Dwell on Design 2011

Eco Arbor Designs

Today is normally my day to tell you about events for next month, I'm reserving that for a later post because today I went with my friends Lisa Madison and Lisa Esposito down to the Dwell on Design Show in Los Angeles and I found so much that I wanted to share with you!

Once I arrived I wandered around with my NAPWL family, Angelia Beckstrom and Theodora Michailides and we did some serious perusing of the Outdoor Exhibits. (NAPWL is The National Association of Professional Women in Landscape - please visit our website to learn more.)

Dwell on Design is the annual modern design expo at the LA Convention Center this weekend it features the latest furniture and accessories, plus speakers. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 24 is for the trade and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 26 it is open to the public.

This show was lots of fun, they had everything from Eco Friendly Outdoor Wood Deck Tiles (above) to chicken coops. The wood decking is easy enough for ME to install! My friend Theodora is their distributor - so take a look at her website to learn more.

The chicken coops even had chickens in them and are called Chicken Co-Op. They looked great, and are made of recycled material. Check out their website.

Chicken Co-Op

I just love the new release by Monrovia Growers. They had a gorgeous pure white mandevillea vine - that looked like a bowl of cream with a dollop of butter in the center. Now I just have to find the right client... any takers?

We also found some beautiful eco friendly paints and glazes in beautifully muted colors, and rich patinas. The lime washes from Portola Paints & Glazes are beautiful.

Another one of my favorite items was a beautifully crafted succulent planter that was blown glass with a GROW LIGHT in a bell suspended over the plants. The glass and lamps are a new edition to the pieces created by artist caleb siemon. Gorgeous!

EIS Studios had a display of custom crafted Pebbles - my favorites were the ones that looked like giant beach pebbles that would look beautiful nearby an organically designed swimming pool. They also have wood cast versions which were very nice and ones done in fabric.

If you have a chance to visit Dwell later this weekend or next year, it is a great opportunity to grab some inspiration and check out some of the eco friendly choices that both interior and exterior designers have at our fingertips... waiting to share with you!

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