of-a-kind piece. The book titles are feedstock for a sort of three-dimensional haiku of one theme or more. Common themes include law, writing, medicine, science, pets and murder mysteries. Stock shelves start at $85, and free-standing bookcases range from $400 to $800. He can be reached at www.thisintothat.com or by calling 510-845-0106.
Seattle Times copy editor Rebecca Teagarden and Seattle free-lance writers Valerie Easton and Robin Fogel Avni contributed to this Design Notebook.
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