Thursday 29 April 2010

Steven Gambrel

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I can’t tell you how much I adore the work of Steven Gambrel…his town and country portfolio is eye candy! The nautical references get me all fired up…I love the look.

Interior Design, Steven Gambrel, Rendering by Michelle Morelan, 2010


photo from Steven Gambrel’s website

Sunday 25 April 2010

Colouring Book (Blue Bedroom) and Materials List for MMID Videos



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While we finish up the first video, I thought it would be fun to get limbered up doing a practice rendering…I’ll call these drawings the “Colouring Book”.  Print out the first drawing (doesn’t have to be more than 5x7), tape a piece of trace or rag paper on top, use a fine liner (.05 or .03) to sketch the drawing, apply gray shadows, then colour, darker shadows, finish with fine liner texture and remember some lighting effects. You can use mine for reference if you like, but try using your own colours and design elements like the nail heads, art, rug, etc. This will be our first drawing, so give it a go, keep it as your “before” and date it, because it’s rewarding to look at your progress. I’d love to see some of them, so please…email me your finished rendering! (I would never post them without permission)

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Colouring Book (Blue Bedroom)

Original art, Interior Design and Rendering by Michelle Morelan Design, 2010

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Materials List:

You can order these online, but a visit to the art store is great to get the juices flowing; go to a type which has a  large selection of canvases, as it will most likely have these supplies; not Michaels…they only carry Prismacolour markers.



  • Light table set up (glass and lamp will do). If you don’t have piece of glass, consider the “as is” bin at Ikea for a glass door or small table top for one of their cheap end tables; just make sure it’s big enough to hold a legal size paper, with some space around. Always use tempered glass with a finished edge!
  • Paper: both plain paper and archival rag paper. Use larger than letter size if you can, but you are limited to the size of your scanner- You can work as small or large as you like. I have a scanner that scans up to ledger size (11x17), so I use larger paper. I use Bienfang Graphics 360- 100% rag translucent marker paper (this is like tracing paper, but it doesn’t bleed, is thicker and is able to handle the marker manipulation). Just ask the clerk for marker paper- archival.
  • Drafting tape; it’s less sticky than regular masking tape, but that will do too…just put it on your pants or skin first to get most of the stickiness off.
  • Black fine liner pens: Copic Multiliner SP .03, and .05, Staedtler pigment liner .1 (an assorted pack of thicknesses is a better deal)
  • Artist pen by Faber-Castell in the B thickness; this is a paint brush type tip- a multipack of greys and a multipack of colour is a better deal, 199 (dark gray), 272 (light gray),174 (green), and 247 (blue) are some I use often. A thicker 180 (raw umber) is also useful.
  • Graphic pen 3000 duo tip by Staedtler Mars in 55 (green). These are some of my favourite paint pens, because they pool.
  • Tombo ABt paint pen 491 (glass coloured blue); its duo tipped
  • Copic Markers in W5 (Warm Gray #5), E49 (Dark Brown), 110 (Special Black), E43 (Dull Ivory)
  • Touch Markers CG5 (Cool Gray)
  • Prismacolour 96 (Blondwood)
  • Letraset Tria Marker in 120T (Medium Yellow)
  • primary red, primary yellow markers in any brand listed (if you are on a budget, use a red pen and a highlighter here instead).
  • Gold and silver roller ball gel type pens
  • A dual tipped black Sharpie
  • Signo pigment ink pen in UM-153 White
  • white artist chalk (the powdery stick type)

A tip on markers…a good range of grays (warms and cools) and an architectural pack is a great way to start your collection. Purchase what you think you need and use in your designs…like red, yellow (fireplace flames), greens and browns for landscape and colours of wood furniture. Don’t go to crazy buying vibrant colours at first, as they are used sparingly.

Investment in initial materials? About $200 gets you a nice supply. Markers are about 5 bucks each.

Saturday 24 April 2010

Loro Piana

While at the design center in NYC, I fell in love with the fabrics at Loro Piana’s showroom. This morning I noticed they have an amazing clothing line for men and women…these are four of the amazing combinations…check out their website for the long history of the company, about the fine fabrics that go into these garments, and those they produce for interiors.


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Sunday 11 April 2010

A Pool Area in Comox

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Celina and Dean have a beautiful home in Comox which needs some updates, but has an amazing water view. It is private, with acreage and surrounded by untouched west coast landscape. It wasn’t difficult to consider the colours of the forest and ocean, our extended outdoor living season, natural materials like linen and concrete and a variety of lounging conditions.

The pool house is a proposed new addition, providing changing space, a bathroom, covered and partly covered outdoor space, and an outdoor shower…the corridor between leading to a field beyond. Outdoor curtains move in the breezes and large urns hold fragrant lavender. Pattern is used sparingly; the white and blue combination is nautical in feel, yet uncomplicated when read as a whole. Natural stone walls are kept low, as to not impede the view. I propose a NanaWall system, and a natural flagstone fireplace undercover. A deck above, proposed by their architect is now usable space off the master bedroom, taking advantage of the ocean views.

Cost of this E-Design project? (from photo and CAD plans)  $1775 plus tax

Design and Rendering, Michelle Morelan Design, 2010

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Sunday 4 April 2010

A Dream Night in NYC


                                                     lela Rose scarlet gown     j cho


                       miller et Bertaux ref.015813 bois de gaiac et poire Parispalomas zallige ring tiffany's KOTUR jB RennaShagreen Stingray Green Clutch at Shirise

Lela Rose Dress, Jimmy Choo Shoes, Miller et Bertaux ref.015 813 bois de gaiac et poire perfume, Tiffany’s Paloma Zallige Ring, Kotur Clutch

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Dinner at Asiate;  The Mandarin Hotel, Columbus Circle and the Oriental Suite for the Evening.

oriental suite at the madnarin nyc

oriental suite bedroom mandarin nyc

1982Chateau-Lafite-Rothschi at Union Square Cafe

1982 Chateau Lafite Rothschild

valerie harper looped

Premium Orchestra Seats for “ Looped” with Valerie Harper at the Lyceum Theater

hudson library

After dinner drinks at the Hudson Library Bar, in the wing chairs by the fireplace, drinking a blueberry tea.

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Maybe one day…a girl can dream.