Over the past several months I have seen so much fantastic buzz for the Six Senses Douro Valley wine hotel and spa in Portugal. The list includes nice pieces from The Gallivanter's Guide, Forbes, Robb Report, and the Telegraph U.K, just to name a few. As this very special place continues to grow in reputation, I want to thank Design Director Nancie Min, Brand Director Daniel Hyland, Senior Architect Guy Humphrey and Designer Eliana Lee from my studio for all the hard work they put into making this luxury dream a reality.
Interior Design Hall of Fame Congratulations to 2015 Inductee
December 2nd was truly a celebration of the best of Interior Design, held at the Waldorf Astoria, NYC.
What an all star cast! This year's inductee was Roger Thomas. Roger is head of design for Wynn Hotels & Resorts and a long time friend. I am so proud of his accomplishments.
Pictured here is Clodagh on the left, next to Janice Feldman, Roger Thomas & Elaine Wynn.
Storm Clodagh Rises in the U.K
Winter Weather News
While we are experiencing record-breaking winter warmth here in NYC, Storm Clodagh continues to move through Ireland producing strong winds and a band of sleet, heavy rain, and icy gusts over the Atlantic. When I hear from my son that the weather channel is the only way he knows I'm coming, I know things have gotten really wild!
Guri World Design Center
The City of the Future
During this year's NIAB Fall Meeting at the Boutique Design New York trade fair, I spent some time with members of Guri City, Korea who are leading the construction of the Guri World Design Center to develop Asia’s biggest design city. Clodagh Design is excited to support and be a part of this initiative!
A Gentleman's Residential Bathroom
For literary aficionado and Editorial Director of Hospitality Design Michael Adams, Clodagh Design featured the words of poet Gerard Manley Hopkins embedded into the stone tiles of his bathroom wall.
Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Glory be to God for dappled things – For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings; Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough; And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him.
Did you know that your skin has a lot in common with your brain? Dr. Claudia Aguirre discusses this fascinating phenomena in her UCLA Ted Talk here. Dr. Aguirre was a featured speaker at the 2015 Global Wellness Summit in Mexico City.
A Virtual Choir 2,000 Voices Strong
The Creation of Composer Eric Whitacre
I've spoken about composer Eric Whitacre before because I am fascinated by the use of music to unite people internationally. Eric leads a virtual choir of singers from around the world in his virtual symphony. As a part of this TED Talk, Whitacre discusses the creative challenges of making music powered by the internet.
Center for the Healthy Mind
Mindfulness is a Practice
I've known for a long time that mindfulness exercises the mind. Once a week Clodagh Design hosts a guided meditation, inviting opportunity to practice paying attention. I want to share the important work of Dr. Richard Davidson of the Center for Investigating the Healthy Mind. Davidson has done extensive studies on mindfulness practices including an easy to follow TED X Talk and the award winning documentary Free the Mind. Click the links to learn more!
An across-the-oceans Holiday collaboration by schoolchildren in County Cork, Ireland and schoolchildren of the nomadic Samburu tribe of Northern Kenya launched this month with an up-tempo song and video called ‘Butterfly Child.' We need you now more than ever to find and play this song on iTunes. The catalyst for this new Irish/Kenyan fundraising venture is Marilien Romme, a dear friend of mine, who is based in Ireland. The Samburu tribe is known as the Butterfly People because of its colorful robes, jewelry and head-gear, and this was the inspiration for the name of the song. ‘Butterfly Child’ is available for purchase on iTunes for only 99 cents and donations can be made on Just Giving with proceeds going toward the education of the Thorn Tree children.
Very proud to support the latest work on non toxic living by Sophia Ruan Gushee. This is the ultimate reference book for the head of the household, including tips, ideas and Sophia's very own D-Tox Strategy. These tips help increase the odds for more resilient health not just for individuals, but for our planet as well. More on Sophia and her work can be found here.
The Perfect Cozy Wrap
New Form & Perspective
As the seasons shift, NFP brings together concepts of transition, transformation and evolution. I love this collection of styles and shapes that are on trend but not bound by the present moment. Each piece can be layered, linked, folded, snapped, shifted and connected to another. We love the way it allows personal expression, encouraging each individual's own new form and perspective.
We were sad to learn that our beloved neighborhood health spot Organic Avenue closed down in 2015.
We are excited to learn of a new vegan option in the West Village brought by award winning vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli, appropriately called By Chloe.
By Chloe Location: 185 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
Delicious Winter Granola
by Lauren Fite
1 bag of Bob’s Extra Thick Organic Rolled Oats
(32 oz bag)1 Package (16 oz) of each of the following
raw nuts: almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans ¼ - ½ cup dried wild blueberries ¼ - ½ cup dried Montgomery cherries 1 tablespoon vanilla 1 tablespoon cinnamon ¾ cup pure maple syrup
First, toast the bag of oats at 250 degrees for 25 minutes Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix oats, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, nuts, vanilla, maple syrup together in a
very large bowl. The mixture should be slightly wet, if not add more maple syrup.
Note: chop up nuts briefly in food processor into more bite sized pieces. Transfer mixture onto 2 large ungreased baking sheets (9x12) Bake at 325 degrees for a total of 30 minutes, tossing once during the baking
at 20 minutes. Allow granola to cool at room temperature for several hours on tray untouched (allows to be more crunchy) Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!
New Adventures in 2016
Clodagh Design is Moving!
After so many memorable years in our beautiful space, Clodagh Design is relocating to a new studio in Gramercy Park. Already on the calendar are lectures and events featuring Feng Shui master and healer Alberto Amura, meta-physician Bill Burns and the Lighting Science Group, the leader in clearing out lighting poison by creating healing light bulbs.