Why didn't anyone tell me that @BarbraStreisand wrote a design book?! I deserve to know these beautiful things…
— MARYAM AFZAA. (@maryamafzaa) July 31, 2013
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Some of the world’s most beautiful and important milestones have taken place in the Islamic world. I love Islamic architecture, interior design, and some of their fashions. But let’s talk about that Islamic interior design. It’s so beautiful and I love the markings, writings, and patterns in the walls and some of the decor. I think Islamic interior design is very simple yet extravagant and elegant. I also am obsessed with the domes and archways. I actually plan to build my house to look like an Islamic castle (I don’t want any angles, just roundness) which I will be the queen of. There will be a queen’s throne at the head of my dining room table and no one will be allowed to sit it in it but me, and it will be the only throne there (there will be other queen thrones in other rooms as well). My husband will obviously be the king, but only I need a throne. (Yes, I am a little high maintenance, and there’s nothing wrong with that.)
Anyway, check out these fabulous pictures of Islamic interior design:
Interior Designer’s Fact of the Day:
Blue and white decorations on Chinese ceramics were inspired by Islamic wares. One shade is even called Mohammedan blue.
Deciding on a college is hard.
I’ve been accepted into five out of the six colleges that I’ve applied to. Every single one of the schools that I’ve been accepted to have good interior design programs. Two of them are in Chicago, downtown. Another is in Michigan, Georgia, and then New York. I want to leave to go away to college because I feel like I’ll have more opportunity to grow and “find myself” and just be free (without parents breathing down my neck). And the colleges that are out of state are offering more money. And two of the colleges that are out of state have more acclaimed interior design programs and have been recognized as having both number one undergraduate and graduate programs. But I want seasons. I want to be able to wear my gorgeous faux fur coat and my new Guess coat. I don’t like the cold, but I love being able to change my wardrobe from ready for the winters to ready for the rays. In addition, I plan to pursue a fashion career in about a decade or so and I want to be able to go back to the school that I attended for interior design. One of the colleges doesn’t have a fashion major.
And then it’s like… I want to go to New York, but New York has high crime rates, but then again it’s such a fabulous city. You could meet anyone in New York and it could change your life (And I’m watching the Carrie Diaries, and you know how much I love Carrie Bradshaw, and she’s making me fall in love with New York all over again). On the other hand with the college in Georgia, I have family that’s four to six hours hours away which is closer to family than I’d be in New York (I do have a cousin who’s a fashion designer and lives in the city of the school I’ve been accepted to, but he’s sort of stranded from my family), I’ve been told it’s a beautiful campus and in a beautiful city, they have a ginormous fashion show and film festival that designers and celebrities attend, and I’ve just been informed that they do have designer stores down there (now all I have to figure out is how far is the best dry cleaners, find a good beautician, and a Whole Foods). And then yesterday I went to a reception for accepted students and they fed me good falafel and I drank sparkling water and Vitamin Water. Do you know how hard it is to go to events that have good vegetarian options? And I love sparkling water and Vitamin Water. And I got to meet other students and staff members and I found out that they have an equestrian team (and I so love horses) and that majority of their meal plan is geared towards vegetarians and vegans (I’m a vegetarian). Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…. this is hard. Mentally I’m being pulled in multiple directions. Huhhh…. and I still haven’t gotten the envelope from the school in New York telling me how much money their going to offer nor have I visited the campuses that are out of state (even though I plan to). Ugh, God. These young adult decisions, I’ll tell you they’re a pain in the buns. But I know I’m going to make the right decision for me. I’m going to give myself a deadline to make the decision and then I just may post it on this blog.
Tell me about having to make your own tough decisions. And give me advice and tips on how you narrowed down and picked your own college. Let me know in the comments, I’d really appreciate it.
I LOVE interior design. It’s my first love. I’d describe my taste as an interior designer as extravagant, a little bold, elegant, beautiful, a little French, and a little contemporary. On my WordPress Reader I saw a post from one of the design blogs that I follow and saw this picture of some gorgeous room that reminded me of one of my favorite masterpieces of design: the Palace of Versailles. So it’s inspired me to write this post.
I love the French. The language is sexy, the design and decorative pieces are wonderfully made, etc. And I have this thing for Black boys with European accents. I know, it’s kind of different but hey, we all have our things. Anyways, here’s a look at the Palace of Versailles, one of the most beautiful places in the world:
From the outside:
The bedrooms (in which I hear the queen was required to get dressed everyday in front of the public and give birth to her children in front of the public so they’d have first hand proof that there were really royal babies):
The Hall of Mirrors:
A random, yet beautiful hallway:
Isn’t it just lovely? I also love Islamic architecture and interior design. I’ll be blogging about that really soon too. I hope you’ve seen these pictures and enjoyed them! Don’t you want to be there now? Maybe we’ll meet in France someday, my lovelies. Until then…
I’ve just been accepted into the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn! YAYYYYYYYYYYYY me! (I’m mentally doing a happy dance). It’s been ranked number one in interior design too. Yayyyyy!
