Monthly Archives: July 2016

Latest Creation : Villa Coco | A Bali Home

July 31, 2016

design-4-corners_villa-coco-1Late last year we were approached by a really sweet couple in the throws of building their first family home. The home was well underway construction wise, but it was clear that they were in need of some assistance in guiding them through such a large project.

They just had their first baby and now they were building their first home. A big undertaking to say the least. The architecture of the home is very modern and to accommodate the busy life of a young family with a baby months away from being able to walk and run right into danger, we made a few tweaks.

We dove in head first and developed a design concept within the first few weeks so we could nail down the look and feel and overall design direction. Lucky for us they loved everything we came up with so there was no time wasted in getting things moving as they were intent on moving in by the end of April.

We came up with a modern, eclectic concept with some ethnic accents to reflect their Bali life and travel all over Indonesia.  And of course we infused some California cool as we couldn’t help ourselves ☺design-4-corners_villa-coco-2design-4-corners_villa-coco-7 design-4-corners_villa-coco-3design-4-corners_villa-coco-4The project was fast paced with a few road blocks along the way but the clients were easy going, which made the design process enjoyable. We had a few fun excursions sourcing Indonesian antiques, textiles and accessories that complimented the modern architecture, adding warmth and interest. We called upon our various local carpenters to create some of the bigger pieces, custom designed for the space.

We brought in one of our local artists to do some hand painted designs on a few of the walls. In the powder bathroom, for example, we wanted this room to be the “Jungle Luxe” room. With a vibrant rice paddy view and a large planter box inside the bathroom we decided to bring the outside in and to paint the walls with a palm leaf design. To add the luxe component we chose marble for the counter top and the rest was brass. Brass sink, brass faucet, brass framed mirror, brass light fixture and brass accessories. The result is definitely a conversation piece for when they throw a dinner party.design-4-corners_villa-coco-9design-4-corners_villa-coco-10With an open plan living, dining and kitchen we put a lot of attention into every piece selected and or made as it needed to feel cohesive, cozy yet sophisticated and at the same time relaxed. We’re very happy with the result.

In four months time, with a great team on board including the clients who took part in every detail and were on site daily, sometimes a few times a day, we managed to get them moved into their beautiful new home on time and with big smiles.  Mission accomplished.

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Featured Artist : Lauren Williams of BoHo By Lauren

July 18, 2016

image1Like most of our recent crushes, we found Lauren Williams on Instagram and we immediately fell in love with her stunning wall hangings and her BoHo spirit.  We are happy to feature Lauren this month, not only because of her obvious talent but for the medium she uses so effortlessly.  If you have been following us, most of our featured artist in the past have been ink to paper or paint to canvas type artists.  Lauren is our first featured artist who expresses herself a bit differently.  Lauren uses 400+ individual fiber strands that are dip-dyed in such a way that adds texture and visual imagery in every piece that she makes.  Her work is simple in it’s nature but complex in the process and the final result is breathtaking.

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Sisters:  Where are you from?

Lauren:  Born in West Texas, raised in Dallas.  Moved to Los Angeles after school.

Sisters:  Where are you living these days?

Lauren:  After getting married and having our first baby in LA, we decided to move to Dallas. We have been in Dallas for the last 6 years.

Sisters:  Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Lauren:  I’m constantly inspired by nature; plants, topography, the amazing color combinations that nature provides.  I’m also inspired by interior design.  Seeing well designed spaces brings on so much creativity for me.

Sisters:  How did you learn your craft?

Lauren:  I made it up!  I love the quote, “Necessity is the Mother of Invention” because it is so true for me.  I had a large blank wall in my dinning room and knew I wanted something different.  I kept staring at the wall and finally envisioned exactly what I wanted.  As a self-taught painter, I wanted and alternative to canvas art.  I ended up suspending more that 400 single fibers strands to a wooden dowel and felt that I had created a canvas but with movement.  From there I knew I wanted to add dye to deepen the texture.  I use various techniques to create abstract images with dye and the hanging fibers.  I’m learning every day how to be better and how to work with this medium.

Sisters:  When and how did you turn this into a business?

Lauren:  I come from an entrepreneurial family and as soon as I saw the reaction to my first hanging, I knew I wanted to start creating more pieces to sell.  I made my first tapestry in September 2014 and sold it within a week…It was a weekend hobby for the first year and after having our third son, I was ready to focus more on my art and how to market it.

Sisters:  Explain your process to us, if you can?

