celebrating friday with champagne sangria

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Happy Friday! The sun is shining and everyone seems to be in a good mood this afternoon. I hope you have some fabulous weekend plans in store. Mine will begin with wine on the patio with some of my favorite ladies; not a bad place to start! If you need a little inspiration, why not treat yourself to some champagne sangria? Check out the recipe below from Kiran Tarun.

champagne sangria


Citrusy Champagne Sangria

4 cups freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
1 cup ginger ale
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 blood orange, thinly sliced
3 clementines, thinly sliced
1 honey crisp apple, thinly sliced
1/2 cup pomegranate arils
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
pinch of salt
1 bottle of chilled champagne


  1. Prepare simple syrup by stirring sugar and water until sugar completely dissolves. Keep in refrigerator to chill while prepping other ingredients.
  2. In a tall pitcher, add all fruits + grapefruit juice + salt + simple syrup and ginger ale . Chill in refrigerator for a few hours, preferably overnight.
  3. To serve, add sangria in a fancy-schmancy glass and top it with bubbly champagne! Toast with your loved ones.



Sources: Sangria | Gradient LampParis Photo (photographer unknown) | You Are Beautiful Sticker


object of my affection: BAUX

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You may have heard the buzz about BAUX, a small company from Sweden that launched at Stockholm Design Week in February. BAUX, which is making waves with their innovative acoustic panels, began when the Swedish industrial design studio Form Us With Love  founding partners Jonas Pettersson, John Löfgren and Petrus Palmér paired with entrepreneurs Johan Ronnestam and Fredrik Franzon.

 The BAUX founding partners From left: Fredrik Franzon, Johan Ronnestam, Petrus Palmér, Jonas Pettersson, John Löfgren

The BAUX founding partners From left: Fredrik Franzon, Johan Ronnestam, Petrus Palmér, Jonas Pettersson, John Löfgren

Meet the team behind BAUX and learn more about their popular new products in this short video:

Baux embodies the idea that good design begins at the intersection where form and function meet, where neither one is compromised and each supports and enhances the other. Their Träullit Acoustic panels are made from wood wool and cement which are naturally low-emitting. The panels absorb sound, aid in temperature control to lower energy consumption and costs, and, ARE BEAUTIFUL! The panels are fabricated by a small family-run business in Österbymo and can be shipped anywhere in the world.

making baux

More information is available on their website including a complete tool kit with CAD files, graphics and more for designers wishing to specify their products. It will be exciting to see what other beautiful, functional and natural products are spurred from the inspiration and popularity of BAUX!


Sources: BAUX, From Us With Love

spring cleaning + updates

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Happy Spring! I swear it’s here, even though it doesn’t feel much like it in Seattle at the moment.  Regardless, it’s that time of year for dusting off the cobwebs, prepping the garden, and in my case also updating the blog.  I am excited to share with you the new look & feel of the place my writing calls home – the (now titled) SPACE PLACE STYLE blog!


The new layout will make it easier for you to find and enjoy content as the posts grow in number, plus I’m adding a “resources” section with links to information on sustainable design information, products and more to help you with your own design projects.

Your thoughts and feedback are more than welcome – Are there topics or resources you would like to know more about? Design problems you need to solve and just can’t find the right inspiration for? Or maybe you found a great new sustainable product you want to share with me? Please feel free to comment here or email me at: spaceplacestyle@gmail.com.



Something Green for Saint Patrick’s Day

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Today’s green: green roofs! (Not specifically Irish, but definitely green, and definitely very cool.)

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According to Power House Growers, green roofs in an urban environment can:

  • Mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Lessen the Urban Heat Island effect
  • Become a community collaborative and hub for teamwork
  • Lower stress and anxiety
  • Prolong life cycle of heating, ventilation, and HVAC systems
  • Decrease reliance on sewers and city infrastructure
  • Generate revenue by renting out rooftop spaces for private functions, classes or workshops

And did you know that in 2010, Toronto became the first North American city to require green roofs on any new commercial, institutional, and multifamily residential developments? The Canadians are doing something right, eh?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

workspace design: the home office

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Congratulations! You have finally decided to take the plunge and start that small business you have always wanted. Maybe you are designing wedding invitations, consulting on social media marketing strategies, or managing a DJ business. You have the skills to make it happen, but WHERE will it happen? The dining room table? A rented location outside your home? Or maybe your bonus room can be converted into an office. Wherever the location, what you do with the space and how you work in it will impact the success of your new business.

Many studies have been done to determine how design elements can have a positive impact on wellness and worker productivity in the office place. A few key elements from this research that you will want to consider Read More

Dream Kitchen for a Foodie

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As some of you know, I not only maintain my own blog but I also write a design column for The Mother Connection’s newsletter in Massachusetts, as well as contribute to our newsletter at Six Walls here in the Seattle area. Below is my most recent column, inspired by our trip to Vegas for the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show last month. This just went out and we already got a call from a client who read the article and was inspired to remodel her own kitchen! You can see the full e-newsletter here, which also includes highlights from our 10th anniversary brunch cruise.

Dream Kitchen for a Foodie

For those of us who truly appreciate good food, we are well aware of how important it is to have the right kitchen space in which to play, prepare, experiment and serve our culinary creations. And the “right” space will differ from person to person, depending on whether your specialty is cakes and pastries, elaborate stove-top concoctions or large dinner parties with multiple varied courses (with wine to pair, of course!).

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While at KBIS this month we were inundated with the latest and greatest in kitchen design. Aside from all the fun specialized gadgets and gizmos for your preferred kitchen use, there are a few key considerations that apply across the board Read More