Okay, so today I got a letter from the first college I’d ever had my heart set on: Parsons The New School For Design.
When I first found out that Parsons was the school that Project Runway was filmed at and the fact that it was in New York City convinced me that I had to attend this school. Why? Because it seemed fabulous… Now, I want to be an interior designer before I become a fashion designer just because interior design was my first love. I was always this insecure little girl so to dress fashionable just seemed out of the question- so I discovered my passion for interior decorating before my love for fashion. In my search for the top interior design programs in the country, Parsons was not on the list. So I began to apply to other schools with better and more prestigious B.F.A. interior design programs (and have been accepted), and I’d neglected my plans to apply to Parsons because I’d decided I only wanted the best in my college education. But in the end I ended up applying- later than I should have- because I reminded myself that even though I no longer had my heart set on that school and it wasn’t number one in my field, it still was the first school that ever really fell in love with. So I applied… and today I found out that although I haven’t been rejected, because the competition to get into Parsons is so competitive that they aren’t even in a position to make an admissions decision or admissions offer to me. That sucks. I can’t even place my feelings- I knew I wasn’t going to Parsons but still the fact that I haven’t been accepted (or rejected)- its like I don’t know what to feel. I feel kind of looked over or unappreciated. I don’t know… But I know that one day I’m going to accomplish my dreams and be hot stuff and they will regret making this decision… or in this case not making one.
“The best interiors make your heart pound.”
-Interior decorator Tony Fornabaio
“Have nothing in your houses which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
– William Morris
Okay so yesterday I went to the International Homes & Housewares Show. It was kind of fun. I tried to look kind of professional you know just in case I met someone important or influential, etc. I wanted to take photos for all of you, but it’s so much intellectual property at the show, that it isn’t allowed.
This is my third year attending the International Homes & Housewares Show. I like seeing the little cutesie- cutesie type of items and I like what they call the “Inventors’ Corner.” This year I saw some things like a container with a sponge in it that presses tiny pieces of soap to your big bars of soap so that you don’t have to throw your little pieces away; one man had sheets that you can put your stuff on on top of counters, floors, etc. so they don’t come in contact with germs; I saw a fork that doesn’t touch the surface it’s placed on so it can’t come in contact with germs; a pot top holder; pieces of charcoal used as water purifiers (P.S. it did not work… That water was so disgusting), etc. Overall I saw some really cool things.
In the regular section I saw gorgeous light fixtures, cute and sexy vintage- looking aprons, Paula Deen’s items, Rachel Ray’s items, beautiful crockery, blenders, juicers, etc. And guess what else ,well who else, I saw? Cake Boss! I’m not really a fan of him but it was cool to see him there- he looked like he belonged in My Big Fat Greek Wedding as one of Toula’s cousins.
I really love going to the show every year. I love the cooking shows (people like Paula Deen, etc. come to cook at this show) and I love the set ups that these companies create for the show. And I like that people can find needs and the need for improvement in everything, and as an aspiring interior designer, the show is a little bit of heaven for me. I am a little disappointed though because I couldn’t find this wine company who has lip-gloss. I wanted (and still want) some lip-gloss. I take my lip-gloss very seriously…
This is the show directory. McCormick is a huge place. It wasn’t a big help though- I still couldn’t find the wine people with the lip- gloss.
My lovely bag of freebies. I have like seven magazines in there, business cards, UPS mints, a “Cake Boss” diary from his line of stationery, a crown shaped cookie cuter, and some kind of polishing cloth for fine metals that I do not remember getting.
This is my badge. It is the lowest type of International Homes & Housewares show badge you can ever recieve. My mother is working on perfecting her own invention so she’s the business woman and “Trade guest” with a yellow highlight on her badge while I’m labeled with “Family Member” and have a clear badge with no highlights at all. I’m telling you, at the show people will judge whether or not to be nice to you based on your badge. Green highlights means buyer, gray highlights means manufacturer, and then they give international people and people who are in the IHA (International Housewares Association) these special ribbons. But even if I don’t have a highlight or ribbon and I’m just “family member ” if your product makes it to stores you’re going to need consumers. I’m a consumer. The consumer is the most important part of a business, because without consumers- you’re out of business. Wouldn’t I buy a product from someone who was nice to me at the show rather than someone who wasn’t? Think about that…
This was the highlight of the day. My glitter tattoo! They’re non-toxic, etc. and are supposed to last for seven days (yeah right…). I love it… it’s so fun. This is probably the closest I will get to a real tattoo.
So if you’re in town or can make it, go to the International Homes & Housewares Show! The mayor of New York is supposed to be speaking at McCormick Place as well on Tuesday morning. It costs $25. I’m thinking about attending. Maybe I’ll see you there!