Lauren:  Constructed of more than 400 single fiber stands, every tapestry is unique from the beginning.  Once built, the modern-bohemian hanging is dip-dyed in multiple layers for a textured and inspiring addition to your wall.  Each one-of-a-kind piece is handmade by me in Dallas, Texas.

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Thank you Lauren for sharing your work with us and a mini glimpse into your life and process.  You are a true inspiration to us, and we hope we spark some major inspo in our readers lives by sharing you with them.

We are excited for you and what’s to come!  Speaking of, Lauren is working on her new website, which will be launching in August.  We should all take note of this friends, and keep an eye out for what she has up her sleeves.  All we can tell you is that we are patiently waiting.  One (possibly two) of her beauties will find their way on the walls of our home.  We can promise you this!

Follow along on Laurens’ process and keep tabs on her website launch here.

Love, The Sisters

 

 

 

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Currently Pinning : 007

July 12, 2016

pin7fCan you pick up on our pink and green obsession?  It’s funny to look back on what you’ve been pinning and see the consistency with you pins without even knowing it.  Along with the green and pink love, looks like texture has been on our minds as well.  This green succulent has a soft green feel with only looking at it.  How sexy and sweet at the same time!  And these pink succulents put a smile on our face, not a prick in our thumb!  Why not mix your shades of green and pink by using vintage garage sale art, Eames chairs, old wood floors and patina-ed tins filled with blooms.  OK!  Then a luxe chair upholstered in sheep skin was never a bad idea.  Especially when used in a monochromatic space with tons of layers and texture.  Juicy!  AND emerald green interlocking ceramic tile.  We are slowly dying over here.  Help us, please!  Maybe this lil piece of art with multi-colored roses can bring us back to life?  Nope…still dead and we’re OK with it, if it means having any of the above in our afterlives!

Happy Pinning Friends!  Don’t forget to follow along as we pin our hearts out.  Find us here : Sistersof4Corners

Love, The Sisters

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Design 101 : Plants in the Bathroom

July 7, 2016

PLANTSDid you know that plants have proven to decrease stress levels, anxiety, depression and lower blood pressure?  Why wouldn’t you want them around?  We’ve always been huge fans of incorporating plants into your home.  We’re going to offer some ideas for tying them into your bathroom design.  The bathroom is a great spot to add some greenery. 

We’ve picked some of our favorite looks.  Depending on your style you can keep it as simple as fresh cut flowers or a small potted plant or you can create a vibe that makes you feel like you have an outdoor bathroom.  Whatever you decide it’s tough to get it wrong because plants are such a positive addition and compliment any space.  Here are a few things to consider:

1. It’s important to consider what type of plant you can use in your space depending on how much natural light the room gets.  The easiest thing to do is consult with the folks down at your local nursery. 

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2. You want to consider size, fullness and height.  Read your space and decide what it needs. Perhaps a corner needs some life or the vanity needs something special or a splash of color. Maybe you need some height next to your bathtub to add more dimension.  From here you can then select the best plant. 

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3. You want to make sure and select a container for the plants or flowers that suits the overall look and feel of your space.  We normally like to keep it simple but at times it can be fun to mix in some patterns. 

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We hope this inspires you to add some life to the often used bathrooms of your home.

Love, The Sisters

 

 

 

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Space’s We’re Loving : Diane Serra & The Tiny Spanish Bungalow

July 5, 2016

Welcome to the Tiny Spanish Bungalow.  A name coined by the creative and fabulous owner Diane Serra.  When Diane and her husband found this home they knew they had to make this +/-500 s.f. home work for them. The character and charm is what had them.   At the time, it was just the two of them (and two large dogs).  So a small patio renovation and a few cracks to fill seemed do-able.  Fast forward to now and they are proud first time, mama and papa’s.  It may be a small house, but it’s big on love.  You feel it your first step through the gate.

We enjoyed spending the afternoon with Diane and her adorable baby girl, Estel.  Who did just fine hanging out with the ladies!  She was the perfect model and we see bright things happening to this sweet lil soul.  Enough jabber about the cutest baby ever!  Let us show you this charming, Tiny Spanish Bungalow.

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That’s Diane for you!  She is studying interior design at the moment, going to school full time, as well as running her popular blog and wrapping up the old days of having her own purse line.  This is one creative mama bird that you will want to keep your eyes on.

In the meantime, taking a peek into her blessed home will have to do.  She has really spoken to us with her kind ways and sweet smile.  We hope to collaborate with her in the near future.

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Photos by : Kim Egel

Thank you Diane, for letting us into your home.  We wish you all the love and joy in this Tiny Spanish Bungalow.

And for our readers, we hope you enjoyed this tour.

Love, The Sisters

 

 

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