atelier collective design

"Farm-to-table" design and services for your home...

Atelier Collective Design (ACD) represents artists, designers, photographers, painters, and other fantastic creative individuals collaborating under one roof. ACD provides solutions and services to clients who want to make a "home". Our focus is interiors, home goods and art -- undertaking projects from start to finish.

a lightbulb turned on in the kitchen…

After careful cleaning with a toothbrush - no worries, if you come to my house, you will NOT get that one… - I got out some galvanized wire I purchased some time ago…

…bend it this way, twirl it that way, slip some crystal prisms on, and ta-daa! 15 minutes, 2 yards of wire, and only 5 prisms later, I decided I totally had enough of the project! It looked interesting, but wrong room (kitchen), and lack of right tools made me give up too soon.

This bulb needs a shade for sure - it’s situated above the kitchen island. I think I have just the right DIY tools for this project…

The prisms are going to the bedroom. Stay tuned…

Doesn’t look like much, but in fact you need to cup both hands in order to hold these beautiful antique chandelier crystals.  						
From Feng Shui to Shabby Chic, Tuscan to French Country, crystal prisms are setting the stage in home decor. Home trends have moved crystal beads from chandelier replacement crystals to hanging crystals in every room of the house - just because. 
I got these just a few weeks ago at a back yard antique barn, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Sat on the stoop with Ed the owner, and haggled the final price down by $10. Been on the hunt for prisms for a while, and in all honesty - the ones I kept finding in NYC cannot compare to the small treasure now laying on my window sill.
A small hanging lamp is going to get a facelift this weekend.
Ed from Littleton, NH: “…while on top of the knoll”.

Doesn’t look like much, but in fact you need to cup both hands in order to hold these beautiful antique chandelier crystals.

From Feng Shui to Shabby Chic, Tuscan to French Country, crystal prisms are setting the stage in home decor. Home trends have moved crystal beads from chandelier replacement crystals to hanging crystals in every room of the house - just because.

I got these just a few weeks ago at a back yard antique barn, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Sat on the stoop with Ed the owner, and haggled the final price down by $10. Been on the hunt for prisms for a while, and in all honesty - the ones I kept finding in NYC cannot compare to the small treasure now laying on my window sill.

A small hanging lamp is going to get a facelift this weekend.

Ed from Littleton, NH: “…while on top of the knoll”.

Nudie Beach Art

Having been introduced to the “other” side of Fire Island (Long Island, NY) - meaning the NUDE side of the beach, - I now come here in anticipation to meet the new friends I have made, relax my body and mind, eat and drink as if it was a Friday night party, and shed my bikini (like I used to in Sweden, and boy is it nice to get some sun on those boobies, and backside cheeks!).

The community is like no other one I have met in NYC; no one has anything to hide - it’s all out in the open (literally), and everyone greets you with a hug and a few kisses. I like it. Am I a nudist? No, I don’t think so. I’ll quote a very handsome man from Saturday’s beach trip: “I just like sunbathing…” Fair enough. Less is more (REALLY).

Since my last visit, beating myself up that I spent the whole day at the beach instead of doing important work at home, I tried to figure out how to maximize my day off, socializing without the online social networks (‘cause there is no mobile signal), and just being a naked lazy bum. Looking around at all the nude bodies, I…. WAIT!! They are all nude!?!! Holy crap! It’s like a colony of nude life drawing models - all FOR FREE!!! All shape and sizes.

I wouldn’t call it work per se, but warming up your hand and mind with a bit of life drawing and moving objects, is recommended for any artist. So I brought some paper, a few conté crayons and other toys, and started dusting off my skills and feeding my brain with new imagery. I used to be very good at this, now I’ll just need a few more sessions. It was a great Saturday!

ahoy! weekend ahead!

What happens when you are over-inspired to do a project? For one room, you wish there were four, because ALL of the design ideas and color schemes seem so real, fantastic and very much doable. Problem is; there’s not enough time, not enough budget, not enough assistants to do the tedious parts, and the client may be overwhelmed and simply confused. What do you do? You prepare to take a day off; pack your bag, and get the hell away from the city and all the design hoopla right now. You are in a beach mood for sure, cause after all—IT’S STILL SUMMER!!! - although the fuzzy throw had to accompany the light cotton sheet in bed last night. Nevertheless, sun is shining, and the work is always going to be there no matter what. Saturday—I welcome you with open arms.